Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.

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Littor House. 1887 to 1913 period.
From OSI.

Capt. Thomas Wren.
[Alison Tate] says he was of Golmoylestown, Co.Meath.
Some Wren researchers say he was of Hinton, Cambridgeshire (must be Cherry Hinton), and was 2nd cousin of the father of the architect and scientist Sir Christopher Wren, and settled in Ireland after the 1641 Rebellion.
But [Alison Tate] convincingly gives his parentage as Irish.
He mar pre-1655 to Mary Blennerhassett [descendant of Edward III].
They settled at the Blennerhassett property Littur (also spelt Littor and Letter), pronounced "Litter", Aghavallen par, on the coast a few miles W of Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
See baptism of their son in a record apparently of 1655 transcribed in [Hickson's annotated par records].
He died 1662.
They had issue:

Charles Wren.
He mar Ellen Blennerhassett [descendant of Edward III].
They had issue:

John Wren,
of Littur House, Littur, Co.Kerry.
He is named in grandfather Thomas Blennerhassett's will 1695, as then under age.
High Sheriff of Co. Kerry 1732 (or 1745).
He mar 1733 to Honora Ponsonby.
He died 1769.
They had issue:

Thomas Wren, of Littur, Co.Kerry.
He mar 1770 to Alice Leslie.
He must be Thomas Wren who was High Sheriff of Co. Kerry 1777-1778.
He died 1792.
Alice mar 2ndly, 1811, to George Gunn.
Thomas and Alice had issue:

  1. (dau) Wren.
    She mar at Littur, 1807, to John Blennerhassett.
    See Limerick Gazette, 9 Oct 1807.

  2. John Wren.
    [Alison Tate] gives the descent down to him.

  3. Honoria Wren,
    born 1786 or 1788, NOT 1792,
    or poss. Honora.
    She mar 1814 to William Carrique Ponsonby and had issue.
    Limerick Gazette, 11 Feb 1814, says they married recently at Littur.
    It describes her, must be in error, as "daughter of the late Leslie Wren".
    Notes of 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.

  4. Aphra Wren.
    She mar William Sandes and had issue.

The Catholic Wrens

[Jimmy Kelly] says Thomas Wren below is the son of John Wren above.
[LR] records should be able to prove it.
Thomas Wren,
born 1824, Protestant,
of Littur.
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".
Thomas 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 Johanna Wren, and also both RC marriages of his son Edward Wren.
He is listed as farmer, living, at son's 1st mar 1871.
Listed as farmer, deceased, at son's 2nd mar 1898.
Thomas and Mary had issue:

  1. Edward Wren,
    Catholic, born Sept 1849, Littur, Co.Kerry.
    Signed "Edward J.J. Wren" at 2nd mar.

  2. Johanna Wren,
    of Littur.
    She mar 1872 to William Edgeworth [Ballylongford RC par records].

  3. John Wren, born 1855.
    He emigrated 1873 on the ill-fated Atlantic (from Queenstown to New York). He 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. It was then the worst ever civilian loss of life in the Northern Atlantic.
    John was one of the several hundred survivors. See his name in the list of survivors.
    He died Springfield, Ohio, 1930.
    See obituary.

Tomb of George Wren (unidentified), born 1805, died 7 Dec 1848, age 43.
Aghavallen Protestant church, near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
Photo 2010. See larger and full size.

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