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
Her home was on the edge of St. Anthony falls as well as other locations
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
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.
and wife are also
VanLoon Cemetery as well as many other family members of both
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.
have family from Minnesota, then this could just as well be your
In fact, many names of
people in the area are mentioned.
Possibly, they are your family.
............. Ron Blackwell 10.2.4.8.4.1
- Great Grandson of Lois Twichell and George Blackwell
Note: These memoirs
are not to be copied, redistributed or used for commercial use in any
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
financial, or commercial use at all. Historical Societies that
operate on Donations are free
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Private Researchers, can also use these Memoirs for Non-Profit Genealogy
use. All use, of any kind,
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
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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
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
Clicking on these Hyperlinks will take you into the website for information on
There is also a Surnames
Page for the Memoirs (Not the Main Surname Page)
To view the Memoirs Surnames
Surname Page for the main website - See 'Surnames'
How to Search each page for a
IMPORTANT SHORTCUT FOR SEARCHING NAMES QUICKLY
ON ANY PAGE
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
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
Click Find Next to continue to find this name on the page.
You can do this on
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.
WEBMASTER OF THE BLACKWELL
Ronald Ernest Blackwell (10.2.4.8.4.1)
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" ..............
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