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Brennan Families Identified in the Huddersfield England Census Records, Possible Origins in Ireland and Links Between the Census Years.

The Surname Brennan as well as numerous variations such as Brannan, Brennan, Brannon, Brennen are scattered throughout the different districts of the Huddersfield England Census Records. The vast majority of these Brennan families are documented as being born in Ireland. Some of the later census years begin giving counties of birth. It is my objective in this section to analyze the various Brennan Families found in the Huddersfield Civil Parish, Yorkshire England Census records between 1841 and 1891 to look for possible origins and connections between the lines. This is a work in progress and will be added to as I work my way through the census.

I am in the process of identifying all Irish Surnames documented in the 1851 Huddersfield Civil Parish, Huddersfield Sub Registration District, Districts 1-39 in My Irish-England section. Ancestry.com has three subregistration districts for Huddersfield Civil Parish: Huddersfield, Lockwood and Slaithwaite. I will pull the Brennans identified in these districts and add them to this compilation.

Observations of interest: In the Bradford West End, Yorkshire 1881 Census there was a Thomas Brannan 26, Slater House Top who was born in Huddersfield (abt 1855), his wife Margaret, 26, a hardware hawker, was born in Rochdale, Yorkshire and two kids Margaret A, 4 and William, 2 in Bradford.

I have linked the census records for the following Brennan Families and traced their migration from Ireland to Huddersfield, England:

