ay in passing that in the Salem street burying ground, a rod or two from the monument in a southeasterly direction lies the body of George Blanchard, who died in 1700, aged eighty-one or eighty-four.
He inherited from his father, Thomas,
Thomas Blanchard, the emigrant, came from England in 1639, and lived in Braintree, Mass. In February, 1651, he bought of Rev. John Wilson, Jr., pastor of the church in Dorchester, house and a farm of two hundred acres, known now as Wellington, but then belonging to Charlestown.
In 1726 it was annexed to Malden and afterwards to Medford.
Mr. Blanchard died at Wellington in 1654.
The above is not in the history of Medford, but is from the completed records of this branch of the Blanchard family. the English emigrant, two hundred acres of land now known as Wellington.
The present family is the seventh generation directly from him, and his descendants are scattered throughout the states.
The name originally was Blan-card, from a French colon