Blackwell Genealogy
Children of
John Blackwell
Mary Jane
McGannon


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Descendants of John Blackwell and Mary Jane McGannon          

12th Generation 10.2.3 John Blackwell   
b. 4   Jan 1832  Cheltenham, Gloucester, England
d. 24 May 1875  Litchfield, Meeker, Minnesota, USA.   
Married:  11 Jun 1862 
Mary Jane McGannon
b.   8 Jul  1842  Vernon, Jennings, In.
d. 28 May 1929  Providence, Providence, R.I. 

Tombstone of John Blackwell 1832 - 1875  Litchfield, MN.
Tombstone of John Blackwell
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Children of John Blackwell and Mary Jane McGannon
The Children of John Blackwell and Mary Jane McGannon     Also view the McGannon Pages
13th Generation Children of John Blackwell and Mary Jane McGannon                       
10.2.3.1  Minnie Esther Blackwell                 Lineage of Minnie Blackwell
10.2.3.2 
Addie Elizabeth Blackwell              Lineage of Addie Blackwell
10.2.3.3 
Mary Josephine Blackwell              Lineage of Mary J. Blackwell 
10.2.3.4 
George Henry Blackwell                 Lineage of George H Blackwell
10.2.3.5 
John A. Blackwell                            Lineage of John A Blackwell

Accounts of the Indian wars        Revenge for the Indians        The Capture of Littlesix and Medicine Bottle

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Minnie
Esther Blackwell

13th

Minnie Esther Blackwell
Minnie Blackwell and Frank Olney
13th Generation Children of Minnie Blackwell and Frank Olney and descendants
10.2.3.1 Minnie Esther Blackwell 
b.   2. Apr. 1864  Litchfield, Meeker, Mn.
d. 17 Nov. 1955  Grants Pass, Josephine, Or.
Married: 23 Nov. 1882 Litchfield, Meeker, Mn.
Frank Proffitt Olney                                      Frank Proffitt Olney - With Links to the Purfeerst Family also Click Here
b.  21 Jul  1858  Nokomis, Montgomery, Il.
d.    4 Jun 1910  Minneapolis, Hennipen, Mn.
Burial:  Appleton, Swift, Mn.
Frank is the son of George Washington Olney and Hannah Eliza Proffitt
Frank's Grandparents are John Dixon Olney b. abt 1807  Jefferson Co., Ill. and Roxanna Pool  b. abt 1811  Jefferson Co., Ill.

Minnie Esther Blackwell Lineage
Minnie Esther Blackwell Lineage

14th
he Children of Minnie Blackwell and Frank Olney
Children of Minnie Blackwell and Frank Olney
14th Generation                                                          More information on Minnie and Frank
10.2.3.1.1 Inez Pansy Blossom Olney
10.2.3.1.2 Robert Blackwell Olney  
10.2.3.1.3 Lloyd Darwin Olney 
10.2.3.1.4 Ralph Frank Olney 
10.2.3.1.5 Ruth Mary Olney
10.2.3.1.6 Mabel Hannah Olney
10.2.3.1.7 Neal Dow Olney
10.2.3.1.8 Merton Olney
10.2.3.1.9 Winfred Danforth Olney       

Note:  IGI report that a 'Son' was born on 13 Sept. 1897 and died on 28 Sept 1897.  The birth date of Winfred Danforth Olney is also 13 Sept. 1897. 
The assumption is that Winfred was the only surviving child of a set of twin boys.

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14th
The Children of Minnie Blackwell 10.2.3.1 and Frank Olney
Details of The Children of Minnie Blackwell 10.2.3.1 and Frank Olney
14th Generation
10.2.3.1.1  Inez Pansy Blossom Olney
b. 10 Nov 1883  Litchfield, MN.
d. Aug 1920
Married: 30 Aug 1909
Joseph Franklin McLaughlin 
b. Unknown 
d. abt 1961

10.2.3.1.2 Robert Blackwell Olney  
b.  9 Nov 1885  Litchfield, MN
d.  8 Sep 1974 
Married:  5 Feb 1916 (IGI)
June Edna Nichols
b. abt 1885 in Lebanon, Kansas
No Children listed


10.2.3.1.3 Lloyd Darwin Olney                                                                 See the Purfeerst Website
b. 11 Aug 1888
d. 21 May 1956
Married:   
Clara Churchwright     

10.2.3.1.4 Ralph Frank Olney                                                                 
See the Purfeerst Website
b. 18 Jan 1889  Appleton, Swift, MN.
d. 29 Feb 1968    Seattle, King Co., Washington   (IGI report d. 20 Feb 1969 but no location)
Married: 15 Aug 1920     
Ruby Dora Wilson   


10.2.3.1.5 Ruth Mary Olney
b.  2 Mar 1892
d. 16 Nov 1955
Married: 10 May 1915    
Addison Ambrose Matteson   

10.2.3.1.6 Mabel Hannah Olney
b. 18 May 1893
d. Unknown
Married: 29 Dec 1914 
Donald Reisdorf    


10.2.3.1.7  Neal Dow Olney                                                                     See the Purfeerst Website
b. 13 Jul 1894
d. Unknown
Married:
Doris Raymond
No Children listed

10.2.3.1.8
 Merton Emerson Olney                                                          See the Purfeerst Website
b. 29  Feb 1896  Appleton, Swift, MN.
d. 18 Dec 1968
Married: 11 Sep 1918  
Lucille Roxanne Olney   (Married her Cousin)
b. 11 Sep 1899             Note: The wife of Merton is also his Cousin as she is the daughter Warren Mason Olney
d. 23 Jan 1986              who married Mabel Vivian Ward.  They had five children. Doris Mabel, Lucille Roxanne,
                                        Arthur
Liewellyn, and Virginia Louise.

