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Mary E Brannan

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SJBe Report 8 Jun 2019 16:00

Searching for Grandmother Mary Ellen Brannan born 1886 in Yoxall Staffordshire
Daughter of William and Mary Brannan both from London but moved to Yoxall
Mary E Brannan may have emigrated to USA around 1909. SJBe


ErikaH Report 8 Jun 2019 17:00

You deleted the thread which has replies

Please answer the questions posed there

Not likely to be living


Rambling Report 8 Jun 2019 17:05


BRANNAN Mary Ellen RYAN Yoxall Lichfield Y/14/94

Staffordshire Birth indexes for the years: 1887
Surname Forename(s) Mother's Maiden Name Sub-District Registers At Reference
BRANNAN William RYAN Yoxall Lichfield Y/14/343

Passenger list Possible only

New York
First name(s) Mary E
Last name Brannan
Gender Female
Marital status S
Occupation SPINSTER
Departure year 1909
Departure day 21
Departure month 8
Departure port Liverpool
Destination port New York
Destination NEW YORK
Country United States
Destination country United States
Ship name Cedric
Ship official number 115354
Ship master's first name CHAS A
Ship master's last name BARTLETT
Shipping line WHITE STAR
Ship destination port NEW YORK
Ship destination country USA
Ship square feet 16939
Ship registered tonnage 21035
Number of passengers 126
Record set Passenger Lists Leaving Uk 1890-1960
Category Travel & migration
Subcategory Passenger Lists
Collections from Great Britain, England, United States, Americas


Rambling Report 8 Jun 2019 17:14

Not entirely sure but this seems to be the only marriage of a William Brannan? to Mary Ryan

Marriages Dec 1890 (>99%)
Brennan William Lichfield 6b 815
Ryan Mary Lichfield 6b 815


ArgyllGran Report 8 Jun 2019 17:18

I didn't see the other thread, so don't know what had already been found, if anything, nor what was asked.

So I'll ask -
Who did she marry?
Do you know that she definitely went to the USA?.

From what you say here, it sounds as if you know she went to the USA before marriage.
As you're her grandson, are you in the USA, and therefore know this?

Or perhaps she didn't marry, as you don't mention any other surname.

However, as I don't know if that's the case or not, here's another possibility -
Could this be her marriage?:

Marriages Sep 1908 (>99%)
BRANNAN Mary Lichfield 6b 817
BRANNON Mary Lichfield 6b 817
SMITH John Lichfield 6b 817

[ DELETED census, which I stupidly thought was 1911, but was actually 1881 !!]


ArgyllGran Report 8 Jun 2019 17:34

No, that marriage might be this couple:

Mary Brannan
in the 1901 England Census
Name: Mary Brannan
Age: 34
Estimated birth year: abt 1867
Relation to Head: Servant
Gender: Female
Birth Place: Ireland
Civil Parish: Newborough
Ecclesiastical parish: Newborough All Saints
Town: Newborough
County/Island: Staffordshire
Country: England
Street address:
Registration district: Uttoxeter
Sub-registration district: Abbots Bromley
ED, institution, or vessel: 6
Piece: 2634
Folio: 62
Page Number: 11
Household schedule number: 72
Household Members:
Name Age
John Smith 34 - Yoxall, Staffs - widower
Charles Smith 6
Mary Brannan 34 - married

Also on the image, but not transcribed on Ancestry, are Brannan children, Lucy, Florence, and Joseph.

Interestingly, that Mary Ellen's maiden name seems to have been Ryan:

GRO Reference: 1898 S Quarter in LICHFIELD Volume 06B Page 503


That Mary Ellen is your great-grandmother, perhaps, in spite of POB of Ireland in 1901 ??
Daughter Lucy in 1901 is Louisa in 1891.

Mary Brannan
in the 1891 England Census
Name: Mary Brannan
Gender: Female
Age: 25
Relationship: Wife
Birth Year: 1866
Spouse: William Brannan
Child: Mary E Brannan
William Brannan
Louisa Brannan
Birth Place: London, England
Civil Parish: Yoxall
Residence Place: Hadley End, Yoxall, Staffordshire, England
Sub registration district: Rugeley
ED, Institution or Vessel: 27
Piece: 2216
Folio: 159
Household Members:
Name Age
William Brannan 44
Mary Brannan 25
Mary E Brannan 5
William Brannan 3
Louisa Brannan 7/12


Rambling Report 8 Jun 2019 17:57

The Louisa aged 7 months on the 1891 was born Ryan before the marriage

Births Dec 1890 (>99%)

Ryan Louisa Lichfield 6b 426

from GRO

GRO Reference: 1890 D Quarter in LICHFIELD Volume 06B Page 426


ErikaH Report 8 Jun 2019 18:36

The woman who married Smith was Mary Ellen’s mother according to a PM from Sidney

Have advised him to post on the board

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 9 Jun 2019 09:57

An old thread here:



Rambling Report 9 Jun 2019 20:02

A bit lost with this as I can see SJBe's birth and his parent's marriage, Just adding this because DOB is slightly at odds with birth date given for John.

Elizabeth (Alice) Benton's life in 1939
Ashley Farm Cottage, Repton R.D., Derbyshire, England

Benton household
(6 people)

John Benton 14 Aug 1904 Male Cowman On Farm Married 132 1
Elizabeth (Alice) Benton 19 Aug 1904 Female Unpaid Domestic Duties Married 132 2
The record for this person is officially closed. Can I get around this?

The record for this person is officially closed. Can I get around this?

The record for this person is officially closed. Can I get around this?