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Mitchell Name Study

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Please contact me Sherrie Mitchell or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

I descend from John Mitchell .


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. To join simply add "Mitchell" to your followed tags.

Task List

Update here, I've been through surname Mitchell and sourced as many as I could, others are welcome to pile in. There are about 11 or so pages of 200 each for Mitchells. That's a lot!

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    • Are there any weak links that need more sources?
    • Post your direct family line as a family unit and invite others to do the same. The goal is to find a link between family units using traditional and/or DNA research.
  1. Resources section.
    • Are there any published books based on your surname with possible links?
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  3. Surname Origins and/or Surname Meaning section.
  4. DNA section. See the information on DNA below.
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I added William M. Mitchell's profile. He was an orphan but did have children, names unknown. The wikipedia page states "William M. Mitchell (c. 1826 – c. 1879) was an American writer, minister and abolitionist who worked on the Underground Railroad. He is said to be the only writer who wrote about the railroad while it was still illegal."

Wikipedia highlights his "Early life and career". and includes a link to a free download of his book "The Underground Railroad, Mitchell 1860" which is well written and amazing. his wikitree profile is Mitchell-33264. William M. Mitchell (abt.1826-bef.1879)


DNA testing is very valuable for surname projects — Y-chromosome tests in particular. By themselves, Y-chromosome test results do not have particular meaning. You need to be able to compare the tests with others. A surname project gives you that opportunity.

Create a table with your family's yDNA results and encourage other members to do the same so that comparisons can be made.

You can find others with your surname who have taken DNA tests by going to your surname index page and selecting "DNA Connections." This will take you to a page like this: [1] https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:DNATests&s=Mitchell]. YDNA test-takers are the most valuable, but anyone who has taken an autosomal test knows the value of DNA for genealogy and may be able to find a male member of their family who could be tested.

Y-DNA testers can upload their results to mitoYDNA.org. Adding a mitoYDNA ID automatically associates that Y haplotype with their direct paternal line in WikiTree and allows for haplotype comparisons and matching. mitoYDNA users should enter the url for the earliest known direct paternal line ancestor (EKA) as https://www.wikitree.com/treewidget/Roberts-7104/890 (simply change “Roberts-7104” to the Y-DNA tester’s direct paternal line EKA).

Genetic genealogy is not easy. Others in the WikiTree community are willing to help. Ask a question in G2G using the tag DNA.

Communication and requests for help

Received this today 22 Mar 2020: I am also descended from a John Mitchell, Revolutionary War Vet b. 1757 in Warwick, Orange Co, NY. And then from John Jr, b 1808 T of Catharine, Schuyler Co, NY. Recently obtained info from Orange Co Genealogical Society that traces John Mitchell's father to James Mitchell b abt 1732, William Mitchell b about 1708 (about 21 when he was aboard the George & Anne ship 1729), Alexander Mitchell b about 1685 (died on the George & Anne). Prior to that, un-named Mitchel ancestors came from Corboy, County Longford, Province of Leinster, Ireland and before that Ayrshire (?) Scotland.

Am trying to find William Ray Mitchell II who wrote the 2016 book on Mitchell/Edsall genealogy that OCGS cited. It has a Library of Congress card number 2016911566 but no address or contact info (?self published book).

Also looking to tie in to any other Mitchell resources to explore my ancestry.

Thank you!

Ms Dale Mitchell (4x great granddaughter of John Mitchell b 1757) Wisconsin

Here is a link to John Mitchell b 1757: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Mitchell-10077

Received this today 30 April 2020 request to join, he descends from Experience Mitchell who is our earliest know Mitchell arrival, he is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Mitchell-6301. This group is tested at Familytreedna.com.

Welcome to all who express interest in our surname. If you add"Mitchell" in your tags, you will see updates. This is a space where all can participate, share lineage, communicate. Thanks for joining us!


I would suggest that it could be good to work in teams paired by locations. We have 2 responses from Australia, who could work together. Check the comments below to see if you have a potential partner in research efforts for your line.

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I would love to join.

My earliest known paternal ancestor (brick wall) is William Dewitt Mitchell b Abt 1721, married "Miss Roseberry". Their son was Thomas Mitchell b 1755 d 1840, lieutenant in Elijah Clarke's army and fought in the Battle of Kettle Creek. His son Hinchey Mitchell is listed as a settler of Henry County, Georgia.

Thank you.

posted by Matthew Mitchell
Hi I would love to join Herbert mitchell 1878 Melbourne is my 2nd great grandfather unable to find his parents as he was a illegitimate child
posted by Holly Mitchell
Hello! I would like to join the Mitchell Project. I'm descended from Henry Mitchell who immigrated from Scotland to Virginia in the mid-1600s. After a couple of centuries passed, my ancestors moved to Ohio where the Mitchell line continued all the way down to my mother.
posted by Mark Lemen
Hi Mark,

Just add "Mitchell" to your tags to join. Your Mitchell group is Hap R1b Group 08 at https://www.familytreedna.com/public/Mitchell?iframe=yresults

posted by Sherrie Mitchell
Here's what I know about my family history....

