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William Carrique Ponsonby, born 1770,
mar 1stly, Jan-May 1794, to Elizabeth Gun
[born post-1765, descendant of Edward III].
Elizabeth was widow of James Fuller Harnett. Her children by him came to live at Crotto.
William's father died 1796. He inherited Crotto.
He must be "William Ponsonby" who was High Sheriff of Co. Kerry (like his father) in 1797-98.
Major in the Kerry Militia:
He was appointed Captain in the Clanmaurice Corps of infantry (volunteer militia) in Co.Kerry in 1803.
[1805 Army List] apparently shows him as Captain of the Clanmaurice Company.
The Clanmaurice Company was probably absorbed in 1807 into the Kerry Militia (or Kerry Regiment, HQ at Tralee).
He was appointed 15 May 1807 directly as Major to the Kerry Militia. (He does not appear in the Kerry Militia before then.)
[1807 Army List] apparently shows him in the Kerry Militia.
(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.
In Aug 1808 he was appointed to the office of "Collector of Excise duties in Kerry". See item in Freeman's Journal, 23 August 1808.
He is listed as "Major" at 1809 reception.
His step-dau Sara Harnett married against his wishes c.1809.
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 dies, 1812:
She 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:
Richard was army officer. Lieutenant in Kerry Militia from Apr 1810 to Aug 1814 [RIC officers],
(todo) see War Office, 13/2902-22.
He was 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).
He was 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.
He mar Mary Anne ----.
Travelled with his career, did not live at Crotto. His younger brother Thomas inherited Crotto.
Sir John Benn-Walsh writing in 1834 says that Thomas' elder brother "was disinherited by the father."
Death notice describes him as "County Inspector of Meath".
He died shortly before 8 May 1841, Navan, Co.Meath, age 45 yrs.
See Kerry Evening Post, 8 May 1841, [NLI] microfilm, (todo) try 14 June 1841.
[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].
William mar 2ndly, 1814, to Honoria Wren [born 1786 or 1788, descendant of Edward III].
Anti-tithe violence, 1821-22:
William was active in combating local anti-tithe violence and "Whiteboyism".
See item in Freemans Journal, December 24, 1821.
He wrote a number of letters to the authorities in 1822, reporting local outrages.
In a letter of 10 Feb 1822 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.
He is listed as a Justice of the Peace as at June 1822 [Collins papers, 1].
William is listed at Crotto in
[Pigot's directory, 1824].
He 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.
William Ponsonby, senior, JP, of Crotto, and William junior are listed in a petition in Chutes Western Herald, 17 February, 1831 and 21 February, 1831.
Two of his sons, George and William junior, died in June-Aug 1831. William died a few months later.
"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, 1831:
He died at Crotto, 16 Dec 1831, age 61 yrs, or possibly 23 Dec.
See obituary in Kerry Evening Post, Saturday, 24 December, 1831. It says he died "on Friday last", but it is unclear if this means Fri 23 Dec or (perhaps more likely) Fri 16 Dec.
See lament for him and his two sons in Tralee Mercury, 4 January, 1832. "In six short months, the happy group dispersed, and three are clasped in the cold arms of Death."
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.
Will proved 1 Sept 1832.
Thomas Carrique Ponsonby
Honoria is party to [Deed, 1842], in which Thomas 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 Wed 16 Nov 1864 [death notice], [grave], [NAI], or possibly 14 Nov 1864 [GROI],
age 76 yrs [GROI], or 78 yrs [grave], NOT age 72 yrs.
She died at her daughter's house Oakvilla, Tralee (NOT Kilflynn).
See death cert from [GROI].
See death notice, Cork Examiner, Sat 19 Nov 1864, [NLI] microfilm.
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.
See admin granted 1865 [NAI].
William had issue by 2nd wife:
Ponsonby and Cashel appearing together in 1797.
William Ponsonby, High Sheriff of Co. Kerry, and others offer a reward for the conviction of the murderer of a soldier at Tralee on 21 Dec 1797. Also offering rewards are John Blennerhassett, Clerk, and George Cashel and John Blennerhassett and George Cashel junior.
From Chute's Western Herald, 22 Dec 1797.
Printed on p.100 of Historical Record of the 2nd (now 80th) or Royal Tyrone Fusilier Regiment of Militia (1872).
William Ponsonby listed as Captain of the Clanmaurice Corps of infantry in Co.Kerry.
From p.92 of List of the Volunteer and Yeomanry Corps of the United Kingdom, 1804.
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].
CROTTO in [Leet's Directory, 1814] gets the alignment of the 4th column wrong.
Daniel O'Connell tells a story of a Mr. S., who challenged him to a duel, sending the challenge via William Ponsonby of Crotto.
From pp.113-114 of vol.2 of Personal recollections of the late Daniel O'Connell, M.P. by William J. O'Neill Daunt (1848). [NLI] Ir 92 o 138.
This section was quoted in a review of the book in The Patrician, vol.6 (1848), pp.298-305, [NLI] 92905 p 1 (offsite, order in advance).
Engraving of Crotto House published 1821.
Map of Ponsonby and Lindsay graves inside Aghavallen church.
From [Letter, 1898].
The above Ponsonby tomb is "a".
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