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Robert Blackwell, 1620 – 1664 
Through
Benjamin Huston Blackwell, 1863 – 1943

The history of our family begins in England in the year 1620. It was in that year that Robert Blackwell was born he arrived in York [later, New Kent] County, Virginia in about the middle of 1645 no documented proof has ever been located to indicate where in England he was born or who his parents were.

The year 1645 was a milestone in English history for it was in this year that the first phase of their Civil War ended with the disintegration of the Royalist armies. This brought about a flood of emigration to the new world, reaching a peak in the 1650’s and 1660’s, when over 300,000 people, mainly young men from England emigrated to America. There is good reason to believe that Robert Blackwell was among this group.

Shortly after his arrival, probably in the fall of 1645, Robert brought suit against a Richard Bennett who was arrested and when he failed to appear in court, Robert was awarded 330 lbs. of tobacco in payment of a debt. On 5 February 1647 he received a certificate for 250 acres of land for   transporting, himself and four other men into the colony. These were Thomas Baldridge, Richard Jones, William Sheckle and John Rich. Since he was able to afford to pay the fares for this many people he may have come from an affluent family. In about 1648 Robert is listed as the attorney for a James Goodwin, being involved in the law profession may have provided him with the funds to transport these men.

Robert Blackwell, was born in 1620 in England and died 19 November 1664, in York County, Virginia, he probably married the daughter of Major Joseph Croshaw who was born in England in about 1612, this daughter is believed to have been Joseph’s seventh child, by his fifth wife Mary Bromfeild [name unknown], Robert and unknown Croshaw had two [known] children.

Robert Blackwell in about 1646 and died in 1718.
                                                                    
James Blackwell was born about 1647and died in 1717

The Croshaw family dates to the earliest English settlers in the new world. Captain Raleigh Croshaw arrived in Jamestown in late September 1608 as a part of the Second Supply. In 1609 he is described as a member of the London Company and he is listed in 1618 and 1620 as an adventurer in the Virginia Company. After the King dissolved the Virginia Company in 1624 making all the settlements a Crown Colony, Raleigh Croshaw was elected to the House of Burgess for Elizabeth City.

Raleigh Croshaw is believed to have had three sons, Joseph, who was probable born in England about 1812, Noah and Richard who were probable born in Virginia about 1622. Raleigh Croshaw’s wife and a servant arrived in Virginia sometime in 1620 on the Bono Nova. Raleigh is believed to have died sometime between 22 November and 27 December 1624.

Joseph Croshaw was married five times; the last four being widows and only the last of these wives outlived him. The name of his first wife is not known but she was the mother of six children. The names of only five of these are known, these being Mary who married Henry White, Unity [or Ursula] who married John West, Rachel who married 1st Ralph Graves, and 2nd Richard Barnes, Benjamin who died without issue and Joseph who also died without issue. His sixth child is the daughter listed above as being married to Robert Blackwell. By his 5th wife, Mrs. Mary Broomfield the widow of Thomas Broomfield and the mother of Ann Broomfield, Joseph had a 7th child, named Joseph who died on 28 August 1682 just short of his sixteenth birthday.  

The most telling evidence that exists that confirms a marriage between Joseph Croshaw’s daughter and Robert Blackwell is a land transaction dated 19 November 1664 when Joseph Croshaw deeded as a gift 700 acres to his grandsons Robert and James Blackwell, the acreage being the northern part of a 1350 acre patent he received on 27 February 1649/50, the land was in what became New Kent County, when York County, was divided in 1654.
The vestry book of St. Paul’s Parish lists Robert and his brother James as active members and leaders of the church. St. Paul’s was created in 1706 in that part of New Kent County that became Hanover County, in 1721.
James is found listed in the vestry book of St. Paul’s Parish in the years 1699 and 1701. Listed are the births of four of his children, more may have been listed but because of the deteriorated condition of this book much of the “B’s” are un readable, only these four are known for certain. Also Found in the surviving information is the death of his youngest child and the marriage of his oldest son along with his wife’s given name Lydia, [sure name believed, to be Turner].

James Blackwell, was the son of Robert Blackwell he was born in 1647 in York County, Virginia and died in 1717 in New Kent County, Virginia, James married:
Lydia Turner she was born 1650 in England, The four children listed in the vestry book were:

i. Lydia Blackwell born 1684 in York County, Virginia – died 1705,

ii. Lucy Blackwell born 27 September 1685 in York County, Virginia.
 
iii. John Blackwell born 1686 in York County, Virginia and died in 1758 in New Kent County, Virginia,

iv. Mary Blackwell born 1687 died 20 February 1687.

Other researchers list three other children. Their names are as follows:

v. Sarah Eudora Blackwell born 1674 in Lunenburg County, Virginia – died 1770 In Lunenburg County, Virginia.

vi. James Blackwell born 1680 in York County, Virginia – died 1743 in New Kent County, Virginia
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vii. William Blackwell born 1682 in York County, Virginia – died 1744 in New Kent County, Virginia.

At the December 1717 meeting 0f the vestry, Robert Blackwell, James older brother was elected to the vestry in the place of James who is described as being “ lately deceased”.
 
James Blackwell, was the son of James Blackwell he was born in 1680 in York County, Virginia and died 1743 in Hanover County, Virginia, married:

Mary Glenn born 18 April 1699 in New Kent Virginia, the daughter of John Glenn. Issue one known child.  
 
James Blackwell listed as eldest son of James and Lydia Blackwell is listed in the marriage section of the St. Paul’s vestry book as marrying a Mary Glenn on 18 April 1699. She was the daughter of John Glenn also of New Kent who was also mentioned many times in the St. Paul’s Parish Vestry book.
 
James Glenn Blackwell born1701 in New Kent County, Virginia – died 1750 in Lunenburg County, Virginia.   James Glenn is the only known child of James Blackwell and Mary Glenn although it is believed that a Robert and John Blackwell may also be children of this marriage.

James Glenn Blackwell, the son of James Blackwell was born in 1701 in New Kent County, Virginia and died 1750 in Lunenburg County, Virginia. James married, [unknown] and had at least two children:

i. John Blackwell born 1725 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, and

ii. Robert Blackwell born 1730 in King William County, Virginia – died 1 May 1789 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, John married Catherine Richardson in 1762 and later moved to Kentucky.

Robert Blackwell, Sr. the son of James Glenn Blackwell was born in 1730 in King William County, Virginia – died 1 May 1789 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, married 1 October 1763 to;  

Elizabeth Goodwin who was born in 1734 in York County, Virginia, and died 16 September 1828 in Lunenburg County, Virginia,

These two sons John and Robert Blackwell and their descendants are given substantial coverage by Bell in the section on Lunenburg Cousins in his Old Free State.
James Glenn Blackwell and his sons moved to Lunenburg County, in the late 1740’s and James Glenn died about this time and as a result we find evidence that he had a third son living with him. The Lunenburg County, Court order book number 8 on page 385 for the April Court of 1751 mentions that the church, warden of Cumberland Parish indentured a James Blackwell the orphan of James Blackwell to a carpenter named William Bargamy.
 
Robert Blackwell, Sr. produced a commission on 14 June 1770 appointing him Lieutenant of a foot company and took the oath of office on 14 August 1777 There was a recommendation for a Lieutenant in Captain Blackwell’s Company.  While serving as a Captain in the Lunenburg County, Militia he was wounded at the battle of Monmouth Court House, New Jersey on 28 June 1799, In the Virginia State Library is a book entitled Auditors Accounts 1786 which warrants to Robert Blackwell for military service [L4] Inside is written “ This register contains a true abstract of all certificates issued at the auditors office of officers and soldiers of the Virginia line Continental Establishment “ Robert Blackwell”, Sal. – Info. -  Received by J.S. Pendleton 1784 – Jun3. [L50 – 12]”
See also book entitled Revolutionary Soldiers, Vol. – 4.
 
The issue of Robert Blackwell and Elizabeth Goodwin were,

i. Robert Blackwell Jr. born 4 November 1766 and died 15 April 1823.
 
ii. James Goodwin Blackwell born 7 April 1768 died 1 May 1785.

iii. John Blackwell born 28 December 1769 died 14 December 1831.
 
iv. Thomas Blackwell born 18 December 1771 died 3 May 1820.

v. Christiane Blackwell born 20 December 1773 died 27 January 1824.

vi. Joel Blackwell born 16 April 1776 died “unknown”.

vii. Elizabeth Goodwin Blackwell born 3 October 1778 died 21 July 1823.

viii. Anna Blackwell {Nancy} born 24 August 1781 died 8 December 1821.

ix. Chapman Blackwell born 11 January 1785 [probably died young].

Excerpts from the will of Robert Blackwell Sr. dated 29 February 1787,which was admitted to probate in Lunenburg County, Virginia on 8 October 1789. [He died on 1 May of that year] Recorded in will book 3 page 349. He makes bequests to his sons, Robert, John, Thomas, Joel, and Chapman, and to his daughters, Christiane, Elizabeth G. and Anne. [His wife Elizabeth and oldest son Robert Jr. were named executors].

Excerpts from the will of Elizabeth Blackwell dated 12 August 1823, which was admitted to probate in Lunenburg County, Virginia on 13 October 1828. [Elizabeth died 16 September 1828] Recorded in will book 9 page 318, She divided all of her estate among her children and the heirs of her deceased children, except she bequeathed certain property to her grandson Thomas B. Green, son of Elizabeth Goodwin {Blackwell} Green [who died 21 July 1823] and Thomas Green [who died 9 July 1823] Executors named were John and Joel Blackwell.

