Brennans (Brannans) Documented as Being Born in County Mayo, Ireland in the 1871 Cheshire County England Census

Documentation of the County of Birth in Ireland was fairly uncommon in the earlier years of the England Census records but was noted on occasion and increased after the 1851 census. This is a work in progress that I will add to over time.

These records are in no means complete. as I have not had time to go through the individual districts of Cheshire County at this point. I've noticed that on many occasions a Townland was given in these records (such as Castlebar, Ireland). This record would not show up on a search of Brennans born in Mayo, Ireland even though Castlebar is in County Mayo. I have also seen many individuals give their Roman Catholic Parish as a place of birth in Ireland. Athalone, a Catholic Parish in County Roscommon wouldn't show up in a search of those living in England born in County Roscommon either. These factors and the incorrect interpretation of the census taker's handwriting pose serious challenges to this search. Betsy Brannan was listed as being born in Ancommon, Ireland; however, a quick look at the record showed her place of birth clearly as Roscommon, Ireland. As I get time I will go through the districts of the England Counties that have the greatest concentrations of County Mayo born immigrants and add to these records.

Regarding Margaret Brannan, wife of Patrick in the Cheshire, St John Civil Parish, District 5 Census: Margaret is listed as being born in County Mayo, Ireland. I have not included her in this compilation because it is unlikely that Brannan is her maiden name. Her husband Patrick was born in Cheshire, England.

I have highlighted the first name in each residence whether it be a head of household, lodger or inmate to help differentiate the groupings.

Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status
47 Room in White House Farm yard; Preston on the Hill Civil Parish, District 4 Brannen, James, Labourer at the 115 acre farm of the Broome Family from Cheshire 40 County Mayo, Ireland Farm Labourer M

compiled from 1871 England Census database on-line Provo, UT, USA; operations, Inc 2004.