Now the DNA says we are related to the Baronets branch, the remaining challenge is to find the exact link in the documents.
Given how many documents I found survived in the Letitia of Tarbert branch,
there should be many documents surviving in the Baronets branch.
This is now the priority.
Even if the Letitia theory did not work,
the DNA testing
proved much of the Cashel tree to be true.
It gave major breakthroughs in Kickham, Pigott, Gould and other lines.
It proved much of the "Black Jack" branch of the Blennerhassett tree to be true
- even if that is of no use to me.
After many DNA samples, and a new
analysis of the results,
it seems to me that DNA testing has proved the Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert theory is false.
This is very surprising.
It leaves a lot of
that demands explanation.
And we need to construct an alternative theory for how we might connect to Blennerhassett.
In August 2019, DNA analysis finally, after over 30 years,
proved my relationship
(through George Cashel's wife Mary Kickham)
to the Fenian
Charles Joseph Kickham.
See the proof.
The link was what Pat Lavelle said it was:
Mary is 1st cousin of the Fenian.
This brings me my first known proven Protestant ancestor,
My first proven Protestant ancestor.
Discovered when I was over age 50.
listed among the Cromwellian adventurers for land in Ireland in 1642 to 1646.
He is possibly the unnamed Cromwellian settler
who is ancestor of the Kickhams of Co.Tipperary
and my ancestor.
Fifth and sixth interim prizes awarded, March 2019
The fifth and sixth interim prizes of €100
are awarded to Elizabeth Humphrys and
for suggesting DNA to solve the problem.
My thinking on DNA has evolved over time,
but I really needed to start doing DNA experiments in order to see what the issues are.
They are not what I thought they were.
DNA project starts, 2019
In 2019 I started a systematic project to DNA test relatives of Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert
and George Cashel,
in order to see if the link could be proved.
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