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Richmond & Arnold
Chicago, Illinois

Page 120

ASA CLINTON MITCHELL, one of the prominent and progressive farmers of Honey Point township, Macoupin County, owning a fine farm of 120 acres in section 15, has always lived in Macoupin County, where he was born August 26, 1865. He is a son of Elijah and Hannah (Hollensworth) Mitchell.

Elijah Mitchell was one of the early pioneers of Macoupin County where he entered land in 1825, coming to the State from Kentucky. Although a man of no book learning, he was successful in business and prominent in the affairs of the township. At his death, which occurred August 17, 1877, at the age of 77 years, he owned 3,000 acres of land, all of which he had accumulated through his own exertions. In politics he was a stanch Democrat. In religious views he was a Baptist. His first marriage was to Jane Moore and a family of 12 children were born to this union, two of the well known survivors in this locality being William T. Mitchell and Travis Moore Mitchell. His second marriage was to Hannah Hollensworth, who was born in America of English parentage. The children of this marriage were the following: Mrs. Mary Perrine of Brushy Mound township; Ansel J., of Arizona; Archibald H., of Honey Point township; Mrs. Matilda Anderson, deceased; Asa Clinton, of this sketch; Ira, of Honey Point; Mrs. Henrietta Baughman of Honey Point; and two who died in infancy.

Our subject was 12 years of age when his father died. His boyhood was passed in attending the local schools and in assisting on the home farm. His interests have always centered in agriculture and his fine farm of 120 acres shows the results of intelligent management. Mr. Mitchell has taken a great interest in the raising of fine cattle and hogs, preferring in the former the Red Polled strain and in the latter the Poland-China breed. He devotes 40 acres to corn and the same acreage to wheat, having the rest of his land in grass, with the exception of one acre of apple and peach orchard. His land is well situated and ranks with any other farming land in the township.

In 1885 Mr. Mitchell was married to Pearl Hull, who was born in Missouri, and is a daughter of Joseph Hull. Twelve children were born to them, namely: Clement, Elizabeth, Della, Harvey, Ruth, Stephen, Nora, Myron, and Homer Elijah, all of whom are being prepared for the duties of life; and Charles Ira, John C. and Willard Guy, who died in infancy.

In politics Mr. Mitchell is a Democrat, but has never accepted public office, devoting his attention exclusively to his farm. In religious connection he is a Baptist. He is a man known to be honest and upright, progressive and intelligent, and he is respected and esteemed by all who know him.

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