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Robert Blennerhassett, of Mount Rivers

Frances Yielding listed as one of the "lives" of [Deed of Sept 1728] before her marriage.

Robert Blennerhassett,
born est c.1705,
of Mount Rivers, Annaghgarry, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry,
and of nearby Annaghgarry House, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry.
Descendant of Edward III.
See Wikitree.
He is party to [Deed of Nov 1728] with his widowed mother. About the family property at Annaghgarry.

He mar c.1730 to Frances Yielding.
Robert is listed as "of Killorglin" in [Exchequer Bill of 1736].
Robert Blennerhassett of Annaghgarry is party to his dau's marriage settlement [Deed, June 1758].
Robert Blennerhassett of Annaghgarry is party to his dau's marriage settlement [Deed, Feb 1762].

He must be Robert Blennerhassett of Killorglin, whose will was proved 1766 at Ardfert and Aghadoe. This will was burnt in 1922.
Frances is party to [Deed of Mar 1766] about Yielding property. Must be just after husband's death.
She is NOT Frances Blennerhassett whose will was proved 1771. That is a different Frances.
Robert and Frances had issue:

  1. Belinda Blennerhassett,
    born pre-1733,
    mar Charles Hurly and had issue:

    1. Mary Hurly,
      mar Tallis Eagar and had issue.

  2. Henry Blennerhassett,
    born pre-1733.

  3. Alice Blennerhassett,
    mar 1758 to James Eagar and had issue.
    Marriage settlement in [Deed, June 1758].

  4. Millicent Blennerhassett.
    She mar Tallis Eagar [bapt 1 June 1729] and had issue.
    Marriage settlement in [Deed, Feb 1762]. She is written as both "Millycent" and "Millicent" in the same document.

  5. Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet,
    of Blennerville, Co.Kerry,
    and of Churchtown, Co.Kerry.
    [Debrett's Baronetage, 1815] and [Burkes Peerage] say born 1741.
    Death notice and [Foster's Royal Descents, vol.4, 1886] say age 81 when died 1821, so born 1740.
    "Rowland" was the name of Frances Yielding's grandfather Major Rowland Bateman.

  6. Arthur Blennerhassett,
    of Fortfield, Co.Kerry,
    born est c.1745.
    Written as "Arthur Blennerhassett Robert" (refers to his father) in [Deeds of 1774 and 1777] and 1790 will and [Deed, Nov 1821] and [Deed, Jan 1841].
    NOT written as "Arthur Robert Blennerhassett". This is a mis-reading of his will.

  7. Sarah Blennerhassett.
    She would be Sarah Blennerhassett of Tralee, spinster, who wit [Deed, Oct 1770] involving her brother Rowland.
    She mar 10 Sept 1776 to John Eagar and had issue.


Notes on DNA proven lines

Normally, when two cousins are DNA matches, you can take it that their lines to the common ancestor are now DNA proven.
This is confused though when the cousins are related in multiple ways.


Extract from "Black Jack's Book".
Shows that Robert and Frances had two children by 1733.

Blennerhassett wills listed in Ardfert and Aghadoe in [Index to Irish Wills].
Note the will of Robert Blennerhassett of Killorglin, proved 1766.
All of these wills were burnt in 1922.


Mount Rivers, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry

Mount Rivers, and nearby Annaghgarry House, near Killorglin, Co.Kerry.
Ownagarry (or Annaghgarry) townland, SE of Killorglin, Killorglin par, barony of Dunkerron North, Co.Kerry.
[Houses of Kerry] says it is not clear where Annaghgarry House was, but it may be the long narrow building seen on the old map here, across the road from Mount Rivers, with a garden below it.

It is thought that Fortfield (or Fordfield, or Fordstown, or Fordhill) is identical with Annaghgarry House.
[Hickson's annotated par records, 1880] says "Fortfield (or Annagarry)".
[Burkes Irish, 1976] says "Fortfield (or Aunagarry)".

The building across the road that may be Fortfield / Annaghgarry House has entirely vanished. Now just a field.
See Mount Rivers in Landed Estates Database.


Mount Rivers on 1829 to 1842 map.
See street view of W entrance to Mount Rivers today.
And street view of disused E entrance.


Frances Blennerhassett of Dublin

Our Frances is NOT Frances Blennerhassett of Dublin whose will was proved 1771.

Blennerhassett wills in [Vicars' index of wills 1536-1810].
Note Frances Blennerhassett of Dublin whose will was proved 1771.

Abstract from will of Frances Blennerhassett.
From [Betham abstracts]. Records of the Prerogative Court of Armagh. Series 1, wills: v. 6 "B" 1758-1774, p.144.
The children show this is not our Frances.

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