Leonin Blanchamp born about 1580 in France, married Isabelle LeRoy about 1600
in France.  He died before 1649.
Mattheus Blanshan  Mattheus, born in 1606, is the  immigrant ancestor (at least as
far as is known) of all of the Blanshans in America. He was born in the former
province of Artois, France and baptised in the village of Neuville-au-Cornet in Artois.  
He married Magdeleine Joire (born October 27, 1611)  from Armentieres
(Remember the song "Madamoiselle from Armentieres, Parlez Vous?") on October
15, 1633.  Magdeleine was the daughter of Petrus (Pierre) Joire and Jacoba Le
Blanc or Le Blan.  Magdeleine was baptised Catholic, but Mattheus was a
Huguenot.  The Huguenots were French Protestants from the 16th and 17th
centuries, many of whom migrated to other countries due to religious persecution
in France.  Some time before 1647, Mattheus and Magdeleine moved to England.  
By 1651 they were in Mannheim, in what is now Germany, probably persuaded to
go there by the new tax laws and provisions made to induce Huguenot merchants
Gilded Otter.  Mattheus is listed on the passenger list as an agriculturist (farmer).  
He was granted a Deed of Confirmation by Governor Nicholls on June 18, 1664 "for
a house and lot of ground lying and being at Wiltwyck, at Esopus."  Wyltwyck is now
the city of Kingston.  He acquired considerable property at Esopus.  Sometime prior
to April 25, 1663 the family helped to establish the village  of New Dorp, which was
destroyed by the Esopus Indians in June of 1663.  (New Dorp is now the city of
Hurley.)   Mattheus's married daughter Catherine, who had also come to America
on the Gilded Otter, was carried away into captivity by the Indians and was rescued
months later.  Mattheus died April 30, 1688 in Kingston, Ulster, New York at about
age 82.  Ulster County is in the Catskill Mountains.
Mathieu Blanshan  Born April 18, 1655 in Mannheim, Germany.  He married
Margrietje Claes Van Schoonhoven on March 30, 1679 in Kingston, Ulster County,
New York.   He died in Kingston in 1692.
Nicolaus Blanshan was born July 2, 1682.  He married Maria Hornbeck, daughter of
Warnaar Hoornbeck and Anna De Hooges on Jun 10, 1710.
Matheus Blanshan  was born June 10, 1716, and baptised on September 28, 1718
in Kingston, Ulster County, New York.  He married Annatjen Freer on March 17,
Jacob Blanshan was baptised January 11, 1747 at Kingston, New York.  He
married Jacomyntie Smedes on June 17, 1768.
Mattheus Jacob Blanshan was baptised April 3, 1774 in Ulster County, New York.  
He married Anny Turk, birth date unknown, in Kingston, New York
Jacob Smedes Blanshan  was born May 11, 1814, in New Paltz, Ulster County, New
York.  He was baptised June 25, 1814.  He came to Wisconsin in October, 1847,
only a year after the first white settlers.  He had to follow a blazed trail to locate the
eighty acres which he had taken up. He married Anna Mariah (known as Maria)
Travice (or Travis) on November 3, 1839.  Anna  was born September, 1820 in New
York, and she died January 29, 1902 at age 81.  Jacob died August 15, 1893 at age
79. Both are buried in Junction Cemetery, Grand Junction Township, Greene
County, Iowa
Mathew J. Blanshan was born January 14, 1847.  He married Ada Della Anderson,
born August 18, 1862 in Dodge County, Wisconsin to Albert and Clymena Tubbs
Anderson.  Matthew died January 4, 1929 in Paton, Greene County, Iowa at age 81.  
He is buried in Junction Township Cemetery, Grand Junction Township, Greene
County, Iowa
Chester Ralph Blanshan was born September 5, 1880 in Greene County, Iowa.  He
married Alvina (Belle) Buck.
Ralph J. Blanshan  was born August 1, 1904.  He married Edith (Fern) Pearson.  
