Humphrys genealogy

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Richard Francis Blennerhassett

Miniature portrait of unknown person, from family of Richard Francis Blennerhassett.
Sold at auction by Phillips, London, 7 Nov 2001.
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Richard Francis Blennerhassett,
of Kells, Co.Kerry,
born 26 April 1820.
Listed as of Tralee at mar.

He mar 1849 to Honoria Ponsonby [born 1820, descendant of Henry VII].
He died 1854, age 33 or 34 yrs.
[Bill Jehan] says he died 20 Sept 1854 and NOT 16 Feb 1854.

Honoria mar 2ndly, post-1854, to Dr. James Barry, M.D. [born 1800].
They lived Villa Nuova, N of Caherciveen (across the bridge), Co.Kerry.
James is described as Landed Proprietor, M.D., J.P., at his death.
Honoria's son Rowland was elected a Home Rule MP in Feb 1872.

James died Villa Nuova, 6 July 1873, age 73 yrs.
See death cert from here.
Funeral Thur 10 July 1873.
See obituary in Tralee Chronicle, 11 July 1873. Says he was Catholic.
See obituary in Munster News, 12 July 1873. Says he was a strong supporter of Home Rule.
He is described as J.P. at wife's death.

Honoria died 3 Dec 1883, Villa Nuova, age 63 yrs.
See death cert from here.
See admin of her estate 1884 [NAI].
Richard Francis and Honoria had issue:

  1. Rowland Ponsonby Blennerhassett, MP,
    born 1850, Kells, Co.Kerry.
    One of the first Home Rule MPs.
    Admin of mother's estate says he is the only child.

Silhouette from family of Honoria Ponsonby and Richard Francis Blennerhassett.
This is apparently Honoria Ponsonby when young.
Sold at auction by Phillips, London, 7 Nov 2001.
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Villa Nuova, N of Caherciveen, on 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern street view of W gate.

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