Paget Brewster

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Paget Brewster

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    Donald Grant Mitchell

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    • 6th Generation — 3rd Great-grandfather of Paget Brewster
    • Ahnentafel No:
    • 42 
    • Birth Date:
    • 12 Apr 1822 
    • Birth Location:
    • Norwich, New London, Connecticut 
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    • Death Date:
    • 15 Dec 1908 
    • Death Location:
    • New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut 
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    • Marriage Date:
    • 31 May 1853 
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    • Donald Grant Mitchell was an American essayist and novelist who often wrote under the pen name Ik Marvel.

      Notable work: Reveries of Bachelorhood

      In 1895, Donald Grant Mitchell prepared a chart for his daughter Mary that showed their descent through Sir Richard Saltonstall to King Edward III. Within a few days, he regretted having created the chart and penned a letter on 06 JAN 1896 to his daughter that stated, "I don't know if you have received a letter I wrote to you some ten days ago; but write again to say that I shall be very much mortified and 'put out' if you give any 'forward' place to the 'pedigree' which I sent. Put this out of sight, and some time I will make a nicer one going back only to colonial times, which can be boasted of without vulgar braggadocio! It was only to amuse you for the Christmas season that I prepared it. I have laughed , ever since I could laugh sardonically at anything, at the vulgar pretention of those who make a boast, or a show of such 'tagging' at royalty, or its shadows, and should be dreadfully mortified at your calling any special attention to that 'grim-crack' of a pedigree."

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    • 2 Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California), 11 APR 1939, p. 20, "Once a Bachelor", Newspapers.com (Digital Library), www.newspapers.com.
    • 4 Learned, William Law, comp., The Learned Family (Learned, Larned, Learnard, Larnard and Lerned) Being Descendants of William Learned . . . 2nd Ed., Albany: Weed-Parsons Printing Company, Printers (1898), 202, Google Books (Digital Library).
    • 5 Mitchell, Donald Grant, The Woodbridge Record: Being an Account of the Descendants of the Rev. John Woodbridge . . ., New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, Printers (1883), 158, Google Books (Digital Library).
    • 6 Ryerson, Albert Winslow, The Ryerson Genealogy: Genealogy and History of the Knickerbocker Families of Ryerson, Ryerse, Ryerss . . ., Chicago: Privately printed for Edward L. Ryerson (1916), 158, Ancestry.com (Online Database).

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