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James O. Mitchell

JAMES O. MITCHELL, of Lynnville, Tenn., is a native of Giles County, born December 19, 1833, son of Andrew and Eliza (Alexander) Mitchell, and is of Scotch-Irish descent. His parents were both born in North Carolina, the father in 1807, and the mother in 1809. His paternal grandfather was John Mitchell, also a North Carolinian. The Mitchell family came to Tennessee about 1809, and settled in East Tennessee. The father of our subject came to what is now Marshall County when a young man. He died in 1864, and the mother in 1865. James O, is the third of nine children, and grew to manhood on a farm, and was educated in the neighboring schools. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Third Tennessee Infantry, and participated in the battles of Raymond, Miss., Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and the Georgia Campaign. Since the war he has been in business in this county. He was married, in 1856, to Frances Angus, who died in 1861. Mr. Mitchell's second wife was Sarah Kellam, whom he married in 1871, and who died four years later, leaving two children: Andrew and Nancy. Mr. Mitchell is a Democrat, and one of the substantial men of the county.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County