Blanchette genealogy begins in the region of Picardie, France.
Pierre Blanchet, son of Noel Blanchet and Madeleine Valet, was a weaver in Point-la-Caille. He immigrated to the Americas sometime before 1669. He married Marie Fournier that year and later became a farmer in his father-in-law's seigneury in Quebec, Canada. His descendants settled in Montmagny, Quebec, along the St. Lawrence River. Very little is known about their history.
In the late nineteenth century, a descendant of Pierre, Adelard Blanchette, and his family are recorded in New Hampshire. Marriage records indicate that he married Celena Viger in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, in 1885. Adelard (my great great grandfather) was a laborer and performed odd jobs. In 1887, his son, Xavier, was born across the Salmon Falls River in South Berwick, Maine. Eight more children were to follow.
By the early twentieth century the family had relocated to the small mill town of Newmarket, New Hampshire, where the family worked in the mills. Xavier married Mary Louise Roberge and worked as a wagon driver and a teamster. In the 1940s the family relocated to Lowell, Massachusetts.