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John Blanchard

Birthplace: Probably Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Dunstable, Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Blanchard and Ann Blanchard
Husband of Elizabeth Blanchard and Hannah Blanchard (Brackett)
Father of Hannah Read; Rachel Smith; Ruth Blanchard; Elizabeth Burrage; Abigail Blanchard and 16 others
Brother of William Blanchard and Elizabeth Blanchard

Occupation: settled around Wiltshire, Farmer
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About Deacon John Blanchard

Early Generations of the Founders of Old Dunstable By Ezra S. Stearns


DEA. JOHN BLANCHARD. Dea. John was a son of Widow Ann Blanchard, who died in Chelmsford, June 24, 1662. William Blanchard, the tailor, who died in Boston, October 7, 1652, probably was a brother of Dea. John.

Dea. John Blanchard married about 1657, Elizabeth Hills, born 1627, a daughter of Joseph and Rose (Clark) Hills. For good service to the colony, 500 acres in Dunstable were granted to Joseph Hills, which in his will is bequeathed to his granddaughters, Hannah and Elizabeth Blanchard of Dunstable. Elizabeth (Hills) Blanchard died about 1662, and Dea. John Blanchard married, second, Mrs. Hannah (Brackett) Kinsley, born in Braintree, 1634, a daughter of Dea. Richard and Alice Brackett and widow of Samuel Kinsley. Elizabeth Kinsley, child of Samuel and Hannah (Brackett) Kinsley, was the wife of John Cummings of Dunstable.

John BLANCHARD, son of Joseph BLANCHARD and Ann. Died 1694 at Dunstable, MA. He bore the title "Dea.". Deposed 1643 Oct 26 at Salem, MA. Freeman 1649 May 2 in MA. On 1658 Mar 1, he was listed as owner of lot 99 in Charlestown, amounting to 37 acres, along with 6 acres of commons. John and wife Hannah sold their homestead in Chelmsford to Capt Thomas Henchman on 1680 Dec 27. John was one of the earliest settlers in Dunstable. Of the early proprietors of Dunstable, he was one of the few actually in residence by the early 1680's. Jonathan Tyng deeded land to 25 resident proprietors on 1683 Jan 29, including John Blanchard and his future son-in-law Robert Parris. He was one of the founders of the church in Dunstable, 1685 Dec 16, and he was chosen deacon.

He was chosen selectman for Dunstable in 1683, 1685, and 1689.1 He signed two petitions to the General Court in 1689 for soldiers to defend Dunstable. He made a will 1694 Mar 13 at Dunstable. His will was proved 1694 Apr 10 in Middlesex Co, MA2,8 {docket 1885}. Will: mentions son Benjamin... Will: mentions wife Hannah, sons Benjamin, Joseph, James, Thomas, and Nathaniel, and daughters Hannah Reed, Elizabeth Parrish, Sarah, and Mary. The Medford history gives the 2nd daughter as Hannah Parrish. Wife Hannah and son Benjamin to be executors. Witnesses Thomas Clark, John Cummings Jr. Proved 1696(??) Apr 20.

Dea. John Blanchard was one of the foundation members and the first deacon of the church of Dunstable and one of the most active and useful citizens. In the lives of his sons and grandsons, his example was cherished and his good works were renewed. He died 1694. For his will see Granite Monthly, July. 1906. His widow Hannah, her daughter, Elizabeth (Kinsley) Cummings, her son Nathaniel Blanchard with his wife, Lydia Blanchard, and Susannah, a daughter of Nathaniel and Lydia Blanchard, were slain at Dunstable by the Indians, July 3, 1706. There were two children of Dea. John and Elizabeth and nine of Dea. John and Hannah Blanchard.

THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER April 1939, Vol. 93, article by J. Crawford Hartman (Page 164)

John2 Blanchard (Joseph1 ), usually referred to as "Deacon" John Blanchard of Dunstable, died there in 1693. He married first, about 1658, Elizabeth Hills, baptized at Great Burstead, Billerica, England, 21 Oct. 1627, died about 1662, daughter of Joseph and Rose (Clark) Hills; and secondly, probably at Charlestown, about 1663, Hannah (Brackett) Kinsley, baptized in Boston 4 Nov 1634, killed by Indians 3 July 1706, daughter of Richard and Alice Brackett, and the widow of Samuel Kinsley (who died at Billerica 21 May 1662.)

