Corcorans documented as being born in County Mayo, Ireland in the 1871 Staffordshire 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 Staffordshire 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.

Progress Report: I have completed working my way through the 1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Sub Registration Districts 1-48 plus the Union Workhouse census records. This area had heavy concentrations of Irish on Canal Street, Shopyard, Charles Street, Middle Row, Lawyer's Field, Crooked Lane, North Road, Court Letter Lane and particularly heavy numbers on Carribee Street and some concentrations of Irish on Irish Row, Horsely Field, Oxford St, Milston Rd, Walsall Road, Mathews St, Collins St, Little Chapel Street and Charter Street. Unfortunately many of the Irish on Carribee Street were documented only as being born in Ireland and not a specific county. There does appear to be a heavier concentration of Irish from the Connaught counties of Mayo, Roscommon, Galway and Sligo than from other counties in Ireland although a scattering of other counties have been noted.

The only Corcoran Families (or variations) that I have found in the 48 districts of the 1871 Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton East Subregistration District were: a Mary Corchran in District one born in Wolverhampton and a John Cochrane family from Balmoller? Ireland. There was a Margrate Corkerin (b Ire) and her family in District 2, what appears to be a Bridget Courcran (b Ire) and family in District 13, and a Cathrerine Cockrane (b Ire) in District 28. There were no Corcorans (or surname variations) in the Union Workhouse.

I will try to link the different census years after completion to see who might be from Roscommon and Mayo. Feedback, corrections in this effort would be most welcome!

Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status
118 Pinfold Alley; Darlaston Civil Parish, District 4 Corcoran, John, Head 39 Mayo (sic) Ireland Labourer M
118 Pinfold Alley, Darlaston Civil Parish, District 4 Corcoran, Mary, Wife 40 Maho, Ireland Labourer M
118 Pinfold Alley, Darlaston Civil Parish, District 4 Corcoran, Bridgett, Daughter 17 Darlastan, Staffordshire, England Labourer U
118 Pinfold Alley, Darlaston Civil Parish, District 4 Corcoran, Patrick, Son 16 Darlastan, Staffordshire, England Labourer U
118 Pinfold Alley, Darlaston Civil Parish, District 4 Corcoran, Nelly, Daughter 14 Darlastan, Staffordshire, England Labourer U
118 Pinfold Alley, Darlaston, Civil Parish, District 4 Corcoran, Thomas, Son 12 Darlastan, Staffordshire, England Labourer  

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