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                          14th Generation



         William Minor Blackwell Family
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William Minor Blackwell   
b.   2 Sep  1864  Holmes City, Minnesota  (Newspaper report states - "He will be 78 in Sept. of 1943)
d. 13 May 1943 Alexandria, Minnesota      (He was the 1st white child born in Meeker County)
Death Cert#  1943-MN-003758
Married:  24 Feb 1887  Effington, Minnesota  (In the home of the Bride's Parents)
Wilhelmina Frederica (Minnie) Lauermann           
b.  16 Aug 1868  On a farm near Chaska in Carver Co., Minnesota
d.  10 Feb 1953  Alexandria, Minnesota     Death Cert #  1953-MN-003929
She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Lauermann of South Effington, Otter Tail Co. 

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Children of William Minor Blackwell and Wilhelmina Lauermann (Listed Below)  Clara Blackwell  William Blackwell Jr.  Robert Blackwell  Adeline Blackwell  Martha Blackwell deceased prior to 1943  Viola Blackwell Mrs. Paul W. Hanson  Stephen F. Blackwell  Gladys Blackwell Mrs. Eugene Hintzen  Wilmina Blackwell Mrs. Gordon Hawley - d. prior to 1943 Harriet Blackwell


Clara Emma Blackwell
First born of William Minor Blackwell

Clara Emma Blackwell
b. 16 Apr 1888  d. Unknown
Elmer T. Drum  27 Jun 1916
Reported as living in Minneapolis MN. in August of 1943

 Clara Emma Blackwell - Drum abt 1925
Clara Emma Blackwell - Drum
                  abt 1910


        William Henry Blackwell
     Second born of William Minor Blackwell

                         The Family Marker for the William Henry Blackwell Family
The Family Marker for the William H Blackwell family
 heads the markers for William and Lyle. (below)
Photo by Ken Blackwell

William Henry Blackwell
b. 30 May 1889  Holmes City, Minnesota
d. 21 Aug 1946  Alexandria, MN  -   In the Lady of Mercy  Hospital 
Buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Holmes City, MN.
Death Cert#  1946-MN-003893
We do not understand why he was not buried in the VanLoon Cemetery
as all the other VanLoon and Blackwells were. We think he is in Rosehill Cemetery
Married:  1 Dec 1914  Holmes City, Minnesota
Beda Loding

      William H Blackwell         Lyle Lesley William Blackwell
William was buried beside his infant son Lyle with a similar marker.
                               Photo by Ken Blackwell

Obituary Notice - Park Region Echo August 29, 1946 - Page 5
William Henry Blackwell passed away Wednesday, August 21, 1946 at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital due to complications from an accidental fall the day before.    Mr. Blackwell was born on May 30, 1889 at Holmes City and was 57 years 2 months at the time of his passing.  He had made this community his home all of his life and as a young man attended the McPhail School of Music at Minneapolis.  He was married on December 1st, 1914 to Beda Loding at Holmes City.   Since his marriage he was been farming but for two years that he was employed at Northern Pump in Minneapolis and for one year in Los Angeles, California in 1941. 
A short time ago he sold his farm and retired.  He had always been a hard worker, although thoughtful and saving for his family and had very many friends.
Those who live to survive him are his wife, Mrs. Blackwell and two daughters, Celeste, Mrs. Phillip Cannizzo of Chicago, Ill., Norma, Mrs. Wm.F.Rash of East Cleveland, Ohio, three grandchildren; Lani, Teddy and Cira Janes and his aged mother, Mrs. Minnie Blackwell of Minneapolis.  Four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. E.T.Drum of Minneapolis, Mrs. P.W. Hanson of Alexandria, Mrs. Eugene Shelberg of Chicago, Ill. and Stephen and Robert Blackwell of Brainerd, Minnesota.  His father and two sisters preceded him in death and one son, Lyle Leslie passed away in infancy.  Funeral Services were held Monday, August 26, 1946 at 1 o'clock from Engstrom Funeral Home and at 2 o'clock from Trinity Lutheran Church of Holmes City with Rev. E.O. Valberg officiating.  Mr. Ted Ording sang three solos.   'Abide with Me'   at the funeral home and at the church  ' In the Garden '  and  'Lead Kindly Light'.
The pallbearers were Carl Anderson, Victor Grubb, Carl Nelson, Norman Nelson, Edwin Anderson, Willie Nelson.  Internment was made in Rose Hill cemetery at Holmes City.


