My family treeI 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.
One gateway ancestor
My connection with the World family tree.
Blennerhassett Cashel, son of George Cashel, descendant of Edward III.
My ancestor George Cashel is my connection to the family tree of the West and my link to millions of other people.
I became aware in 1985 of George Cashel's possible Blennerhassett ancestry. But it took until 2020 to prove it. For years, clues in documents suggested various possibilities for our Blennerhassett descent. But no proof was found. In 2020, DNA testing finally proved that we descend from the Blennerhassett Baronets branch.
See Proof of our descent from Blennerhassett for the proof that we descend from the Blennerhassett Baronets branch.
I call it as proved that my ancestor George Cashel (born 1807) descends from Robert Blennerhassett (died 1765) and his wife Frances Yielding. Nothing else explains the DNA. That we descend from this family is proven, but the exact descent is unproven. It remains to prove this from paper, to confirm from paper records what the DNA says must exist.
This yields descent from the following families.
The only line that stays in Ireland is:
And further descent from:
|Branch of my tree||Person with Royal Descent||Through what line||From most recent monarch||Status of descent|
|Humphrys||Elizabeth Gibbon||Augustus Reebkomp||Edward III||Proven|
|Flanagan||Tom Jacomb||English nobility||Henry VII||Proven|
|O'Mara||Count Johann Herbert of Herberstein||Austrian nobility||Edward III||Proven. Though marriage had no issue.|
|Branch of my tree||Person with possible Royal Descent||Through what line||From most recent monarch||Status of descent|
|Cashel||George Cashel||Blennerhassett Baronets||Edward III|| DNA says proven.
But documentary proof needed.
|O'Mara||Dr. Alec Spain||Colclough||Edward III||Unproven|
|O'Mara||Dr. Michael Rynne||MacNamara||Edward I||Unproven|
|Humphrys||John Lloyd||Burgh||Edward I||Unproven|
|O'Rahilly||Edward Wren||Blennerhassett||Edward III||Unproven|
|O'Rahilly||Aileen O'Connell||Blennerhassett||Edward III|| Proven Royal Descent.
But not proven related to us.
|Ebrill||Frances Mary Croker||Croker||Edward I|| Proven Royal Descent.
But not proven related to us.
See also Our common relations.
My mother's family had a telephone in 1905.
"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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