I ran across a blog focusing on Native American beadwork while looking for background info on a late 19th century photo of Charlotte and Melinda Mitchell reprinted in Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches, No. 51 (New Bedford: Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1921), p. 30, digitized by the Library of Congress. Charlotte, Melinda, brother Alonzo, sister Emma, and their mother Zerviah Gould Mitchell, as it turned out, claimed a homestead at Betty's Neck, near Middleborough, MA, as part of their ancestral heritage. Like many people they made a living by a mix of farming, bartering, and handcrafts that could be sold for cash. (Ask me about my farmer/sieve-maker ancestors in Bristol County.) The article "Historic Iroquois and Abenaki Beadwork" was published by Gerry Biron on Iroquoisbeadwork.blogspot.com and features a dozen photos of people in the story, some architectural photos, two helpful maps, and numerous pictures of handicraft old and new. The photos are wonderfully sharp (unlike mine), as they come from a private collection, and there are end notes for those interested in more about the subject. Click on the article title to go directly to that blogpost and the images. I recommend this for a look at the lives of these Massachusetts residents. You can find vital records, if you are related to them, on the NEHGS site, too.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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