THOMAS F. MITCHELL, a popular teacher of Jefferson county, is a son of John F. Mitchell, a leading stone mason and builder of Mt. Pleasant. The latter came to this country in 1849 from his native city, Liverpool, England and traveled over the western states. In the fall of 1850 he returned to england, but in the following spring came back and settled at Philadelphia, where he followed his trade until 1855 when he traveled west and south as far as New Orleans. Returning to Jefferson county in May, 1857, he made that his permanent home. He has been a member of the Masonic order since 1857, was made a Knight Templar in 1867 and since 1860 has been chairman of the township committee of the democratic party. His father, Thomas J. Mitchell, a merchant of Liverpool, came to America in 1840 and went to California where he amassed a considerable fortune in the gold fields. At the age of seventy-five he was killed at the Grand Junction, Jersey City. He and a friends were crossing the tracks, and in avoiding a locomotive about to pass in front of them he stepped in the way of one passing in the rear, and being struck died the next day. John F. Mitchell was married May 13, 185, to Jane, daughter of William and Mary (Reid) Somerville, of England, and the following children were born to them: Thomas F.; Anna L., wife of James R. Smith; John C., Clara, a teacher and for several years an efficient deputy postmaster; and Julia E., wife of William B. Frames, a lawyer of Martin's Ferry. Thoams F. was born at Cincinnati, April 10, 1855. He finished his education at Cornell college, Ithaca, N. Y., and then after clerking for Fogle Bros., at Mt. Pleasant, about three years, adopted the profession of teaching. Since 1874 he has taught from eight to ten months every year. He holds a professional certificate. As a teacher he has given good satisfaction and won the general esteem. He has also acquired the trade of stone-cutting to which he devotes his vacations. During the administration of President Cleveland Mr. Mitchell held the office of postmaster at Mt. Pleasant four years and was an efficient and faithful public servant. He is a member of the Masonic order and of the Episcopal church. On June 18, 1884 he was married to Mary, daughter of Griffith and Rebecca Lemon, of Harrisville, Ohio and they have one child, Clyde Griffith.
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