Re: Mary Mitchell> No. Kingstown, RI, 1790
I wonder, can any of you provide more details about "James Reynolds Mitchell?"
My ancestor, Lydia Mitchell, was the dau. of Elisha Mitchell.She marr. John Bitgood in Dec. 1779 in Richmond (Town), RI, when she was descr. as"daughter of Elisha, late of North Kingstown."In other words by the time she married in 1779 he was probably deceased.
There is the birth record of Elisha Mitchell, son of Ephraim and Deborah, b. March 14, ___ (Arnold, *Rhode Island Vital Records*, North Kingstown, p. 85).She was probably "Deborah Ayres" but I have no proof of that assertion just now.*The Rhode Island 1777 Military Census* shows Ephraim Mitchell, Sr., age 60+, and Ephraim, Jr., age 16-50, both in North Kingstown.Surely this Ephraim, Sr., born before 1717, was the grandfather of Lydia.
An Ephraim Mitchell also appears in Howard M. Chapin's *Rhode Island in the Colonial Wars; A List of Rhode Island Soldiers and Sailors in King George's War, 1740-1748, and A List of RhodeIsland Soldiers and Sailors in the Old French & Indian War, 1755-1762* (1994, orig. pub. 1918, 1920), p. 101, and served in Capt. Greene's (4th) Co. (of Col. Sam'l Angell's Regt.) in 1757.Whether this was Ephraim Snr. or Jnr. is impossible to say.Ephriam Snr., born before 1717, would be over 40 for that campaign, while Jnr. born NET 1727 could have been 30, but also might be a mere boy.
I can not find any "Elisha Mitchell" in the *Census of the Inhabitants of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1774*.This could mean nothing, but more likely it means that Elisha was deceased before 1774.However, an Elisha Mitchel (sic) appears in Glocester in the *The Rhode Island 1777 Military Census*, age 16-50, A[ble].This could be his son?It could also be mere coincidence, esp. as an Elisha Mitchel (sic) appears in Gloucester in the 1790 Census.
An Elisha Mitchell also appears in Howard M. Chapin's *Rhode Island in the Colonial Wars*, on p. 101.
I have no information at all on any siblings of Lydia's, beyond the speculation (above) that the Elisha found in the 1777 Census may have been a brother.
I also have no information on who Ephriam Mitchel's parents were.
If any of this "rings a bell," I would be greatful for any "clue cards" anyone could offer to track this family.