For further information as to descendants of Robert Blackwell, Sr. other than his son John Blackwell, See The Old Free State, Landon C. Bell, [The William Byrd Press Inc, Richmond Virginia 1927 II, 154 – 159, Also see Taproots, A Virginia and Carolina Legacy Paul Richard White, Printed by Richard H. Harris for Padmoor Press, Memphis Tennessee, Copyright 1978, page 85 – 151 and notes page 236 – 250. Also see a 1986 comprehensive revision of Taproots.

John Blackwell, the son of Robert Blackwell Sr. was born in1769 in Brunswick County, Virginia, and died 14 December 1831 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, He married,

Mary Dunn {Polly} Edmondson in 1796, She was born 16 April 1775 and died 13 August 1849. Mary was the daughter of Upton Edmondson who died in 1835. Children from this marriage were,

i. Elizabeth Goodwin Blackwell was born 29 August 1797, and died 30 August 1877 She married Robert Blackwell Jones [her cousin] on 20 December 1815, in Lunenburg County, Virginia, son of Robert Jones and Christianne Blackwell.  Issue if any unknown.

ii. Benjamin Edmondson Blackwell, was born 1 April 1799 and died between 18 September 1854 and prior to 9 March 1856, he married 1st. Elizabeth W. Jones, on 18, May 1820, she was born in 1800 and died in 1828, Issue three children. He married 2nd, Rebecca S. {Cousins?} she was born about 1811 [birth date estimated from 1850 Collin County, Texas census] death about 1882 in Parker County, Texas Issue six children.
iii. Mary Hightower Blackwell was born 5 November 1803 and died 21 June 1834. Issue none.
 
iv. Nancy Blackwell was born 28 December 1806 and died 25 February 1807 with Whooping cough.

v. Robert Blackwell, was born 23 November 1809, and died 25 March 1860, He married Minerva Hardy daughter of Vincent Hardy on 22 December 1830. Issue three children.

vi.. John Chapman Blackwell was born 31 August 1812 and died 21 February 1885. He married Mary Bertonia Letcher on 14 July 1836, Issue twelve children. Mary’s brother John B. Letcher was governor of Virginia, during the war, between the states, and her mother, Elizabeth Davidson Letcher was a first cousin of General Sam Huston.

vii. Thomas Blackwell, was born 4 June 1817 and died 16 August 1843, He married Martha A. Hardy.

Excerpts from the will of John Blackwell dated 6 December 1831, which was admitted to probate in Lunenburg County, Virginia in the January term of court 1832. [John died 14 December 1831] Recorded in will book 10 page 141A.  He devised property in Mecklenburg County, Virginia to the three oldest children of his son Benjamin Edmondson, namely Mary, William and Robert, He devised other property to his daughters, Elizabeth G. Jones and Mary H. Wilkinson, and to his sons Robert, John Jr. and Thomas, He gave one fourth of the proceeds from the sale of the mill and other property to his oldest son Benjamin Edmondson.
Robert was appointed executor and also guardian of his son Thomas and of his son Benjamin’s three oldest children, Mary, William, and Robert.

Excerpts from the will of Mary Dunn {Edmondson} Blackwell, dated 20 July 1849, which was admitted to probate in Lunenburg County, Virginia on 10 September 1849. [Mary died 13 August 1849.] Recorded in will book 13 page 294, She gave to her daughter Elizabeth G. Jones, $420, to her son Benjamin Edmondson $5, and also the money “ I have sent to him since he left the state”, and to her grandson, William Thweatt Blackwell, $100, She divided the remainder of her estate among her sons, Robert and John Chapman Blackwell, and her daughter Elizabeth G. Jones, Her son Robert Blackwell was appointed executor. There were only three of her children living at the time of her death, Elizabeth, Benjamin, and John.

Benjamin Edmondson Blackwell the son of John Blackwell was born 11 April 1799 and died between 18 September 1854 and prior to 9 March 1856, he married 1st. 18 May 1820 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia to;
                                               
Elizabeth W Jones, She was born in 1800 and died in 1828.
She was the daughter of Wood Jones who was most likely the son of Captain Wood Jones who was born in Prince George County, Virginia [circa 1715] and died in Amelia County, Virginia in 1783. Benjamin and Elizabeth had three children born in Hollydale, Lunenburg County, Virginia.

i. Mary Virginia Blackwell was born 19 January 1823 and died 8 July 1902.

ii. William {Buck} Thweatt Blackwell was born 3 March 1825 and died 25 September1884.

iii. Robert Wood Blackwell, was born 1n 1815 and died [Unknown].

After Elizabeth W. Jones died in 1828, [probably in Mecklenburg County, Virginia] Benjamin Edmondson Blackwell married [2nd.] Rebecca Salard Cousins, She was born about 1811 in Virginia, [date estimated from 1850 census Collin County, Texas] date of death about 1882 most likely Parker County, Texas.   They were married in Montgomery or Dickson County, Tennessee in about 1833, Issue six children.
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 i.Upton Oregon Blackwell was born in 1834 in Collinsville, Montgomery County Tennessee and died in 1871-1872 in Parker County, Texas. Upton married;
Charlotte Gordon, she was born on 12 September 1835 in Missouri and died 13 August 1907 at Velma Stephens County, Oklahoma, she was buried at Old Velma cemetery, Stephens County, Oklahoma.

ii. James Lafayette “Uncle Jim” Blackwell was born in 1836 In Bedford County, Tennessee, date of death after 1920 in Matagorda Texas, at the Baptist Old Minister’s Home. The 1860 census Beat 8 Parker County Texas lists James as a schoolteacher living in the home of R. Crop. He is mentioned in Henry Smyth’s Historical Sketch of Parker County in 1864 as a schoolteacher that assisted in the devotional and other meetings in the Weatherford Baptist Church and at other points. The 1870 Collin County, Texas census lists Uncle Jim as a schoolteacher he married;
Vinitty Haley, between 1870 and 1872, the 1900 census for Luna Freestone Texas, lists:

Henderson       William     Head                     July  1869
                        Unnis        Wife                       Feb. 1872
                        Effie          Daughter               Dec. 1893
                        William     Son                        Oct. 1895
                        Upton L.   Son                        July 1899
Blackwell        James L.   Father in law        Feb. 1835
                        Shirley      Mother in law       Nov. 1843

The 1910 census for 8 J-PCT, Dallas Texas lists:

Henderson        William               Head
                          Unnis                 Wife
                          Effie                   Daughter
                          William              Son
                          Upton                Son
                          Willard              Son
                          Elnor                Daughter
Blackwell          James               Father in law

The 1920 census for Precinct 3, Matagorda Texas lists;

Blackwell          James L.          Age 83, living in the Baptist old ministers home.
      
 iii. Augustus C. Blackwell, “uncle Gus” was born in 1839 in Tennessee. “Date of death unknown” Gus married Henritta Smith; she was born about 1844 in Pennsylvania, Issue one known child, and one stepson.

iv. Joel Holmes Blackwell, was born in 1844 in Tennessee [death unknown]
Joel was married but 1870 and 1880 Parker County, Texas census lists him as divorced.
 
v. Rebecca Ann Blackwell, was born in 1846 in Tennessee [death unknown]
Rebecca married “unknown” Sutton, [no other information]
 
vi.Emily J. Blackwell, was born in 1849 in Collin County, Texas [death unknown] Emily was blind all her life, and most likely died in Stephens County, Oklahoma, as she was living there in the Benjamin Huston Blackwell home in about 1915. Emily is listed in 1850 and 1870 census in Collin County, Texas and the 1880 and 1900 census in Parker County, Texas.

The 1850 Collin County, Texas census [family no. 165] shows Benjamin E. Blackwell as a school, teacher, with the following information:

Name                            Age          sex                                            Born
Benjamin E.                  51            M        school teacher          Virginia
Rebecca S.                    39            F                                          Virginia
Upton Oregon              16            M        Farmer                     Tennessee
James L.                       14            M                                         Tennessee
A.C.                              11            M                                         Tennessee
Joel H.                          6             M                                         Tennessee
R.A.                               4             F                                          Tennessee
E.J.                               1             F                                          Texas
We now know the given names on this census to be, Benjamin Edmondson, Rebecca Salard, Upton Oregon, James Lafayette, Augustus C, Joel Holmes, Rebecca Ann, and Emily Jane.

Mary Virginia Blackwell, was born 19 January 1823 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, daughter of Benjamin Edmondson Blackwell and Elizabeth W Jones. When Mary Virginia was ten years old she traveled by horseback to Montgomery County, Tennessee to join her father and his new wife Rebecca. The following story of this journey was written by Mrs. Betty Dickson Smith, entitled: The little girl who saw the stars falling

A long time ago, it was in 1833 a great many stars fell one night.

That night ever so many stars came down, so thick and so fast they fell, People were terrible frightened.  Fire seemed to be raining down to burn up the world, But God was taking care of his people and no one was hurt.

There was a little girl who was on a long journey, Her name was Mary Virginia Blackwell, She was only ten years old, She was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia and strange to say she was on her way to Tennessee about five hundred miles away, She was riding a horse on this long journey.

A kind man was traveling with her. His name was Mr. William Williams who lived in Tennessee. Before Mr. Williams moved to Tennessee his home was near Mary Virginia’s in Lunenburg Virginia.

He had ridden a horse back to Lunenburg to attend to some business.
Mary Virginia’s mother had died and for several years she had been living with relatives in Lunenburg.

