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MITCHEL(L) of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Capture and murder of the Mitchell family in Derry township after 1791

Information we are searching for: Elizabeth MITCHEL's birthplace, parents names, names of siblings, if her father served in the Revolutionary War, when did Jacob and Elizabeth WHITE move to Independence, Washington County, PA?

Elizabeth "Betsy" MITCHEL (born about 1781- d. 16 Jun 1856) married. Jacob WHITE, (10 Nov 1776 -3 Mar 1870). They married on 6 Oct 1801 by Rev. James Power, O. D., Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Westmoreland County.  She was buried along with her husband in Lower Buffalo Cemetery, Independence, Washington County, PA. Jacob WHITE was born in Faggs Manor, Chester County, PA. Looking for information on when Jacob WHITE moved to Westmoreland County, since he was born in Chester Co. (1776) and his father, James, died in 1815, in Lancaster Co.


More marriages listed in Presbyterian Registry of Marriages 1794 - 1823. Maybe Jane and/or Sarah are sisters to our Betsey Mitchell White.

 


Mt. Pleasant Website - Hoping to find out if church records of the marriage exist and if they have information on Elizabeth's parents.
http://www.mtpleasantpa.com/library.html Mt Pleasant, PA Library
http://www.mtpleasantpa.com/roots.html Mt. Pleasant, PA Roots
http://www.mtpleasantpa.com/ Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania 15666 Westmoreland County

From the Sesquicentennial Book (1878-1978) published for the Borough of Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co. PA : *The Middle Presbyterian Church, organized in 1774, served all Presbyterians in Mount Pleasant Township. * (It was told to me that this church was located on what is known as Route #981.)


Notes for JACOB WHITE: Buried Lower Buffalo Cemetery near Independence, PA. "Jacob White fell asleep in Jesus March 3, 1870 in 94th year of his age. Them which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him." (from tombstone) 

OCCUPATION: Land owner, farmer, elder in Lower Buffalo Presbyterian Church, PA Eldest son-James White might be a child by a prior marriage as the date of birth correct with Jacob's book and grave marker and is prior to marriage to Elizabeth. 

1810 Census Westmoreland County, North Huntington Township, PA (Page 808) Jacob White, 3 males (-10), 1 m (10-16), 1 m (26-45) 1 female (-10), 1 female (26-45). 

1820 Federal Census-Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA (not sure if this the the same Jacob White) J. White- 3 males (-10), 2 males (10-16), 1 male (26-45)---1794-1775 (Jacob 1776?) 4 females (-10), 1 female (25-45) Elizabeth born 1781 and they had 5 sons and 4 girls. 

1830 Federal Census, Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA. Jacob White- 1 male (10-15), 1 male (15-20), 2 males (20-30), 1 male (50-60), 1 female (-5), 2 females (5-10), 1 female (10-15), 1 female (40-50) We do know that John was already married and gone in 1830. 

1850 Federal Census, Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA 164/165 Jacob White age 73 Farmer $9,000 Real Estate born PA Elizabeth White age 69 Jane White age 29

Deed of March 30, 1831 (reference book 2-0-270) Washington County, PA) Jacob White bought from David T. Archer and Mary, his wife -217 acres of land on Buffalo Creek

Jacob White and Elizabeth, his wife, sold this land to John B. Garrett on 1st April, 1851 for $9,000. (Book 3-V-113) Neighbors Andrew Ralston, David Buchanan, John Cumberland and J. W. Lindsay and Hugh White. (names of names were partially illegible on my copy-but some names looked like distant relatives). 

VMT noted in 1970s: plan to check if this was the land in a TRUST DEED that may fit in with the related story from the memories of James Murdock (son of Jacob White's daughter Nancy.) Jacob White owned a farm...when a a note for $15,000 for men who bought a gist or steam mill...(apparently he signed on the note)...and he lost the farm. He had bought farm from a man named Archer. Someone asked Archer if that man White would ever get the farm paid for. Archer said no. but Jacob was cleaning it up and it would be worth more when he got it back. A man named Garnet (Could be Garnett above) overheard and did not like his attitude. He went around to see Jacob White whom he didn't know. They talked awhile and when Garnet was leaving he said, "If you ever need money, I have some I'd be glad to lend you." Grandfather didn't know until years later what prompted the offer.

