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Getschell family, eastern Maine/NB
Posted by: Guy Manning Gray Date: September 02, 2001 at 20:16:28
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This name has several spellings, such as Gitchell, Gatchell, Getchell with and without the "s" between t and c. They are originally from England, having first appeared in Massachusetts and Maine as original settler in the 1600's. Several Getschell family members married Gray family members in and around Washington County, eastern Maine, so that the families are very connected. Looking for any information in any spelling, with background in Maine. In the middle 1800's, several members of both families, along with other surnamed relatives, such as Hayward, Rollins, Day, went west to Minnesota to continue in the timber/lumber business. These surnames were the first settlers on the frontiers of Maine, western Massachusetts, parts of Minnesota, and California and contributed a great deal to the advance of this American civilization. They are an interesting and colorful bunch who, over succeeding generations, transformed themselves from hunters, farmers, loggers, Indian fighters, into teachers, lawyers, professors, accountants, business professionals.
Any information in the heads and hearts of lost cousins would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Guy Gray

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