The Edward and Bridget (Mary) Brannan Family of Huddersfield England: An Analysis of their Migration from County Galway and County Meath, Ireland to Huddersfield, England on to America and back to Huddersfield

The Connaught Counties of Galway, Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo are heavily represented in the Huddersfield 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.

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.

Analysis of Findings: I believe that I have found Edward and his family from 1881 to the 1901 census in Huddersfield England. The one glaring discrepancy is the given name of his spouse. It is listed as Mary age 37, born in Ireland in 1881, Bridget 50 born in County Mead, Ireland in 1891 and Brigdet 59 born in Ireland in 1901. Children noted in the three records and their places of birth tie the family together, but Mary is not a variation of Bridget. I couldn't find an obvious match in the Free BMD for the death of a Mary Brannan between 1881 and 1891 in Huddersfield. This family had a remarkable journey over a 30 year period! The number of Brennan/Brannan families in the Huddersfield Census jumped significantly between the 1871 and 1881 census and this isn't the first Brennan I have traced here whose origins were in Galway. There were only four names listed on the Huddersfield Free BMD marriages SEptember 1896 in Volume 9a, Page 732: Julia Ann Brennan, Tom Barker, Alice Haigh and Joe William Pashley. I believe Julia Ann married Joe William Pashley as they are in the same district as her parents in 1901 (7) and she is listed as a rug weaver as she was in 1891.

If you feel that you may be connected to this family, please contact me so that we can compare findings and possibly connect them to other Brennan (Brannan) families in Huddersfield.

Census Year District or other Record Address Name Age Born Occupation and other Misc Info. Marital Status
1881 Huddersfield England Civil Parish, District 25 57 Newtown Brannan, Edward, Head 40 Ireland Corporation Laborer - Rd. M
1881Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 25 57 Newtown Brannan, Mary, Wife 37 Ireland   M
1881 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 25 57 Newtown Brannan, Mary Ellen, Daughter 15 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Cigar Maker U
1881 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 25 57 Newtown Brannan, Peter, Son 9 America Scholar  
1881 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 25 57 Newtown Brannan, Julia Ann, Daughter 4 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Scholar  
1891 Huddersfield England Civil Parish, District 18 2 Swallow Street Brennan, Edward, Head 50 County Galway, Ireland Laborer- union M
1891 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 18 2 Swallow Street Brennan, Bridget, Wife 50 County Mead (Meath), Ireland   M
1891 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 18 2 Swallow Street Brennan, Julia Ann, Daughter 14 Newtown, Ireland (I think this may be Newtown Street in Huddersfield where they lived in 1881 census) Rug Weaver, Carpet  
1901 Huddersfield England Civil Parish, District 7 6a Hawk Street Brannan, Edward, Head 60 Ireland Corporation Lab M
1901 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 7 6a Hawk Street Brannan, Bridget, Wife 59 Ireland   M
1901 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 7 6a Hawk Street Brannan, Peter, Son 28 America Road Laborer U
England Free BMD Marriages- Huddersfield (Possible marriage of their daughter Julia Ann)   Brennan, Julia Ann and Joe William Pashley September 1896     Huddersfield Volume 9a, Page 732  
1901 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 7 45 Northumberland Street Pashley, Joe Wm, Head 26 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Fish Monger Laborer M
1901 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 7 (possible daughter of Edward Brannan) 45 Northumberland Street Pashley, Julian, Wife (possibly Julia Ann Brennan) 24 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England Rug Weaver M
1901 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 7 45 Northumberland Street Pashley, Emma, Daughter 4 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England    
1901 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 7 45 Northumberland Street Pashley, Edward, Son 2 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England