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Thomas Carrique Ponsonby,
Lieutenant in Royal Navy:
He was a Royal Navy officer.
Midshipman 1815 [Ponsonby, 1929].
ADM 196/13/7 seems to show Lieutenant as at 1822.
Though [Navy List, June 1827] says it was 30 Apr 1827. [Ponsonby, 1929] says 1827.
mar 10 June 1828 in Kinsale
to his 1st cousin
[descendant of Edward III].
In 1831 he was appointed to the Coast Guard Service. See notice in Chutes Western Herald, 3 December, 1831. And notice in Kerry Evening Post, 7 December, 1831. These describe him as Lieutenant, Royal Navy.
He inherited the family home of Crotto, Co.Kerry, in Dec 1831 when his father died.
Thomas was party to Louisa Ponsonby's mar settlement 1833.
See Sir John Benn-Walsh's visit to Crotto, 1834. Benn-Walsh says Thomas "was in the navy but left it & married on coming to this fortune, which is in fact a mere nominal thing, as it is eaten up with debts & charges. He seems a complete specimen of the embarrassed, broken down Irish squire". Benn-Walsh says that the Crotto estate "is shortly to be sold under a decree of the court to pay off numerous charges upon it." Ponsonby tried to interest Benn-Walsh in buying it. He proposed various schemes of purchase but Benn-Walsh was sceptical.
[Pettigrew & Oulton, 1835, p.196]
lists Thomas at Crotto,
listed as one of the magistrates of Co.Kerry.
He sold Crotto estate in 1840s. Sold Crotto House 1842.
[Deed, 1842] is about him selling off the massive Ponsonby estate of Kilflyn, and debts.
He is described in [Deed, 1842] as late of Crotto House, now of North Richmond St, Dublin (see map).
Thomas C. Ponsonby, "bar.", is listed at 148 Lower Gloucester St (now Sean McDermott St), Dublin, in [Thom's, 1845]. See photo.
Active again in Navy:
He was appointed 24 Nov 1847 as Lieutenant commanding the Firefly (also here).
Listed with the Firefly at Portsmouth in [Navy List, Dec 1847].
He is listed as Lieutenant on Firefly in 1848.
He is listed in the Landed Estates Court Rentals as selling off land in Co.Kerry on 7 June 1850 under the Encumbered Estates Act (1849).
Listed as Lieutenant at dau's mar 1853.
He is declared to be "an Insolvent" in Landed Estates Court Rentals notice of Jan-Feb 1857.
Still listed as Lieutenant in [Navy List, Dec 1860].
Lieutenant retired with rank of Commander, 1861:
He was a Lieutenant retired with the rank of Commander on 1 Jan 1861 [Navy List, June 1861].
ADM 196/37/526 seems to show him as Commander as at 1847. (He was a Lieutenant commanding.)
Did NOT become a Captain.
Jan Bridge says he "went bankrupt in England in the 1860's".
Described as "deceased" at son's marriage 1882.
Thomas and Frederica had issue:
"Miss Frederica Ponsonby" of Manchester speaking at Brooklyn business women's club, Brooklyn, New York, in 1931.
From The Standard Union, Brooklyn, 12 Feb 1931.
The [JCHAS] notes are wrong in their identification of Mr. Ponsonby.
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