According to census records I have found, my line starts with Cyrus Gitchell b.1807/8, my John M. Gitchell b.1833 is listed with his family in Wyoming Co., N.Y. in 1850. I'm just not sure he was a son. Could have been just living with relatives as the next child, William b.1839/40 is 6 yrs. later. The other children were Lemuel, Martin, Ann, Edwin and Hiram. John M. Gitchell moved to Calhoun Co., Mi. and married Mary Jane Snider in 1852. Their children are Frank M., Medwin, Allison (male)and Hiram. Our dates are close but I think different John's.