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Letitia Blennerhassett

This is Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert, daughter of Rev. John Blennerhassett of Tralee.

See the Evidence that Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert is the mother of George Cashel (and hence my ancestor).

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Letitia Blennerhassett (bapt 1780) in old age.
Photo probably after she was widowed in 1862, before her death in 1876.
See larger and full size (and back). This copy confirms this is Letitia Blennerhassett.
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Letitia Blennerhassett (see here and here),
descendant of Edward III,
born Co.Kerry, bapt 10 June 1780.
She would have grown up at the Rectory, St.John's church, Tralee, where her father was Rector 1765 to 1803.

She mar 1stly, settlement in [Deed dated 29th June 1799],
to Richard Ponsonby [born est c.1773, descendant of Henry VII] and had issue.

At her 1st marriage, she was age 19. He was age c.26.
Richard died 20 Apr 1811.
She went to Limerick. She quickly re-married.
Her young children by him appear to have remained with Ponsonby relations rather than with her.
She is listed as Letitia Ponsonby, Church of Ireland, at 2nd marriage.

She mar 2ndly, Wed 10 July 1811, at St.George's church (Church of Ireland), George St, Limerick [St.Michael's par records, Limerick]
to William Lindsay [bapt 19 Mar 1790] and had issue.

At her 2nd marriage, she was age 31. He was age 21.
See [Limerick Gazette, Fri 12 July 1811].
See [Clare Journal, Monday 15th July 1811].
See notice in Oxford Journal, Saturday 27 July 1811.
See notice in Walker's Hibernian Magazine, July 1811, p.392, [NLI] Ir 05 w 1. This is indexed on p.271 of [Farrar, vol.2].

Silhouette of Letitia Blennerhassett.
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From here in Stokes family photos by Teresa Stokes. Used with permission.

Letitia Blennerhassett in old age.
Original and light-adjusted detail from above.

Grave of Letitia Blennerhassett, Aghavallen church, near Ballylongford, Co.Kerry.
Photo 1990.

St.George's church, George St, Limerick

Letitia Blennerhassett and William Lindsay married in 1811 at St.George's church (CoI), at the corner of George St (later O'Connell St) and Mallow St, Limerick.
This church was built in 1789, and the new town was built around it.
[Joseph Lindsay, 1897] says they married "at a church called the Round Church. It was in the middle of a green field and the Provincial Bank of Limerick is now in its place. The whole place is now streets".

The church was demolished 1831.
[Limerick Evening Post and Clare Sentinel, 9 Sept 1831] says: "St. George's Church, Limerick, is to be forthwith taken down, and on its site will be erected an edifice for transacting the business of the Provincial Bank."
The site became a branch of the Provincial Bank. This bank branch opened 1834, with address 63 George St, Limerick.
St.George's church was replaced (in a different location) by St.Michael's church, which opened 1840, and is where the St.George's parish records ended up.
The bank building is now "The Bank" Bar and Restaurant, 63 O'Connell Street (see street view).
See entry at NIAH.

The new town, Limerick, in its infancy.
Sauthier's map of 1786.
"25" is the Bishop's Palace (still there today).
"24" is "Intended New Church". St.George's church was built 1789 around this location, perhaps a little further out of town. Looks like it would have been fields around it when it was built.

St.George's church on map of "Part of South Priors Land", 1823, at [LCM].
An urban area has grown around the church.
Junction of Mallow St and Georges St.

The new town, Limerick.
McKern's map of 1827.
"41" is the Bishop's Palace.
"33" is St.George's church.

Evidence that Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert is the mother of George Cashel

Letitia Blennerhassett in popular culture

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