I need help on a brick wall

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I have this brick wall on Electa Mitchell I would take into consideration any more information that I can get on her fauther.

WikiTree profile: Electa Hutchinson
in Genealogy Help by Alec Craig (-60 points)

Didn't find parents other than parents Captain and Mrs. Mitchell, but did note on this census that she may have had more children.

U S Census, 1850  Collins, Erie, New York

Citing this Record  "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCY4-H5D

 Leonardo Hutcheson M 31 New York

 Electa Hutcheson  F 33 New York

 Benjamin R Hutcheson M 4 New York

 Moses G Hutcheson M 0 New York

 Olive Townsend F 13 New York

 Charles Townsend M 13 New York

 Betsy Townsend F 11 New York

 John H Townsend M 8 New York

Do you think yo ucan do more indeapth reasearch.

What I found was using the free search tool at https://familysearch.org/  which is where I found her death record just indicating father Captain Mitchell - no first name.  Sorry.

1 Answer

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I'm no expert on Wisconsin Genealogy, but I have some general thoughts that may fit this situation, that have worked for me.  It's thought she died 7/9/1888 in Dell Prairie, Adams, Wisconsin, right?  Although death records of that time are less than complete and sketchy,  a death record for her does exits within the searchable indexes.  If you have access, travel to the town and perhaps a friendly town clerk can locate the original ledger.  It is absolutely quite possible it will reveal her parents.  These indexed don't contain all the information available.

Also, here is a lesson I learned, if the record doesn't show up, check the neighboring towns.  People don't always die at home, there are a thousand reasons why someone may be traveling to the next town over.  Towns and Villages within Towns will have totally separate records.  If you can't travel, you can try the telephone, it may work, it may not.  It's not impossible.  Somtimes you can get what you need over the phone and then have a copy mailed to you.  Your odds will greatly increase with a person a visit.
by Michael Palmer G2G6 (9.5k points)
I have a copy of her death record it only lists her father as captain Mtichell as previously stated.  It lists her birth place as Erie county NY. Her mother is listed as Mrs Mitchell.  She did die in Dell Prairie.  The document that might turn up and solve this is a marriage record.  Adin and Elect were living in Collins Erie cunty NY in 1840  and Electa and Leonardo were in Collins in 1850 so I would think it likely Erie would be the county to look in.  A marriage record for either her fisrt marriage to Adin Townsend ca 1834 or her 2nd marriag ca 1844 to Leonardo Hutchinson if they exist would likely contain her parents names. However according to Erie county's website their marriage  records begin in 1878.

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