JOHN BLANSHAN, father of
Jacob Blanshan was born May 26, 1810 to parents John and Maria (Mary) Van Wagenen Blanshan.
When he was 32 years old Jacob married Eliza Peters, born in 1811, on December 22, 1842 in
Esopus, New York.  They were the parents of 4 children.
Eliza passed away July 13, 1853 and Jacob remarried. His second wife was Eliza Van Wagenen,
born March 22, 1828 in Ulster, New York, daughter of Cornelius and Jane Van Wagenen. Jacob lived
in Rosendale, Ulster County, New York all his life, where Jacob was a farmer and a blacksmith. He
owned his own farm and its worth as real estate was $2000, a goodly amount for those days.
Jacob passed away August 14,1880 or 1890. Eliza Peters Blanshan is buried in the Bloomington
Dutch Reformed Cemetery, Bloomington, New York.

The children of Jacob and Eliza Peters Blanshan were:

John - born March 6,1844 in Bloomingdale.  At ages 17 and 26 John appears on the federal
censuses as a resident of the Ulster County Poor House in New Paltz along with other "idiotic" and
"insane" residents. In the 1880 census he is listed as a laborer on the farm of  his Aunts Ann Eliza
and Julia Blanshan in Rosendale.

Margaret - born September 19, 1845 in Bloomingdale. "Maggie", age 24, was listed as a
dressmaker living with her Aunt Ann Eliza in the 1870 census, and as a schoolteacher living with
her aunt at age 34.

William - born July 12, 1847. By the 1900 census, William had moved to Grayling, Crawford,
Michigan where he was apparently farming, although the census is illegible. He married Rachel
Krom in 1875. Their children were Margaret (1880), Hannah H. (1880), William (1884), Earl R. (1889)
and Agnes Blanshan Baker (Guy) (1890) William died on March 30, 1917 in Boyne City at age 69.  
William Blanshan page)

George B. - born September 30, 1849 in Bloomingdale, New York. George was a laborer on his
aunt's farm -- Ann Eliza Blanshan. In the 1900 census George appears in Rosendale with his wife
Mary R. Sherman, a daughter of German immigrants born December 1859. They were married in
1884. George listed his occupation as cooper. George and Mary had no children. Mary was
widowed by the 1930 federal census.

The children of Jacob and Eliza Van Wagenen were:

Mary Jane -  born in November 2, 1856 or 1857. She married Alonzo Wheeler (1859), son of Hiram
and Julia Wheeler on June 27, 1877, and had children Orlando Jacob, (December 19, 1877-1920),  
Anna Eliza (1882), Sylvester (Dec. 1887), Lorena P.(Nov. 1889), and Jane Margaret (November
1892). Mary Jane was widowed and moved into Kingston in her later years. She died February 12,

Cornelius - born July 21, 1861. Cornelius died December 9, 1861.

Joseph - born June 19, 1868 or September 1867 to July 24, 1939.  Joseph worked as a quarryman
and as a driller in a mine and lived with his sister Mary Jane in his younger days. In the 1920 federal
census Joseph was living in a boarding house in Waterbury Ward 4, New Haven, Connecticut and
working as a fireman at a chemical plant. He never married. Joseph was buried in Bloomington
Eliza Peters Blanshan's headstone in
Bloomington Dutch Reformed Cemetery.
Bloomington Dutch Reformed Cemetery,
Bloomington, Ulster County, N. Y.
Obituary of Orlando Jacob Wheeler from
the Kingston Daily Freeman, May 22, 1920.
Downtown Rosendale
Joseph Blanshan Obituary from Kingston
Daily Freeman, July 26, 1939