Category Archives: Blanch

The will of Carolina Blanch, widow of Kensington (died 1785)

The other day I wrote about the will of Samuel Blanch, cabinet-maker and upholsterer, who may or may not have been related to my 4 x great grandfather James Blanch (they both lived in Compton Street, Soho, in the later … Continue reading

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The will of Samuel Blanch, cabinet maker and upholsterer

Last week I reported my discovery of Samuel Blanch, a cabinet maker and upholsterer living in Compton Street, in the parish of St Anne, Soho, in the second half of the eighteenth century. I’m intrigued by this new discovery because … Continue reading

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Marriage bond and allegation for James Blanch and Jane Barlow

Marriage bonds and allegations for London and Surrey, between the years 1597 and 1921, are now accessible at Ancestry. As the website explains: Before civil registration began in 1837, most people in England during the timespan of these records married … Continue reading

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Blanch in Soho: more records

My 4 x great grandfather James Blanch lived in Compton Street, Soho, in the 1780s. Last week I wrote about my discovery of other people with the same surname living in the area at around the same time, and speculated … Continue reading

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The Blanch surname in the Westminster parish records

Yesterday I mentioned that, in searching for records of my 4 x great grandfather James Blanch (1754 – 1840), I had stumbled on evidence of another person who shared his name, living in the same part of London at the … Continue reading

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James Blanch in Soho: a timeline

The online availability of Westminster parish records, together with the records searchable at other websites such as London Lives, now make it possible to construct a reasonably clear timeline for my great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Blanch. Below, I set out in chronological … Continue reading

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Marianne Burbidge (1813 – 1885), publican’s daughter

Yesterday’s announcement by findmypast that they have published more than 1.3 million parish records from Westminster online is a huge cause for celebration among those of us with London ancestors.  As the announcement says: The records cover the vast period … Continue reading

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