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             12th Generation

 

 

     George Blackwell 
                    
1834 - 1916

Children and descendants of George Blackwell   John Blackwell & Sarah Howes    Ronald E. Blackwell

12th Generation
10.2.4 George Blackwell 
b. 15 Oct 1834  Cheltenham, Gloucester, England.
d.   9 Dec 1916  Kirkella, Manitoba, Canada.
George died at Kirkella, Manitoba exactly at noon on Saturday, December 9th., 1916. 
George was aged 82 years, 1 month, 24 days.
He was laid to rest in Brandon Cemetery on Monday, December 11th., 1916
The funeral services were held in their home by Rev. Dyer.  Gravesite Service in Brandon by Rev. Lowrey.
Married:  6 May 1863  Anoka, Minnesota, USA.  
Lois Clarinda Twichell
b.   8 Sep 1841 Hudson, Allegany County, NY.    (IGI) and her own memoirs (LCB)
d. 27 Nov 1925 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Lois died in Brandon, Manitoba on Friday, November 27th., 1925.   Aged 84 years, 2 months, 19 days.
She was laid to rest beside her husband on Sunday, November 29th., 1925.

13th Generation Children of George Blackwell (10.2.4) and Lois Clarinda Twichell
            10.2.4.1 
George H Blackwell           
            10.2.4.2 
Mary Blackwell                 
            10.2.4.3 
Alvin Blackwell                  
            10.2.4.4 
Seraph Blackwell     
            10.2.4.5  Ruth Blackwell  b. 11 Nov. 1871  d. 24 Sep. 1872  "Infant Death"
            10.2.4.6 
Milton Blackwell                    
            10.2.4.7 
Emily Blackwell                      
            10.2.4.8 
John Blackwell             
            10.2.4.9 
Laura Blackwell         
            10.2.4.10
Norma Blackwell      
            10.2.4.11
Charles Blackwell     



             
                                George Blackwell Jr.
                                        1834 - 1916
Placing the mouse over the photo, you will show Lois Twichell
                                         1841 - 1925

History and Information
George Blackwell Jr. was born in Cheltenham, Gloucester, England on 15 October 1834.  He was the second son and the fourth born.  George Jr. was an assistant butler in England.  With his elder brother John (10.2.3) he departed for North America in 1849.  This explains why they are not in the 1851 Census of England.  We believe they departed from Liverpool, England but we do know they arrived in Montreal in 1849.  We know that they spent time in Montreal.  It is reported in his memoirs that he spend a year in Montreal and held the position of Head Butler.  We do not know for what family.  He also was a plasterer (Mason) as was John.  A number of old Churches in Montreal were done by the brothers.  They still stand today as a testimonial to their workmanship and labours.   
George left Canada in 1854 with his brothers John (10.2.3), and his Father, George Sr. (10.2) (who arrived in 1851 via New York) and younger brother Henry,(10.2.5) who came from England with their father, but remained to work in New York until coming to Canada in 1854.  The all left together for the prairie lands of Minnesota.
They all remained in Minnesota, with the exception of George (10.2.4) who returned to Canada in 1864 with his wife, Lois Twichell.  They went to Simcoe, then Wingham (1865-1899) and then to Manitoba. (that was later deemed to be Saskatchewan after 1905)

More Details
In 1857 George Sr. and his three  sons, John , George Jr. and Henry are found in Minnesota buying land.  George Sr. and Henry in Holmes City, Minnesota and John and George in Meeker County.   A report from Minnesota indicates that the population of Minnesota grew from 40,000 to 150,000 people between 1853 and 1857.  Soon, depression hit the state as panic brought about rising prices after the states constitution was ratified.  Banks went broke and businesses failed.  It was a difficult time for Minnesota.  

Why the Indians went to War
The Civil War was a turning point for the United States of America

While in the United States, George Jr. met Lois Twichell in Anoka, Minnesota and on 6 May 1863 they married.   George Jr. was a loyal Englishman (LCB).  He wanted to return to Canada where he had interests and friends.  Together, they planned their journey.  George Jr. went ahead to find a suitable place but had considerable difficulty in doing so.  Eventually, he arranged for Lois to join him.  By this time, their first born (George 10.2.4.1) was an infant and it was a difficult journey for Lois.

   The Flag of the United Kingdom.  This flag also flew in Canada at the time of George and Lois and well after the 2nd World War.    Canada was a colony of Britain at the time..
     This is the Flag of England with London as it's Capital. 

