biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
ROBERT MITCHELL, proprietor of a valuable farm 800 acres in extent, resides on section 17, Madison Township, and ranks as a pioneer of 1851. He was born in Parke County, Ind., March 19, 1836. His father, Jacob Mitchell, was a native of Pennsylvania, and a farmer by occupation. His mother, Mary (Scott) Mitchell, was a native of the North of Ireland. In 1851 the family came to Iowa and located in Madison Township, where the father died in 1859, and the mother in 1865. There were six children in the family: Martha, the wife of Amos Hodges, resides in Kansas; John W. lives in this township; Isabella, Mrs. Jackson Worley, also lives in Kansas; Jane, the wife of Andrew Bartlett, in Prairie Township, this county; Daniel died in 1860, at the age of twenty-six years. Robert was reared upon the farm, received a common-school education, and came to Iowa with his parents. In 1864 he was united in marriage with Miss Elma, the daughter of Hiram and Jerusha Beal, whose biography see elsewhere in this volume. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell became the parents of four children, two of whom died in childhood; those living are Jacob and Jerusha. The present farm of our subject is all in a high state of cultivation, with improvements second to none in that portion of the county, and largely devoted to stock-raising. That Mr. Mitchell has made life a success in a financial way is evidenced by his ample possessions. These have not been attained without a struggle, and are the result of toil and a wise and excellent management. Robert Michell is known throughout the borders of the county, and ranks as a citizen of the first class. There are no men more honorable and high- minded, none of stricter integrity, none more generous and hospitable, and it is not to be wondered that such a man stands high in the esteem of his friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy