The Michael Brennan (Brannan) and Ann Duffy? Family of Huddersfield England: An analysis of their Migration from Ireland to Yorkshire, Huddersfield England

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.

My objective in this research is to analyze the Brennan Families in Huddersfield England 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 Brennans 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.

This is a work in progress! Please contact me if you feel you are connected to this family or other Brennan families in Huddersfield so that we can share information.

Research Observations:

I believe that Michael Brannan (Brennan) likely married Ann Duffy in Huddersfield, England in June 1876. There was a marriage record on that date with four people from Huddersfield (same page and volume) Michael Brannan, Ann Duffy, Kate Henry and Peter Armstrong. Peter Armstrong was a widow by 1881 and there was a Free BMD Death Record in Huddersfield for a Kate Armstrong in March 1880, thus leaving Michael Brannan and Ann Duffy. It also fits because they had a son, Sarah in 1880 according to the 1881 and 1891 Huddersfield Census. This would have to be proven with a GRO record.

Census Year and District or Other Record Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status and other info
Free BMD Marriage Index - Huddersfield June 1876 (Possible)   Brannan, Michael and Duffy, Ann June 1876 Huddersfield       Volume 9a, page 571
1881 Census Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 23 Quay Street Brennan, Michael, Head 25 Ireland Gas Stoker M
1881 Census Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 23 Quay Street Brennan, Ann, Wife 24 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England   M
1881 Census Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 23 Quay Street Brennan, Sarah Ann, Daughter 3 mos Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England    
1891 Census Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 22 2 Post Office yard Brennan, Michael, Head 35 Ireland Chemical Work Lab M
1891 Huddersfield Civil Parish District 22 2 Post Office yard Brennan, Ann, Wife 36 Ireland   M
1891 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 22 2 Post Office Yard Brennan, Sarah, Daughter 10 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England    
1891 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 22 2 Post Office yard Brennan, James W, Son 7 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England    
1891 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 22 2 Post Office Yard Brennan, Mary E 4 Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England