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Harman Blennerhassett



Harman Blennerhassett (see here and formerly here),
born 8th Oct 1764 (think NOT 1765).
He was educ TCD (BA 1790, LLB 1790). He was a lawyer.
He travelled on European continent. Adopted republican principles.
He inherited Castle Conway 1792.
He became a United Irishman in 1793. He was a friend of Thomas Addis Emmet.
But he was to leave Ireland before the 1798 Rising broke out.
He sold the family seat Castle Conway, Killorglin to 1st Baron Ventry 1795.

He mar c.1796 to his niece Margaret Agnew [born 1779].
He left Ireland to avoid the scandal this caused. They went to America 1796.

Blennerhassett Island:
He purchased, Mar 1797, the upper half of Belpre Island on the Ohio River, near Parkersburg, West Virginia (see map).
This is on state border of Wood County, West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.
He built a mansion on the island in 1798 (completed 1801). The island came to be called Blennerhassett Island.
He kept slaves there. Slavery was abolished in Ohio (just N of Blennerhassett Island) in 1802. Slavery was not abolished in West Virginia (where Blennerhassett Island was) until 1865.

The Burr conspiracy:
Harman was involved in a plot by Jefferson's Vice-President Aaron Burr in 1805 to establish an independent nation in the western territories. Harman was charged with treason, but was released 1807 after Burr's acquittal.
He sold Blennerhassett Island c.1807.
The mansion was accidentally destroyed by fire 1811.

He stayed at one point with Thomas Addis Emmet in New York.
He died in Guernsey, Channel Islands, 2 Feb 1831 (NOT 1 Feb), age 66 yrs, bur Guernsey.
Margaret died New York, 1842, age 63 yrs.
She was bur in the Thomas Addis Emmet vault, Marble Cemetery, 2nd St, New York.
In 1996 her remains were re-buried on Blennerhassett Island.





The reconstructed mansion on NE end of Blennerhassett Island.
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From Google Maps.



The original mansion on Blennerhassett Island, c.1800.
See full size. From [Gibbens, 1914]. Images.from here.



The reconstructed mansion on Blennerhassett Island.
See full size.
Photo 2007 by Mike McBride. See terms of use.



The reconstructed mansion on Blennerhassett Island.
Photo 2007 by Angie Bernath.
See other shot from here.
See terms of use.



The reconstructed mansion.
Photo 2007. From here. Used with permission.



The reconstructed mansion.
Photo 2007. From here. Used with permission.



The reconstructed mansion. Interior. Entrance hall.
See larger and full size.
Photo 2007. From Rick Childers. Used with permission.
See other interior shots from his photo stream: guest bedroom and Library and Master Bedroom and Study. Used with permission.



The reconstructed mansion. Interior. Entrance hall.
Photo 2004 from Lacie Parsons. Used with permission.
See other interior shot from Lacie Parsons. Used with permission.





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