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Jonathan Blanchard, Attorney Gen. of New Hampshire

Birthdate: (49)
Birthplace: Dunstable, MA, USA
Death: July 16, 1788 (49)
Dunstable, New Hampshire
Place of Burial: Old Burying Ground, Dunstable, New Hampshire
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Joseph Blanchard and Rebecca Blanchard
Husband of Rebecca Blanchard (Farwell)
Father of Rebecca Starr; Grace French (Blanchard); Elizabeth Blanchard; Sophia Blanchard; Abigail Blanchard and 1 other
Brother of Joseph Blanchard; Susannah Blanchard, (Twin); Eleazer Blanchard, (Twin); Rebecca Blanchard; Sarah Blanchard and 7 others
Half brother of James Barrett; Nathan Barrett; Lydia Melvin; Rebecca Minot; Ephraim Barrett and 4 others

Occupation: State Attorney Gen. of New Hampshire, delegate to Continental Congress, Brig. Gen. of Militia
Managed by: David Arthur Trufant
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About Gen. Jonathan Blanchard, Attorney General of New Hampshire

Jonathan Blanchard (September 18, 1738 – July 16, 1788) was an American lawyer, farm owner, and statesman from Dunstable, New Hampshire. He was a delegate for New Hampshire to the Continental Congress in 1784.

Jonathan was the son of Colonel Joseph Blanchard (1704–1758) and Rebecca (Hubbard) Blanchard (1710–1774) of Dunstable. He was the sixth of eleven children who lived to adulthood. His father, the Colonel, was also an active leader in New Hampshire as a judge in the Superior Court and member of the Governor's Council.

Jonathan was active in the New Hampshire Militia, rising to the rank of major by 1765. That year he married Rebecca Farwell (1739–1811) and they made their home in Dunstable for the rest of their lives. They would have six children: Rebecca (1766), Grace (1768), Sophia (1769), Abigail (1770), Charles (1776), and Elizabeth (1777).

As New Hampshire moved toward a revolutionary government, Blanchard was elected first to the Provincial Congress in 1775 and then to the state's House of Representatives in 1776. He served on New Hampshire's Committee of Safety from 1776 to 1778.

When a new government was established Blanchard served as the Attorney General for New Hampshire from 1777 until 1782. In 1783 he was named as a delegate to the Continental Congress but wasn't able to attend. He was re-appointed the following year, and took his seat in the Congress.

In 1784 Blanchard was elected to the New Hampshire State Senate. He was also named as Brigadier General of the state's militia, a position he held until his death. He died at home in Dunstable and was buried in the town's burying ground. Dunstable is now named Nashua, New Hampshire, and the cemetery is called the Old South Cemetery, located on the Daniel Webster Highway.

ID: I7057 Name: Jonathan Blanchard Given Name: Jonathan Surname: Blanchard Prefix: Gen. Sex: M Birth: 18 Sep 1738 in Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Death: 16 Jul 1788 Event: delegate to the fifth provincial congress Office 1775 Event: delegate to the first house of Representatives Office 1776 Event: councillor Office 1776-1778 Event: member of the State Committee of Safety Office 13 Jun 1777-14 Dec 1777 Note: Also December 20, 1777, to May 20, 1778. Event: the first Judge of Probate under the State Constitution Office 1783 Event: major Military Promotion 1765 Event: brigadier general Military Promotion 1784-1788 _UID: AEB3D1164C144370A71D9DBA734E69E282A0 Change Date: 13 Mar 2009 at 10:51

Ancestry Hints for Jonathan Blanchard

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Father: Joseph Blanchard b: 11 Feb 1703/04 in Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA Mother: Rebecca Hubbard b: 11 Feb 1710/11 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Marriage 1 Rebecca Farwell b: 09 Oct 1739 Married: Change Date: 13 Mar 2009 Children

Rebecca Blanchard b: 04 May 1766
Grace Blanchard b: 1768
Sophia Blanchard
Abigail B Blanchard b: 20 Nov 1770
Charles Blanchard b: 14 Mar 1776
Elizabeth Blanchard
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Gen. Jonathan Blanchard, Attorney General of New Hampshire's Timeline

September 18, 1738
Dunstable, MA, USA
May 4, 1766
Age 27
Dunstable, MA, USA
January 1768
Age 29
Dunstable, New Hampshire
February 13, 1769
Age 30
Dunstable, Massachusetts
November 20, 1770
Age 32
Dunstable, Massachusetts
March 14, 1776
Age 37
Dunstable, Massachusetts
Age 38
July 16, 1788
Age 49
Dunstable, New Hampshire
July 1788
Age 49
Old Burying Ground, Dunstable, New Hampshire