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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ROBERT NEWLAND BLANCHARD, M. D., a prominent and skillful physician and surgeon of the city of Jamestown, is a son of Flint and Jane (Allen) Blanchard, and was born in the town of Ellicott, Chautauqua county, New York, November 16, 1856.

Robert N. Blanchard was educated in the common schools, and at the age of eighteen graduated from Jamestown Higg School, after which he entered the ranks of the pedagogue, and taught school for two terms. He commenced the study of medicine with Dr. H. C. Blanchard, his uncle, with whom he remained for four years, and entered the Medical Department of the University of Buffalo, from which he graduated in 1880, and, returning to the city of Jamestown, he began the practice of medicine with his uncle, who died August 6, 1884, when our subject succeeded to his practice, and has since built up the patronage of a large and paying class of people. R. N. Blanchard is a democrat in politics, and at the time of the organization of the city of Jamestown, he was appointed health officer of the city. Dr. Blanchard belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Jamestown, and is a member of the Independent Congregational church, although both his father and grandfather were Presbyterians. The latter died Jan. 15, 1891, at the advanced age of 92 years. Dr. Blanchard is also attached to the Knights of Maccabees, American Legion of Honor and the Royal Arcanum.

The other members of his father’s family are Dr. Amos Blanchard, a practicing physician at Frewsburg, this county, who is also a graduate of the Buffalo University; Charles, a farmer who lives upon and tills the old homestead; Mary E., who married Fred. A. Bentley, the vice-president of the Chautauqua County National Bank, and a prominent financier of this city; Henry C., who married a Miss Foster, a daughter of Judge Foster, who resides in the State of Washington. Henry C. Blanchard graduated from the San Francisco, California, Law School, and is now living and practicing his profession in the city of Seattle, Washington, where he is also engaged in the iron business.

Robert Newland Blanchard on the 14th day of June, 1882, married Belle B. Burtis, a daughter of William E. Burtis, who was an old settler of Chautauqua county. Dr. and Mrs. Blanchard have one son, Robert B., who was born on the 27th day of March, 1883.

Dr. Blanchard is an intelligent, educated physician and surgeon, who takes much pains to keep himself fully informed upon the advancement which is being made in his profession, and being skillful and uniformly successful in difficult and stubborn cases, he has the confidence of the people whom he serves. Socially he is a pleasant gentleman, and he is popular in the community in which he resides.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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