The John and Ann Corcoran Family of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England: An analysis of their Possible Migration from County Mayo, Ireland to Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England

The Connaught Counties of Galway, Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo are heavily represented in the Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, 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 Gahagan, Corcoran, Brennan and Possible Coffey families in the Wolverhampton, Staffordshire 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 families 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.

Research observations for this family: Chris, a Genealogist in England inspired the research for this family page by making the connection between the Wolverhampton Census records. The family of John and Ann Corcoran appear to be present in the Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern sub registration Districts from census years 1861-1901. I am including the 1851 census of a family that I believe could be the family of John Corcoran before his marriage to Ann. If this were accurate, it would appear that John Corcoran most likely married Ann in Wolverhampton and not Ireland. A search of the Free BMD for Corcoran marriages in England from years 1851-1861 uncovered one John in December 1856 on Volume 6b page 773; There were 4 people listed on that volume and page for Wolverhampton in this database: John Corcoran, Hannah Griffith, David Morgan and Mary Trueman. I believe Hannah is a derivation of the given name Ann and is a possible match. This would need to be proven by obtaining the GRO marriage record. If it is a match, it could be a goldmine of information on this line! I believe that the 1871 census for John and Ann Cochrane has a high probability of being the same family as the ages and children are a close match, with Anthony, Joseph, Patrick and Catherine as new additions since the 1861 census. One think that puzzles me is the occupation for John is listed as a laborer at the Ironworks not a Bricklayer's Laborer, but in the 1881 census, four of his children are employed in iron industry occupations. I believe that the townland is most likely Ballinamore, County Mayo Ireland after pouring over the census records for the rest of the century plus that in 1901 for an Ann Corcoran in the Union Workhouse who I believe is Ann Corcoran, widow of John Corcoran, born in County Mayo, Ireland, but further evidence is needed for proof. Ballinamore, County Mayo Ireland is a Townland in Killedan Civil Parish, Gallen Barony that is part of Kiltimagh Roman Catholic Parish. I am fairly certain that Mark Corcoran married Florence Hawthorn based on the 1901 census and Mark's brothers Patrick and Anthony and the Dibble children that were living with them, but a GRO marriage certificate would end any questions. I believe it is highly likely that John Corcoran the father of this Irish family died after the 1891 census was compiled as I could not find him in the 1901 census and I believe his widow Ann is in the Union Workhouse in 1901, but that needs to be proven.

I welcome any and all feedback, corrections- they benefit us all. If you believe that your family might be related to any of the families that I have identified in these census records or if you have Corcorans, Gahagans, Brennans or Coffeys (and all variations) that might have settled or passed through Wolverhampton please contact me as I would love to hear from you!

Census Year/ District Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status and misc. info.
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subregistration District 1pp Castleplace Walsh, Luke, Head 50 Ireland Bricklayer's Lab. M
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1pp Castleplace Walsh, Betsy, Wife 46 Ireland   M
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1pp Castleplace Walsh, Betsy, Daughter 10 Staffordshire, Whampton, England    
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1pp Castleplace Walsh, Henry, Son 7 Staffordshire, Whampton, England    
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1pp Castleplace Corcoran, Mary, Sister in Law 60 Ireland   W
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1pp Castleplace Corcoran, Bridgett, Niece 40 Ireland   W
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1pp Castleplace Corcoran, Mary, Grand Niece 16 Ireland Servant U
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1pp Castleplace Corcoran, Michael, Nephew 26 Ireland Bricklayer's Lab. U
1851 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1pp (possible link) Castleplace Corcoran, John, Nephew 18 Ireland Bricklayer's Lab U
Free BMD England Marriage Index; Wolverhampton Marriages December 1856 (possible link?)  

Corcoran, John and Griffith, Hannah?

Chris just obtained a GRO record for the marriage of John Corcoran 33 to Hannah Griffin 30 Dec 26, 1868. They were living on Stafford Street; His father John Corcoran, hers Anthony Griffin- both deceased.

