Biography of John W. Mitchell
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Mitchell, John Wilson, is one of Lansing's successful and influential residents. He was born in 1851 on the farm where he now resides, and is the son of John H. Mitchell, a native of Saratoga county, who died in Lake Ridge in 1866. The latter married Chloe M. Wilson of Genoa, who died at her son's residence in 1890. John and Ruth Mitchell, the grandparents, bought this farm in 1831, later a portion of it was owned by an uncle of John W., and at his death our subject became possessed of it. The place comprises 582 acres, and is a fine farm. Mr. Mitchell attended the district schools until the age of sixteen, then was obliged to take charge of the farm work at home, his father having died when he was fifteen. The larger portion of his farm he leases, or causes to be worked, not taking an active part in the work himself. He is a Mason, and in politics favors the Republicans. He is one of five children, Emily J., deceased, John Wilson, Edward K, deceased, Theodore, deceased, and Mary L., wife of Thomas J. Bradford of Lake Ridge.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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