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Families covered: Parsons of Bellamont, Parsons of Birr Castle, Parsons of Rosse, Parsons of Tomduffe

Neither BE1883 nor BP1934 identify the parentage of Sir William & Sir Nicholas (who both settled in Ireland) but TCB (vol i, Parsons) reports of Sir William that he "emigrated to Ireland, about 1590, from Norfolk, being, apparently, s. of William Parsons, of that county". Lodge supports the view that a William was father of grandfather of Lord Justice Sir William, Sir Laurence, Thomas Fenton & Edward. However, a contributor (CV, 14.11.09) has kindly drawn our attention to the entry on Lord Justice Sir William in DNB which identifies his parents as the following James (2nd son of Thomas Parsons of Dishworth Grange, Leicestershire) & Catherine.
James Parsons
m. Catherine Fenton (sister of Sir Geoffrey Fenton)
1. Sir William Parsons of Bellamont, 1st Bart (bur 02.03.1650, Lord Justice of Ireland)
  m. Elizabeth Lany (d 05.04.1640, dau of John Lany, alderman of Dublin, by Catharine Bostock)
  BE1883 describes Elizabeth as niece of Sir Geoffrey Fenton. However, Lodge identifies her mother as Katherine Bostocke which suggests that she may in fact have been niece of Sir Geoffrey's wife, Alice Weston.
  A. Richard Parsons (dvp, MP)
  m1. Lettice (or Anne?) Loftus (d 26.10.1633, dau of Sir Adam Loftus of Rathfarnham by Jane Vaughan)
i. Sir William Parsons of Bellamont, 2nd Bart (d 31.12.1658)
  m. Catherine Jones (d 081.10.1675, dau of Arthur Jones, Viscount Ranelagh, she m2. Hugh, Earl of Mount Alexander)
  a. Sir Richard Parsons of Bellamont, 1st Viscount Rosse (b c1656, d 30.01.1702-3, 3rd son)
  m1. (c02.1676-7) Anne Walsingham (dsp, dau of Thomas Walsingham of Chesterford by Anne Howard)
  m2. (14.10.1681) Catherine Brydges (dsp 24.08.1682, dau of George Brydges, Lord Chandos, by Jane Savage)
m3. (12.1685) Elizabeth Hamilton (d 06.1724, dau of Sir George Hamilton, Count Hamilton, by Frances Jennings)
  (1) Richard Parsons, 1st Earl of Rosse (d 26.06.1741)
  m1. (25.06.1714) Mary Paulet (d 15.10.1718, dau of Lord William Paulet)
  (A) Richard Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse (b c1718, dsp 27.08.1764)
  This line of Earls of Rosse expired. Another Parsons later started a new line (see below).
  m. (16.02.1754) Olivia Edwards (d 11.04.1820, dau of Hugh Edwards of Castle Gore by Anne, dau of Audley Merbyn of Trillick, Olivia m2. John Bateman of Oak Park)
  (B)+ other issue - James (bpt 07.05.1718, d 1739), Elizabeth
  m2. (10.1719) Frances Claxton (d 25.05.1772, dau of Thomas Claxton, she m2. Robert, 1st Viscount Jocelyn)
  (2) Frances Parsons (b 21.10.1687)
  m. (30.05.1704) John, Viscount Netterville (b c1674, d 12.12.1727)
  (3) Catherine Parsons (d 03.1766)
  m. (1705) James Hussey of Westown (d 1759)
  (4)+ other issue (d unm) - George (d 20.03.1709), Elizabeth
  b.+ other issue - Ranelagh (bpt 23.05.1655, bur 27.03.1656), William (d 01.08.1658), Catharine (bpt 18.01.1657, bur 22.05.1658)
  ii. Jane Parsons (d 03.10.1659)
  m. (1657) John Franks
  iii. Elizabeth Parsons
  m. Sir Thomas Worsop of Dunhaghlin
m2. (29.08.1637) Catharine Newcomen (dau/heir of Sir Beverley Newcomen, Bart, (by Margaret Usher), m2. Sir Hubert Adrian Verveere)
  iv. Catharine Parsons (dsp 12.1694)
  m. Richard Morris of Ballyfermot
  B. John Parsons
  m. Elizabeth Cooke (dau of Sir Walsingham Cooke of Tomduffe by dau/coheir of Sir Edward Fisher of Fisher's Prospect)
  i. Arthur Parsons of Tomduffe
  m1. (sp) Eleanor Pennington (d 01.12.1667, dau of John Pennington of Dublin)
  m2. Bridget Fielding (d 20.07.1669, dau of George Fielding, 1st Earl of Desmond)
  m3. Mary Hill (dau of Moyses Hill)
  a. Michael Parsons of Tomduffe (d 1700)