DEEDS: Jacob White/Elizabeth, Brooke County, W. VA deed book 18 Page 424, May 9, 1855 Lot 324 to John Ervin Jacob White/wife Elizabeth, Brooke County, W. VA May 10, 1856, Book 18, Page 324 (Jacob and Elizabeth WHITE are Thompson WHITE's parents - I haven't found reason to believe they moved to Brooke Co. W. VA. even though it wasn't very far, the deed might be a result of their investment in their son's business? This deed has same date as "Steam Mill" below.)

Thompson/Sarah White & William/Sabina White of Fulton County, Illinois, sold lot 424 to Jacob White on 3 February 1852

Other family transactions in Brooke County in 1846 and 1852. Hugh , Jacob, William and Thompson White to John Ervin "Steam Mill" Recorded May 9, 1855, Wellsburg, W. VA.


The first child of Jacob and Elizabeth "Betsy" (MITCHEL) WHITE was born in 1801. So Jacob would have been  about 25 years old and Elizabeth is estimated to have been about 20 years old. My guess is that whoever originally estimated her birth year did so based on a child born in 1801. We are making the assumption that MITCHEL was her maiden name and not the name of a first husband. In some of my other lines, confusion arises when a male ancestor marries a widow and it takes a while to figure out that the name we have research wasn't her maiden name.

Children of James and Elizabeth (MITCHEL) WHITE: (trying to using naming patterns to figure out the father's name of Elizabeth "Betsy" WHITE

1) James Morrow WHITE - "James" is probably for paternal grandfather
2) Hugh WHITE - Maybe for maternal grandfather?
3) John WHITE - ? he had an uncle and grand-uncle John
4) Thompson WHITE - ??? but I've also seen this as a middle name in other generations.
5) Elizabeth WHITE - mother's name 
6) William Bainbridge WHITE - paternal g-grandfather was William, I wonder is "Bainbridge was a surname of a prior generation.
7) Mary WHITE
8) Jane WHITE
9) Nancy WHITE


Naming patterns to include grandchildren:

