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                                          PREFACE  The Memoirs of Lois Clarinda Twichell Blackwell

Those seeking information on life in early Minnesota will be greatly impressed with the detail that Lois offers in her memoirs.  She entered Minnesota about 1850 so her information predates most writings.  Her home was on the edge of St. Anthony falls as well as other locations in Minnesota.  Her father was a Coleporter or Traveling Preacher.  He is well noted in Minnesota.  Lois married in Anoka, Minnesota to George Blackwell in 1863.  The Blackwells are also well documented in her memoirs and along with the other research we have done, we have accumulated a considerable amount of information.  The best friends of the Blackwells were a family by the name of VanLoon.  They intermarried and have been growing ever since through the line of Henry Blackwell and Amanda VanLoon.  George Blackwell Sr. (Lois's father-in-law) is buried in VanLoon Cemetery.  Blackwell Lake is named for him or his son Henry.  Henry Blackwell and wife are also buried in VanLoon Cemetery as well as many other family members of both Blackwell's and VanLoons.  Enjoy the Memoirs.  Let your mind wander and walk the grassy fields of Minnesota, and haul water from the river bank with Lois.  Even if you are not related to this family, you will be taken with the life of all the pioneers of Minnesota and what they went through in those days.  If you have family from Minnesota, then this could just as well be your story.  In fact, many names of people in the area are mentioned.  Possibly, they are your family.
                                                                                                                  ............. Ron Blackwell   
                                                                            - Great Grandson of Lois Twichell and George Blackwell (10.2.4)

Note:  These memoirs are not to be copied, redistributed or used for commercial use in any way.  They are a gift to the descendants of Lois Twichell and George Blackwell.  It was the wish of Lois.  Historical Societies may use them in any manner that supports the interest of Genealogy but with no financial, or commercial use at all.  Historical Societies that operate on Donations are free to use any portion of this website, including the Memoirs.
Private Researchers, can also use these Memoirs for Non-Profit Genealogy use.  All use, of any kind, must be by permission.  This simply means that you send me an email indicating where they will be used.  A link is not necessary, but appreciated.  Copyrights Apply
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There are comments written by George Henry Blackwell (eldest son of Lois)  He has made comments in the original manuscript.
They are noted on the Memoir Pages in Red Print with GHB following the comments.

For those interested in the Genealogy aspect of the Memoirs.
This style of print (Italics) shows added comments by the Webmaster for Genealogy updates. They are not part of the original Manuscript. 
Memoir Content that is interesting to Genealogy are made in blue print without Italics.  They are highlighted only because they are of interest to Blackwell Researchers.

There are also Hyperlinks placed on many of the names and important periods of time. Clicking on these Hyperlinks will take you into the website for information on that individual.

There is also a Surnames Page for the Memoirs (Not the Main Surname Page) 
To view the Memoirs Surnames Click Here        Surname Page for the main website - See 'Surnames'


How to Search each page for a name

An example is offered for you to try it on this page.

One each page, hit Ctrl - F at the same time on your keyboard
This will show a small window.  Type one name you are searching for.
They must be the exact same text as in the document you are searching.
Go ahead, try it now.... by search for my fist name  Ron
Click Find Next to continue to find this name on the page. 
You can do this on all pages Try it with a little example NOW while you are on the page. 
Try it this way, using my first name.
Hit Ctrl and F at the same time on your keyboard.
When the little window opens, type in Ron and click on Find Next
Note how it will find the name Ron due to the grouping of letters.  Keep clicking FIND NEXT.
It will also find the name Ronald as it has Ron in the same group of letters. 
A window will appear when you have completed searching the page indicating you have completed the page.
Case does not matter.  Try it now.



Ronald Ernest Blackwell (  Great Grandson of George Blackwell (10.2.4) and Lois Clarinda Twichell
Webmaster of this Blackwell Genealogy

                                "I am not the author, I am only the messenger"   .............. R.E.Blackwell

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