10.2.3.1.9 Winfred Danforth Olney
b.  9 Sep 1897
d. Dec 1984                                                                                                                 
 
Married: 
Ethel Higley

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15th
The Children of Inez Olney and Joseph McLaughlin
The Children of Inez Olney and Joseph McLaughlin
15th Generation 
10.2.3.1.1.1.  Laura McLaughlin
b. 3 Oct 1911
Married
Howard Johnston Sr.

10.2.3.1.1.2    Robert Emmett McLaughlin
b. 14 Oct 1914
Married
Constance McDonald


10.2.3.1.1.3    Patricia Ann McLaughlin
b. 28 Feb 1917
Married
Chester Earl


10.2.3.1.1.4    John Franklin McLaughlin
b. 2 Oct 1918   
Married
Ruth Atkinson

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15th
The Children of Robert Olney and June Nichols

The Children of Robert Olney and June Nichols
15th Generation 
No Information

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15th
he Children of Lloyd Olney and Clara Churchwright  Children of Lloyd Darwin Olney and Clara Churchwright
The Children of Lloyd Olney and Clara Churchwright
15th Generation
10.2.3.1.3.1  Betty Olney
b. 6 Feb 1920
Married:
Lou Cops

10.2.3.1.3.2  Gregory Olney

b. 29 Jan 1923
Married
Velma Olson

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15th
The Children of Ralph Olney and Ruby Wilson  15th Generation Children of Ralph Olney and Ruby Wilson     
The Children of Ralph Olney and Ruby Wilson
15th Generation
10.2.3.1.4.1  Richard Wilson Olney  

10.2.3.1.4.2  John Thomas Olney

10.2.3.1.4.3  Herbert Olney

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15th
The Children of Ruth Olney and Addison Matteson 15th Generation Children Ruth Olney and Addison Matteson     
The Children of Ruth Olney and Addison Matteson
15th Generation                                                                                               See the Purfeerst Website
10.2.3.1.5.1    Donald Ausborne Matteson m. Lucy Curtis
b. 18 Feb 1916


10.2.3.1.5.2    Danforth Clinton Matteson
b. 27 Feb 1917


10.2.3.1.5.3    Shirley Lloyd Matteson m. John Cardin
b. 27 Feb 1917


10.2.3.1.5.4    Duane Franklin Matteson m. Jeannette Stevens
b. 12 Sep 1920

10.2.3.1.5.5    Willard Matteson
b. 4 May 1824


10.2.3.1.5.6    Glen A. Matteson
b. 14 Sep 1926    

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15th
The Children of Mabel Olney and Donald Reisdorf  15th Generation Children Mabel Olney and Donald Reisdorf     
The Children of Mabel Olney and Donald Reisdorf
15th Generation                                                                                          See the Purfeerst Website
10.2.3.1.6.1    Lois Ruth Reisdorf
b. 28 Dec 1915


10.2.3.1.6.2    Mary Elizabeth Reisdorf
b. 25 Sep 1917


10.2.3.1.6.3    Dorothy June Reisdorf
b. 28 Jan 1928    

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15th
The Children of Neal Olney and Doris Raymond
The Children of Neal Olney and Doris Raymond
15th Generation
No Information

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15th
The Children of Merton Olney and Lucille Olney  15th Generation Children of Merton Olney and Lucille Olney
The Children of Merton Olney and Lucille Olney
15th Generation
10.2.3.1.8.1  Winfred Lawrence Olney                                                       See the Purfeerst Website
b. 23 Aug 1919


10.2.3.1.8.2  Doris Vivien Olney                                                               See the Purfeerst Website
b. 9 Sep 1921


10.2.3.1.8.3  Jame Vernon Olney                                                             See the Purfeerst Website
b. 18 Jan 1924


10.2.3.1.8.4  Juanita Ruth Olney                                                              See the Purfeerst Website
b. 30 Dec 1925
 

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15th
The Children of Winfred Olney and Ethel Higley  15th Generation Children of Winfred Olney and Ethel Higley
The Children of Winfred Olney and Ethel Higley
15th Generation
10.2.3.1.9.1    Susan Jane Olney
b. 29 Apr 1935


10.2.3.1.9.2    Leo Earl Olney
b. 5 Jun 1944


10.2.3.1.9.3    Alice Irene Olney
b. 22 Nov 1945

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16th
The Children of Laura McLaughlin and Howard Johnston Sr. 16th Generation Children of Laura McLaughlin and Howard Johnston Sr.
The Children of Laura McLaughlin and Howard Johnston Sr.
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.1.1.1 Howard Johnston Jr.
Married
Andrea Burgess


10.2.3.1.1.1.2 James Johnston
Married
Stephanie Barillaro

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16th
The Children of Robert McLaughlin and Constance McDonald 16th Generation Children of Robert Emmett McLaughlin and Constance McDonald
The Children of Robert McLaughlin and Constance McDonald
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.1.2.1  Larry McLaughlin