.......  4  James Morrow WHITE  b: January 01, 1801 in PA    d: January 13, 1859 in Peoria County, IL ..........  +Hannah L (or Ryal) Rial  b: January 31, 1808 in New Jersey  m: August 16, 1825  d: November 04, 1887
..........  5  Jacob WHITE  b. 1827 - "Jacob" is also paternal grandfather
..........  5  Mary E. WHITE  
..........  5  Nancy WHITE  b: June 07, 1830    d: February 25, 1916 .............  +Benjamin ADAMS  b: August 15, 1824  m: October 19, 1847  d: March 19, 1903 in Farmersburg, IA
..........  5  Jane Ann WHITE  ......  +Rea CAMPBELL (First name is mother's maiden name) Father: David CAMPBELL  Mother: Ann REA
..........  5  William R. WHITE   +Melissa Peet    
..........  5  John WHITE  b: April 04, 1836    d: October 13, 1840
..........  5  Sarah Marks WHITE  .............  +William Braden  
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5  Samuel WHITE  .............  +Martha Jane Yates    m: October 17, 1861
..........  5  Elizabeth (Lizzy) WHITE- "Elizabeth" is maternal grandmother's name & paternal grandmother's name .............  +James L. McCOY    m: December 31, 1863
..........  5  Harriet Margretta (Gettie) WHITE  b: March 14, 1843    d: December 23, 1909
.............  +Montgomery MILLER    m: December 25, 1867
..........  5  Isabelle (Belle) Hobbs WHITE  b: March 07, 1845    d: August 26, 1919 in Mt. Hope Cemetary, IL .............  +Joseph (Wylie or Lyle) Moore  
..........  5  James Thompson WHITE  .............  +Emma Yates  
..........  5  Virginia A. WHITE  b: December 27, 1850    d: October 16, 1853 in Prospect Cemetary, Dunlap, IL
.......  4  Hugh WHITE  b: November 03, 1802    d: July 13, 1864 in Washington Co., PA
..........  +Elizabeth MARKS  b: Abt. 1794    d: May 03, 1859    Father: Alex MARKS
..........  5  James M. WHITE  b: Abt. 1837 in Virginia
.......  4  John WHITE  b: March 29, 1804 in from near Buffalo Village, Washington County, PA    d: October 23, 1868 in Washington Co., PA
..........  +Isabella (twin) LYLE  b: October 21, 1802    d: February 16, 1872 in Washington Co., PA    Father: Robert LYLE  Mother: Sarah REA
..........  5  Robert Lyle WHITE  b: January 26, 1829    d: May 02, 1878 in Erie, PA ......  +Elizabeth Hamilton    m: October 26, 1852
..........  5  Jacob WHITE  b: December 03, 1830 .....  +Sarah E. Stevenson    m: 1856
..........  *2nd Wife of Jacob WHITE:  ..  +Harriet Elizabeth MARSHALL    m: 1865
..........  5  James M. WHITE  b: January 29, 1832 in Washington County, PA    d: December 08, 1865 in Washington County, PA ......  +Elizabeth Ann HUGHES  b: October 22, 1838 in Washington County, PA  m: February 21, 1856  d: December 12, 1898 in Washington County, PA    Father: James HUGHES
.......... 
5  David Lyle WHITE - middle name is mother's maiden name
..........  5  William T. WHITE  
..........  5  Elizabeth WHITE  
..........  5  Mary WHITE  b: in died as infant
..........  5  John Smiley WHITE  - where did "SMILEY" as middle name come from...check LYLE genealogy...
....... 
Thompson WHITE  (I wonder where "THOMPSON as first name came from - there were other families with the last name of THOMPSON nearby AND I've seen "Thomspon" as the middle name of another relative)..........  +Martha CURRY  b: 1811 in Westmoreland County, PA  m: June 20, 1833  d: February 22, 1840 in Grove Cemetery, W. Middleton, Hopewell Twp, Washington County, PA    Father: CURRY who lived to be 106. 
..........  5  Hugh WHITE  << HUGH could be maternal grandfather's name?
.......... 
5  Mary Margaret WHITE  
.......... 
5  Elizabeth Mitchel WHITE  - "Elizabeth MITCHEL" is maternal grandmother
.......  *2nd Wife of Thompson WHITE:  
..........  +Sarah FULTON  b: January 21, 1811 in South Huntington Township, Westmoreland Co., PA  m: March 30, 1841  d: August 14, 1862 buried i Brooke County Cemetery, Wellsburg, W. VA  (died of cancer)    Father: Henry FULTON  Mother: Jane (sometimes spelled Jean) Hartley
..........  5  Elizabeth Fulton WHITE  (1844-1850)
.......... 
William Henry WHITE  "Henry Fulton" part of name was maternal grandfather; "William" could be for paternal g-g-grandfather?
..........  5  Albert Wheeler Fulton WHITE (1846-1864) - don't know of any ancestors with first name of Albert or surname of WHEELER.
..........  5  Martha Jane "Mattie" Fulton WHITE - "Jane" is maternal grandmother's name; "Fulton" is mother's maiden name
..........  5  Clarissa (Clara J.) WHITE  "J." could be Jane, maternal grandmother's name
..........  5  Nancy (Nannie) WHITE 

