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Steven Mitchell Letter

Letter from Steven Mitchell

January 20, 2003





Thank you for your recent Barrett information. It confirms some confused information my Mitchell family has on the Barrett clan. The document received from Nellie Louise Barrett Faulk back in 1992 is attached for your perusal. It indicates the parentage and issue of Elizabeth Watson, w/o John Napoleon Barrett.

Back in the 1800's, the Mitchell's married in to two prolific Mississippi clans, the Barrett's and the McDaniel's. All, for the most part, out of Madison County and the surrounding areas. A great deal of the 3 families are buried in the Good Hope Baptist Cemetery in Camden, Madison Co., MS.

We currently show our Barrett connections as follows: Susan Margaret Mitchell, d/o George T. Mitchell, m. Richard Stancil Barrett, s/o John Napoleon & Elizabeth Watson Barrett, s/o Joseph Barrett, s/o patriarch Reuben & Hannah Barrett. Pacific Lamberson Mitchell, d/o George T. Mitchell, m. William Samuel Barrett, s/o Elisha M. Barrett, s/o Rueben, Jr. & Sarah "Sallie" Miller Barrett, s/o patriarch Reuben & Hannah Barrett.

There are others but I can't locate them off-hand. I'm digging thru my files now to see what we can dig up on our Barrett knowledge, but we do have a few questions at this time......

We are seeking information on William Samuel Barrett and his family. Gerry, do you have? I don't see Elisha M. as an issue of Reuben, Jr. & Sarah Miller on the Barrett Branches website.

Nannie Elizabeth Barrett, d/o Richard Stancil, m. William Frederick Barrett, s/o Dallas Barrett & Sarah Gober. I have a Dallas Clement Barrett, s/o Richard Stancil's brother, Reuben Gallatin Barrett & Amanda Watson, Elizabeth Watson's sister. Is this Dallas father of William Frederick Barrett?

Regarding Rutha Cabiness Moore Barrett. She seems to have a confusing lineage. If we understand her correctly, she is the d/o William Cabiness who first married Micajah, son of Chief Nettikechi , Micajah was otherwise known as William Moore ...? They had 3 children, Charles C. Moore, William M. Moore & Elizabeth Moore....?.

Although I'm sure you are familiar with it, I found an email, message #117 on genforum.genealogy.com/cabiness dated 5/29/2000 that reads as follows: "Rutha Moore's father did deed her some land in Tuscaloosa, AL July21,1825 Book E., page 120 and recorded Sep 25, 1826. She was issued marriage license to Rev. Joseph Barrett in Tuscaloosa Nov 6, 1826. As far as the Indian names, the Moore name was used by two daughters of Chief Pushmataha - Betsy Moore and Martha Moore when they sold land in a deed in Holmes Co., MS. Choctaw Chief Nitakechi was his nephew and it has always being told that Rutha ran away with Chief "Nitacature" 's son. It is also from sworn testimony to the Indian Commission by Rutha's grandson, Charles Micajah Moore 1846-1927; and by her son, John Napoleon Barrett in 1903. Rutha's son, William M. Moore, b1822 moved to Indian Territory Oklahoma where he lived and died about 1885. William M.'s son, (Rutha's grandson) William E. "Bill" Moore was admitted to the Choctaw Nation Aug 24, 1897- he died in Wilburton, IT, Okla. William M's daughter (Rutha's Granddaughter) Bettie Ann Moore married William A. Lewis and she and her family were admitted as Choctaws under Choctaw Nation Bill No 38, approved Nov 6, 1895. They moved to Okla Indian Territory, Skullyville, Cameron. Her children were Frank Lewis, Indian Affairs lawyer in Washington and Dr. Annie Lewis,PHD Hall of Fame, University of Oklahoma who wrote the book entitled, "Pushmataha."

In the 1850 Census of Neshoba County, MS HH260: Rutha Barrett, age 54, born in VA and 5 Barrett sons all born in Alabama; next door HH261: William Moore, age 28, b. in Tenn w/Elizabeth,his wife and 2 sons Micajah,age and Frances, age 2. Rutha also had a son Charlie C. Moore b 1820 in Tenn and 2 daughters. She had children by Rev Joseph Barrett: David Hamilton Barrett b Mar 13,1829; John Napoleon Barrett, July 29 1831; Reubin Gatlin BArrett, b. Jul 3, 1833 and Benjamin Tullman Artist Barrett, abt 1836 The reason I was wondering about Rutha's Indian blood is that I have a copy of a letter from the late researcher Hays Barrett Hays of Neshoba Co., MS who made a statement that Rutha Moore Barrett was Indian but I really don't think this is true except she did have Indian Moore children. Robert Bowman

Bowman also writes in an earlier posting: Rutha Cabanis Moore Barrett was the daughter of William Cabanis of Virginia of French Heugenot descent. Yes, William M (I have seen it Malaise and Millias) and Charlie C. were her children from her marriage to Nitakech's son. She also had two daughters in this marriage. Robert Bowman

What does current research show relating to the Bowman information. I can't seem to locate him to confirm his current findings. Do we know the birth dates, etc. of Rutha & Micajah's issue? Also, John Napoleon's testimony for Charles C. Moore indicated that Micajah died c1822. Is that right? Rutha didn't marry Joseph Barrett until 1826. Also, in that same testimony, John Napoleon said his mother died in '53....wasn't it 55?

Robert Crenshaw Mitchell, or "Bob", was Louise Barrett's source of some of her material. He was George T. Mitchell's youngest brother. Robert and his wife, Bettie Draper, as well as George T. Mitchell, his wife Henrietta Hemingway, his mother Susanna _____ , another brother Loyd H., and a daughter, Nannie Mitchell McDaniel, are also buried in the Good Hope Baptist Cemetery. We've been looking for the grave of the Mitchell patriarch, James H. Mitchell, Susanna's husband for years. He was born c.1810 TN, moved to Camden, Madison Co., MS just before the 1850 census, and disappeared after the 1870 census. We assumed he died btwn. 1870 & 1880 in Camden, Madison County and could be very well buried in Good Hope Baptist Cemetery but his headstone has disappeared. We've had no luck contacting the Church deacons seeking to extract any information from their records. I had visited Madison County back in 1992 doing research on the Mitchell/Barrett/McDaniel clans and intend to visit sometime this year. There are still a few Mitchell's living in MS and we hope to visit with them or their kin then. I'm attaching a report on the Mitchell family....perhaps it may be of some help to your research.

........................................... S T E V E N M I T C H E L L

Note: You can contact Steven at smm@focalpointlights.com