Brennan (Brannan) Families Identified in the 1851 Bradford Civil Parish, Bradford East End Sub Registration District, Yorkshire, England and Research into their Irish Origins

Liverpool was the port of entry for the vast majority of the Irish that departed the Connaght Counties of Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo and Galway. Many Irish immigrants unable to find work in Liverpool were drawn to places like Manchester, Bradford and Leeds and their thriving textile and other industrial development in the mid 19th century.

Keep in mind that the connections I draw are what appear to me to be the same family and need to be further analyzed to make sure the conclusion is correct (hopefully with supporting evidence such as GRO marriage records and baptismal records). Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate. The vast majority of earlier census records fail to give a place name of origin in Ireland.

Observations of interest: There are two Corcoran Families, a Brenan Family and Gohagan family (3 of my 4 surnames) living next to each other on Mill Bank in District 14.

Brannans Identified in other Bradford Records in the 1850's:

  1. Daniel Brennan (26, Tailor) the son of Michael Brennan (Farmer) married Margaret Ford, 21, the daughter of Bernard Ford (Weaver) in the Parish Church of Bradford June 9, 1851. (per West Yorkshire England Marriages and Banns 1813-1935 database.
  2. Julia Brannan widowed daughter of Laurence Brannan (Farmer) married Abraham Sharp (widowed 52 year old Comber) the son of Isaac Sharp (Overlooker) at the Parish Church in Bradford January 12, 1850. (West Yorkshire England Marriages and Banns 1813-1935 database).
  3. Margaret Brannan (24 Spinner) of Horton, daughter of Thomas Brannan (Joiner) married Thomas Parker (21 Plasterer) son of Andrew Parker (Comber) on December 12 1853 at the Parish Church, Bradford. In 1851 Margaret appeared to be living with her father Thomas in Horton in District 1c with brother Charles, Thomas, Henry and Mary all born in Ireland. In the 1861 Census Thomas and Margaret are living in Bradford, Horton District 25 with their two children Elizabeth and Alfred. This record says Margaret was born in Mount Meelick, Ireland (there is one in Queens County, Ireland which is confirmed in the 1911 census in which she is 80). The 1881 census says she was born in Dublin.
  4. Mary Ann Brannan (19 Staymaker) residing in Horton, daughter of James Brannan (Bricklayer) married John Pratt (23 Comber) of Horton, son of Frederick Pratt (Shoemaker) in the Parish Church, Bradford. (same compilation).


District Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status and Misc Info
12 20 East Brook Lane Brennan, Cathrine, Head 42 Ireland Charwoman Widow; lodgers Har, Servant and Walsh also live with them.
12 20 East Brook Lane Brennan, Michael, Son 16 Bradford Jobber Wool U;
12 20 East Brook Lane Brennan, Cathrine, Daughter 10 Bradford Wool Spinner  
12 20 East Brook Lane Brennan, John, Son 7 Bradford Scholar  
13 86 George Street Brennan, Mary, Lodger 26 Ireland Piecer of Worsted U; Lives with the Kerny Family from Ireland