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The ancestors of My grandmother, Mabel Ann Blanchard, lived mainly in the New Forest and Southampton areas of Hampshire, however her mother, Jane Wood came from Kingswood, Surrey, and her ancestry, which is extensive, covers many of the villages found on the Surrey/ Sussex border, and stretches back to the twelfth century.

The Blanchard family had a long connection with the sea, as ship builders and mariners. It is believed that they originated in France and recent research has shown this may well be true, it is also believed that they may have been Huguenots who fled persecution in France and the timing of their arrival in England certainly ties in with this. The family can be reliably traced back to Fordingbridge in Hampshire in the early part of the 18th century and the first occurance of the name Blanchard (which is sometimes spelled Blanchet or Blanched) is in 1686 when John Blanchard "an old Frenchman" was buried in Fordingbridge.

Associated families in Hampshire include, Wright, Stovell, Groves, Rossiter, Storme, Hobbs, Shepherd, Pooke and Biden and in in Surrey and Sussex, Wood, Page, Feldwick, Tickner, Knight, Inwood, King, Lucas, Lilly, Mitchell, Napper, Cowper alias Butcher, Pilfold, Dunhurst, Edser, Elliott, Jelly, Constable, Jeale, Willett, Wright, Bristow, Patching, Payne, Watson, Dungate, Browne, and Infield

Blanchard Family Tree

John Blanchard m Elizabeth

"An old Frenchman" d.1686 | d. 1693


? Blanchard


William Blanchard m Jane Blake

d. 1746 |

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Edward m Sarah Rossiter Thomas John Jane Geoffrey William

1726 - 1794 | 1727 - 1782



William Edward | Thomas Joseph Edward James Sarah


John m Mary Groves

1755 - 1821 | 1758 - 1839



Sarah William Samuel John Henry Groves m Louisa Stovel Jane

1790 - 1865 | 1795 - 1859



Emma Henry Groves John Edward William Jane Louisa | Robert Mary Rebecca


Alfred m Frances Wright

1826 - 1916 | 1823 - 1891


Alfred | Edward Eliza Fanny Robert William Emma Louisa

Henry | Richard Ann Blanche Elizabeth


George William m Jane Wood

1859 - 1925 | 1854 - 1888



George Alfred Frances Elizabeth | William Edward


Mabel Ann m George William Chapman

1884 - 1968 | 1880 - 1951

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