Benjamin Blanchard Family
From History of Perquimans County by Ellen Goode Rawlings Winslow.
As this family lived until early in 1800, in Gates County, very little can
be found on the Perquimans Records about the Blanchards. Mr. Julian
Blanchard of New York City, is preparing a lengthy history of this good
family, for publication it is hoped, so this book will grant to Dr.
Blanchard the privilege of doing his family in his own way, and we feel
sure it will be done right, if he follows all the traditions of the
Blanchard family. A few stray items will not come amiss, however, and
these may have escaped the vigilant eye of said Dr. Julian Blanchard.
The earliest known records of a person by this name, was a grant to
Benjamin Blanchard, of 455a “upon Wareck (Warrick) Swamp, at the mouth of
Beaver Dam” Oct 16, 1701. This land lay in what is now Gates Co N. C. but
was then in the limits of Chowan County.
Sarah Blanchard was daughter of William Walton, of Chowan Co and she was m
to — before Dec 24, 1760. William Walton was father of Palatiah Walton
whose will was p in Chowan Co, Nov 6, 1776.
Mary Blanchard (d of Aaron, & Zilpah) married James Sumner. Aaron Blanchard
was dead before 1758, Heirs wife, sons: Aaron Jr, Moses, Mary Sumner, and
Sarah Blanchard. Zilpah Blanchard, wife of Aaron, was dau of Mary Speight
of Bertie Co. Aaron Blanchard was granted 152a adj George Spivey, Sept 28,
1728. (Land in Gates Co.) He is called at this time of N. C. but the grant
is listed on the Nansemond Co Land Book.
Mary Speight of Bertie whose will was p in said Co, May 7, 1743, was wife
of Thomas Speight of Perquimans, who in his will, said Co, p Apl 27, 1737,
names sons: Moses, and Isaac Speight. Her will names dau Zilpah Blanchard.
Zilpah was Admix of her dec’d husband Aaron Blanchard, 1751, children
named in his division: Rachel, Monica, Aaron (2) and Moses Blanchard.
Mary Blanchard widow of Robert, 1733. (Records Chowan Co.)
Mary Blanchard Admix of her dec’d husband Abraham, 1749. (Chowan Records.)
Josiah Blanchard was the first to move to Perquimans, and his name is
found on Tax List in Perquimans about 1826. He married Martha Winslow, Nov
3, 1856. (Mar bonds Chowan Co.)
From 1832 the Blanchards have been identified with Perquimans Co, their
mercantile business being the leading Store in Hertford, and their
dealings with the residents of the town and country, always the fairest,
have won for them a reputation for honest, square dealing, which makes the
Blanchard countersign a solid byword of every one in the county.
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