.......  4  Elizabeth WHITE  b: December 30, 1810
 .......... 5  Elizabeth ALLEN - mother's first name
..........  5  son ALLEN  b: in "died without issue"
.......  4  William Bainbridge WHITE - wonder about origin of "Bainbridge"  
..........  +Sabina B. ROWAN  
..........  5  Tommy WHITE      d: in in Texas
..........  5  John WHITE  b: 1841 in Virginia
..........  5  Mary Emma WHITE  b: 1843 in Virginia
..........  5  Josephine E. WHITE  b: 1845 in Virginia
.......... 
5  Jacob F. WHITE  - paternal grandfather was Jacob
.......... 
5  Henry L. WHITE  b: 1849    d: 1913
..........  5  William Delose WHITE  - Is "Delose" on the maternal side? 
.......  4  Mary WHITE  ..........  +William BACHTELL  b: April 21, 1816
.......  4  Jane WHITE 
.......  4  Nancy WHITE  ..........  +Milton Templeton MURDOCK  
..........  5  Charlotte Moore MURDOCK    +Robert CROTHERS  
..........  5  Mary Elizabeth MURDOCK  
.......... 5  Jennie B. MURDOCK  b: May 12, 1854    d: May 29, 1904
.......... 5  Austin MURDOCK  
.......... 5  Lydia A. MURDOCK  b: March 22, 1860    d: January 14, 1893
.......... 5  James White MURDOCK  b: July 05, 1863    d: April 25, 1954
.............  +Phoebe Stewart ACHESON  b: March 10, 1884        Father: Galbraith ACHESON  Mother: Jane STEWART
.... 3  Elizabeth WHITE  b: April 15, 1780 .......  +Samuel BECHTEL  b: December 10, 1777 - Father: Samuel BECHTEL  Mother: Margaret COLSTON
.......
4  Margaret Colston BECHTEL -named for paternal grandmother
....... 4  Elizabeth BECHTEL  b: March 09, 1803   +Isaac CRISWEIL 
....... 4  James BECHTEL  b: November 23, 1804
....... 4  Maria BECHTEL  b: October 31, 1806   +John ORTLIP  b: April 26, 1806    d: May 09, 1895    Father: Andrew ORTLIP  Mother: Rachel
.......... 5  Mary Elizabeth ORTLIP 
....... 4  Eliza Jane BECHTEL  b: January 10, 1809
....... 4  Samuel BECHTEL  b: February 25, 1810 - named for father
....... 4  John Gibson BECHTEL  b: January 25, 1813 - could "GIBSON" be for ancestor, ELizabeth (GIBSON) WHITE?
....... 4  William BECHTEL ...  +Sarah Ann Buchanan  b: January 21, 1818  m: February 18, 1842  d: December 23, 1889    Father: John Buchanan  Mother: Mary Ann ADAMS
.......... 5  Samuel Wilson BECHTEL .............  +Melva Bowen 
.......... 5  James Henry BECHTEL .............  +Sarah House 
.......... 5  Margaret Jane BECHTEL  .............  +David Waugh  b: 1839  m: May 21, 1872  d: 1916    Father: Richard Waugh  Mother: Eliza Moore
.......... 5  Ellen Nancy BECHTEL 
.......... 5  Anna Maria BECHTEL . +George House 
....... 4  David BECHTEL  b: December 18, 1818
....... 4  Marshall White BECHTEL  b: May 22
.... 3  Mary WHITE  b: May 07, 1783
.... 3  William WHITE  b: July 05, 1785    d: 1864
.......  +Mary  b: Abt. 1784 in Delaware    d: 1850-1860
....... 4  Nancy WHITE 
..........  +William P. WILSON 
.......... 5  Marietta WILSON  b: 1843
.......... 5  Alpheus WILSON  b: 1844
.......... 5  Winifeld WILSON  b: 1847 
.......... 5  Elizabeth J. aka Lizzie WILSON  b: 1850
.......... 5  Annie WILSON  b: 1856
.... 3  Jean WHITE 
.... 3  Nancy WHITE    


Jacob's father was  James WHITE  b: 1749    d: August 06, 1815 in Drumore Twp., Lancaster County, PA James WHITE is buried in Chestnut Level Lower Cemetery ..  +Elizabeth GIBSON     Father: John Gibson  Mother: Margaret 

So Jacob WHITE was in Westmoreland County, PA by the age of 20 in 1801 even though his father died in Lancaster County in 1815 - the Eastern side of PA. - It seems likely that Elizabeth "Betsy" MITCHEL's parents were in Westmoreland County at the time of her marriage at the age of 20. 

So a logical place to look for her MITCHEL parents is in the townships of N. Huntington, Hopewell and Mt. Pleasant. Note Washington County was formed from Westmoreland. Also, FULTON/GUTHRIE family of N. Huntington Twp., had members who served under a "Hugh MITCHEL." A possibility to check.

