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Jane (Balsam) Bligh (1712 - abt. 1768)

Jane Bligh formerly Balsam aka Pearse
Born [location unknown]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 26 Dec 1729 in St Andrew, Plymouth, Devon, Englandmap
Wife of — married 4 Oct 1753 in St Andrew, Plymouth, Devon, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 6 May 2016
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Jane Balsam married, firstly, Richard Pearce on 26 December 1729 at St. Andrew in Plymouth, Devon.[1][2]

She married, secondly, Francis Bligh, son of Richard Bligh, on 4 October 1753 again at St. Andrew. [3]

Jane died about 1768. [4]

Research note gives a daughter, Catherine for Richard and Jane but cites only an email. NO primary evidence for such a child has so far been found.


  1. Marriage record St Andrew, Plymouth (26 December 1729 Richard Pearse married Jane Balsam) Viewed at Ancestry. Text only
  2. "England, Devon, Parish Registers, 1538-1912," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 4 November 2017), Richard Pearse and Jane Balson, 1729, Marriage; from "Church of England parish registers 1538-1911," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Devon, archive reference , images provided by FamilySearch International.
  3. Marriage record St Andrew, Plymouth (4 October 1753 Francis Bligh married widow, Jane Pearce nee Balsam) Viewed at Ancestry. Text only
  4. Jane Balsam Cites: Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995)
  • Wikipedia: William Bligh
  • Stirnet, Bligh [1]
  • Glynn Christian, Fragile Paradise: The discovery of Fletcher Christian, Bounty mutineer, 2nd ed. (U.S.A.: Bounty Books, 2005), page 54.

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