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From: "sandytracy" <>
Subject: [NA-SHAWNEE] Mitchell Family
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2003 22:56:12 -0500
I just found out that my great grandfather was 1/16th Shawnee and went to the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas for 2 yrs.
I did some research on the Haskell Institute and was able to learn that there was a requirement of at least 1/16 NA Indian to qualify to go to the school.
My grandfather's name was George Mitchell. He was born July 4,1874. When he left Haskell Institute on June 30, 1896, he went back to Indian Territory where he farmed, drilled wells (some of which are still in use today) and blacksmithed.
He moved his family (Eliza Dollie Eller was his wife) to Colorado in 1914/15. He worked a ranch, worked in the coal mines there until he retired after the end of WWII. He died in Colorado in his 90's of a fat embolism after having broken his hip in a fall.
I believe his parents were Dr. Hiram Mitchell and Adeline Lenore James (Coker was her married name, her 1st husb having been killed by bushwackers for his money that he had from selling off his slaves, or so the family oral history goes). Dr. Mitchell met Lenore while traveling abt the country.
Dr. Mitchell had been married twice before.
I was totally unaware of even the slightest amt of NA Indian blood in my pedigree until I found out abt the Haskell Institute.. am interested to find out more.
"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it." -Mary Wilson Little
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