John Blanchard resided at Salem , where he and his brother William are cited in the Salem Quarterly Court, convened 26 Oct 1649, as witnesses against Mary Hills of Marblehead, who was fined for being overcome with wine. (The Essex Antiquarian, vol. 4. p. 192.) In the will of John Bibbell of Malden, dated 21 July 1653, he is bequeathed 1 pound, 15 shillings, in payment of a debt. (Register, vol. 9, p. 307.) He was admitted a freeman 2 May 1643. (Register, vol. 3, p. 192.) Shortly afterwards he resided at Charlestown, where he is listed as the owner of Lot No. 99 in the town records as of 1 Mar 1658.

John and Hannah Blanchard sold the Chelmsford homestead, 27 Dec, 1680, moving to Dunstable, Middlesex County, MA, (now Nashua, Hillsborough County, NH). On 31 Aug 1671 he was appointed by the selectmen of Chelmsford on a committee to lay out a highway to the southern part of the town in what is now Carlisle and in the following year he was assessed L 7 , 11 s. for the support of the minister: "John Blanchard 2 heads. 2 oxon, 2 sters 3 yer old, 3 Cowes, I yerling, 1 mare, 1 Coltt 2 yer old, 9 sheepe, 4 swine, 12 acres Land & howsinge." (Walter's "History of Chelmsford," p. 45.) On 27 Dec 1680 John Blanchard, husbandman, and his wife Hannah sold their homestead at Chelmsford to Capt. Thomas Henchman and moved shortly thereafter to Dunstable.

A deed, dated 29 Jan 1683 states: 'Jonathan Tyng sold land to the Proprietors of the Town of Dunstable as are now inhabitant & residing within ye said Town...' In the list that follows is the name of John Blanchard. (The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles, 1913, p. 206.) He was chosen selectman in 1683, 1685, and 1689, and on 16 Dec 1685 he was one of the six male members who organized the church at Dunstable. He, together with Cornelius Waldo, were chosen the first deacons. (Walter's History of Chelmsford," p. 611.)

BLANCHARD/SMITH: A FAMILY HISTORY Centennial Editionby Albert Edward Belanger, 1988 (P 11)

(A booklet of research prepared for the 100th birthday of Mabel Leonora [Smith] Blanchard, wife of Eldon Crawford Blanchard, of generation number ten)

The very first ancestor in this Blanchard line about whom there has been successful research is a man known as Deacon John Blanchard because he was one of the founders of the church at Dunstable (now Nashua, NH). He apparently was one of its most active members and was a very involved citizen. He married first to Elizabeth Hills, in 1657, by whom he had Hannah and Elizabeth, who died in 1662. Then he married Mrs. Hannah (Brackett) Kinsley ( b.1634) of Braintree, widow of Samuel Kinsley.

The children of Deacon John and Hannah were Josiah (twin b.1665- died young); Benjamin (twin b.1665); James; Thomas (b.1668; Sarah (b.1670) who married Robert Usher; Joseph (b.1672); Mary (b.1674) who married 1) John Darbyshire, 2) Nathaniel Woods; Nathaniel (twin 1674-1706) who with his wife Lydia and daughter Susanna were killed by Indians 3 July 1706; and Martha (d. 1676). Several of the children and grandchildren chose a military career and distinguished themselves in the service of their Mother Country and then during the Revolutionary War. Among them were Captain Joseph, Colonel Joseph, General Jonathan, and Colonel Jotham Several other descendants were active in the Revolution and in the affairs of the towns of Dunstable, Concord, Chelmsford, and Groton, in Massachusetts. Others made their mark in New Hampshire in the towns of Merrimack, Chester, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Hopkington, Sandwich, Amherst, and Concord. A branch also settled in Nova Scotia, Canada, when Col. Jotham Blanchard emigrated there...

From the vol. 93 Register article we learn that Deacon John lived at Salem in 1649 where he and brother William were witnesses in a suit in the Salem Quarterly Court against Mary Hill of Marblehead. She was fined for "being overcome with wine" (The Essex Antiquarian, vol.4, p. 185.) Sometime before 1658, he moved to Charlestown where he is listed as owner of Lot 99 in the town records.

About 1664, Deacon John moved to Chelmsford where most of his later children were born. He was appointed in 1671 to a committee to lay out a highway to the southern part of town now known as Carlisle. In 1672 Deacon John had the following possessions which were taxed L7 11s for the support of the minister: "2 heads, 2 oxon, 2 sters3 yer old,3 cowes, 1 yearling, 1 mare, 1 coltt 2 yer old, 9 sheepe, 4 swine, 12 acres Land & howsinge." (Water's History of Chelmsford, p.45)

On December 27, 1680 Deacon John Blanchard, "Husbandman," and his wife sold their homestead in Chelmsford to Capt. Thomas Henchman and moved to Dunstable. There, he was selectman for several years, and in 1685, he was chosen as one of the first deacons of the church.

