Other herbaria listed by the Harvard Herbaria
database of collectors as holding Blanchard specimens are:
Dudley Herbarium at the California Academy of Sciences
University of Minnesota
Missouri Botanic Garden
New York Botanic Garden
Ferdinand Blanchard was one of five children
born to Seth and Charlotte Bryant Blanchard.
Seth Blanchard, a farmer and carpenter, served in the Union Army and
died February 2, 1864 in North Carolina.
Ferdinand Blanchard was educated at Montpelier
Seminary, and then went to Dartmouth College.
He was the class poet, and graduated from 1874. Ferdinand Blanchard and Alice G. White were
married in West Windsor, VT in 1875. Daughter Mabel J. (31 January 1876 – 14
April 1880) and son Clair (16 November 1877 – 27 April 1880) were born while
the family resided on Hammond Hill, Brownsville, Vermont.
Ferdinand earned a medical degree in 1878 from
Dartmouth Medical School. He practiced medicine in Union Village, Vermont for
two years, and Peacham, Vermont, for ten years. Daughter Ida Wild (31 August
1879 – 19 May 1880) was born in Peacham, Vermont.
Tragedy struck the family in the spring of
1880: Mabel, Clair and Ida, all under
the age of four, died within a month of each other from diphtheria, and were
buried in Lot #5, Peacham Cemetery in Peacham, Vermont. Ferdinand also got diphtheria, and though
he survived, his health was impaired for the rest of his life.
Linn Rudolph Blanchard, named in honor of
Swedish taxonomist Linnaeus, was born in Peacham, Vermont 17 June, 1881. Linn married Sara Etta Johnston in 1911,
and died in Washington, D.C. in 1944.
Seth Blanchard was born 1 January 1885 in
Peacham, Vermont, suffered from hydrocephalus, and survived less than a year.
Helen Glee Blanchard was born 18 June 1888,
and was named for the glee her parents felt upon her birth. Glee married Harold Reed Washburn in 1916,
and died 1 April 1970 in Springfield, Vermont.
Ferdinand, wife Alice, and children Linn and
Glee moved to Washington, D. C. in 1890, where Ferdinand practiced medicine
and pursued botany. Both a city
directory and many of his specimens list his address in 1891 as “720 H
Street, Northeast, Washington, D.C.”
Ferdinand Blanchard died in 1892, at the age
of 41, in Washington, D. C., and left his body to the Dartmouth College
Alice re-married after Ferdinand’s death. Hugh White and Alice were married 14 May
1896 in Reading, Vermont, and had one son, Neal Dowd White (20 March 1897 – 8
Blanchard's Family History
Cady, Daniel L. (1930) Another W. Windsor
Doctor Who Became Distinguished: Ferdinand Blanchard, with Literary and
Medical Degrees From Dartmouth – Writer of Prose and Poetry. Journal
[newspaper], Windsor, VT, issue of Friday, July 25, 1930.