The Patrick Reynolds and Mary Navin Family of Huddersfield England, an Analysis of their Migration from Ireland to 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.

I believe there is a significant probability of a migration trail followed by these families, that Thomas Boyle, Ann Fili, Martin Brennan, Catherine Corcoran, Patrick Reynolds and Cath Bride may have come from the same part of County Mayo, Ireland. This will be a work in progress to search for the origins of these families. I would love to hear from other researchers who feel they are descendents of the Boyles, Brides, Reynolds, Filis, Brennans and Corcorans of Huddersfield, England so that we might work together to discover the origins of these families!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.

Summary of Findings: Patrick Reynolds was listed as being a witness at the 1849 Marriage of my second great Grand Parents Martin Brennan and Catherine Corcoran at St Patrick's Church in Huddersfield. My objective for this page is to try to trace this family through the England Census records and try to learn how they are connected to my family. There is a possibility that they shared a common migration trail from the same area in Ireland to England. I am tracing the other witnesses/sponsors on their marriage record and baptism of their daughter Mary as well: Thomas Boyle, Ann Fili and Cath Bride. Of interest is that 10 years later, Thomas Boyle and Ann Boyle (Phely) were the sponsors at Patricks Wedding (Patrick witnessed Martin and Catherine's wedding as did Ann Fili). There is a 1871 Huddersfield England Census record that documents a Patrick Reynolds 30, Mason's laborer, wife Mary 36 (both were born in Ireland), Daughter Mary 15 (servant) and Son Henry 9 a Scholar (both born in Huddersfield). They were living on Spivey's Yard. I have not included them thus far because these children's ages don't add up if Patrick and Mary were married in 1859. I requested a copy of their marriage record from St Patrick's Church from the Wakefield Archives. They replied that the entry was of poor quality and were unable to copy it but confirmed the information from May 1859 Patrick Reynolds , son of John to Mary Naven.

Other Individuals with the Surname Reynolds in the St Patricks, Huddersfield Records:

  1. Mary Lally, daughter of William Lally and Anna Reynolds was born February 5, 1839 and baptized February 17, 1839. ( All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  2. Joseph Cooney, son of Patrick Cooney and Elizabeth Reynolds was born on May 6, 1839 and baptized at St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield on July 3, 1839. ( All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
Census Yr/ District or other Records Address Name Age Born Occupation; Misc Information Marital Status
1851 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 11 Castlegate Reynolds, Patrick, Lodger with the Gantly Family from Ireland 20 Ireland Labourer (sic) U
1851 Huddersfield Civil Parish 4 Windsor Court Navin, Mary, Lodger with the Gannon Family from Ireland; Next door to Henry Reynolds. 30 Ireland Hawker U
GRO Marriage Record May 19, 1859 Both were residing at Post Office Yard in Huddersfield Patrick Reynolds and Mary Navin 25, 28   Patrick was a laborer; Fathers: John Reynolds (deceased) and James Navin (deceased) and both were laborers; Thomas Boyle and Ann Boyle Sponsors; married St Patrick's Church;  
Free BMD England Death Index Huddersfield December 1867 (possible)   Reynolds, Mary died December 1867 Huddersfield 37   Volume 9A; 229  
1871 Huddersfield Civil Parish, District 23 Windsor Court Reynolds, Patrick, Lodger (living with the Thomas and Anne Boyle Family from Ireland 40 Ireland Laborer W