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Our Mitchell "Brick Wall"

John J. Mitchel is our "dead-end" ancestor, we have been unable to firmly establish when or where he was born, or whom his parents were with certainty. There is a lot of speculation, but no hard facts to our knowledge. Some say he was the son of Gov. David Brydie of Georgia - this has been disproved. Josephine Burleson provides the best anecdotal evidence for his parents being William and Chloe (Smith) Mitchel - her grandfather, Elijah Hagen Mitchell remembered them as related and they did have a son of the approximate age as our ancestor. If they are his parents, then he likely was born about 1796 in South Carolina, United States. We would love to prove it one way or another - can you help? It has been clearly established (by his Will and by DNA testing) that John J Mitchell was married three times; first to Emily Holztclaw, with whom he had several children, including Sarah Ann Gemima Mitchell Bean and Henry Thomas Mitchell (this is confirmed by DNA testing matching to one of Emily's brothers); secondly to an Eloise or Edie Hurst, and lastly to Catherine Fox, he died on 14 MAY 1871 in Ashland, Clay County, Alabama, USA. This is documented by his Last Will and by affidavits in support of Catherine for a Widows' Pension for his service during the War of 1812, signed by daughters of John and Emily. Henry Thomas Mitchell served as the Executor of John's Estate. For many years, it was claimed that Henry and Sarah's mother was named "Asenath Jones". I now know this to be an error, and believe that "Asenath Jones" was a mis-remembrance of John and Emily's eldest daughter, Asenath/Cassinia Jane Mitchell (who married John Sprayberry), much as the name "Jasmiour" was a garble for Jeremiah Gazaway (Mitchell). DNA testing has firmly linked the Mitchell's of John and Emily to descendants of Cassinia and John Sprayberry.
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"Rena's Relatives"

That's all that she wrote on the back! (Thanks, Mom, you were usually better at identifying people in photographs than that!!) So, these ladies are related to Rena Mae Clark-Mitchell-Henderson-Mitchell, and are likely either members of the CLARK, JONES, ALLBRIGHT or MOORE families of East Texas or New Mexico. The building and sidewalk they are by looks like some in the Pioneer Square area of Seattle, but to date, I have been unable to firmly locate them. If you can identify them, please let us know!
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