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

Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status
18 Station Road, Wolstanton Civil Parish, District 15 Brennan, Edward, Lodger staying with Rafferty Family from Co Westmeath 38 Roscommon, Ireland General Labourer (sic) U
High Park Road, Harborne Civil Parish, District 15 Brennan, William, Nephew (living with William and Mary Lynch Family from Boyle Ireland) 27 Boyle, Ireland (there is a Boyle in Roscommon as well as Queens County). Machinist U

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