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MARTIN M. MITCHELL

This gentleman, who commenced life empty-handed and without other resources than his own indomitable energy and perseverance, is now the owner of 700 acres of land lying in the three counties of Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson, Ill. In addition to general agriculture, he is largely interested in stock raising and is considered one of the leading men connected iwth this industry in Carroll County. Notwithstanding his extensive farming interests have necessarily absorbed a great amount of time and attention, Mr. Mitchell is noted for his liberality and public-spiritedness and no enterprises calculated to benefit his county or community have escaped his notice or failed to find in him an earnest and generous supporter.

In all his worthy ambitions Mr. Mitchell has been greatly aided by the intelligent and amiable lady who joined her fortunes with his years ago. She has stood bravely by his side in the labors attendant upon the accumulation of his property, and in religious matters they are both members of the Societyknown as the Church of God. In this Mr. Mitchell has been an Elder for several years. He has contributed generously of his time and means for its furtherance and support, and has esteemed no effort too great to establish the standard of morality and religion wherever there is a hope that it will live and flourish. In every community or county there are a few leading men upon whom its welfare chiefly depends, and MR. Mitchell may most properly be mentioned among those who have borne no unimportant part in the advancement of intelligence and civilization in this section of Illiois.

It may be well, before proceeding further, to note the parental history of our subject. His father, Azariah Mitchell was a native of NY and married Miss Huldah Case who was also born in the Empire State. After their marriage they lived for a time in Vigo County, Ind. then about 1840 changed their residence to Stephenson County, this State, and spent their last years in Loran Township. Of their children, twelve in number, eight are living. They, likewise iwth their brother Martin M, are well to do citizens and prominent in their several communities.

Our subject, the ninth child of his parents, was born in Vigo County IN April 21, 1827. He was 13 years old when his parents removed to Stephenson County. and lived there until reaching manhood, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He came to this county in 1855 and a few days before reaching the 26 years of his age was married, April 18, 1853 to Miss Thirza Herrington. Mrs. Mitchell was born in Canada, July 14, 1830. Her parents, Thomas and Annie Herrington were natives of Canada and spent their last years in Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell lived two years after marriage in Stephenson County, then remove to Jo Daviess County and settle din Berreman Twp of which they were residents until the fall of 1887. Then they came to Freedom Twp, and although their residence here has been brief, they count their friends by the score. They became the parents of 8 bloomign children, five of whom are living. The eldest, Cordelia A is the wife of G. W. Gray of Jo Daviess County; Anna M. married M.W. Wertz and they live in Kansas; Almeda A is at home; Phebe R. is the wife of W.J. Sloan of Iowa; Stephen M. is at home; William H and Isaac A. died in infancy and one infant died unnamed.

Mr. Mitchell, while a resident of Berreman Twp. served as School Director a period of 17 years. He was also Township Assessor one year. Politically he is a sound Republican and a strong temperance man. The four daughters of our subject, by his first marriage, developed into young ladies of more than ordinary intelligence and tey taught school for a number of years after completing thei studies. The youngest son, Stephen M. was graduated from the Dixon BUsiness College and is now at home. Mrs. Thirza Mitchell departed this life in Berreman Twp. Jo Daviess County, March 31, 1878. Our subject was married the second time in Freedom Twp. this county, in 1879 to Mrs. Amelia (Suiter) Hyams who was born March 4, 1834 in MD. Portraits & Biographical Pg 837

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