Brennans (Brannans) Documented as Being Born in County Mayo, Ireland in the 1881 Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire 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 Berned Brennan Family at 13a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish: I have not included Berned, his wife Ann and sons John and Patrick, who are living next door to the James Brannan Family because Berned and Ann are listed as being born in Ireland (no County is given). I think the probability is high that both of these families may be from County Mayo.

Regarding John Brennan Family on Leeds Road, Heckmondwike Civil Parish: John, a coal miner was born in Bristle? Yorkshire. His wife Mary Brennan is listed as being born in Aughamore, County Mayo Ireland. I have not included them because I think it is unlikely that her maiden name is Brennan. Aughamore is most likely Aghamore, a Townland in either Aghamore Civil Parish, Costello Barony or Oughaval Civil Parish in Murrisk Barony, County Mayo. (This family is living with the Michael Frayne Family, also a coal miner). See below for other County Mayo Brannans in this Civil Parish.

Regarding the James Brannon Family on Ambler St. in Batley Civil Parish: James, a coal miner was born in County Sligo Ireland. His wife Maria Brennan, a woolen rag picker, was listed as being born in County Mayo. I have not included this family of 6 because I feel it is unlikely that Maria's surname is Brennan

Regarding Michael and Mary Brannan of Yorkshire St Margaret Walmgate Civil Parish: Michael was born in County Sligo and Mary, his wife in County Mayo. I have not included them in this compilation because I feel it is unlikely that Mary's maiden name is Brannan.

Regarding John and Mary Brannan of 16 Slater's Yard, Bowling Civil Parish Bradford: I have recently heard from a decendent of this family (Heidi) who is currently living in the U.S. She has identified them in both the 1891 Horton Bradford Census as living at 41 Adelaid Street with wife Mary and kids John F, George and Michael and again in 1901 on 94 Caledonia Street where John is a Clothes Dealer with wife Mary, and children John F, George H, Michael, brother in law Michael Moore born in Hull and nephews Thomas and John. I think there is a good chance that John's wife may be Mary Josephine Moore and that they might have married quarter ending December 1873 in Bradford (per free BMD England) Volume 9b, page 390 but that remains to be seen. This could be confirmed by GRO marriage record or other genealogical records (or ruled out). If you believe you are descended from this family, I am sure Heidi would love to hear from you!

