Cashel of Co.Kerry
Our Cashel family is of Co.Kerry,
probably of the Tralee area
(since they got together with
the Blennerhassett family,
most of whom are from the Tralee area).
I descend from
the Cashel family,
who descend from the
family of Ireland,
though from what branch is not clear.
This is my possible connection to the western family tree.
See graph summary of
the evidence so far.
- Our family:
- The Rowan Cashel family:
- Francis Ledwidge:
- Sources yet to be consulted:
- Madden genealogies, pre-1703
(described as "the principal
families in Ireland at the close of the 17th century"),
[TCD] Ms 1217
(formerly called Ms vol. F.4.18),
may only be consulted
on microfilm at [TCD] Ms
- [O'Hart, 1884]
has genealogy of CASHELL,
but can't find in index.
Anyway the genealogies
(in the microfilm version at least)
They need to be decoded by an expert
- Genealogies, early 1600s,
[TCD] Ms 1212
(formerly called Ms vol. E.3.2)
The proper spelling of our family seems to be "Cashel" not "Cashell".
is spelled "George Cashell"
in many places, but none apparently written by him.
(Disciplinary action in 1829,
land records in 1850s,
Petty Sessions in 1850s-60s,
land records in 1860s.)
William Henry Cashel
"William Henry Cashell"
in a newspaper of 1869.
After 1870 the spelling in the family is always "Cashel".
Our family starts with:
or Edward George Cashel,
or George Edward Cashel,
or possibly George Philip Cashel [Pat Lavelle]
said to be a runaway marriage,
mar Letitia Blennerhassett
[born est c.1785, Protestant,
poss. descendant of Edward III
- George Cashel,
George Blennerhassett Cashel,
born 1807, Co.Kerry, Catholic,
later went to Co.Tipperary,
some of Pat Lavelle's notes
list him as "George Edward",
but the only contemporary record of his middle name is
his son's wedding 1869
which lists him as "George Blennerhassett Cashel".
The notes of
show the mother of
as a Letitia Blennerhassett.
George Cashel's RIC record.
Showing that he was recommended by
"A. Blennerhassett, J.P."
when he joined the County Constabulary in 1828.
See full size.
George Blennerhassett Cashel's middle name
displayed on mar cert of his son
Blennerhassett Cashel in 1869.
and full size.
Detail from grave of George's son
The following are a Cashell (or sometimes Cashel) family of Co.Kerry
who descend from Blennerhassett through a marriage in the 1720s.
This could be our family,
or it may be just a coincidence.
One major problem is that
this family are Protestant.
If Cashel were Protestant,
and Blennerhassett were Protestant,
then how did my Cashels become Catholic?
This could be our family:
This could be our family, but they wouldn't suddenly start
adopting Blennerhassett as a name
in 1807 unless there was another, later connection to the Blennerhassetts.
Quite likely, this is our family, and the reason that
the early 19th cent Cashel
and Blennerhassett got together was because they were already connected.
This Cashell family are connected to Blennerhassett since the 1720s,
and stayed in touch with their
Blennerhassett relations through the 18th cent,
notably with the
This would have provided lots of opportunity
for a Cashel to get together with a Blennerhassett:
- 1720s - Marriage of Cashell and Rowan (mother Blennerhassett).
- Around 1756 -
seems to have served under
Col. John Blennerhassett
(his mother-in-law's 1st cousin)
- 1761 -
George Cashell seems to have witnessed the marriage
(his mother's 2nd cousin)
- 1782 -
In the Spring Assizes, 1782, think at Tralee [Hickson]
we find "George Cashell"
George Rowan of Castlegregory
and Rowland Blennerhassett all serving together
on the Grand Jury.
- 1798 - There was
another Rowan-Blennerhassett marriage
- Around 1806 - Our supposed Cashel-Blennerhassett marriage.
This Cashell family lived in and near Tralee, Co.Kerry,
and also had an estate at Shallee, N Co.Tipperary.
