Mitchell of Block Island, Newport, Rhode Island
Thomas Mitchell [a] b abt 1635, of Block Island, Newport, RI, d bef 6 May 1687, Block Island, Newport, RI. The identity of his wife is not known.
Known children of Thomas Mitchell were:
- Capt. Thomas Mitchell b abt 1660, d New Shoreham, Newport, RI, d aft Apr 1738; md Margaret (poss Rathbone).
- John Mitchell b abt 1664, d New Shoreham, Newport, RI, d bef 1708; md Sarah (poss Rathbone) aft 1688.
- Joseph Mitchell b abt 1669.
Joseph Mitchell [b] b abt 1669, of New Shoreham, Newport, RI, d bef 28 Apr 1764. He md Mary George 5 Jul 1703, New Shoreham, Newport, RI, daughter of Samuel George and Sarah Rathbone.
Children of Joseph Mitchell and Mary George were:
Mary Mitchell b 5 Feb 1714/15, New Shoreham, Newport, RI. She md Nehemiah Dodge 1 Feb 1731/32, New Shoreham, Newport, RI, son of Nathaniel Dodge and Margaret Pulling.
- Jonathan Mitchell b 25 May 1704, New Shoreham, Newport, RI; md Abigail Dickens 13 Jan 1725/26.
- John Mitchell b 19 Aug 1707, New Shoreham, Newport, RI; d prob s.p. aft 7 Feb 1757.
- Jeremiah Mitchell b abt 1710, New Shoreham, Newport, RI.
- Thomas Mitchell b 30 May 1712, New Shoreham, Newport, RI; md Dorothy Dickens 13 Jul 1735.
- Mary Mitchell b 5 Feb 1714/15.
a. Thomas Mitchell "hatter", may have come from New London, Conn. where a Thomas Mitchell was a shipbuilder. He first appears on Block Island at a town meeting 8 Jan 1677/78. On 19 Apr 1678, he was found guilty of selling liquor to Indians, and the following year he was found not guilty of causing the death of Ochakomah, an Indian. He was a freeman in 1684, and held considerable real estate on the Island.
b. Joseph Mitchell, yeoman, of New Shoreham, signed a petition for soldiers 30 Sep 1691, and was one of those involved in the building of the new harbor. He is listed as present at a town meeting 10 Apr 1705, and appears on the list of freemen in 1708. He married twice, first to Mary George, and secondly, late in life, to an unknown woman. All children were by his first wife. His will, written 7 Feb 1757, and proved at New Shoreham 23 Apr 1764, mentions sons Jonathan Mitchell "eldest", Thomas Mitchell and Jeremiah Mitchell, daughter Mary Dodge wife of Nehemiah Dodge, grandson John Mitchell under 21, son of son Thomas. John Littlefield was coexector with son Thomas Mitchell, the witnesses being Samuel Rathbun, Samuel Dunn, and Thomas Dickens. The identity of his wife Mary, as Mary George, is gleaned from a New Shoreham land record, dated 31 Dec 1747, in which Benjamin Potter and his wife Margaret Potter, describe Samuel George as "our grandfather, late of New Shoreham", who, in his will had given land in New Shoreham to his two daughters, Mary, wife of Joseph Mitchell, and Susannah, late wife of Thomas Paine. Mary and Susannah George were coheiresses of their father, Samuel George. The three sons shown all settled in New Shoreham and are the only known children of Joseph and Mary, although there were possibly several daughters.
GL: Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Volume I, The Mitchell Family, by G. Andrews Moriarty, pp 704-708; Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volume 4, No. 3, Abstracts of New Shoreham Wills, p 248.
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