William Blanshan was born July 12, 1847 to parents Jacob and Eliza Peters Blanshan. He is listed as farming with Hannah Van Wagenen, age 65, on her farm in Rosendale in the 1870 census when he was age 23. William married Rachel C. Krom, born September 1859 to Isaac and Elsie Krom of Marbletown, New York in 1875 at the Exchange Hotel (in Rosendale?). Somewhere between 1875 and 1880 William moved to Michigan and established the line of Blanshans in Michigan. William first appears in Michigan in the 1880 Michigan agricultural census where he was listed as farming in Gratiot Township, LaFayette County. He had 4 acres tilled, 33 acres in woodlands, and 3 open acres. The value of his farm was $500, and the value of his livestock $25. By the 1900 census, William had moved to Grayling, Crawford, Michigan where he was apparently farming, although the census is illegible. By 1910 William had moved to Boyne City Ward 4, Charlevoix, Michigan where he worked as a carpenter in a "car shop." William died on March 30, 1917 in Boyne City at age 69.
The children of William and Rachel C. Blanshan were:
Margaret - born in 1880 in Michigan.
Hannah Hattie - born June 1, 1880 in Michigan. She married Alton T. Gold in 1904 and they had a son Ivan C., born in 1908. When Alton died, Hannah married _______ Walker. She was a dressmaker who was widowed later in life. She died on August 19, 1951 at age 71 in Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan and was buried in Boyne City, Michigan.
William Singleton - born December 6, 1883 in Wisconsin. He married Emma Sheffels (May 25, 1891), the daughter of German immigrant Max Sheffels and they had three children. Emma died July 21, 1947 at age 56 in Petoskey, Emmet County, Michigan. She was buried in East Jordon, Michigan. William died March 2, 1959. (See William Singleton Blanshan page)
Earl R. - born in 1889 in Michigan. He married Lulu Billings on December 24, 1908 in Berrien, Michigan and they had four children. He died on April 20, 1961 at age 72 in Watervliet, Berrien. (See Earl R. Blanshan page)
Agnes - born in 1890 in Michigan. Agnes worked as a typesetter in a printing office before marrying Guy Baker. Later she was owner and editor of the Boyne City Citizen Journal.
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