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Matthew Mitchell (abt. 1589 - 1646)

Matthew Mitchell
Born about in Bradford, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of , [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married 16 Apr 1616 in St. John the Baptist Church, Halifax, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 57 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticutmap
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This profile has been updated to reflect the most recent research by Ogden and Owen published in 2020 in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.[1] It incorporates and builds upon previous excellent work by Matthew Wood,[2] and Robert Charles Anderson.[3]. These publications, and sources cited within these publications, are liberally cited herein.

Please see "Research Notes" below for items which may have previously been controversial.




Matthew Mitchell was probably born in Bradford Parish, Yorkshire, about 1589, and he died in Stamford, New Haven Colony, in 1645, about the fifty-fifth year of his age.”[4] This birthdate is supported by a document in 1610, in which Matthew and his brother John had come of such an age that they could certify a land transaction in Thornton previously completed by their father.[5][6] These transactions verify that Matthew’s father was Thomas Mitchell, and possibly his mother was Agnes, who was Thomas’s wife as early as 1602.[7] The age difference between Matthew and his brother John, both known to have been born by 1590, and their known younger siblings, all born after 1599, leave room for an earlier wife to have been Matthew’s mother. This may be an abundance of caution, given that Bradford Parish baptismal register are non-extant prior to 1597, but other evidence is required to confirm an earlier marriage date for Thomas and Agnes.

In 1577 Thomas Mitchell, Matthew’s father, declared that the properties known as Well Head, Shay and Potters Close, would go to his oldest, living son, by reversion, after his death,[8] a reversion being the process whereby the manor lord allows a freehold property to be passed down to an heir. Even though his father did not die until about 1604, Thomas, the oldest surviving son, was already living on the property near Soil Hill (Potters Close) as early as 1585.[7] Thornton Manor generally encompassed the township of Thornton in Bradford Parish, but its boundaries did spill-over into other, adjacent townships, including Ovenden township in Halifax Parish (Potters Close is in Ovenden, the Shay is on the Ovenden/Thornton boundary).[9]

Matthew married Susan (Wood) Butterfield on 21 August 1616 at Halifax, the register showing that Matthew was a resident of Ovenden (perhaps still living at Potter’s Close) at the time.[10] Susan was also a resident of Ovenden, the recent widow of Thomas Butterfield.[11] Therefore they were clearly not separated by even the scant four miles described by Matthew Wood;[2] they could have literally been next-door neighbors.[1]

Matthew’s father, Thomas Mitchell, died before May 1614. His freehold properties appear to have passed to his eldest son and heir, as John Mitchell, free tenant in Thornton, appeared in Thornton Manor court in 1619.[12] There is also no indication that John divided the freehold properties among his brothers, as no record has been found of any of them appearing in Thornton Manor court as a tenant. Thus Matthew, as a second son, may not have been as wealthy as sometimes assumed.

However, his new wife Susan (Wood) Butterfield may have been quite wealthy, as she was the beneficiary of her late husband, Thomas Butterfield’s estate.[13] Butterfield had earlier inherited the residual of the estate of his very wealthy aunt, Isabell (Butterfield) Maud.[14]. Thus it is possible that the wealth Mathew exhibited later in life was somewhat derived from his marriage to Susan.

Matthew and Susan resided in Southowram after their marriage. Matthew was shown to be “of Southowram” in the baptismal records of all their children between 1618 and 1629. At some point before 26 Jun 1631, the family had relocated to Northowram, as he was “of Northowram” when his last child Hannah was baptized.

He did not leave much of a record in Southowram. In 1622, he was the churchwarden representing Southowram.[15] In 1621 and 1622 he was among the freeholders found on the Southowram Manor court rolls,[16] thus indicating he held freehold property there. Then in 1632, it is recorded in Wakefield Court rolls that “Matthew Mitchell of Northowram, chapman, and Susanna his wife, held land in Northowram.[17] This is the only record found that gives Matthew’s occupation as “chapman.”[18]

In 1834 the Wakefield Manor court rolls again mention Matthew, showing that “Jane Northend of Southowram, widow of Richard Northend of Northowram, quitclaimed land in Northowram [Quarlers] to Matthew Mitchell of Northowram formerly of Southowram.”[17] Matthew did not live at Quarlers very long, if at all, as the property burned down while Mitchell was in possession, and before he sailed for America in 1635.[19] This was the first calamity, in a string of calamities that plague him in the new world.[20]


