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Edward Blewett Sr. (1795-1871) was a maternal x3 great-grandfather of Joe Biden (47th Vice President of the US, and now 46th President-elect).
He studied engineering in Dublin and served on the Ordnance Survey of Ireland (a world-first). He then worked on the General Valuation (aka Griffith's Valuation – a popular census substitute). He was the author of many works on surveying, civil engineering and calculation. SOURCE
He married Mary Mulderg and resided at Patrick Street, Ballina. They had 9 children.
During the distress of the Great Famine, Edward worked as the general overseer in Ballina Workhouse from 1848-1850. [source: Irish Family History Centre]
Prompted by his son Patrick (who had crossed the Atlantic as a cabin boy in 1848) Edward then made the decision that the whole family would emigrate to America, arriving in Jan 1851. [source: Megan Smolenyak].
The Blewitt family were early Irish settlers of Lackawanna County PA, settling first at Carbondale. Edward first found employment as a weigh-master in the Ox-pond mines. He went on to assist Joel Amsden in laying out and surveying Scranton PA, after which he engaged in civil engineering and railroad surveying. SOURCE
Interestingly Scranton and Ballina today are twinned sister cities.
In 1871, Edward Blewit, age 76, died tragically in a drowning accident. The family plot is at the Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton.
Patrick P. Blewitt (Biden's great-great-GF) followed in his father's footsteps as a civil engineer.
Edward F. Blewitt (Biden's great-grandfather) went on to become the first Irish Catholic to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
- James Finnegan (Biden's great-father) who emigrated to NY from Carlingford Co. Louth.
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ABOUT THIS SURNAME
Blewett /Bleuett (aka Bliúit/ Blaod / Bluet/ Bleuitt) is an Anglo-Norman Irish surname most numerous in Cork and Limerick.
Edmond aka Edmund Blewitt of 4a Seeaghanbaun was recorded in Griffith's Valuation. He married into a Preston farm here. (See Ellen Preston living at 4b).
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|Date of Birth||1795||VIEW SOURCE|
|Date of Death||1871||VIEW SOURCE|
|Associated Building (s)||Ballina Workhouse|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Mary Mulderg|
|Place & Date of Marriage|
|Names of Children||John Blewitt b1830 | Pat Blewitt 1832-1911 | Maria Blewitt b1832 | Michael Blewitt b1837 | Thomas Blewitt b1839 | Edward Blewitt b1840 | Catherine Blewitt b1843 ||