Grannell Family History and Genealogy
Grannell households recorded in the UK 1881 census – click on links
West Derby, Liverpool
Notes on Irish Records for Catholic families
State registration of Catholic births, deaths and marriages in Ireland only began in 1864. Countrywide government censuses were taken every ten years from 1821. The 1821, 1831, 1841 and 1851 were largely destroyed by fire during the civil war. The returns for 1861 to 1891 were completely destroyed by order of the British Government. The earliest returns available to the public are for 1901 and 1911.
The only direct source of family information prior to the civil registration for all the population are the local parish records. The majority of these registers began in the first decades of the 19th century. These records are recorded in Latin or English. The dates covered vary from parish to parish. The priest’s handwriting is sometimes difficult to read. Most of the records are available on microfilm in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin.
In order to gather information for taxation purposes a valuation of Ireland was carried out. The man in charge of this extensive survey was Richard Griffith. The Primary Valuation was published between 1848 and 1864. The householders in all counties are recorded. This is commonly used as a census substitute although it was never intended to be so. Similarly family information can be gleaned from the Tithe Applotment Books of the 1830’s.
The following variations in the spelling of Grannell were found in the 1881 census Granel, Granell, Grannel and Granwell. There could be others. In the 1901 census I found these variations Grannells, Granalls and Grannall. I will use the Grannell version, as this is the most common version found in county Wexford today.
The following is a list of Grannells born in Wexford and living in Liverpool in 1881;
Michael about 1857
Dennis about 1836
William about 1835
Margaret about 1823
Patrick about 1813
Susan about 1836
Michael about 1826 married Liverpool 1848.
(Possibly a Peter and John Grannell born in Wexford in the 1820’s of 30’s, their families all born and living in Liverpool in 1881)
We also have one Waterford born Grannell living in London;
Robert about 1822
Moses and Mary Grannell, 102 Chatsworth St, West Derby, Lancashire, England
Moses was the son of Michael and Mary Grannell of 51 Overbury St., West Derby. Liverpool. His parents were married in Liverpool in 1848. His grandparents on his father’s side were Moses and Mary Grannell. His grandparents on his mother’s side were John and Catherine Bulger.
Moses’s parents emigrated from Wexford to Liverpool. Moses and his father both worked as joiners (pattern makers). Michael was born in Wexford in 1826 and died in Liverpool in 1885. Mary was also born in Wexford and she died in Liverpool in 1883.
Peter and Ellen Grannell, 22 Lionel St, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Peter is not a name usually associated with the Wexford Grannells. Searching through my records I came across a Peter Grannell who married Anne Connor in Wexford in 1829.
Michael and Mary Grannell, 4 Back Portland St., Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Michael Grannell was married to Mary Doyle and they lived in her parent’s house at this time. An Edith Grannell born in Liverpool 1939 is a direct descendent of this Michael. Did they marry in Liverpool? In which case his parents name will be recorded on the marriage certificate.
I have checked the records available from Wexford between 1857 and 1881 and I can find no record of this marriage. State registered records were not kept till 1864 for Catholic marriages and births.
Dennis and Jane Grannell, 46 Pluto St, Kirkdale, Lancashire, England
Dennis is a name associated with the Grannells from the parish of Clonmore. In 1853 we have a Denis Grannell in the townland of Toome. He was a large farmer with 132 acres. Another Denis Grannell lived in the parish of Ballycanew. He was also a large farmer with 117 acres.
There are several Denis Grannell’s mentioned in the civil records for Wexford (1864-1900) e.g. a Denis Grannell died in 1876 aged 84 in the district of Enniscorty.
There was a Denis Grannell born in Wexford in 1834 and another in 1852.
James and Mary E Grannell, 56 St Arnaud St, West Derby, Lancashire, England
This James was the brother of the Moses Grannell mentioned above. His parents were Michael and Mary Grannell then living in 51 Overbury Street, West Derby. James was a driller in an Engine Works. James had three children Michael, James and William. Michael’s wife Mary was born in Wales.
William and Margaret Grannell, 68 Eldon Place, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Again the name William is fairly rare when it comes to the Grannell clan. There are only three recorded births in Wexford between 1800-1948 (1819, 1865 and 1895). There is only one William recorded in Griffith’s Valuation i.e. William Grannell, 159 Shannon Street, Enniscorty. Also in Enniscorty at the time were Thomas, 9 Craheen Street and another Thomas at 4 Kilagoley Rd.
It is possible that the 1881 William married Margaret in Liverpool.
Margaret Grannell, 7 Back Salisbury St, Everton, Lancashire, England
Margaret was a very common Christian at this time. I assume she ‘lived in’ with the family in Everton.
Patrick and Catherine Grannell, 70 Tintern St., Kirkdale, Lancashire, England
Only four Patrick’s appear in the records of births for 1800-1900. There are two Patrick’s in Griffith’s Valuation 1853. One is found in the parish of ‘Ballylannan & Clongeen’ and the other in Monamolin.
Alfred and Mary S Grannell, 134 Peckham Park Rd, Camberwell, London, England
Could this Alfred be related to Robert Grannell in the next record? Robert was born in county Waterford in 1822. I assume that Harry L. Grannell is the Lowis of the 1901 census still living in Camberwell.
Robert and Julia Grannell, 3 Staceys Ter Lower Park Rd, Camberwell, London, England
According to the 1901 census Robert was born in county Waterford. Julia is not mentioned so I assume that she has died. Kate has now become Catherine and Mary looks like the Maire of the 1901 census, born 1864 now 37 years. I assume that Robert emigrated directly from Waterford to London where he married Julia.
Missing from this record is one Alphonus Grannell born about 1859 in Walworth. He appears in the 1901 census living in West Ham. Could he be related to Robert?
I didn’t get the relationships in this household. Samuel’s father must have been living in Birmingham before 1844. We are possibly looking at someone born in Ireland in the 1820’s. If John is his eldest son than his father or grandfather’s (or both) name could be John Grannell.
In the Wexford parish records there is a Susan Grannell born in 1831 and a Susan Martha.
Michael Grannell married Mary Bolger in Liverpool on the the 12th October 1848. Michael and Mary had five children, Moses 1850, James 1852, John (did he die young?), Thomas 1858 and Margaret. Michael’s parents were Moses and Mary Grannell. Mary’s parents were John and Catherine Bolger.
Thomas had a son Thomas Michael who died in Liverpool in 1934.
Michael’s father Moses was possibly the Moses Grannell found in Griffith’s Valuation of Ireland. That would make Moses 62 in 1848. The valuation for county Wexford was published in 1853. This Moses died on the 24th December 1864 aged 78 years.
Moses lived in the townland and parish of Kilmallock . He rented a house and just over 3 acres of land from a local landowner John Peare. The only other Grannell family in the parish was James Grannell of Ballina Lower. James rented three houses and around 82 acres of land from George Talbot. At the time of the valuation one house was vacant. So we have two or possibly three Grannell households in the parish of Kilmallock around this time.
In the Kilmallock graveyard some of the ancestors and descendants of Moses and James are buried. The oldest Grannell buried here is Mogue/Moses Grannell 1734-1797. It is a possibility that this Moses was the father of the Moses recorded in the Valuation of 1853.
The graveyard is well kept and recently seen some restoration work. This graveyard is located on the site of a medieval parish church in the now RC parish of Crossabeg.