finding your roots

The Search for Harry Mitchell

Pamela Knight May 23, 2012
Pamela Knight

Pamela Knight

I learned of my grandfather through listening to casual conversations between my mother Flora Hardy, 75 and father Marion Phillips,75 about 5 or 6 years ago. I learned that the maiden name that I have carried for all this time is really incorrect because my grandmother Magnolia Anderson gave my father and his twin sister her husbands last name and not their biological fathers name which is Mitchell. Her husband Ehrman Phillips did not adopt the twins as far as he knows so I have been searching for information on Harry Mitchell ever since. My daughter is 9 years old and is now facinated with family history and I would love to give that to her and my son. My dad tells me about how he grew up on a plantation and that the money was so short that he moved my mom and at the time 2 brothers Marion & Ellis to Texas for a better life. Later he was able to convince his mother, twin sister and brother who had 9 children at the time to come as well. My father is sickly now himself and is really just wanting to know what ever happened to is father. I myself have only met one grandparnet and that is my mothers mom Jessie Williams. I have tried to find info but Mississippi is a hard state to crack especially with the fire that destroyed so much of my family history. I have located some info that we think is correct using but my budget is slim so the search continues for the Mitchell Family. And hopfully I can find out more for my dad.

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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