10.2.3.1.1.2.2  Ronald McLaughlin

10.2.3.1.1.2.3  Michael McLaughlin


10.2.3.1.1.2.4  Paddy McLaughlin

10.2.3.1.1.2.5  Kathleen McLaughlin


10.2.3.1.1.2.6  Clinton McLaughlin

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16th
The Children of Patricia McLaughlin and Chester Earl Children of Patricia Ann McLaughlin and Chester Earl
The Children of Patricia McLaughlin and Chester Earl
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.1.3.1  Gary Earl
Married
Jeanne House

10.2.3.1.1.3.2  Gayle Earl
Married
Roger Carter

10.2.3.1.1.3.3  Tricia Earl
Married
Allen Wallen

10.2.3.1.1.3.4  Jeffery Earl Sr.
Married
Katey Fielder

10.2.3.1.1.3.5  Kirk Earl
Married
Jean Frederickson

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16th
Children of John McLaughlin and Ruth Atkinson
The Children of John McLaughlin and Ruth Atkinson
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.1.4.1 Nanciann McLaughlin


10.2.3.1.1.4.2 Judith McLaughlin

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16th
The Children of Betty Olney and Lou Cops  Children of Betty Olney and Lou Cops
The Children of Betty Olney and Lou Cops
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.3.1.1 Gregory Cops
Married
Linda Brown


10.2.3.1.3.1.2  Gary Cops
Married
Sharon Miller

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16th
The Children of Gregory Olney and Velma Olson  Children of Gregory Olney and Velma Olson
The Children of Gregory Olney and Velma Olson
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.3.2.1  Gregory Olney


10.2.3.1.3.2.2  Donald Olney


10.2.3.1.3.2.3  Ronald Olney


10.2.3.1.3.2.4  Susan Olney

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16th
The Children of Donald Matteson and Lucy Curtis
The Children of Donald Matteson and Lucy Curtis
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.5.1.1  Donald Matteson


10.2.3.1.5.1.2  Robert Matteson


10.2.3.1.5.1.3  Curtis Matteson


10.2.3.1.5.1.4  George Matteson

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16th
The Children of Danforth Matteson
The Children of Danforth Matteson
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.5.2.1  No Children Listed

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16th
The Children of Shirley Matteson and John Cardin
The Children of Shirley Matteson and John Cardin
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.5.3.1  Thomas Cardin

10.2.3.1.5.3.2  Richard Cardin

10.2.3.1.5.3.3  Debra Cardin

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16th
The Children of Duane Matteson and Jeannette Stevens
The Children of Duane Matteson and Jeannette Stevens
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.5.4.1  Jerald Matteson

10.2.3.1.5.4.2  Sharon Matteson

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16th
The Children of Willard Matteson
The Children of Willard Matteson
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.5.5.1  No Children of Marriage Shown

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16th
The Children of Glen A Matteson
The Children of Glen A Matteson
16th Generation
10.2.3.1.5.6.1  No Children of Marriage Shown

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17th
The Children of Howard Johnston Jr and Andrea Burgess
The Children of Howard Johnston Jr. and Andrea Burgess
17 Generation
10.2.3.1.1.1.1.1 Lisa Johnston


10.2.3.1.1.1.1.2 Brian Johnston

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17th
The Children of James Johnston and Stephanie Barillaro  Children of James Johnston and Stephanie Barillaro
The Children of James Johnston and Stephanie Barillaro
17 Generation
10.2.3.1.1.1.2.1 James Johnston Jr.

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17th
The Children of Gary Earl and Jeanne House  Children of Gary Earl and Jeanne House
The Children of Gary Earl and Jeanne House
17th Generation
10.2.3.1.1.3.1.1 Craig Earl


10.2.3.1.1.3.1.2 Brenda Earl

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17th
The Children of Gayle Earl and Roger Carter Children of Gayle Earl and Roger Carter
The Children of Gayle Earl and Roger Carter
17th Generation
10.2.3.1.1.3.2.1 Cynthia Carter


10.2.3.1.1.3.2.2 Jennifer Carter

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17th
The Children of Tricia Earl and Allen Wallen  Children of Tricia Earl and Allen Wallen
The Children of Tricia Earl and Allen Wallen
17th Generation
10.2.3.1.1.3.3.1 Teann Wallen


10.2.3.1.1.3.3.2 Steven Wallen

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17th
The Children of Jeffery Earl Sr and Katey Fielder Children of Jeffery Earl Sr. and Katey Fielder
The Children of Jeffery Earl Sr. and Katey Fielder
17th Generation
10.2.3.1.1.3.4.1 Jeffery Earl Jr.

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17th
The Children of Kirk Earl and Jean Frederickson Children of Kirk Earl and Jean Frederickson
The Children of Kirk Earl and Jean Frederickson
17th Generation
No Information

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17th
The Children of Gregory Cops and Linda Brown Children of Gregory Cops and Linda Brown
The Children of Gregory Cops and Linda Brown
17th Generation
10.2.3.1.3.1.1.1 Kevin Cops


10.2.3.1.3.1.1.2 Andrew Cops

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17th
The Children of Gary Cops and Sharon Miller  Children of Gary Cops and Sharon Miller
The Children of Gary Cops and Sharon Miller
17th Generation
10.2.3.1.3.1.2.1  Gary Cops  

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Addie
 Elizabeth Blackwell

13th

Addie Elizabeth Blackwell
Addie Elizabeth Blackwell
13th Generation Addie (Adda) Elizabeth Blackwell  Addie Elizabeth Blackwell 
b.  14 Mar 1866  Litchfield, Meeker Co., Minn.
d.  15 Feb 1932   Providence RI.
Married: Date Unknown
Spouse:
Charles Edwin McColley , Rev
b.  29 Jul 1866  Delavan, Tws. Faribault Co., Minnesota
d.  28 Feb 1950  Cranston, Providence, RI.

