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Alexander and Jane Mitchell of Clady Beg, Kilclooney Parish, Armagh
Posted by: Alinor Mathews (ID *****0135) Date: November 30, 2008 at 19:56:06
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Seeking information on the family of Alexander and Jane Mitchell of Clady Beg in Kilclooney Parish, County Armagh. Alexander A. Mitchell was born about 1800, in or near Clady Beg. His father was George Mitchell, b. about 1761. George's father may have been Alexander Mitchell of Ballylane townland, b. about 1730.

Alexander Mitchell died in 1852, according to the Account Book (1850-1864) of Francis William Caulfield, 2nd Earl of Charlemont. Mitchell's widow, Jane, is referenced in the accounts during the years 1852-1857.

Alexander and Jane had the following children:

Rachael, b. about 1836 (married Hugh Coulter);
Elizabeth, b. about 1838 (married Joseph Marshall);
Mary, b. about 1840;
Robert, b. about 1842 (wife unknown);
Alexander A., born 20 July 1842 or 1843 (married Margaret Kilpatrick, daughter of James Kilpatrick of Ballylane).

Alexander and Jane may also have had a son named George, born in the later 1820s. (It is not clear, however, whether Jane is the mother of all of the children, since I don't have a marriage date for the couple.)

I'm especially interested in any information on Jane and who her family might have been. The Mitchells, who were flax growers, were closely associated with their neighbors, the Martins (especially the family of James Martin and his son, Robert); Jane may have been a Martin. She appears to have lived through the 1860's and possibly as late as 1887. She's named in Griffith's Valuation as holding land in Clady Beg, Kilmachugh, and Clady More.

I'm also interested in any information regarding the Mitchells' relatives, their earlier ancestry and Scottish background. Any information regarding where in Scotland these Mitchells may have originated is especially welcome.

Note: George Mitchell, b. about 1761, appears to have had at least two other sons, William and [David].

Robert Mitchell of Kilmachugh and Ballylane, and his brother, Samuel Mitchell of Ballylane (who died about 1824), were probably close relatives of George Mitchell.

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