So the entries below are good probabilities for my "Jacob WHITE"

1810 WHITE JACOB Westmoreland County PA 114 N. Huntington Township PAS1a3446379
1810 WHITE JACOB Westmoreland County PA 114 N. Huntington Township PAS1a3446456
1840 WHITE JACOB Washington County PA 213 Hopewell Township PAS4a2774243
1850 WHITE JACOB Washington County PA 522 Hopewell Township PAS6a3142831
1860 WHITE JACOB Washington County PA 697 Mt. Pleasant Township PA508143123
1860 WHITE JACOB Westmoreland County PA 697 Mount Pleasant Township. PA50896157

 

Revolutionary War Muster Rolls, 1775-83 - Robert Fulton served as a private in Capt. Hugh Mitchell's company of Westmoreland county militia
Surname Given Name Middle Initial Company Unit Rank - Induction Rank - Discharge ROLL-BOX
MITCHEL HUGH       CORPL   35
MITCHEL HUGH       CORPORAL   35
MITCHEL HUGH       PRIVAT   66
MITCHEL HUGH       PRIVATE   51
MITCHEL HUGH       PRIVT   35
MITCHEL HUGH       SERJT   35
Surname Given Name Middle Initial Company Unit Rank - Induction Rank - Discharge ROLL-BOX
MITCHELL HUGH       CORPL   35
MITCHELL HUGH       PRIVATE   66
Year Surname Given Name (s) County State Page Township or Other Info Record Type
1820 MITCHEL HUGH Allegheny County PA 015 Pittsburg Cty W Ward PAS2a870114
1830 MITCHEL HUGH Beaver County PA 250 South Beaver Township PA559353821
1820 MITCHEL HUGH Huntingdon County PA 072 Alexandria-porter Township PAS2a870113
1860 MITCHEL HUGH Philadelphia County PA 478 5 W.S.D.Philadelphia PA455131631
1840 MITCHEL HUGH Westmoreland County PA 406 Mount Pleasant Township PAS4a1827931

Lots of MITCHELLs in Somerset Twp., Washington County, PA
http://www.chartiers.com/crumrine/twp-somerset.html  

1830 Census, Chartier Twp., Washington County, PA
http://www.chartiers.com/pages-new/articles/census-1830-chartiers.html
Samuel FULTON 0,0,1,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0 0,0,1,2,2,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0 
Hugh MITCHEL 0,0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0 0,0,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0
also has James FULTON, Elizabeth COCHRAN, and several WHITE

John Mitchel 1794 http://www.chartiers.com/pages-new/articles/washoath.html 

Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols.
Volume 10 - page 846
Mitchell, Hugh, Pittsfield.List of men who marched from Pittsfield to Cambridge April 22, 1775, under command of Capt. David Noble, and served 6 mos.; also, Capt. David Noble's co., Col. John Patison's (26th) regt.; order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Charlestown Camp, Fort No. 3, Oct. 26, 1775; also, list of men who marched from Pittsfield to New York July 11, 1776, under command of Capt. Oliver Root, and were dismissed Dec. 5, 1776; service, 21 weeks; also, descriptive list dated Lenox, Aug. 20, 1781, of men raised in Berkshire Co. agreeable to resolve of Dec. 2, 1780, and delivered to William Walker, Superintendent for said county; Capt. Raymond's co., Col. Rossiter's regt.; age, 28 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 6 in.; complexion, light; hair, sandy; occupation, cooper; residence, Pittsfield; engaged for town of Pittsfield; term, 3 years; reported receipted for by Capt. Smith; also, Private, Col. Benjamin Tupper's (10th) regt.; service from April 16, 1781, 8 mos. 14 days.

Volume 10
page 846

Mitchell, Hugh.Private, Capt. James Gregg's co., Col. Goose Van Schaick's (1st New York) regt.; muster roll for April, 1781, dated West Point; enlistment, during war.


