Robert Blasdell
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Robert Blasdell (1883 - 1937)

Robert Blasdell
Born in Custer Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 15 Apr 1909 in Speaker, Sanilac, Michigan, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Birchdale, Koochiching, Minnesota, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 9 Aug 2016
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Birth and Marriage

Robert Blasdell was born in Custer Township, Sanilac, Michigan on 31 Oct 1883[1]to Alfred Blasdell and Annie Smith. At the age of 25, he married his only wife Elizabeth Cowell on 12 Apr 1909 in Speaker Township, Sanilac, Michigan,[2][3] at the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints. Eight years later he took employment with a relatively new company, the Interlake Steamship Co, as a Merchant Marine and worked for them for several years.[1]

WWI Draft

Although he was never inducted into the military, he registered with the draft board on 12 Sep 1918 in Michigan.[1] However, he did serve as a Merchant Marine during the war.


Robert died on 27 Dec 1937 in Birchdale, Koochiching, Minnesota where he had bought land and moved his family after 1930 to try his hand at farming. After his death, his family moved back to Michigan and shipped the body to Sandusky, Sanilac, Michigan where he was buried in Greenwood Cemetery.[4][5] He left four children, his second oldest Edward William having died of pneumonia in 1920.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", database with images, FamilySearch: 13 March 2018, Robert Blasdell, 1917-1918; citing Sanilac County, Michigan, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,682,814
  2. "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925", database with images, FamilySearch: 10 March 2018, Robert Blasdell and Lizzie Cowell, 15 Apr 1909; citing Speaker, Sanilac, Michigan, v 5 p 6 rn 592, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,342,687.
  3. "Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995" database, FamilySearch: 10 February 2018, Robert Blasdell and Lizzie Cowell, 15 Apr 1909; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 2,342,687.
  4. "Robert Blasdell Aged 54," Obituary, The Times Herald, 30 December 1937, Obituary of Robert Blasdell; online archives: downloaded 19 April 2020); The Times Herald.
  5. Find A Grave-Memorial 168350178, database, Ancestry.Com, Find A Grave: viewed 25 April 2017 Robert and Elizabeth Blasdell; citing Individual's Tombstone

See also:

  • United States Census, 1900, database with images, FamilySearch: accessed 4 April 2018, Robert Blasdell in household of Wallace Heath, Custer township Sanilac Center village, Sanilac, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 117, sheet 8A, family 129, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,743.
  • 1930 U. S. Census. Washington, DC, National Archives, Enum Dist 25-27, Supv Dist 10, Sheet 19B.

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