Maine seafaring ancestors a fascinating topic
- Clara Pendleton Blanchard, one of the Searsport Pendletons, had six
children in the 19th century - three of them born at sea. John Battick
describes Blanchard's spouse, William H. Blanchard, as "husband, ship
captain - and midwife."
In fact, Blanchard was known for his delivery skills to the point that
other captains, if their wives were about to give birth, hoped that
Blanchard might be in port when the time came.