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Blackwell Family Grave Site Information in Saginaw, Michigan

Angel statue stood between Edwin Blackwell and Eva Blackwell head stones
Angel statue stood between Edwin Blackwell and Eva Blackwell head stones
Kristen Wilkerson

Someone dies. Their family gathers at the cemetery and may visit the grave in the future. Eventually family visits stop, leaving a name and date for new visitors to ponder. Who are the people behind these names and dates? This article is one of a series of articles sharing details behind random people who rest, hopefully in peace, in local cemeteries. This specific article shares genealogy information of Edwin W. Blackwell (1887 - 1946) and Eva C. Blackwell (1885 - 1979), buried in Saginaw, Michigan.

Upon entering the Oakwood Cemetery in Saginaw, Michigan, I was greeted by the attached angel statue. Its detail struck me as I wondered who it commemorated. Behind the angel stood a large stone with "Blackwell" printed on the front, and on either side were the headstones for Edwin Blackwell and Eva Blackwell.

Edwin and Eva were born within two years in the late 1800s. While Eva was two years older than Edwin, she outlived him by 33 years.

I tried to research more about Edwin but came up empty. I wonder if his death is related to World War II in any way.

While little is known about Edwin's untimely death, Eva lived until age 94 until she suffered from a myocardial infarction, causing her death. Her burial plot is located in section 86, lot 8, in the third row of Oakwood Cemetery <map> in Saginaw, Michigan. She died on January 16, 1979, in the Detroit area's Wayne County, Village of Lyon. Eva Blackwell was later buried on January 19, 1979, near Edwin in Saginaw, Michigan.

Do you ever wonder about the families that are commemorated in cemeteries? Have you used this information for a genealogy search? Either way, please comment below.

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  • Profile picture of Terry Hurlbut
    Terry Hurlbut 4 years ago

    Sure. In our family we do it all the time.

  • Profile picture of Susan Slade
    Susan Slade 4 years ago

    Happy New Year to you.

  • Profile picture of Victoria Poller
    Victoria Poller 4 years ago

    Hey Kristen. Welcome back. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and yours.

    They must have had some influence and money. To have the angel and erected and note the size of the plots. This alone would be more expensive today. It nice to roam through some cemeteries. No one from the grave will bother you and some of the inscriptions are very interesting.

    Welcome back again Kristen. Looking forward to your series.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    I just found a family photo from 1922 that was taken at Blackwell Studios in Saginaw. Perhaps they owned the photo studio there.

  • anonymous 2 years ago

    the blackwell studio was owned by an e.w. blackwell in saginaw, w.s. michigan (the w.s. stood for west side). we have several family photos taken by this particular studio from the early 1900s.

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