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Thrasher and Blanchard Families Papers

Identifier: mss-832

Scope and Contents

The collection centers on Mary Jane "Jennie" Thrasher Blanchard. It contains mainly received correspondence, specifically letters from Ellen Rolfe (they appear to be very close friends, as Ellen addresses her letters to "sister"); letters written by David Blanchard before they married (signed D. W. B.); letters written by her son Harry while in Minnesota; letters regarding the Women's Home Missionary Union, of which Jennie was a member and occasional delegate; and a few letters from Carleton College administrator J. A. Strong. A few letters from 1863 appear to have been written by David's mother, Zeviah (Skinner) Blanchard while in the Troy, New York region. Additional miscellaneous material and writings relate to extended family members and friends or neighbors.


  • 1823-1892


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

The Thrasher family was based in Coventry, Vermont. Parents Holland Thrasher (1805-1887) and Eliza (Baldwin) Thrasher (1810-1885) raised four children: Mary Jane "Jennie" (1829-1903, see below), Charles (1835-1874), Ellen/Ella L. (1847-1926; married James W. Chamberlin in 1870), and Benjamin W. (1851-1912). Holland worked as a blacksmith, farmer, and Postmaster.

In 1855, Jennie married David W. Blanchard, MD (1821-1891) who was born in Quebec, the son of David W. Blanchard (1786-1859) and Zeviah (Skinner) Blanchard (1789-1864). According to the 1850 census, he lived in Jennie's parents' household in Coventry. They had three children together: Herbert William (sometimes recorded as William Herbert, 1859-1932), Henry Gordon (1860-1825), and Edwin "Ned" Clarence (1863-1916). Records show the Blanchard family as active members of the First Congregational Church of Newport, Vermont from 1875 to 1904.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Collection contains mainly family correspondence, with some Caledonia County Post Office receipts, a day book of Henry Stetton[?], and a few items of writing signed by members of the Phelps family correspondence from Townsend, VT.

Physical Location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Processing Information

The link to the Phelps family is not clear.

Guide to the Thrasher and Blanchard Families Papers
2018 July
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

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