Biography of Alva S. Blanchard
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Blanchard, Alva S., was born December 16, 1829, in Barre (now Albion) and is a son of Willard, whose father Nehemiah, was the first of the family to settle in Orleans county. He came from New Hampshire at an early day and took up 100 acres two miles east of Albion village, which he cleared up and engaged in farming. His children were: Cummings, who spent the greater part of his life in the county, later removed to Cleveland, O., and died there; Chandler, who settled in Barre and died there; Lewis, who settled in Michigan and died there; Harbard, who settled in Murray and afterward removed to Michigan; Almond, who settled in Clarendon and later in Michigan; William, Orrin and Ira all settled in Michigan; Livonia married Alanson Ludington ; Julia married first a Mr. Nichols, and second Rufus Davis; Willard was a shoe. maker and always followed that business for thirty five years in Albion. He married Lois Smith and their children were; Harriett, Albert and Electa, who died, in childhood; Clarissa, who married Franklin Wilson; Cassius M., who settled in Leavenworth, Kan.; Daniel L., who resides in Albion and married Sarah McGuire; David, who settled in Albion and died there. Six of the sons, Lewis N., Daniel L., Lyman P., Cassius M., George D., and Orrin L., served in the Civil war. Orrin and Lewis were killed at the battle of Cold Harbor. Lyman was killed at Petersburg, and George died in the field of fever. Alva S. Blanchard, with the exception of eight years' spent in Kansas, baa always lived in Orleans county. He has always been a farmer and settled in Clarendon in 1859. He has been collector and is a member of Holley Lodge I. O. O. F. He married in 1850 Amanda J. Freer, and their children are: Kirk S., who settled in Albion and married Sabina Darrow; Judd A., who resides in Albion and married Nettie Benton; Alva W., also of Albion, who married Lucy G. Stevens; and Carrie, who married Day Wilcox of Albion.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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