Mr. Blackwell had gone to Tennessee and now lived near Mr. Williams in Collinsville.
Mr. Blackwell had married again and he wanted Mary Virginia to come to Tennessee to live with him and her new mother.

When Mr. Williams was getting ready to go to Virginia he told M. Blackwell he would be glad to bring Mary Virginia back with him if she could ride a horse that far. Of course she could ride a horse, Mr. Blackwell was pleased and plans were made for the long ride from Virginia to Tennessee.

They were on the road for many nights and one night they were sleeping at a hotel when Mary Virginia was awakened by a great noise. She got up and looked out of the window, it looked as if everything was afire. Every body was frightened. No one had ever seen anything like it.

The stars were falling. The heavens were full of shooting stars. But God was taking care of his people and no one was hurt and nothing was burned.

Finally the travelers came to their journeys end and the long horseback ride was over. How happy Mary Virginia and her father must have been to be together again.

The years went by and Mary Virginia grew to be a lovely young lady.
Along came a nice young man named, William Agustus Chadwick, they fell in love and were married. They lived in the little village of Collinsville Montgomery County, Tennessee.

In 1837 Mary Virginia Blackwell married William Agustus Chadwick who was born 14 October 1813 in Williamson County, North Carolina and died 12 November 1871 in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Mary Virginia died 3 July 1902. They are both buried in the family cemetery on the Millard Chadwick farm. Issue ten children, all of who were born in Montgomery County, Tennessee.

Frank Howard Hawthorn lists some 50 pages of descendants of this branch of our Blackwell family in his book Kissin Kin and Lost Cousins.

i. William “Buck” Thweatt Blackwell, 2nd child, of Benjamin Edmondson and Elizabeth W, was born 3 March 1825 and died 25 September 1884, he married 1st. 11 July 1853 to Sally Origan Penn she was born 13 March 1836 and died 18 July 1895. Issue eight children. Married 2nd. 18 March 1877 to Mary Frances Featherstun she was born 3 July 1839 and died 1 October 1905. Issue one child.

ii. Tabitha Elizabeth Blackwell was born in July 1854 and died in 1940. Married in 1876 to Richard Wilkins Manson, born in 1843 and died in 1927.

iii. William Benjamin Blackwell. was born 18 March 1856 and died 11 September 1857.

iv. Sallie Penn Blackwell, was born 20 March 1858 and died 20 July 1934, she married in 1881 to Sidney Mason Hawthorn born in 1853 and died in 1932.

v. Robert Blackwell, was born 15 March 1860 and died 30 October 1925, he married in 1898 to Ida Neal Blackwell, born in 1871 and died in 1948.

vi. Mary Constance Blackwell, was born 18 October 1862 and died 12 September 1946, she married in 1884 to Charles Josephus Hawthorne born in 1857 and died in 1930.

vii. Pattie Edmondson Blackwell, was born 30 July 1865 and died 24 January 1939, she married in 1861 to John Thomas Saunders born in 1861 and died in 1904.

viii. Lucy Frances Blackwell, was born 25 July 1867 and died 19 February 1954-55, she married Dr. James Alva Cage.

ix. Thomas Blackwell, was born 28 May 1869 and died 26 November 1945, he married Mary Gertrude Witcher. She was born in 1891 and died in 1969.

x. William Joshua Blackwell, was born 25 August 1878 and died 23 October 1898, [Drowned in the Meherrin River]

Robert Wood Blackwell, 3rd. child of Benjamin Edmondson and Elizabeth W Blackwell was born in 1815 in Lunenburg County, Virginia and buried in Bethleham Cemetery in Montgomery County, Tennessee. He joined his father Benjamin Edmondson Blackwell in Tennessee, then he moved to Yellow Creek in Dickson County, Tennessee near Shiloh where he married on 22 January 1851 to Mary Rebecca Harris, she was born in 1821, marriage records, [Vol. II page 140] Montgomery County, Tennessee. Issue six children.

i. John Jones Blackwell, was born 26 February 1843 and died 30 September 1923, he married in 1878 to Nannie Matthews.

ii. Emma Rebecca Blackwell, was born in 1846, she never married. Emma Rebecca lived with her sister Nancy {Blackwell} French.

iii. George Blackwell, his children were Gladys, Ethel and Joseph Blackwell.

iv. Sampson Harris Blackwell married Annie Lou Weakley. Issue eight children.

v. Mattie Blackwell, no information.

vi. Nancy Jane Blackwell, was born 2 March 1858 in Wood Lawn Tennessee and died 20 August 1938 in Excel Tennessee, she married Albert Etheldred French he was born in 1824 and died in 1911.

Some time in 1848 Benjamin Edmondson Blackwell and his 2nd wife Rebecca Salard Cousins and five children migrated to the Peters Colony in Collin County, Texas, where a sixth child was born in 1849.

Benjamin Edmondson was issued a land certificate by Thomas William Ward in 1850 and patented 640 acres in Collin County, [Fanning third class no. 1120] see abstract 93 [Pat. 27, vol. II, Weston Road Dist.] and abstract 1073 [Pat. 446, vol. 45 Celina School Dist.] also Vol. H – 75 and J – 52 Collin County Texas.

The 640 acres that Benjamin Edmondson selected is located slightly north west of present day Weston Texas and not far south from the county line dividing Collin County, from Grayson County. They settled near Honey Creek, which was named because of the enormous number of wild bee trees along the creek.
Benjamin’s neighbors on Honey Creek were Thompson and Abbie Helms. the southeast corner of the Blackwell headright touched the north west corner of the Helms land.
There is evidence that Benjamin E Blackwell was the first known school, teacher of the Helms children. There is no evidence that there was ever any schoolhouse, at that location in 1850, so Benjamin most likely held school in his home.
In those days all schools were subscription schools, the parents paid the    teacher directly to teach their children. Public schools did not come into existence until close to the turn of the next century.
So for the year 1850 Benjamin E Blackwell charged Thompson $5.30 for tuition. There is no note as to how many children the tuition covered or for how long school lasted that year, as a rule school terms were short and were held at times the children were not needed at home for farming chores.
Also in the year of 1850 sixteen year old Upton Oregon and fourteen year old, James Lafayette Blackwell did some work for Thompson and charged him$2.31.
In those days cash was scarce and banks nonexistent so the settlers used the bartering system. Thus in 1851 Benjamin gave Thompson $29.00 cash, three plugs of tobacco [value $1.35] and a gunlock [value$4.50]. While Thompson paid $16.54 cash for some items, he also used other forms of payment. He did three days of hauling for Benjamin for $4.50 and gave him six bushels of corn for $4.50 and one yoke of oxen for $50.00. That totals $59.00 and covered the $5.30 tuition of 1850 and the $2.31 work done by Benjamin’s sons in1851 as well as money he owed for the items in 1851.
Benjamin did several things in 1851 for Thompson. He made a “wagon” tongue [$1.00] and a horse collar [$1.75] he gave Thompson three plugs of tobacco [90 cents], lent him $13.75 at” sundry times” and sold the Helms thirty eight pounds of salt at [$2.32]. Benjamin charged $3.15 for tuition to Thompson in 1851. Benjamin’s sons did some work for Thompson [$4.50] while Benjamin did two days of hauling [$2.50] and three days of plowing with his team [$2.00].
In the year 1852 Thompson had been “paying off” his 1851 bill to Benjamin Blackwell which had amounted to $31.87, Benjamin in 1852 had given to Thompson fourteen pounds of salt [56 cents] and made a saddle tree [$1.50], one of his sons had worked for Thompson [37 cents], and Benjamin had done some mustanging [$8.33] for a total 1851 and 1852 bill of $42.63. During 1852 Thompson in return had given Benjamin nineteen pounds of pork [95 cents] one plug of tobacco [50 cents] four sows [$3.00] one bull [$6.00] thirteen pounds of bear meat [65 cents] seven and one half pounds of back [94 cents] and three and three fourths bushels of wheat [$1.84], he had spent two days cutting poles [$1.50] done mustanging [$17.50] and one days work [75 cents].
Apparently Abby had also made Benjamin a pair of pants, the charge was fifty cents, That left Thompson owing Benjamin $7.81 at the end of the year 1852.

The term mustanging should be explained to be the catching of wild horses, in far western Collin County, there was an area called “mustang flats” where wild horses ranged.

The transactions between Benjamin E Blackwell and Thompson Helms was recorded in Thompson Helms “ledger” which was admitted to probate court in Collin County, Texas after Thompson Helms death.

In those years there is also evidence that Benjamin Edmondson and his son Upton Oregon were witness in several court cases in Collin County involving land disputes.

Benjamin E. Blackwell deeded property on 9 February 1854 and 18 September 1854. He therefore died between this last date and prior to his widow’s marriage to Robert Skaggs, a widower, on 9 March 1856 [M.R. Vol. 1, p. 325 Collin County, Texas].

On 8 October 1872, his son Augustus C., as “heir of B. E. Blackwell”, deeded his interest in 160 acres to John S. Beck [deed recorded 31 August 1894 – Deed book 65, pages 129-130 Collin County, Texas.

On 13 December 1882 Rebecca S. Skaggs, Joel Holmes and Emily Jane, Charlotte, William Joel, John Charles Fremont, and Benjamin Huston Blackwell, “ as heirs of B. E. Blackwell”, sold their interest in 160 acres [described in Pre-emption Book C, page ____] by power of attorney executed in Parker County, Texas. Rebecca S. Skaggs was designated “surviving widow and heir of B. E. Blackwell”.

