Category Archives: Barlow

John Bodington: son-in-law and apprentice to William Greene, chirurgeon

I’m extremely grateful to Joy Thomas, archivist at the Worshipful Company of Barbers, for her speedy and helpful reply to my query about John Bodington, barber-surgeon of Stepney, who I believe was either the father or grandfather of the John … Continue reading

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James Blanch in the London land tax records, 1787-89

The past week has seen another useful addition to Ancestry’s online collection: London land tax records between 1692 and 1832. This makes it possible to identify or confirm the exact addresses for one’s London ancestors – particularly useful for the … Continue reading

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William Blanch senior and junior in Holborn: more Gloucestershire connections

It now seems certain that my great-great-great-great-grandfather James Blanch was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in 1755, the son of Bristol patten maker Thomas Blanch and his wife Mary, and that he moved to London some time before 1779, when he … Continue reading

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The Blanch brothers in Bristol and London

In the last few posts, I’ve been exploring the theory that my great-great-great-great-grandfather James Blanch, who lived in London for most of his life, was actually born in Gloucestershire. Until now, despite an increasing amount of evidence, there has been … Continue reading

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The birth of James Blanch: a breakthrough?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been researching a number of different families with the surname of Blanch, living in Westminster in the second half of the eighteenth century, in the hope of finding some link to my great-great-great-great-grandfather James … Continue reading

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Thomas Blanch, joiner, of St James, Westminster (died 1726)

Continuing with my exploration of the Blanch families of Westminster, in this post I discuss Thomas Blanch, a joiner who lived there in the first quarter of the eighteenth century. On 8 October 1726, in the thirteenth and final year … 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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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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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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