Charles Blackwell, who has been a resident of Staunton, Macoupin County, for the past eight years, was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on the 18th of September, 1879, being a son of Thomas and Rebecca (Wampler) Blackwell. His father was a native of Wytheville, Virginia, whence he removed to Indiana in his early manhood, locating at Vincennes, where he was subsequently married. Soon thereafter he located on a farm near by in the cultivation of which he engaged until his demise in 1911. He served all through the Civil war, being a private in the Confederate army. To Mr. And Mrs. Blackwell were born five sons and one daughter, as follows: William, who is living in the vicinity of Vincennes; Robert P., a resident of St. Louis; Edward E., who is living at Edwardsport, Indiana; Charles, the subject of this article; Nellie, the wife of R. P. Murphy, of Farmington, Missouri; and John, who is living with his mother on the farm.
Charles Blackwell was reared on the farm where he was born, attending the public schools of Vincennes in the acquirement of his education. He remained at home until he was seventeen years of age, then apprenticed himself to the barber's trade. After completing his period of service, he worked at various points in the middle states until 1902, at which time he was married. He and his wife then went to St. Louis and from there to Fulton, Missouri, coming to Staunton in 1903. For five years he followed his trade here, but since 1908 he has not been engaged in any active business. He is now in the business of negotiating money loans and derives therefrom a good income.
While residing in Edwardsville, Illinois, Mr. Blackwell was married to Miss Anna Murphy, a native of Missouri, and to them have been born two children: Charles Murphy, who is deceased, and Lorine Frances, whose birth occurred on the 18th of April, 1909.
Mr. Blackwell was reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, but is not affiliated with any denomination. Fraternally he is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America, being identified with the organizations of Staunton. He is a democrat and has served his constituency as justice of the peace and tax collector.