Gahagan (Goghan, Goaghan, Geoghegan, Gaughan) Identified in the 1861 Bradford Civil Parish, Bradford West End Sub Registration District, Yorkshire, England and Research into their Irish Origins

Liverpool was the port of entry for the vast majority of the Irish that departed the Connaght Counties of Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo and Galway. Many Irish immigrants unable to find work in Liverpool were drawn to places like Manchester, Bradford and Leeds and their thriving textile and other industrial development in the mid 19th century.

After analyzing all 29 districts in the West End Sub Registration District of the Bradford 1861 census, I observed that the largest concentration of Irish-born immigrants were living in Districts 12,14,20,21,22,23,24,25,26, and 28. Streets with the largest numbers were Abbey Street, Grace Church Street, Sommer Street, Spink Place, Black Abbey Road, Providence Street, Longland Street, Loncroft Place, One Street, Green Air Place, Vincent Street, Galway Street, Upper and Lower West Street, Poole Abbey, Albion Street, Leys and Mill Bank. They also appear to be branching out into various other occupations (confectioner, operative chemist, musician, commercial clerk, solicitor, joiner, foundry etc) rather than primarily textile-related jobs.

Keep in mind that the connections I draw are what appear to me to be the same family and need to be further analyzed to make sure the conclusion is correct (hopefully with supporting evidence such as GRO marriage records and baptismal 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. The vast majority of earlier census records fail to give a place name of origin in Ireland.

District Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status and Misc Info
23 27 Green Air Place Geoghegan, Dennis, Head 36 Ireland Mason's Laborer M
23 27 Green Air Place Geoghegan, Sarah, Wife 39 Ireland Steam Power Loom Weaver of Stuff M
23 27 Green Air Place Geoghegan, Patrick, Son 12 Bradford, Yorkshire Bobbin Layer in Worsted Mill  
5 74 Victoria Street Goggin, Maurice 42 Ireland Silk and Paper Agent M;House Servant Mary Halloran, 22, lives with them
5 74 Victoria Street Goggin, Catherine, Wife 35 Broughton, Yorkshire

 

 

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5 74 Victoria Street Goggin, William, Son 7 Bradford, Yorkshire Scholar  
5 74 Victoria Street Goggin, Maurice, Son 4 Bradford, Yorkshire    
5 74 Victoria Street Goggin, Margaret, Daughter 2 Bradford, Yorkshire