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John Blennerhassett, "The Evergreen"

John Blennerhassett, "The Evergreen" (died 1855).
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John Blennerhassett.
Called "The Evergreen" in old age.
Attorney, solicitor, land agent.
Listed as of Tralee in marriage deed 1794.
Listed as of Tralee in marriage notice 1794.
There is a settlement of property before his marriage in [Deed, 2 Jan 1794]. John's father apparently gives him a house in the town of Tralee, bounded on the S by "Sir Barry Denny's garden wall" (Sir Barry Denny of Tralee Castle) and bounded on the N by Boherboy (the street running E out of town).

He mar 1stly, 10 Jan 1794, to Mary Anne Phaire [or Phayre].
Mary Anne was dau of Robert Phaire, or Phayre, of Temple Shannon, Co.Wexford, by his wife Richarda Annesley.
Richarda Annesley was dau of Richard Annesley, 6th Earl of Anglesea (also here) and sister of Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Mountnorris.
See marriage notice on p.179 of Gentleman's Magazine, vol. LXIV, part I, Feb 1794.

John moved to Dublin.
His Dublin office was at Kildare St as at 1799.
He witnessed Arthur Blennerhassett's marriage settlement, 1799.
Mary Anne died in 1802-1803.
She was alive in 1802. John's 2nd marriage had licence dated 1803.
John had issue by 1st wife:

  1. (son) Blennerhassett,
    born Apr 1795, William St, Dublin,
    (todo) see Clare Journal, 30 Apr 1795.

  2. Capt. Aldworth Blennerhassett, born July 1797.
    Army officer. Ensign in 73rd Regiment in 1814.
    He fought at Quatre Bras and Waterloo in June 1815.
    Lieutenant Oct 1815.
    Joined 38th Regiment 1823.
    Captain 1834.
    See notes on his army career on p.51 of [D950/1/9].

    He mar 25 Dec 1843 to Lucy Anne Douglas [or Lucy Ann, of Essex].
    They mar at St.George's Hanover Square, London. Marriage licence 20 Jan 1844.
    They had no issue. (His issue is confused in [Burkes Irish, 1976] with his brother's.)
    He is listed in [Thom's, 1852] at 5 Clifton place, Monkstown, Co.Dublin (near his father's house).
    Living Monkstown at death.

    He died 31 July 1854, Monkstown, age 57 yrs.
    Admin of estate 1855.
    Lucy Anne's will dated 9 June 1858.
    She died 7 July 1858, Stoke Damerel, Plymouth.
    Probate granted in London, 12 Aug 1858.
    See admin in Ireland, 13 Jan 1859. From here.
    See admin, 7 Apr 1859, of unadministered part of Aldworth's estate. From here. Granted to his niece Elizabeth Blennerhassett.

  3. Louisa Blennerhassett,
    died without issue.

  4. Richarda Blennerhassett,
    died without issue.

  5. Goddard Blennerhassett,
    born 1802.
    Mother must have died at his birth or soon after.
    Listed as "Arthur Goddard Blennerhassett" on death cert in 1906 of his dau Mary.

John mar 2ndly to Elizabeth Gorges [dau of Very Rev. Robert Gorges, of Kilbrew, Co.Meath, Dean of Kilmacduagh].
Marriage licence dated 1803. See note on p.25 of [D950/1/9].
Rev. Conway Blennerhassett's will 1805 lists him as John Blennerhassett of Dublin, attorney.
John Blennerhassett, attorney, 23 Kildare St, Dublin, is listed in [Dublin Almanac, 1806].
He is "John Blennerhassett", attorney, who is party to Deed of 31 Mar 1806, relating to his sister Letitia.
He would be "John Blennerhasset", solicitor, with office at 2 Molesworth St, Dublin, who is listed in Freemans Journal, December 20, 1815.
In 1820 he had office at 27 Lower Mount St, Dublin.
His son had his grandson baptised at Monkstown, Co.Dublin, in 1825, so maybe they already had the Monkstown house at this point, but the father lived in town.
John was living Mount St, near Merrion Square, Dublin, as at 1827.
His mother-in-law Mrs. Gorges died at his house on Mount St on 6 Mar 1827. See p.382 in the Gentleman's Magazine, Apr 1827.
[Case, 1852] says that "John Blennerhassett" (must be him) obtained a judgement in 1831 that his niece Louisa Ponsonby owed him £263. This was apparently not paid before her death in 1836.
Described as of Lower Mount St at son's death 1833.
Living 35 Holles Street, Dublin, as at dau's mar 1837.
Listed in [Dublin Almanac, 1838, p.29] at 35 Holles Street, Dublin.
He had issue by 2nd wife:

  1. Rachel Blennerhassett.
    She mar 1821 to Thomas Gordon Higgins.
    He was Lieutenant general in Royal Artillery.
    See notes on his army career on p.51 of [D950/1/9].
    He died 1871.

