Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

My ancestors - Blennerhassett - Contents


The Godfrey family were granted in 1668 the confiscated Spring estate of Kilcolman Abbey, near Milltown, Co.Kerry.
They built a new house, Bushfield House, before 1700.

Sir William Godfrey, 1st Baronet,
born 1739,
of Bushfield, Kilcolman, Milltown, Co.Kerry.
See wikipedia.
He mar 15 Aug 1761 to Agnes Blennerhassett [born 12 Oct 1740, descendant of Edward III].
Marriage settlement dated 15 Aug 1761. Registered 7th of [possibly November] 1763. See [Godfrey Papers].
Marriage settlement wit by "George Cashel". He must be George Cashell of Rathanny, Co.Kerry, the son of Agnes' 2nd cousin Sarah Rowan.
Bushfield House was destroyed by fire c.1774.
William soon after re-modelled a nearby tower house to live in.
High Sheriff of Co. Kerry 1780-1781.
MP for Tralee 1783-1790.
He was cr Baronet 1785.
He kept a mistress and had about 10 natural children. He and Agnes separated.
Agnes died 1799.
He died 23 Jan 1817 (or 19 Jan), age 78 yrs.
Sir William and Agnes had issue:

  1. Sir John Godfrey, 2nd Baronet,
    born at Elmgrove, 17 June 1763.
    He built a new house at Kilcolman, called Milltown House, later called Kilcolman Abbey (or Kilcoleman Abbey).
    Ancestor of Godfrey, Baronets.

  2. Rev. William Godfrey,
    born at Elmgrove, 22 December 1764.
    Rector of Kenmare, Co.Kerry.
    He mar 1796 to Lucy Day and had issue.

  3. Arabella Godfrey.
    She mar 11 August 1798 [Kilcolman CoI par records] to Rev. John Day and had issue.

Bushfield House, Milltown, Co.Kerry.
From p.187 of [Taylor and Skinner, 1777].

Kilcolman Abbey, Milltown, Co.Kerry, on 1829 to 1842 map.

Kilcolman Abbey.
From here.
The house was demolished in 1970s. It is now vanished and a housing estate built on the site.
See modern map and street view of entrance to estate.



Sources yet to be consulted


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