Corcorans Documented as being Born in County Roscommon, Ireland in the 1871 Lancashire County, England Census Records

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 Lancashire 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.

Possible Corcorans from Roscommon: There was a Thomas Corcoran and his wife Catherine in Lancashire, Liverpool, District 2. Thomas is listed as being born in Castletown. There is a Castletown in Co Mayo as well as County Roscommon (and 18 other Civil Parishes as well), but because his wife is from West Meath, it is likely referring to County Meath so this family is not included in this compilation.

There was also a James Corcoran, age 48, living in Manchester, District 16 who was listed as being born in Boyle, Ireland. I think he may possibly be from Boyle Roscommon, but there is also a Boyle in Queens County Ireland. Upon searching the 1881 England Census I believe I have found this family again in Manchester Civil Parish, District 6: James is listed as a widow born in Roscommon Ireland, age 50, Mary V 12 and Gertrude 12 born in Manchester. If this is the same family then Mary, Jame's wife died sometime after the 1871 census and their son James might have as well. He was a provisions dealer in 1871 and a fish curer in 1881. This connection appears to be correct - see link below.

Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status
6 Elder Place?, Liverpool Civil Parish, District 21 Corcoran, James, Head 70 Roscommon, Ireland Bar and ?Lodging Housekeeper M
6 Elder Place?, Liverpool CP, District 21 Corcoran, Louisa, Wife 44 Roscommon, Ireland   M
6 Elder Place?, Liverpool CP, District 21 Corcoran, James, Son 11 L Shire, Liverpool, England    
6 Elder Place, Liverpool CP, District 21 Corcoran, Caroline, Daughter 20 Roscommon, Ireland Milliner  
6 Elder Place, Liverpool CP, District 21 Corcoran, Louisa, Daughter 18 Roscommon, Ireland Mantlewasher  
9 Goadsby St, Manchester Civil Parish, District 16 Corcoran, James, Head 48 Boyle, Ireland (there is a Boyle in Queens Co and Roscommon Ireland- I believe this is in Roscommon- see note above). Provision Dealer M
9 Goadsby St, Manchester Civil Parish, District 16 Corcoran, Mary, Wife 28 Sheffield??, England Provision Dealer's Wife M
9 Goadsby St, Manchester Civil Parish, District 16 Corcoran, Mary, Daughter 2 Manchester, England   U
9 Goadsby St, Manchester Civil Parish, District 16 Corcoran, Gratrude, Daughter 2 Manchester, England   U
9 Goadsby St, Manchester Civil Parish, District 16 Corcoran, James, Son 2 mos Manchester, England    
37 School Hill, Little Bolton Civil Parish, District 30 Corcoran, John, Head 53 or 55? County Roscommon, Ireland Shopkeeper M
37 School Hill, Little Bolton Civil Parish, District 30 Corcoran, Mary, WIfe 62 Lancashire, Bolton, England   M
9 Chisenhale St, Liverpool Civil Parish, District 41 Corcoran, Michael, Boarder (with Michael Murray family from Mayo) 40 Roscommon, Ireland Dock Laborer U

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