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Rev. John Blennerhassett

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Rev. John Blennerhassett.
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See back, where it is correctly labelled.
Portrait inherited by the Fuller family.

Rev. John Blennerhassett [descendant of Edward III],
"Parson Jack", born Jan 1733.
He was educ TCD, entered as "pensioner" 27 May 1752. BA Spring 1757.
See entry in [TCD Alumni].
He was ordained a priest 16 Aug 1758, Limerick.

Rector of Ventry:
He was Rector of Ventry, Dingle Peninsula, Co.Kerry, sometime in 1758 to 1765 period.
His appointment to Ventry is probably how he met his wife. Her father was English and travelled with the army. He had died by 1757. Her mother's family was from Dingle, and that was probably where Louisa was living when Rev. John was Rector of nearby Ventry.

Rector of Tralee, 1765-1803:
He was Rector of Tralee parish, Co.Kerry, 1765 to 1803. Appointed 2 Feb 1765.
The church was St.John's church, Tralee.
He would have lived in Tralee Rectory.
He mar 2 Feb 1765 (same day as appointment) to Louisa Goddard [born est c.1742, descendant of Edward III].
He was Chaplain to the "Kerry Legion" corps of the Kerry Volunteers.
Louisa fl 1785, when [Will of Rev. John Goddard] leaves an inheritance to "the daughter of my late brother Thomas Goddard".
She possibly fl 1795, (todo) see [Deed, 1795].
Notes of Rev. Thomas Enraght Lindsay say Rev. John was known to friends as "Port Wine Jack".
He died Wed 28 Mar 1804, Tralee [death notice], age 71 yrs (NOT 1803).
See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, Wed 4 Apr 1804, front page, [LCL] microfilm, from report from Tralee dated Fri 30 Mar 1804.
Rev. John and Louisa had issue:

  1. Edward Blennerhassett,
    fl 1774 (mentioned in 1774 will of Col. John Blennerhassett),
    died pre-1800,
    [Deed, 1800] describes Thomas and John as "two eldest sons",
    [Ms 20621] says he died without issue.

  2. Capt. Thomas Blennerhassett,
    of Tralee and of Cork,
    Captain in the Kerry Militia.

  3. John Blennerhassett,
    "the Evergreen",
    attorney, solicitor, land agent.

  4. Elizabeth Blennerhassett,
    born 1772,
    bapt 17 May 1772, Tralee [Tralee Protestant par records] (or possibly 16 May),
    on one page of the Tralee par records she has a baptism entry for 17 May,
    on the next page she has a duplicate baptism entry for 16 May,
    Tralee par records book was later copied and the two baptism entries noted,
    listed as eldest dau at mar,
    mar 1791 to Capt. Edward Fuller and had issue.

  5. Louisa Blennerhassett,
    bapt 30 Jan 1774, Tralee [Tralee Protestant par records],
    mar 20 Nov 1794, St.Anne's, Shandon, Cork, to Rev. Thomas Cole.

  6. Conway Blennerhassett,
    bapt 10 Dec 1775, Tralee [Tralee Protestant par records],
    educ TCD, entered as "pensioner" 10 Jan 1793,
    see entry in [TCD Alumni],
    died without issue.

  7. Capt. Goddard Blennerhassett,
    bapt 29 Sept 1778, Tralee [Tralee Protestant par records], NOT 1779,
    Royal Navy officer.

  8. Catherine Blennerhassett, twin,
    born Rossbeigh, Co.Kerry,
    bapt 9 June 1780, Tralee [Tralee Protestant par records],
    mar 8 May 1806, Ardfert church, Co.Kerry [see Cork Morning Chronicle, 16 May 1806]
    to Thomas Finn and had issue.

  9. Letitia Blennerhassett, twin,
    born Rossbeigh, Co.Kerry,
    [Marriage settlement 1799] lists her as youngest dau,
    bapt 10 June 1780, Tralee [Tralee Protestant par records].

Signature of Rev. John Blennerhassett on his daughter's marriage settlement, 1799.

Signature of Rev. John Blennerhassett in Tralee parish records, 1799:

[Deed, 1801] witnessed by Rev. John Blennerhassett (upper signature) and his son John Blennerhassett, "The Evergreen" (lower signature).
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The old Ventry church, Co.Kerry

The old church at Ventry, Dingle Peninsula, Co.Kerry.
Rev. John Blennerhassett was Rector at Ventry in the 1758 to 1765 period, before his marriage.
The old Ventry church was in Ventry townland, on the coast, looking out over Ventry Harbour.
A new church was built in 1839 in a quite different place, in Cloghane townland to the NE. See 1829 to 1842 map.

The ruin of the old Ventry church, in Ventry townland.
From 1829 to 1842 map.

The site on 1887 to 1913 map.

There is a graveyard at the site today.
It is hard to tell, but the site of the vanished church may possibly be this indented cleared area in the graveyard.
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See other shot and other shot.
See street view.


Family tree


The 8 great-grandparents of Letitia Blennerhassett.
From [Fuller, 1910].

Complete entry for Rev. John Blennerhassett in [Burkes Irish, 1976].




Baptism of Elizabeth Blennerhassett, 1772 [Tralee Protestant par records].
There is a duplicate entry with date 16 May on the next page.

Baptism of Louisa Blennerhassett, 1774 [Tralee Protestant par records].

Baptism of Conway Blennerhassett, 1775 [Tralee Protestant par records].

Baptism of Goddard Blennerhassett, 1778 [Tralee Protestant par records].
Signed by his father.

Baptism of twins Catherine and Letitia Blennerhassett, 1780 [Tralee Protestant par records].
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