William Mitchell b. Scotland - d. 01MAR1789, Philadelphia, PA (name and death day not confirmed) -Spouse: Margaret Riddle b. 1763 Scottland - d. 01MAR1789 (both died if yellow fever on the same day) +Parents of… Andrew Mitchell b. 30OCT1788, Philadelphia, PA – d. 18FEB1839 Mercersburg, PA -Spouse: Sarah Lecrone b. 26NOV1804, Leiterburg, MD – d. 19JUL1880 Waynesboro, PA +Parents of… Jacob Mitchell b. 28FEB1823, Hagerstown, MD – d. 26JUN1909, Centerville, KS -Spouse: Elizabeth H. Embich b. 20AUG1924, Lebanon County, PA – d. 28APR1893, Centerville, KS +Parents of… Samuel R. Mitchell b. 31DEC1853, Astoria, IL – d. 30DEC1927, Amoret MO -Spouse: Amelia A Kohl b. 25DEC1858 Iowa – d. 04MAR1936 Amoret, MO +Parents of… Clarence Leroy Mitchell b. Centerville, KS – d. 08JUL1974 Alton, IL -Spouse: Frances J Agee b. 14SEP1884, Alton, IL – d. 04AUG1965 Alton, IL +Parents of… Clarence Lavern Mitchell b. 23SEP1919, Alton IL – d. 19DEC1945 Alton, IL -Spouse: Ruby Carr b. 1924 – d. SEP2004, Hardin, IL +Parents of… Kenneth Mitchell – Living -Spouse: Delores A Acup (divorced 1986) +Parents of… Rusty Mitchell – Living Toby Mitchell - Myself

I am hoping to learn more information about my Scottish heritage.

posted by Toby Mitchell
Hi, I am the grand daughter of Andrew Allan Mitchell, born in Scotland in 1918, and immigrated to Canada through Halifax, Nova Scotia at a very young age with his father Archibald Richardson Mitchell, from Scotland.

Oldest relative (most probable) to date is: George Mitchell 1796–1855 • 9MXG-K72 (family search)​​ Marriage: 28 July 1822 Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Jane Templeton 1800–1855 • 9MXG-KWM (fam search)

Would love any more links, ties, info, etc to connect to my family tree. Thanks.

posted by M. Brown
edited by M. Brown
I'm a fifth great grandson of Walter Mitchell (abt.1747-abt.1820). He is the end of the line so far. One of Walter's grandsons, Robert (my second great-granduncle), was founder of the Robert Mitchell Furniture Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, and this has been helpful in finding information about the family--especially the newspaper clipping I found last night mentioning Walter by name: Bible passed from Walter Mitchell of Enniskillen, Ireland to John to Robert of Cincinnati. This, in addition to the recent find of the naturalization record of Walter's son, John Mitchell (1776-1849), my fourth great-grandfather, and his son, Walter, along with a written history of the family in my mom's collection, have really spurred my interest in connecting this line to the global tree--which, until now, I thought may be impossible. That written family history indicates the family were "Scotch-Irish". I invite anyone interested to work as a team in exploring Mitchell families in that region to see if we can connect them.
posted by Kelly Leonard
edited by Kelly Leonard
I am Dennis M. Partridge I am a descendant of an adopted grandfather. He was given up for adoption in Chicago by Florence Mae Mitchell (Morris, Anderson) Her two married names. She is the daughter of George Mitchell and Aseneath (Cena, or Scena) Hall. They lived in Berrien Springs, MI. Florence was born in 1888. Her Mother died in 1893and her father is listed in the 1900 census as a boarder without Florence/ I pick Florence back up in 1906 in Zion IL. Married James Morris who died a year later from dropsy. She bore his son a couple months after he died James G. Morris. Some time between her mothers death and her marriage she gave birth to my grandfather in April 1902 and then gave him for adoption. I also have documentation and have spoken with her grandson who has verified the rest of her life to her death in Garden City Kansas married to Drew Breed Anderson. Connected with her grandson through DNA match on Ancestry. Would like to know who my great grandfather is. Have my uncle and aunts DNA who are children of Harry Ray Mitchell (York) his adopted name. Also my DNA. Any help would be appreciated. Have extensive family tree on Ancestry as well as here and my DNA on Gedmatch.
posted by Dennis (Bird) Partridge
edited by Dennis (Bird) Partridge
I found another Mitchell line in tree not sure if they will end up in same family as others.



I added a few Mitchell’s to your name study. I have few Mitchell cousins.



G'day from Australia to you all, as i live with the Mitchell name I should join a Mitchell project. You can find my DNA on my profile. Or GEDmatch.
posted by G Mitchell JP. Ret.
Hello. I would like to join the Mitchell group. I descend from Frank Mitchell around 1855-1936. Married to second wife Lue Mitchell (Lula-Belle)1866-1925.
posted by R Rivers
edited by R Rivers
I would like to join the Mitchell Project. I'm descended from John Thomas Mitchell who migrated from Cornwall to Australia in 1854
I'd like to join the Mitchell Project. I'm descended from Thomas Mitchell 1718-1782. Have info much further back, the sources get shady.
posted by Michael Mitchell
I've been through surname Mitchell this month of April 2020 to source what I could of "unsourced" profiles. I cut the numbers down by 200. Please check you "unsourced profiles" status to see if you have any. Thanks!
posted by Sherrie Mitchell