Charlotte listed in the above document was Charlotte {Gordon} Blackwell wife of Upton Oregon Blackwell, and William Joel, John Charles Fremont, and Benjamin Huston, were their three sons.

Upton Oregon Blackwell, the son of Benjamin Edmondson Blackwell was born in 1834 in Montgomery County Tennessee and died in 1871-1872 in Parker County, Texas [killed by Indians] he married on 17 May 1855 to Charlotte Wixson Gordon she was born 12 September 1835 in Missouri and died 13 August 1907 in Velma Stephens County, Indian Territory, Charlotte was the daughter of John H Gordon born about 1800 in Virginia and died about 1885 in Parker County, Texas and Charlotte Little born about 1801 in Illinois and died before 1880 in Texas. Issue five children:

In 1855 – 56 Upton Oregon and Charlotte Wixson moved from Collin County, to Parker County. Family oral history tells us that Upton farmed and worked as a surveyor and helped survey the county seat at Weatherford Parker County. He also served in the Union Army Company L 14 Kansas Cavalry in the Civil War.
 
By an act of congress of March 2, 1867, Texas and Louisiana formed the fifth military district “subject to the military authority of the United States.” General J. J. Reynolds was appointed to the command of the district. On June 30, 1867 General Reynolds removed Governor Throckmorton and all other elected officials within this military district and appointed new officials.
In Parker County Precinct #2, Thomas Sullivan and Upton Oregon Blackwell were appointed Justices of The Peace. All other Precincts in the County also received new appointees.

In 1871-1872, when returning home from purchasing provisions at Jacksboro Texas, Upton Oregon Blackwell, was killed by Indians, scalped, and left hanging in a tree in the middle of the Perrin—Whitt road, just east of Perrin.
Dorthy Clay, [a Gordon family cousin] says that Upton was killed between Whitt and Jacksboro, where he had been to investigate a letter from north Texas that his son Fremont captured by Indians in 1866 had been found and ransomed, it was another boy not his and he was on his way home when he was killed by Indians.

Different versions of this episode are recorded in A Cry Unheard by Marshall Doyle – Holland’s, History of Parker County and The Double Log Cabin, -- The Sullivan and Blackwell Files, at The Genealogy Department Weatherford Public Library, List of Persons Killed and Wounded in Parker County, by A.J. Hunter County Judge Parker County, Texas – Benjamin Huston Blackwell’s Indian Pioneer Papers WPA writers Project 1938 and Dorman H. Winfrey & James M. Day, Texas Indian Papers, as well as a number of news papers and periodical’s.

Henry Smythe’s Historical Sketches Of Parker County and Weatherford Texas published in 1877 referred to Upton Oregon as “Hugh O.” and the error was continued by historians for over a century. Sense no documents could be found referring to “Hugh O.” and no Blackwell family claimed him, Evlyn Broumley of The Weatherford Public Library became suspicious that “Upton O,” and “Hugh O.” were one and the same. She surmised that Smithe had mistakenly referred to “U.O.” as “Hugh O.” Mrs. Broumly again researched public documents, genealogical records, and historical writings and proved her theory.

Upton Oregon, believed to be buried at Whitt Parker County, Texas in an unmarked grave, or at Nubbin Hill Cemetery, at foot of Slipdown Mountain. Nubbin Hill is an undocumented cemetery close to the Sullivan and Blackwell residence on Rock Creek at the foot of Slipdown Mountain. Charlotte Blackwell’s Father John Gordon was buried there in 1886.

William Joel “Joe” Blackwell was born 1857 in Parker County, Texas and died before 1886 between Mineral Wells and Whitt Texas [Joel was a Texas Ranger at time of death and was killed by rustlers]. He married:
Matilda Sistrunk on 1 April 1875 in Parker Texas, she was born in September 1858 in Alabama, her father was Lemuel Sistrunk her mother Patience. Issue four children:

i. Lugina or Eugenia Blackwell, born about 1876 in Parker County, Texas married Edward Benton Heath on 27 July 1896 in Jack County, Texas, son of Lamarcus Heath and Salina James. He was born in September 1857 in Mississippi, and died 3 December 1940 in Healdton, Carter County. Oklahoma, Issue five children Oral history indicates that Lugina most likely died in the Oklahoma City area.

1. Myrtle Heath born about 1897.

2. Vernia Heath born abour 1899.     

3. Pearl Heath born about 1902.

4. Eva Heath born about 1903.

5. Ida L. Heath born about 1906.

ii. Ida Luiza Blackwell, born about 1879 in Parker County Texas, married:
Joe A Estes on 4 July 1899 in Jack County, Texas, he was born in 1875 in Texas. Issue five children.

 1. Joseph Lee Estes born 2 August 1900, died 9 September 1974 at Weatherford, Parker County, Texas, married Allie Lee born about 1910

2. Bertha Estes.

3. Loyal Hampton Estes.

4. Charlie Estes born 3 January 1906; died in October 1977 at Palo Pinto County, Texas.

5. S. B. Estes born 11 November 1913; died in February 1978 at Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan.

 iii. Charley Benjamin Blackwell, born 27 March 1882 in Whitt, Parker, Texas, died 18 October 1962 Perrin Jack Texas, married in 1906 to Cora Lee Smith born 8 February 1885 in Texas died 22 March 1959 in Perrin Jack Texas, she was the daughter of Jim Smith and Martha Weldon Cora Lee was born 8 February 1885 in Texas. Issue eleven children.

William Elmer Blackwell, born 1, July 1902, died in March 1975, Taylor County, Texas; married Leva Bevers; born 25 August 1904; and died 22 March 1999 at Old Glory, Stonewall, Texas; issue two children.
               
Roy Blackwell.
Mildred Blackwell.

James Monroe Blackwell, born 8 November 1903, died 6 March 1989, at Drumright, Creek, Oklahoma; married Rose Jewel Eubank; born 12 August 1906; died in April 1986 at Drumright, Creek, Oklahoma; issue two children.

Margret Jane Blackwell, born 15 November 1926; died in May 1982 at Henderson County, Texas; married #1 Leonard Rush; born 14 August 1924; died in February 1987 in Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas; she married #2 Leland Hornbeck in 1943; born 28 March 1924; died in January 1979 at Tulsa, Osage, Oklahoma; issue one child.

          Pamela Hornbeck.


ii        Billy James Blackwell, born 12 April 1930; married Peggy
         Dover on 15 July 1951, issue six children.

                         Billy J Blackwell, born October 1952

                         Scott Westley Blackwell, born November 1953.

                         Barry Keith Blackwell, born 1954.

                         Steven Patrick Blackwell, born 1957.

                         Shelley Beth Blackwell, born 1961.

                        Shawna Joy Blackwell, born January 1963.

Tempie Blackwell, born 21 November 1905, at Jack County, Texas; died 10 May 1946, at Palo Pinto County, Texas; married Fred Erastus McAvoy 6 October 1921 in Whitt, Parker, Texas; son of William McAvoy and Josephine Hampton, he was born 11 September 1898 in Washington, Wilkes, Georgia; died 10 August 1970 in Woodhull, Steuben, New York; issue 2 children.
               
Living McAvoy.
Tempie Lorene McAvoy, born 8 March 1928, Graford, Palo Pinto, Texas; died 6 July 1996, at Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, Texas.
            
Clemon Blackwell, born 7 January 1908, and died 23 November 1997 at Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas he married Grace Smith, born 9 July 1909, and died in June 1984, at Palo Pinto County, Texas.

Oliver Blackwell, born 12 March 1910, at Jacksboro, Jack, Texas; died 21 January 1999, at Weatherford, Parker, Texas; married Lou Belle Stout; born 30 June, 1911; died 3 September 1997, at Coryell County, Texas.


Benjamin Cecil Blackwell, born 24 May 1912; died 18 October 1996 at Seymour, Baylor, Texas he married Opal Inez Massingall born 13 June 1912, died 1 December 1995.

Cleora Matilda Blackwell, born 5 April 1914; died 31 May 1984 in Palo Pinto Texas; married J. B. Ragle born about 1912 was adopted by Jessee and Barbara Ragle.

Clinton Sylvester Blackwell, born 16 October 1916 at Jacksboro, Jack                          County Texas and died 22 September 1981 at Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas

                                                        
Ida B. Blackwell, born in December 1918; living as of 5 December 2003;married William “Bill” Spakes born 7 April 1913; died in July 1977 Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas.
 
 Malcom Zuber Blackwell, born 8 May 1923 at Graford, Palo Pinto, Texas; died 9 March 1994 at Lubbock, Texas he married Opal Stout; born23 February 1924; died 21 April 1997, at Palo Pinto County, Texas.


 Roy W. Blackwell, born 5 June 1926, at Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas; died 13 June 1993 at Smith County, Texas he married #1 Mildred; #2 Peggy.


iv. Upton Oregon {Uppie} died at birth.
                        

The 1880 Parker County, census shows William Joel Blackwell, living with wife and two children at Pre.4, dwelling, #81.

