LEONIN BLANCHAMP, father of
MATTHEUS BLANSHAN, father of
MATHIEU BLANSHAN, father of
MATHEUS BLANSHAN, father of
JOHANNES BLANSHAN, father of
MATHEW BLANSHAN, father of
BENJAMIN FREER BLANSHAN, father of

MATTHEW BLANSHAN (1826)
 Matthew Blanshan was born in Wawarsing on May 19, 1826 to Benjamin Freer and Eliza
Russell Blanshan. On September 15, 1852 he married Julia Du Bois, daughter of John S. Du
Bois and Margaret Van Gaasbeck, born June 29, 1833. When Julia died on November 11, 1865,
Matthew married Nancy Van Steenbergh, daughter of Abraham Van Steenbergh and Annatje
Hasbrouck, baptized October 19, 1839.
 Matthew was a carpenter in Kingston according to the 1860 census. Matthew died on April
17, 1888 and Nancy died in 1916.

Matthew and Julia DuBois had the following children:

George - born in 1853. George was a station agent in Kingston in the 1860 census.

Charles - born in 1855

Ira  born in 1862. Ira was a cigarmaker in Troy, NY in 1899. He had at least one son, John
Ernest. John was born June 17, 1889. According to his World War I draft registration at age
29, John was tall and “stout” with brown eyes and brown hair. He had already served 4 years
in the U. S. Navy and his father Ira was dependent on his income.  John married Catherine
Schales some time in 1919 or 1920. Catherine became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1919, the
year she emigrated. She arrived in New York harbor on a ship named the “Mobile” on July 26,
1919. Her point of departure was Brest. The 1920 U.S. census shows that she was born in
France and spoke French, although her parents were both born in Bavaria. In 1920 John and
Catherine were living in Troy, New York where John was working as a chauffeur for an
affluent family. John was 31 and Catherine was 25. By 1925 John had moved to Buffalo where
he drove a taxi and Catherine kept house. In 1926 John went back to chauffeuring and
remained a chauffeur in Buffalo until at least 1938.  Something happened shortly after that….
The 1940 census shows that Catherine is a long-term patient at Gowanda State Hospital in
Erie County, New York and her marital status is “divorced.” John died May 5, 1946 and is
buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York. There is no more mention of Catherine.

Bruyn - born in 1865. He was a blacksmith employed by the Kingston Foundry.

Matthew and Nancy Van Steenbergh had two children:

Benjamin - born in 1876, died in infancy

Everett- born March 22, 1873.  He married Minnie Merritt and they had sons Edwin and Harold
D. Minie died in 1953 and Everett died in 1960. (See
Everett Blanshan 1873 page)
Articles from the Kingston Daily Freeman
Matthew Blanshan's headstone. Buried
with him are his wives Julia and Nancy, his
infant son Benjamin and his mother Eliza in
Wiltwyck Cemetery in Kingston.