Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.
Sir Arthur Blennerhassett, 3rd Baronet,
Married a Catholic 1826, and converted to Catholicism:
Arthur mar 26 July 1826 to Sarah Mahony [born 1808, Catholic].
Arthur took an oath as a Catholic shortly before 25 Oct 1827 [Letter of Daniel O'Connell].
The Baronet family is now Catholic. It dates from this marriage.
While Sarah was a Catholic, she was from an ancient Irish family with many exotic and landed ancestors. [Burkes Peerage, 1862] describes her as "of the O'Mahonys of Kerry".
He might be "A. Blennerhasset, J.P."
who approved George Cashel
joining the County Constabulary 1828.
Maybe he had sympathy for a disinherited Catholic relative.
He is listed at Mount Rivers in
Tralee Mercury, July 27, 1831.
He succ Sept 1831.
Listed of Churchtown House in [Deed, Dec 1831]. Though there are further entries at Mount Rivers.
Arthur Blennerhassett of Mount Rivers 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. The list is from 1831-32 and is slightly out of date, showing his father the 2nd Baronet as alive.
He is party to [Deed, June 1834]. Listed as of Churchtown.
Listed as one of the "Magistrates" of Co.Kerry in [Pettigrew & Oulton, 1835]. Listed as of Mount Rivers.
In 1835 he let out Churchtown House.
He is in the List of Justices of the Peace, 1844. Says he presides at Killorglin petty sessions, and at Coolmagort petty sessions, near Killarney. Living Churchtown.
He is listed among the Magistrates of Co.Kerry in [Thom's, 1847, p.478]. Listed as of Churchtown House. From here.
3rd Baronet dies, 1849:
He died 22 Apr 1849, think NOT Feb 1849, age 54 yrs.
See legal notice in Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail, 4 August 1849.
His will pr 1849. Would be burnt in 1922.
Sarah mar 2ndly, 16 May 1850, London, to Frederick Randall
[of Highbury, London].
She died 10 July 1866.
MAHONY in [Burkes Irish, 1976] says died 11 July.
See death notice in Limerick Chronicle, 21 July 1866. Says she died at her residence, Mount Rivers, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry.
See notice in Illustrated London News, 4 Aug 1866. Says she died at Annaghgarry House.
See death notice on p.413 of The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 221, July-Dec 1866. Says she died at Annaghgarry House.
See declaration dated 26 Feb 1867 by 4th Baronet after death of his mother. Refers to [Deed, Dec 1831].
3rd Baronet and Sarah had issue:
Only two children are listed
on p.103 of
[Burkes Peerage, 1846].
Only two children are listed on p.100 of [Burkes Peerage, 1862].
1901 census says 4th Baronet was born at Churchtown House (in 1839).
Death of Sarah Mahony on 10 July 1866.
From The Gentleman's Magazine, July-Dec 1866.
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