Scholar; born in Hampshire
, Oct. 8, 1764 or 1765; was of Irish descent: educated at the University of Dublin
; studied law and practised there; and in 1796 married the beautiful Adelaide Agnew
, daughter of General Agnew
who was killed in the battle at Germantown
Being a republican in principle, he became involved in the political troubles in Ireland
when he sold his estates in England
and came to America
with an ample fortune.
He purchased an island in the Ohio River
nearly opposite Marietta
, built an elegant mansion, furnished it luxuriantly, and there he and his accomplished wife were living in happiness and contentment, surrounded by books.
philosophical apparatus, pictures, and other means for intellectual culture, when Aaron Burr
entered that paradise, and tempted and ruined its dwellers.
A mob of militiamen laid the island waste, in a degree.
and his wife became fugitives in 1807.
He was prosecuted as an accomplice of Burr
, but was discharged.
Then he became came a cotton-planter near Port Gibson
, but finally lost his fortune, and, in 1819, went to Montreal
, and there began the practice of law. In 1822, he and his wife went to the West Indies
Thence they returned to England
, where Blennerbassett died, on the island of Guernsey
, Feb. 1, 1831.
His widow came back to the United States
to seek, from Congress, remuneration for their losses; but, while the matter was pending, she also died (1842), in poverty, in the city of New York
, and was buried by the Sisters
See Burr, Aaron.