MILTON MITCHELL, a prominent citizen and successful farmer as well as a member of one of the leading families of Macoupin County, owning a well improved farm of 163 acres, situated in sections 23 and 26, Gillespie township, was born August 13, 1861, in Brushy Mound township, Macoupin County, Illinois, on which farm he lived until the age of 40 years. He is a son of Rev. Levi and Emily (Brown) Mitchell, and a grandson of Elijah Mitchell.
Elijah Mitchell was born in North Carolina in 1800, and in 1827 came with his brother to Illinois as one of the early pioneers of Macoupin County. Elijah Mitchell accumulated more land than any other man in the county and, as his children were born, he deeded to each one a farm, thus ensuring the child's future. The children who survived infancy were: Mrs. Mildred Moore, who died in Macoupin County; Levi; Mrs. Lucy Scott, who reared a large family all of whom are doing well in Kansas; Mrs. Martha Ann Brown of Corsiciana, Texas; Mrs. Sally Morgan of Missouri; Mrs. Jane Carrico, who died in Macoupin County; Mrs. Phoebe Pope, who died in Arkansas; Travis Moore, of Honey Point township, Macoupin County; William T., of Honey Point township, Macoupin County; Elijah, who died during the Civil War; Mrs. Mary Perrine, of Brushy Mound township, Macoupin County; Ansel J., of Arizona; Archibald H., of Honey Point township, Macoupin County; Mrs. Matilda Anderson, who died in Honey Point township, Macoupin County; Asa Clinton, Ira and Mrs. Henrietta Baughman, of Honey Point township, Macoupin County; and Mrs. Elizabeth Bull, who died December 10, 1868.
Rev. Levi Mitchell was born December 28, 1825, at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and died October 18, 1902, at San Jose, California, where he had resided for the preceding 15 years. He accompanied his parents from Kentucky, at the age of two years and spent the greater part of his life in Brushy Mound township, Macoupin County, farming and raising stock. He was an ordained minister in the Baptist Church, and, with his brother, Travis Moore Mitchell, deeded the land for and was chief promoter in the building of the Honey Creek Baptist Church. He was much valued as a preacher and served as moderator for the Apple Creek Baptist Association for a considerable period. He was opposed to the liquor traffic and in late life left the Democratic party to support the Prohibition party's candidates and principles. He married Emily Brown, born in Macoupin County, Illinois, November 23, 1831, who still resides at San Jose, California. She is a daughter of Samuel and Rowena (Connors) Brown. The surviving members of their family are: Francis Marion, a resident of Providence, Rhode Island; Warren L., of Table Rock, Nebraska; Pauline G., of Antioch, California; Milton, of this sketch; Arthur, of St. Louis, Missouri; Eunice V., of Oakley, California; Mrs. Mary B. Johnson of San Jose, California; three are deceased.
Since 1901 Milton Mitchell has occupied his present farm in Gillespie township and has most successfully engaged in farming and the breeding of fine stock and cattle. He owns 18 head of registered Durham and Shorthorn cattle and has a herd of 40 fine specimens. He gives considerable attention to the raising of Poland-China hogs for market, raises all his own horses and realizes immense crops from his land, making features of hay and corn. He has one of the finest farms of the locality, well improved and highly stocked.
On April 24, 1888, Mr. Mitchell was married to Sarah S. Gross, who was born March 17, 1868, in Montgomery County, Illinois, and is a daughter of Dr. William Gross. They have a family of seven children, namely: George M., Roger W., Clarence L., Olive G., Harvey G., Doris B. and Elizabeth.
Fraternally Mr. Mitchell is associated with the Modern Woodmen of America. Following in the footsteps of his ancestors, he is identified with the Democratic party. He is a man of enterprise and possesses many of the qualities which made his father both successful and universally esteemed.