From the Memoirs of Lois Twichell - Blackwell   Quote:: "Early in February, Minnie left to go to Massachusetts where her mother was living with her daughter Addie, wife of  Rev. Charles McColley, a Baptist Minister"   (Feb 1917)    Comment:  Minnie and Addie are daughters of John Blackwell, brother of George Blackwell, husband of Lois.  Minnie came to Canada to be with Lois when George died on Saturday, Dec. 9th 1916.

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Addie Elizabeth Blackwell Lineage
Addie Elizabeth Blackwell Lineage

14th
The Children of Addie Blackwell and Rev Charles McColley  Children of Addie Blackwell and Rev. Charles Edwin McColley
The Children of Addie Blackwell and Rev Charles McColley
14th Generation
10.2.3.2.1  Earl Stanley McColley
b, 16 Aug 1900  Central City, Iowa.
d. 18 Nov 1969  Cumberland, Maryland.
Married: 28 Jun 1923  Madison, Maine.
Ruth Wescott                                                                                          See McColley Family Web Site

10.2.3.2.2  Ruth Marjorie McColley
b.   4 Jun 1906  Estherville, Iowa
d. 28 Nov 1993  Missouri
Married:  24 Aug 1929  Providence, Rhode Island.
Rev. Leon Kenney

Information on the children of Addie was provided by Dallas G. McColley of Waseca, MN 
"The Rev Charles McColley, who married Addie Blackwell, is a 1st cousin to my Great Grandfather, Emery Aaron McColley.  I have done considerable research on my McColley family history, and published a 550 page book in 1993 on Alexander and Polly (Razey) McColley - grandparents to Charles (and Emery) McColley"
                                                                                                                                                       ...................... Dallas McColley

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Mary
 Josephine Blackwell

13th

Mary Josephine Blackwell
Mary Josephine Blackwell

Mary Josephine Blackwell  -  Age 15
Mary Josephine Blackwell
Photo at age 15 (1883)
Photo Courtesy of Robert Downing
Image 36

Mary Josephine Blackwell 1868 -1956  10.2.3.3
Third born of John Blackwell 10.2.3 and Mary Jane McGannon
13th Generation
10.2.3.3 Mary Josephine Blackwell 
b.  17 Jun 1868  Litchfield, Minnesota
d.  29 Mar 1956
Married:  17 March 1887    Millward, MN.             
Charles Nelson Downing
b.  19 Sep 1858  Monroe, Michigan
d.  11 Nov 1954  Portland, Multnomach, OR.  (Burial on 15 Nov 1954)
Charles was the son of
Nelson Downing and Clarissa H. Cone.

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Mary Josephine Blackwell Lineage
Mary Josephine Blackwell Lineage

14th
14th Generation
The Children of Mary J Blackwell and Charles Downing
14th Generation 10.2.3.3                                                                        View Charles Nelson Downing Family Page
10.2.3.3.1   Charles C Downing
10.2.3.3.2  
Katheryne Downing 
10.2.3.3.3
  Addie Downing  
10.2.3.3.4  
John B. Downing
10.2.3.3.5  
Grace Downing
10.2.3.3.6  
David Downing
10.2.3.3.7
   Edward Downing
10.2.3.3.8  
Paul Downing 
10.2.3.3.9  
Lucille Pauline Downing
10.2.3.3.10
Robert Malcolm Downing

After their marriage, they lived on the farm near Peever, South Dakota.  Seven children were born there.  In 1900, they moved up to the woods of North Minn., built a log house and had 3 more children.  The family left in 1910 for Sask., Canada, they settled near Webb.  Kate, Addie and Grace married there and had families.  Family moved on to Vancouver, BC. early 20's.  Mary Josephine graduated from Beauty School in 1920 (Rhode Island)  She taught most of the children the trade.  Mary and her sister were both midwifes and helped each other and many other women give birth.

