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Capt. Thomas Blennerhassett


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Thomas Blennerhassett described as Captain in the Kerry Militia at baptism of his daughter in Tralee in 1801.


  
Capt. Thomas Blennerhassett,
of Tralee and of Cork.
Captain in the Kerry Militia ("Kerry Legion" corps) at Tralee.
He mar, licence 30 Apr 1791, to Mary Blennerhassett [born 1767].
Children bapt at Tralee 1792 to 1801.
He is described as Captain in the Kerry Militia at dau's baptism 1801, still living Tralee.
He was apparently the eldest surviving son after his father died 1804.
He would be "Thomas Blennerhassett of Tralee" who is party to Deed of 31 Mar 1806, relating to his sister Letitia.

He moved in 1806 to Cork.
He is described in [Deed, 17 Nov 1806] as Thomas Blennerhassett of Cork, formerly of Tralee, Captain in Kerry Militia.
[Deed, 1810] concerns various lands in Co.Kerry which were devised to Thomas Blennerhassett of Cork by Thomas Fuller Harnett.

Thomas dies, 1822:
He died 19 May 1822, at Brussels, Belgium (NOT 17 May, NOT 1825).
See notice in Freemans Journal, 31 May 1822.
See notice in Dublin Weekly Register, 1 June 1822.
(todo) See notice in Correspondent (or Dublin Correspondent), 1822.
(todo) See Sligo Journal, 5 June 1822.

Mary is listed in 1841 census as living with her (possibly deceased) daughter Letitia's family at Inver Villa, Stamford Brook, London.
Mary is listed in 1851 census as living with her deceased daughter Letitia's family at 15 Kensington Crescent, London.
Mary dies, 1859:
She died 28 Dec 1859, Kensington Crescent (dau's family's house), age 92 years.
See notice in Dublin Evening Mail, 2 January 1860.
Thomas and Mary had issue:


  1. John Blennerhassett,
    bapt 10 June 1792, Tralee, see entry in [Tralee Protestant par records].


  2. Louisa Blennerhassett,
    bapt 4 July 1794, Tralee, see entry in [Tralee Protestant par records],
    mar --- Wade,
    she died 1847, age 53 yrs.


  3. Henry Blennerhassett,
    born pre-1802, mentioned in grandmother's will 1802,
    became Lieutenant in 1st Regiment Venezuelan Rifles, a regiment recruited in 1818 by John Devereux that went to fight for Simón Bolívar in Venezuelan War of Independence (1811-23),
    went to Venezuela 1819,
    died soon after arrival, 1819.


  4. Eliza Blennerhassett,
    Elizabeth, born pre-1802, mentioned in grandmother's will 1802,
    a lot older than her husband,
    mar by licence dated 1840, lists her as "Elizabeth Blennerhassett (alias Brady)", must be her 2nd mar,
    mar 2 Nov 1840 to William Henry Garvey and had issue.


  5. Charlotte Blennerhassett,
    bapt 7 October 1801, Tralee, see entry in [Tralee Protestant par records],
    died in infancy, bur 18 Oct 1801.

  6. Charlotte Blennerhassett,
    Charlotte Ann, bapt 30 June 1803,
    source of bapt date is unclear, there is a gap in Tralee par records for 1803-04,
    looks like "Charlotte Blennerhassett" wit her sister Letitia's mar 1830 (hard to read),
    died unmarried, 25 Dec 1834, age 31 yrs, at Pisa, Italy,
    bur in old Protestant Cemetery (or English Cemetery) at Livorno (Leghorn), Tuscany, Italy.


  7. Goddard Blennerhassett,
    died without issue.


  8. Conway Blennerhassett,
    born 1808, Cork,
    educ TCD, entered as "pensioner" 3 May 1824, age 16,
    see entry in [TCD Alumni],
    died without issue, 17 Aug 1825, age 17, at Boulogne-sur-mer, France.


  9. Arthur Blennerhassett,
    died without issue.


  10. Letitia Blennerhassett.
    She was a "minor" at mar 1830. Unclear what age this implies. This may imply born post-1809.
    Same name as aunt Letitia. Thomas must have been fond of his sister.
    She mar 15 Nov 1830 (licence 8 Nov 1830) at St.George's church, Bloomsbury, London, see entry,
    to Dr. William Bruce and had issue.





Baptism of John Blennerhassett in 1792 in Tralee.
This is a bit of a mystery. The Rector, who signs his name at the bottom here, is Rev. John Blennerhassett. He is baptising his own grandchild. Except he names the father "Thomas Blennerhassett Junior".
Note that Rev. John had a brother Thomas.


  

Signatures of Capt. Thomas Blennerhassett

  

Signature of "Thomas Blennerhassett of Tralee" in Deed of 31 Mar 1806.



Signature of Thomas Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Apr 1806.
Clearly the same person.
See full size.



Signature of Thomas Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Apr-May 1806.
Clearly the same person.
See full size.



Signature of Thomas Blennerhassett in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in May 1806.
Clearly the same person.
See full size.



Signature of "Thomas Blennerhassett of Cork" on memorial of Deed of 1810.
This is the same person.


  

Thomas Blennerhassett, merchant, in Cork, 1809-10

  

Capt. Thomas might have left the army in 1806 and become a merchant in Cork.
He might be "Thomas Blennerhasset", merchant, Morrison's Island, listed in Cork in [West's Directory of Cork, 1809-10].
There is also a "Blennerhasset & Robinson", merchants, listed on Mannix St (now Exchange Street / O'Connell Square, see map).
Note there is no Blennerhassett person or business listed in Cork in [Holden's Directory of Cork, 1805 or 1809].



Morrison's Island, Cork, on 1801 map.
This is now the area W of Morrison's Quay (see modern map).



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