Blackwell, Henry C
Blackwell, Henry C.
a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in St. Genevieve, Mo., Dec. 21, 1824. In 1845 he engaged as compositor for the Illinois State Register, and in 1846 for like work for the Illinois Gazette, at Beardstown, where he was converted. In 1851 he entered M'Kendree College for better ministerial preparation, and the next year united with the Southern Illinois Conference. Failing health in 1854 necessitated his superannuation. In 1857 he was transferred to the Rock River Conference, labored one year, and again became superannuated, which relation he sustained till his death, by drowning, in the Kaskaskia River, July 19, 1860. Mr. Blackwell was a Christian gentleman, modest and retiring, and a self-sacrificing, efficient minister. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1860, p. 330.