  m. Clotilda Borr (dau of Christian Borr of Drynough)
  (1) Arthur Parsons (b c1699, d 08.1701)
  b. Penelope Parsons (d 02.02.1716)
  m. Christopher White of Donoghmore
  c.+ other issue - William (dsp after 01.1705), Ellen, Anne, Mary
  ii. Elizabeth Parsons
  m. Michael Hare of Monkstown
C. Francis Parsons of Garrydice (d 1668)
  m. Sarah Faircloath
  i. Elizabeth Parsons
  m. Philip Moore
  ii. Mary Parsons
  m. Jonas Percy
iii.+ other issue - William, Frances
  D. Catherine Parsons
  m. Sir James Barry, 1st Lord Santry (b 1603, d 09.02.1672)
  E. Margaret Parsons
  m. Thomas Stockdale of Bilton Park
  F. Elizabeth Parsons (d 29.11.1638)
  m. Sir William Ussher of the Castle of Grange (d 04.1671, grandson of Sir William, clerk of the Council)
  G. Jane Parsons (bur 13.06.1692)
  m. Sir John Hoey of Dunganstown (d 11.12.1664)
  H. Mary Parsons
  m. Arthur Hill of Hillsborough
  I. Anne Parsons
  m. Sir Paul Davis 'of Kill', Secretary of State in Ireland
  J. Judith Parsons
  m. Thomas Whyte of Redhills
  K.+ other issue (d unm) - James, William
2. Sir Laurence Parsons of Youghall & Birr (d 08.09.1628, Attorney General of Munster, MP)
m. Jane Malham (dau of _ Malham of Yorkshire, sister of William & Thomas of Dublin)
  A. Richard Parsons of Birr, King's Co. (b c07.1611, dsp 22.05.1634)
  m. Anne Loftus (dau of Sir Adam Loftus of Rathfarnham)
  B. William Parsons of Birr Castle (d 1653)
  m. (19.06/07.1636) Dorothy Philips (dau of Sir Thomas Philips of Newtown Limavady by Alicia, dau of Sir William Usher of Dublin)
i. Sir Laurence Parsons, Sheriff of King's County, 1st Bart of Birr Castle (d 1698)
  The following is partly supported by TCB (vol iv, 'Parsons of Parsonstown', p210+).
  m. Frances Savage (d 02.11.1701, dau of William Savage of Castle Rheban (son of Sir Arthur) by Frances, dau of Walter Weldon of St. John's Bower)
  a. Sir William Parsons, 2nd Bart, Sheriff of Tipperary (d 17.03.1740-1)
  m1. Elizabeth Preston (d 15.11.1704, dau of Sir George Preston of Craigmillar)
  (1) William Parsons (dvp)
  m. (02.1705-6) Martha Pigott (dau of Thomas Pigott of Chetwynd by Jane, dau of Sir Edmund Moore, 1st Bart)
(A) Sir Laurence Parsons, 3rd Bart of Birr Castle (d 24.10.1749)
  m1. (05.09.1730) Mary Sprigge (dau of William Sprigge of Clognovoe or Cloonivoe by Catherine, dau of Edward Denny of Tralee)
  (i) Sir William Parsons, 4th Bart, Sheriff of King's County (b 06.05.1731, d 01.05.1791)
  m. (28.06.1754) Mary Clere (dau of John Clere or Cleare of Kilbury or Kilburry by Margaret, dau of Rev. Lawrence Clutterbuck of Derrylosken)
  (a) Sir Laurence Parsons, 2nd Earl of Rosse (b 21.05.1758, d 24.02.1841) had issue
  Laurence inherited the earldom under a special remainder from his uncle (below).
  m. (01.05.1797) Alice Lloyd (b 1779, d 04/5.05.1867, dau of John Lloyd of Gloster by Jane, dau of Thomas Le Hunte of Artramont by Alice, dau of Jerome Ryves, Dean of St. Patrick's)
  (b) John Clere Parsons (b 1760) had issue
  m. (11.1805) Mary Anne Moore (dau of William Moore)
  (c)+ other issue (d unm) - William (b 1764, d 1838, Rev.), Thomas Clere (b 1766, d 1825)
m2. (16.02.1742) Anne Harman (dau of Wentworth Harman of Moyle & Newcastle)
  (ii) Wentworth Parsons (b 25.10.1745, Captain)
  m. Charlotte Winter (dau of Paul Winter of Dublin)
  (a) Anne Parsons
  m. R.B. Deverell
  (iii) Laurence Harman Parsons, later Harman, of Newcastle (co. Longford), 1st Earl of Rosse (b 26.07.1749, d 20.04.1807)
The earldom passed by special remainder to his nephew (above).
  m. (11.06.1772) Jane King (d 26/7.01.1838, dau of Edward King, 1st Earl of Kingston)
  (a) Frances Harman (d 07.10.1841)
  m. (09.12.1799) Robert King, Viscount Lorton (b 1773, d 20.11.1854)
  (B) William Parsons of Birr (d 1780 or 02.1748?)
  m1. ??