  2. Frances Blennerhassett,
    listed at mar 1837 as of 35 Holles Street, Dublin,
    mar by licence dated 1837,
    mar 18 Mar 1837 [St Peter's CoI church, Dublin] to Rev. Francis Voules and had issue.

John mar 3rdly in 1841 to Frances Digby [Frances Louisa Digby, dau of Richard Digby].
They mar by licence dated 1841, no issue.
He lived at a house he called "Blennerville" (later "Greenville") in Monkstown, Co.Dublin. Moved there before 1842 (since name "Blennerville" appears on map before then). May have acquired the house before 1825 (since his grandson baptised at Monkstown in 1825)
By 1843 the house in Monkstown was called "Greenville".
He is listed at "Greenville, Blackrock" in [Post Office Directory of Dublin, 1843, p.158]. Office in town at 4 Lower Merrion St.
He is listed at "Greenville" under Stradbrook in Blackrock in [Thom's, 1850 and 1852].
He is also listed at 5 Clare St, Dublin, in [Thom's, 1852].
[Case, 1852] shows him still pursuing the debt (see above) from the heirs of his niece Louisa Ponsonby.
"He was familiarly known among his professional brothers as "The Evergreen", because of the youthful appearance which he retained up to the termination of his long life" [1917 article].

John dies, 1855:
Will and codicil both dated 23 Feb 1855. He is written as of Greenville, Blackrock.
He died 26 Feb 1855, at his house "Greenville".
See notice in Cork Examiner, 28 Feb 1855.
He was bur Carrickbrennan churchyard, Carrickbrennan Road, Monkstown (see street view).
Though list of grave readings at Carrickbrennan (see photos) has no Blennerhassett grave.
Will proved 28 Apr 1855.
See newspaper notice about his estate, 18 Dec 1855.
Frances fl 1855.

The house in Tralee that was apparently given to John at his 1st marriage in 1794.
Bounded on the S by "Sir Barry Denny's garden wall".
From [Deed, 2 Jan 1794].
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The above portrait of "The Evergreen" was used in a profile of him in 1917.


"Blennerville" (later "Greenville"), Monkstown, Co.Dublin

In Monpelier or Montpelier townland, Monkstown par (on the Monkstown side of Blackrock), Co.Dublin.
Home of John Blennerhassett, who obviously named the house.
Listed as "Blennerville" on 1829 to 1842 map.
So John Blennerhassett had the house by 1842. There is evidence he may have acquired the house before 1825.
By 1843 the house was called "Greenville".
John Blennerhassett died there in 1855.
"Bernard Martin" is listed at "Greenville" in [Thom's, 1868].
The house seems to be gone today and the site is now "Greenville Court" apartments.
See modern street view.


"Blennerville", Co.Dublin, on 1829 to 1842 map.

John Blennerhassett listed at "Greenville" under Stradbrook in Blackrock in [Thom's, 1852].

The house is called "Greenville" on 1887 to 1913 map.


Signatures of John Blennerhassett, "the Evergreen"


[Deed, 1801] witnessed by Rev. John Blennerhassett (upper signature) and his son John Blennerhassett, "The Evergreen" (lower signature).
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Signatures of "John Blennerhassett", attorney, in Deed of 1806.
Clearly the same person.


Other signatures

There is a "John Blennerhassett" found in the [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in 1806-07.
By the signature, it must be a different person to the above.

Signature of "John Blennerhassett" in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Apr 1806.
Looks like a different person to the above.
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Signature of "John Blennerhassett" in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Apr-May 1806.
Similar to the above.
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Signature of "John Blennerhassett" in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in May 1806.
Similar to the above.
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Signature of "John Blennerhassett" in [Vestry Minutes Books, Tralee church] in Mar 1807.
Similar to the above.
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