Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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The Cashell family (that descends from Rowan and Blennerhassett)


Is this family related to us?

Our family descends from George Cashel (born 1807, Co.Kerry) whose mother is said to be a Blennerhassett (and DNA confirms this).
On the Blennerhassett side, we have made progress. We have proved that George Cashel descends from the Blennerhassett Baronets branch.
On the Cashel side, his origins remain mysterious.

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

Reasons why this might be our family:

Reasons why this might not be our family:

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:

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