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Sophia Alice (Birney) Blackwell
Daughter of James and Amanda (Moulton) Birney of Bay City, MI

1936 Obituary. (Contributed by Allen W. Whittemore - Apr., 2004)

New York Times


Daughter of James Birney, Former Minister to the Netherlands

Sunday, 18 Oct. 1936.

Mrs. Frank Engs Blackwell, daughter of the late James Birney, United States Minister to the Netherlands, and the grandaughter of James G. Birney, who ran for President on the Abolitions ticket, died yesterday of heart ailment in her home at 1,235 Park Avenue.

Mrs. Blackwell, who was in her eighty-fifth year, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her childhood was spent in Bay City, Mich. She enter Vassar College the second year after the opening of that institution.

Her husband, the late Frank Engs Blackwell, a descendant of an old New York family, was a member of the bar in this city for forty years. Mrs. Blackwell resided in New York since her marriage more than sixty years ago.

Three children, Mrs. Francis W. Frost of Plainfield, N.J.; Mrs. James Harvey Williams and Frank Engs Blackwell of this city survive.

Sunday, 18 Oct 1936:

BLACKWELL - Alice Birney at her residence, 1,235 Park Av., on Oct 17, wife of the late Frank E.Blackwell and daughter of the late Amanda Moulton and James Birney, in her eighty-fifth year. Funeral private. It is requested that no flowers be sent.

1907 - Wedding of daughter, Miss Alice Birney Blackwell. (Added Jun, 2009)

The New York Times, Oct. 27, 1907


Will be Held Nov. 26 in the Church of the Incarnation.

Miss Alice Birney Blackwell, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Blackwell, and Frank Willoughby Frost who are to be married on Nov. 26 in the Church of the Incarnation, have decided upon their attentdants. Miss Blackwell will have her sister, Miss Jennet D. Blackwell, as her maid of honor and only attendant. Harry Fowler Woods of Cincinnati is to be the best man. H. Harwood Frost and Edwin Hunt Frost, brothers of the bridegroom; Birney Blackwell, a brother of the bride; Robert Arthur Beebe, Frederick Worth Goddard, and Wylie Brown will be the ushers.

The ceremony will take place at 3:30, and will be followed by a small reception at the home of the bride's parents, 32 West Seventy-Fifth Street.

Additional Notes:

  • Alice A. Birney was the daugher of James Birney III and Amanda S. Moulton. Her marriage to Frank E. Blackwell took place on September 24, 1874, at her parent's residence in Bay City, MI. They had the following children: Birney, Frank, Alice and Jennett.''

    1850 - New York Births: Columbia, New York

  • Frank Engs Blackwell born April 4, 1850, parents James M. and Jannet D. Blackwell.

    1860 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.

  • Birney, Alice - b. 1853, Ohio

    1900 - Census: Manhtatten, New York

  • Blackwell, Frank - age 54, b. NY
  • Alice, wife - age 47, Ohio
  • Frank, son - age 25, NY
  • Alice J., daughter - age 20, NY
  • Jennet, daughter - age 15, NY
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Birney, James -father
Birney Genealogy
People Referenced
Beebe, Robert A.
Birney, Alice (subject)
Birney, James (father)
Birney, James G. (g-father)
Blackwell, Alice B. (dau.)
Blackwell, Frank E. (husband)
Blackwell, James (f-in-law)
Blackwell, Jennet D. (dau.)
Brown, Wylie
Frost, Edwin
Frost, Francis W.(son-inlaw)
Goddard, Frederick W.
Moulton, Amanda (mother)
Williams, James Mrs.
Woods, H. Harwood
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Ch. of Incarnation
Cincinnati, OH
Minister of Netherlands
New York, NY
Plainfield, NJ
Presidential candidate
Vassar College
Internet References
None at this time.
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