Re: New to group- and a mystery man to find!
- Have you looked at the following family?
John Wesley Mitchell 1821-1885
(his wife) Hixie McGregor 1828-1897
They were in Warren Co TN and had a George Mitchell born about 1858-1860.
There are at least 2 trees at ancestry on them but they do not say what happened to George but they do have a David Ritchie Mitchell
born 1851 in TN and moved to Texas and died there in 1920. I have been trying to trace down their son George but so far no luck.
Anyhow its just a thought i have ancestors that are like him also and know that it can be frustrating....................KIM
--- In email@example.com, "JANE" <janeatregis@...> wrote:
> Good morning,
> I'm looking forward to being a part of this group! The mystery man of my family tree has been researched for the last ten years with no luck. We've had a modest degree of success on the other family lines but my grandfather is like a will o the wisp. I would love to hear opinions or observations from the group. My grandfather's name was George Buckner Mitchell. According to the information that my grandmother put on his death certificate, he was born in 1860(which is confirmed by a census) she stated his place of birth to be Giles County TN. Judging from the 1860/70 Giles county census you couldn't throw a rock without hitting a Mitchell. Family lore has him getting into a fight with his stepfather, he thought he'd killed him,
> and lighting out for Texas on a wagon train in his mid to late teens and settling in Collin County TX. The 1900 census for Plano Texas states that his parents were both born in Tennessee. He married my grandmother, Sallie Turner, in the mid-1880's. There are no surviving family members who had any info at all on him. Random puzzle pieces- I do remember seeing a tintype when I was really young, of a rather stern looking middle aged woman. There was a piece of masking tape stuck on the back and written in my father's hand was, "Dad's grandmother Grant." We don't know who "stepfather" was, dont' know the name of mother or father. We have to consider the possibility that he took on an alias in which case we're sunk.
> My sister says that he supposedly had a brother Patrick who went to Alabama and raised horses. She also remembers the baseball player Dale Mitchell (Cleveland Indians) coming to see my parents whenever he had a game in Dallas back in the 50's, and that he was supposed to be my dad's cousin. Dead end there too.
> Any ideas for different directions of approach?