Proof of our descent from Blennerhassett
DNA testing - Blennerhassett problem
See Proof of our descent from Blennerhassett for the proof that we descend from the Blennerhassett Baronets branch.
That we descend from this family is proven, but the exact descent is unproven. The story in our family is that George Cashel's mother was "Letitia" Blennerhassett. However no such Blennerhassett girl has been found. The family memory may be confused, but DNA says that some descent from this family definitely exists.
The exact link to the Baronets family is unknown. It remains to prove this from paper, to confirm from paper records what the DNA says must exist.
George Cashel's RIC record.
Showing that he was recommended by "A. Blennerhasset, J.P." when he joined the County Constabulary in 1828.
Detail from grave of George Cashel's son Blennerhassett Cashel.
U2 at Live Aid in 1985 - the summer when my lifelong quest for Blennerhassett began.
The parents of George Cashel are not that far back.
They are Ahnentafel number 88 and 89 (if I am number 1).
There are 64 people in that generation, numbered 64 to 127.
Me at New Ballyseedy in 1985, at the start of the life-long hunt for Blennerhassett.
It later turned out that my ancestors never lived in this building.
John writes a joke letter to the Financial Times in 2008.
"How the Emerald Isle was turned blue" (and here), Financial Times, 22/23 Mar 2008.
"During his years in Japan (1891-1904), Lafcadio Hearn corresponded with a scholarly neighbour of his back in Ireland, one Letitia Blennerhassett. Though largely forgotten today, she was in her time a formidable scholar of the Irish language, collecting and translating a great deal of folk tales that would otherwise have been forgotten."
This letter was published, but the data is entirely made up.
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