Blackwell, David a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Madison County, Ky., in April, 1805. He removed in 1829 to Illinois, where he was converted in the following year; received license to preach in 1833, began to preach in 1834, and at the close of the same year entered the Illinois Conference. In 1845, owing to failure of health, he retired from the effective ranks, and spent nearly all his remaining days confined to his house. He died July 7, 1848. Mr. Blackwell was an excellent man, an able preacher, and a devoted Christian. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1848, p. 284.