                      From A Cry Unheard by Doyle Marshall

In 1866 Indians raided the homestead of Thomas and Margaret Sullivan, where Margaret’s sister Charlotte Blackwell and her children were staying. The homestead was located on Rock Creek at the foot of the eastern slope of Slipdown Mountain near Whitt Parker County, Texas.
When the Indians raided 13 year old, Robert Harvey Sullivan his brother 6 year old Thomas Jefferson Sullivan and cousins 10 year old William Joel Blackwell and 7 year old John C Fremont Blackwell were in the garden picking peas. As four Comanche’s bore down on the horrified boys in the pea patch, Harvey Sullivan grabbed Tommy’s hand and with Joel and Fremont Blackwell, began to run toward the nearby cane patch by the creek. During the chase a steel arrow tore into Harvey’s arm and a rifle ball struck Joel’s hip.
As the Indians gained on the boys, Joel and Harvey were forced to make a painful decision that grieved them in later years. It was obvious to both of the older boys that the Comanche’s would soon capture or kill them all since, due to the small size and lack of speed. Fremont and Tommy were preventing their escape. In a desperate attempt to at least save them selves Harvey and Joel released the hands of their little brothers and, in spite of their serious wounds, doubled their speed toward the thicket and plunged head first into the cane patch, where they quickly disappeared from view. As Joel and Harvey cautiously looked out from the edge of the patch, they saw the raiders swing Tommy and Fremont onto their horses and leave in a dead run. Long after the Indians left the Sullivan farm with their hysterical young captives, Joe and Harvey heard in the distance their little brothers piteous cry’s for help.



John Charles Fremont Blackwell, was born in 1859 in Parker County, Texas and died about 1885 in Littlefield Lamb Texas [from head injury he received from a fall, while ice skating on a stock water tank] married on 27 September 1877 to Eva Minnie Blevins, she was born on 2 March 1863 in Arkansas and died 28 May 1947 in Athens Henderson Texas. Her father was Munroe Blevins, and her mother was Janie Roberts. Issue three children.

 i.Dan B. Blackwell, birth about 1881 in Texas. Married Myra, the 1910 census lists Dan and wife Myra in Comanche, Stephens County, Oklahoma.

ii. Charles Daniel Blackwell, birth 9 September 1879 Texas. [1880 census shows him as 9 month’s] Charles WW1 draft registration 1917-1918 was filed in Logan County, Guthrie, Oklahoma, giving his address as Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma. In the Duncan Oklahoma Banner dated 7 December 1917 an obituary is listed for a Mrs. Dan Blackwell it states that Charles Daniel was living on the Phillips farm east of Duncan.
Charles and second wife Alma A. are listed in the 1930 census in Stephens County Oklahoma.
Charles Daniel died 1 August 1959 in Duncan, he and first wife Myriam L. are buried side by side in the Old Duncan Municipal cemetery, Duncan Oklahoma

iii. Jane Charlotte “Janie Bell” Blackwell, born 12 March 1884 in Parker County, Texas, and died 20 March 1950 in Los Angeles California, Burial; Palmdale Cemetery, married in 1911 at Parker County Texas, to Frederick Jefferson Brannon, he was born 12 December 1886 in Parker County, Texas, his father was William Brannon and his mother was Mattie Dennis. Issue eight children:

1. Lorrane E. Brannon born 19 April 1911 in Texas, died 25 February 1987 in Los Angeles California, married Floyd Knipe.

2. Evelyn M. Brannon, born 2 June 1915 in Texas, died 23 July 2005 in Orange Texas, she married [unknown] Wright, married Charles Clark Gay.

3. Fremont Dennis Brannon, born28 July 1916 in Texas, died 8 November 1995 in San Luis Obispo California, married, Olive [unknown]

4. Stanley B. Brannon, 28 November 1920 in Texas, died 29 November 1966 in Los Angeles California married, Dorothy [unknown]

5. Carl Homer Brannon, born 1906 in Oklahoma, married, Ione [unknown]

6. Rosemond B. Brannon, born 19 July 1924 in Parker County, Texas, died 23 March 1972 in Titus Texas, married, Marion Wright Senior.

7. Robert Carl Brannon, born 8 September 1925, died June 1997 in Westminster, Orange, California, married, Lil [unknown] Married, Peggy [unknown] Married, Dorothy [unknown]

8. Harold Brannon, born in 1928 at Parker County, Texas, died at birth.

In the Indian raid of 1866, Fremont Blackwell and his six year old, cousin Thomas Jefferson Sullivan, were taken captive from their parents home on Rock Creek in Parker County, Texas, by Comanche Indians.
The following day a search party found Tommy Sullivan about twenty miles from where he had been taken captive. His body was bruised and mangled almost beyond recognition, and the crows had pecked out his eyes, Tommy’s body was buried where it was found. Some of the searchers were so disturbed by the grim sight that they were unable to proceed with the search party. Fearing that Fremont had experienced the same fate, the others somberly followed the trail to the Red River where the search ended.

Years later Fremont told his family that his captors took Tommy’s life because he cried.

After crossing the Red River into Indian Territory the Indians were safe from pursuit, they had to but flee across the Red River to the sheltering arms of the United States Government who protected them from their irate Texas victims.

An article by Toni Stanford in the Athens Daily Review, dated July 1, 1990 titled “Snakes, Chiggers and Indians, [source: Double Log Cabin by G. A. Holland] states that after Fremont was taken captive, and as the Indians bed’ed down for the night Fremont removed his overalls, the next day he was forced to ride behind an Indian brave with his lower body necked, he rode all the way to Kansas from Palo Pinto County, with no clothing. When they arrived at the permanent Indian encampment in Kansas [the Big Bend of the Arkansas River] he was in great distress from his very sore behind. The Indian squaws were considerate to him, treating his sores until he recovered. After about a year with the Indians, Fremont was ransomed by the U.S. Government and returned by train to his family in Texas.
 
[Unless, I am badly mistaken, there were no trains across Oklahoma and Indian Territory’s and into Texas until 1872 when the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company, known as the M.K.T. or Katy Railroad, laid tracks across the Red River]. This would indicate that Fremont was not ransomed until after his Father’s death and at the very least some six years after his capture. [E.L.A.]

Fremont, was taken by his captors to the Big Bend of the Arkansas River an Indian reservation in Kansas, [some 400 miles from his home in Texas] where he was kept several months, [or years depending on which book or article you read.] During Fremont’s captivity he became thoroughly “Indianized,” The Comanche’s accepted him into the tribe and he freely embraced the Comanche way of life. He became proficient with the bow and arrow, and learned the language of his captors.
During part of the time Fremont was held captive, the band also held two other captives. A white girl and a fourteen year old, boy named Ole Nystel of Norwegian, descent, who was captured in March of 1867 from near his home in Bosque County, Texas.
[Family oral history also tells us that Fremont also became proficient in leatherwork.]

While visiting the reservation for the purpose of purchasing furs, a white trader, Charles Whitaker noticed the white captives and notified Federal Authorities of their plight. When approached by the Federal authorities the Comanche Chief demanded a ransom, it is not known what was paid for Fremont.
During his months [or years], with the Indians, Fremont forgot much about his past civilized life, including his name, when the trader asked about his family Fremont could remember only his fathers first name, Upton and that he lived near Weatherford Texas. With this scant information Whitaker wrote a letter to Mr. Upton, Weatherford Texas.
The perceptive post master at Weatherford delivered the letter to Upton Oregon Blackwell and arrangements were soon made for Fremont’s return Blackwell was to meat Fremont at Fort Arbucle Indian Territory, He arrived there at the appointed time and waited ten days, but Fremont did not arrive. When Blackwell returned home without Fremont his wife Charlotte was broken hearted. Later arrangements were made for the Federal authorities to deliver Fremont to his grandmothers, home in North Collin County, Texas. Upton Oregon Blackwell rode the one hundred miles on horseback and brought Fremont home, the child was suffering from scurvy, a common frontier day malady resulting from a diet excessive in meat and deficient in vegetables.
Considering himself an Indian, Fremont like most boy captives preferred the carefree life of the savage and balked at returning to civilization. After returning home he often continued to speak in the Comanche tongue and attempted to establish contact with his adopted Comanche people by going to nearby Gourd neck Creek and signaling with calls resembling the hoot of an owl and the howl of a wolf. He sometimes threatened to return to the Comanche’s, when he became anger with the other Blackwell children he shot them with his bow and blunt tipped arrows until they were “blue all over”.

Mary Salard Blackwell, was born in 1861 in Parker County, Texas, and died in 1948 at Tularosa Otero County, New Mexico she married on 25 June 1876 in Parker County, Texas {Recorded 28 June 1876 by R. W. Duke Clerk} to: “Charles” Herrn Ernst Wilhelm Carl Wohlenberg he was born on 29 April 1851 in Ohof, Omt Meinersen, Kreis Gifhorn, Provence Hanover, Germany and died at Tularosa New Mexico in 1942 he was buried at Tularosa Cemetery, Otero County, New Mexico. Issue: Eleven children.

I. Missy or Minnie Wohlenberg was born on 8 Apri1877 in Parker County, Texas, [death unknown].
 

ii. Fruae or Frieda Wohlenberg, was born on 4 December 1879 in Parker County, Texas, [never married] and died on 15 November 1966 at Tularosa New Mexico she was buried at Tularosa Cemetery, Otero County, New Mexico.

iii. Mary Charlotte “Maggie” Wohlenberg was born on 14 February 1882; married [unknown] McDonald.

iv. John Henry Wohlenberg, was born on 24 September 1884 and died 20 April 1917.

v. William Frederic Wohlenberg, was born 9 April 1887.

vi. Charles Emmett Wohlenberg was born 8 October 1889, in Rich Mountain Arkansas and died 12 November 1955, at Tularosa New Mexico.
                                   
 
vii. Ernest Benjamin Wohlenberg was born 8 July 1892 in Mena, Polk County, Arkansas and died 5 November 1988, at Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico.

viii. William Arthur Wohlenberg, was born 1 April 1895 and died at Regina New Mexico in December 1956, he was buried 20 December 1956 at Tularosa Cemetery, Tularosa New Mexico.

ix. Christene Louise Wohlenberg, was born 11 March 1898 at Hartshorne Oklahoma,

x. Francis Joseph “Joe” Wohlenberg, was born 11 September 1901in New Mexico and died in September 1983, his residence at time of death was Farmington. San Juan County, New Mexico, he was buried at Farmington New Mexico.

xi. Daniel Emanuel Wohlenberg, was born 13 June 1905, and died in June 1972 at Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas.

