This is the story of Patrick Carroll and his wife Bridget
whose families arrived in Clifford, West Yorkshire, from
Ireland in the mid 1800s. The reason for their move to this
village was the Flax mill and the local Catholic landowner. He
brought the workers, and an order of nuns, to the village ofClifford
where he built the church in which they worshiped. Clifford Data has
some of this story. Census Data is information that we have used
in these pages. The investigations are the history of individuals that
we have tried to trace in more detail, such as Ada, Joseph and the
two Marys below.The family tree will be
followed down to the present day, with particular emphasis on
Patrick and Bridget's son, Joseph. He was the grandfather of
Leslie and sister Carolyn who set up the site with Carolyn'
The site is dedicated to Leslie, who was sustained during
his long illness by his interest and enthusiasm for this family research.
Initial page constructed with table.
The Ada mentioned here was
Ada Prior, who later became
Mrs Joseph Carroll. This is a
part of the story of how it was
that Ada and Joseph met all
those years ago. More...
This page has links to Census
data for the years 1861 to 1901
at the 10 year intervals used in
the collection of data. The page
is about the Carrolls, the Kilroys,
the Shanns and theTetleys.
Mary of York
This Mary Carroll was the
sister of Joseph, who was
married to Ada. Her niece
remembered her going to
live in Acomb, part of York,
with her husband Robert A.
The Mary Carroll Mystery
This page follows the investigation
that was made to discover who is
this Mary Carroll and how was she
related to the Clifford branch of the
family that are the subject of this
The search for Joseph Carroll
This Joseph Carroll was the father
of the Mary Carroll in the mystery
above. His wife Eugenie, formally
Shann, came from Clifford. The
search in the title is how and why
did Joseph come to Clifford, an
what was his link to the other
The Village of Clifford
Here is some background
about Clifford, a village in
the west riding of Yorkshire,
that was to be the new home
of the Carroll family following
their emigration from Ireland
in the 1860's. More...