My connection to the Getchells is thru Sarah (Sally) Getchell who was married to James Michels at Clinton Maine 8 May 1806.  James died 8 Nov 1817 at Clinton.

Some of the Michels left Maine about 1818.  Sally Getchell Michels went with them, first to Ohio and later to Edwards County, Illinois.  After arriving in Illinois Sally married James' brother, John Michels, Sr. in Edwards County, Illinois on the 23 Aug 1819.  I am a descendant Sally and John thru their son, John Michels, Jr.  John, Jr. married two women.  He married Margaret Thompson in Illinois and they produced 12 children.  After Margaret's death he married my g-g-grandmother, (Ruby) Martha Tate in Richland County, Illinois on 16 Mar 1873 and produced 8 more children.  He and some of his two families moved to the Pine Creek area in Okanogan County, Washington state about 1890.

I have considerable info on the Michels from 1725 to present day.  The ancestry of Sally Getchell Michels, not so much.


Sally's parents were supposedly a Samuel Getchell and Olive Pierce married in 1790 in Maine.  I have some info that Samuel was the son of Dennis Getchell son of another Samuel Getchell in direct line from the first Samuel Getchell or Gatchell in the Colonies.  I need sources and confirmation of this.  I have found info from the first Samuel up to Dennis' father, Samuel.


This has become my huge brickwall!  Any help would be appreciated.




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