Brennan Families (and all variations of the Surname) Identified in the Bradford, Yorkshire, England Census Records, Possible Origins in Ireland and Links Between the Census Years

The Surname Brennan and numerous variations are scattered throughout the different districts of the Bradford, Yorkshire, England Census Records. The majority of these Brennan (Brannan) families are documented as being born in Ireland Some of the later census years begin giving counties of birth. It is my objective in this section to analyze the various Brennan Families found in the Bradford Civil Parish, Yorkshire England Census records between 1841 and 1911 to look for possible origins and connections between the lines. Bradford is only 24 kilometers from Hudderfield where I have been tracking a significant cluster of Brennans from the Connaght areas of Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. I have also found a large concentration of Brennans and Brannans in the Leeds, Yorkshire Census between 1851 and 1871 which is only 11 miles from Huddersfield. This is a work in progress and will be added to as I work my way through the census. My intention is to try to identify migration trails from Ireland.

When the 1851 England Census was conducted there were 4 subregistration districts in Bradford, Yorkshire: Bowling, Bradford East, Bradford West and Keighly. A rudimentary search of the Corcoran surname would seem to indicate that most of them were in Bradford East and West when the 1851 England census was conducted, so that is where I will begin my research. Due to time constraints and the large concentration of Irish who migrated to this area of Yorkshire, my focus will be strictly on my four surnames: Corcoran, Brennan, Coffee and Gahagan and all variations of those names. I have already noted one page where 3 of my GGP's names Brenan, Corcoran and Gohagan were next door neighbors on Mill Street in Bradford West End District 14. I have identified clear migration trails from the border area of County Mayo and County Roscommon, Ireland to both Huddersfield and Leeds, Yorkshire and feel that Bradford may follow suit with more of the same. It remains to be seen.

Heads up: If you have Irish ancestors who left their footprint in the Bradford area, you might want to contact the Bradford Family History Society as they appear to have quite a few CD ROM's available for purchase that cover records from St Mary's, St Patrick's, St Joseph's, St Ann's , St Peter's and Leeds Road Cemetery among others.

I would love to hear from anyone who is a descendent of the Bradford Brennans or other Towns in this part of Yorkshire so that we can share information and try to link our family lines.

Brennans Identified in Records indicating they spent some time or were born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England:

  1. Margaret Brennan (17, Woolcomber Minder)the daughter of James Brennan (Woolcomber Minder) married George Jackson (21, Dyer, son of Henry Jackson a retired carter) in Bradford, Yorkshire, England on August 3, 1901. George lived at 76 Posse Street and Margaret at 28 Lucy Street in Bradford. I found Margaret still listed as living with her family in the 1901 Bradford, Horton Census, District 10. Father James 58 wool comber/minder born in Ireland, mother Isabel 46 Liverpool, and children Margaret E 17 Wool Comber/minder, Benjamin 15 wool comber/minder; Peter 13 Worsted Spinner, Ssarah A 11, Albert 8 and Willie 4 all born in Bradford. They were livng at 28 Lucy street as mentioned in Margaret's marriage record. In the 1891 Census, the family was living in Horton, Yorkshire, District 9 with Father James 40 Millworker Wool Comber born in Queens County, Ireland, wife Isabel 36 in Liverpool, Thomas 11, James 15, Mary Ann 9, Margaret C 7, Benjamin 5, Peter 3, Sarah Ann 1 all born in Bradford.
  2. Luke Brennan who was born in Bradford, England, died on March 24, 1918 in France and Flanders. He was a gunner in the Royal House Artillery and Royal Field Artillery Regiment # 196887 in France and Flanders, Western European Theatre. ( compilation US Soldiers died in the Great War 1914-1919)
  3. James Brennan and Mary Henry Family present in the 1891, 1901, 1911 Bradford Census records (James is deceased at the time of the 1911 census). They appear to hail from Rue Kilmacteige or Tobercurry, Achonry Parish, County Sligo, Ireland.
  4. Martin J Brennan, a 22 year old single Boarder born in Sligo, Ireland, Traveller for Drapery, was living with the Tattersall Family from Manchester on 35 Westgrove in the 1891 Bradford West End Census District 11.
  5. Jeremiah Brannan 71 year old widowed inmate of the District Union Workhouse when the 1901 Census was conducted for Bradford Civil Parish, Horton Sub registration District. He was an Escavator Navvy and was born in Queens County, Ireland.
  6. 1901 Bradford East Census, District 57: Mary Brannan (40 year old unmarried Woolen Spinner from County Sligo, Ireland) was a boarder living at 8 Paper Hill Court with Mary Connolly from Galway Ireland.
  7. 1901 No Leeds, District Leeds Union: Mary Brannon was a 69 year old widowed retired charwoman who was born in Bradford, Yorkshire.
  8. 1901 Bradford West District 10 census: On 3 Turk Street, grandfather Michael Brannan (62, widow born in Ireland) was living with granddaughter Mary Ann Duffy (23 married Woolen Spinner) and 3 other boarders.
1841     Bradford West End Sub Reg. District  
1851 Bowling Sub Registration District Bradford East End Sub Registration District Bradford West End Sub Registration District Keighly Sub Registration District
1861     Bradford West End Sub Reg. District  
1871     Bradford West End Sub Registration District  
1881     Bradford West End Sub Registration District