He died August 27, 1987 and is buried with Fern in Minneopa Cemetery in Mankato,
Minnesota. Their children were Donna, Robert, Jim, Harvey, Garry, Albert, and
Robert Chester Blanshan was born February 4, 1926 in Mankato, Minnesota.  He
married June Esther Colebank, born January 29, 1926 in Fertile, Minnesota, on
August 20, 1947 in Madelia, Minnesota.  June's parents were Lester and Linda
Colebank.  They have the following children and grandchildren:

Barbara Blanshan Lamm:  Married Paul Lamm   Children:   Christine Lamm Wilder,
Duane Lamm, Bonnie Lamm Randolph
Dale Blanshan:   Married Linda Jean Bobo    Children:   Jessica Blanshan Lyons,
Elizabeth (Betsy) Blanshan Cradic,  Catherine (Carrie) Blanshan Howard, Robert
(Bobby) Blanshan, Paulina (Polly) Blanshan, Margaret (Peggy) Blanshan, James
(Jimmy) Blanshan, William (Billy) Blanshan
Rebecca Blanshan Colebank:  Married Wayne Hinrichs   Children:  Aaron Hinrichs,
Gillian Hinrichs Beach, Emily Hinrichs
Nancy Blanshan Erickson:  Married Dennis Erickson    Children:  Mandelin Erickson
Rowland, Crystal Erickson Egland
Suzanne Blanshan Larson:  Married Curtis Olafson:  Children:  Renata Olafson
Selzer, Drew Olafson  Married:  Jon Larson
David Blanshan:   Deceased
Amy Jo Blanshan Davis:    Married Boyd Eser  Children:  Mindy Eser Arkell, Joci
Eser, Blaine Eser, Sterling Eser  Married Rodney Davis   Children:  Eliana Davis      
Brenda Blanshan:  Married Richard Prochazka
Mathew J. and Ada Blanshan and family
(Chester and Belle are the couple on the far
(Anna) Maria, wife of Jacob
Smedes Blanshan
Ada Blanshan's parents, Albert &
Clymena Anderson
Frank Pearson (father of Charles Pearson)
and second wife Orilla
Rosetta Barr and daughter Pearl Fern,
mother of (Edith) Fern
Chester and Belle (Alvina)
Buck Blanshan
Alzora Richardson Buck, mother
of Belle (Alvina)
Pearl (Fern's mother) and
her brothers
Slim (Ralph) and
Fern Blanshan
Ralph J. Blanshan, (top left)  his
parents Chester and Belle and
his siblings
Ralph and Fern
Ralph J. and Fern Blanshan and family
(Robert/Bob is top left)
The Ralph and Fern Blanshan family
Back row:  Bob, Jim, Harvey, Garry, Albert
Front row:  Donna, Fern, Ralph, Sandy
Year unknown
Back row:  Bob, Jim, Harvey, Garry, Al
Front row:  Donna, Sandy
Year unknown
Gravestone of Matthew J. Blanshan,
son of Jacob Smedes Blanshan in
Junction Cemetery
Gravestone of Maria (Anna Mariah), wife of
Jacob Smedes Blanshan.  She died
January 29, 1902 and is buried by her
Gravestone of Jacob Smedes Blanshan,
born 1814.  He is buried in Junction
Cemetery, Grand Junction Township,
Greene County, Iowa
The following is an excerpt from The Society of Negroes Unsettled": The
History of Slavery in New Paltz, NY
by Eric J. Roth which describes Mattheus
Blanshan's married daughter Catherine's efforts to free a slave woman.
"Prior to the Act of 1799 that established the mechanism for the gradual
abolition of slavery within the state (to be discussed later in this essay),
manumission was a very rare occurrence in Ulster County. Of 207 wills of
slaveholders between 1696-1816 listed in Ulster County, N.Y. Probate
Records by Gustave Anjou, only five provided for the manumission of their
slaves. Only one of these five wills was made by a Huguenot, Catherine
Cottin, who was then living in Kingston; the other four were made by Dutch
settlers. The case of Catherine Cottin's efforts to free a slave woman named
Rachel is an interesting one. Catherine Cottin had been in the Kingston area
since 1661 when she arrived there with her family, which included her father
Matthys Blanshan, her first husband Louis DuBois, and brother-in-law
Antoine Crispell, all of whom were Huguenots with origins in French
Flanders. During the Esopus Massacre of 1663, Catherine, her three
children, and several other family members were taken prisoner by the
Indians during a raid on Kingston. They remained in captivity for several
months before being rescued by Dutch soldiers. Is it possible that
Catherine's experience as a prisoner could have influenced her decision to
free Rachel? Catherine made a specific mention in her 1712 will that a
manumission letter written for Rachel in 1709 "shall remain in force and be
properly observed." All records of Rachel disappear after Catherine's death in
1713. An indenture from 1714 transfers the ownership of another slave, Dina,
to Catherine's second husband Jean Cottin, but makes no mention of
Rachel. The indenture also stipulates that Dina was to be freed at Jean's
Charles and Flora 'Pearl' Barr Pearson
Wilson, parents of Fern Pearson
Fern Pearson Blanshan