Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of John Jackson MITCHELL


            John Jackson Mitchell, born in Logan county, (now) West Virginia, November 25, 1842, is a son of Micajah and Frances (Elkins) Mitchell, who came from Montgomery county, Virginia, to Logan county, in 1825. J. J. Mitchell and Eliza Johnson, daughter of David and Cynthia (Hazlett) Johnson, were joined in marriage in Kanawha county, September 20, 1866, the Rev. Henry Young officiating clergyman. The children of this union are two: Emmeline, born July 5, 1867; John M., June 30, 1868. Mrs. Mitchell was a member of the Baptist Church, and died June 30, 1868. In Kanawha county, August 14, 1869, the Rev. Thomas Hawkins joined in wedlock John J. Mitchell and Mary Agnes Holcomb, and to them five children have been given: Lorenzo Dow, born May 12, 1870; James Henry, March 20, 1873; Wi!liam Averill, August 2, 1876; Floyd Chapman, July 16, 1879; Charles Leonidas, July 4, 1882. Mrs. Mitchell was born in Kanawha county, September 13, 1846, and her parents, Norman and Lucinda (Anderson) Holcomb, came from Bath county, Virginia, to Kanawha county, in 1839. John J. Mitchell and brother, A.M. Mitchell, enlisted in the late war; and served in Company I, 8th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. While in the battle at Freemans Ford John J. was wounded in the hand and shoulder, the ball cutting off the left thumb and disabling two fingers on the left hand, passed through the left shoulder. He was sent to the hospital. On his return to the regiment the certificate of disability, from the surgeon of the hospital had preceded him, said he was discharged from duty at St. Albans, West Virginia, December 31, 1862. A.M. Mitchell served in the 8th West Virginia Infantry until it was changed to the 7th West Virginia Cavalry, and here remained till the close of the war. J.J. Mitchell owns 142 acres of land on the waters of Island creek. The farm grows the finest corn and grass, and while the surface is rich it abounds with coal and iron ore. That not cultivated is heavily timbered with poplar, oak, walnut and hickory. Address, Garretts Bend, Lincoln county, West Virginia.


      Extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Lincoln County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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