In 2019 I started a systematic project to DNA test relatives of both Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert
and our George Cashel,
in order to see if the link could be proved.
This is ongoing.
More samples are being gathered from both sides.
In August 2019, DNA analysis finally, after over 30 years,
proved my relationship
(through George Cashel's wife Mary Kickham)
to the Fenian
Charles Joseph Kickham.
See the proof.
The link was what Pat Lavelle said it was:
Mary is 1st cousin of the Fenian.
This brings me my first known proven Protestant ancestor,
My first proven Protestant ancestor.
Discovered when I was over age 50.
listed among the Cromwellian adventurers for land in Ireland in 1642 to 1646.
He is possibly the unnamed Cromwellian settler
who is ancestor of the Kickhams of Co.Tipperary
and my ancestor.
Fifth and sixth interim prizes awarded, March 2019
The fifth and sixth interim prizes of € 100
are awarded to Elizabeth Humphrys and
for suggestions on how to use DNA to solve the problem.
My thinking on DNA has evolved over time,
but I really needed to start doing DNA experiments in order to see what the issues are.
They are not what I thought they were.
The fourth € 100 prize for an interim solution has been awarded to
for providing proof in the
Goddard letter of 1806
of the Goddard link to England.
If the Letitia of Tarbert link is ever proved,
this is proof of my most recent non-Irish ancestry.
Tomb of Arthur Blennerhassett of Blennerville (died 1839),
If Letitia the daughter of Rev. John is the one, then this Arthur
(the son of
Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet)
is the likely candidate for
who recommended George Cashel for the police in 1828
(though he is not particularly closely related to Letitia).
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