John Bernard Gahagan, his first wife, Mary Lowe and second wife, Julie Ann Buckley and their families in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England: An analysis of their Migration from Strokestown, County Roscommon Ireland to Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England

The Connaught Counties of Galway, Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo are heavily represented in the Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Census Records when the county names are given as a place of birth. The amazing research compiled on the Irish in England by great authors like Donald Macraid, Roger Swift, Donald E Jordan Junior, Sheridan Gilley, Kevin O'Connor, John Belchem, Frank Boyce and L. W. Brady among others seems to support repeated migration trails from certain counties in Ireland to certain places in England.

My objective in this research is to analyze the Gahagan, Corcoran, Brennan and Possible Coffey families in the Wolverhampton, Staffordshire Census records over the years to see migration pattern trends from certain counties, possible Civil Parishes in Ireland and even with families of the surname itself. I hope to eventually connect them to the families that I am identifying in the Catholic Church Records in both County Mayo and County Roscommon Ireland. This will most definitely be a work in progress and all findings I speculate on would have to be proven for accuracy with GRO of England marriage records, church baptismal records and death records among other genealogical records. Please use this information with that caveat in mind so that nothing is assumed and no stones are left unturned to assure it's your family and the connection is accurate.

Research observations for this family: This page would not have been possible without the research compiled by Dave O'Meara, a Genealogist in England who is researching this line. His Gahagan line hails from Strokestown, County Roscommon Ireland and his Corcoran line hails from Castlerea, County Roscommon Ireland. Although there appears to be some discrepancy on Mary's maiden name through the census years. (Benjamin Law, who appears to be her brother is living with them in the 1861 census, and in the 1851 census there is a lodger living with them by the name of William Lowe who is from her home town of Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, England), Dave has the marriage record and her maiden name is confirmed as Lowe. I am very unsure about the marriage record listed below in December 1872 for John Bernard Corcoran to Julia. Neither of these maiden names matches the Buckley Dave identified in his research. I have left it in to rule it out.

I welcome any and all feedback, corrections- they benefit us all. If you believe that your family might be related to any of the families that I have identified in these census records or if you believe that your Gahagan, Corcoran, Brennan or Coffey ancestors (and all variations) settled in or passed through Wolverhampton, we would love to hear from you!

Census Yr/ District Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status and Misc. Info.
1841 Shropshire, St Mary Magdalen Civil Parish, Bridgnorth Subreg District 5 Newtown Gahogan (Gahagan), John 20 Ireland Labourer (sic)  
1841 Shropshire, St Mary Magdalen Civil Parish, District 5 Newtown Gahogan (Gahagan), Catharine 25 Ireland    
Free BMD Marriage Index for England- Brigenorth, Shropshire- Jan/Feb/Mar 1850   Gahagan, John and Lowe, Mary Jan/Feb/ Mar 1850 Bridgenorth Shropshire       Volume 18, Page 37
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subregistration District 1ll Falkland Street Gahagan, John, Head (three lodgers: Mulligan from British Colonies, Robert Jones , and William Lowe of Wheaton Aston live with them) 29 British Colonies Bricklayer M
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1ll Falkland Street Gahagan, Mary, Wife 28 Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, England   M
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1ll Falkland Street Gahagan, Mary J, Daughter 9 mos Shropshire, Bridgenorth, Endland    
England and Wales Free BMD Birth Index, 1837-1915 Jul-Aug-Sept 1850   Gahagan, Mary Jane   Bridgenorth, Shropshire, England (according to Dave Mary Jane was born on June 29, 1850   Volume 18, page 22;
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subregistration District 13 Mallary Street Gahagan, John, Head 35 Ireland Bricklayer M
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 13 Mallary Street Gahagan, Mary, Wife 35 Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, England Servant M
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish District 13 Mallary Street Gahagan, Mary Jane, Daughter 10 Bridgenorth, Shropshire, England Scholar  
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish District 13 Mallary Street Gahagan, John, Son 9 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar  
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 13 Mallary Street Law?, Benjamin, Brother in Law 29 Wheaton Aston, Staffordshire, England Labourer (sic) U
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 33 2 Walsall Road Gahagan, John, Boarder with Connor Family from Ire. 44 Ireland, N.K. ? Not known? Bricklayer W
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 33 2 Walsall Road Gahagan, John, Son 18 Wolverhampton, England Factory Clerk U
Free BMD England Marriage Index, Wolverhampton December 1872   Gahagan, John Bernard and Julia Ann O'Donohue - mariage Dec 1872 (she is confirmed by Dave- aka Buckley_   Wolverhampton, England   Volume 6b, pg 987
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subregistration District 22 Court 2 Ward Street Gahagan, John, Lodger with Bridget Smith of County Carlow 56 Strokestown, Ireland Bricklayer M
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 22 Court 2, Ward Street Gahagan, Julie, Wife 60 Roscommon, Ireland   M
1890 England and Wales, Free BMD Death Index: 1837-1915 Oct-Nov-Dec 1890 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Geohagan, John B. 59 about 1831   Volume 6b; Page 362; according to Dave, John died December 5, 1890.
             

Ancestry.com 1841 England Census (Database On-line) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc 2010

Ancestry.com 1851 (and 1861) England Census (Database On-line) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc 2005

Ancestry.com 1871 (and 1881) England Census (Database On-Line) Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc 2004