George J. Mitchell

Contributed by Jim Simmons. Thanks, Jim.

Pub. Times, January 24, 1918

        George J. Mitchell, son of Ichabod and Mary Lane Mitchell, was born March 18, 1836; departed this life January 18, 1918.  He was born and grew to young manhood near the spot which will be his last resting place.  Hence a life of more that 81 years has been spent in our midst.

     At the age of 22 years he was united in marriage to Angeline Prince, March 18, 1858.  This union was blessed with twelve children, Lewis, Ichabod, Charles, Fannie and Henry died in infancy; after having grew to man and womanhood Mary E., Eliza E. and Andy J. have preceded him some years ago, and on March 4, 1876 his companion was called.  Of those children, William C. of Taylorville, James F., of Broughton, Omer D. and Mrs. Henry Bremer, of McLeansboro, still survive.

     On the 14th day of June, 1877, he was again untied in marriage to Maggie J. McNabb; to this union were born two children, Sarah having died in infancy, Mrs. C. M. Prince, of Macedonia, still survives.  This companion departed this life January 16, 1883, and on November 5, 1889 he was married to Mary B. Clark who has faithfully journeyed with him to the end of his pilgrimage here.  He was one of a family of 12 children, of which only one sister, Eliza E. Campbell, of McLeansboro, and one brother, Berry W., of Mt. Vernon, still survive him.

     He was converted and joined the Missionary Baptist church near the year 1868, at Hopewell, and was ordained deacon in 1881, in this relation he remained until death, always taking an active part in attendance and service until age and affliction prevented him from going.  Yet his interest in the work and faithfulness to God never ceased.

     Uncle George, as he was familiarly called, was loved and respected by all who knew him more than the words of this sketch can describe.  He life has been on of helpfulness, usefulness and encouragement to all who were permitted to come within touch of its influence.  His principles were sympathy, truthfulness and uprightness, and the appreciation and value was feebly expressed by a remark that was made by one who had known him when he said, "Uncle George was one of as good men as ever lived in this county."  His life has been an open book to all who knew him and as he rests from his labors his work and influence will live on in the memory of his loved ones and friends.

     He was a faithful companion, a dutiful father, good neighbor and a worthy citizen.  As he has ___from our midst he has taken up his abode in the kingdom prepared for him.

     He leaves to mourn their loss a faithful and devoted companion, five children, 22 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one sister, one brother and a host of other relatives and friends.

     Funeral services were conducted by Elbert Hulbert Perry at Hopewell where the body was laid to rest.


     We desire to express our many thanks to our Friends who so kindly assisted in word or action during the illness and death of our companion and father.
                                                                 Mrs. G. J. Mitchell and Children


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