Thomas Blanch, wire drawer of St Giles Cripplegate

In my last post about my possible ancestor, labourer John Blanch (c. 1700 – 1740), I speculated that his son Thomas, who was born in the parish of St Giles Cripplegate in 1722, might be the person of that name mentioned in 1761 in the Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices’ Indentures. Thomas Blanch of London, ‘Citizen and Gold wire drawer’, is listed there as the ‘master’ of apprentice John Edinbury.

The record caught my eye because John Blanch’s first wife, and the mother of his son Thomas, was Frances Snow who, like John, came from the parish of St Giles. I knew that a number of the Snow family of Cripplegate worked as gold and silver wire drawers, and wondered whether Thomas learned the trade from one of his mother’s relatives. I’ve yet to discover the exact relationship between Frances and the Snows, but my research into the family has turned up some interesting records, which I plan to share in another post.

John Strype's map of 1720

Since writing my last post, I’ve found more records that strengthen the case for Thomas Blanch, wire drawer, being the son of John and Frances. On 24 September 1749, a child by the name of John Blanch was christened at St Giles Cripplegate. He was the son of Thomas Blanch, wire drawer, and his wife Mary. On 28 May 1755, Thomas Blanch was baptised at the same church, with the same information being given about his parents.

If Thomas senior was indeed the son of John and Frances, then he would have been 27 and 33 respectively when his sons were born, and 39 when the apprenticeship record was drawn up.

I’ve yet to find a record of Thomas and Mary’s marriage (which probably occurred in  the mid-1740s); nor can I find any record of their deaths.

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