from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887
Joseph Blackwell, a native of Norridgewock, Somerset County, Maine, was born November 19, 1826, to Ellis and Jedidah (Stuyvesant) Blackwell, of the same state, but of Massachusetts descent. Both the grandfathers were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Joseph Blackwell was educated at Colby University, Waterville, Maine, graduated in 1850, and until 1858 was engaged in teaching. From Maine he went to Dresden, Tennessee, and in 1855 came to Kentucky, where he read law, and in 1858 was admitted to the Owen County Bar. In November, 1863, he married Miss Susanna D. English, daughter of James W. English, of Franklin County. One child, Prentiss, is the offspring of this marriage. Mr. Blackwell, besides doing a large law practice, is, with his wife, owner of a farm of 400 acres in Carroll County. In politics he is a Free Trader.