Wednesday, 18th July at 18:45
Venue: Helen Roe Theatre, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2
One of Colonial America’s best known paintings is ‘Boy with a Squirrel’. The ‘Boy’ is Henry Pelham (1748 ? 1806), born in Boston of an Irish mother and an English father. Pelham rose to fame before fleeing to Ireland during the American War of Independence. Among many roles he was agent for Lord Lansdowne and town planner of Kenmare, Co. Kerry, where he met a tragic death. This illustrated talk shows how researching his life uncovered a surprising and fascinating connection to a Pelham family from Kerry in post-Famine NYC.
Sources used include US Census, Military and private archives, Burke’s Irish Landed Gentry, newspapers, BMD & Church records in England, Ireland and Boston, shipping registers, estate records, etc.
Speaker – Ireland Branch Committee Member Bob Frewen is an amateur historian & genealogist. His researches include the lives of several landed gentry families in South Kerry, where he is a regular contributor to local history publications.
All welcome. Members free, non-members €5.