Surnames in bio: MITCHELL-HUBBARD-WALKER-SITTIN-
IRA R. MITCHELL
He was born in Tioga Co., PA on July 3, 1803, the
son of Ensign and Lucy (Hubbard) Mitchell. Ensign
was born, married and reared in Massachusetts. He
was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and enlisted
as a drummer boy at age 15. Ira's grandfather was
also named Ensign Mitchell and served at the same
time, both spending five years in the war. After
the marriage of Ensign Mitchell, Jr., they went to
NY and later to Tioga Co., PA.
Ira Sr. was 6 years of age when the family went
to Ohio. They went down the Ohio River from Pitts-
burg to Cincinatti. Permanent location was made in
Champaign Co., OH, near Mechanicsburg, and for many
years Ira was a resident of Darby Plains in that
county., and where he married Dec. 12, 1826 to Miss
Jane Rhodes. She was the daughter of John and Sarah
(Brittin) Rhodes, both of Welsh origin. They resided
in Champaign Co. before Ohio was even a state.
John Rhodes was the first man to invent a mowing
machine, and to obtain a patent he rode a horse from
Ohio to Washington D.C.
There were 11 children in the Mitchell family,
all who reached maturity, married and reared families.
Some reached almost 100 years of age. Only two of
the children are living today: Ira Jr., and Abizar,
b. 1807, resides Madison Co., OH, a stock raiser,
and is one of the oldest citizens of that county.
Ira and wife went to Miami Co. in 1834, where
a tract of 500 acres was entered in the Pottawatomie
Indian reservation. He dealt largely in cattle.
Three children were born in Ohio: Sarah, who died
at 9 years of age; Abigail, who married Welcome
Walker, resident of Salem; Ovid H., who married
Amanda Sittin and resides Springfield, MO.
Children who were born in Miami Co., Indiana:
Ira R. Jr., a farmer of Salem Twp., who married
Lida Green; Lucy married H. H. Hess, she is now
deceased; Elizabeth,who married H. H. Hess after
her sister's death; John E., resident of Salem,
patentee of a washer bearing his name, and who
married Elma Henderson.
Frances M., husband of Annie Kittle, (dau. of
William Kittle, a hotel man.); and Leonard, the
youngest child, who resides in Salem, and who
married Ella Murphy, died Oct 23, 1887; Claudius
the last child, also born in IN, died when 2 and
a half years old.
Sons Ira and John were both in the Civil War. Ira
was a Sergeant. They were in Co.I, 14th Iowa. They
were both taken prisoner at Shiloh, confined first
at Memphis, then Mobile, and Macon, Georgia. Ira
was an inmate at Libby Prison. He weighed 155
pounds when captured, and ony 70 pounds when
released. John was paroled at Macon, GA. He was
nineteen when he enlisted.
Henry County, Iowa 1888 bio.
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