  Wolverhampton, England   volume 6b, page 773;
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subreg District 5 Stafford St Court and Con ? (continued?) Corcoran, John, Head 30 Ireland Bricklayer's Lab. M
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 5 Stafford St Court... Corcoran, Ann, Wife 26 Ireland   M
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 5 Stafford St Court Corcoran, Ellen, Daughter 3 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England    
1861 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 5 Stafford St Court Corcoran, John 2 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England    
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subreg District 1 Prince's Alley Cochrane, John Head 40 Balinmaller?, Ireland (possibly Ballinamore?) Ballinamore is present in Longford, Mayo, Tipperary and Leitrim. Labourer (sic) at Ironworks M
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subreg District 1 Prince's Alley Cochrane, Ann, Wife 35 Balinmaller?, Ireland Wife M
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1 Prince's Alley Cochrane, Ellen, Daughter 13 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar U
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1 Prince's Alley Cochrane, John, Son 11 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar U
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1 Prince's Alley Cochrane, Anthony, Son 9 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar U
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1 Prince's Alley Cochrane, Joseph, Son 5 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar U
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1 Prince's Alley Cochrane, Patrick, Son 3 Wolverhampton, Stafforshire, England   U
1871 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 1 Prince's Alley Cochrane, Catherine, Daughter 4 mos Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Laborer's infant  
Free BMD Index- England Wolverhampton Marriages December 1879 (possible)   Corcoran, Ellen and Dibble, William Wilson   Wolverhampton, England   Volume 6b, page 857
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, St. Mary subreg District 10 11 Southhampton Street Corcoran, John, Head 61 Ballamore, Ireland (I believe this is likely Ballinamore, Ireland) Bricklayer's Laborer M
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Ann, Wife 45 Ballamore, Ireland Hawker M
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, John, Son 21 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Blacksmith U
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Anthony, Son 19 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Brass Dresser U
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Hugh, Son 14 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Brass Dresser U
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southhampton Street Corcoran, Patrick, Son 13 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Iron Brazier U
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Kate, Daughter 10 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar  
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Mark, Son 9 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar  
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Helen, Daughter 7 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar  
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Wilson, William, Son? (should it be son in law?) 20 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Galvanizer M
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Wilson, Helen, Daughter (is this Ellen, 13 in 1871?) 24 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Japanner Stover M
1881 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 10 11 Southampton Street Wilson, John, Grandson 9 mos Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England    
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subreg District 8 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, John, Head 66 Ireland Bricklayer's Lab M
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Ann, Wife 58 Ireland Hawker M
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Anthony, Son 29 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Galvanizer Zinc U
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, U (Hugh) 25 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Electrician U
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Patrick, Son 23 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Galvinizer - Zinc U
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Corcoran, Mark, Son 20 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Bicycle Fitter U
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Taylor, Helen, Niece 18 Bilston, Staffordshire, England   U
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Dibble, John, Grandson 10 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar  
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Dibble, Rose, grandaughter 8 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar  
1891 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 8 11 Southampton Street Dibble, Mary H, Grandaughter 7 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Scholar  
Free BMD England Death Index Wolverhampton December 1891 (possible)   Corcoran, John 60 Wolverhampton, England   Volume 6b, page 362
Free BMD England Marriage Index Wolverhampton December 1899 (possible)   Corcoran, Mark and Hawthorn, Florence   Wolverhampton, England   Volume 6b, page 1190
1901 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District Wolverhampton Union Workhouse Union Workhouse Corcoran, Ann, Pauper 64 County Mayo, Ireland Hawker W
1901 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, Wolverhampton Eastern Subreg District 9 15 Faulkland Street Corcoran, Mark, Head 26 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Cycle Polisher M
1901 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 9 15 Faukland Street Corcoran, Florence, Wife 26 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England   M
1901 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 9 15 Faukland Street Corcoran, Ellen, Daughter 3 ?    
1901 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 9 15 Faukland Street Corcoran, Patrick, Brother 34 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Machine Tool Fitter, Labourer (sic) U
1901 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 9 15 Faukland Street Corcoran, Anthony, Brother 40 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Market Porter U
1901 Wolverhampton Civil Parish, District 9 15 Faukland Street Dibble, John, Nephew 20 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Brass Tube Drawer U

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