- Sources yet to be consulted:
Littor House. 1887 to 1913 period.
Capt. Thomas Wren.
says he was
of Golmoylestown, Co.Meath.
Some Wren researchers say he was
of Hinton, Cambridgeshire
2nd cousin of the father of the architect and scientist
Sir Christopher Wren
settled in Ireland after the
But [Alison Tate]
gives his parentage as Irish.
mar pre-1655 to
[descendant of Edward III].
settled at the Blennerhassett property
(also spelt Littor and Letter),
Aghavallen par, on the coast a few miles W of
(see OSI map).
They had issue:
mar Ellen Blennerhassett
[descendant of Edward III],
of Littur House, Littur, Co.Kerry,
named in grandfather
will 1695, as then under age,
High Sheriff of Co. Kerry 1732 (or 1745),
mar 1733 to Honora Ponsonby,
Thomas Wren, of Littur, Co.Kerry,
mar 1770 to
he must be Thomas Wren who was High Sheriff of Co. Kerry 1777-78,
she mar 2ndly 1811 to George Gunn,
- (dau) Wren,
mar at Littur, 1807, to
see Limerick Gazette, 9 Oct 1807.
- John Wren,
[Alison Tate] gives the descent down to him.
- Honoria Wren, born 1786 or 1788, NOT 1792,
or poss. Honora,
to William Carrique Ponsonby
and had issue,
Limerick Gazette, 11 Feb 1814, says they married recently at Littur,
describes her, must be in error, as
"daughter of the late Leslie Wren",
Rev. T.E. Lindsay
say there was an entry in Aghavallen parish register (possibly now lost)
which said they married 13 Feb 1814 at Aghavallen.
- Aphra Wren,
and had issue.
The Catholic Wrens
says Thomas Wren below is the son of John Wren above.
records should be able to prove it.
born 1824, Protestant,
apparently of Littur House,
his son John's obituary
says he [John] was born
"at his ancestral home at Littor House, County Kerry, Ireland, on June 24, 1855"
mar Mary Enright [NOT "Enight"],
children Catholic, she must have been Catholic,
his name and his wife's name are correct,
see RC marriage of his dau
and also both RC marriages of his son
listed as farmer, living, at son's 1st mar 1871,
listed as farmer, deceased, at son's 2nd mar 1898,
Catholic, born Sept 1849, Littur, Co.Kerry,
signed "Edward J.J. Wren" at 2nd mar.
- Johanna Wren, of Littur,
1872 to William Edgeworth
[Ballylongford RC par records].
- John Wren, born 1855,
emigrated 1873 on the ill-fated
(from Queenstown to New York),
survived its sinking,
the Atlantic planned a stop at Halifax,
Nova Scotia, Canada, to take on board coal,
but it sank on rocks off the coast near Halifax,
with the loss of hundreds dead,
then the worst ever civilian loss of life in the Northern Atlantic,
he was one of the several hundred survivors,
see his name
in the list of survivors,
died Springfield, Ohio, 1930,
Tomb of George Wren (unidentified), born 1805, died 7 Dec 1848, age 43.
Aghavallen Protestant church
, near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
and full size