Daniel Blackwell, arrived in 1854 when Calaveras begat Amador, and almost at once obtained shares in the Spring Hill and Keystone
quartz gold mines in Amador City. He had other ventures too. He and friends and partern Francis Clute and John Lessley diversified and became mining suppliers, selling lumber and
water. In 1866, Blackwell married Margaret Leith who came west when her betrothed was killed in the civil war. Daniel and Margaret had four children, Lee, Eugene, George and Mae. The
first two died of the "diphtheria plague" in 1881. George lived until 1907, but had no children. Mary Ester had four children to continue the family line if not the name.
When Margaret buried the boys in 1881 they joined Daniel himself who had succumbed to a mysterious throat infection in 1879. For the rest of the story look in Larry Cenotto's
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