Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell and Samuel Charles Blackwell Family

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Antoinette “Nettie” Louisa Brown Blackwell (1825-1921) was the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the Congregational Church and later became a Unitarian. She married Samuel Charles Blackwell (1823-1901) in 1856 and together they had seven children. Samuel Charles Blackwell was one of the nine Blackwell siblings born to Samuel and Hannah Blackwell. Active in the antislavery, woman's rights, and prohibition movements, Antoinette Brown Blackwell was a prominent public speaker and the author of The Island Neighbors (New York: Harper, 1871), The Sexes Throughout Nature (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1875), and other works.

Of the seven children of Antoinette and Samuel Charles, four of their five daughters’ papers are also represented here. Florence Blackwell Mayhew was the eldest of their seven children. She married Edward Elliot Mayhew in 1882, supported free public libraries, and became a lay preacher. Ethel Blackwell Robinson (1869-1947) followed in the footsteps of her aunts, Elizabeth and Emily, and became a medical doctor. She also had an interest in religious poetry. The papers of Agnes Blackwell Jones (circa 1870-1940), a landscape artist, and Grace Blackwell, considered an invalid by her family, are also included and consist primarily of family correspondence. Explore these Blackwell family members’ lives as you transcribe these documents.

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