Deacon John's will lists many parcels of land that were left to his children: Benjamin, Joseph, Nathaniel, Elizabeth Parrish, Hannah Reed, Sarah, and Mary. The land mentioned consisted of more than 400 acres on the east side of the Merrimack River...Deacon John left the house, barn, and 100 acres to his wife and son Nathaniel, and his cattle, furniture, and movable estate to Wife Hannah. The rest of the land was shared by his children. In the division of the lands between the two oldest sons, Benjamin and Joseph, it was stipulated that if either should sell his share, the brother should have first option to buy.


by The Nashua History Committee

Phoenix Publishing, Concord, NH

The Blanchards: Deacon John Blanchard started the Blanchard dynasty, for several generations noted for outstanding achievements, in Dunstable-Nashua, and the State of New Hampshire. Various members of this brilliant family contributed to the political, military, and cultural life of both town and province/state. Intermarriages with other leading families, including the Ushers, the Farwells, the Hassells, the Cunninghams, the Frenches, and the Lovewells, reinforced their positions as leaders.

An important historical document is John Blanchard's will, which was located several years ago in Probate Records of Middlesex County. When Blanchard died in 1694, he left nine children, all of whom, including his daughters, were given bequests from the large amount of land that he had accumulated in the fourteen years he lived here. The ability of this family to acquire real estate was demonstrated from the very beginning. Some of the place designations mentioned in his will are: Danforth's Meadows, Buck Meadows, Huckleberry Hill, and Gilboa Hill (which Blanchard referred to as "Mount Gilbo")....

WILL OF DEACON JOHN BLANCHARD OF DUNSTABLE As Printed in Granite Monthly, July 1906 (Located in Boston Public Library)

I John Blanchard of the Town of Dunstable in the County of Middlsx. within ye Maj'tys Provine of ye Massachusets Bay in New-England, being thro Gods mercy, at this present time, of sound Judgmtt & perfect memory, yet apprehensive of my approaching dissolution do make & ordain this my last Will & Testamtt.

Imp: I comitt my Imortall soul into the hands of Jesus Christ my dear Redeemer, & and my body when forsaken of yt Soul, to ye earth by a decent Intermtt. there to rest till ye glorious Day of ye Resurrection. and yt Temporall estate rearl & personall which it hath pleased god of his bounty to bestow upon mee, I do hereby dispose, as hereafter followeth.

Imp: I will & ordain yt all Those Debts which shall legally or reasonably appear to be due from my estate to any person, be in Convenientt time, discharged by my executor hereafter named & appointed by mee.

Itt. I give & bequeath to my beloved sons Benjamin & Joseph Blanchard my home lott in Dunstable which lys next to the lott of Serg. Cumins, together with the second Division of said lott & which adjoyns to itt, & all the medow belonging to ye said home lott, to the said Benjamin & Joseph I also give one hundred acres more of land lying on the east side of Merrimack River, neer to Danforths meddow as tis comonly called, which severall parcels of lands & meddow above named shall be equally divided between those my two sons: onely tis my will yt if either of my sons see caus to make sale of the above given land & meddow they shall make the first Tender of it each to other. - also to ye above named Benjamin & Joseph I give the one halff of my medow which I purchased of Joseph Parker, lying at the head of Buck Medow, the whole Containing 4 acres & ½ be the same more or less.

Itt. I give & bequeath to my Beloed Son James Blanchard the one half of my land lying at mount Gilbo, vid. yt halff which lyeth towards the northwest, to him also I give one hundred acres of land on the east side of Merrimack River, the same being part of the 400 acres laid out to mee as second Division, to the said James. I also give halff my meddow lying at the head of Buck meddow which is the remaining part of said medow above mentioned & given to my sons Benjamin & Joseph

Itt. I give & bequeath to my beloved son Thomas Blanchard one hundred acres of land on the east side of Merrimack River, being part of the above mentioned 400 acres, also to him I give three acres of land upon Huckleberry Hill joyning to the broken up land of Thomas Cumin. to him also I giv Twenty acres of land at the south end of Mount Gilbo.

Itt. To my beloved Daughters, Elizabeth Parrish, Hanna Reed, Sarah Blanchard & Mary Blanchard I give Two hundred acres of land on the east side of Merrimack River equally to be divided between them.

