Sarah Ellen Blanchard

26 March 1848–11 July 1892 (Age 44)
Brimfield, Peoria, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Sarah Ellen

When Sarah Ellen Blanchard was born on 26 March 1848, in Brimfield, Peoria, Illinois, United States, her father, Ira B Blanchard, was 40 and her mother, Voadicea Hathaway, was 36. She married Edwin S. Preston on 20 December 1866, in Farmington, Fulton, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Orion Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Liverpool, Fulton, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 11 July 1892, in Canton, Fulton, Illinois, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Salem Cemetery, Liverpool Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States.

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Edwin S. Preston
Sarah Ellen Blanchard
Marriage: 20 December 1866
Winifred V. Preston
George R Preston
Gertrude L Preston
Roy Blanchard Preston

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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
Age 8
William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
1858 · A House Divided
Age 10
Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers
Age 13
Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

(1997: 14319;2007: 28749; 2010: 37695)Some characteristic forenames: French Armand, Pierre, Andre, Marcel, Emile, Monique, Camille, Dominique, Euclide, Germaine, Leonce, Lucien.French and English (of Norman origin): from the French medieval personal name Blanchard, from an ancient Germanic name composed of the elements blank ‘white, shining’ + hard ‘strong, brave’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (6)

  • Sarah Blanchard in entry for Winnie Mellert, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • Sarah E Preston in household of Edwin Preston, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah Blanchard in household of Isa Blanchard, "United States Census, 1850"

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