Blackwell Genealogy    Sophia Blackwell 10.2.2

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12th Generation


       Sophia Blackwell
                    1830 - 1901

12th Generation
Sophia Blackwell    10.2.2
b. 1830 Badgworth, Gloucester, England.  (Census 1851) ( Tombstone reads ) "Died aged 71 Years"
d. 18 Jan 1901  Alexandria, Minnesota.                                                                           Obits. below
Mr. George W. Frost
b. 1844 Belmont, Waldo County, Maine
d. 31 Jan 1897  Alexandria, Minnesota.  (age 54 ) Obits. below

  Holy Trinity Parish


No children are listed
"Lois Twichell indicated in her memoirs that she did not think there were any children from this marriage."

"She went shopping in downtown Alexandria and on her way home she fell.
She died shortly after of Apoplexy."

Sophia and her husband are buried in the VanLoon Cemetery near Holmes City, MN.
Married:  25 Jan 1871  Holmes City Township, Minnesota.

Sophia would have been 41 when she was married.
George would have been 27 when he was married.

Sophia is shown in the 1851 Census as 22, a Dressmaker born in Badgworth.

            Alexandria, Minnesota  1907   6 years after Sophia died here
          Alexandria MN - 1907
What Sophia's Alexandria looked like.

Sophia remained in England with her ill mother, sister Elizabeth and brother William while George Sr, John, George and Henry
went to Canada and the United States in 1849 and 1851.  Her mother, Mary Barradell - Blackwell, died in the fall of 1864  and
that left Elizabeth in charge.  However, she died  shortly after her mother. (within one year - probably 1865)  They both may
have died in Cheltenham as we know this was their home at the time of the Census and departure of the other members of the
family.  I suggest that Sophia and William came to America within a year of Elizabeth's death.  This is without proof at this time
but it seems that it would be the logical thing for them to do.  Also, comments from Lois in her memoirs lead to this conclusion
as she makes statements to this effect at the time George Jr. 10.2.4 visited his father in 1877 in Holmes City.    We know for a fact
that Sophia was in Minnesota in 1871 as she was married at that time in Holmes City Township.  I suspect they arrived early 1866
during the most calm time to cross the Atlantic.   Henry (10.2.5) came to Canada for visits with George (10.2.4) and Lois so it is
obvious that George and Lois were aware of Sophia and William's arrival.  (REB) 

George W. Frost and Sophia Blackwell
     Van Loon Cemetery - Minnesota
  Photo Courtesy of Kathryn Johnson

Special Thanks to Kathryn Johnson for a world of information.


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Our Thanks to Ron Mosocco
Information from Ronald A, Mosocco advises that George mustered into "B" 3rd Wisconsin on 4/21/1861
and was discharge for disability on 10/26/1861.   However, I have no information on his re-joining after his recovery  only
6 months  later but we know the he rejoined a cavalry unit until the duration and as  part of this cavalry, was part of the
group that assisted in the Capture of Jefferson Davis.  This would be the 1st Wisconsin.

For information on the Civil War -
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Our Thanks to Tom Melton
A posting was placed on the web and a reply came from Tom Melton of Seymour, Indiana.
Tom reported that George W. Frost was drafted in  CO. I of the 1st Wisconsin on Nov 11, 1863
and was  discharged at Edgefield, TN.  on July 19, 1865.  His place of residence was listed as Omro.
This same George W. Frost was also with the 3rd Wisconsin Infantry for a short time but was discharged with a disability.  
Tom also mentioned that the 4th Michigan Cavalry was often given most of the credit for the capture of Davis but the
1st Wisconsin was also there.  This is the regiment that George W. Frost was drafted into. 
(This is definitely the same George W. Frost - REB)  During this action, the Union Army had mixed signals and when the
1st Wisconsin ran across the 4th Michigan Troops they started to fire on them thinking it was the Rebel Soldiers.  I do not
believe any injuries were reported.

Confirmation of the issue with 4th Michigan and the 1st Wisconsin during the capture of Davis.
Information provided by Marsha Baergen
Interesting Reading -
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Additional Information
Confirming the content of an article taken from the official report of the Commanding Officer of the Union Army,   it seems
that they tracked Davis and his men for some time.  It was believed they were growing in their numbers.   A number of reports
came down but no sighting had occurred.  Then, word came that Jefferson Davis had crossed the river and  was on the other side.  Fearful that he may make good his escape, the Union Officer sent a troop of men forward to lay in wait for them.   Another troop
of men from the 1st Wisconsin were also in the area and also had set out to find Davis.  During the night,  they ran across  each
other and for a short time  they opened fire on each other until one of the men recognized the uniforms.   I don't think anyone was
hurt in the incident.  The next day, the troop that George W. Frost was with, had caught up to Jefferson Davis and took him and his
men, prisoner.   It was reported that Davis was dressed as a woman but that has been denied by various reports. 
 It seems the South felt the North used this as a propaganda tool while the South maintain the Davis was in fact, wearing a type of
coat that  was worn by both men and women in those days.  The fact that he was trying to escort his wife at the time could imply he
was making a permanent exodus from the area.  I rather doubt that a man of this nature would resort to such action. (dressing as a woman)  However, should I ever get into some detailed papers of my late descendants actions and comments, I will post them here. 
It would be interesting to read any comments he may have had.   George died at age 53. 

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Obituary of Sophia Blackwell Obituary of George W Frost
            Sophia                   George
       Provided by Kathryn Johnson

Look at the Roster for the 1st Regiment of Cavalry Page 340
This was the second stint in the Army for George.
When you get in, you will notice that their are three George W. Frost names.
Ours is the one in CO. I  (Cavalry) 
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George W. Frost - Pvt.
George W. Frost enlisted in the Third Wisconsin Infantry at the start of the Civil War.  After a period of
one year he was discharged after suffering a sickness.  Six months later he joined the Fifth Regiment of Calvary.  until the end
of the war.  He was one of the Squad that captured Jefferson Davis.  This report is taken from his Obituary.  However, he is know
to have been involved in the capture of J. Davis and also shows up in the 1st Regiment of Calvary with  CO  I  Wisconsin.   
Somehow, either an error was made in the obituary of another change was name in his Regiment.    I suspect he completed his time
in the 5th and as previously reported, he was drafted into the 1st Cavalry Division.  More record searching is required.

The First Wisconsin Cavalry at the Capture of Jefferson Davis
The Story  
Click Here   Excellent Reading


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