The Papers of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony


Antoinette Brown and Samuel C. Blackwell

Antoinette Louisa Brown (1825-1921), later Blackwell, was raised in Henrietta; she graduated from Oberlin College in 1847 and stayed to complete its theological course in 1850. She and Lucy Stone were close friends, and she met SBA in Rochester in 1852. Brown became the minister to South Butler's Congregational Church in the spring of 1853 and was ordained in August. Though recognized as the first woman to be ordained, Brown left her church after one year and became a freelance lecturer, writer, and preacher. In January 1856, she married Samuel Charles Blackwell (1823-1901), brother of Henry Browne Blackwell and Elizabeth Blackwell, and moved to New Jersey. Their first daughter, Florence Brown Blackwell, was born 7 November 1856. The Blackwells later had six more children. Two of their children died in infancy.