Itt. To my beloved wife Hanna & to my beloved son Nathanell Blanchard I give & bequeath my hous lott joyning to the land of Robert Parish & all my second Division at the head of said lott, which is not before disposed in this my will, together with my dwelling hous & barn. to them also the said Hanna my wife & my son Nathll. I give one hundred acres of land on the east side of Merrimack River, neer Danforths meddow, and it is my will yt after my wife Deceas my son Nathaniell shall Injoy & be for ever possessed of yt part of my houses & lands hereby given to my wife durring her natural life.- also to my son Nathaniell I give Twenty & five acres (more or less) of my land at Mount Gilbo, & which lys between the lands of James & Thomas at said Gilbo.

Itt. To my beloved wife Hanna I give all my Cattle Houshold furniture & all my personall & moveable estate whatsoever to be disposed by her according to her discretion: and the said Hanna my beloved wife and my Beloved son Benjamin Blanchard I constitute & appoint joynt executors of this my last will & Testament ffor the confirmation of this my last will & Testament, I have hereunto put my hand & seale, This Thriteenth day of March, Anno Dom. 1692/3 after Interelining those words (I give)

Signed sealed & Declared & Read in presenc off

Thos. Clark Thomas X Barrett

John Cummings Senr.

       His mark		               His   J  B  

mark Charlestowne April 10th 1694


John Blanchard (Seal) By ye Honourable James Russell.

(He doubtless was literate, as obvious from his religious and civic duties, but was probably too weak at the time to sign his full signature to the document. The scribe who wrote out the document spelled out the full name below John's mark.)

From Donald Dillaby's Web Page on Nashua, New Hampshire (was Dunstable, Massachusetts)

1638-1645: Traces of mother Ann in Salem, MA

1643: Essex Co. - Salem Court rec. Wit: W. Blanchett, Jo Blanchet, B. Parmenter.

1649, 2 May: John admitted as Freeman of MA.

[NOT] 1649: Salem--court witness, with brother William.

1652: Named in brother William's Will.

1658, 1 Mar: Charlestown--owner of Lot 99

1662, 7 Oct: Middlesex Co. - John appt. adm. of his mother Ann's probate.

By c1664: Had moved to Chelmsford, MA.

1671, 31 Aug: Chelmsford--appointed to a committee to lay out a road to the south part of town [area of present Carlisle]

1672: Chelmsford Tax Roll--owner of stock, 12 ac land. [1] [Purchase of Chelmsford land not noted in

1680, 27 Dec: John & Hannah sold Chelmsford homestead, soon moving to Dunstable, "Middlesex, MA" [now NH]

1683, 1685, 1689: Selectman, Dunstable; original proprietor.

1685+: Dunstable--helped organize church there; appointed as one of first 2 deacons.

1694, 10 Apr: John Blanchard, of Dunstable, dec'd. Will dated 13 Mar 1693; bequests to wife Hannah; to children Benjamin, Joseph, James, Thomas, Sarah, Mary, Nathaniel Blanchard, Elizabeth Parrish, Hannah Reed. Large landholder. Wife & son Benjamin to be joint exec.

Re Elizabeth Hills: In his Will, her father Joseph gave land in Dunstable to her daughters Hannah & Elizabeth. [proved by deed records]

[LDS #876,181]

  • Note: Numerous sources claim Elizabeth Hills, dau of Joseph, married Anthony Harris who d 1651 [leaving a widow Elizabeth & no children]. Joseph Hills, of Malden, filed Anthony's Will.

NEHG Register, publ by New England Hist. & Geneal. Soc.

a. 60:373 - Blanchard, George D.B.: Blanchard Family Records [Samuel Blanchard Journal/family VR]

b. 17:156-7 -- Abstracts of Early Wills

c. 93:162+ ;229+ -- Hartman: "Joseph Blanchard of Boston..." Gives correct marriage of Joseph & Rose Hill's daughter, Elizabeth--to John Blanchard whose daughter Hannah m Thos. Read & dau Elizabeth m Robert Parris; records connect these 2 couples with the land left by Joseph Hills to his Blanchard grandchildren, Hannah & Elizabeth.

d. 18:263 -- "Dane & Deane Families of Concord, MA"

e. [Vol & pp ?] Data sent by Ref. 28 "Thomas Blodgett to MA from England 1635" [Also see: "10 Generations of Blodgetts" per Ref. 30]

f. 18:296-7 -- Obit of Thomas, son of Samuel [partial lineage]

g. 29:388 -- Narrative of Battle at Concord, MA [Luther d.]

h. 124:205-9 -- "Inscriptions, Hill Cem., Boxborough, MA"

i. 13:361 -- Geneal. of Fuller Family

j. 62:94 -- Notes--Braintree, MA Items [from [271]

k. 2:387 -- Wyman, N. Jr: "Woburn Burying-Ground" [from [271]

Deacon John & Elizabeth Blanchard were immigrants.