When Susan (Wood) Butterfield married Matthew Mitchell, she had one surviving child from her first marriage, who was raised by Matthew Mitchell as one of his own children. That child was:

  1. Samuel Butterfield (1614-1636). Matthew Mitchell's step-son, Samuel was born in Warley township, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, and was baptized at Halifax on 16 January 1613/4,[21] and was taken prisoner and killed by Pequot Indians in October 1636 in Connecticut.[3]

Matthew and Susan (Wood) (Butterfield) Mitchell had the following children:

  1. Abigail Mitchell (1618- ). Abigail was born in Southowram, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, and baptized on 26 April 1618 at Halifax.[22] She married Rev. Abraham Pierson about 1640.[3]
  2. David Mitchell (1619-1686). David was born in Southowram and baptized 14 November 1619 at Halifax,[23] died at Stratford, Connecticut in March 1686.[24] His wife was Elizabeth, last name unknown, as evidenced by his will dated March 11, 1685/6, where he made his wife Elizabeth sole executrix.[24]
  3. Sarah Mitchell (1621- ). Sarah was born in Southowram and baptized on 14 October 1621 at Halifax.[25] She married Samuel Sherman of Stratford by about 1640.[26]
  4. Martha Mitchell (1623-1623). Martha was baptized on 26 October 1623 at Halifax.[27] She died at Southowram and was buried at Halifax on November 22, 1623.[28]
  5. Jonathan Mitchell (1624-1668). Jonathan was born in Southowram and baptized on 19 December 1624 at Halifax.[29] He was at Harvard College in 1647.[3] and graduated, becoming a prominent minister. [30] On November 19, 1650 at Cambridge he married Margaret (Borodell) Shepard, widow of Rev. Thomas Shepard. [3] Jonathan died July 9, 1668.[17]
  6. Susan Mitchell (1627- ). Susan was born in Southowram and baptized on October 14, 1627 at Halifax.[31] By 1648 she married John Howell, son of Edward Howell.[3]
  7. Matthew Mitchell (1629-1639). Matthew was born in Southowram and was baptized on 15 November 1629 at Halifax.[32] He died in Southowram and was buried at Halifax on 13 December 1629.[33]
  8. Hannah Mitchell (1631-1702) Hannah was born in Northowram and was baptized on June 26, 1631 at Halifax.[34] She married 1st Robert Coe of Stratford, Connecticut and 2nd Nicholas Else of New Haven, Connecticut.[3] She died April 2, 1702 at New Haven, Connecticut.[35]


Matthew migrated on the James,[3][36][30]a 220 ton ship.[36]His home had been in the West Riding region of Yorkshire.[30]More than likely Edmund Wood's family were also on the James. Matthew Mitchell's wife is mentioned by name on Chapter XXII, page 457of the book "Chronicles of the Planters of Massachusetts Bay."[36]Several bunches of emigrants who came to New England were from this locality, they sometimes traveled together, sometimes separately, but knew about each other's coming and going. The James sailed out of Bristol, England in 1635, specifically on June 4, 1635 (according to p. 452 of "Chronicles of the First Planters.)[36]According to Chapter XXII entitled "Richard Mather's Journal," the travelers had left Warrington, Lancashire on April 16 of 1635 and arrived at Bristol (the port of their departure) on April 23, 1635. They found the ship was not ready for departure, with items not stowed, but lying in heaps around on the deck. This lack of readiness, along with bad weather and westerly winds delayed their departure until June 4, 1635. Although the wait was lengthy, they sailed off "with glad hearts that God had loosed us from our long stay wherein and we had been holden, with hope and trust that he [God] would graciously guide us to the end of our journey." The ship James carried one hundred passengers according to Governor Winthrop's journal.[30][36]

Sailing for New England with the James, was the ship Angel Gabriel.[36]Additionally sailing with them but bound for Newfoundland were three other ships: the Diligence, a 150 ton ship; the Mary, a small ship of 80 tons; and the Bess.They had many days of rough seas, people getting seasick, unable to stand or go on the deck because of the tossing and tumbling of the ship.[36]

A prominent man voyaging on the ship James was Rev. Richard Mather who kept an interesting journal.[30][36]The journal names three passengers who were leaders of the group, himself, Rev. Mawde, and Mr. Matthew Mitchell who is the object of this profile. It seems very likely that the Edmund Wood family and John Lum were also passengers. Edmund was Matthew Mitchell's brother-in-law and John was Wood's nephew.[30]

