The Timothy Corcoran (son of Bartholomew Corcoran and Bridget Grady) and Cecelia Sharkey (daughter of John Sharkey and Bedelia Cullen) Family: Their Ancestral Origins in Ireland, Migration to England and their Journey from Manchester, Lancashire to Leeds, Yorkshire, Birmingham, Warwickshire and Back to Lancashire, England

Timothy Joseph Corcoran and Cecelia Angelina Gertrude Sharkey, the subject of this page were married in Manchester, Lancashire, England on November 1, 1854. Their families exact origins in Ireland are still murky at this point. Many Irish immigrants that came through Liverpool and couldn't find work moved on to Lancashire for the promise of jobs associated with the expanding industry. The Irish that immigrated to Manchester were drawn by the industrial growth and demand for labor. This page is a work in progress to try to uncover this families origins in Ireland, and is a joint effort by fellow Corcoran researchers, Dorinda Boag, Joe Corcoran and myself. We all have Corcoran ancestors that came from Ireland to England and would love to hear from others whose ancestors might have crossed paths with ours.

A Baptismal record for Timothy Corcoran obtained by Dorinda indicates that Timothy was born February 14, 1829 to Bartholomew Corcoran and Brid. Grady. He was baptized on March 1st of the same year. The earliest England Census record located for this family was an 1841 Census record from Manchester, St. George Sub Registration District 26 for Bridget Corcoran, his mother age 50, Lodging House (Occupation) born in Ireland and Timothy age 12 born in County Lancashire. They were living on Angel Street. Timothy and Cecelia's marriage record indicates that both of their fathers, Bartholomew Corcoran and John Sharkey were deceased by that time. John Sharkey appears to have died sometime between 1841 and the 1854 marriage of Timothy and Cecelia. Dorinda has done more extensive research on the siblings of Cecelia including her sister Mary who appears to have married a Samuel Singleton in 1857.

The following compilation is our best assessment of this family's pattern of migration after their arrival in England. The only record we have thus far to clearly identify a placename in Ireland is the 1881 Census record that indicates Cecelia Sharkey was born in County Mayo. Winefred Brennan and Michl Reynolds, sponsors at the 1829 baptism of Timothy Corcoran in Manchester, could also yield clues as to their origins if they traveled with his parents from the same part of Ireland. I think they are worth pursuing. It is likely that Bartholomew Corcoran and Brid Grady had numerous other children besides Timothy who appears with 50 year old Bridget in 1851. Please contact us if you feel your Corcorans or Sharkeys may be related or could have passed through this area of Lancashire. There appears to be considerable variation in how the census takers interpreted the surname Sharkey such as Sharky, Sharkett, Sharker among others. All suggestions and corrections are most welcome.

