Thrasher and Blanchard Families Papers
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.
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Collection is open for research.
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.
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The link to the Phelps family is not clear.
- Guide to the Thrasher and Blanchard Families Papers
- 2018 July
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