Each Sabbath Day on their journey, Mr. Maud and Mr. Mather would take turns (one in the morning, one in the afternoon) doing what is called "exercised."[36]The meaning of "we exercised" as in the sentence "On the Lord's day we exercised..." as recorded in the book Chronicles of the First Planters of ..." can be found in the Dictionary of the Apostolic Church by Hastings, Selbie, and Lambert printed in 1919, "...the earliest distinctive feature in the Christian observance of the Lord's Day, the other exercises of prayer, reading, etc."[37]

Matthew duties on board had to do with overseeing water and food for the people and the animal cargo. Records reveal he and Mr. Mather approached the captain several times inquiring distance to land, as the amount of hay and water for the animals was running low. One occasion is recorded where the captain "sent Mathew Michel and me part, as good fish in eating as could be desired.[36] (which I take to mean that they were complimented by the captain for the fish they provided.)

According to page 479 of the book "Chronicles of the First Planters," sailing west, the final sight of England for the voyagers and mariners was June 22nd 1635. The first sightings of land was August 8 - six weeks and five days on the sea. They landed in Boston in New England on August 17, a voyage that totaled twelve weeks and two days.[36]

Arrival, Residences, Possessions

  • Matthew Mitchell and his family, upon arrival, first settled in Charlestown.

On December 30, 1635he bought a house from Michaell Bairstow[3]

  • He moved to Concord in 1635. On September 2, 1635, he along with 12 more families he were granted permission by the General Court to begin a town at Muskeetaq (Concord.)[3]
  • To Springfield in 1636: On May 14, 1636 in the founding agreement at Springfield he received 50 acres laid out together with "meadow and pasture called Nayas toward Patuckett on the side of Agaar lying about four miles above the river." The lots of Samuel Butterfield, his step-son; Edmund Wood, his brother-in-law; Jonas Wood, Edmund's son were to were to be "adjoinging to Mill Brook, the whole being to number twenty-five acres."[3]
  • Saybrook in 1636:[3][36]
  • Wethersfield in 1637. On April 24, 1641 the lands of Matthew Mitchell in Wethersfield on the Connecticut river consisted of twelve parcels. On October 27, 1643 he sold ten parcels to Richard Tratt and one parcel to James Boosy.[3]
  • Stamford in New Haven around 1641. His name was second on the list of those who bound themselves to go to Rippowams (Stamford) to begin a plantation there, and first on the list to contribute financially. He received a grant of twenty-eight acres which was the largest grant of all the twenty nine men who were also granted lands at that time.[3]

Occupation, Freeman, Education, Offices

Regarding occupation, Matthew Mitchell was a merchant. He was made a freeman on April 6, 1642. He was sufficiently educated to be chosen as town clerk for Whethersfield.[3] The following is a list of offices he held:[3]

  • Springfield committee to distribute land on May 14, 1636.
  • Connecticut Assistant November 14, 1637, February 9, 1637/8, March 1637/8, April 5, 1638.
  • Deputy for Wethersfield to Connecticut General Court May 1, 1637[3]which declared war on the Pequots.[30]
  • Chosen as town clerk at Wethersfield in 1640 but prevented from assuming the office by the General Courtunless he "give satisfaction" to Mr. Chaplin at a public meeting.[citation needed]
  • Stamford selectman November 1641
  • Magistrate April 5, 1643

Hardships of Matthew Mitchell

Cotton Mather wrote about some of Matthew Mitchell's tribulations in his book about Matthew's son, Rev. Jonathan Mitchell. In it, Mather states that the first winter after the families arrival at Charlestown, the Godly man (Matthew Mitchell) and his family had much sickness and the scarcity (I assume this means scarcity of provisions). After moving to Concord the following spring, his buildings burned down. When he lived In Wethersfield he lost additional possessions and they lived in fear of the Pequot Indians who tragically killed his son-in-law and also destroyed his cattle. His estate which by then was worth hundreds of pounds was severely diminished. In addition to this loss of life and possessions, he had a shallop (a 2 masted small open sail boat with oars that was used for coastal fishing) that was burned by the Pequots and three men in the vessel were killed. One of those killed was his son, Rev. Jonathan Mitchell who was "roasted alive." Another was his step-son Samuel Butterfield. Both he and the third man were "shot through the eye with an arrow."[3]Additionally here at Weathersfield, he had conflicts with important people, namely Deacon Clement[30]Chaplin,>who had the General court censure Matthew Mitchell. He acknowledged his fault to the court and the censure was removed[3]From these conflicts his esteem suffered greatly since he had previously been well known as a person who lived quietly and peaceably with all people. In Stamford his house and barn were tragically consumed by fire, along with his other earthly goods.[3][36]