We learned that George Jr. had sold his portion of the land for $1000.00 but payments could not be met by the new owner.  However, George did not put him off the land but waited for payments to be made.  It continued to be owed to George Jr. for many years.  I never did determine if it got paid or not.  It certainly meant extra hardship for them.   Often they had no food or heat to ward off the cold winter months in Canada.  However, they survived and went on to raise a large family.

George Blackwell 10.2.4 of 1834 was a tough, religious man that fought hardship after hardship for the survival and security of his family.  He was very much a look-a-like for his brother Henry  10.2.5.   The story is told by Lois how the children used to confuse Henry with their father until they got close to him to notice the minor differences.  This incident occurred upon a visit from Henry to the Canadian home of his brother George and sister-in-law, Lois.

Lois Twichell and George Blackwell  - photo in 1908
                   Mr. and Mrs. George Blackwell  1908

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The  Family of George Blackwell & Lois Twichell

10.2.4 George Blackwell 
b. 15 Oct 1834  Cheltenham, Gloucester, England.
d.   9 Dec 1916  Kirkella, Manitoba, Canada.
George died at Kirkella, Manitoba exactly at noon on Saturday, December 9th., 1916. 
George was aged 82 years, 1 month, 24 days.
He was laid to rest in Brandon Cemetery on Monday, December 11th., 1916
The funeral services were held in their home by Rev. Dyer.  Gravesite Service in Brandon by Rev. Lowrey.
Married:  6 May 1863  Anoka, Minnesota, USA.  
Lois Clarinda Twichell
b.   8 Sep 1841 Hudson, Allegany County, NY.    (IGI) and her own memoirs (LCB)
d. 27 Nov 1925 Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Lois died in Brandon, Manitoba on Friday, November 27th., 1925.   Aged 84 years, 2 months, 19 days.
She was laid to rest beside her husband on Sunday, November 29th., 1925.
            13th Generation Children of George Blackwell (10.2.4) and Lois Clarinda Twichell
            10.2.4.1 
George H Blackwell           
            10.2.4.2 
Mary Blackwell                 
            10.2.4.3 
Alvin Blackwell                  
            10.2.4.4 
Seraph Blackwell     
            10.2.4.5  Ruth Blackwell  b. 11 Nov. 1871  d. 24 Sep. 1872  "Infant Death"
            10.2.4.6 
Milton Blackwell                    
            10.2.4.7 
Emily Blackwell                      
            10.2.4.8 
John Blackwell             
            10.2.4.9 
Laura Blackwell         
            10.2.4.10
Norma Blackwell      
            10.2.4.11
Charles Blackwell     

Comment from the Memoirs of Lois Twichell - The Death of George Blackwell Jr. (10.2.4)

"The night of December 6th, he came downstairs to sit awhile as he could not sleep on account of his nerves. I came down and stayed with him till he wanted to return to bed. In the evening before he called us all together and told us that he did not think he would be long with us and gave us all words of advice and then we all prayed together. Then we retired. He was to weak to get up the next morning but took some nourishment at noon. At 3 P.M. he sent Charlie to Kirkella for some medicine from Dr. Goodwin who had been to see him the day before, then he dropped into a sleep which I hoped would do some good. Charlie wanted to speak to him again but I told him not to waken him as he would probably waken when Charlie returned. But he did not. He slept on and towards morning he made a noise as he sometimes did when he had a nightmare and I always spoke to him and woke him, but this time I couldn’t waken him. Charlie phoned Dr. Goodman at Elkhorn and told us he feared it was a stroke. However, he wanted him to come out and do what he could. He came but saw the end was not far off. My husband continued unconscious the rest of the night ,and the next day, and telegrams were sent off to George, Alvin, Ernest and Seraph and had arrived by 9 o’clock on Saturday morning. Norma was unable to come. He lingered till noon and then he opened his eyes and looked at us but we did not know whether he recognized us. Then his breath grew fainter and soon it was all over. On Saturday 9th 1916, we were left alone.

The next day the Rev. Dyer held a funeral service for him in the house and Monday morning, George, Alvin, Ernest, Charlie, Seraph and Merle accompanied their father’s remains to Brandon. At the station they were met by Norma and her husband some of the Brethren there. The casket was opened and they took their last look on the face of their dear father and then he was taken to the Brandon Cemetery and prayers were said by the Rev. Lowrey as he was laid to rest. Mary and I did not go to Brandon but remained in the lonely home from which our loved one had gone never to return again. Poor Mary. Here was s sore heart indeed. Only a little over a year since her husband had passed away so suddenly and now her beloved father. They were very dear to each other and what a comfort she was to me."

