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MITCHELL, John B., 5 Dec 1820 - (circa) Tuesday 11 Apr 1899, son of George & Jane Cathey Mitchell; John was married to Polly Walker.

Obituary - Bethany Echo (news), Moultrie Co., IL., 14 April 1899.

Mr. Mitchell was born in Murray (Maury) Co., Tennessee, December 5, 1820, and moved with his father to Illinois in November 1832. He was married to Miss Polly Walker September 28, 1848, and they lived a peaceful and prosperous life together for more than fifty years. For more than forty years they have occupied the residence in which he died.
Mrs. Mitchell and several children and grandchildren live to mourn the loss of the husband and father who was more than seventy-nine years of age. He was converted when thirteen years old and has been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Bethany for many years.

The death of this aged and highly respected citizen thins by one the ranks of the few remaining first settlers of this county. May his ashes rest in peace.

John B. Mitchell died at his home near Bethany Tuesday morning at 11 O'clock, after an illness of several months during which he was a patient sufferer. Although his death was expected the news came as a shock and is deeply regretted by all. He was of an honest unassuming disposition, straight-forward in all his business dealings and enjoyed the confidence and esteem of his fellow men as a true friend. He leaves a good name and reputation worthy of emulation. When in health he always attended church services. Mr. Mitchell will be missed as one of our citizens, but where the loss will be most keenly felt is in the home by his loved ones where he shall never again occupy his favorite chair by the fireside or take his place at the head of the table.

The funeral took place at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church Wednesday afternoon at 3 O'clock. The sermon was preached by Rev. T. B. McAmis after which the body was tenderly laid to rest in the new cemetery.

Source: Abstracts from "Combined History of Shelby & Moultrie Co., IL", Chapter VII, page 248

Family information: John B. Mitchell's parents were George & Jane Cathey Mitchell
George died 1854, Moultrie Co., IL; Jane d. 1853, Moultrie Co. IL.
Children of John B. Mitchell & wife Polly Walker were:
Rebecca Jane, Amanda Elizabeth, Margaret Luticia, Mary Susan, Martha Ann, George Enoch, Elisha A., Mary Ellen, Sarah Parmelia.

Information provided by Pat Cribbett  10 Jan 2009.