Category Archives: Blanch

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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John Blanch and the mysterious second christening

My fellow family historian and distant relative Ron Roe has alerted me to a problem with the records for my great-great-great-grandfather, John Blanch. John was a shoe and boot maker in Mile End Old Town, Bethnal Green and finally Soho. … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Gibson: a life in Georgian England

I’ve written a fair amount, under various headings, about my great-great-great-great-great grandmother Elizabeth Holdsworth, formerly Collins, née Gibson, who was born in 1733 and died in 1809. However, I thought it might be helpful to put everything we know about … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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John and Susannah Blanch of Cripplegate and Holborn

In my last post I wrote about Daniel Blanch, a leather seller in early 18th century Clerkenwell, who I suspect might be connected in some way my own Blanch ancestors. My searches through the records have also turned up another … Continue reading

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Daniel Blanch, leather dresser of Clerkenwell

The Fleet Registers are a collection of registers and notebooks recording clandestine marriages and baptisms that took place in locations such as the Fleet Prison, King’s Bench Prison and the Mint between about 1667 and 1777. Apparently in the 1740s, … Continue reading

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