Minnie Wohlenberg, was born 8 April 1877 in Parker County, Texas, she married, Norman Page, 29 March 1899, they had one child:

1. Thomas Arthur Page, born 29 July 1900.

Charles Emmett Wohlenberg, was born on 8 October 1889 in Arkansas, and died 12 November 1955 at Tularosa New Mexico Charles married Lillian M. Hunter on 13 June 1920, she was born at Cloud Croft New Mexico on 12 January 1900 she died on 23 August 1978 they are both buried at Tularosa Cemetery, Tularosa, New Mexico. They had three children.

1. Charles E. Wohlenberg Jr. born 12 April 1921 at Tularosa New Mexico, died 8 January 1975, Charles married Julia Alinoski in June 1946 at Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

2. William E Wohlenberg, born 28 July 1923 at Tularosa New Mexico and died 1 April 1988 at Las Cruces New Mexico.

3. Fred E. Wohlenberg, born19 June 1928 at Tularosa New Mexico, and died 28 November 1944 at Tularosa New Mexico.

Charles E. Wohlenberg Jr. born 12 April 1921 at Tularosa New Mexico and died 8 January 1975, he married Julia Alinoski in June 1946 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, they had three children:

1. Charles Anthony Wohlenberg, born 10 April 1947.

2. Marylin Joan Wohlenberg, born 12 February 1949.

3. John Paul Wohlenberg, born 29 August 1954.

William E Wohlenberg, born 28 July 1923 in Tularosa New Mexico and died 1 April 1988 at Las Cruces, New Mexico, he married Ina M. Hudman, 13 July 1946 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, she was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, they had four children:

1. Michael E. Wohlenberg, born 6 August 1947 at Las Cruces New Mexico, died 21 February 2002 at Claremont California, married Sherry Peccalaio on 17 November 1984.

2. Lanice E. Wohlenberg, born 29 February 1952 at Las Cruces New Mexico, married Charles H. Jion on December 17 1970.

3. Candice E. Wohlenberg, born 29 February 1952 at Las Cruces New Mexico, married Gary L. Guzie on 28 August 1976.

4. Shelley E. Wohlenberg, born 25 June 1956 at Las Cruces New Mexico, married Tom Hansen on 3 December 1988.

Daniel Emanuel Wohlenberg, was born 13 June 1905, and died in June 1972 in Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas, he married Eva Turner, she was born 16 July 1909, and died in February 1990 in Gravette, Benton County, Arkansas, they are both buried at Daniels Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant,  Benton County, Arkansas, they had four children:

1. Dan Wesley Wohlenberg.

2. Mabel Wohlenberg, born about 1927

3. Mary Wohlenberg, born about 1928

4. Harold Emmit Wohlenberg, born about 1930

Dan Wesley Wohlenberg married Vona May Hill in Louisville Tennessee they had two children:

1. Brent Wohlenberg.

2. Diane Wohlenberg.

Harold Emmett Wohlenberg, was born about 1930 he married Hatsuko, they had one child:

1. Frieda Marie Wohlenberg.         

Charles H. E. W. C. Wohlenberg, emigrated to the United States at about age sixteen from Ohof, Omt Weinersen, Kreis Gifhorn, Province Hanover, Germany, he served five years as a scout in the 4th Regiment U. S. Cavalry under Colonel Ranald S. MACKENZIE at Fort Richardson Texas and later at Fort Sill Oklahoma, Indian Territory. While serving under General McKinney his troop arrested Chief Santank, [Kiowa Indian] and Bigtree, and Santana for killing a hay hauler. These three were sentenced to life imprisonment, but later pardoned. Charles spent almost all of his five years in the military fighting Indians in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and participated in two raids after Indians into Mexico.

This information about Charles Wohlenberg came from Benjamin Huston Blackwell interview with Amelia F. Harris 1938 WPA writers project “Indian Pioneer Papers”, and family oral history.  

Charles and Mary S. moved from Parker County, Texas to Mena, Polk County, Arkansas in the early 1880’s and were in Hartshorne, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma in the late 1890’s, they moved to New Mexico in 1898-99, the move was made in two wagons and took about two weeks, [this information in letter written by Ernest Benjamin dated 1/28/85] where they raised stock, farmed and raised bees for the production of honey.
They visited the Benjamin Huston Blackwell family in the 1920’s in Stephens County, Oklahoma, and I recall Aunt Rose Blackwell and Uncle George V. Blackwell visiting them in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, and then there was always that five-gallon tin of pure raw honey that came every year.
 
Benjamin Huston Blackwell, was born on 9 May 1863 at Whitt Parker County, Texas and died31 January 1943 at Marlow Stephens County, Oklahoma, married23 December 1885 in Parker County, Texas, to Mary Frances Broom, she was born 10 June 1864 in Rusk Cherokee County, Texas, and died 10 August 1946 in Stephens County, Oklahoma, her father was Henry David Broom, born 3 July 1831 in South Carolina, [notes of Benjamin H Blackwell say born in Louisiana, in 1831 came to Georgia when six years old] died 31 October 1885 in Whitt Parker County, Texas, her mother was Julia Ann Dover, born 5 April 1831 in Habersham County Georgia, died 28 August 1899 Cherokee County, Texas.
Issue of Benjamin and Mary Frances, eight children.

Benjamin Huston Blackwell, was only three years old when his brother William Joel and his cousin Robert Harvey Sullivan were shot and wounded by Comanche Indians and his brother J C Fremont and cousin Tommy Sullivan were taken captive and Tommy was later killed by Indians,
He was eight years old when his father, Upton Oregon Blackwell was killed and scalped by Indians, Leaving his mother to care fore and support four children, ages 8, 10, 12 and 14, it must have been a struggle, although I am sure there must have been help from relatives. There isn’t much information to tell us what their lives were like for the next twelve to fourteen years, except for the information we have about Benjamin’s and Mary’s courtship, and family oral history.

The 1880 Parker County, Texas census Precinct 4 shows Charlotte Blackwell, Benjamin Huston Blackwell, and John Gordon, [Charlotte’s father] living in the same household.

It shows William Joel Blackwell, Matilda [Sistrunk] Blackwell, Lugena, and Luiza living in the next household.

Lemuel Sistrunk, Patience Sistrunk, and Susan, living in the next, and;

Charley Wohlenberg, Mary [Blackwell] Wohlenberg, Missy, and Trude,
Living in the next. All on page 418C

On page 419B, Joel Holmes Blackwell, Rebecca S, and Emily J, are listed in the same household.

The 1880 census for Burnet County, Texas, Precinct # 6, page 174 shows John C. F. Blackwell, 21 years, born Texas, parents birth blank:
Emeline wife 17, born Texas, parents born in Arkansas; and Charles son age 9 months, born in Texas.
The household before them is Joseph Vinyard and wife Jane, 36 born in Arkansas with 4 Blevins step-sons ages 6 to 17 all born in Texas, parents born in a Arkansas, this would be Emeline’s mother and brothers.

The 1880 census for Freestone, Texas lists James Lafayette Blackwell and wife Vinitty, Daughter Cynthia and Son James.

In about 1885 Benjamin’s brother, William Joel “Joe” Blackwell, [a Texas Ranger] was killed by cattle rustlers, some where between Mineral Wells and Whitt Texas. In 1885 his other brother J C Fremont Blackwell, died from a fall while ice skating on a stock tank in Littlefield Lamb Texas.
In October 1885 Henry David Broom, Benjamin’s father in law [to be] died and in 1886 John Gordon, Benjamin’s Grandfather who was living with him and his mother Charlotte {Gordon} Blackwell, died.
This was also about the time that Benjamin’s sister Mary S {Blackwell} Wholenburg, and her husband Charles moved to Arkansas and Oklahoma and then to New Mexico.

On 23 December 1885 Benjamin Huston Blackwell, and Mary Frances Broom, were married.
Plans were already being made to pull up stakes and go to Oklahoma Territory. Texas had not been kind to this family.

In March 1886 Benjamin Blackwell with his wife Mary Frances and his mother Charlotte {Gordon} Blackwell and four of their neighbors and their families left Parker County, headed for Greer County, Oklahoma Territory. The neighbors were George Sistrunk, and family, who drove ox teams;
J. Coleman, and family who also drove oxen; A Mr. Perry and family who drove a team of horses; and Thomas Sullivan, and family, who drove oxen; Thomas Sullivan’s wife was Margaret {Gordon} Sullivan, {Benjamin’s Aunt}
Benjamin and Mary Frances had a yoke of [black] oxen named Tuck and Coley, and a wagon loaded with all it would carry, Mary Frances drove the oxen and wagon and Benjamin drove fifty seven head of cattle that he had accumulated over a period of years.

Known records indicate that they arrived in Greer County, in May of 1886, but that can’t be so because their first child was born in Jack County, Texas on 27 October 1886.

