William Mitchell was born in Ireland and came to America when he was seventeen years of age, landed in Delaware Bay and settled in Pennsylvania in 1770. He enlisted in the Revolutionary War and received 287 1/2 acres in 1784 in Washington (later Hancock) County. A deed dated July 8, 1788 shows that William Mitchell of Washington County sold 100 acres of land in Washington County to Absalom Jackson, being 100 acres in the Township of Wrightsboro. In 1805 he removed to Wilkinson County. He was disowned by the Quakers for serving in the Revolutionary War, and moved on to take up his residence in Wilkinson County.
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