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Col. Jotham Blanchard was born in New Hampshire in 1745. He was married to Elizabeth Tredwell [Treadwell], about the year 1766, and in the year 1785 he removed to Truro, and purchased a part of what was Capt. John Morrison's house lot in the Upper Village of Truro, lying on the north side of the Parade. He built a two story house on the corner of the lot, where Mr William McCully now resides. Here he spent his days, and died March 18th, 1807, aged 62 years, and his wife, Elizabeth, died January 5th, 1811, aged 72 years. His loyalty to the British Crown was the cause of his leaving the United States when they gained their independence.
John, the eldest son of Jotham and Elizabeth Blanchard, was born about the year 1767. He removed to the Southern States, and never came to Nova Scotia. Sarah, their eldest daughter, was born about the year 1769. She married to Jacob Lipencutt [Lippencott]. They had seven sons and two daughters. Mr. Lipencutt was a tanner by trade. He worked in the yard of Matthew Archibald, Esq., on Bible Hill for a number of years. Elizabeth, their second daughter, was born in the year 1770. She was married to Nathaniel Symonds. They had two sons and one daughter. They settled at Antigonish, where Col. Blanchard had obtained a grant a large tract of land on account of his loyalty. Mrs. Symonds died there September 25th, 1808, aged 38 years, and it is said that she was the first grown person who was interned in the cemetery of Antigonish Village. Rebecca, the third daughter of Col. Jotham and Elizabeth Blanchard, was born about the year 1772. She remained in New Hampshire and never came to Nova Scotia. She was married there to Mr. Shipard [Shepard], and had a family of children. Hannah, their fourth daughter, was born about the year 1774. She was married to David Archibald, 3rd, in the year 1799. They had three sons and five daughters; they appear among the Archibalds.
Jonathan, the second son of Jotham and Elizabeth Blanchard, was born in New Hampshire, April 21st, 1776. He was left by his parents in New Hampshire when they removed to Nova Scotia, and he continued there and learned his trade, (which was a saddler and harness maker). He was married to Sarah Goggins, of the township of Dearing, County of Hillsborough, in the State of New Hampshire,
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December 2nd, 1798. Sarah Goggins was born March 12th, 1780. Jotham, their eldest son, was born in this same place, March 15th, 1800.
Jotham Blanchard was brought by his parents to Nova Scotia when about one year old, and while at school in Truro and at play he fell on the ice and hurt his knee; he was quite lame the remainder of his life. He remained in Truro until he was seventeen years old, and after he was able to go about until he left Truro, his father kept a poney [pony] for him to ride to school and wherever he went. He went with his parents to Pictou in the year 1817, where he continued to go to school, and afterwards he studied the law, and practiced in the Courts of law pretty successfully. And in the election that was held in the year 1830, for four persons to represent the County of Halifax in Parliament, S.G.W. Archibald, William Lawson, George Smith, and this Jotham Blanchard were the four successful candidates. Lawrence Hartshorne, John A. Barry, Starr, and Blackadar were the unsuccessful ones. This was the last election that was held for the County of Halifax while it was so extensive. It then contained what is now the whole of the Counties of Halifax, Colchester, and Pictou, and this election took three weeks to get through with. There was a great amount of excitement at this election, on account of the old Council, which was then composed of twelve members, refusing to pass the revenue act, that the House of Assembly had passed and sent to them for their approval. In this act there was fourpence added to the duty to be paid on every gallon of brandy imported into the Province. And neither the Council nor Assembly would yield, so there was not any revenue collected during that year. The Assembly was dissolved, and the people appealed to decide this important question. Either shortly before or after this election Jotham Blanchard was traveling through Scotland, and he took ill, and lodged at the house of Mrs Margaret Spears, a widow, and she was particularly attentive to him during the time of his sickness. In a short time after he returned to Pictou; his father went to Scotland and accompanied her to Nova Scotia to be his wife, they were married December, 1832, and shortly after this, his health began to fail, and the last time that he attended in the House of Assembly, a covered sleigh with a small stove in it was provided for his accommodation in travelling from Pictou to Halifax. He died in Pictou Town, August 1839.
Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of Jonathan and Sarah Blanchard,
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was born in Truro, September 11th, 1802. She was married to John Gass, 1819. They settled near the West River of Pictou, where they are still living. They had fourteen sons and three daughters. Mr. Gass died January, 1873.
Sophia, their second daughter, was born in Truro, December 25th, 1803. She was married to the Rev. John McLean, of the West River of Pictou, July 3rd, 1826. They had four sons and two daughters. He commenced his labors in Richibucto, 1826, and demitte d his charge in 1833. He died 20th January, 1837, aged 36 years.
John, the second son of Jonathan and Sarah Blanchard, was born in Truro, December 1st, 1805. He learned the tinsmith trade at the West River of Pictou. He removed to Antigonish and settled there, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was married there to Frances Symonds. They had one son and three daughters. He died there November 26th, 1840, aged 35 years. William Earl Blanchard, their third son, was born July 19th, 1807. He settled at Miramichi, and was married to Eleanor Curry. They removed again to Australia. Jas. Blanchard, their fourth son, was born in Truro, March 27th, 1809. He followed the sea as a sea Captain. He died in the West Indies of yellow fever, February 26th, 1830. Stephen Smith Blanchard, their fifth son, was born in Truro, March 6th, 1811. He died February 18th, 1813. Edward Sherburne Blanchard, their sixth son, was born in Truro, December 11th, 1812. He was married to Margaret Pride, July 1st, 1834. They had three sons and eight daughters. They are now residing in Truro Village, and he is in business connected with the railroad and cars. Stephen Smith Blanchard, their seventh son, was born in Truro, April 28th, 1815. Hiram Blanchard, their eighth son, was born in Pictou, April 18th, 1818. He died July 21st, 1819. Hiram Blanchard, their ninth son, was born in Pictou, January 17th, 1820. He was married to Eliza Cantrell. Nancy Blanchard, their third and youngest daughter, was born September 13th,1822. She was married to the Rev. Samuel McCully, of Truro, in 1845. They had one son and six daughters. He is settled over a congregation in Prince William, in New Brunswick.
Sarah Goggins, Jonathan Blanchard's first wife, died in Pictou Town, September 25th, 1836, aged 56 years. He was married again to Martha, the third daughter of David Archibald, fourth, and Esther Cox, of Truro, November 2nd, 1837. They had one son and one daughter, who both died when they were young. Mr. Blanchard died
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May 31st, 1843, aged 67 years. He removed to Truro from New Hampshire about the year 1801. He inherited his father's house and lot of land until about the year 1813, when he sold the house, with about half the land, to John Pearson. He purchased the largest part of the house in which Mr. John Ross now resides, on the north side of the Parade, from William Logan, who had built it and afterwards removed to Musquodoboit. This house then stood on the same place that the house now stands in which Daniel Eaton, Esq., and his two sons reside. He lived in it until the spring of the year 1817, when he purchased Mr. George McConnell's farm at the West River of Pictou, and built a house on it, which has ever been known by the name of the Ten Mile House. About seven or eight years after this he removed to Pictou Town, and built a large house there, where he continued the most of the time for the remainder of his life.
Edward Sherburne Blanchard, the third son of Jotham and Elizabeth Blanchard, was born in New Hampshire, February, 1778. He was brought by his parents to Nova Scotia in the year 1785, when he was seven years old. He was married to Jane [*Jean*], the fourth daughter of Matthew Archibald, Esq., and Janet Fisher, February 18th, 1802. He resided for a time in a house that was owned by John Smith, which stood between the house that Mr. Smith then resided in and the place which Mr. Robert Smith now resides. After this, he built the house, which is still standing, on the north side of Salmon River, at the mouth of the old road leading to Pictou, where he spent the remainder of his days. At this place, he kept an inn until the year 1832. He then gave it up, an d subscribed his name to the rules of a temperance society; and, after this, he was an active advocate for the cause of temperance. He filled the offices of Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of Schools for a long time, and took a deep interest in the education of the young. He died Dec. 24th, 1856, aged 78 years and 10 months, His widow died February 9th, 1873, aged 90 years.