Florence Ethel Blackwell, was born 27 October 1886 in Jack County, Texas and died 24 March 1909 at Velma Stephens County, Oklahoma, she married 12 November 1905 at Arthur Stevens County, Indian Territory, to Joshua Embree Woods born 30 September 1882 at Cumby Hopkins County, Texas and died 5 August 1960 at Marlow Stephens County, Oklahoma,
Issue three children.

i. Ruthie Gertrude Woods, born 15 February 1907 in Stephens County, Indian Territory died in February 1982 in Denver Colorado. She married 1st. Everett Leoland [Tom] Austin he was born 27 February 1902 in Shelby County Missouri and died in March 1972 in Stockton California,
 Issue two children:

1. Vivian Maxine Austin, born 23 November 1927.

2. Everett Leoland Austin, born 27 April 1930.

2nd William Stanley Hunt, Issue three children:

1. Frances Ann Hunt, born 12 October 1936.

2. Sandra Joy Hunt, born 15 September 1938.

3. William Stanley Hunt, born 27 February 1942.

3rd Jake Base, May 1974.


ii. Laura May Woods, born 3 February 1908 in Stephens County Oklahoma, and died 16 December 2002 at Foster Stephens County, Oklahoma. She married John David Gray he was born 19 November 1907 in Stephens County, Indian Territory, and died 26 July 1988 at Duncan Stephens County, Oklahoma.
Issue four children.

1. John Madison Gray, born 2 March 1937,

2. Howard Embree Gray, born 20 May 1939.

 3.Myrna Ann Gray, born 20 January 1943.

4. Gary David Gray, born 26 December 1944.

iii. Miles Huston Woods, born 17 March 1909 died 17 July 1909 in Stephens County, Oklahoma.

The route the party took to Greer County was over the old Dodge City trail, crossing the Red River at Doan’s store by Timber Creek and following the Tuttle trail to Beaver City Greer County.

There are no known records of when the party split up, but there is no mention of the Sullivan’s, Sistrunk’s, Coleman’s, or Perry’s from this point on, We do know that the Thomas Sullivan family later claimed land in Roger Mills County, in western Oklahoma and left many descendants there.
Thomas Sullivan was born in England in 1823 and died in Oklahoma in 1900 he is buried in the Carpenter Community Cemetery at Carpenter Oklahoma.

Upon reaching Greer County, Benjamin, Mary Frances, and Charlotte, traveled down the north fork of the Red River, to about five miles below where Sayre Oklahoma is today. There they bought two squatters claims, one for Ben and Mary and one for his mother Charlotte.
There were few improvements on these claims, one had a pole house, small poles placed upright, close together, then chinked with straw and mud and with a straw and mud roof.
The first winter was very severe, but there was plenty of wood on the North Fork and it kept Ben busy cutting wood to keep the family warm.
That winter Ben fenced in about forty acres using cottonwood poles to make a corral for his cattle. While on this claim he bought a mare from a man named Ike Thompson, she foaled a colt, sired by “Steel Dust” a noted racehorse, of those times. He sold the Steel Dust colt for $225.00 to Tom Lindsay for whom the town of Lindsay Oklahoma was later named.
He traded a great deal with Chief Big Tree and Chief Lone Wolf, principle chief of the Kiowa’s, Benjamin stated; They often stopped and ate with us and we traded horses and cattle, I learned quite a bit of their language and we became good friends.
After living on this lease for about one and a half years, Ben sold out to George Boyd and Zack Miller who were putting leases together to form a ranch. They gave him a team of horses with harness and a wagon and a job as a cow, puncher at $25.00 per month and groceries for his wife, his Mother and his daughter Florence Ethel.
After working several months as a cow puncher, on cattle drives he sold his thirty six head of cattle to them for $20.00 per head and moved his family, [which had now grown to two children] to Erin Springs in the Kiickapoo flats, south of Lindsay, Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory.

George Vivian Blackwell, was born 11 August 1888 in Old Greer County, Oklahoma Territory and died in 1965 in Arkansas City Kansas he was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Arkansas City Kansas, George went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad at Purcell Oklahoma on 3 January 1912 and was promoted from fireman to engineer on 25 June 1917, he had worked on all three types of engines-coal burners, oil burners and diesels, before his retirement on 1 January 1959, he married 1st. 12 April 1909 to Florence May Parks in Stephens County, Oklahoma, Issue one Child.

i. William “Bill” Glenn Blackwell was born 7 March 1909 and died 18 September 1979 in Chickasha Oklahoma, he was buried at Rush Springs Cemetery, Rush Springs, Oklahoma, William married Opal A. she was born 10 July 1909 and died 8 October 1976 at Chickasha Oklahoma and was buried at Rush Springs Cemetery, Rush Springs Oklahoma.
 
Married 2nd.  Mittie L Wells, died 24 April 1966 in Arkansas City Kansas.
Issue four children.

i. William Benjamin Blackwell, born about 1921 in Cushing Oklahoma died 31 May 1941 in Oakland California, married 27 May 1941 in Reno Nevada to Mary Lee Studdard, she was born 20 April 1921 at Shawnee Oklahoma and died 25 April 1991 at Arkansas City Kansas.
Issue one child.

Donald Dean Blackwell, born 24 May 1939 in Arkansas City Kansas [living] married 17 May 1959 in Arkansas City Kansas, to Ruth Ann Greenwood [living] born 14 November 1939 at Oklahoma City Oklahoma
Issue four children:

Steven Vincent Blackwell, born 2 April 1964 at Arkansas City Kansas.

David Mark Blackwell, born 2 April 1966 at Arkansas City Kansas.

Douglas Dean Blackwell, born 26 March 1967 at Arkansas City Kansas.

Christopher Todd Blackwell, born 16 May 1969 at Arkansas City Kansas.

Nadine Blackwell, born 21 September 1917 in Arkansas City Kansas, died September 1999 In Huston, Harris, Texas, married Robert E. Patten, born about 1915 in Oklahoma City.
Issue two children.

i. Jimmie Neal Patten, born 1957 In Huston, Harris, Texas Texas'

ii. Vivian Denise Patten, born 14 April 1995 in Huston, Harris, Texas Texas.   

Vivian Eleanor Blackwell, born about 1922.
 
George Vivian Blackwell, Jr. born 4 January 1932 in Arkansas City Kansas, living, married Bertha May Lewis, born 12 April 1934 in Woodville Texas, died, 28 November 1996 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.
Issue four children.

i. Sheila Kay Blackwell, was born 28 March 1953 in El Paso Texas.

ii. William Lee Blackwell, was born 30 August 1959 in Nuremberg Germany.

iii. Tamra Lynn Blackwell, was born 3 February 1962 in Nuremberg Germany.

iv. Trisha Ann Blackwell, was born 5 August 1964 in Fort Sill Oklahoma.

At Erin Springs Benjamin rented a farm from Choctaw Indians Emit McCoy and his brother Major McCoy, [Emit McCoy belonged to the Choctaw Indian Council]. In the years that Oklahoma was Indian Territory, white men could not own land there, so they had to lease from the Indian owners. Benjamin farmed, raised cattle and horses and made improvements on two different farms [buildings, fences, ect.] that belonged to the McCoy’s. To help pay for the leases.

Benjamin and Mary Frances, third and fourth children were born in the six years that they lived in the Erin Springs area.

Rose Ella Blackwell, was born 25 May 1891 at Erin Springs Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory, and died 11 January 1968 at Marlow, Stephens County, Oklahoma and was buried in Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City Oklahoma, she married Herbert Henry Edwin Gates in 1918 [no children].

Julia Ann Blackwell, was born 23 May 1892 at Erin Springs Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory and died 26 April 1975 in Citra, Florida, she was buried 30 April 1975 at Marlow Cemetery, Marlow Oklahoma, she married 18 June 1910 to Joshua Embree Woods, who was born 30 September 1882 in Cumby Hopkins County, Texas and died 5 August 1960 in Marlow Stephens County, Oklahoma, and was buried 8 August 1960 at Marlow Cemetery, Marlow Oklahoma, Issue six children.

Ethel Elmina Woods, was born 25 January 1911 at Velma Stephens County, Oklahoma, and died 31 October 2004 at Colorado Springs, Colorado, buried at Marlow, Oklahoma, married Thaymore Beeton. No children.

Cecil Victor Woods, born 26 August 1913 died 9 December 1913.
Buried at Old Velma Cemetery, Velma, Stephens, Oklahoma

Edgar Earl Woods, was born 28 January 1915 in Dalhart Texas, and died 22 October 1952 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma, buried at Marlow Cemetery, Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma, married in September 1947 in Denver Colorado, to Ester Carlson. No children.  

Truba Fay Woods, was born 17 July 1920 in Duncan Stephens County, Oklahoma and died 19 February 2007 at Colorado Springs, Colorado, she married on 3 June 1939 in Chicago Illinois to Paul Irwin, born 31 January 1914 and died 3 April 1972 in Florida.
Issue two children.

i. Charles Hugh Irwin, was born 11 February 1941 in Chicago Illinois.

ii. Paula Lynn Irwin, was born 23 February 1948 in Chicago Illinois.

Ruba May Woods, was born 17 July 1920, died at birth. Buried at Old Velma Cemetery, Velma, Stephens, Oklahoma

Frances Karron Woods, was born 24 May 1924 at Wilburton Morton County, Kansas, [living] married 5 March 1944 to Donald Savage, who was born, 6 November 1921, in Chicago Illinois, and died 10 January 1997 in Florida, Issue three children.

i. Michael James Savage, was born 14 October 1947 at Chicago Illinois.

ii. Mark Allen Savage, was born 15 July 1955 at Libertyville Illinois.

iii. Susan Ann Savage, was born 19 February 1958 at Libertyville Illinois.

