Gahagan (Goghan, Goaghan, Geoghegan, Gaughan) Families Identified in the Bradford, Yorkshire, England Census Records, Possible Origins in Ireland and Links Between the Census Years

Of the Yorkshire, England records that I have searched thus far (Leeds, Huddersfield and Bradford), the variant Gaughan appears much more prevalent than Gahagan; however, I have already found one Gohagan family in District 14 of the 1851 Bradford West End Census. The earlier census records rarely give a place name of origin in Ireland. Some of the later census years begin giving counties of birth. It is my objective in this section to analyze the various Gahagan, Goghan, Goaghan, Geoghegan and Gaughan Families found in the Bradford Civil Parish, Yorkshire England Census records between 1841 and 1911 to look for possible origins and connections between the lines. Bradford is only 24 kilometers from Hudderfield where my second great grand parents were married. This is a work in progress and will be added to as I work my way through the census. My intention is to try to identify migration trails from Ireland.

When the 1851 England Census was conducted there were 4 subregistration districts in Bradford, Yorkshire: Bowling, Bradford East, Bradford West and Keighly. A rudimentary search of the Gahagan surname would seem to indicate that most of them were in Bradford East and West when the 1851 England census was conducted, so that is where I will begin my research. Due to time constraints and the large concentration of Irish who migrated to this area of Yorkshire, my focus will be strictly on my four surnames: Corcoran, Brennan, Coffee and Gahagan and all variations of those names. I have already noted one page where 3 of my GGP's names Brenan, Corcoran and Gohagan were next door neighbors on Mill Street in Bradford West End District 14. I have identified clear migration trails from the border area of County Mayo and County Roscommon, Ireland to both Huddersfield and Leeds, Yorkshire and feel that Bradford may follow suit with more of the same. It remains to be seen.

I would love to hear from anyone who is a descendent of the Bradford Gahagans or other Towns in this part of Yorkshire so that we can share information and try to link our family lines.

1841     Bradford West End Sub Registration District  
1851 Bowling Sub Registration District Bradford East End Sub Registration District Bradford West End Sub Registration District Keighly Sub Registration District
1861     Bradford West End Sub Registration District  
1871     Bradford West End Sub Registration District  
1881     Bradford West End Sub Registration District (None)