Hi Dawn, In answer to your note I found the following info, not sure if it will help, but it may give you a few names to research.
"A Possible Connection with the Cardens of Lismore. The following paragraphs from pages 35/36 of 'Numbering the Survivors', add some suppositions. They form part of a chapter concerning a Huguenot tradition in the Standish family... The Despard family, one branch of which lived onthe townland of Cranagh, just east of Coolrain, was of undoubtedly Huguenot origin. The Despards were descended from one Philippe D'Espard who is said to have escaped to England following the massacre of St Bartholomew in 1572 and was sent to Ireland on civil service by the Government of Queen Elizabeth I.His grandson, William Despard was a Colonel of Engineers in the army of William III and purchased lands in Offerlane Parish in the sale of forfeited estates in 1703.Another member of the family, Richard Despard, with two associates,acquired from the Duke of Buckingham in 1731 a lease of a huge tract of land known as the Manor of Villiers, which he proceeded to sublease.Some of the lands occupied by John Standish were part of this Manor. A member of the Despard family represened County Kilkenny in the Irish Parliament and three others held the post of High Sheriffof Queen's County. One family to whom the Despards leased land and withwhom they intermarried was the Carden family of Lismore, Queen's County.William Carden was a native of Ireland born about 1790.. (There is a little more on this Carden family following on.I descend from the Cardensof Templemore Abbey) OTHER ITEMS; "Williamite Wars of 1690-91, WilliamiteSettlements - William Despard was granted Crannagh. In the sale of Forfeited Estates in 1703, many of these secured further additions to their ill-gotten gains.William Despard purchased for nine hundred andninety seven pounds the townlands of Akip, 186 acres, and BAllintaggart and Kilmartin, 145 acres with two cabins, the entire property being the forfeited estate of Walter Bryan of Akip, killed in rebellion" (From Borris-in-Ossory: A Parish and Its People) From "Minnit of Annaghberg entry in "Landed Gentry of Ireland" Abigail (b.1685) dau. of Robert Minnit and Jane Kent, married Edward Despard of Cranagh, Queen's Co., eldest son of WIilliam Despard of Coolbally (Jane Kent is sister to my forbear Priscilla Kent, daus. of John Kent)
Entries for -Richard Despard married Francis Burton 9 September 1747,Clonenagh, -Richard Despard, b. 1865 Summerhill,Meath, parents Richard/Sophia Noble.
Listed amongst Jurors of Queen's Co. 1823 Francis Despard of Shanderry
Shipping entry: American Ship "Diligence" of New Bedford for New York. (Dublin 30 April 1804) Richard Despard25marriedmerchant MaryDespard28wife
Perhaps if you can get hold of "Landed Gentry of Ireland" at your local library it may have a pedigree for the Despards - worth a try. It seems there is a connection wbetween us somewhere, with the common names intermarrying. Sorry I couldn't be of more help, but good luck with your search.