Category Archives: Blanch

William Dorrell, Quaker clockmaker

When my great-great-great-great-grandfather James Blanch married his first wife, Jane Barlow, at St Anne’s church, Soho, on 5 September 1779, there were two witnesses: William Dorrell and John Elcock. With the help of Jan Addison, I’ve established that both of … Continue reading

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Thomas Blanch (1797 – 1858) and the Fletcher, Bagley and Wilson families

Last week I wrote about James Blanch (1784 – 1841), who was transported for an offence of theft but went on to become a prominent and wealthy Australian. James was the half- brother of my great-great-great-grandfather John Blanch (1802 – … Continue reading

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James Blanch (1784 – 1841): Custom House Officer, convict, and mathematical instrument maker

My great-great-great-great-grandfather James Blanch (1754 – 1840) had four children with his first wife, Jane Barlow. The couple were married at St Anne’s, Soho on 5 September 1779, and in the following May their first child, James, was christened at … Continue reading

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More about the Barlows

It seems fairly certain that William Barlow, patten-maker of Compton Street, Soho, was the father of Jane Barlow, the first wife of my 4 x great-grandfather James Blanch. William’s will of 1778 provides information about the marriages of two other … Continue reading

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Analysing the will of William Barlow

In the last post I shared my transcription of the will of William Barlow, patten-maker of Compton Street, Soho, who died in 1779, and who I believe to have been the father of Jane Barlow, the first wife of my … Continue reading

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The will of William Barlow, Soho patten maker (died 1779)

Yesterday I reported new evidence that my great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Blanch (1754 – 1840) was the son-in-law of William Barlow (died 1779), a patten maker of Compton Street, Soho. More details of William Barlow’s life, family and social status can be found … Continue reading

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James Blanch and William Barlow in the Westminster pollbooks

Following on from my last post: I’m going to assume for now that my great-great-great-grandfather John Blanch (1801-1870) was the son of James and Sophia Blanch. Sophia Atkins was James’ second wife: they were married on 21 March 1792 at … Continue reading

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