The notes below are from my first cousin's (Martha) genealogy software notes. She entered information that my Aunt, Virginia (MALOWNEY) Thomas researched in her research for Elizabeth "Betsy" MITCHEL(L)'s father. 


WILLIAM THOMPSON WHO SERVED IN REVOLUTION WAS BORN 1752 AND DIED 1813
MARRIED AN ELIZABETH MITCHELL, OHIO VALLEY GENEALOGIES SAYS HE WAS OF SCOTCH-IRISH DESCENT, A NATIVE OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, PA WHO REMOVED TO WESTMORELAND CO ABOUT 1780. WHERE HE DIED. HIS SON WAS SAMUEL.

### HUGH MITCHELL, HIS WILL IS FOUND IN OHIO COUNTY, (WEST) VIRGINIA WILL BOOK 3, PAGE 137. IN IT HE NAMES HIS CHILDREN SONS ANDREW, JOHN, ROBERT, WHILE AND HIS DAUGHTERS PEGGY (LEFFLER) SARAH JANE, MARY, LETHENIA (LEFFLER) AND NANCY (WILSON) I BELIEVE HUGH MITCHELL WAS A SON OF JOHN MITCHELL AND JANE, HIS WIFE, JOHN MITCHELL SECURED A GRANT OF LAND IN OHIO COUNTY ON JANUARY 11, 1782 THEY SOLD A PART OF IT TO ARCHIBALD WOODS ON DECEMBER 30, 1790. ON MARCH 23, 1792 ARCHIBALD WOODS AND HIS WIFE ANNAH SOLD TO ALEXANDER, SAMUEL AND HUGH MITCHELL "AS TENANTS IN COMMON" THE LAND MENTIONED ABOVE LOOKS LIKE IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE FAMILY PLACE AND ARCHIBALD WOODS AND WIFE DEEDING IT BACK TO THEM.

ELIZABETH (MRS. JACOB) WHITE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A SISTER OF THESE THREE MEN; I HAVE NOT CHECKED FOR A SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN MITCHELL WHICH MIGHT SHOW OTHER CHILDREN ### JOHN MITCHEL, DUNMORE TWP (should this be Drumore?), LANCASTER PA. BOOK ONE 1767 SIGN 1767 PROBATE 11/18/1767
DEVISEES: WIFE MARY; SON-IN-LAW ROBERT LUCKEY AND MARY, HIS WIFE
SON-IN-LAW ALEXANDER MCLAUGHLIN AND ISABEL HIS WIFE GRANDSON JOHN, SON OF THOMAS DECEASED, GRANDSON JOHN SON OF SON, GEORGE. GRANDSON JOHN THOMAS PORTER, SON OF THOMAS PORTER AND JEANET, HIS WIFE.

WILL OF JAMES MITCHEL, DONEGAL TWP, LANCASTER PA 1746 FOUR SONS JAMES, ALEXANDER, WILLIAM AND THOMAS MENTIONS HIS SON-IN-LAW THOMAS MITCHEL

THE INFORMATION ABOVE IS FROM MY FILES RELATIVE TO THE LETHENIA MITCHELL LEFFLER. BURIED LOWER BUFFALO CEMETERY, INDEPENDENCE, PA

Mitchell Researcher List

http://searches.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/pa/perry/vitals/drperry.txt

85. John MITCHEL, white, male, 66 yrs, 4 mo. 11 days. Father: George Mitchel. Mother: Hannah Mitchel. Occupation: Farmer. Born: 31 Aug 1787, Philadelphia Co. Wife: Susannah Mitchel. Living Issue: Jane, Catharine intermarried with William Douglas, Elleanor Ann, Sarah, Mary & Hugh. Died: 11 Jan 1854, consumption, Greenwood Twp. Perry Co. PA. Buried: Mitchel family graveyard, Greenwood Twp. Perry Co. PA. Person returning certificate: A.C. Stees, Millerstown. Date of certificate: 28 Jan 1854.


John MITCHEL (1766-1852) enlisted at the age of sixteen and served until peace was declared. He was born in Virginia; died in Fauquier County. (DAR descendent 65051).

