Obituaries and notes submitted by
Mary Claunch Lane

Descendants of William Blackwell
Generation No. 1
 1.  WILLIAM2 BLACKWELL  (PAUL A.1) was born 05 April 1849 in Hendereson, Henderson County, Kentucky, and died 25 December 1917 in Hendereson, Henderson County, Kentucky.  He married MARCIA A. STINSON 05 October 1869 in Hendereson, Henderson County, Kentucky, daughter of PETER STINSON and MARY MORGAN.

William W. Blackwell was a member of the Knights of Pythias.

Obituary of W. W. Blackwell;  Death Wednesday Morn of W. W. Blackwell, "A Great Soul Passes Over the Silent River -Was Ever Faithful IN a Busy and Useful Life.
 The death angel in his mighty sweep across the universe tarried long enough in Henderson Wednesday morning to claim W. w. Blackwell, prominent lodgeman, citizen and business mann, who breathed his last at 7:30 o'clock at his residence on North Main street, following an illness of less than one week.
 Little hope was entertained for his recovery from the outset, as Mr. Blackwell suffered a stroke of Paralysis at his home last Thursday morning.  The patient revived several times before his death which gave his family hope of recovery, buthis improvement was short.
 Mr. Blackwell was probably the best known Knight of Pythias in the United States.  He served a two-years' term as supreme chancellor of the order, and while serving in that high capacity was one of the first men in the United States to see the German menace.  he then learned that among several German, K. of P. lodges the ritual had been printed in German, and after a strenuous fight in the grand lodge, succeeded in having a rule adopted that all rituals of subordinate lodges be printed in English and that no other ritual shall be printed in any other language, except the language in the county in which the lodge was located.  In this movement Mr. Blackwell saw what he believed to be an attempt to cover up matters pertaining to the lodges which desired to use their native language in the ritual.
 Mr. Blackwell is survived by his wife and two young children.
 The funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the residence on North Main street by Rev. Thos. Cummins, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.  The Knights of Pythias will have charge of the services.
 A few days ago, Mr. Blackwell was stricken with paralysis.  He revived wonderfully the following day and it was believed that he would recover.  On Sunday he showed great improvement and strong hopes were held out, but on Monday he sank into unconsciousness and remained in that state all day Tuesday.
 Mr. Blackwell is one of the leading Knights of Pythias in the United States.  Some thirty years ago he served a two-year term as Supreme Chancellor of that order and is recognized as the leading authority in the United States in the order.  For a number of years he represented Kentucky in the grand lodges and it became a by-word that unless W. W. Blackwell was present the grand lodge would not be a success.
 Mr. Blackwell has few equals as an orator upon fraternal subjects.  In all important matters that commanded the attention of the grand lodge Mr. Blackwell was among the first to be called upon to  discuss the subject.
 His friends here and elsewhere hope that his life and brillian intellect will be spared.



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