All branches of the Blanshan family in America ori-
ginated in Ulster County, New York, with one man,
Mattheus Blanshan, a courageous, industrious
Huguenot who came to this country in 1660 from
France.  The Minnesota branch came west with
Jacob Smedes Blanshan in 1847, first to Wis-
consin, then to Iowa, and finally to southern Minne-
sota in the late 1800s. The Michigan Blanshan line
left New York some time between 1870 and 1900
when William Blanshan moved to Michigan.
There are now fairly large branches of Blanshans
in Oregon, Texas, Iowa and California as well.

This site was started by the children of Bob and
June Blanshan of Madelia, Minnesota (Bob is now
deceased). We are a fun-loving, closely-knit family
that enjoys getting together for holidays and special
occasions for a big meal  and a jam session.  Most
of us can sing harmony and play an instrument.

If you would like to include history about your
branch of the Blanshan family on this website,
please contact the webmaster/ site owner at
beccacolebank@msn.com.  All Blanshan history
is welcome!

What's new on the site:

November 11, 2016:  Added "The Anniversary
" to the site.

November 30, 2014:  Added Dusty Road page.

September 6, 2014:  Added a photo to Catharina
Blanshan Deyo page.

July 6, 2013: Added Everett Blanshan (1873) page

July 4, 2013:  Added Merton Willard Blanshan and
Harold W. Blanshan pages.

July 1, 2013:  Added Lyle William Blanshan page.

June 26, 2013:  Added Daniel Isaac Blanshan and
Lura Frona Blanshan Hendershott pages.

June 25, 2013:  Added Matthew Blanshan (1826)
and Everett Blanshan pages.

June 20, 2013:  Added William Singleton Blanshan
and Earl R Blanshan pages.

June 19, 2013:  Added Jacob Blanshan (1810) and
William Blanshan pages.

November 26, 2012:  Added photo albums to photo
gallery pages
Six and Seven.

September 2, 2012:  Added Elmyra Blanshan
Folant   page.

September 1, 2012:  Added Nellie Blanshan DeGraff  

August 30, 2012:  Added Peter Jacob Blanshan  

August 27, 2012:  Added Anna Blanshan Du Bois
and Elizabeth Blanshan Deyo page.

August 26, 2012:  Added Jacomyntje Blanshan
Freer  and Maria Blanshan Hasbrouck LeFevre
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Ralph (Slim) and Fern Pearson Blanshan
Catharine Blanshan LaFever
Chester and Belle Buck Blanshan
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more about your ancestors