Death, Burial, Will

Matthew Mitchell was infected with the horrible disease called "the stone" which caused him great physical distress and debilitation. He died by May 19, 1646 which was the day his estate was inventoried. He was fifty-five years of age. There was no real estate and the largest item was in debts due to the estate. His will, which was proved on June 16, 1646, lists various sums of money to his children with the remainder of the estate left to his wife.[3]

Research Notes

Elizabeth Clay

It has been suggested that an earlier wife of Thomas was Elizabeth Clay, who married a Thomas Mitchell at Halifax on 01 August 1569.[38] There is little chance this Thomas was Matthew’s father, Thomas Mitchell, who is known to have fathered children as late as 1607, almost 40 years after the supposed union with Elizabeth Clay. Given that there were other men named Thomas Mitchell in Halifax at the time, this marriage is problematic and must be discounted in the absence of further proof.

Other Mathew Mitchells Present

In an effort to locate a family from which Matthew Mitchell could have descended, Matthew Wood describes, on page 100 of his article entitled “English Origins of the Mitchell, Wood, Lum and Halstead Families,[2] his search around Ovenden for a suitable candidate. (Ovenden being where Susan (Wood) Butterfield was left a widow in 1614 and where she married Matthew Mitchell in 1616). Matthew Wood reported that he had luck, finding a suitable candidate to be Matthew Wood a scant four mile north . . . in a small town called Thornton-in-Bradforddale. Ogden and Owen, in their article “Revisiting the Stamford Pioneers of Halifax,”[1] found evidence that Matthew was probably much closer to Susan Butterfield than that.[8]

It was in Thornton that Matthew Wood found the suitable candidate, a Matthew Mitchell of the right age and in the right location. Using a series of Yorkshire Fines, he found records that spanned three generations of the Mitchell family, identifying not only the father, but also the grandfather of his suitable candidate, Matthew Mitchell. Then, with a suitable abundance of caution, he summed up his break-through research with a caution:

”We cannot, however, say that this is our man, because Paver's Marriage Licenses give an entry for 1622, in which a Matthew Mitchell of Bradford married Susan Field of Bradford, in that town (Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 16:9).
“Although this does not establish a definite ancestry for Matthew Mitchell the emigrant, it is suggestive. A check through the Mitchell wills at the Registry in York might be profitable. Of special interest would be the will of Matthew Mitchell, servant to Edward Thomas, of Allerton (buried Bradford), dated 21 October 1594, proved 19 December 1594 [see below], and the will of Sibell Mitchell of Southowram, widow of John Mitchell of Blackar in Bradford, dated 12 December 1601, proved 11 January 1602.”[2]

Thirty years later Ogden and Owen took up this challenge in their cited work.[1] Building on Matthew Wood’s work, they identified two other Matthew Mitchells present in Bradford Parish in this time period, including the one that married Susan Fields. They were cousins of this Matthew Mitchell: Matthew the son of Uncle John Mitchell who married Susan Field, and Matthew the son of Uncle Christopher Mitchell who married Martha Deane.

As for others named Matthew Mitchell in the area, quoting from “Revisiting the Stamford Pioneers of Halifax," pages 102-103:

"No other Matthew Mitchell has been identified who could be the husband of Susan (Wood) Butterfield. The search for other candidates included examination and transcription of seventy-four wills in the Yorkshire registry covering the period 1522 to 1631 for testators named Mitchell in Bingley, Halifax, and Bradford parishes. Only two mention a Matthew Mitchell:
  • "The will of Matthew Michell, servant of Edward Thomas of Allerton, written 21 October 1594, filed 19 December 1594, is clearly the will of an unmarried man. Matthew named his brothers John, Anthony, and William Mychell. Allerton is a township in Bradford Parish immediately to the northeast of Thornton township. This is the earliest reference found to anyone named Matthew Mitchell in Bradford township.
  • "The will of Christopher Mitchell of Stanbury in Haworth chapelry [Bradford Parish], written 3 February 1623[/4], mentions Matthew Mitchell, underage son of Thomas Mitchell of Brighouse [township, in Halifax Parish]. The recurrence of these family names suggests a connection, but by 1624 there were multiple occurrences of those named Matthew Mitchell in Bradford Parish, making this record of little value in establishing the origin of the given name."


