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The research I was doing since 1983 on the Thomond motor car that my grandfather built led slowly but inevitably to researching my family history in general, which I have been doing properly since 1984. I have a large amount of material still offline. Over the next few years I will transfer all this information onto this site. It may take me 10 years to put all my information online onto this website.

How to read my narrative family trees: The format I am using is a hypertext version of the Burke's Peerage narrative format. Basically, to move around the tree you click on the names in bold.


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Surnames

I descend from the following families.

Ones that are only partially online are marked in green. The others are fully online.


  • Humphrys (or Humphreys) of Doonane, Co.Tipperary (and Glenstal, Co.Limerick)
  • Ryan (Ryan "Tim" or Ryan "Cadea") of Newross, Co.Tipperary



One possible gateway ancestor



My possible connection with the World family tree.
Blennerhassett Cashel, descendant of Letitia Blennerhassett, possible descendant of Edward III.


My descent from Letitia Blennerhassett is my possible connection to the World family tree. There is probable evidence that she descends from the main line of Blennerhassett of Co.Kerry, but this remains unproven:



Depending on how the Blennerhassett descent is proved, it may yield further descent from the following families. These will not be done in detail. Rather I will only show enough of the tree that is necessary to highlight and cement my particular lines of descent:





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My possible Royal Descent

There's nothing strange about Royal Descents. In the west, your family tree tends to either (a) end in obscurity after a few generations, or (b) goes on to connect with the vast, inter-connected web of medieval royalty and nobility in Europe, from which millions of people are provably descended. Showing a descent from some key medieval royal figure is simply a convenient way of showing your connection to this vast family tree of the West. My wife has many such Royal Descents. See also Royal Descents of many famous people. I have written on what is the point of genealogy and what is the point of Royal Descents.

This is in fact the golden age of genealogy, when you can be born without a Royal Descent, set off to look for one, and finally, triumphantly, connect with the world family tree. In the future, everyone will have a known Royal Descent at birth, which won't be half as much fun. I have been working on the line below since 1985 (when I was age 17). I am close, but the triumphant moment has yet to arrive.

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                               Edward III
                                |
                 +--------------+----------------------------------------+ 
                 |                                                       |
                John of Gaunt                                           Edmund Plantagenet
                 |                                                       |
                Joan de Beaufort                                        Constance Plantagenet       
                 |                                                       |
      +----------+-------------------------------+                      Isabel le Despencer
      |                                          |                       |
     1st Earl of Salisbury                      3rd Baron Abergavenny   Elizabeth Beauchamp
      |                                          |                       |
     Alice Neville                               +----------+------------+
      |                                                     |
     Elizabeth Fitz-Hugh                                   4th Baron Abergavenny
      |                                                     |
     Catherine Vaux                                        Sir Edward Neville, Kt.
      |                                                     |
     Clement Throckmorton                                  Catherine Neville
      |                                                     |
      +-------------------------+---------------------------+
                                |
                               Martha Throckmorton
                                |
                               George Lynne
                                |
                               Martha Lynne
                                |
       +------------------------+----------------------+
       |                                               |
      Robert Blennerhassett                           John Blennerhassett
       |                                               |
      Henry Blennerhassett            +----------------+----------+
       |                              |                           |
      Robert Blennerhassett          John Blennerhassett         Ruth Blennerhassett
       |                              |                           |
      Sir Rowland Blen.,             William Blennerhassett      Mary Blennerhassett
      1st Baronet                     |                           |
       |                              |                           |
 +-----+--------+                    William Blennerhassett      Sarah Rowan == Francis Cashell
 |              |                     |
 |              |                     |
Arthur Blen.   Sir Robert Blen.,     Arthur Blennerhassett
died 1839      2nd Baronet            |
                |                     |
                |                     |
               Sir Arthur Blen.,     Arthur Blennerhassett
               3rd Baronet           of Ballyseedy
               died 1849             died 1843


Unproven:

Letitia Blennerhassett below is probably a close relation of "A.Blennerhassett J.P." in 1828,
who is probably one of the 3 Arthur Blennerhassett's above.
Hence Letitia is probably descended from Martha Lynne.

In addition, Edward Cashel below may well be of the Cashell or Cashel family of Co.Kerry that descends from Sarah Rowan above.



                       Letitia Blennerhassett                    Edward Cashel
                        |                                         |
                        +-----+-----------------------------------+
                              |
                             George Blennerhassett Cashel
                              |
                             Blennerhassett Cashel
                              |
                             Agnes Cashel
                              |
                             Eithne O'Mara
                              |
                             Richard Humphreys
                              |
                             Mark Humphrys



Letitia Blennerhassett of the Killorglin branch

It may be that our Letitia Blennerhassett is identical with Letitia Blennerhassett of the Killorglin branch. If this is the case, we would get the following:



                               Edward III
                                |
                 +--------------+----------------------------------------+ 
                 |                                                       |
                John of Gaunt                                           Edmund Plantagenet
                 |                                                       |
                Joan de Beaufort                                        Constance Plantagenet       
                 |                                                       |
      +----------+-------------------------------+                      Isabel le Despencer
      |                                          |                       |
     1st Earl of Salisbury                      3rd Baron Abergavenny   Elizabeth Beauchamp
      |                                          |                       |
     Alice Neville                               +----------+------------+
      |                                                     |
     Elizabeth Fitz-Hugh                                   4th Baron Abergavenny
      |                                                     |
     Catherine Vaux                                        Sir Edward Neville, Kt.
      |                                                     |
     Clement Throckmorton                                  Catherine Neville
      |                                                     |
      +-------------------------+---------------------------+
                                |
                               Martha Throckmorton
                                |
                               George Lynne
                                |
                               Martha Lynne
                                |
                               Robert Blennerhassett == Avice Conway
                                |                       descendant of Edward III
                                |
                               John Blennerhassett
                                |
                               Edward Blennerhassett
                                |
                               Rev. John Blennerhassett == Louisa Goddard
                                |                          descendant of Edward III
                                |
                               Letitia Blennerhassett  
                                |
                               George Blennerhassett Cashel  
                                |
                               Blennerhassett Cashel
                                |
                               Agnes Cashel
                                |
                               Eithne O'Mara
                                |
                               Richard Humphreys
                                |
                               Mark Humphrys





My relations

If the Blennerhassett descent is proved, I get thousands of proven ancestors and millions of proven blood relations.
See Our common relations.






James O'Mara, born 1817, Sheriff of Limerick.



Michael Flanagan, born 1833, Alderman of Dublin.



Richard Rahilly, born 1840, Justice of the Peace.



Stephen O'Mara, born 1844, Parnellite MP.



James O'Mara, born 1873, Home Rule MP, Sinn Fein TD in the First Dail.



"The O'Rahilly", born 1875, leader of 1916 Rising
and researcher of O'Rahilly family tree back to 17th cent.



Frank Flanagan, born 1886, Redmondite Volunteer and British Army officer in WWI.



Dick Humphreys, born 1896, rebel in 1916 Rising.





"Stadfadsa feasta - is gar dom éag gan mhoill
ó treascradh dragain Leamhan, Léin is Laoi;
rachad 'na bhfasc le searc na laoch don chill,
na flatha fá raibh mo shean roimh éag do Chríost."

"I will stop now - my death is hurrying near
now that the warriors of the Laune, Lein and Lee are destroyed;
I will follow the beloved among heroes to the grave,
those princes under whom were my ancestors before the death of Christ."

- Deathbed poem (est c.1730) of Aodhagán Ó Rathaille, my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-granduncle.





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