Mitchell Family Genealogy
Almira (Elmira) Mitchell married Joseph Wood in 1850. She is our great-great grandmother on our mother's side. Almira's grandson Forrest Wood, born to her son Nathaniel, was our mother's father. Almira's father, Isaac, was born in Bethel, New York in 1792. His family moved to Damascus township, Pennsylvania. His father, Nathan, was born at Litchfield, Connecticut and died at Cochecton, Pennsylvania along the Delaware River. The Mitchell family came to America sometime after 1618. Matthew Mitchell was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England in 1590 and died at Stanford, Connecticut in 1645. Most of the information I have here on people before Nathaniel Wood - my great grandfather - is from a family history one of my mother's cousins put together years ago.
The Mitchell family was already settled near Boyd's Mills, Wayne county, Pennsylvania when Joseph Wood moved there in the 1830's. Joseph established a partnership with Thomas Boyd. The firm, Wood & Boyd, had several lumber mills near Boyd's Mills. Joseph Wood and Thomas Boyd were brothers-in-law, each married to a Mitchell. Joseph to Almira and Thomas to Elizabeth. Elizabeth is seated 2nd from right and Almira seated 3rd from left in the photo above.
The Mitchell family moved to what is now Wayne county, near Damascus probably before 1760. They came from Connecticut with other settlers. The story of their settlement, found in History of Wayne County, by Phineas Goodrich , 1880), is of conflicting land grants from different companies and colonies and conflicts with various Indian tribes inhabiting the same lands.
Mention of the Mitchell family is found on page 119, in a narrative of the earliest white settlers in and around Damascus, "From said manuscript and other records, it appears that the other settlers, locating, about the same time, in the vicinity, were Simeon Calkin, Moses Thomas, Sen[ior]., Bezaleel Tyler, Robert Land, an Englishman, Nathan Mitchell, ...".
Beginning at page 123 and continuing through page 126, is a narrative of a series of raids made by Mohawk indians on the settlers, including Nathan Mitchell. "But in the autumn of the same year , another scouting party, mostly composed of marauding whites, made a descent upon the people, took their crops, burnt down the new house built by Daniel Skinner, shot a man by the name of Handa, and took Nathan Mitchell prisoner." and "Nathan Mitchell escaped, but when or how, tradition saith not."
Continuing on page 127, "After the massacre at Wyoming, in 1778, the disastrous result of which was speedily made known to those living about Cochecton, many of the settlers, supposing that their lives would be taken by the northern Indians, who were emboldened by their recent successes, sought safety in concealment or flight. Some, however, determined that they would not leave the country ; among whom were the Tylers, Thomases, John Land, and Nathan Mitchell. The latter old veteran could never be frightened away, ..."
On page 129, "Nathan Mitchell lived at first on the east side of the Delaware. He, or a son of his, lived many years afterwards in Buckingham. He was the father of Abraham Mitchell, who owned and cleared up the farm now owned by Samuel K. Vail, Esq., of Lebanon. In Damascus and elsewhere his descendants are too numerous to mention with the particularity they deserve. "
And again on page 216, "Copy of part of said assessment of 1806, showing the names of persons owning houses, mills, neat cattle, etc.:
Nathan Mitchell, 1 house valued at $40, 1 cow valued at $10 and 2 oxen valued at $40. He is a farmer."
On page 227, "According to the first triennial assessment made in 1827, there were twenty-nine taxables with twenty-one houses valued at $410. Nathan Mitchell was assessed as living in this town in 1804 and called a mill-wright. "
Nathan was the grand father or great grandfather of Almira.
Almira Mitchell, born 15 May, 1828.; died 23 June 1914; buried Calkins Union cemetery, Boyd's Mills, Pennsylvania
Married: Joseph Wood (born 4 March 1825), 1850
Childen: 1. Effinger, born 1851, died Feb 12, 1890, Scranton PA
m. Emma VanAuken, Nov. 17 1882
2. Clark Eugene, born May 5, 1853; U.S. Mail courier (1900)
m. Augusta (Gerty) Eunice Noble, (born March 1864) Nov. 8, 1882
children: Clark, born Sept. 1888
? daughter, born Nov. 1886
Flora B., born Mar. 1895
Raymond, born June, 1898
Eunice (?) M, born Feb. 1900
3. Josephine, born 1854, died April 11, 1869
4. Joseph, born May 31, 1856, died Aug. 30, 1935, Binghamton
m. Sabra Lassley, Oct. 26, 1881
5. Sketchley, born 1860, died Feb. 5, 1879
6. Mary Delia, born June 2, 1862, died July 12, 1940
m. Warren Tyler Lassley
7. Mark Eli, born Aug. 23, 1863, died April 27, 1927, Owego, NY
m. Ella Beck, July 10, 1884
8. Nathaniel, born 1865, died; Nov. 20, 1940, Waymart, PA
m. Julia Etta Wilcox, Sept. 26, 1889
children: Forrest, born 1890
9. Cora, born Nov. 11, 1868; died Oct. 16, 1956, Honesdale, PA
m. Mando Decker, Sept. 1888
children: Leslie (boy)
10. John Mitchell, born Dec. 22, 1873; died Oct. 10, 1953, Scranton, PA
m. Maude Rice, Jan. 23, 1894
Isaac Mitchell, born 29 February, 1792 at Bethel, New York; died 8 September, 1884 at Damascus, Pennsylvania.
Married Ursula J. Smith, born 3 November, 1793 at Litchfield, Connecticut; died 15 December 1884 at Damascus,
Children: 1. Electa
3. Mary Ann
4. Bateman S.
5. Albert R.
6. Oliver C.
7. Almira (Elmira), born 1828; died 23 June 1914 at Boyd's Mills, Pennsylvania.
8. Elizabeth Jane
9. David S.
10. Nathan T.
Nathan Mitchell, born 9 August 1739 at Litchfield, Conn.; died 28 July 1822 at Cochecton, New York.
Married: Elizabeth Ross, born 11 December 1754.
Children: 1. Hannah
3. Nathan Jr.
12. Isaac Mitchell, born 29 February 1792
Nathan Mitchell, born 8 September 1715.
Married: 1. Hannah S. Healy, 30 September 1738
2. Mary Preston, 11 December 1739
3. Jerusha <unknown>
Children: by Hannah Healy
1. Nathan, born 9 August 1739
by Mary Preston
3. Jehiel: September 1746; died January 1758
9. Jehiel, born January 1764
Jonathan Mitchell, born July 1683
Married: 1. Hannah Jenners
2. Elizabeth <unknown>
by Hannah Jenners
3. Mary, died as child before 1713
4. Mary, born 1713
5. Nathan, born 8 September 1715
8. Susanna, died as infant 1723
11. Susanna, died as infant 1727
Matthew Mitchell, born about 1653; died 1736 at Southbury, Connecticut
Married: Mary Thompson
Children: 1. Mary, died as a child before 1687
2. Jonathan, born July 1683
3. Mary, born July 1687
David Mitchell, born 14 November 1619; died after 1686 at Stanford, Connecticut.
Married: 1. Sarah Wheeler
2. Elizabeth Graves
Children: 1. Matthew, born 1653, died 1736.
Matthew Mitchell, born about 1590 at Halifax, Yorkshire, England, died 1645 at Stanford, Connecticut.
Married: Susan (Wood) Butterfield, 16 April 1616
Children: 1. Abigail, born 26 April 1618 in England
2. David, born 14 November 1619
4. Narath, died November 1623 at one month.
7. Matthew, died October 1629 at three months.
Mitchell family history researched by a cousin of my mother
See some family tree here: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/40571250/person/20449807921