Francis Chipman BLACKLER
- Born: 17 May 1823, Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
- Marriage (1): Annie Sophia Boucher ROUTH on 31 Aug 1850 in Smyrna, Turkey
- Died: 6 Dec 1875, Boudjah, Smyrna, Turkey aged 52
- Buried: Boudjah, Smyrna, Turkey
Extract from "Vital Records of Marblehead, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849: Vol. I -- Births" (1903)
Francis Chipman Blackler, son of Francis and Mary, May 7, 1823.
Extract from "Genealogical Notes sent by Aunt Lydia Blackler"
Francis Chipman Blackler, born 1824; married in 1850 Annie Sophia Boucher Routh. They had seven children: Mary, Evelyn, Ida, Francis, Ellen, (boy still born), Rosalind, Edith.
Contributed by Mrs Valerie Nield:
My great grandfather, Francis Chipman Blackler, applied for a passport in 1847, and probably arrived in Smyrna the same year. Although he returned to Boston in 1848, he later built a house in Buca, which is inscribed with his initials and the date 1855. He and his brother in Boston came from a shipping family and decided that one of them should go and live in Smyrna to increase trade with the Far East and China. The brother ran the American side of the business. They owned at least three ships, one of which was captured by French privateers. On hearing the news that the family business had collapsed Francis Chipman had a heart attack and died in 1875. His only son Francis (Frank) was called home from England where he was at a boarding school in Highgate, London to support his mother and six sisters. He joined the carpet firm of William Griffitt and Co. and eventually married one of his daughters, Mary Rebecca in 1884.
Francis married Annie Sophia Boucher ROUTH, daughter of Richard ROUTH and Caroline Victoria WAGENER, on 31 Aug 1850 in Smyrna, Turkey. (Annie Sophia Boucher ROUTH was born on 13 Dec 1832 in Trieste, Austria, christened in Apr 1833 and died on 23 Sep 1910 in Boudjah, Smyrna, Turkey.)