A look at a Map of Minnesota as it would have been like during this time. Click Here
Lois Clarinda Twichell - Blackwell -   Summary of her life

Memoirs of Lois Twichell

  
Blackwell Family 1908
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BACK ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT
 John Blackwell                 b. 1877  10.2.4.8
 Norma Blackwell              b. 1880  1.2.4.10
 George Blackwell III        b. 1864  10.2.4.1
 Emily Blackwell                b. 1874  10.2.4.7
 Laura Blackwell                b. 1879  10.2.4.9
 Alvin Blackwell                b. 1867  10.2.4.3

 CENTER ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT
 
Mary Blackwell                 b. 1866  10.2.4.2
 George Blackwell Jr.         b. 1834  10.2.4    
 Lois Twichell Blackwell   b. 1841                  
 Milton Blackwell               b. 1873  10.2.4.6  

 FRONT ROW: LEFT TO RIGHT
 Charles Blackwell             b. 1883  10.2.4.11
 Seraph Blackwell              b. 1869  10.2.4.4    

Comment from the Memoirs of Lois Twichell - The Family Photo shown above

"In August of 1908 we had a family reunion. The girls, Seraph and Laura who were teaching in Victoria, came home; also Mary and Milton came and once more we were all under one roof. Our Emily had left her earthly home some years before and had gone to join her baby sister. They both rest in Wingham Cemetery but all the other children were gathered together in our prairie home. Nine of the children, twelve grandchildren, and also Will Kennedy, Emily’s widower husband. Milton’s wife was not there nor Mary’s husband. We had a wonderful time. My husband and I have been married 45 years in the proceeding May. The family all went to Fleming and had a family group picture taken which turned out very good."

The elder gentleman seated in the center is George Blackwell Jr. b. 1834.  His wife, Lois Twichell is seated beside him.  This photo was taken in Fleming, Saskatchewan in 1908.  When they moved here it was not Saskatchewan as it had not become a province until 1905.  Unfortunately, as a thumbnail photo I can not give you the text and the photo at the same time.  You will have to click back and forth if you want to match the names to the photos. Use the Back Button in your browser.

Barradell
Barradell researchers will be pleased to note that the elder gentleman
in the picture is the second of four sons of Mary Barradell.
Mary Barradell   b. 1797  d. 1864  Cheltenham, England.
Mary married George Blackwell 10.2 in Cowley, Gloucester, England in 1824
To view the page of Mary and George Sr. - Click Here

Twichell / Twitchell
Lois's father was Royal Twichell  Her Grandfather was Lemuel Twichell
The Family Photo above is the home that was the site of Dwight Twichell's death on 4 Nov 1906. 
He is buried in this hamlet of Fleming, Saskatchewan, Canada.  It is located on No.1 Highway east
of Regina on the way to Winnipeg.  Fleming is the second last community before the Manitoba boarder. 

  South Sask. Map - Fleming
Map of South East Sask.
          Click to enlarge

Let Lois help you today (well, sort of)
If you ever have a friend or family member with a serious burn and no medical assistance is near,  read below.  In the year 1871 Lois burned her self badly when working in the kitchen one morning around 5AM.
She tried a number of things to relieve the pain and, to a degree, they worked.  However, it was still quite painful and she had a days work ahead of her.  They kept a Doctor Book that was written by a Dr. Gunn.
There was a recipe in it that worked wonders for Lois.  She leaves us that recipe in her memoirs,  here it is.

**1 tablespoon of sweet oil put on the stove.
Half the amount of beeswax melted into it. ( 1/2 tablespoon )
Then, take off the stove and as it cools, stir in a teaspoon of spirits of turpentine.
Then, spread on a thin cloth and lay on the burn. **

Quote:  "This was done and immediately the pain left me like a wave and I went to bed at 8 o'clock to sleep for 3 hours.
The relief was quick and wonderful"

** Disclaimer: I have shown this information for your interest.
Should you decide to use or suggest this remedy, you will be doing so at your own risk.
The information is provided for your interest only.
.............................R. E. Blackwell

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                1871 Ontario Census Information  

Name:              George Blackwell      
Age:                 36                             
Born:               England                   
Religion:         Wesleyan Methodist
Origin:            English                    
Occupation:    Plaster                      
District:           Huron North (26)       
Sub.District:   Turnberry (K)           
Division:           2    Microfilm:      C-9933                    
Reference:     RG31-Stats Canada

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