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William Carrique Ponsonby

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Major (William) Ponsonby of Crotto.
Sold at auction by Phillips, London, 7 Nov 2001.
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William Ponsonby, born est c.1770,
William Carrique Ponsonby, of Crotto, Co.Kerry,
descendant of Henry VII,
educ Eton 1783.
He mar 1stly, Jan-May 1794, to Elizabeth Gun [born post-1765, descendant of Edward III, widow of James Fuller Harnett].
His father died 1796. He inherited Crotto.
He must be "William Ponsonby" who was High Sheriff of Co. Kerry 1797-98.
Major in the Kerry Regiment (or Kerry Militia).
[Pielou, 1935] says he was appointed 15 May 1807 to the Kerry battalion, HQ at Tralee.
(Note he does not appear in the Kerry Militia in 1806.)
Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington), Chief Secretary for Ireland, wrote to him in Dec 1807, authorising Ponsonby to reward informers.
Wellesley wrote to him in Jan 1808 about the possibility of a position for Ponsonby.

He is listed as "Major" at 1809 reception.
His step-dau Sara Harnett married against his wishes c.1809 and he disowned her.
His brother Richard died 1811, and then Richard's children seem to have come to live with him at Crotto rather than with their mother, who remarried.
Elizabeth died Cork, Fri 19 June 1812, age less than 47.
See death notice in Freemans Journal, Tuesday, June 30, 1812.
William had issue by 1st wife:

  1. (dau) Ponsonby,
    born think 1795,
    died Crotto, Tue 28 June 1808, age think 13 yrs,
    listed as "eldest daughter" at death 1808,
    see death notice in Freemans Journal, Monday, July 4, 1808,
    (todo) there may also be a notice in July 5 issue,
    (todo) see originals to confirm age.

  2. Richard Ponsonby,
    Richard Carrique Ponsonby, born June 1795,
    [RIC officers] says born 1796, Crotto,
    eldest son [death notice],
    army officer, Lieutenant in Kerry Militia from Apr 1810 to Aug 1814 [RIC officers],
    (todo) see War Office, 13/2902-22,
    Ensign from Sept 1814 to Aug 1816 [RIC officers], this would apparently be a demotion, perhaps this was because he moved to a different regiment,
    death notice says he was formerly officer in the 27th Regiment,
    [RIC officers] says he became Major, but this seems to be confusion with his father (it confuses his widow with his father's widow),
    later a senior policeman, officer in Irish Constabulary,
    appointed 3rd class Sub Inspector 28 Jan 1823,
    he is listed in [RIC officers],
    (todo) see RIC officers service register, [LDS] microfilm 2097, p.034,
    Chief Constable of Tullow, Co.Carlow,
    [Patrick Carroll's Notebooks] list him as Chief Constable of Tullow in 1829, living Tullow,
    travelled with his career, did not live at Crotto, it is Thomas, not Richard, who is the occupant listed at Crotto in 1830s,
    mar Mary Anne ----,
    death notice describes him as "County Inspector of Meath",
    died shortly before 8 May 1841, Navan, Co.Meath, age 45 yrs,
    see Kerry Evening Post, 8 May 1841, [NLI] microfilm,
    [RIC officers] says he died 1 Oct 1842, but this is not true,
    [Deed, 1842] says Thomas is the "heir at law" of his brother Richard (i.e. heir of Crotto),
    Mary Anne is party to [Deed, 1842].

  3. William Ponsonby, 2nd son,
    wit his 1st cousin Mary Ponsonby's mar settlement 1828,
    died 1831,
    (todo) see Freemans Journal, 10 Aug 1831,
    (todo) see Dublin Evening Packet, 1831, no.592.

  4. Thomas Carrique Ponsonby, born 12 Dec 1800,
    inherited Crotto.

  5. Anne Ponsonby,
    listed as eldest (surviving) dau, spinster, of Crotto, in [Deed, 1829, Crosbie],
    stayed in contact with her step-sister Sara Harnett,
    mar pre-1836 to George Lloyd,
    he was High Sheriff of Limerick 1829-30 and 1834-35 and 1838-39,
    she is listed as his wife in [Deed, 1842],
    he died pre-1866,
    she died 1866, "At Richmond, Dublin" (would be the Richmond Hospital),
    see death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 17 Apr 1866,
    had issue:

    1. George Ponsonby Lloyd,
      bapt 7 Jan 1836 [St.Michael's (Church of Ireland) parish records, Limerick],
      only child,
      his step-aunt Sara Harnett loved her step-sister Anne Ponsonby but disapproved of the lifestyle and drinking of her nephew George Ponsonby Lloyd,
      his step-aunt Sara wrote warm and sympathetic letters to him when his mother died in Apr 1866 ("My dear Ponsonby"),
      however in a letter to a third party of 19 July 1866, in making her will, his step-aunt says: "I am grieved to say I could not in justice leave to my poor dear sister's only child that which I know now would be most unworthily (illegible)",
      he was the only blood relative mentioned in his step-aunt Sara's will, but he was left very little,
      he disputed Sara's will in 1874 after her death, but failed to overturn it,
      he went to Australia,
      mar 1874 in Australia to Elizabeth Golger,
      died 1908, Melbourne, age 72 yrs.

  6. George Ponsonby,
    born 1810, or 1811, 4th son,
    died at Crotto, Tue 14 June 1831, age 21 yrs, or age 20, NOT 21 June,
    see Limerick Chronicle, Sat 18 June 1831,
    (todo) see Freemans Journal, 14 June 1831,
    (todo) see Cork Constitution, 14 June 1831,
    (todo) see Ennis Chronicle and Clare Advertiser, 22 June 1831,
    (todo) see Waterford Mail, 22 June 1831.
    [Deed, 1842] says Thomas is the only surviving son.

