This is not especially relative to Don Blanding but it might be of interest
to some of you. I have just put complete photo-copies of two Blanding
family history books on my website.
The URL is: http://www.blanding.org
and the links are at the bottom of the page. Both books contain history of
the South Carolina branch of the Blanding family. There are many
interesting stories of the Mexican-American war and the Civil War and the
early settlers in California. On page 7 of the Blanding-McFaddin book there
is an interesting (and short) account of the earliest known Blandings - the
Baron DeBlondin from Lorraine, France. This early history is common to Don
Blanding. Also on page 9 of the Blanding-McFaddin book is the story of
William Blanding (that TJ was asking about) who lived in San Francisco
around the gold rush time.