George Blennerhassett Cashel
was born in Co.Kerry
and settled in Co.Tipperary
(though near Mullinahone, S Co.Tipperary,
right across the county from Shallee).
- Cashel / Cashell of Listowel, Co.Kerry
are also linked through Bevan to
Cashell / Cashel of Bushfield, Co.Tipperary.
- How did our Cashel become Catholic?
Jacobie O'Leary Cashel
thought her great-grandfather
Rowan was defended by the Catholic Daniel O'Connell.
Could Ellen Alton have been Catholic,
and this is where the Catholic line came in,
and then Rowan's brother be the Catholic who married the
Not very likely. See below.
This could be just a coincidence:
- This could be just a coincidence.
There could be two Cashel families connected to Blennerhassett.
The biggest problem is that these are Protestant.
Apart from Jacobie O'Leary Cashel,
there is no sign that any of these Cashels are Catholic.
Rowan Cashel's marriage licence 1816
would surely have mentioned it.
His sons by different marriages
Rowan Francis Cashel
and Frederick Knipe Cashel
do not look Catholic either.
Their marriages seem to be normal C of I.
Also Rowan's brother
seems to inherit Shallee,
and have a son George of Shallee, so this cannot be our line.
Unless there is another brother Edward.
We start this family
with the following.
The Ballynevan area of Co.Clare seems to be the ancestral home:
Patrick Cashell, or Cashel, gentleman,
of "Ballynavin", Co.Clare,
think this is Ballynevan (N of Sixmilebridge),
Kilfinaghta par, SE Co.Clare
[not far from Co.Limerick border,
Limerick city and Co.Tipperary border],
since this is prob. the same family as that of Sixmilebridge below,
so think this is NOT Ballyknavin (NW of O'Briensbridge),
[closer to Co.Tipperary border,
just across the far side of the River Shannon
from Shallee area, Co.Tipperary],
also, it may be coincidence, but Ballynevan is near
the "Mountcashel" area
N of Sixmilebridge,
this Cashell family may have taken their name
from this place,
will dated 24th Jan 1734,
will proved 17th Mar 1735
[Index to Irish Wills, vol.3],
think burnt in Four Courts 1922,
this also noted in
[NLI] GO Ms 230,
[NLI] microfilm POS 1220 (illegible),
- Francis Cashell.
- Henry Cashell.
Must be the same as:
born 1697, Sixmilebridge, Kilfinaghta par, Co.Clare,
educ at Mr.Cashin's school, Limerick,
went up 13th May 1715, age 18,
"Pensioner" (i.e. paid normal fees,
from family of middling means),
BA Spring 1719
And this is probably the same Francis Cashell that married Rowan,
for three reasons,
(a) the date of birth is about right,
(b) then Patrick
is the great-grandfather of Rowan Patrick Cashell
and must be the origin of his middle name,
and (c) later, as of 1760, Ballynevan seems to be connected with
of Shallee, N Co.Tipperary
[near E Co.Clare and NE Co.Limerick],
married 1720s to
Rowan of Co.Kerry [whose mother was a Blennerhassett],
family lived in both Co.Tipperary and Co.Kerry.
- Discussion groups
- Cashel and Cashell
says the story in her family is that:
"The story behind the different spellings of this last name is a feud
between 2 brothers. They hated each other so much that one
added another L onto the end of his name
so no one would know they were related."
- The Irish novelist,
Charles James Lever,
wrote a novel,
(this is the name of the hero),
- Our Cashels:
- Eithne O'Mara thought our Cashels were somehow related to
Stack of Listowel, Co.Kerry.
No evidence for this has been found.
- There was a story that the poet
is somehow related to our Cashels.
No evidence for this has been found.
- Francis Ledwidge was born 1887, Slane, Co.Meath,
the son of Patrick Ledwidge [born 1840],
a migrant labourer,
and his wife Anne Lynch [born 1850, dau of Nicholas Lynch, of Slane].
- His patron was Lord Dunsany.