The Family of
William Henry Blackwell & Beda Loding

15th Generation Children of William and Beda

Lyle L Blackwell 
b. Oct, 1916
d. Jan. 2, 1917
Death Cert#  1917-MN-003659
He died at the age of 4 months and is buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
When his father, William Henry passed away in 1946 he was buried beside Lyle Leslie. 
A Family monument stands over the two flat headmarkers for William and his young son, Lyle.

Celeste Blackwell
We have almost no information on Celeste at this time except that as of August 1946 she was  present at her  fathers funeral  and it was recorded that she was married to a Mr. Phillip Cannizzo and was living in  Chicago.

Norma Blackwell
Norma was present at her fathers funeral in August of 1946 and was recorded as married to
Mr. William F. Rash and  was living in East Cleveland, Ohio.
Norma was living in Albany, California as of 2001, and has since moved to Hawaii.
Contact was made with her but she had no information available at that time.

In August of 1943 we know that William attended the 55th Wedding Anniversary of his parents.
He was recorded as living in Holmes City at that time.


Robert Ernest Blackwell
Third born of William Minor Blackwell

Robert Blackwell - son of William Minor Blackwell
  Robert Blackwell
       1891 - 1967

Robert Ernest Blackwell
b. 6 Jan 1891  MN.
d. 9 Feb 1967  Crow Wing, MN.
Death Cert#  1967-MN-003201      Reported living in Oakland, CA. in August of 1943
Married:  Unknown
            15th Generation Children of Robert Blackwell ( and 'Unknown'
   Robert Vincent Blackwell (see below)
   Kenneth Arthur Blackwell

   Robert Vincent Blackwell
            b. Apr 12 1921
            d. Oct   9 1980
            Married:   20 Oct 1942
            Doris Dale Musselman

16th Generation Children of Robert Blackwell ( & Doris Musselman Judith Lynn Blackwell Keller   b. 27 Mar 1942 Loa Jeanne Blackwell  b. 24 Sept. 1943  Married: Mr. Rofidal Lonnie Kay Blackwell  b.  4 Jun. 1946  Married: Mr. Adair Denise Gai Blackwell  b.  18 Oct. 1950 Married: Mr. Kraft John Michael Blackwell  b. 24 Aug. 1961  Married: Unknown


Adeline Blackwell
Fourth born of William Minor Blackwell

Adeline Blackwell abt 1920
            Adaline Blackwell (Shelberg)
                             abt. 1920

                    Adeline Blackwell - Daughter of William Minor Blackwell
             Adeline Blackwell Shelberg
                          1892 - 1959
                Photo by Ken Blackwell

Adeline S Blackwell
b.  2 Aug 1892    Holmes City, MN.
d. 14 Apr 1959     Adeline is buried in the VanLoon Cemetery, Holmes City, MN.
Married:  date unknown
Mr. Shelberg
15th Generation Children of Adeline Blackwell ( and Mr. Shelberg
None listed

We know from a newspaper account covering the 55th wedding anniversary of her parents in 1943 that she was living in Chicago at that time.  There was no mention of her being married.   Her death and birth date and name of spouse is taken from her tombstone.

Note:  A report by an unrelated individual is Amos Weatherhead.  He was born in February of 1888.  He died in California in 1977.  In relating his life story after many years, he commented on his early years in Minnesota.  He loved to dance and he commented on the ladies who were excellent dancers that he recalled.  They were Edith Anderson, Flo Miller, Hannah Ekman,
Becky Mary, Anna Stark  and Clara and Adeline Blackwell.
He married Julia Agnes Kott in Alexandria on September 16, 1911.


Martha Blackwell
Fifth born of William Minor Blackwell

Martha Blackwell - Daughter of William Minor Blackwell
Martha Blackwell
1893 - 1914
Photo by Ken Blackwell

Martha Blackwell
b. 11 Mar 1896  Holmes City Township, MN
d. 15 Dec 1914  At the home of her parents near Pocket Lake (Age 18)   (Obit below)
Peter Swenson
15th Generation Children of Martha Blackwell ( and Peter Swenson 'daughter'

After death of Martha, no information is available for either Peter Swenson or their daughter.