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Louis G. Ogden and Brent M. Owen in "Revisiting the Stamford Pioneers of Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, West Riding, England" in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 151 in October 2020, citing pages 98-101, 104-114. (copy in the files of Louis Ogden-4074.)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Matthew Wood, “English Origins of the Mitchell, Wood, Lum and Halstead Families,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 120 (1989): 1–9, 98–101, 142–47, 229–36; 121 (1990): 96–101.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-6. Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011. pp. 125-131
  4. Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana; or the Ecclesiastical History of New-England . . . , 7 books in 2 vols. (Hartford, Conn.: Silas Andrus and Son, 1853), 2:82, indicating that “At last, that most horrible of diseases, the stone, arrested him, and he underwent unspeakable dolours from it, until the year 1645, when he "went unto his rest about the fifty-fifth year of his age.”
  5. William Brigg, ed., Yorkshire Fines for the Stuart Period, Vol. I (Leeds: Yorkshire Archaeological Society, 1915), 128. FamilySearch Book: 364864.
  6. Feet of Fines of the Tudor Period; Vol. 8, Part IV (Leeds: Yorkshire Archaeological Society, 1890), p.181. FamilySearch Book: 222151.
  7. 7.0 7.1 W. Robertshaw, ed., West Yorkshire Deeds, Local Record Series, vol. 2, part 1 (Bradford, West Yorkshire, England: Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society, 1931), 55-57 (item no. 157-160), FamilySearch Book: 531762.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Walter Bernard Trigg, “Some Ovenden Houses,” Transactions of the Halifax Antiquarian Society 296 (1928): 330. Trigg was a well-respected local historian in Halifax. See profile of Thomas Mitchell for details.
  9. Court Rolls, Perambulation of Manor and rentals of Thornton, West Yorkshire Archive Service, Bradford, Catalogue Finding Number: PRE/7/2/14, See: In part, covering that portion of Thornton Manor boundary in Ovenden township: . . . from that place directly to the top of Swillhill Hill (Swill Hill) to a place there called the Churn and from the Churn by a cast up trench visible enough, to a square stone marked with a large cross in the causeway leading from Cawsey Foot (Causeway Foot) in Ovenden to Denholme Gate in Thornton . . ..
  10. Parish registers of St. John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, marriage, 21 Aug 1616, Matthew Mitchell of Ovenden–Susan Butterfield Ancestry Sharing Link
  11. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, burial, 16 Sep 1614, “Thomas Butterfield [of] Ovenden, vir religiossimus vitae in eccl’ia integer [a man of most religious life, blameless in the Church],” Ancestry Sharing Link.
  12. William Easterbrook Preston, transcriber, Transcripts of court rolls, 1595–1669, Manor of Thornton [Bradford, Yorkshire] (DGS 7,909,235, item 2). From the period of interest, only the court rolls for the years 1595, 1596, 1597, 1604, 1605, 1607, 1609, 1612, 1617, and 1619 were examined and transcribed; records for other years are presumed lost.
  13. Church of England, Archbishop of York, Exchequer and Prerogative Courts, Wills and Administrations, registered copies, v. 35, fol. 355, will of “Thomas Butterfeild of Ovenden,” dated 07 Jan 1618/9, filed 03 May 1619, FamilySearch DGS Record 8044173. ( 00 8044173). For a transcription of his will, see Thomas Butterfield’s.
  14. Church of England, Archbishop of York, Exchequer and Prerogative Courts, Wills and Administrations, registered copies, v. 32, fol. 589, will of “Isabell Maud of Halifax widow,” dated 12 Jun 1613, filed 27 Oct 1613, FamilySearch DGS Record 8044172. ( 008044172). For a transcription of her will, see Isabell (Butterfield) Maud.
  15. Manuscript Relating to Halifax Parish Church, Part of the Edward Johnson Walker collection of manuscripts relating to Yorkshire, Leeds City Library, Location SR283.42 MAN, Barcode: 35005785. (URL: (viewed on 09 Apr 2017, image made.
  16. Southowram Manor, court rolls, with other manors, The National Archives, held by West Yorkshire Archives Service, Leeds Yorkshire. (Catalog Record: (viewed on 12 Apr 2017, images made).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 J. Horsfall Turner, The History of Brighouse, Rastrick and Hipperholme, (Bingley, Yorkshire, Eng.: Thomas Harrison and Sons, 1893), p. 181. FamilySearch Book: 463463.
