That Blaisdell Blood: A Novel, is a book that morphs the facts of the Blaisdell family’s journey to America in 1635 into the near future where the first woman President, a scion of the Blaisdell clan, recalls her family’s past.
The idea for this book came in 2009 when I wrote an article for the Mensa Bulletin entitled, “The Journey of the Blaisdells.” This was a nonfiction exploration of the oral history carried down through generations by my mother’s family. Ralph Blaisdell, his much younger wife, Elizabeth, and three year old son, Henry, landed at Pemaquid Point, Maine on August 15, 1635, one day ahead of the Great Colonial Hurricane. While all made it ashore safely, they watched their ship, The Angel Gabriel, torn from her moorings and dashed to pieces against the solidly pre-Cambrian rocks of Maine’s coast. These Puritan refugees of the coming English Civil War prospered in America.
While Henry was the only son of Ralph and Elizabeth he took seriously his Biblical marching orders to, “…go forth and multiply.” The Blaisdell Family National Association is one of the largest genealogical groups in the country. We have produced a governor of Nevada, a Mayor of Honolulu, Hawaii, a judge in Lizzy Borden's trial, scientists, writers, farmers and tradesmen, and even an occasional fictional character (as on the television program JAG). Blaisdells have fought in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars (at Gettysburg both my husband and I had ancestors fighting on opposing sides). The name takes on several spellings, but it is all the same family. I am the 11th in a line that goes directly back to Ralph Blaisdell.
I am primarily a writer of nonfiction, and this book is a combination of historical perspective with fiction designed to condense time, portray emotions, and move the story along. If you love American history and the small stories of our country's growth, you will love That Blaisdell Blood: A Novel.
Louise Butler is the co-author of a science text book for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. Many articles for the Mensa Bulletin, a nonfiction book now in its second edition, Beating the Bell Curve, on the role of parents in the education of their children, and a biography of Elizabeth I, written for the young adult audience, They Called Her Gloriana. All of her books are available at Amazon.com.