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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tangible Intangibles

The US Navy set the rules according to the UK's Royal Navy.  Colonization had rules that were broken while zealots justified all the evils committed, while justifying the worst atrocities.
The deal was SEVEN years.  Not a lifetime of serving the trollatariot as it raised and lowered the value of life at it's monetary whim.  HMS Pinafore was a "Prove me Wrong" tour, where the motley crew was committed to proving equality and achievement was the actual God-driven mission.
Themes in HMS Pinafore brought back all of the nautical cliche's I was either raised on in Bowie, MD (pronounced like the bobber, not the knife) and legacy of excellence, quality and tradition.
The social experiment that was the United States OF America, was intended to UNITE the Americas, not turn it into 50 shades of fascist reasons NOT to know things!

Catching up organizing years of genealogy research.
Blackwell, Seals, Grant, Lee, Ethridge,
(Grant and Lee "Col" were probably Osage and Choctaw, respectively...working on it)
Ramsey, Anderson, Rickman, Grant, Hairston, Porter,

ah HA!  There it is!  This painting is of a band our folks played in.  Elmer Radd's Cotton Club Orchestra!  I'm waiting on a higher rez photo and names of the Blackwells in the picture.  Is there more than one?  IDK, but I can't wait to find out.  Howard wrote about it, but my notes aren't right here, handy.  I called about it years ago, but no one had the technology then.  Someone will take a picture of it and send a higher rez digital copy next week sometime!  What a lovely find for the patchwork of our family quilt.  Hmm, maybe I'll do that sometime.
Note to self: Figure out how to make a digital quilt.

Newton's Ruthabel Rickman Shares the Page With Bogart and Bacall

by Jane Jones, HCHM Archivist

Today's post is by guest blogger and HCHM Archivist, Jane Jones.  Thank you Jane for researching and writing about a Newtonian who "made it" in New York as an opera singer.

OK, now I have to organize more information coming from both sides of the fence.  I found some Missouri death certs from Dad's side.  We have mostly folks in St. Louis, Lexington, Kansas City and the Seals in Higginsville.


  1. Link to Tumbler notes

  2. Link to story about my maternal Great-Great Grandmother, Mary Rickman Anderson Grant


  3. Meanwhile, on the Blackwell side.... there's an interesting Anglo-Saxon line of Blackwell's I'm
    researching from 1066. Maybe I can find from the other side. My cousin has a Blackwell that might belong to us. Grandad had a news stand and I found it interesting there is a publishing company Wiley-Blackwell, mentioned in the 1920s. We thought that might be our Ireland folks, but family come under a woman surnamed "May".
    (sharing to genealogy links.... I'll laugh last if that Blackwell Lane in Buckingham actually linked back to us)
    But how amazing would it be to bring Blackwell's back to the Wiley Blackwell publishing company if that happened, I would love to write in Australia.... or finally get back to my music.
    I'll just put it out there an see what the ether brings.
    Philosophers philosophize
    Architects build
    Writers write
    Muses muse
    Lovers love
    Ad infinitum
    No matter what it says on paper,
    cheating the natural order of things
    only serves
    to torque it off



    The Blackwell name is made up of two Angle-Saxon (i.e. Old English) words, blæc meaning black with the “æ” pronounced like the modern “a” in “cat” giving a pronunciation very much like “blake”, and wiell(-a)meaning a fountain or spring, with the “ie” pronounced as in the modern word“sit”. So the name as pronounced at thattime would sound similar to “Blake-wil”. The name was given to or used by someone who was living near a stream orsmall body of water that was somewhat dark in color.

    Two locations are given in the Domesday Book, one in the north of England in Derbyshire near Tideswell, and the second in Warwickshire in western England. This second location seems to be the oldest with mention being first made of this site in A.D. 964.

    The three largest groups of Blackwells in England by the 1500’s were first those from the Peak District of Derbyshire, then secondly in western England in the area of Gloucester and finally the Middlesex/Hertfordshire area to the north of London. Smaller groups would have been found mainly in eastern and southern England with other groups spread throughout the British Isles. Blackwells began arriving in the American colonies in the 1600’s. Among these early families was that of Michael Blackwell of Massachusetts with branches in Maine and the family of Robert Blackwell from the New York/ New Jersey area. In Virginia two major families are found, that of Joseph Blackwell who settled in the Northumberland area and who’s family are later found in Fauquier County, and Robert Blackwell who came to York County. Besides these other smaller families can be found in other locations in the colonies.

    Another group of Blackwells is the Afro-American family whose family history was traced by Mrs. Thelma S. Doswell. Information on this family can be found at

    We welcome everyone who shares our surname around the world regardless of origin. This will require the participation of a large number of people, in America and in England. We encourage you to join our research for our roots. BUT PLEASE NOTE - the YDNA test is for males ONLY. If you are a man with the Blackwell surname you may test, or if you have a male relative who is a Blackwell, they can take the test for you. A test can also be taken if you are adopted and have a Blackwell as your biological father, and in some cases other Non-Paternal Events will be considered on an individual basis.



    Barbados was initially visited by the Spanish around the late 1400s to early 1500s and first appears on a Spanish map from 1511. The Spanish explorers may have plundered the island of whatever native peoples resided therein to become slaves. The Portuguese visited in 1536, but they too left it unclaimed, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. The first English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1624. They took possession of it in the name of the British king James I. Two years later in 1627 the first permanent settlers arrived from England and it became an English and later British colony.

    The Unknown, Master Romsey, sailed 1634, arriving St Christophers and the Barbadoes
    The Hopewell, Master Wood, sailed 1634/5, departing London, England, arriving Barbadoes
    The Alexander, Master Burche & Grimes, sailed 1635, departing London, England, arriving Barbadoes
    The Ann & Elizabeth, Master Brookhaven, sailed 1635, departing London, England, arriving St Christophers and the Barbadoes
    The Dorset, Master Flower, sailed 1635, departing London, England, arriving Barbadoes
    The Expedition, Master Blackwell, sailed 1635, departing London, England, arriving Barbadoes
    The Peter Bonaventure, Master Harman, sailed 1635, departing London, England, arriving St Christophers and the Barbadoes
    The Dorset, sailed Sept 1635, arriving Barbadoes
    The Falcon, Master Irish, sailed Dec 1635, departing Gravesend, England, arriving Barbadoes