From: George DAVIS TheFarm@istmacon.net 
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2000 2:26 PM

This John MITCHEL (1766-1852) is the 4g gf. of George DAVIS TheFarm@istmacon.net . He was married to Elizabeth GILLAM by whom he had 15 children. He died in 1852 and his will identifies a wife Sarah but it's not known if it's the same person or not. John was removed from the DAR patriot book for lack of proof of service. George DAVIS would like to hear from others researching the line. 



Mark Mitchel listed on
Sussex Co, Delaware 1693 Tax List. A tax made for the county of Sussex the 7th mo 1693: presuance to An Act of Listembly for Granting unto William & Mary King & Queen over England & c, one penny in the pound of all the reall & personall Estates 7 six shillings per head upon such as are not other wise taxed, by us whose names are here under subscribed

Mitchell-Rinehart Family of Greene County, PA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Church Records, 1709-60
Surname Given Name Birth Date Baptism Date Age at Baptism Burial Date Parents Spouse or Widow of
Mitchel Elizabeth  / /  27/12/1727 13 weeks  / /  Nehemiah and Rachel  

 

Capture and murder of the Mitchell family in Derry township after 1791

After the close of the Revolutionary war and after the burning of Hannastown in 1782, there was really but little mischief done by the Indians in Westmoreland county as it now exists, or rather, we should say, little in comparison with what was done before. Often a stray Indian or even a band of three or four came through to steal horses, capture settlers and secure scalps, but these incursions were so few and far between that the general fear of the Indians on the part of our settlers had almost subsided. This was due largely to the return of our soldiers from the revolution, who were now sufficiently strong to thoroughly defend the western border and to deter the Indians from attempting to overrun this section.

But in 1790 the Indians in Ohio succeeded in badly defeating the army of General Harmar, and the following year achieved a still greater victory over the army of General St. Clair. These victories inspired the Indians with confidence, and they began a series of incursions which were only stopped when General Anthony Wayne won a signal victory over them at the battle of Fallen Timber, in 1794.

Resulting from the boldness of the Indians brought about by the success of 1790 and '91, our people suffered in several sections, and the raiders came so near Greensburg that a blockhouse was built there in 1792, though the other forts and blockhouses in the county were rapidly going into decay. Several white settlers were captured, some horses were stolen, and one or two citizens were murdered. The only instance of these incursions after 1791, and indeed, the only one after the burning of Hannastown, of which we have any definite information, is that of the capture and murder of the Mitchell family in Derry township. They had come here in 1773 and purchased lands on the banks of the Loyalhanna, east of the present town of Latrobe. Their house is said to have been two miles east of Latrobe, on the line of the Ligonier Valley railroad. The family in 1791, consisted of the mother and two children, Charles and Susan, aged respectively seventeen and fifteen years. The husband and father had been dead some years, and his defenseless family was living alone. A band of four Indians approached the house while Charles and Susan were in the stable. They noticed the Indians approaching, and Charles tried to escape by running toward the Loyalhanna. They all ran after and soon captured him. While this was going on Susan hid herself under a large trough used in feeding horses, where she remained quietly, and though the Indians all looked for her they failed to discover her hiding place. They then captured the lonely old mother and started hurriedly away to the north, for they knew that their depredations would soon be generally known, and that a party of rescuers much larger than their band could soon be raised to follow them. They soon found that Mrs. Mitchell was too old to keep up with them in their hurried trip north. To turn her back would be but to give assistance to the pursuers in following them, yet it appeared that they did not want to kill her in the presence of her son. So two of them pushed on with the son, and it being about dark, they kindled a fire. The other two loitered behind with Mrs. Mitchell. While the advance party were standing around the fire the two who remained behind came up. One of them was carrying the bloody scalp of the prisoner's mother. He proceeded to stretch it over a bent twig and dry it at the fire in presence of the boy with as little compunction as though it had been the scalp of a wild animal. In Armstrong county they came upon the tracks of two white men. Both Charles and the Indian who was guarding him saw them at a distance, and young Mitchell recognized them as Captain Sloan and Harry Hill, both of whom were neighbors to the Mitchells on the banks of the Loyalhanna. The ground was covered with snow, and Sloan was a large man with very large feet, so his tracks in the snow were so unusually large that the Indian measured them with a ramrod. His exclamations of surprise led Charles to tell him that it was the track of the big Captain Sloan, the great Indian fighter. The band concluded from this not to try to capture them but pushed on in another direction. Later in the day Sloan and Hill discovered the tracks of the Indians, and also that they had a white prisoner, judging from his tracks. They concluded that to run them down would insure the death of the prisoner, and therefore, with no fear for themselves, they wisely determined not to pursue. The boy was taken to the Cornplanter tribe and there adopted by a squaw who had lost her own boy in the war. He was compelled to obey her as though he had been her son. They made him hoe corn and do all kinds of work which usually fell to the hard lot of a squaw. After three years he escaped from them and returned to his old home, where he was afterwards married and there remained till he died, at a good old age. He often told how a band of Indians crossed a large swollen stream when they had no canoes. They cut a long slender sapling and placed it on the shoulders of two of their tallest and strongest men, one at each end. The smaller men and squaws held on to the pole, their places being between the two men at the ends. If one should slip he could draw himself up by the pole, for it was not likely that all would be carried down at once.

