Brennans (Brannans) Documented as Being Born in County Roscommon, Ireland in the 1881 Durham 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 Durham 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.

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
Long Row, South Shields Civil Parish, District 3 Brennan, Michael, Head 46 Boyle, Ireland (there is a Boyle in both Co Roscommon and Co Leix -Queens County, his wife is from Longford Co and Roscommon is closer- greater chance.) Lodging House Keeper and Laborer M
Long Row, South Shields Civil Parish Brennan, Mary A., Wife 38 Longford, Ireland   M
Long Row, South Shields Civil Parish Brennan, John, Son 20 Durham, South Shields, England Mason  
Long Row South Shields Civil Parish Brennan, Thomas, Son 15 Durham, South Shields, England Labourer (Sic)  
Long Row South Shields Civil Parish Brennan, Patrick, Son 9? Durham, South Shields England    
Long Row South Shields Civil Parish Brennan, Michael, Son 13 Durham, South Shields England    
Long Row South Shields Civil Parish Brennan, Mary A., Daughter 6 Durham, South Shields England    
Long Row, South Shields Civil Parish, District 3 Cairns, Joseph, relative 24 Durham, South Shields, England Mason U
Long Row, South Shields Civil Parish, District 3 Cairns, John, relative 22 Durham, South Shields, England General Labr U

compiled from Ancestry.com 1881 England Census database on-line Provo, UT, USA; Ancestry.com operations, Inc 2004.