Nancy Blanchard, their eldest daughter, was born in Truro, Feb'y 5th, 1803. She was married to Isaac McCurdy, Esq., of Onslow, January 21st, 1828. they had five sons and two daughters. Jane Blanchard, their second daughter, was born July 1st, 1807. She was married to Dr. John Waddell, June 25th, 1844. They had one son and two daughters. Charles Blanchard, their eldest son, was born December 22nd, 1809. He was married to Nancy, the second daughter of John Blair, 3rd, and Elizabeth McNutt, January 30th,
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1845. They had two sons and three daughters. He has been Sheriff of the County of Colchester since 1841. George Augustus Blanchard, their second son, was born Sept. 6th, 1811. He was married to Jane Robson, daughter of the Rev. Mr. Robson, of Halifax, Oct ober, 1840. They had two sons and three daughters. He filled the office of Judge of the Court of Probate of King's County for a number of years. Jonathan Blanchard, their third son, was born July 26th, 1813. He was married to Sarah Story, of Halifax, May 21st,1849. They had one son and two daughters. Mrs. Blanchard died in Halifax, June 21st, 1857. James Flemming Blanchard, their fourth son [7th child], was born November 8th, 1815. He settled for a few years in Miramichi, and was married there to Jessie Johnstone, Sept. 3rd, 1838. They had five sons and five daughters. He is now doing business as a merchant in Truro. He has filled the offices of Justice of the Peace and Prothonotary of the Supreme Court, for a number of years, in the County of Colchester. Elizabeth Blanchard, their third daughter [9th child], was born October 3rd, 1819.She was married to the Rev. James Waddell, September 23rd, 1837. They had three sons and four daughters. They appear among the Waddells. Mr. Waddell died in Halifax, March 14th, 1870, aged 65 years. John Blanchard, their sixth son [10th child], was born March 24th, 1822. He was married to Gertrude Woollenhoft [Wollenhaupt], of Windsor, 1845. They had four sons and three daughters. He is settled in Kentville. Edward Blanchard, their fifth son [8th child], was born October 10th, 1817. He was married to Margaret Metzler, June 4th, 1864. They had two sons and one daughter. He inherited a large part of his father's farm. Sarah Blanchard, their fourth daughter, was born December 23rd, 1823. William Henry Blanchard, their seventh and youngest son, was born June 16th, 1827. He studied law, and settled in Windsor. He was married there to Maria Timlen [Timlin], July, 1847. They had two [three] sons and one daughter. Mrs. Blanchard died, and he was married again to Hannah, daughter of David McCurdy, of Onslow, and Mary Archibald, widow of the late Angus Tupper, October, 1867. They have one son.
Nancy Blanchard, the fifth and youngest daughter of Jotham and Elizabeth Blanchard, was born in New Hampshire, about the year 1780. She was brought, by her parents, to Nova Scotia when she was about five years old. She was married to the Rev. John Waddell, Sept. 2nd, 1802. They had three sons and four daughters, who appear among the Waddells. She died August 18th, 1818, aged 38 years, and her husband died November 13th, 1842, aged 72 years.
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1. I am interested in any descendents of the above families and also any ancestry of their spouses.
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References elsewhere in the book:
page == paragraph == person == appear on page 254 = second == Hannah == M.51, 52 Archibalds 256 = four == Martha == M.185 her 2nd marriage 257 = second == Jean == M.66 Archibalds 257 = third == Dr. John == M.162 Waddells 257 = third == Nancy == M.180 Blairs 258 = first == Rev. James == M.160 Waddells 258 = second == Rev. John == M.160 WaddellsOther books with reference to some appearing in this Blanchard family are:
NOTE: The descendents of this family started out as my main interest, to which I have received many correspondences since I became involved with it in 1990, some dealing with other Blanchard lines. My hope in the future to add some generations to the above work as a "Miller revised". My descendency is from Wm. Henry's first marriage (pg.258)
Wm.Henry -> H.Percy -> S. Sherburne -> Norman P. -> Ranald N. (myself)
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