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Cashel of Co.Kerry

Very little is known about our Cashel family. George Cashel was born in 1807 in Co.Kerry.


The proper spelling of our family seems to be "Cashel" not "Cashell".


We start with:

The notes of Pat Lavelle show the mother of George Cashel as a Letitia Blennerhassett.


George Cashel's middle name

George Cashel is normally written with no middle name.
He is "George Cashel" or sometimes "George Cashell".
But he does appear during his life as "George Blennerhassett Cashel" and "George S. Cashel".
[PAT/13, no.6] also lists him as "George Edward Cashel", but this is long after his death.

"George Blennerhassett Cashel" on marriage cert of his son Blennerhassett Cashel in 1869.
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"George S. Cashel" sponsors the baptism of (his grandson) Willie Cashel in 1875.

Death notice of "George S. Cashel" in Irish Times, Fri 23 June 1882.

Death notice of "George S. Cashel" in Freeman's Journal, 23 June 1882.

[PAT/13, no.6] lists him as "George Edward Cashel", but this is written long after his death.


Real Gaelic descents v. Imaginary Gaelic descents


Some fictional Gaelic genealogy about Cashel from Pat Lavelle in [PAT/4].
She refers to her grandfather Blennerhassett Cashel.
Pat was fascinated by old Gaelic Ireland, but ironically, she could not see that Blennerhassett, not Cashel, or O'Mara, or any other family, was the only line that would give her a real descent from old Gaelic Ireland.


There is another link to Irish nationalism: Rowland Ponsonby Blennerhassett, MP, the famous Home Rule MP elected in 1872.
According to my theory of our descent, Blennerhassett Cashel was his 2nd cousin.
Pat Lavelle was aware of Rowland Ponsonby Blennerhassett, MP, and talks about his famous victory for Home Rule in [PAT/12, p.14-15]. But she does not write down our link to him.

Possibly related: Cashell that descends from Blennerhassett

The following are a Cashell (or sometimes Cashel) family of Co.Kerry (and Co.Tipperary) who descend from Blennerhassett through a marriage in the 1720s. This could be connected to the Cashel in our family who married Blennerhassett around 1807. Or it could be irrelevant.


This could be our family:

This family could be irrelevant:

There are also inter-connections of Cashel to Blennerhassett through Harding and Lawrence:

  1. 1762 - Samuel Harding, of Silvermines, Co.Tipperary (where Cashel was from) was Bondsman, 6 July 1762, for marriage of William Lawrence, of Bureskeane, Co.Tipperary [poss. Borrisokane, far N of Co.Tipperary] and Mary Harding of Ballymonce, Co.Tipperary [unidentified].
    See folio 190, MS 31883, Killaloe, Co. Clare, Marriage License Bonds.
  2. 1807 - Marriage of Letitia Blennerhassett to Samuel Harding of Harding Grove, Co.Limerick.
  3. 1816 - Marriage of Rowan Cashel to the dau of William Lawrence of Silvermines, Co.Tipperary.
  4. 1831 - Marriage of Henry George Cashel of Bushfield, Co.Tipperary, to Christiana Harding of Rock Lodge, Co.Limerick.
  5. 1850s - The wife of Rowan Francis Cashel has affair with Jonathan Harding, of Bessborough, Co.Tipperary.

We start this family with the following. The Ballynevan area of Co.Clare seems to be the ancestral home:

Must be the same as:

And this is probably the same Francis Cashell that married Rowan, for three reasons, (a) the date of birth is about right, (b) then Patrick is the great-grandfather of Rowan Patrick Cashell and must be the origin of his middle name, and (c) later, as of 1760, Ballynevan seems to be connected with Henry Cashell:

Miscellaneous Cashels

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