Blackwell, John an English Wesleyan minister, was born at Wadsley, near Sheffield, Nov. 21, 1812. He was converted in his seventeenth year, was called to the ministry in 1835, and went as a missionary to the West Indies in the following year, where he labored for eleven years. After that his ministry was exercised in England, with great blessing to the charges. His preaching was of a high order of excellence, chaste and elegant in style, beautiful in illustration, evangelical in matter, and attended with the unction of the Spirit. He died suddenly at Burslem, July 9, 1864. Mr. Blackwell was gentle and conciliatory, truly kind of heart, courteous, and with the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit. See Minutes of the British Conference, 1864, p. 25.