Title: History of Allegheny county, Pennsylvania: including its early settlement and progress to the present time ; a description of its historic and interesting localities ; its cities, towns and villages; religious, educational, social and military history ; mining, manufacturing and commercial interests, improvements, resources, statistics, etc. ; also, biographies of many of its representative citizens Author: Cushing, Thomas, b. 1821
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WILLIAM MITCHELL, wagon-maker, Turtle Creek, was born in Donegal, Ireland, May 1, 1851.His parents, WILLIAM and ELIZABETH (ELLIOTT) MITCHELL, now reside in Penn Township, Allegheny County.The father was a laborer, employed at sixpence a day and board for 23 years by one farmer.On this meager pittance he reared a family of 8 children, of whom WILLIAM is the youngest. When the latter was 12 years old the family came to America and settled in this county (Allegheny County), where he attended school for some time.When 17 years old he began his trade in Pittsburgh, and on the day he was 20 years old opened a shop in Turtle Creek.By industry and prudence he has earned a nice property, including his shop and five tenement-houses, besides his residence.He is an active worker in the U. P. Church, having served six years as treasurer and four years as superintendent of Sabbath-school.He is a Republican, although sympathizing strongly with the prohibition movement, and is now serving as tax-collector. In 1873 he married MARY ANN, daughter of HENRY and MARY LANE, of Irish descent.Their children, in order of birth, are LENORA MAY, HARRY, WILLIAM JOHN, FRANK HOWARD and MARY ELIZABETH.