In about 1894Benjamin Huston Blackwell, sold his lease to Bill Hale for $400.00 he sold his cattle and horses to Emit McCoy and bought a big mule team and loaded up a wagon with his wife, his mother and four children and went to New Mexico, where his sister, Mary and her husband Charles Wholenburg were living. They stayed in New Mexico for nine months, not spending longer than a week in any one place.
Benjamin couldn’t find any place that suited him like Indian Territory. So they headed back to Oklahoma.
There is no information or notes to indicate at which part of this extended camping trip [going or coming] that Ben and Mary’s fifth and sixth children, [twins] were born but I do have notes in Ben’s hand writing that state they were born in 1895 near Addington, Indian Territory, that would be in Jefferson County, just north of the Red River.

Ernestine Elmina Blackwell   was born 30 August 1895 {twin} near Addington Indian Territory, and died in March 1979 in Chimney Rock Colorado, buried at Marlow Cemetery, Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma, she married, Balm Lowe, Issue two children;

Ailene Lowe, born about 1920 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma and died in California, she married Gene Zimmerman, Issue unknown,

Huston Blackwell, was born in 1922 in Oklahoma City Oklahoma and died in December 2001 Denver or Arvada Colorado, married, Tillie _ _ _ _
Issue one.

i. Cynthia Ann Blackwell,

Edward Humbolt Blackwell, was born 30 August 1895 {twin} near Addington Indian Territory, and died in 16 August 1969 at Duncan Stephens County, Oklahoma, he was buried 18 August 1969 at Duncan Cemetery, Duncan Oklahoma, Edward married Abbie Gayle Clark born in June 1900 and died in January 1981, no children.

1896 finds the Blackwell family back at Erin Springs, and for the next few years he worked as a cow, puncher and cook on cattle drives from Texas to Kansas.
During these years Ben fed cattle and road trail for George Kemp and Fred Nations on the Washita River near Erin Springs, they bought cattle in the Red River valley and drove them to the Washita River where they were fattened and then drove them across country over the old Texas trail to Purcell, Indian Territory, and shipped them from there to the Kansas City market.
Ben stated that an amusing incident happened while working for these cattleman, if any of the cowboys grumbled about any thing they were put to cooking. I didn’t know anything about this custom and as soon as I arrived they put me to cooking, one of the cowboys told me about the rules and after that I listened to find somebody grumbling but everything continued peaceable, I was so tired of cooking I thought I would do something to make them grumble, so one night I put a cup of salt in the biscuits, A big cowboy said, “dammed if these biscuits ain’t salty but I like em salty,” I felt bad when I saw the boys eating the salty biscuits and not complaining, so I continued to cook as long as I was there. This was in 1899.

 In Ben’s 1938 interview [Indian pioneer papers] he stated,
The last time I drove cattle was from Addington to Purcell, John Price, Jones, Keith Hensley and I drove 500 head with a chuck wagon to Purcell, our shipping point, I was well acquainted with all that country. I have driven cattle over most ever cow trail from Collin County, Texas to Caldwell Kansas, We drove over the Chisholm Trail.  Which ran east of Duncan. crossed the Washita River at Fred post office, and crossed the Canadian River at Silver City. C. B. Campbell and the Johnston’s had a big ranch at Silver City, and there wasn’t anything where the Town of Rush Springs, and Chickasha, and Minco now are, The Post Office was at Silver City where the cattlemen got their mail, then nothing more until you reached Kansas.

Benjamin, and Mary’s seventh and eighth children were born in 1898 and 1899 at Erin Springs Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory,

Charlotte Wixson Blackwell, “Little Lottie” born 1 August 1898 and died 22 August 1898, she was named after her Grandmother Charlotte Wixson “Gordon” Blackwell.

Myrtle Ivy Blackwell, was born 13 November 1899 at Erin Springs Indian Territory and died in November 1983 at Duncan Stephens County, buried at Marlow Cemetery, Marlow, Stephens, Oklahoma, married 1st. Thomas Benton Williams, 2nd. Benjamin Gray born December 1889 at Doyle Oklahoma and died 7 November 1974 near Marlow Oklahoma, they married 7 September 1849 at Henrietta Texas, no children.

In 1899 Ben leased a farm from Dan Folsom. This land originally belonged to the Murry’s [Mississippi Chickasaw’s] and first settlers in and around Erin Springs.

The 1900 Chickasaw Nation census shows;

Benjamin Blackwell                      B 1863 TX
Mary Frances Blackwell               B 1864 GA
Charlotte Blackwell                      B 1834 IL
Florence                                        B 1886 TX
George V                                       B 1888 IT
Rose                                               B 1891 IT
Julia                                               B 1892 IT
Edward                                          B 1895 IT
Ernestine                                       B 1895 IT
Myrtle                                            B 1899 IT



The Blackwell family, 1900 Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory, Garvin Co.
Back row -- Rose Ella – Florence Ethel—Middle row – Ernestine Elmina –
Mary Frances {Broom Blackwell} – Julia Ann – Benjamin Huston Blackwell – George Vivian – Front row – Myrtle Ivy – Edward Humbolt.

In 1900 Benjamin leased a farm from Jim Gibbons about ten miles east of Pauls Valley Chickasaw Nation Indian Territory, where he farmed and raised stock, for the next three or four years. He then moved to the community of Arthur Stephens County, Indian Territory.
The Stephens County, Chickasaw Nation marriage records show that Ben’s oldest daughter, Florence Ethel was married to Joshua Embree Woods at Arthur Stephens IT in 1905, and that his son George V. was married to May Parks at Arthur Stephens County, Oklahoma, in 1908.

Benjamin Blackwell’s mother Charlotte {Gordon} Blackwell  {age 73} died in 1907, and was buried in the Old Velma Cemetery, in Velma Stephens County, Oklahoma.

In 1908, Ben circulated a petition among several families that lived in the community just north of Velma, and had school age children, and as a result Prairie Dale School District # 33 was organized and formed. Some of the family’s were, the James W Parks family, the Bob McLendon family, the Jack Sanderfur family, the John Allen family, and others.
Benjamin and Mary’s four youngest children attended school there as did all of their Woods grandchildren, Ruthie [b – February 1907] Laura [b – February 1908] Ethel [b – January 1911] Edgar [b – January 1915] Truba Faye [b – July 1920] Frances [b – May 1924].
In 1917-18 Ben and Mary’s youngest daughter Myrtle graduated from and became the teacher at Prairie Dale, which resulted in a lifetime, as a school, teacher.

The 1910 Stephens County, census shows the Blackwell household as,

Blackwell Benjamin                    HD 46  M
                 Mary F                       WF  45  F
                 Julia                           D     17  F
                 Ernestine                    D     14 F
                 Edward                       S     14  M
                 Myrtle                        D     10  F
Woods      Embree                       SL   28  M
                 Ruthie                        GD  4    F
                 Laura                         GD  2    F
Manley     Wade                          NE  NR NR

Wade Manley was Mary Frances {Broom} Blackwell’s nephew, he was George Manly and Amanda Elizabeth {Broom} Manley’s, son, Wade was raised by the Blackwell’s after his mother died in 1900. [Wade was born, 8 March 1899 near Addington Indian Territory and died 20 February 1996 in Denver Colorado]

In about 1918-1919, Ben and Mary built a new home on a farm about seven miles north of Velma Oklahoma, and about three miles north of Prairie Dale School, where Ben continued to buy, sell, trade, and raise horses and cattle as he had did all of his life. He continued to be active until his death in 1943 at age 80, when he tripped over a limb while cutting wood, and broke several ribs, which resulted in pneumonia.
Mary Frances {Broom} Blackwell, lived until 1946, and died at age 82 of natural causes.

In about 1928, when Benjamin was sixty five his daughter Julia and her husband Joshua Embree Woods moved to the farm and took over the work of raising feed and managing the stock so that Ben and Mary could spend some leisure time with their other children, Although they did continue to spend all their springs and summers at the farm, because Ben loved to care for his two acre vineyard, which had at least a dozen different kinds of grapes, and his five or six acre orchard which had, pears, plums, apricot’s, apples, and several kinds of peaches. He also had a great love for nature, birds, and wildlife and was rarely seen without a book in his hand. He spent most of his winters in Oklahoma City where his daughter Rose owned a large book store, where he spent many hours trying to satisfy his love for history and literature.
My sister Maxine and I came to live in this household with our Grandparents and Great Grandparents, and Aunts, Truba, and Frances and Uncle Edgar in about1930 and were there in 1946 when Mary Frances died, bringing to an end that generation we knew and loved so much.

Everett L Austin                                    Great Grandson of
16822 SW Rainbow Road                      Benjamin Huston Blackwell and
Crooked River Ranch                           Mary Frances {Broom} Blackwell
Oregon 97760-9790
<Sonny30@peak.org>

I will continue to add to this history as long as I find new information and as long as you continue to send me your family information, old oral history family stories are especially welcome, if you come across new or unknown dates or middle names that I don’t have, those are also welcome, any information that you don’t find here I would love to have.
I am also interested in copies of any old family pictures.

~ Everett ~   


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Family Group SheetsJoseph Embree Woods Family History
Photographs1866 Parker Co. Texas Indian Raid
Descendants of Joseph WoodsPayne School
B. H. Blackwell GenealogyPrairie Dale School
Robert Blackwell (1620-1164) through
B. H. Blackwell (1863-1943)
B. H. Blackwell Interview
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