Census Yr/District other Record Address Name Age Born/ Baptized Occupation Marital Status/ Misc Info
Baptismal Record Manchester England Corcoran, Timothy son of Bartholomew Corcoran and Brid. Grady   2/14/1829/ 3/1/1829   St Joseph's Chapel, Manchester
1841 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish, St. George Sub Registration District 26 Angel Street Corcoran, Bridget 50 Ireland Lodging House  
1841 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish, St. George Sub Registration District 26 Angel Street Corcoran, Timothy 12 County of Lancashire, England    
1841 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish, Hampton Court, Mason Street Sharkey, John 45 Ireland Plum. and Glazier  
1841 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish Hampton Court, Mason Street Sharkey, Bridget 40 Ireland    
1841 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish Hampton Court, Mason Street Sharkey, Margaret 15 Ireland    
1841 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish Hampton Court, Mason Street Sharkey, Cecelia 15 Ireland    
1841 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish Hampton Court, Mason Street Sharkey, James 15 Ireland ?  
1841 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish Hampton Court, Mason Street Sharkey, Mary Elleanor 4 Lancashire County, England    
1851 Yorkshire, Leeds Civil Parish, District 2a Census 39a Call Lane Corcoran, T.J., Lodger (living with McGee family from Ireland) 21 Manchester, Lancashire, England Book--? Agent U
1851 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish, Ancoats Sub Registration District 1f 48 Portugal Street Sharker, Bedelia, Head 56 Ireland   W
1851 Lancashire, Manchester, Ancoats Sub Reg district 1f 48 Portugal Street Sharker, Margaret D, Daughter 23 Ireland Satin Vest and Stock? Maker U
1851 Lancashire, Manchester, Ancoats Sub Reg District 1f 48 Portugal Street Sharker, Cecelia A., Daughter 22 Ireland Satin Vest and Stock? Maker U
1851 Lancashire, Manchester, Ancoats Sub Reg District 1f 48 Portugal Street Sharker, Mary C, Daughter 14 Manchester, Lancashire, England    
1851 Lancashire, Manchester, Ancoats Sub Reg District 1f 48 Portugal Street Frewin, Margaret, Sister 48 Ireland   W
1851 Lancashire, Manchester, Ancoats Sub Reg District 1f 48 Portugal Street Cullen, Elenor, Sister 54 Ireland   U
1851 Lancashire, Manchester, Ancoats Sub Reg District 1f 48 Portugal Street Bishop, Mary, Cousin 25 Ireland Satin Vest and Stock Maker U
Marriage Record GRO Manchester, Lancashire, England he resided on Chadderton Street and she was on New Street/ Hanover Street Timothy Joseph Corcoran married Cecelia Angelina Gertrude Sharkey on November 1, 1854 St Joseph's Chapel 25 (for both)   Timothy is a Commission Agent Timothy's father, (Bartholomew) was a farmer and Cecelia's (John) was a Publican (both were deceased by this date)
Free BMD England Marriage Record Manchester, Lancashire England   Timothy Joseph Corcoran married Cecelia Angelina Sharkey December 1854       Free BMD Index 8d page 612; Joe Corcoran clarified the date for me: it indicates the marriage took place some time in that quarter
Free BMD Index England- Births Manchester, Lancashire   Margaret Dorinda Corcoran born September 1855 Manchester       Volume 8d; page 268
Free BMD Index England- Births- Manchester, Lancashire   Cecilia Angelina Corcoran born March 1858 Manchester       Volume 8d, Page 267;
Free BMD Index England- Births- Manchester, Lancashire   Louis Constantine Corcoran born 4th quarter ending December 1860       Volume 6d; page 14-? Very hard to read looks like 14, unsure of last number of the page.
Free BMD Death Index Warwickshire, England   Louis Constantine Corcoran died 4th quarter ending December 1864 Birmingham Warwickshire, England       Volume 6d, page 66;
1861 Warwickshire, Birmingham Civil Parish, St Paul Sub Registration District 9 50 Little Charles Street Corcoran, Timothy, Head 32 Manchester, Lancashire, England Book Agent M
1861 Warwickshire, Birmingham Civil Parish, St Paul Sub Reg District 9 50 Little Charles Street Corcoran, Cecilia, Wife 30 Ireland   M
1861 Warwickshire, Birmingham Civil Parish, St. Paul Sub Reg District 9 50 Little Charles Street Corcoran, Margaret, Daughter 5 Manchester, Lancashire, England    
1861 Warwickshire, Birmingham, St Paul Sub Reg District 9 50 Little Charles Street Corcoran, Cecelia, Daughter 3 Manchester, Lancashire, England    
1861 Warwickshire, Birmingham, St Paul Sub Reg District 9 50 Little Charles Street Corcoran, Louis, Son 8 mos. Warwickshire, Birmingham, England    
Free BMD England Marriage Index Salford, Lancashire, England   Margaret Dorinda Corcoran married James Gee 3rd quarter September 1875 Salford Lancashire, England       Volume 8d; page 155; (daughter of Timothy and Cecelia)
Free BMD England Death Index Lancashire, England   Margaret Dorinda Gee nee' Corcoran died 2nd qtr ending June 1885       Volume 8d; page 258;
1881 Lancashire, Cheetham, District 9 census 144 Cheetham Hill Road Corcoran, Timothy J, Head 46 Furniture Dealer Manchester, Lancashire, England M
1881 Lancashire, Cheetham, District 9 Census 144 Cheetham Hill Road Corcoran, Cecelia, Wife 46   County Mayo, Ireland M
1881 Lancashire, Cheetham, District 9 Census 144 Cheetham Hill Road Corcoran, Cecila, Daughter 22 22 Home Embroiderer Manchester, Lancashire, England U
1881 Lancashire, Cheetham, District 9 Census 144 Cheetham Hill Road Gee, James, Son in Law 32 Shop Salesman Salford, Lancashire, England M
1881 Lancashire, Cheetham, District 9 Census 144 Cheetham Hill Road Gee, Margaret D, Daughter 23   Manchester, Lancashire, England M
1881 Lancashire, Cheetham, District 9 Census 144 Cheetham Hill Road Gee, James, Grandson 4   Manchester, Lancashire, England  
1891 Lancashire, Chorlton on Medlock, District 51 9 Marrinor? Street Corcoran, Timothy J, Head 62 Book Seller Manchester, Lancashire, England M
1891 Lancashire, Chorlton on Medlock District 51 9 Marrinor Street? Corcoran, Cecilia, Wife 53   Ireland M
Free BMD Death England Death Index   Cecilia Angelina G Corcoran died the 3rd qtr ending September 1898 Manchester, England 68     Volume 8d page 234;
1901 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish, Ardwick Subregistration District 10 16 Lamb street Storeroom? Corcoran, Timothy J, Head 72 Book Seller (own account) Manchester, Lancashire, England W
1901 Lancashire, Manchester Civil Parish, Ardwick Sub Reg District 10 16 Lamb Street Storeroom? Corcoran, Cecilia, Daughter 43 Fancy Embroidery Bonay? Machine Manchester, Lancashire, England U
Free BMD Death Index England Lancashire, England (possible)   Timothy Joseph Corcoran died 2nd qtr ending June 1905 Chorlton, Lancashire, England 75     Volume 8c; page 418;
1911 Census of England and Wales; Walton on the Hill Civil Parish, Anfield Ward, County Borough of Liverpool 32 Redbrook Street Corcoran, Cecilia, Visitor (with the Clappison Family) 53 Embroiderer Manchester, Lancashire, England "another great Joe Corcoran contribution!"
Free BMD Death Index England Heywood, Lancashire   Cecilia A Corcoran died 4th qtr ending December 1945 Heywood, Lancashire, England 87     Volume 8c; page 540