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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) 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; secondly to an Eloise or Elsie Hurst, and lastly to Catherine Fox, dying on 14 MAY 1872 in Ashland, Clay County, Alabama, USA.
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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