MRS. HANNAH MITCHELL, is well known throughout Brushy Mound Township, and her home has been here for many years. She is now occupying the old homestead on which her husband carried on his work for years, and where she also labored at those employments that fall to the lot of wives and mothers. Her dwelling is made attractive by her geniality and good taste and the spirit of true hospitality and neighborly kindness that actuates her. She was born in Worcester County, Mass., and came to this State with her parents when quite small, living with them until her marriage, in 1849, to Elijah Mitchell. This gentleman was one of the earliest settlers in Brushy Mound Township, and his name is well remembered by those who are familiar with the former history of this section. The reader is referred to the biographical sketch of William T. Mitchell for facts regarding his life and ancestry.
The maiden name of Mrs. Mitchell was Hollingsworth, and her parents came from England. Her grandfather, George Hollingsworth, emigrated with his family and spent his last years in Connecticut. John Hollingsworth, father of Mrs. Mitchell, also came to this country. He came some five years before his wife and two children and afterward sent for them. He found employment in the woolen mills of New England until about 1838, when he came to this State and settled in Brushy Mound township, this county. After a few years he sent for family to join him, they having remained in the East, and their home was here for several years. During the Civil War Mr. and Mrs. Hollingsworth removed to Minnesota, and the remnant of their days was spent in McLeod County. Mrs. Hollingsworth was in her maidenhood Miss Sarah Hearst, of England.
The children born to Mrs. Mitchell were nine in number, and the following lived to manhood and womanhood: Mary, Ansel, Archibald, Nancy, Clinton, Ira and Rietta, all married but Ira, who lives with his mother. Both parents have endeavored to govern their lives aright, being members of the Honey Creek Baptist Church, and every possible opportunity was afforded their children to fit themselves for usefulness in the lines of life they adopted. Mr. Mitchell died August 17, 1877.