Information on Mary Josephine Blackwell as supplied by Robert Downing
Written by Addie (Downing) Lehna  (10.2.3.3.3)
Mary Josephine Blackwell from Litchfield,, MN.was a school teacher at Brown's Valley School in Minnesota when she met Charles Nelson Downing.  His family were early pioneers of the area.  He had come with his folks from Detroit, Michigan about 16 years previously.  Charles and Mary were married on March 17, 1887 and their first of ten children was born three years later.  The "Awful drought" of the 1890's forced them to another homestead in northern Minnesota in 1899.  Being of a pioneering spirit, they decided to relocate on a homestead in Saskatchewan.  Mr. Downing came first, got his homestead which was SW 5-12-16 W3.  He shipped a car with the cattle and enough lumber to build a house.  His wife and their ten children arrived later at Webb and traveled south to their new home near the Swift Current Creek.  This was September 1910 and it was beautiful fall weather.  Their first stop was at Mr. and Mrs. John Sederestrom's home.  Mrs. Sederstrom had a lovely supper prepared for them which was a great welcome and very much appreciated.  The Downings put up a tent for the first few nights and then lived in an abandoned shack near by until Mr. Downing, who was a carpenter, could build their home.  We were fortunate that the weather was so good. There was a snow storm the later part of September that was pretty bad, but when that cleared up it stayed nice until November. We found it quite different here, as we came from the timber in Minnesota where there were log houses.  Of course, we were young so everything looked kind of rosy to us, and there were so many of us we entertained one another.  My aunt, Mrs Minnie Olney (Minnie Blackwell) moved up shortly afterwards.  She had a large family and lived just across the creek from us.  So there was always a house full.  We had an organ and my father played the violin.  We used to sing a lot.  My brother Jack also played the violin and played for dances.  The older children received their education in Minnesota.  We had beautiful schools there.  The younger ones attended Seederstrom School after it was built.  My mother taught Seederstrom School during 1914 and 1915.  Mother also was a mid-wife.  She brought about half the children in that area into the world.  When she went nursing she would always do up the washing and bake a batch of bread before leaving the family.  Then, if possible, she would go back every day for awhile to look after the mother and baby.

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George
Henry
Blackwell

13th
 

George Henry Blackwell
George Blackwell during a parade in 1894
George Blackwell
Photo taken in 1894
Click to Enlarge
Photo 37

Photo taken in 1894 (age 24) during a parade.  It appears he is holding a Piccolo.
A photo of Ed McGannon was also taken with him in the same uniform and the same parade.

George Henry Blackwell
13th Generation 10.2.3.4 George Henry Blackwell
b. 1870  Litchfield, Minnesota
d. 1932  Richmond, Virginia
Married:  25 Feb 1903  Central City, Iowa.
Grace Sawyer
b. unknown
d. unknown
She was the daughter of Pliney Sawyer and Georgie Dubbs. 

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George H. Blackwell Lineage
George H. Blackwell Lineage

14th
The Children of George Blackwell and Grace Sawyer  Children of George Henry Blackwell and Grace Sawyer
The Children of George Blackwell and Grace Sawyer
14th Generation
10.2.3.4.1 Frederick Blackwell
10.2.3.4.2 George G. Blackwell    
10.2.3.4.3 Richard Lee Blackwell  

George is the eldest son of John Blackwell  10.2.3 and Mary Jane McGannon.
He married Grace Sawyer on 25 Feb 1903 in Central City, Iowa.  Grace was the daughter of Pliney Sawyer and Georgie Dubbs.

George Blackwell  10.2.3.4 was the editor of the News Letter in Central City, Iowa and also the Winnebago City Enterprise in Winnebago, Minnesota.  After moving to Powhatan County, Virginia with his wife's family, he worked as a proof-reader for the Richmond Times Dispatch in Richmond, Virginia.  Later, after moving again to New Kent County, he went to work for the Prudential Insurance Company in Richmond.  He died at the office of the Insurance Company in Richmond (1932)

Note:  Confusion existed over the birth date of Henry 10.2.3.4.  He was listed as born in 1876 but the 1870 census said age 0 (less then 1 year) in 1870 and in the 1875 census he was listed as 5 years of age.  This puts his birth date at 1870.  This information would have came from his parents so I have taken that year as the correct one.  The other son, John was born in 1872  (and is listed as 4 is the 1875 Census) so this obviously confirms George prior to the birth of John Jr.  Also, Henry had three older sisters at the time of his birth.  The one just preceding him was Mary Josephine who was born in 1868 and is recorded in the same 1870 Census as age 7.  Confirmed - Henry was born in 1870.

Children of George Blackwell and Grace Sawyer
Children of George H Blackwell and Grace Sawyer
14th Generation 10.2.3.4.1 Frederick Blackwell
b. 10 Dec 1906  Litchfield, MN
d.  1  Oct 1959 
Married: 26 Dec 1930
Dorothy Elnora Nelson

14th Generation 10.2.3.4.2 George Graydon Blackwell  
b. 18 Nov 1908  Litchfield, MN   (Birth Certificate lists "Freeborn County"
d. 15 May 1973
Married:
Laura Rennolds Wachsmith

14th Generation 10.2.3.4.3 Richard Lee Blackwell  
b.  11 Nov 1910  Flat Rock, Powhatan County, VA.
d.  29 Jan 1971  Tidewater Memorial Hospital, Tappahannock, VA
Married:  9 Nov 1940  New Kent County, VA.
Clarice Effie Minter    She was the daughter of Muscoe Minter  and Mary Richieson

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15th
he Children of Fred Blackwell and Dorothy Nelson  Dorothy Nelson
The Children of Fred Blackwell and Dorothy Nelson
15th Generation
10.2.3.4.1.1 Kenneth George Blackwell      


10.2.3.4.1.2 Mary Jane Blackwell  
b. 15 Jan 1935  d. 6 Jul 1947
No Information

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15th
The Children of George Blackwell and Laura Wachsmith
The Children of George Blackwell and Laura Wachsmith
15th Generation
10.2.3.4.2.1
George G. Blackwell Jr

