This noted family has long lived in Hopkins County, being amongst its first settlers. J. P. Blackwell, deceased, raised a fair sized family of intelligent, worthy, children, they are all citizens of Delta County. J. P. Blackwell was a useful man in his community, and was highly esteemed, he married Miss Rattan, a sister of Volney Rattan, one of the most conscientious, brave and courageous men which is in the knowledge of the writer ; true to any cause he advocates as the needle is to the pole. Dr. Joel Blackwell is a son of J. P. Blackwell, a practicing physician and one of the leading doctors of the county of Delta. Page Blackwell is a brother of J. P., a splendid man, and a good reliable citizen. Erastus Blackwell is well known all over North East Texas as being a gentleman of exceptional good habits, kindly disposed, liberal and generous, a devoted husband, an affectionate father, a heavy taxpayer, and a just and upright gentleman, respected and beloved by all.
He is one of the most elegant men, and sincere friend the writer ever knew, and when he passes away people will mourn for him from palace to hut. There are many good citizens now living in Delta County that aided years ago in making Hopkins County the prosperous county it is to day. Squire John Boyd now deceased raised a large family of lovable girls, who have all married men of honor, worth and integrity. The name of Shuffield is well remembered by the old timers as being first class people in every particular.