William mar 2ndly, 1814, to Honoria Wren [born 1786 or 1788, descendant of Edward III].
He is listed as "Major in the Kerry Militia" at mar.
He made alterations to Crotto House 1819.
[Pielou, 1935] says he was still an officer in the Kerry Militia as at 1820.
His step-son by his 1st wife, Thomas Fuller Harnett, was hanged for forgery in 1820.
He wrote a letter on 10 Feb 1822 to the authorities, reporting local anti-tithe violence. He describes disturbances by "insurgents", and says Co.Kerry is in a bad state, close to "actual rebellious warfare". He encloses a letter addressed to Crotto from "John Starlight", which appears to be a threat to him to comply with agitators' demands.
[Pigot's directory, 1824] lists him at Crotto.
Major Ponsonby is listed at Crotto in [Tithe Survey] 1825, lands of 142 acres.
His nieces Louisa and Mary Ponsonby were living with him at Crotto as at 1825, when Louisa became pregnant outside marriage. She left to go to her mother some time after this.
His niece Mary Ponsonby was still living with him at Crotto in 1828.
William was living Crotto as at [Deeds, 1829], at which time Louisa has left Crotto and is now with her mother.
[Families of Co. Kerry, Ireland, Michael C. O'Laughlin, 1999] says that in 1831, William senior and William junior were living at Crotto. William senior was then a Justice of the Peace. William junior died that year.
"William Carrigue Ponsonby" is listed in House of Commons Parliamentary papers, Volume 35, 1832, as one of the Magistrates in the Commission of the Peace in Co.Kerry.

William dies, pre-1837:
He possibly died pre-1833.
He definitely died pre-1837.
He is bur at Aghavallen church, near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
[Letter, 1898] says that the Ponsonby tomb there is the tomb of "Major Ponsonby".
His wife Honoria was later buried there. Note that she is from the Ballylongford area.

Honoria is party to [Deed, 1842], in which Thomas Carrique Ponsonby is selling off Crotto and the Ponsonby estate.
She is listed in 1842 as of Tralee (has left Crotto).
[Slater's directory, 1846] lists her at 7 Day Place, Tralee.
She was next door to Rowland Blennerhassett of 6 Day Place. (In 1849 her dau married his son.)

Honoria dies, 1864:
She died 14 Nov 1864, age 76 yrs [GROI], or 16 Nov, age 78 yrs [grave], NOT age 72 yrs.
She died at her daughter's house Oakvilla, Tralee (NOT Kilflynn).
See death cert from [GROI].
(todo) See Cork Examiner, 19 Nov 1864.
Have searched Limerick Chronicle, [LCL] microfilm, 15 to 26 Nov, for death notice, not found.
She was bur in the Ponsonby tomb at Aghavallen church, near Ballylongford.
William had issue by 2nd wife:

  1. Henry Ponsonby,
    died unmarried, pre-1842 [Deed, 1842].

  2. Mary Anne Ponsonby, born 1820,
    listed as of Tralee par at mar,
    mar 28 January 1841 [Tralee Protestant par records] (also here) to Stephen Creagh Sandes and had issue.

  3. Alicia Ponsonby,
    living Ballybunion, Co.Kerry, at mar,
    mar 15 Sept 1852, Listowel church, to Rev. Robert Wren Sandes,
    see mar cert from [GROI].

  4. Honoria Ponsonby,
    of Tralee and Crotto, youngest dau,
    listed as of Tralee at mar,
    mar 1stly, Tralee church, 11 Oct 1849 [GROI], [Tralee Protestant par records], NOT 13 Oct,
    to Richard Francis Blennerhassett [born 1819] and had issue,
    see notice in Nenagh Guardian, October 20, 1849,
    he died 1854,
    she mar 2ndly to Dr. James Barry, M.D.,
    he lived Villa Nuova, Caher, Caherciveen, Co.Kerry, see VILLA NUOVA in [Houses of Kerry],
    she died 3 Dec, 1883 or 1884,
    (todo) try death of Honoria Barry, Clonakilty, [GROI], 4th qr 1882, age 60 (born 1822), vol 5 p 57,
    (todo) try death of Honora Barry, Tralee, [GROI], 3rd qr 1883, age 50 (born 1833), vol 5 p 363.

Meant to be Elizabeth Gun ("mother of Mrs. Guion - Mrs Harnett") except seems far too old for her.
She was born born post-1765 and died 1812, age less than 47.
Courtesy of Sylvia Goiran and Adair Hobson.

On Tue 26 Sept 1809, there was a reception at Tralee Castle for the Lord Lieutenant, Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond, his wife the Duchess, and their children Lady Mary and the Earl of March (the future 5th Duke).
Justice Robert Day presided at the reception.
Those present included William Rowan, Provost of Tralee and Major William Ponsonby and his 1st wife and Sir William Godfrey, 1st Baronet and Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet (created Baronet that week).
This is diary entry in [Diary of Justice Robert Day, p.171].

Diary of Justice Robert Day for April 1811 notes his dispute with his political rival William Ponsonby.
From [Diary of Justice Robert Day, pp.196-197].

CROTTO in [Leet's Directory, 1814] gets the alignment of the 4th column wrong.

Engraving of Crotto House published 1821.

Ponsonby tomb, Aghavallen church, near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry

Tomb of Major William Ponsonby and his 2nd wife Honoria Wren.
Aghavallen church, near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry. Inside the ruined church.
Photo 2010. See larger and full size.
See other shot.

Map of Ponsonby and Lindsay graves inside Aghavallen church.
From [Letter, 1898].
The above Ponsonby tomb is "a".

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