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15th
The Children of Richard Blackwell and Clarice Minter
The Children of Richard Blackwell and Clarice Minter
15th Generation
10.2.3.4.3.1 Richard Lee Blackwell   Ri
b. 22 Nov 1941  Richmond, VA.
Married: 
Bessie "Becky" Susan Haile  
She is the daughter of Edmond Haile

hard Lee Blackwell
10.2.3.4.3.2 Thomas Minter Blackwell 

b. 18 Dec 1951  Stuart Circle Hospital, Richmond, VA.
Married:  25 May 1974  Vauter's Epis. Church, Loreto, VA.
Lillian Gazelle Baird

Information on Richard Lee Blackwell 10.2.3.4.3.1
Richard "Dick" L. Blackwell Sr. attended John Marshall High School in Richmond, VA. with his brothers. Dick enrolled in the 1931 class at the College  of William and Mary, where he sang in the men's Glee Club.  He left College to move home and support his mother after his father died.  In 1941, after the birth of their son, Dick and Clarice moved to Richmond, where Dick continued with the Sate Police.  In 1957 he suffered a heart attack and resigned the force.  He was elected Essex Co. commissioner of Revenue in 1958.

Richard Blackwell (10.2.3.4.3.1) lived in Richmond, then Tappahannock, VA. until 17 years old. He was called "Dickie" throughout early years.  He attended Virginia Military Institute (VMI) for one year (1959-1960) then married Beck Haile and transferred to Virginia Polytechnic Inst. (VA Tech), and graduated with bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters in Sanitary Engineering.  Both older sons were born during college years.  He worked for Dewberry and Davis Engineering in Vienna, VA.  In 1974 he attended Erskine Seminary in Greenwood, SC. and after graduation with Master of Divinity degree,  entered the ministry in Harrisonburg, VA. in 1976.  He established Church in the Valley, later Grace Covenant Church, and helped several mission churches get started.  In 1994 he started Blackwell Engineering with two older sons, then retired from senior pastor at Grace Covenant to devote more time to business and other ministry work within Grace Presbytery.  Information written and provided by Tom Blackwell  September 1998

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16th
The Children of Ken Blackwell and Lois Tinney  Lois Tinney
The Children of Ken Blackwell and Lois Tinney
16th Generation
10.2.3.4.1.1.1 Mary Jane Blackwell


10.2.3.4.1.1.2 James Donald Blackwell 


10.2.3.4.1.1.3 Sharon Lynn Blackwell


10.2.3.4.1.1.4 Kenneth L. Blackwell

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16th
The Children of Richard Blackwell and Bessie Haile
The Children of Richard Blackwell and Bessie Haile
16th Generation
10.2.3.4.3.1.1  Richard L. Blackwell b. 1961 

10.2.3.4.3.1.2  Edmond H.  Blackwell b. 1964 

10.2.3.4.3.1.3  Stacey V. Blackwell b. 1967 

10.2.3.4.3.1.4  Nathan W. Blackwell b. 1980 

10.2.3.4.3.1.5  Elizabeth R. Blackwell b. 1982 

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16th
The Children of Thomas Blackwell and Lillian Baird  16th Generation Children of Thomas Blackwell and Lillian Baird
The Children of Thomas Blackwell and Lillian Baird
16th Generation
10.2.3.4.3.2.1 Sarah Eden Blackwell
b. 1977  


10.2.3.4.3.2.2 Thomas M. Blackwell
b. 1980


Information on Thomas M Blackwell
Thomas M. Blackwell (10.2.3.4.3.2)  lived in Tappanhannock, VA. until he was 18 years old.  He was called "Tommy" throughout his early years.  From 1970 to 1974 he attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a Naval ROTC Scholarship; became "Tom" at college and graduated with a degree in Chemistry.  He married Lillian just before graduation, and then was assigned temporary duty stations at Chapel Hill, NC., Virginia Beach, BA., and Bath, ME.  He finally was assigned to the USS Mahan (DLG-11) in Charleston, SC.  He traveled to the Mediterranean Sea and circumnavigated South America between June 1975 and December 1977.  His next duty station was USS Dale (CG-19) from January 1978 to August 1979.  He was deployed for eight months in the Med. during this time.  He attended Computer Applications School at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS. through December 1979, then stationed at the Pentagon until Dec 1982.   He left the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant, then went to work for Computer Sciences Corp. in Falls Church,, VA. supporting work for the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  He served the U.S. Naval Reserve from Apr 1983 to 1991.  He retired as Commander.

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John
 A
Blackwell

13th

John A. Blackwell
John A Blackwell

John A Blackwell 1872 - 1959  Husband of Ruth Keller  Ruth Keller
John A. Blackwell          Ruth Keller      
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Married June 1896
The Photo of John is old while the one of Ruth is in her youth.
Photo 38                  Photo 39
 

13th Generation  10.2.3.5 John Blackwell (Photo Above)
b.  11 Feb 1872  Litchfield, Meeker, Minn.
d.    5 Dec 1959
Married:  June 1896
Ruth Keller     (Photo Above)

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John A Blackwell Lineage
John A Blackwell Lineage

14th
The Children of John Blackwell and Ruth Keller 
14th Generation
The Children of John Blackwell and Ruth Keller
14th Generation                                                                    Details on this Family
10.2.3.5.1 Anson Blackwell   
10.2.3.5.2 Marian Blackwell 
10.2.3.5.3 Johnny Blackwell    
10.2.3.5.4 Kenneth Keller Blackwell   
10.2.3.5.5 Faith Blackwell    

Lucy Keller, sister of Ruth Keller, wrote a letter many years ago. 
Donna Krumrei - Blackwell received it from the Minnesota Historical Society.  Lucy tells the story about the two brothers coming from Canada to Minnesota, etc.  View the reprint of this letter - Click Here  (see Letter 3)

Faith Blackwell was the youngest in the family of John Blackwell.  She was the first postmaster of Silver Bay, MN.

