The Michael Carrol and Maria (Mary) Brenan (Brannan) Family: An Analysis of their Journey Beginning with their roots in the Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland area on to Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley Staffordshire, England and Beyond

Michael Carrol and Maria Brenan were married on February 9, 1843. This marriage record appears in the Kiltimagh Catholic Parish Records, County Mayo, Ireland. There were three Brenan/Carrol Families in film 926012 for Kiltimagh Parish: Patritius Brenan/Eleonora Carrol February 26, 1853, Bridgida Brennan/Jacobus Carroll February 6, 1865, Joannes Brenan/Maria Carrolon May 17, 1836 and the subject of this page, Maria Brenan and Michael Carrol. I couldn't find any baptismal records for any of these families in that particular film (there is one other film on this parish I have yet to view).

This page was inspired by the research of Genealogist Kevin Carroll who has been doing extensive research in collaboration with other researchers in the United States. This is a work in progress. I welcome any and all feedback, corrections- they benefit us all. If you believe that your ancestors might be related to this family please contact me so that we can expand this family tree!

The path that this family has taken after departing Kiltimagh has many twists and turns that Kevin has been uncovering through his contacts with the Dudley Archives and Local History Service among other resources. What is clear is that after they were married in 1843 they were present in Stafford Walsall for the birth of their two daughters Mary (1849), Ellen (1851) and in Wolverhampton in 1856 where their son Michael was born. Oral family history suggests that Michael Carrol died in some sort of Occupational accident in either Ireland or England in 1855. Mary is listed as a widow in the 1861 Wolverhampton Census, but a death record for Michael has yet to be located. Mary Carroll (Brennan) remarried in Dudley, Worcestershire England on October 2, 1864 to William Langford a Coal Miner from Dudley. A marriage record obtained by Kevin confirms her maiden name as Brannan and deceased father as Francis. The Edward Brannan and Catharine Nicholson family lives next to them in the 1871 Wolverhampton Census and the Hugh Brannan family is nearby as well. I traced the Edward and Catherine Brannan family in the 1851- 1881 Wolverhampton Census records and no County of origin in Ireland is given. James Branan and widow Mary Branan live nearby Edward and Catherine Branan in the 1881 census. Edward Brannan's daughter Bridget appears to have married Isaac Summerhill quarter ending January 1871 in Dudley.

I have traced two other Connacht families that migrated to the Wolverhampton area in the 19th century: a Brennan family from Sligo and a Corcoran family from Mayo. I plan to do further research on the Brennans in Wolverhampton in the future as time allows and welcome collaboration on creating these pages.

Regarding the Town of Dudley: When Samuel Lewis compiled his Topographical Dictionary of England in 1831, the Town and parish was part of the hundred of Halfshire, County of Worcester until it was transferred to Staffordshire in 1966 and the County of West Midlands in 1974. That explains why I have seen numerous records that say Worcestershire/Staffordshire on them. The area had extensive mines of Iron and Coal Stone providing a lot of job opportunities in Mining. The Worcester Branch of the Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry has an excellent website with genealogical resources and information on Dudley.

Research Observations: I did an analysis of the births in both Wolverhampton and Walsall, Staffordshire between 1846 and 1857 and I was unable to find a Mary or Michael Carroll. There were numerous other Carrolls in both Walsall and Wolverhampton at that time but no Mary or Michael in the expected time range. A middle name could have been used? In a search for a death record for Michael Carroll time frame 1850-1861 the only Michael Carroll's listed as having died in this county were Michael Carrol September 1856 in New Castle Under Lyme and Michael Carroll March 1861 in Stone (neither of which are anywhere near Wolverhampton or Walsall, Staffordshire- thus supporting a possible death in Ireland when he returned as their family lore suggests. There was an Ellen Carroll 29 yr old servant born in Walsall living with the Bakewell Family in Handsworth, Staffordshire in the 1881 census. Handsworth is in the southern part of Staffordshire closer to Walsall and Wolverhampton but I have no way of knowing if this is her.

Type of Record- Church, Census Address Name Age Born Occupation Marital Status and other Misc Info.
Kiltimagh Catholic Parish Records, Kiltimagh, County Mayo   Brenan, Maria married Michael Carrol February 9, 1843       LDS Microfilm 926012
Free BMD England Birth Index- Wolverhampton (Possible birth record for Ellen Carroll?)   Ellen Carrol was born the quarter ending June 1851 Wolverhampton   Quarter ending June 1851   Volume 17, Page 419
1851 England Census Staffordshire, Wolverhampton St Mary's Ecclesiastical Parish Castle Yard Carrol, Michael, Head (numerous lodgers live with them) 30 Ireland Ag Laborer M
1851 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire Census Castle Yard Carrol, Mary, Wife 30 Ireland   M
1851 Wolverhampton Staffordshire Census Castle Yard Carrol, Mary, Daughter 2 Staffordshire, Walsall, England    
1851 Wolverhampton Staffordshire Census Castle Yard Carrol, Ellen, Daughter 3 weeks Staffordshire, Walsall, England    
Free BMD England Death Index- Staffordshire Wolverhampton (Possible Death record for Mary Carrol?)   Carrel, Mary died Quarter ending December 1851 Wolverhampton       Volume 17; Page 254
1861 England Census Staffordshire Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton Eastern Census; St Mary's Ecclesiastical Parish District 14 Castle Place Carrol, Mary Head 35 Ireland   W
1861 Staffordshire, Wolverhampton Census Castle Place Carrol, Michael, Son 5 Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, England   There is some family history of Michael Joseph patrick Carroll being born in Kiltimagh, Mayo on Christmas Day 1855- I have no records to support this yet in the film.
1861 Staffordshire Wolverhampton Census Castle Place Carrol, Ellen, Daughter 9 Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, England    
Certified Marriage Record Dudley, Worcestershire, England Mary lived on Gads? Lane and William on Wolverhamton Street in Dudley Mary Carroll married William Langford (a Coal Miner) October 2, 1864 Catholic Church Dudley Mary was 36; William 30     Mary was the daughter of Francis Brannan (a deceased Farmer) and William of Richard Langford a deceased Coal Miner) KUDO's to Kevin for sharing this record!!
1871 England Census Worcestershire Dudley District 18 Gads Lane Court Langford, William, Head 40 Dudley, Worcestershire, England Miner M
1871 Worcestershire Dudley Census Gads Lane Court Langford, Mary, Wife 40 Ireland   M
1871 Worcestershire Dudley Census Gads Lane Court Carroll, Ellen, Wife's Daughter 18 Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England Laborer U
1871 Worcestershire Dudley Census Gads Lane Court Carroll, Michael, Son 15 Ireland Hawker U