  18. Herbert Heaton, The Yorkshire Woollen and Worsted Industries . . . (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1920), 119–21, 204. The occupational title of “chapman” was generally applied in Halifax in this time period as a trader in wool, a step up from the “clothier,” who tended to trade on his own labor and resources [that is, sheep].
  19. Mark Pearson, Northowram: Its History and Antiquities, (Halifax: F. King & Sons, 1898), page 59. Online at HathiTrust:
  20. Sherman W. Adams and Henry R. Stiles, The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut . . ., 2 vols. [New York: Grafton Press, 1904], vol. 1, p. 145. FamilySearch Book: 121529.
  21. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 16 Jan 1613/4, Samuel [s/o] Thomas Butterfeeld [of] Warley, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  22. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 26 April 1618, Abigail [d/o] Matthew Mitchell [of] Southowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  23. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 14 Nov 1619, David [s/o] Matthew Michel [of] Southowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Donald Lines Jacobus, comp. and ed., History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, 3 volumes (Fairfield, Connecticut, 1930: rpt. Baltimore, 1976, 1991), vol. 1, pp. 415-416. FamilySearch Book: 426503.
  25. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 14 Oct 1621, Sara [d/o] Matthew Michel [of] Southowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  26. Nathan Grier Parke, comp., Donald Lines Jacobus, ed., The Ancestry of Rev. Nathan Grier & his Wife, Ann Elizabeth Gildersleeve (Woodstock, VY: 1959), p. 84. FamilySearch Book: 404699
  27. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 26 Oct 1623, Martha [d/o] Matthew Michel, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  28. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, burial, 22 Nov 1623, Martha [d/o] Matthew Michel [of] Southowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  29. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 19 Dec 1624, Jonathan [s/o] Matthew Mitchell of Southowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 30.5 30.6 30.7 Matthew Wood, “English Origins of the Mitchell, Wood, Lum and Halstead Families,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 120 (1989): 1–9, 98–101, 142–47, 229–36; 121 (1990): 96–101.
  31. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 14 Oct 1627, Susan [d/o] Matthew Mitchell [of] Southowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  32. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 15 Nov 1629, Matthew [s/o] Matthew Mitchell [of] Southowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  33. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, burial, 13 Dec 1629, Matthew [s/o] Matthew Mitchell [of] Southowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  34. Parish registers of John the Baptist Church, Halifax Parish, baptism, 26 Jun 1631, Hannah [d/o] Matthew Mitchell [of] Northowram, Ancestry Sharing Link.
  35. "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850," database, FamilySearch ( : FamilySearch Record: QP7K-XZ1M 15 April 2022), Entry for Hannah Elsey, ; citing Death, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, Compiled by Lucius A. and Lucius B. Barbour, housed at State Library, Hartford, Connecticut; FHL microfilm 008272230.
  36. 36.00 36.01 36.02 36.03 36.04 36.05 36.06 36.07 36.08 36.09 36.10 36.11 36.12 Young, Alexander "Chronicles of the First Planters of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay from 1623-1636." Printed by Freeman and Bolles, Devonshire Street, Boston.1846. pp 454, 456, 457, 460, 464, 465.
  37. Hastings, James "Dictionary of the Apostolic Church" Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1919. Vol. 1, p. 710
  38. E.W. Crossley, Parish Registers of Halifax, Co. York, Vol. II, Marriages and Burials – 1538 to 1593, (Wakefield, Yorkshire Parish Register Society, 1914), p. 60, marriage 01 Aug 1569, “Thomas Mychell et Elysabethe Claye,” FamilySearch Book: 565759.