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Credits:   We would like to thank the people that contributed information to this page.
Donna Krumrei contacted us to supply us with much information.  She is the daughter of Kenneth K. Blackwell  10.2.3.5.4
Tara Van Bergen  Special thanks to Tara - Great Great Granddaughter of John A. Blackwell & Ruth Keller. 
Tara provided a world of information.
Dallas McColley  Dallas sent along information on the children of Addie Blackwell and Rev. Charles McColley. 
Dallas has also written a book on the McColley Family.  See his website at
McColley Family Web Site

 

John Blackwell's roll in the Indian Wars of Minnesota

John Mackenzie - The Capture of Littlesix and Medicine Bottle
John Mackenzie - The Capture of Littlesix and Medicine Bottle
Littlesix and Medicine Bottle, two chiefs that were responsible for many murders of whites, were headed for Canada.  The Military want to take them into custody.  They planned a kidnapping of the two.  They called a tough, no nonsense man in to do it.  He was a civilian by the name of John H. Mackenzie.  John met with the two Indians at Lanes Trading Post.  Through an interpreter they communicated.  Littlesix was defiant of all that Mackenzie had to say and ridiculed both Mackenzie and the leaders of the whites.  Mackenzie kept calm in the situation and as a gesture of respect and friendship, invited the two Indian Chiefs to his cabin.  They accepted.  When they reached the cabin, Mackenzie got the Indians drunk and then with laudanum and chloroform, he drugged them and when they were incapacitated, he tied them together and then he tied them to his wagon.  He then drove the wagon into Pembina where they were taken prisoner. 

Littlesix and Medicine Bottle
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 Littlesix and Medicine Bottle  
Photo 67

 

Andrew Myrick

Sioux Chief Little Crow, upon arriving at the location of the Indian Agency that was headed by Andrew Myrick, the Govt. Agent ,J. J. Galbraith was asked by Little Crow to distribute the stockpile of provisions to the Indian people as they were starving.  After pleading with the agency, Andrew Myrick, one of the few whites who had much government power, was heard yelling at Galbraith, "As far as I am concerned, if they are hungry, let them eat grass or their own dung."  The Indians left but they were very angry.  A short time later Myrick's body was discovered with grass stuffed in his mouth. 
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              Photo 227
    
Andrew Myrick

 

Important Note:
Below are two accounts of the so called Jones - Baker Massacre. 
The first was written by A. C. Smith 1877 who was a resident of the time and location during the incidents.  The second by Mr. Lamson 1939.
It is my view that the 1939 version was from formal claims made many years earlier by sources that would defend their position.
I base this thinking on the reaction of A. C. Smith to the earlier reports and I believe the 1939 writing is biased.

REPORTS ABOUT THE INDIAN MASSACRE
Reports about the Indian Massacre
The Indian Massacre that occurred in Minnesota had political implications as all wars do.  It seems that two reports were written at two different points of time and have quite different views of what actually happened.  I have reprinted both versions so that you can judge for yourself what the truth really was.  To start off, you should know that the Blackwell Family has taken the occurrence of the 1862 Massacre in Acton as a personal issue as our John Blackwell was involved.  This information has been passed down through the generations along with other details that are not shown is some printed versions.  With that in mind, we will look at two stories of the event.  One, was written in a manner that criticized certain political positions and told the truth as he knew it as it occurred only 15 years before the writing of his story.  He was a witness of the telling of the story in real time.  His name was A. C. Smith, and was a friend of John Blackwell and the Baker's and Jones.  He was also a lawyer in Litchfield at the time.  The other is done about 80 years after the event and appears to have been done from official accounts that were recorded by the current powers to be.  Read them both and see what you think.

A. C. Smith
From THE HISTORY OF MEEKER COUNTY  by A. C. Smith 1877
as provided by Meeker Co. Historical Society
Portions of Chapter IV - Page 23

The First Account by  A. C. Smith - 1877     Mr. Smith was an Attorney in Litchfield. from 1863 on. 
The Indian War
The Indian War formed a tragical episode in the history of Meeker County.
About 11 o'clock A.M., of Sunday, the 17th of August, 1862, the first deliberate massacre of the brutal Sioux outbreak, took place 13 miles west of Forest City in the town of Acton.  Six Indians came first to the house of Robinson Jones, and thence to that of Mr. Howard Baker, where they deliberately shot five persons, viz: Robinson Jones, Howard Baker, Mrs. Ann Baker, Viranus Webster and Miss Clara D. Wilson, (killed at the Jones' house).  This was the commencement of that terrible Indian scourge, which resulted in the massacre of about nine hundred whites, on the frontier of Minnesota in the fall of 1862.