Note his children were all born in Chelmsford. There are over 20 children connected to the profile some of them born in Braintree or Cambridge and they do not belong here.

A3 JOHN BLANCHARD [1;6b] father

   Born: by 1622, England
   Died: 1693, Dunstable, Hillsborough, NH [then: Mdsx, MA]
   Married: c1658
       Elizabeth HILLS
           Born: bp 21 Oct 1627, Great Burstead, Billerica,
               Essex, ENG [17] 
               dau of Joseph & Rose (Clark) Hills 
           Died: c1662, Malden, Mdsx, MA [1;17]
               [?]May have M1: Anthony Harris who d 1651* 
   Married, 2nd: c1663, ?Charlestown, Suffolk, MA
       1663, Braintree, Norfolk, MA [40] 
       Hannah (BRACKETT) Kinsley [aka: Kingsly]
           Born: bp 4 Nov 1634, Boston, MA [1]
               bp 4 Jun 1634, Boston [21] 
               dau of Richard & Alice Brackett 
           Died: 3 Jul 1706, Dunstable, NH [6]
           Married, 1st:
               Samuel KINSLEY [d 21 May 1662, Billerica, MA
   Children of Elizabeth, born Charlestown: [1;17]
       1. Hannah, 6 Nov 1659 
       2. Elizabeth, c1661 
   Children of Hannah: [1;21]
       3. Joseph, c1664, Charlestown?; d 18 Mar 1669, 
       Chelmsford, Middlesex, MA 
       4. Josiah, 15 Mar 1665; died young [2] 
       5. Benjamin, 15 Mar 1665, Chelmsford [2] 
       6. James, 10 Mar 1666/7, Chelmsford [2] 
       7. Thomas, c1668, Chelmsford 
       8. Sarah, c1670, Chelmsford 
       9. Joseph, 1 Nov 1672, Chelmsford [2] 
       10. Nathaniel, 23 Sep 1674, Chelmsford [2] 
       11. Mary, 23 Sep 1674, Chelmsford 
       12. Martha, c1676; d 16 Nov 1676, Chelmsford [2] 
       13. dau, 30 Nov 1678; d before 1680 [2]


John Blanchard

Hannah Brackett Marriage: in Braintree, Norfolk, Ma


1 	Thomas Blanchard 	M 	1657 Dunstable, Middlesex, Ma 	
2 	Joseph Blanchard 	M 	1664 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass 	
3 	Josiah Blanchard 	M 	15 Mar 1665 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass 	
4 	Benjamin Blanchard 	M 	15 Mar 1665 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass 	
5 	James Blanchard 	M 	10 Mar 1666 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass 	8 Feb 1704
6 	Thomas Blanchard 	M 	1668 Chelmsford, Middlesex, Ma 	9 Mar 1727 Dunstable, Middlesex, Ma 	
7 	Sarah Blanchard 	F 	1670 Chelmsford, Middlesex, Ma 	
8 	Joseph Blanchard 	M 	1 Sep 1672 of, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England 	8 Dec 1746
9 	Nathaniel Blanchard 	M 	23 Sep 1674 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass 	3 Jul 1706
10 	Mary Blanchard 	F 	23 Sep 1674 Chelmsford, Middlesex, Ma 	
 11 	Martha Blanchard 	F 	1676 Braintree, Middlesex, Ma 	16 Nov 1676 , Middlesex, Ma 	
 12 	John Blanchard 	M 	1679 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass 	
 13 	Sarah Blanchard 	F 	1681 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass 	
 14 	Mary Blanchard 	F 	1683 Braintree, Norfolk, Mass 	


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Deacon John Blanchard's Timeline

March 8, 1631
Probably Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England, (Present UK)
November 6, 1659
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Age 29
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts
March 15, 1665
Age 34
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
March 15, 1665
Age 34
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
March 10, 1666
Age 35
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Age 36
Chelmsford, Middlesex, Ma
Age 38
Charlestown (within present Boston), Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)