Brickwall on ELECTA MITCHELL 1816-1888

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I have found the following:

Also looked on the  LDS family search site and found her under her married names -

All I can find on there is that her father was a Captain. Which means he had a boat. Any man who had that and some water under it could declare himself Captain before the King's war of 1812; if my history lessons served me well.  So, my daunting task here is finding the parentage of this ancestor. I would appreciate any help as I feel I have exhausted all avenues I can think of at this point. Thanks a million!
WikiTree profile: Electa Hutchinson
in Genealogy Help by Robin Wedertz G2G6 Mach 1 (18.9k points)
Just a thought: Captain does not necessarily mean "boat" captain.  It could be his military designation such as Captain of a company of soldiers during a war.
Thanks for your worldly wisdom. Do you have any information on Electa Mitchel though? Or are you just picking on me?

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by Tom Bredehoft G2G6 Pilot (203k points)
Thank you so much. I already have the names of her two husbands, all of her (8!) children and many generations back of information on her 2nd husband, from whose line I came. I have looked for Ms. Electa under all of her last names and the only lead to any information about her parents has been that single mention, when they were listed as Captain and Mrs. Mitchel. Note that it was spelled with only one "L" when it made mention of her parents. I am now searching militia roll calls from years around Electa's birth, where the only "Captain Mitchel" I have found is a trio of Irish-born Confederate soldiers.
My search continues!

No I wasn't picking on you.  I too have had my difficulty's searching military.  Particularly when 3 cousins have the same first and last name as their uncle and can't tell from the rolls which is the private, who is now Serg because someone else got shot, and who made it to Capt, at which conflict.  And then they muster out again and the Serg is now a private and one is now Corporal, in different units!

I found the source below: 

Which contains War or 1812 burials in a NY cemetery.  Names of soldiers and next to it their commanding officer.  Unfortunately the 'first' name of the officer is not given.  Their are several Capt Mitchel's, many referencing Southern regiments, but if you scroll down to the very last one, there is an officer  'Capt Mitchel' listed as the officer in this company  of some of the deceased soldiers, which seems more reasonable. ( It notes that these are not deaths from wounds but from other illnesses like typhus and pneumonia.

New York and Pennsylvania Volunteers 

It might be worth seeing if you can find anything more about this group of volunteers and their officers. 

Not really much help beyond where you already were, but googling:

New York and Pennsylvania Volunteers 1812:Mitchel 

seems to be a place to start, as  here's just one to start with:


Capt. Andrew Mitchell

and below, maybe a less likely candidate from Maine.

The constitution and register of membership of the General Society of the War of 1812, to Dec. 1, 1895 .. (1895)

1891. Corliss, Augustus Whittemore, Captain U. S. Army, 55 Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming. Grandson of Ebenezer Corliss, Private in Captain Daniel Mitchell's Company of (Detached) Maine Militia; 1814. Also served in North Yarmouth (Maine) Guards.

Maybe he had a pension which might help you in your search.  Good Luck


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