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
Leeds Old Road, Heckmondwike, District 7 Brannan, Bridget, Border staying with the Kelly Family from Kiltimagh County Mayo (Kiltimagh is in Killedan Civil Gallen Barony) 60 Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland (this is a Catholic Parish and Townland in Kilbeagh Civil Parish, Costello Barony   W
Leeds Old Road, Heckmondwike, District 7 Brannan, Catherine, Border with the Kelly Family from County Mayo 21 Swineford, County Mayo, Ireland (Swineford is a Townland and Catholic Parish in Gallen Barony right next to Charlestown Catholic Parish) Mill Hand U
Lupton's Fold, Armley Civil Parish, District 35 Brannan, James, Lodger 45 Laborer in Brick Yard Mayo, Ireland M
Northside Gaol Lane 23, Halifax Civil Parish Brannan, James, Lodger with Sutter family from Limerick England 69 Co Mayle?, Ireland (looks almost like Boyle a parish in County Roscommon) Hawker M
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish, District 52 Brannan, James, Head 66 Co Mayo, Ireland Licensed Hawker W
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish, District 52 Brannan, Thomas, Son 18 Yorkshire, Bradford, England Unemployed Dyer U
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish, District 52 Haley, Bridget, Daughter 34 Yorkshire, Bradford, England Unemployed Worsted Mill Hand M
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish, District 52 Haley, Bridget, Granddaughter 11 Yorkshire, Bradford, England (listed as dumb from birth)  
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish Haley, Patrick, Grandson 10 Durham, Stockton on Tees, England Scholar  
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish Haley, Ellen, Granddaughter 9 Durham, Stockton on T ees, England Scholar  
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish Haley, Mary, Granddaughter 7 Durham, Thornley, England Scholar  
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish Haley, James, Grandson 4 Durham, Stockton on Tees, England    
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish Haley, Lawrence, Grandson 2 Durham, Carlton, England    
15a Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish Haley, Margaret, Granddaughter 2 mos. Yorkshire, Bradford, England    
16 Slater's Yard, Bowling Yard Civil Parish, District 1 Brannan, John, Head 43 County Mayo, Ireland Wool Comber M
16 Slater's Yard, Bowling Yard Civil Parish Brannan, Mary, Wife 42 County Mayo, Ireland Wool Comber's Wife M
16 Slater's Yard, Bowling Yard Civil Parish Brannan, John Francis, Son 5 Yorkshire, Bradford, England Scholar  
16 Slater's Yard, Bowling Yard Civil Parish Brannan, George Henry, Son 2 Yorkshire, Bradford, England Scholar  
24 Moxam Terrace, Northowram Civil Parish, District 7 Brannan, John, Head 27 County Mayo, Ireland Mason's Laborer M
24 Moxam Terrace, Northowram Civil Parish Brannan, Bridget Sarah, Wife 36 County Mayo, Ireland   M
24 Moxam Terrace, Northowram Civil Parish Brannan, Sarah Ellen, Daughter 5 Yorkshire, Halifax, England Scholar  
24 Moxam Terrace, Northowram Civil Parish Brannan, John, Son 3 Yorkshire, Halifax, England    
Black Lion Yd Swallow St, Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 18 Brannan, Mathew, Head 40 Mayo, Ireland Labourer (sic) M
Black Lion Yd Swallow St, Huddersfield Civil Parish Brannan, Mary, Wife 42 Mayo, Ireland   M
Black Lion Yd Swallow St, Huddersfield Civil Parish Brannan, Mathew, Son 15 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar U
Black Lion Yd Swallow St, Huddersfield Civil Parish Brannan, Michael, Son 13 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar U
Black Lion Yd, Swallow St, Huddersfield Civil Parish Brannan, Martin, Son 11 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar  
Black Lion Yd, Swallow St, Huddersfield Civil Parish Brannan, Patrick, Son 9 Cheshire, Northwich, England Scholar  
Black Lion Yd, Swallow St, Huddersfield Civil Parish Brannan, Mary, Daughter 2 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Scholar  
14 Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish, District 52 Brannan, Patrick, Head 70 Mayo, Ireland Licensed Hawker W
14 Prince St, Horton in Bradford Civil Parish, District 52 Brannan, Margaret, Daughter 27 Mayo, Ireland Worsted Spinner U
8 Water Street, Sheffield Civil Parish, District 2 Brannen, Patrick, Lodger staying with Mary Conning widow from County Mayo 48 County Mayo, Ireland Iron Laborer U
8 Water Street, Sheffield Civil Parish, District 2 Brannen, Edward, Lodger staying with Mary Conning Widow from County Mayo 30 County Mayo, Ireland Bricklayer's Laborer U
Cottage Farm, Paull Civil Parish, District 1 Brannen, William, Groom 20 County Mayo, Ireland Domestic Groom U
Achroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish, District 2 Brennan, John, Head 39 Mayo, Ireland Coal Miner M
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish, District 2 Brennan, Bridget, Wife 37 Mayo, Ireland   M
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, Mary, Daughter 16 Yorkshire, Birstall, England Woolen Weaver U
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, Catherine, Daughter 14 Yorkshire, Birstall, England Woolen Weaver  
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, Patsey, Son 13 Yorkshire, Birstall, England Coal Miner's Son  
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, John, Son 12 Yorkshire, Birstall, England Coal Miner's Son  
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, Bridget, Daughter 10 Yorkshire, Birstall, England Scholar  
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, Ellen, Daughter 7 Yorkshire, Birstall, England Scholar  
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, Thomas, Son 6 Yorkshire, Birstall, England Scholar  
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, Martin, Son 3 Yorkshire, Birstall, England    
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, James, Son 2 Yorkshire, Birstall, England    
Acroyds Pit, Gildersome Civil Parish Brennan, William, Son 4 mos Yorkshire, Gildersome, England    
30 Foster M Lane, Wadsworth Civil Parish, District 1 Brennan, Mary, Boarder with Samual Lister Family of Yorkshire 21 Mayo, Ireland Mill Operative (Cotton) U

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