Almost all my research to date has been tracing my ancestors back to the 1850's in Leeds.
I had always known that my family on my Father's side came to Leeds from somewhere in Ireland at or around the time of the potato famine but knew no details. Thousands of Irish farmworkers came to Leeds to find work as the city was growing fast and offered lots of jobs in texile mills and in building railways.
A lot of my research involved painstaking searches of year by year street directories, census returns from 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881and other records to plot the movements of literally hundreds of immigrants with the Reddington or McHale surnames in a poor district of the city known as the Bank.
From this research I was able to make out an index card for each person carrying their details such as each place they had lived, where they were born, who they married, their occupation, names and details of their offspring, burial records etc. This information was then put together over a number of years like a jigsaw puzzle onto a series of huge charts drawn on graph paper. Alongside my more traditional searches with Birth Marriage and Death certificates these charts filled almost all the gaps in my family history in Leeds.
Tracing the Reddingtons back to Ireland was more problematic. My great, great grandfather was a John Reddington who I knew to be born somewhere in Ireland in or around 1839. I knew that his father was William Reddington but could trace no records of him and believe he never emigrated at all. Using the charts, I identified that a close neighbour of John on the Bank was a James Reddington born 1815 or 1817 in Roscommon, a close contemporary of John's father William. The charts suggested that James arrived in Leeds at the same times as John and remained in close contact. William and James where almost certainly brothers or close cousins.
Armed with this information, my task was to find a record of James and William Reddington together in Roscommon. A search of the Griffiths Valuation revealed a James and a William Reddington working adjacent plots of land, renting from Sir Charles Henry Coote in the Ballinlig townland in Fuerty.
Other Reddingtons seem to have lived in close-by districts such as Tuam, across to Galway and in Mayo. Your ancestors in Co.Mayo are possibly connected in someway but to find out how will require research on the ground in order to build up a jigsaw, rather like the one which gave me all the connections in Leeds.
For your information here are the details of all the Reddingtons who emigrated from Ireland and ended up on the Bank in Leeds. In most cases I don't know from what parts of Ireland they hailed but, given that they all lived within a single square mile at the Bank, it is reasonable to assume that most came from the same area.
The list is as follows...
Lally Reddington born:1795. Had arrived England by 1851.
Bridget Reddington born:1801or 1811. Married to Anthony Reddington. Came to England between 1846 and 1849.
Anthony Reddington (her husband) born:1806
John Reddington born:1880 . Came to England with Lally Reddington (above)
James Reddington born: Roscommon 1815 or 1817 (brother or cousin of William Reddington).
Bridget Reddington born: 1821. Came to England between 1857 and 1859.
Ann Reddington born: 1829 . Came to England as a teenager with John and Lally (above).
Bridget Reddington born:1829 . Ditto.
Mary Reddington born:1830. Married to James Reddington (1815 - 1817).
Michael Reddington born: 1831. Was in England by 1861.
Mary Reddington (his wife) born: 1839.
Michael Reddington born: 1835.
Owen Reddington born: 1835 or 1839. Came to England in late teens.
Bridget Reddington nee Willis born: 1840. Came to England in her teens.
John Reddington born: 1839 . Son of William Reddington. My Great Great Grandfather.
Mary Reddington ( his wife ) born: 1841.
Michael Reddington born: 1846. Son of Anthony and Bridget (above). Came to England as a baby .
I hope you find this interesting, if you find any of the above people my be related to you I could let you know what became of them.
All the best,