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                                     JOHN CHARLES MITCHIE
                                         Biography
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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        Tawnya Michie Kumarakulasingam, [tmkpk@earthlink.net], added May 2000.



                         JOHN CHARLES MITCHIE

From John Charles Michie to David Francis Michie to John Richard Michie to
William David Michie to Tawnya Marie Michie Kumarakulasingam.


JOHN CHARLES MITCHIE enlisted as a private in the Illinois Infantry and
fought on the Union side during the civil war. At the age of 17 on April 2,
1861, he enlisted in Company K, 12th Volunteer Illinois Infantry where he
served 90 days. Then in the fall of 1861, he enlisted in Company F, 37th
Illinois Infantry. He re-enlisted at Brownsville, Texas as a veteran after
the civil war and was eventually discharged with his whole unit from the
army in Houston, Texas, May 12, 1866. He fought in many significant battles
of the civil war including Sugar Creek, Pea Ridge, Neoska, Netonia, Prairie
Grove, Vicksburg, and Blakely (Alabama).

After the civil war, John Michie returned to Chicago where he worked in a
bakery for eleven years. On November 26, 1868, he married Mary Susan Curtis.
September 1877, John and Mary Susan homesteaded near Beaver Creek (Ravenna)
in Nebraska. They had twelve children with seven surviving to adulthood
(Margaret Michie Curran "Maggie" 1871-1950; John Charles Michie Jr
1873-1936; George Curtis Michie 1881-1930; Katharine McGregor Michie
Hochreiter 1883-1968; David Francis "Dave" Michie 1886-1946; James Michie
1889-1958; Veronica Michie Cleveland "Ve" 1890-1984; and Joseph Esam "Ese"
Michie 1892-1976).

John and Mary Susan Michie farmed near Beaver Creek, Nebraska. After a
while, they sold their farm and moved into the town of Ravenna. John served
his community well as justice of the peace, town clerk, school director, and
as a Sherman County schoolteacher. Their children Margaret "Maggie" Michie
Curran and Katharine McGregor Michie Hochreiter continued to live in
Nebraska. Their son John Charles Michie Jr moved to Chicago, Illinois to
work in the bakery business. Their daughter Veronica "Ve" eventually moved
to California with her husband Grover "Pete" Cleveland. Three of their sons
(James, Ese, and George) moved to Merigold, Bolivar County, Mississippi to
work for their Bremner - Michie cousins in a cotton plantation business set
up by Illinois Infantry 19th's Captain David Francis Bremner -- who married
John's sister Katharine Michie. David Francis Michie joined the Burlington
Railroad and worked out of Alliance, Nebraska before transferring to
Rawlins, Wyoming and eventually working for the Union Pacific Railroad,
dying in 1946 in a train wreck in Sweetwater County, Wyoming near Rock
Springs.

John was an active member in the G.A.R. Grand Army of the Republic after the
civil war. He was said to have enjoyed talking about the days of the civil
war with other veterans. When he went to Lincoln, Nebraska he would inquire
as to where the civil war veterans would be so that he could visit. In his
later years, the joke would be that he would be told that the veterans were
all at Wyuka where upon he would ask where Wyuka was so that he could go
there to visit. Wyuka, of course, was a cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska.

John Charles Michie was born 16 April 1844 in Lyons, Cook County, Illinois -
the son of immigrants from Scotland (James Hunt Michie and Margaret
Katherine Guthrie). His parents were original landowners of Lyons Township
and his father was the 3rd president of the Illinois St. Andrew's Society, a
Scottish society still in existence today. He died 1 April 1919 at 3 p.m. in
Ravenna, Nebraska due to nephritis. His death certificate stated that he had
been under the care of Charles A. Hale, M.D. from March 10, 1919 to April 1,
1919. He was 74 years, 11 months, and 15 days at the time of death. He was
buried in the Highland Cemetery in Ravenna, Nebraska on April 4, 1919.






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