The Brady Family of County Cavan, Ireland
The Brady family left County Cavan, Ireland in the 1840s. They were part of a massive movement of people leaving Ireland who headed for Liverpool, England. Liverpool was "the nearest place that wasn't Ireland" where Irish people could travel to find work or board a ship to go to North America.
Irish people first started coming to Liverpool in large numbers after the turmoil of the rebellion of 1798. A great influx of Irish people of all classes and religions occurred in Liverpool in 1798. It marked the beginning of a regular flow of Irish migrants that would transform Liverpool's population, culture and even the local accent.
Liverpool became a "diaspora place" for the Irish it was one of a number of destinations where Irish people settled in large numbers. Liverpool had a well established Irish community by the 1840s with most Irish men employed as dock labourers. The only Irish ancestor on my maternal line, Silvester Kelly, was living in Liverpool in 1807.
My Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Grandfather Silvester Kelly was in Liverpool in 1807
Liverpool was overwhelmed by the huge influx of Irish migrants during the Great Famine of the 1840s. Many of the arrivals needed poor relief or required medical attention. Liverpool was described as "the hospital and cemetery of Ireland" in 1847. Thousands of Irish people died of hunger or disease and many local people died with them.
The Irish were happy to settle permanently in Liverpool they were a lively people who appreciated the liveliness of their new surroundings. The living conditions for a lot of working class people were unpleasant but the vibrant energy of the port made life in Liverpool exciting for its inhabitants.
The Brady family arrived in Liverpool around the time of the Great Famine when Liverpool's Irish-born population reached its peak. Population statistics taken from census records tell us that 22.3% of Liverpool's residents were Irish-born in 1851. The Irish community was actually larger than these figures suggest if you include all the children born to Irish parents.
Table showing figures for Irish-born residents of Liverpool for 1841-1951
The first appearances of the Bradys on record in Liverpool are the baptism and birth records for Michael Brady. The date of birth differs between the two records but they do confirm that Michael Brady was born in 1848 to parents Michael Brady and Bridget McGuinness in Court 10 in Oriel Street Liverpool.
Only three Brady children appear on the 1851 Census record it is very likely considering the gaps between their ages that the family had other children who had died in Ireland. The eldest of the three children, John Brady, was the grandfather of Mary Brady who married Patrick Joseph Holland.
The only daughter, Susan Brady, does not appear on baptism or birth records in Liverpool despite the 1851 Census record saying she was born in Liverpool. The 1861 Census record is probably right in saying she was born in Ireland. The grand-daughter on the 1861 Census record, Annie Brady, was Susan's daughter.
Bridget Brady of Court 10 Oriel Street registered the birth of her son Michael Brady on 7th October 1848
Michael & Bridget Brady with their children at House 6 in Court 10 in Oriel Street on the 1851 Census
Oriel Street was notorious for poor living conditions
The Culkin Murders in Oriel Street
John Brady married Elizabeth Leacy or Lacy at St. Nicholas church Liverpool on 11th December 1853
Patrick Brady was baptised at St. Augustine's RC church Liverpool on 3rd January 1858
Michael, Bridget, children & grand-daughter at 3 Spring Buildings, Tatlock Street on the 1861 Census
John & Elizabeth Brady with their children at 2 Adams Place, Stewart Street on the 1861 Census
Susan Brady married William Kelly at St. Joseph's RC church Liverpool on 9th July 1862
Michael Brady died on 7th or 8th January 1864 and was buried at St. Oswald's Cemetery in Old Swan
Bridget Brady died on 21st March 1870 the funeral was at St. Anthony's and burial at Ford Cemetery
John & Elizabeth Brady with their children at 3 Denbigh Street on the 1871 Census
Michael Brady married Jane Stewart at St. Anthony's RC church Liverpool on 8th June 1871
Patrick Brady married Margaret Reid at St. Nicholas church Liverpool on 30th September 1878
St. Nicholas church Liverpool
Mary Brady was baptised at St. Augustine's RC church Liverpool on 30th March 1881
John & Elizabeth Brady with their children at 32 Porter Street on the 1881 Census
Patrick, Margaret, daughter Mary & sister Mary at House 2 in Court 3 in Clay Street on the 1881 Census
John Brady died on 11th April 1881 his funeral was at St. Augustine's and his burial at Ford Cemetery
Patrick's sister Mary married Patrick McShane at St. Mary's RC church Liverpool on 15th July 1885
Michael Brady married Mary Wood at All Saints church Liverpool on 28th September 1889
Elizabeth Brady with her daughter Mary McShane and her family at 33 Brownlow Hill on the 1891 Census
Patrick & Margaret Brady with their children at 9 Clay Street on the 1891 Census
Elizabeth Brady died on 25th September 1895 & was buried on 28th September at Ford Cemetery
Patrick Brady died on 31st December 1898 & was buried on 2nd January 1899 at Ford Cemetery
Margaret Brady with children, cousin William Reid & boarders at 53 Regent Street on the 1901 Census
Ellen Brady married Alexander Casey at Our Lady of Reconciliation RC church on 3rd September 1903
John & Elizabeth Brady's daughter Mary McShane died on 12th February 1904 in Chicago USA
Margaret Brady died in hospital on 12th April 1904 & was buried on 15th April 1904 at Anfield Cemetery
Catherine Florence Brady married James Middleton at St. Nicholas church on 24th March 1908
James & Catherine Middleton with their son James at 10 Sand Street Liverpool on the 1911 Census
Alexander & Ellen Casey with children & Elizabeth Brady at 18 Sand Street Liverpool on the 1911 Census
Mary Casey married James Alfred Jacques at St. Augustine's RC church Liverpool on 3rd August 1929
Ellen Casey died & was buried in the Casey family grave at Ford Cemetery in April 1931
Mary Elizabeth Jacques died & was buried in the Casey family grave at Ford Cemetery in May 1934
Son James Anthony Jacques died & was buried in the Casey family grave at Ford Cemetery in July 1934
James Alfred Jacques married Ellen Ryan at St. Nicholas RC church on 14th September 1935
Liverpool author and radio presenter Brian Jacques was the son of James Alfred Jacques and Ellen Ryan
Jacques Family Tree
Catherine Florence Middleton died in Huyton & was buried at Ford Cemetery in November 1939
Elizabeth Brady died in Huyton & was buried at Yew Tree Cemetery in March 1956
The Children of Michael Brady & Bridget McGuinness
The Children of John Brady & Elizabeth Leacy
The Children of Patrick Brady & Margaret Reid
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