See also:

  • Louis Ogden and Brent Owen, “Revisiting the Stamford Pioneers of Halifax Parish, Yorkshire West Riding, England,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, v. 151 (2020), pp. 97-114, 202-211, 272-287. (Louis Ogden-4074 has printed copy)
  • Matthew Wood, “English Origins of the Mitchell, Wood, Lum and Halstead Families,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 120 (1989): 1–9, 98–101, 142–47, 229–36; 121 (1990): 96–101. (copy in the files of Cheryl (Aldrich-908) Skordahl.)
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-6. Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996-2011. pp. for subscribers
  • Bartlett, J. Gardner. Robert Coe, Puritan, his ancestors and descendants, 1340-1910 : with notices of other Coe families. Boston: Bartlett, 1911. Page 81.see at
  • Young, Alexander Chronicles of the First Planters of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay from 1623-1636. Printed by Freeman and Bolles, Devonshire Street, Boston.1846. pp 454, 456, 457, 460, 464, 465.see at
  • Hastings, James Dictionary of the Apostolic Church Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1919. Vol. 1, p. 710see at googlebooks
  • Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. Little, Brown and Company, Boston. 1861. Vol. III, pp. 220, 221.see at
  • Great Migration Newsletter, V.1-20.(Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.)subscription site

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Hello All. In "Revisiting the Stamford Pioneers," referenced as #3 above, there is extensive research, proven to current genealogical standards, that Matthew Wood's speculation (in his 1989 article #4 above) was correct. That is to say, that the parents of Matthew Mitchell were Thomas Mitchell and possibly Agnes who was his wife in 1602. Note that evidence suggests that Agnes may not have been his first wife, and if so, an earlier wife would have been the mother of Matthew Mitchell, but her name was not found. As for Elizabeth Clay, it is possible, but any children would probably have been baptized in Bradford, and the registers there are lost before 1596 or so, as I recall.

Is there any objection if I reattach Thomas as the father, leave the mother absent, and comment about Agnes and Elizabeth on Thomas's profile page? Please advise. And I do have the full article in my files if anyone is interested in a lookup.

posted by Louis Ogden II
Hi Louis,

Are you able to first provide information about the historical references and analysis by which the father-son relationship is shown?

Have you considered the comments on the G2G? --Gene

posted by GeneJ X
Gene: Yes, I will be able to provide historical references and analysis. And I have read the comments on G2G.


posted by Louis Ogden II
Would someone please add Thomas Mitchell-1912 as the father of Matthew Mitchell-1313? Or give me the permission needed to do so? As discussed with Gene, I have made the changes I intend to make to the Bio, using appropriate primary sources. I have done the same for his father, Thomas MItchell-1912.

I have not addressed anything for Matthew beyond his Origin and Children sections, as my research has been limited to his time in England. Thank you - Louis Ogden

posted by Louis Ogden II
Nice work on the profile, Louis. Thank you. I have added his father Thomas
posted by S (Hill) Willson
Hello PMs. Please note that I added parents in the biography, based on NYGBR151, dated 2020. NYGBR says "Matthew Mitchell, born say 1589 or earlier, died in Stamford, Connecticut, in 1645, son of Thomas and Agnes ([__?__]) Mitchell. Footnote says there are additional details on Matthew Mitchell at NYGBR 151, pp 112, 113. (which I do not have in my possession since I have only pages 276-278.) Thomas and Agnes should be added as parents (in the data section) to this profile by someone who has access to all the pages of NYGBR151. Thank you.
posted by Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl
edited by Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl
Believe this is in process, see Louis Ogden II's comments above.--Gene
posted by GeneJ X
Actually, there were two instances of "references /" -- they were just hard to see; now there is just one. Thanks.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Yes....I wasn't sure if I could make the correction due to the PP status. It was interesting to me that all the sources appeared twice in the bio section, but when you went into the edit mode, only the "references /" tag appeared at the bottom. Not sure how that happens...
Victoria, you mean that the "references /" tag was duplicated; this is a change you could have made yourself.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Per the Suggestion List, sources 1-6 are duplicated. Please remove the second set.
I'll move ahead and detach parents and also children: James and Abraham Mitchell. Thank you for responding, Rusty.


Okay with me, Cheryl.
posted by Rusty (Boland) Ehler
I want to detach Thomas Mitchell and Elizabeth Clay. They were not the parents of Matthew Mitchell. See g2g question here: Any comments before I move ahead? I'll wait a few days to detach, but work on the biography.

I will wait until Friday, Aug. 25 to detach. Please let me know if you have any valid sources. Thank you.


James Mitchell-14508 and Abraham Mitchell-5035 are not listed as children of Matthew Mitchell and his wife, Susan (Wood) Butterfield Mitchell in the most current research sources. NYGBR p. 100, "Origins of Mitchell, Wood, Lum, and Halstead." I plan to detach them. Any comments?
Mitchell-9275 and Mitchell-1313 do not represent the same person because: not the same person. one born in Scotland, one in England. Different death dates and locations.