TRAVIS MOORE MITCHELL, one of the substantial citizens and for many years an extensive farmer and stock raiser of Macoupin County, owning large tracts of valuable farming land both in Honey Point township, where he resides in section 30, and in Brushy Mound township, was born in the latter township on February 13, 1833. He is a son of Elijah and Jane (Moore) Mitchell.
Elijah Mitchell was born January 30, 1800, in North Carolina, and was the third son of Archibald Mitchell, who was born in the same State, but died in Kentucky, leaving nine children, as follows: John, Nathaniel, Elijah, Elisha, Thomas, Nicholas, Betsey, Harriet and Sally. Elijah Mitchell married Jane Moore, who was born in Kentucky, and a family of 12 children was born to them, 11 of whom grew to maturity, as follows: Mrs. Amelia Moore; Levi; Mrs. Martha Ann Brown, of Texas; Mrs. Elizabeth Bull; Travis Moore; Mrs. Sarah Friend, of Missouri; Mrs. Lucy Scott, of Kansas; Mrs. Jane Carrico; William T., of Honey Point township; Mrs. Phoebe Pope; and Elijah. In 1829 Elijah Mitchell and family came to Illinois, and in 1831 to Macoupin County. He became a very large investor in land, although when he first came here he was able to enter but 80 acres. Before his death he owned 3,500 acres of land in the States of Illinois and Kansas. Some of this he disposed of and some was divided with his children, to whom he also left a sum of money. In politics he was an old-time Democrat. In religious faith he was a Baptist. For his second wife he married Hannah Hollensworth, by whom he had nine children: Mary (Perrine); Ansel J.; Archibald H.; Matilda (Anderson); Asa Clinton; Ira; Henrietta (Baughman); and two that died in infancy.
Travis Moore Mitchell has spent his life in Macoupin County and until the last 11 years has been actively engaged in general farming and stock-raising, making features of wheat, oats, corn and hay, and of Poland-China hogs. Mr. Mitchell has owned considerable valuable stock, much of it registered, and has always been considered one of the good farmers and excellent managers of his section. When he started out for himself, his father assisted him, giving him 70 acres of unbroken prairie and a good horse, and with the other children, he was remembered in his father's will. Mr. Mitchell is the owner of various tracts of valuable land, situated as follows: 160 acres in section 36, Brushy Mound township; 40 acres in section 25, Brushy Mount township; 150 acres in section 30, Honey Point township; and 85 acres in section 19, Honey Point township. At one time he owned 495 acres in these two townships.
On April 15, 1858, Mr. Mitchell was married to Sarah E. Jackson, who was born in Honey Point township, and is a daughter of Frederick and Sarah Jackson. Four children were born to this marriage, all of whom are now deceased. One son, Frederick Elijah, married Nellie J. Smith, who, with one son, Frederick E., survives and lives in Kansas.
Although Mr. Mitchell is a stanch Democrat, he confines his interest in politics to casting his vote. Both he and his wife are leading members of the Baptist Church, in which he has been a deacon for 25 years, and has served for a long period as superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr. Mitchell takes a deep interest in religious work and is a generous supporter of his church. He has made provision so that the Honey Creek Baptist Church is to have the interest on $2,500 as long as it remains a church. He is a man of unswerving integrity, one of the township's first class citizens, and is held in universal esteem.
Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell accompany this sketch, being presented on foregoing pages.