|Birth: ||Aug. 30, 1800|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1869|
Michael Joseph Blackwell was the son of Michael Joseph Blackwell, Sr., who was born and died in SC. His mother was Elizabeth Dunnam, who died in Georgetown, SC when Michael Jospeh was a newborn infant a few days old.
Michael Joseph Blackwell first married Carolina Elizabeth Frances Harvin in SC on 12/10/1810. They were the parents of eight children. She died in Tippah County,MS in 12/1858.
Michael Joseph married second Carolina A. Chisolm on 10/11/1859 in Pontotoc Co., MS.
Michael Joseph Blackwell Obituary
A copy was found in the Thomas Michael Blackwell Family Bible. They were cousins.
The Rev. Michael Joseph Blackwell was born on Winyaw Bay, Georgetown District, SC, August 30, 1800.
He was converted to God under the ministry of the Rev. Sam'l Dunwoody, by whom he was baptized and received into the Church in June, 1826.
Not long after his conversion, he felt himself called of God to the work of the Christian ministry, which call he resisted, according to his own statement, for twelve years, all which time he represents himself as having much trouble and unrest, and but little, if any, of the joys of salvation. Through an unmistakably visible Providence, and the powerful leading of the Holy Ghost, he gave himself up to the work.
He was licensed to preach by the quarterly conference of Marshall circuit, the Rev. Malcolm McPherson presiding, March 7, 1840. November. 1841, he admitted on trial in the Memphis Conference and appointed to Hernando circuit.
He was ordained deacon...Nov. 5, 1843, and elder by Bishop Andew, Nov. 26, 1846. His successful appointments were: 1842 and 3, Hernando circuit; 1844 and 5, Holly Springs circuit; 1846, Holly Springs station; 1847, Salem circuit; 1848, Wesley Chapel, Memphis, Tenn.; 1849, Belmont circuit; 1850, Holly Springs circuit;1851, Chulahoma circuit; 1852, Hernando circuit; 1853 and 4, Grenada district; 1855 and 6, Holly Springs district; 1857, Ripley district; 1858,'59, '60, '61, Aberdeen district; 1862, '64, '65, supernumerary; 1866, Aberdeem district; 1867, supernumerary, and at the Conference held in Paducah, November, 1867, he was superannuated, which on account of great and increasing affliction, he justly sustained until his death, which occurred at 2 1/2 o'clock in the morning, Dec. 22, 1869, at his residence in Marshall Co., Miss.
This man of God stood in the front rank of our Israel.
In our Annual Conference sessions he was regarded as one of the wisest of our counselors. He presied ably and satisfacorily at the session held in Grenada in 1862. He was repeatedly elected a delegate to the General Conference.
Although he never sought polemic strife, yet when the cause of truth demanded, he proved to be a ready and able debator, putting to silence the gainsayers of our holy religion. His powers of analysis were very great, and his knowledge and learning extensive.
In the delivery of his sermons his style was pure, beautiful, degnified, and powerful, enrapturing as well as instructing his hearers.
Few men had a deeper insight into the Word of God. He was truly a master workman, bringing out of God's treasury things new and old, rightly dividing His Word, and giving to each his portin in due season.
His discourses always breathed the spirit of the Great Teacher. He was truly an ambassador for Christ and executed his great commission in the spirit of Christ, making full proof of his ministry in every place and on all occassions.
No man was ever more diligent. When laboring above his physical strength, which he often did, his brethren would persuade him to desist, that his valuable life might be longer spared to the Church, he would answer that he resisted the call of God in his early manhood so long, that his soul always felt straitened for time in which to do his Master's work.
In the home circle and in his more private intercourse with the people, his life was beautiful and attractive.
He was eminently faithful in the pastoral office. His conversation was in heaven, whence he ever seemed to be looking for the glorious appearing of the Lord Jesus.
He was the subject of severe and most painful bodily affliction for several months preceding his death. He bore his sufferings with marked patience and resignation. His room seemed rather the vestibule of heaven than the chamber of death. His mind seemed to lose sight of all his sufferings, and to be wholly taken up with his reward, which, by faith, was in plainest view.
He often expressed himself to his family, his physician, and attending friends, that his state of preparation for death was thorough. His humility, his patience, his faith, was strong to the last moment of life. His mind retained its clearness and vigor to the very last, and notes of triumph and victory dwelt upon his tongue, and were heard by his brethren and attendants above the rour of death's river.
Thus, in life and in death, this great man walked with God, and he is not, for God has taken him. 'Soldier of Christ well done, Praise be thy new employ; And while etrnal ages run, Rest in thy saviour's joy'.
May we, his brethren of the North Mississippi Conference, emulate his perfect Christian example, and meet him in heaven. E.E. Hamilton, Ch'm'n"
In the 1870 Mortality Schedule on Ancestry.com, his cause of death was listed as liver disease.
Caroline Elizabeth Harvin Blackwell (1801 - 1858)*
He is buried in the New Salem Methodist Cemetery in Marshall County, MS. His stone reads: Rev. Michael J. Blackwell, born Aug. 30, 1800 in Georgetown District, SC, died Dec 22, 1869.
New Salem Cemetery
Maintained by: Dena Marshall
Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Dec 30, 2009
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