  1. The Martin Brennan and Catherine Corcoran Family of Huddersfield England: An analysis of their Migration from Ireland to Huddersfield England to South Bend, Indiana
  2. The John and Mary Brannan Family of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England: An Analysis of their Possible Migration from Sligo, Ireland to Huddersfield England
  3. The Patrick Brennan (Brannan) and Helen Morris Family of Huddersfield England: An analysis of their Migration from Ireland to Huddersfield England
  4. The James Brennan and Ellen Roberts Family of Huddersfield England and James' Family with Margaret Carter (Whom he Married After the Death of Ellen in 1889) in England Census and Other Records
  5. The William Brennan (Brannen) and Elizabeth Reid (Read)Family of Huddersfield England: An analysis of their Migration from Huddersfield England (William) to Adelaide, South Australia and Back
  6. The John and Sarah (Mary) Brennan Family of Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England: An Analysis of their Migration from Ireland to Huddersfield England(this is the same Brennan family as in #9- I have traced their origins to Sligo)
  7. The James Brennan and Margaret Mack Family of Huddersfield England: An analysis of their Possible Migration from County Roscommon Ireland to Huddersfield England
  8. The John Galvin and Catherine Brennan Family of Huddersfield England: An Analysis of their migration from County Galway (John) and County Sligo, Ireland (Catherine) to Huddersfield England
  9. John Brannan, A Plaster's Laborer, and his Wife Mary (Sarah) in the Huddersfield, England Census Records: An Analysis of their Migration from Ireland to Huddersfield England (this is the same Brennan family as in #6- I have now traced their origins to Sligo)
  10. The John and Ann Brennan (Brannan) Family of Huddersfield England: An analysis of their Migration from Castlerea, County Roscommon Ireland to Huddersfield England
  11. The John Brannan and Mary Ann Byrnes (Burns) Family of Bradford and Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England: An Analysis of John's migration from Ireland and his Family's Presence in both Bradford and Huddersfield England
  12. The Mathew and Mary Brannan Family Family of Yorkshire, Huddersfield, England: An Analysis of their Migration from County Mayo Ireland to Cheshire Northwich Ireland and on to Yorkshire Huddersfield England
  13. The Dan and Jane Brennan (Brannan) Family of Huddersfield England: An analysis of their Migration from Ireland to Yorkshire, Huddersfield and Dalton England Civil Parishes and back to Huddersfield
  14. The Michael Brennan (Brannan) and Ann Duffy? Family of Huddersfield England: An analysis of their Migration from Ireland to Yorkshire, Huddersfield England
  15. 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
  16. The Thomas Brennan and Mary Cottle Family of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England: An Analysis of his Migration from Kiltullagh, County Roscommon, Hers from Dunmore, County Galway, Ireland, and their Families Development in Huddersfield Yorkshire England
  17. The Mathew Brannan (Brennan) and Mary Conway Family of Huddersfield England: An Analysis of their Migration from County Mayo Ireland to Northwich, Cheshire, England and on to Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
  18. The Michael Boyle and Bridget Brennan Family of Huddersfield England: An Analysis of their Migration from Ireland to Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
  19. The John and Margaret (Maiden Name likely Meehan) Brennan Family: An Analysis of John's origins in Foughill, County Roscommon, Ireland and his Journey Through Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire and finally to Huddersfield, Yorkshire England
  20. The James and Ann (Shearen) Brannan Family: Son Thomas was born December 21 and Baptized January 14, 1838 in St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield (Jno Barns, Marie Baslow? sponsors. (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  21. The Owen and Elizabeth (McAllister) Brannan Family: Daughter Elizabeth was born April 1, 1838 (possibly in Hull, Yorkshire according to England Select Births and Christenings) but was baptized on April 16, 1838 at St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England.
  22. The Francis Brennan and Nancy Ruane Family: Son Patrick was born on April 19, 1835? and baptized in St Patrick's Catholic Church on May 10, 1835?; Patrick Judge and Mary Ruane were sponsors. (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970). It appears that Francis may have been born in Hull, Yorkshire based on an ancestry.com database "England Select Births and Christenings.
  23. The Bridget Brennan and John Laytham Family: Daughter Sarah was born December 1, 1836 and baptized in St Patricks Catholic Church on December 11, 1836. (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  24. The Catherine Brennan and Andrew White Family: Son William was born February 10, 1836 and baptized February 19, 1836 at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Huddersfield and son John was born February 13, 1840 and baptized March 1, 1840- same place. Daughter Mary Ann was born September 15, 1838 and baptized September 23, 1838 (mother listed as Cath Brennan- Anna Brennan was a sponsor; (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  25. The Elizabeth Brennan and Dennis Gallaghan or Callaghan? Family: Dennis Callaghan? married Elizabeth Brennan at St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield on June 10, 1838. Daughter Mary Ann Gallaghan was born April 16, 1839 and Baptized at St Patrick's church, Huddersfield on May 5, 1839. (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  26. The John Giblin (or Gibbins) and Bridget Brannan Family: Son John was born May 24, 1839 and baptized on June 9, 1839 at St Patrick's church, Huddersfield and . son Thomas Gibbins was born September 1, 1837 and baptized September 3, 1837. (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  27. The James Brannan and Ann Stewart Family: Daughter Mary was born March 25, 1840 and baptized April 9, 1840 at St patrick's Church, Huddersfield, (Michael Brennan was one of the sponsors at this baptism.(ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  28. The Thomas Brennan and Sarah Nune Family: Daughter Mary Brannan was born July 6, 1840 and baptized August 30, 1840 at St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield. (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  29. The Patrick Flanagan and Mary Brannan Family: Patrick Flanagan married Mary Brannan in St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield on May 9, 1835. Daughter Honor Flanagan was born September 9, 1837 and baptized October 1, 1837 at St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield. (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  30. The James Brannan and Anne Shearen Family: Son Thos was born December 21,1838, baptized January 14, 1838 at St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield. (ancestry.com All England and Wales Non Conformist and Non Parochial Registers 1567-1970).
  31. The John and Margaret Brennan Family: 1901 Huddersfield District 8 census has John Brenan 40 Mason's Laborer born in Roscommon, Ireland. His wife Margaret 35 in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, son John L 15 Cotton Doffer Nottingham, sons Thomas 5 and James 2 Huddersfield, Maggie 12 , Annie 11 and Mary c 14 Woolen Doffer from Nottingham. This family was living on Windsor Court in Huddersfield District 22 when the 1891 Census was conducted. John (32 General Laborer born in Ireland) was living with wife Maggie (25 born in Burton on Trent), John 5, Mary 4, Maggie 2, Annie 1 all born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.

I have completed my search of the 1881 Huddersfield Civil Parish for the Brennan surname and all possible variations and am in the middle of the 1891 census. There were 10 Brennan families in the 1871 Huddersfield census and 22 in 1881. I am going to try to connect these families over the census years but I could use your help! 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). They are something to build upon and prove. I would welcome all feedback on this effort. Only through input from other Brennans will we find how we might all be related.

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