BLACKINTON, Louisa, Mrs.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 288-289
In narrating the lives of the many prominent citizens of Winnebago County [IL], we find no one more worthy of mention than Mrs. Louisa BLACKINTON, who has been a resident of this county since 1845, when she came here with her parents. They came from the East, and after arriving in this county, settled in Roscoe, where the mother died, in 1878, at the age of 72, and the fathr in 1888, when 80 years of age. They left two sons and three daughters.
Mrs. BLACKINTON was born in NY in Jun 1832, and her maiden name was Louisa GARLICK. After emigrating to IL with her parents, she was married to Henry H. BLACKINTON, a natie of OH, born in Nov 1822. When a young man, in 1843, Mr. BLACKINTON and his parents, Jesse and Olive (NOBLE) BLACKINTON, who were natives of New England, where the family manufactured cloth, came by boat to Chicago and then with teams made their way to Winnebago County, where Mr. and Mrs. BLACKINTON had three older sons living. These sons had located in the county in 1836, and had taken up land, but as they had been unfortunate in land title in OH, where they had resided for some time after leaving the East, they had very little means to assist them along after reaching this State. The present home of Mrs. BLACKINTON was the original home of her husband in IL, and there were also 40 acres of land in Harlem Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. BLACKINTON became the parents of five children, one daughter, Lydia, having died when four years of age. Those living are: Harriet A., now the wife of Charles KERR; James H., who lost a part of his right hand in the Rockford Burial Case Factory and has since been engaged in bee culture, for which he has a decided taste; Fred C., at home with his mother, manages the farm; and Ruby L., is the wife of William LOVESEE, who is a substantial farmer in the township.
Mrs. BLACKINTON has five grandchildren. Her husband died on 20 Jun 1886, of cancer of the stomach, when about 64 years of age. He was prominently identified with the public affairs of the county, and was universally esteemed for his many excellent qualities of mind and heart. He held the office of Supervisor two terms, Assessor four years, and was School Trustee and Director constantly for many years. In all the positions of trust and responsibility held by Mr. BLACKINTON, he displayed excellent judgment and unusual ability in discharging the duties of the same. In politics he advocated the principles of the Republican party, and was an active worker for his party. In religion he was a Methodist, being an official member of that church many years, and he was a liberal supporter and contributor to all enterprises worthy of patronage. He left his widow a good home and a fair competency. She has also been an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for years, and is a lady well known and esteemed in the community. She is possessed of much business ability, and with her youngest son is managing the home place.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.