Martha Blackwell Swenson, a notice of whose death was give last week, died at the home of her parents near Pocket Lake on Tuesday, December 15th.  Martha Blackwell Swenson was the wife of Peter Swenson of Berg, North Dakota.  She was born at Holmes City on March 11th 1896 and at the time of her death was 18 years, 9 months and 4 days old.  Mrs. Swenson had been confined to her bed for over a year during which time she was always cheerful and carried the burdens of her illness with the greatest of patience.  The funeral was held at Pocket Lake on Friday, December 18.  Rev. George E Tindall of Alexandria conducted the funeral at the home, and the internment was made in Pocket Lake Cemetery (VanLoon Cemetery)
Mrs. Swenson leaves a husband and a little daughter, three brothers, 6 sisters and her parents, Mr. & Mrs. William Blackwell.  The bereaved husband and parents have the sympathy of their friends and acquaintances.   The members of the family wish to thank their friends for their many kindnesses and the sympathy extended at this time.


Viola Mildred Blackwell
Sixth born of William Minor Blackwell

Viola Mildred Blackwell
b. 25 Nov 1898 
d. 24 May 1974
m.  11 Jun 1925
Dr. Paul W. Hanson
b. 19 Jun 1884  Mentland, Sweden
d. 29 Dec 1966
He was the son of Pehr & Marrit Wagenius Hanson.
            15th Generation Children of Viola Blackwell ( and Paul W. Hanson

Paul came to the US at the age of 7 and lived in Holmes City, Township, MN.  with his parents and two brothers, Hans and Albert.  He was an optometrist in Alexandria, MN., the place of residence for
Paul and Viola.


Stephen F. Blackwell
Seventh born of William Minor Blackwell

Steven F Blackwell about 1925
                                Steven F Blackwell
                                       about 1925

                                 Stephen Blackwell - Son of William Minor Blackwell
                                Stephen F. Blackwell
                                        1900 - 1966

                              Photo by Ken Blackwell

Stephen F Blackwell
b. 27 July 1900    Holmes City, MN.     Douglas Co.                Birth  Cert#   1900-05770
d. 17 Apr 1966     buried on 21 Apr 1966 VanLoon Cemetery   Death Cert#   1966-MN-008547

Stephen is noted as living in Holmes City from a Newspaper report of August 1943 on the occasion of his parents 55th Wedding Anniversary.

Obituary - Park Region Echo  12 May, 1966
Funeral services, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, for Stephen F. Blackwell, were held at the Anderson Funeral home at 2 PM., Thursday, April 21, 1966.   Internment was in the VanLoon Cemetery, Holmes City.  Stephen F. Blackwell was born July 27, 1900 at Holmes City the son of William Minor and Wilhelmina Blackwell.  He grew to manhood in the Holmes City area where he farmed.  During World War ll, he worked in defense plants.  Survivors include 4 sisters and 1 brother, Clara Drum of Minneapolis, Harriett Blackwell of San Pablo, Calif.,
Honorary bearers were Robert Blackwell Jr., John Hawley, Douglas Drum, Paul Blackwell Hanson, Carroll Blackwell, Reuben Terras, Olla B. Hanson of Alexandria, Gladys Hintzen of Montevideo, Robert of Brainerd, MN.  He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.  Pallbearers were Henry Grondahl, Carlos Lordalen, William Guiles, Delphin Wesen, August Olson and George Olson.


Gladys Blackwell
Eighth born of William Minor Blackwell

Gladys Blackwell
Married:  Eugene G. Hintzen  19 Sep 1929 
As recorded in the Park Region Echo  Pg 8  Col 1 and the Alexandria Citizen News  Pg 7  Col 3
No children listed.


Wilmina Blackwell
Ninth born of William Minor Blackwell

Wilmina Blackwell
b. Unknown
d. 1940
m. Gordon Hawley 28 Jun 1934
as reported by the Park Region Echo  Pg7  Col 5
No children listed.


Harriet A. (Hattie) Blackwell
Tenth born of William Minor Blackwell

Harriet A. (Hattie) Blackwell
b. 3 June 1897
Living in San Francisco, CA. as of August 1943