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The DNA matches below confirm the entire Clifford story.

Mary Blennerhassett listed as married ("sister, Mary Clifford") in her brother Rev. Conway Blennerhassett's will 1805.
From [MGH, 1883].

--- Clifford.
Family tradition says John Clifford or Timothy Clifford.
Apparently a Catholic.
He mar pre-1774 to Mary Blennerhassett [Protestant, born probably after 1736].
She was dau of Edward Blennerhassett, of Rossbeigh, near Glenbeigh, Co.Kerry. Two of her brothers were Protestant clergy.
Her descendants had a family story that she was disowned by her family for her "inappropriate marriage" to Mr Clifford, a Catholic.
This is clearly true. Her father's will of 1774 says he leaves to "unfortunate dau. Mary one British shilling and no more."
She fl 1805. Mentioned as "Mary Clifford" in her brother Rev. Conway Blennerhassett's will 1805.
They had issue (descendants Catholic).

Thought to be grandparents of:

  1. John Clifford,
    John Patrick Clifford, born 1816.
    See entry in tree by "teryg93".
    He mar 14 Feb 1849 [Killorglin RC par records] to Bridget Riordan.
    Marriage entry refers to one of them (presumably Bridget not John) as of Cromane, Killorglin par (NE of Glenbeigh, W of Killorglin).
    Lived at Knockaunglass, Killorglin par, Co.Kerry (townland beside Dooks, NE of Glenbeigh, see old map).
    "John Clifford" is listed as holding 17 acres at Knockaunglass in [Griffiths Valuation, 1852].
    At son's birth 1864 he is "cottier", living at Knockaunglass.
    He died 23 Mar 1879, Knockaunglass, age 63 yrs. See death cert from here.
    They had issue:

    1. Mary Clifford, born 1853,
      mar Patrick Griffin,
      had issue:

      1. Michael P. Griffin, born 1882,
        had issue:

        1. Mary Griffin, born 1905,
          mar Denis Casey,
          had issue:

          1. Mary Casey.
            DNA match with Sarah Helps.
            DNA match with (unknown Blennerhassett branch): Richard Savage.
            She mar Joseph John Gaura and had issue:

            1. --- Gaura,
              had issue:

              1. Marie Slipke.
                DNA match with Margaret Dalzell.

        2. Patrick Francis Griffin, born 1907,
          had issue:

          1. Tery Griffin.
            DNA match with (Letitia Blennerhassett family): Peter Helps and Sarah Helps and Dominic Helps (all on Chromosome 11).
            Borderline DNA match with (Cashel family): Frank McGrath (9.0 cM, on Chromosome 14). I do not think this is significant.

    2. William Clifford,
      born 1 Apr 1864 at Knockaunglass, see birth cert from here.

John Clifford holding 17 acres at Knockaunglass in [Griffiths Valuation, 1852].

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