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James Carrique Ponsonby, MP,
[Marriage settlement, May 1766]
to Mary O'Hara [born est c.1742,
James in [Deed, 1769] takes possession of a property in Clare St, Dublin (see map). Deed witnessed by "Rowland Blennerhassett of Dublin" (unidentified).
In [Deed, 1770] he transfers the Clare St, Dublin, property to his father-in-law Charles O'Hara (the elder).
MP for Tulsk 1776-83.
Mary's father died 1776 (her mother had died in 1759).
James and Mary separated in 1778.
[Ms 36488/7] has deed dated 14 Aug 1778, implementing their separation agreement. It says that they "for diverse weighty causes and considerations them thereunto moving are come to a full and final resolution to live separate and apart".
James undertakes to pay her a very comfortable £500 per year while they lived apart (which would look like she was blameless in the separation, though see below). He transfers land in Co.Limerick to her brother Charles. The return from this will be her income.
He may be "James Ponsonby" who is
in the Kerry Legion
as at 1779
[Deed, 1829] says the original inheritance at the marriage settlement 1766 was £6,000 off lands in Co.Limerick, and the said lands were exchanged by Act of Parliament 1781-82 for other lands in Co.Kerry.
High Sheriff of Co. Kerry 1781-82.
[History of the Irish Parliament]
"In 1782 his wife was said to have run away with Lord Bellomont".|
But they were already separated at this time, so maybe she got to keep her £500 per year.
"Lord Bellomont" is Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont.
MP for Tralee
[History of the Irish Parliament] outlines his career in Parliament and says: "He voted solidly for the government".
[Ms 36488/8] shows James and Mary as still separated in 1783.
He died Dec 1796, age 58 yrs [Ms 20608].
He would be bur in Ponsonby tomb in Kilflynn churchyard. Though tomb has inscription "W.P. 1795". Seems like his son erected it before father died.
Mary died pre-1799.
[Deed, 1829] said they had only two children.
James had issue by 2nd wife:
Crotto in [The Post-chaise Companion, 1786, p.180].
Vault of Ponsonby of Crotto, Kilflynn Church of Ireland graveyard, Kilflynn, Co.Kerry.
Inscription says "W.P. 1795".
Does not say "J.P. 1795".
[Journal of Association for Preservation of Memorials of the Dead] agrees it says "W.P. 1795".
So apparently erected by James Ponsonby's son William Ponsonby in 1795 for his father, before his father died in 1796.