JOHN J. MITCHELL, a highly respected and successful farmer of Dale Township, is pleasantly located on section
23, where he is carrying on general agriculture after the most approved methods. Mr. Mitchell is a native of the
Dominion of Canada, and was born on the 28th of October, 1832.
While still a youth he removed with his parents to Ohio, where they lived until about 1838, and then proceeded still further westward, to the prairies of Illinois, stopping in Paris, Edgar County, and from there moved to McLean County. (See sketch of Isaac P. Mitchell.)
Soon after arriving in this State the subject of our sketch began to assist his father in the labors of the farm, driving a breaking team of four yoke of oxen, and being otherwise employed as circumstances demanded. In the meantime he also attended the pioneer school of Bloomington, then an humble hamlet of a few houses, pursuing his education mostly in the winter season. He remained with his parents until after his marriage, and with his brother Andrew managed the home farm.
Mr. Mitchell settled upon the place which he now owns and occupies in 1880. It is comprised of 225 acres, being partly located on sections 22 and 23. His land is all enclosed, under a good state of cultivation, and is supplied with a substantial set of frame buildings, which Mr. Mitchell erected after taking possession of the property. In addition to the ordinary pursuits of agriculture he is giving considerable attention to stock-raising, and has a herd of grade cattle.
The marriage of John J. Mitchell and Miss Charlotte English was celebrated in Clinton, DeWitt Co., Ill., on the 12th of February, 1861. Mrs. M. is a native of Erie County, Pa., and the daughter of John and Eliza (Harris) English, the date of her birth being Feb. 1, 1843.
The family circle of our subject and his wife has been completed by the birth of nine children, all living, and named as follows: Isaac P., Mary E., John D., Jeanette S., Jessie C., Robert A., Elisha M., Edna J. and Nellie D. Isaac married Miss Nettie Rogers, and lives at Covell, this county; Mary E. became the wife of Frank Fonger, and lives in Hand County, Dak. [ed., Hand County, S. D.] Mrs. Mitchell is connected with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics Mr. M. uniformly casts his vote with the Republican party.
The comfortable home of Mr. Mitchell exhibits the evidences of cultivated tastes and ample means; his children are being carefully trained and educated, and as successful, energetic and valued citizens he and his family are held in the highest respect by their community.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 336. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.