 

History of Westmoreland County, Volume 1, Chapter 13 
The Removal of County Seat to Greensburg
http://www.pa-roots.com/westmoreland/historyproject/vol1/chap13.html

The reader will discover that in the justicesí letter or certificate given above, and dated August 10, 1786, they say that they have adjourned the courts to the new court house in Newtown. They had probably done this, but even then troubles were brewing, engendered largely by Hanna and his friends, who were loathe to see the courthouse leave Hannastown. So, to in some degree appease the wrath of these adherents of Hanna. it was determined to hold the October term of court in Hannastown, and this was accordingly done. The first court held in Greensburg was the January term Of 1787, beginning on January 7th, with judge John Moore on the bench. The following is a list of the jurors who served at this first court in the new county seat: Grand jurors--David Duncan, James Carnahan. John Carnahan, John Sloan, Abraham Fulton, Charles Baird, William Best, Nathaniel McBrier, Joseph Mann, James Fulton, William Mann, Charles Johnston, Jacob Huffman, Samuel Sinclair, and John Craig. Traverse Jurors: Alexander Craig, John McCreadv. Peter Cherry, John Giffen. John Buch, Philip Carns, Patrick Campbell, George Swan, Isaac McKendry, Robert McKee, John Anderson, James Watterson and Lawrence Irwin.

Isaac W. Mitchell
James K. Mitchell

INDEX to the WILL BOOKS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 33
Name: Mitchel, James, Year: 1746, Book: A, Volume: 1, Page: 203


INDEX to the WILL BOOKS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 33
Name: Mitchel, Samuel, Year: 1745, Book: A, Volume: 1, Page: 99

INDEX to the WILL BOOKS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 33
Name: Mitchel, Thomas, Year: 1734, Book: A, Volume: 1, Page: 17

INDEX to the WILL BOOKS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 33

Name:
Mitchell, David, Year: 1757, Book: B, Volume: 1, Page: 187

INDEX to the WILL BOOKS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 33
Name:
Mitchell, George, Year: 1765, Book: B, Volume: 1, Page: 628

INDEX to the INTESTATE RECORDS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 90
Name: Mitchel, Elizabeth, Year: 1734 - born to early to be with Elizabeth Mitchel who m. Jacob WHITE

INDEX to the INTESTATE RECORDS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 90
Name: Mitchel, James, Year: 1843, Book: L, Volume: 1, Page: 144


INDEX to the INTESTATE RECORDS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 90

Name: Mitchell, Ann, Year: 1822, Book: A, Volume: 1, Page: 184


INDEX to the INTESTATE RECORDS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 90

Name: Mitchell, Hannah, Year: 1751


INDEX to the INTESTATE RECORDS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 90

Name: Mitchell, John, Year: 1790


INDEX to the INTESTATE RECORDS OF LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1729 - 1850 page 90

Name: Mitchell, John, Year: 1827, Book: D, Volume: 1, Page: 46