  (i) Mary Parsons
  m1. Robert Weldon
  m2. (1772) Claudius Cathcart
  (ii)+ other issue - William, Laurence (Major)
m2. Elinor Weldon (dau of William Weldon)
  (iv) Elizabeth Parsons
  m. _ Baynton (Captain)
  (v) Martha Parsons
  m. (05.07.1793) Richard Creagh of Castle Park (d 26.07.1837)
  (C) Elizabeth Parsons
  m. (1727) Robert Persse of Roxborough
  (D) Jane Parsons
  m. (04.03.1736) William Acton of West Aston
  (E)+ other issue - Pigott (later 'St. George'), George (d 19.06.1746), Thomas
  (1)+ other issue (d unm) - Laurence, Savage, Oliver, John, Arthur, Dorcas, Frances
  m2. (c02.1718-9) Elizabeth St. George (dsp 06.02.1739-40, dau of Sir George St. George, widow of Rev. Dillon Ashe)
  b. Anne Parsons
  m. (1684) Nicholas Osborne (dvp, son/heir of Sir Thomas, Bart)
  c.+ other issue - Savage, John, Laurence, Oliver, Arthur, Dorothy, Frances
  ii. Lowther Parsons of Rathangan (b 1635-6, d 02.06.1673)
  m. Elizabeth Sandys (d 13.06.1683, dau (by Elizabeth, dau of Sir Roger Jones, 1st Viscount Ranelagh) of Robert Sandys (son of Sir Edward), m2. Henry, son of Sir Henry Piers of Trifternagh)
  a. William Parsons of St. John's (b 27.02.1664-5, d 02.03.1721)
  m1. Mary Smith (dau of John Smith, alderman of Dublin)
  (1) Lowther Parsons (d 08.0724)
  m. (1720) Mary Houghton (dau of George Houghton of Bermount (MP), m2. Edward Doudall of Mountown)
  (A) Catharine Parsons (b 24.06.1721, d 02.1726)
  m2. Judith Bowers (d 02.1748, sister of John Bowers of co. Wexford)
  (2)+ other issue (d unm) - William (d 1746), Maria
  b.+ other issue - Sandys (d unm), Charles (dvp), Elizabeth (dvp), Alice (bur 23.073.1674), Dorothy (b after 02.06.1673, bur 06.10.1673)
  iii. William Parsons (bur 0104.1693, Captain, 4th son)
  m. Anne Tounderville (bur 11.02.17058)
a. Anne Parsons
  m. (1706) Galbott Kean
  b.+ other issue - John (a 1710), others (d young - Christopher, John, William, William, William, Laurence, Arthur, Dorothy)
  iv. Dorothy Parsons
  m. (by 1656) Sir William Parsons, 1st Bart of Langley (b c1636, d 1661/2)
  v. Margaret Parsons
  m. Hugh Culme of Lisnamain
  vi.+ other issue (d young) - John, Elizabeth
  C. Catherine Parsons
  m. Sir William Cole of Enniskillen
  D. Anne Parsons
  m. Sir Gerard Lowther (Baron of the Exchequer, Lord Chief Justice) ## see here ##
  E. Elizabeth Parsons
m. Thomas Bourk (dsp, son of Edmond, 6th Lord Castleconnell)
  F.+ other issue - Fenton, Gerard (d unm), Lowther (d unm)
3. Sir Fenton Parsons (4th son)
  m. Elizabeth Jackson
  A. Fenton Parsons of Bealanmore, Leitrim
  m1. _ Savage
  i. Laurence Parsons of Ulleskelfe, Yorkshire
  m2. Anne Shirley (dau of Sir George Shirley (Shurley), Chief Justice in Ireland)
  ii. Penelope Parsons (a 1653)
  m. Rev. John Lightfoote of Goddicoote
  iii.+ other issue (a 1653) - George, Elizabeth
  m3. _ Smith
  B.+ other issue - Gerard, William
4.+ other issue - Thomas, Edward

Main source(s): BE1883 (Parsons of Rosse), BP1934 (Rosse), Lodge (vol 2, 1754, 'Parsons, Earl of Rosse', p60+)
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