jacob smedes BLANSHAN
1814 - 1893
Jacob Smedes Blanshan was born May 11, 1814 or 1815 in New Paltz, Ulster County, New
York to Mattheus or Mathew Jacob and Anny Turck Blanshan.  He was baptized June 25,
1814.  He married Anna Mariah (known as Maria) Travice (or Travis) on November 3, 1839.  
Anna  was born September, 1820 in New York, probably in Dutchess County. Jacob 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 in Scott Township. Jacob was elected a
member of the Wisconsin Legislature from the Third District (Townships of Sheboygan Falls,
Lima, Abbot, Holland, Scott and the village of Sheboygan Falls). Jacob was elected by a vote
of 597 to 481 for Henry Tidman (Dem).  He had to refuse a second term because of ill health.  
In 1874 Jacob and Anna moved to Grand Junction, Iowa where Jacob had bought 160 acres
of land. Three years later he purchased another property and lived there until his death from
gastritis on August 15, 1893 at age 79. Anna died January 29, 1902 at age 81.  Both are
buried in Junction Cemetery, Grand Junction Township, Greene County, Iowa.

The children of Jacob Smedes and Maria Travis Blanshan were:

Mathew J. Blanshan - born January 14, 1847 in New Paltz. He married Mary A. Hermon, born
July 17, 1847, on March 24, 1872. Their children were Alice Maude Blanshan, born May 25,
1874 and Mary Edith Blanshan, born June 12, 1876. Mary died June 21, 1876 and is buried in
Union Cemetery, Scott, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Matthew then married Ada Della
Anderson, daughter of Albert Anderson and Clymena D. Tubbs Anderson. Ada was born in
Seymour, Wisconsin on August 18, 1862.  Their children were Chester Ralph (September 8,
1880), Mae Ada (October 20, 1891), Albert Matthew (August 9, 1897) and Gladys (June 25,
1904). Ada Della died on January 4, 1929 in Paton, Iowa and Matthew died in Paton, Iowa on
January 4, 1929. (See
Mathew J. Blanshan page)

David Blanshan - born October 26, 1850 in Scott, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. He married
Avis Lambert in September of 1880 and then married Ida Joy ______, (1859-1931) who had
been previously married and had three children.  They resided in Grand Junction, Iowa. Their
children were Harry (1880), Lena (1882), Martha (1885) and Ruth Augusta (April 21, 1898).

Charles Rogers Blanshan -  born September 30, 1863 in Scott, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He
married Flora Eliza Tubbs, daughter of Peter and Phebe Armitage Tubbs, born July 17, 1871
in Seymour, Wisconsin, on April 2, 1890 in Outagamie, Wisconsin.  Charles died on
September 21, 1937 in Seymour, Outagamie, Wisconsin at age 73,and was buried
September 25, 1937 in Seymour Cemetery. Flora died February 16, 1961 and is buried with
Charles. (See
Charles Rogers Blanshan page)

Mary Jane Blanshan - born September 8, 1849 at Scott, Sheboygan, WI. She married Samuel
Albright of Ankeny, Iowa in December of 1868 in Barton, Washington County, Wisconsin. They
came to Greene County, Iowa in 1873. Mary Jane died January 21, 1939 at Ankeny, Polk
County, Iowa, and is buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Olive E. Blanshan - Born about 1861 in Scott, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She married J. R.
Doran of Beaver, Iowa before 1880. She died some time after 1939 while living at Beaver,
Boone County, Iowa. Olive and Justin appear in the Boone County Census of 1920.

Elizabeth "Libby" B. Blanshan - born about 1859 in Scott, Sheboygan, WI. She married
Theodore McKay of Des Moines, Iowa on August 21, 1880 in Greene County, Iowa. She died
some time after 1939 while living in Polk County, Iowa.

Harriet M. Blanshan - born in 1839 or in October 1843 in N. Y. She married Jacob Multer
before 1870. She is found in the 1850, 1860, 1880 and 1900 Wisconsin censuses. She died
before 1939.

Anna Mariah Blanshan - born about 1844. Died about September 8, 1864 age 19 years, 9
mos. She may have died of diphtheria.

Reed Du Bois Blanshan - born May, 1856. He died August 20, 1857, probably of "black"

Henry Blanshan - born February, 1855. Died August 26, 1857, age 2 years 7 months.
Probably died of diphtheria.
Anna Maria Travis Blanshan
Jacob and Maria's headstone in Grand
Junction Cemetery, Grand Junction, Iowa.


On September 23, 1893, David Blanshan (Jacob's son), Mrs. Ida J. Blanshan (one of
David's three wives) and H.C. Jay posted a bond for $300 as sureties for David to be
administrator of the estate of Jacob Blanshan, who died in Greene Co., IA on 15 Aug.
1893. The physical estate: 1 horse, 2 colts - 2 years old, 1 cow, 1 two-seated
buggy, 1 plow, 1 harrow, 1 fanning mill, 1 corn sheller, 90 bushels of
oats, 9 tons of hay, 2/5 of 26 acres of corn more or less, 7 bushels of
potatoes, household furniture, $80 cash on hand. He owed $50 to Mr. and Mrs.
E. Cody, $25 to Charles Metzger and $9 to Wm. Renner, all at .08 percent
interest. David and Daniel Blanshan signed the accounts sheet.
The administrator's report was submitted to the court during the January
term of 1895, with several additional claims. Willard Mack, Manley Gaylord
(possibly kin to E.M. Gaylord, husband of Jacob's granddaughter Anna Albright)
and Daniel Blanshan were named to appraise the late Jacob Blanshan's property.
They placed a total value of $327 on the items named above. The horse, at $75,
was the most valuable. The buggy fetched $25 and the plow just $2.
The final report was submitted in the October term of 1898 (it took so long
because there was no will), saying that all claims had been paid except those
of the Citizens Bank, J.E. Pettit and Mary S. Thompson Workman as no other
funds exist. David apparently paid the remaining debts with money from the
widow, totalling $406.84. The final report was to be "served upon" the widow,
Maria Blanshan, and the heirs at law, M.J. Blanshan, C.R. Blanshan, Harriet
Multer, Olive Doran, Elizabeth McKay, Jane Albright and the undersigned (David
Blanshan), dated 4 Oct 1898 at Jefferson, IA. The final report was apparently
accepted as there were no additional filings about the estate.


Mathew Blanshan was a native of France who came to America at the time of
the driving out of the Huguenots, and later became a messenger on the staff
of General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and history
contains many accounts of his daring bravery and his many narrow escapes
from death. [So, it couldn't have been Matthew Blanshan, our immigrant
ancestor, but who was it? - Dale] His wife, Margaret, was a native of
Holland, whose parents came to this country to better their condition, and
she, like young Blanshan, grew up in New York, where they married. Their
children were: Daniel, Peter, Henry, Jacob and Catherine. Jacob Blanshan
was born near the Hudson river, in Cayuga county, New York, and as a youth
had the ambition to become a lawyer, but this desire was opposed by his
parents, who were strict Presbyterians and could see no good in the
profession [Ouch!], so he took up farming as a life occupation, and after
his marriage came West, locating in Scott township, Sheboygan county,
Wisconsin, May 12, 1848. This country was still a total wilderness, the
first white families having come here the year previous, and he had to
follow a blazed trail to locate the 80 acres which he had taken up. His
household goods had miscarried, and for quite a long time the family
cooking had to be done in a bake kettle, over an empty log, but the hardy
spirit of the pioneer was there and undaunted he started to clear his land
for the development of a farm. The wild animals were numerous in this
section at that time, and the even wilder redmen had not left their haunts,
and Mr. Blanshan's accurate use of a rifle was often tested to its limit
when his wife would come fleeing to him in terror in the fields [!?!].
Later three of his children, Henry, Peter and Reed, were claimed by the
black diphtheria and his daughter, Anna, aged nineteen years passed away in
the flower of young womanhood, but through it all this sturdy settler
continued to assist in the development of the new country, and eventually,
after twenty-six years spent on the property had a fine farm. At the time
of the outbreak of the Civil War, he was commissioned captain of a company,
but the sickness of his daughter prevented his being mustered into the
service, although he did valiant work in helping the families of those who
had left for the front. A strong Republican in politics he served his
township and county in nearly every office in the gift of the people, and
finally was chosen to represent his district in the State Assembly in 1870,
being compelled to refuse a second term on account of ill health. In 1874,
Mr. Blanshan removed to Grand Junction, Iowa, where he located on 160
acres of land, but three years later sold this property, with the intention of
returning to Wisconsin, but, changing his mind, purchased another Iowa
property and there resided until his death, August 15, 1893, at the age of
seventy-nine years, three months and four days. Mr. Blanshan was married
to Marie Travis, who was born in Cayuga county, New York, a daughter of
Albert Travis, a native of Germany who was killed when she was but eight
years old, and she was reared in a family of Quakers by the name of Moser.
She worked out as a girl and earned two shillings a week, also learning the
art of weaving. Mrs. Blanshan had three sisters: Ida, Sophrona and Olive.
To Mr. and Mrs. Blanshan there were born children as follows: Harriet,
deceased, who married Jacob Multer; Mathew, who resides in Minnesota;
Jane, who married Samuel Albright; David, residing at Grand Junction, Iowa;
Elizabeth, who married Theodore McKay; Olive, who married J. R. Doran; and
Charles Rogers.

Mr. Jacob Blanshan died Aug. 15, 1893 at 6 o'clock pm, aged 79 years. He
was a native of New York State, but settled in Wisconsin, where some years
ago he was a member of the House of Representatives. About twenty years
ago he moved to Grand Junction and settled on a farm a few miles east of
town where he died. The funeral takes place today at the Baptist Church at 3
o'clock, conducted by Rev. A.C. Zellhoefer."
--Grand Junction Head-Light Newspaper, Vol. XXIV, No. 33, August 17, 1893
Headstone of Anna Mariah in Scott
Union Cemetery, Silver Creek,
Sheboygan County, WI.
Headstone of Reed DuBois Blanshan in
Scott Union Cemetery.