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Edward Blennerhassett, of Rossbeigh


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Rossbeigh, Co.Kerry.
Photo 2008. From Stephen Gerard O'Callaghan. Creative Commons.
See street view from strand.



Edward Blennerhassett, of Rossbeigh,
born 31 Mar 1705.
He grew up Castle Conway, Killorglin, Co.Kerry.
He mar 1731 to Mary Fitzgerald.
His father died c.1738. His older brother's line inherited Castle Conway.
In 1760 he built Rossbeigh Lodge, on Rossbeigh strand (or Rossbehy), near Glenbeigh, some distance SW of Killorglin, Co.Kerry (exact location unknown, see old map and modern map).
His will is dated 6 Nov 1774. He is Edward Blennerhassett of "Rosbeagh".
He died 1774, age 69 yrs.
His will was pr in Ardfert and Aghadoe in 1774 [Index to Irish Wills].
Edward and Mary had issue:


  1. Rev. John Blennerhassett, "Parson Jack",
    born Jan 1733.


  2. Rev. Conway Blennerhassett, born May 1736,
    mar Lucy Orpen, no issue,
    Rector of Ballyseedy 1796-1804,
    died 1805, age 69 yrs,
    see abstract of will in [MGH, 1883].


  3. Robert Blennerhassett,
    mar Anne Blennerhassett,
    see descendants in extract from [Burkes Irish, 1976],
    see much more detailed family tree by Bill Jehan,
    had issue:


    1. Edward Blennerhassett,
      Edward Conway Blennerhassett, born Jan 1776,
      died at St.Louis, Missouri, Dec 1855, age 79 yrs,
      will not filed in St.Louis probate court until 1904,
      the claim then was that the inheritance was property in Ireland worth $2 million, which caused great media interest,
      had issue:

      1. Richard Spottiswoode Blennerhassett, born 1811, had issue:

        1. Therese Blennerhassett, born c.1843,
          mar 1871 to John Calvin Adams,
          she wrote memoir of Harman Blennerhassett, 1901,
          died 1913, age c.70 yrs.
          Her ancestry is [NLI] GO Ms 182, pp.124-6, microfilm POS 8309.


  4. Thomas Blennerhassett.
  5. Arthur Blennerhassett.

  1. Avis Blennerhassett, mar Gerald Blennerhassett.
  2. Anne Blennerhassett, mar Robert Hilliard.
  3. Jane Blennerhassett, mar Hilliard Giles.


  4. Elizabeth Blennerhassett, born 1736.
    Ancestry.com lists her as born in Newry, Co.Down. But this is probably just an error caused by her appearing in the [Crossle newspaper abstracts] from newspapers at Newry library.
    She mar 1stly to Daniel O'Connor.
    She is listed in her father's 1774 will as his dau "Elizabeth Connell (wife of Samuel K. Williams of Milltown)".
    So perhaps 1st husband should be "Daniel Connell".
    She mar 2ndly, pre-1774, to Samuel K. Williams (of Milltown, Co.Kerry) and had issue.
    See family tree on p.593B in [Foster's Royal Descents, vol.4, 1886].
    See family tree by Bill Jehan.
    See Elizabeth Blennerhassett in Wilson-Frith family tree. By Liz Koh.


  5. Mary Blennerhassett,
    mar --- Clifford (apparently a Catholic)
    and apparently had issue (descendants Catholic).
    See family tree by Bill Jehan.





Will of Edward Blennerhassett, and the "Robert" error

The will of Edward Blennerhassett was indexed in [Index to Irish Wills].
An abstract was published in [MGH, 1883].
Unfortunately the original will would have been burnt in the Four Courts in 1922.
Also unfortunately, [MGH, 1883] made an error in the name which is still being propagated today.

  


Blennerhassett wills listed in Ardfert and Aghadoe in [Index to Irish Wills].
He is listed correctly as "Edward".



Abstract of will printed in [MGH, 1883].
The author just makes an error here by writing "Robert". It should be Edward.
Note that in the family tree in the same article, the author writes "Edward", not Robert.
Note that Black Jack names his children and does not name any "Robert".


  

The Edward Blennerhassett inheritance

  

The late filing in 1904 of the will of Edward Blennerhassett of St.Louis (died 1857).
From St.Louis Post-Dispatch, 6 Aug 1904.
Bill Jehan notes many inaccuracies in the above.


       
Another rather inaccurate article in The Buffalo Courier, 8 Aug 1904, about the Edward Blennerhassett inheritance.
It speculates that Rowland Blennerhassett Mahany (1864-1937) may be an heir, but this seems to be based on nothing.
From Fultonhistory.com newspaper archive.


  

  

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