The preliminary tragedy at Acton, was not the result of a drunken riot - but was the commencement of premeditated design to exterminate the whites from this region of country, although probably this early commencement, by an insignificant band, was not
a part of the program of Little Crow and other leaders.  I allude to this, to correct errors which appear to have already been manufactured into departmental history.  The Secretary of War reported to Congress and all the pretended histories yet written,
CRAW FISH to the fur trader, and allege a drunken broil as the commencement of the affair, and also make statements credited
to the reports of a child afterwards found in Jones' house on the eve of the 17th, about 8 o'clock.  Mr. John Blackwell, a reliable citizen now deceased, found a little grand child of Mrs. Ann Baker, 18 month old, on the floor in Jones' house. (the only one left or found in the house) and took it away - this child was too young to talk and, was totally unconscious of its tragic surroundings.
It was lying upon the floor where it appeared to have cried itself to sleep.  Whether the Indians considered the child too insignificant to kill, or did not see it at all, cannot be known, the latter supposition is probably correct.


Other Notes from the same Author of History of Meeker County - 1877

The Jones family (as they were referred to) were the first five persons massacred and buried in the Litchfield Lutheran Church.  The Church was organized in 1858 but no building was erected until Litchfield was founded in 1869.  The grave was one broad grave in the cemetery of the Lutheran Church.

The first School District was organized in 1861 and school house built.  The first teacher was John Blackwell
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The Second Account by Mr. Lamson 1939
The Second Account by Mr. Lamson 1939
About 11 o'clock in the forenoon of Sunday, August 17, 1862, six Indians from the Lower Agency approached the house of Robinson Jones (SW 1/4 of NE 1/4 of Section 21) town of Acton.  Jones kept a frontier tavern stocked with staple groceries and the usual supply of whisky, traded for furs and engaged in farming.  The Indians demanded whisky which was refused them and they became boisterous.  The Indians left after a time and Johns went to the cabin house of his near neighbor Baker who lived about three-quarters of a mile distant.  He left his niece, Clara Wilson, in change of the house with a little boy, half brother of Clara and an adopted son of Mr. Jones. (about two years of age)  lying on the bed.

When Jones reached the Baker cabin four of the Indians arrived shortly afterward and began bantering Jones, Baker and Viranus Webster, an emigrant journeying westward, to shoot at a mark which was after a period of some minutes agreed to and several minutes of this sport carried forth.  None of the tree men reloaded their rifles, but the savages, while standing in the doorway recharged their pieces.  While they were standing there, one of the savages raised his gun and discharged its leaden contents into the body of Jones.  Another savage leveled his gun at Mrs. H. Baker; her husband, Howard Baker, sprang in front of her and received the bullet intended for his wife.  Almost at the same instant two more shots rang out and Webster and Mrs. Ann Baker fell to the ground, mortally wounded.  Mrs. Howard Baker, with her infant child in her arms, tried to make her escape through a window and fell into the cellar which saved her life.  After this dastardly attack the Indians returned to the Jones cabin and killed Clara Davis Wilson.  They did not discover the little child or enter the house.  They then left the premises in the direction of the Beaver Creek settlement and the Lower Agency. 

Mrs. Howard Baker, unhurt by her fall into the cellar, remained until the savages had left when she emerged from her hiding place and before leaving the house encountered an Irishman named Cox, a presumed spy of the Indians and reputed to be crazy.  She entreated him to go with her to the settlement and carry the baby which he refused to do saying that "The men are not dead but drunk and in falling down had bumped their noses which made them bleed."  Mrs. Webster and Mrs. Baker and the child started for Forest City stopping at the home of their nearest neighbor, John Blackwell, but found the house had been abandoned.  The two women proceeded on their way and reached the house of Andrew Olson, who had a blacksmith shop on his place.  From there they proceeded to Forest City, some 16 miles from the scene of the massacre.  When they reached Forest City they found that Ole Ingeman had reached there at 6 o'clock and spread the alarm among the settlers. 

The news of the fiendish butchery spread rapidly throughout the county and groups of settlers from near by settlements visited the scene of the tragedy.  The two year old adopted child of Robinson Jones and the grandchild of Mrs. Mary Ann Baker was found lying in safety on the bed and smiled into the faces of his rescuers.  The babe bore the name of Robinson J. Cotton and was placed in the care of  T. C. Jewett, of Forest City, who later secured his adoption by Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Ellis of Otsego, Wright County, Minnesota, where he remained until maturity.

The morning of the 19th sixty or more settlers gathered at the Baker home and held an inquest and the bodies of the five victims were buried in the Ness Norwegian Lutheran Church cemetery in Litchfield Township.

Following these events the settlers were panic stricken and hurried their women folks and children to points of safety to escape the ravages of the Indians.  Forest City was one of the main points of refuge.  From settlements along the Mississippi River.  Many of Meeker County's brave settlers remained at Forest City to maintain this settlement as a point of refuge.

The state has erected a monument to mark the grave on which appear the following inscriptions:
South Side - In memoir of the first five victims of the great Indian Massacre in 1862 and buried here in one grave. 
West Side -  Robinson, Jones, Viranus Webster, Howard Baker, Ann Baker, Clara D. Wilson.
East Side  -  First Blood.
North Side - Erected by the State in 1878 under the direction of Meeker County Old Settlers Association.

A monument has also been erected at the point where the massacre took place on the SW 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 21, Acton Town, 3 miles south of Grave City on State Highway No. 4, and on a side road leading west a distance of one-fourth mile.  The Baker homestead is now owned by George Paulson, Jr.

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