Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study      by Bill Jehan
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An earlier American cabinet maker was Thomas Spotswood Blennerhassett, b.21-Nov-1813 Co.Kerry, Ireland. He died in the USA, perhaps before 1857, although another source suggests he was still living in 1870. A well known craftsman making good quality furniture, he worked at New York, North Carolina (where is possible the Blennerhassett Island in North Carolina was named for him), New Orleans, Missouri, Ohio and Texas.
He married twice. His 1st wife (name unknown, b.c1811-20) resided at Pigeon, Vanderburgh Co., Indiana 1840 and St.Louis, Missouri 1850. He married his 2nd wife, Mrs Margaret Coates (or Cotes) b.c1819, at Washington Co., Arkansas on 18-Dec-1854.
He operated a bedstead, chair & cabinet factory at Bonham, Faunin County, Texas c1853. For a short time he resided at Fayetteville, Washington Co., Arkansas & there made furniture. On 15-Nov-1854 he purchased two pieces of land at Fayetteville, one of of 37.27 acres (Township 20N, Range 28W, Section 7, Baseline 05), the other of 40 acres (Township 20N, Range 29W, Section 12, Baseline 05).
In 1870 he is believed resident at Fort Scott (Ward 1), Bourbon Co., Kansas.
Warning  this, of course, is not possible if he died before 1857, one of these dates is wrong...
The "Arkansas Territorial Restoration Museum" at Little Rock, Arkansas, has a few pieces of furniture made by T.S. Blennerhassett.
Warning need photographs of these... 
ARTHUR THOMAS BLENNERHASSETT (b.29-Mar-1823 Ballymacelligott, Co.Kerry, d.3-Dec-1895 Cincinnati, Ohio) started as a carpenter and carriage maker, and from 1860 had his own business as wood turner at Covington, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio.
He married twice, in 1856 to Euphamia "Effie" Murray (b.c1832 d.1861) and in 1863 to Susan Murray (b.c1834/7 d.1893).
His g.g.granddaughter Sandi Mee has a pair of turned wooden candlesticks made by him.
Two of his sons, Thomas "Tom" A. Blennerhassett (b.28-Jun-1858, living c1933/4) and James William Blennerhassett (b.17-Apr-1868 d.3-Aug-1918) were also wood-turners (lather operators) employed by their father in his business.
The postcard above was found in Ohio 2009, so is possible one of these two sons could be responsible for it.

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