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Hewson of Dublin

I have now proved that Hewson of Dublin (the family of the rock star Bono) are not related to Hewson of Co.Kerry, at least not by the claimed line. Unfortunately, Bono does not have a Royal Descent.
[Anne-Marie Healy] had the following Robert Hewson, Bono's ancestor, identical with Robert Hewson, baptised 1813. But it is now proved this is not the case.
The Bono Hewsons are much poorer, and Catholic (though they start off Protestant).

Robert Hewson, born 1819,
mar 30 October 1837 [St.Paul's CoI church, Dublin] to Anne Duggan [born 1829 according to her burial record but must be older],
he was an "iron moulder" [according to his wife's burial record],
he was living Arbour Hill, Dublin, at death [burial record],
his child died 15 June 1849, he died a few days later,
he died 21 June [burial record] or 22 June [grave] 1849, age 30 yrs,
bur Glasnevin, see burial record,
despite the Protestant marriage, Anne is listed as Catholic in burial record,
Anne was living 96 Manor St, Dublin, at death,
she died 24 Jan 1889, age 60 yrs according to burial record but must be older,
(todo) try death of Anne Hewson, [GROI], Dublin South, 1st qr 1889, age 72 (born 1817), vol 2 p 529,
bur 26 Jan, Glasnevin, see burial record,
had issue:

  1. Robert Hewson, born 1845,
    died 15 June 1849, age 4 yrs,
    bur Glasnevin, see burial record.
    His mother Anne erected grave at Glasnevin in memory of her son and husband. Grave says her maiden name is Duggan.

  2. Robert Hewson, second Robert,
    born 1850, Dublin city, apparently after father's death,
    living 16 Arbour Hill, Dublin, at mar, listed as son of Robert and Anne Hewson,
    Catholic marriage, children are Catholic,
    mar 9 January 1870 [St.Michan's RC church, Dublin] to Mary Ann Mulhall [born Dublin],
    see them listed on Grangegorman Lane, Dublin, in 1901 census, he is Iron Founder,
    see them listed on Avondale Avenue, Dublin, in 1911 census, he is Iron Moulder,
    had issue:

    1. Thomas Hewson, born 1872, Dublin city, Catholic,
      mar 27 Jan 1895 [RC Pro-Cathedral, Dublin] to Mary Barry [born Co.Kildare],
      see them listed on Grangegorman Lane, Dublin, in 1901 census, he is Clerk,
      see them listed on Church St, Dublin, in 1911 census, he is Commercial Clerk,
      had issue:

      1. Robert Francis Hewson, born 1896,
        mar Anastasia Keogh [born 1905],
        died 21 Jan 1956,
        bur Plot VB48 - Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin,
        had issue:

        1. Bob Hewson,
          born November 13, 1925, Dublin, Catholic,
          Brendan Robert Hewson, Robert, Bobby,
          (todo) see birth of Brendan Robert Hewson, [GROI], 4th qr 1925, Dublin North, vol 2 p 331,
          grew up Cowper St, off Oxmantown Road, Dublin (see map),
          mar August 6, 1950 to Iris Rankin [Protestant, born 1926, lived Cowper St],
          she died 1974, age 48 yrs,
          he died 21 Aug 2001, age 75 yrs,
          had issue:

          1. Bono,
            lead singer with U2, venture capitalist, and philanthropist,
            born Paul Hewson, 1960.

Marriage of Robert Hewson and Anne Duggan in 1837.

Grave of Robert Hewson (died 1849) in Glasnevin.
See larger and full size.
From Mary Byrne.

Marriage of Thomas Hewson and Mary Barry in 1895.

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