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Captain James P. Hennessey

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HENNESSEY, CAPT. JAMES P., born in County Cork, Ireland, 1827. He came to this country about 1847, and settled in New Haven, where he wedded Miss Catherine Walsh. He enlisted into the Ninth, Sept. 5, 1861, and was mustered captain of Company E, Oct. 30, that year. He resigned Oct. 25, 1862, and was honorably discharged. One of his sons, Richard Hennessey, was a drummer boy in the company, enlisting Sept. 4, 1861, when aged but 11 years, and 10 months. This was under the age prescribed, but the matter was satisfactorily arranged. Richard, like his father, served with fidelity and courage.

Capt. Hennessey, was survived by his widow and six children, the latter being Richard, already mentioned, John, Charlotte, James, Andrew, and Theresa. James was, for a number of years, brigade chief trumpeter in the National Guard of Connecticut. The Rev. F. J. Hennessey, a grandson of Capt. Hennessey, is a priest of the Catholic diocese of Hartford.

His descendants include Carole Partridge and Dr Stephen Yardan.















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