Joel W. Blackwell was born October 5, 1834 in St. Francis County, Territory of Arkansas. His father was a plantation owner, and it became his duty to help supply the plantation and its slaves with meat. He hunted deer and antelope with a flint-lock rifle, later, in Texas, he became noted as a buffalo hunter.
He joined the confederate army at the age of 27, and served on the Coast of Texas and Louisiana, after the war he moved to Parker County, Texas.
Mr. Blackwell was married to Miss Fannie Avery in Hood County, and to this union were born four children, being Dr. T.H. Blackwell, J.W. Blackwell, Jr., Mrs. Or Goen and Mrs. Mattie Smith.
Having retired, he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Press Goen, Dickens County, Texas, on the Goen Ranch northwest of dickens, until his death in 1940. He was 106 years. old.
Source: History of Dickens County; Ranches and Rolling Plains, Fred Arrington, ©1971
Joel W. Blackwell, 106, passed away last Saturday morning about 7:15. Mr. Blackwell had been suffering the past few weeks from a hip injury received in a fall at the Press Goen Ranch, where he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Goen.
Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon and interment followed in the Spur cemetery.
Mr. Blackwell was born Oct. 5, 1834 in St. Francis County, Territory of Arkansas. His father was a plantation owner and it became his duty to help supply the plantation, and its slaves with meat. He hunted deer and antelope with a flint-lock rifle, later, in Texas, becoming noted as a buffalo hunter.
He joined the Confederate Army at the age of 27, and served on the coast of Texas and Louisiana. After the war, he moved to Parker county, TX.
Mr. Blackwell was married to Miss Fannie Avery, in Hood county and to this union were born four children.
In 1887, Mr. Blackwell with his family moved to Cottle county, near Paducah, where two years later Mrs. Blackwell answered the Call of the Great Beyond.
He engaged in ranching and stock raising over West Texas and New Mexico.
Having retired he has for the past several years made his home with a daughter, Mrs. J.P. Goen, 3 miles west of Dickens.
Mr. Blackwell is survived by four children; two sons, Dr. T.H. Blackwell, Spur, and J.W. Blackwell, Jr., Yuma, AZ; two daughters, Mrs. Press Goen and Mrs. Mattie Smith, Hot springs, NM; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
In the passing of Mr. Blackwell, the nation loses another of its cherished soldiers from the thinning ranks of Civil War Veterans and the state loses one of the oldest pioneers who hunted on the Plains of Texas before the days of the "barb-wire" fences.
©The Texas Spur, October 31, 1940from the records of Lillian Grace Nay
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