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My family tree

I have been researching my family tree since 1984, though really this started in 1983 when I started researching the history of the Thomond motor car that my grandfather built.

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 a further 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 gateway ancestor



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


Blennerhassett Cashel is my gateway ancestor.
His father George Cashel, son of "Letitia Blennerhassett", is my hope for a connection to the World family tree.

She is probably identical with Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert but this remains unproven.
See Evidence that Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert is the mother of George Cashel.



If Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert is the mother of George Cashel, then I descend from the following families.





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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 Tarbert

It is likely (but not proven) that our Letitia Blennerhassett is Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert.
In which case, we get a Royal Descent as follows.



                               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

See also Our common relations.






My most recent non-Irish ancestors

I have no proven non-Irish ancestors.

If Letitia Blennerhassett of Tarbert is my ancestor, then my most recent non-Irish ancestors are:





Possibly my most recent English ancestral home: North Tidworth, Wiltshire.
This is where Capt. Thomas Goddard grew up.
His father Rev. Thomas Goddard was Rector of this church 1708 to 1731.
Capt. Thomas Goddard left England for Ireland in 1736.


  


"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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