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The Compendium of Northern Minnesota - Henry Blackwell Also See Compendium for Thomas Jefferson VanLoon
Supplied to me from another ancestor of Minnesota Pioneers - Taryn Nelson Flolid
....Thank you Taryn
1839 - 1903
HENRY BLACKWELL -
With additional information on other members of the family including George Blackwell Sr. and William Minor Blackwell
Henry Blackwell, one of the well-to-do farmers of Douglas County, Minnesota, who resides on his farm on section 25, of Holmes City township, has been a land owner in Douglas county, Minnesota, since 1862. He has gained a good property there and an enviable reputation as a farmer and citizen. His portrait may be found on another page in this work. (see above) Mr. Blackwell was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, August 25, 1839. His parents, George and Mary Blackwell, were natives also of England. The father (George Blackwell Sr. REB) came to America in 1851, bringing our subject with him.
He landed at New York, and in the state of New York, Henry found employment and remained three years. The father (George Sr. (10.2) (REB) went to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and joined his two sons, John (10.2.3) and George (10.2.4), who had emigrated to Canada in 1850. The mother remained in the old country and intended following her husband and children to the new world later, but the Indian war scare and other circumstances arose which prevented her doing so, and a year or two later she died and was laid to rest in England. The father had followed gardening in his native land and was ambitious to better the condition and that of his family, and came to the conclusion that he could more readily accomplish this in America.
Our subject joined his father and brothers in Canada in 1854, and together they went north into the unbroken forest called the "Queensbush" and jointly took up four hundred and fifty acres of hard wood timber land. This they sold some years later to good advantage, and then sought Minnesota as a cure for the "prairie fever". After reaching Meeker county, that state, the sons, John and George, each secured a homestead, and the father and our subject went to Douglas County. In 1862 Henry Blackwell took a claim of one hundred and sixty acres on what is now section 3. of Holmes City township, five years before the township was surveyed. This land he afterward sold and then bought the northeast quarter of section 25, in the same township, which is his present home farm. The father made his home with our subject during his life in Douglas county, and died in 1877. Mr. Blackwell's first home was a log house 18x24 feet, and this was the residence of the family for twenty-three years. Modern improvements were made upon it in 1887 and a comfortable farm house was the result, and a cellar and other improvements are at present under way. The house is surrounded by shade trees and is pleasantly situated near Pocket Lake. The farm is well conducted and the usual system of diversified farming, stock, grain, etc., is followed.
Henry Blackwell was married, in 1860, to Amanda Van Loon, daughter of Minor and Charity (Davenport) Van Loon. The Van Loon and Blackwell families were near neighbours in the early settlement of Douglas county. They came to the county together and had no other neighbours nearer than Alexandria, then a stockade eighteen miles distant. The Indians were numerous and far from peaceable, and the two families during the first few years were ever on the alert. Their homes were arranged for defense against the red men, and a rifle was a constant companion wherever duty called them. While not injured personally, Mr. Blackwell suffered considerable from their depredations, and he has at the present time a claim of one hundred and thirty-eight dollars against the government, which is being prosecuted, for robberies committed by the Indians over thirty-five years ago. To Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell six children have been born, three of whom are now living. They are as fallows:
William; Stephen; Emma, wife of John Anderson, a farmer, residing near our subject; Nettie, (Mary Janette) who died on Christmas day in 1900; Francis and John, both of whom died in infancy. The oldest son, William, married Miss Minnie Lorman, (incorrect spelling, should be Lauermann - REB) and five children bless their home. He is proprietor of a farm of one hundred and twenty acres on section 11, of Homes City township, and also rents his father's farm at present.
Henry Blackwell has at various times acted officially in his township, including supervisor. For a number of years he was county surveyor, holding the office during the sixties, prior to the installation of John Abercrombie, the present incumbent. In politics of Mr. Blackwell is an adherent to Republican principles.
Published in 1902
Amanda Van Loon - Blackwell
1841 - 1921
Wife of Henry Blackwell