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From: "Dee Miller" <>
Subject: [Ont] Grandma's Scrapbook Re: ( MITCHELL) - Page 25
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001 18:51:50 -0600
Hi to all,
This is great information.
Thanks so much Patti,
From:.....Alliston Union Cemetery Book
Row E1s - Plot 72 West side of stone
In Memory of
John MITCHELL, died Oct. 3, 1889, ages 86 Yrs & 1 Mo.
Native of Co. Tyrone, Ireland.
Also His Beloved Wife, Sarah ROBINSON
Died Jan 25, 1916, In her 100th Year.
Dee Miller Alabama
----- Original Message -----
From: Patti Hand
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2001 4:39 PM
Subject: [Ont] Re: Grandma's Scrapbook - Page 25
These clippings were saved in a book by my great-grandmother Sarah Elizabeth
(SELBY) AGAR, or perhaps by her mother, Eliza (BELL) SELBY. Unfortunately,
most are not dated and I do not know which newspaper they were from.
However, I suspect that many of them were from The Alliston Herald. I will
type them just as they appear -- spelling mistakes, punctuation and all!
Each posting here represents one page (one side) from the book.
BORN 1816; DIED 1916
Mrs. John MITCHELL Dies When Within a Few Months of the Century
Owing to her great age Mrs. John MITCHELL, Alliston's centenarian, was
unable to withstand a severe attack of bronchitis and in less than a week
her physical resistance was overcome and on Tuesday of last week she
succumbed shortly after eight o'clock in the morning. News of the death of
Mrs. MITCHELL was received with much regret. There was a universal wish in
town she might be spared till August next to celebrate the one-hundredth
anniversary of her birth. Her health had been very good and there was every
prospect of her surviving the winter till the variable weather conditions
commenced to show in a slight cold which was followed by the fatal
bronchitis. Deceased was truly one of the pioneers of this section of the
province. She saw the township of Essa develop from the primeval forest to
a highly arable agricultural district and the Boyne river was familiar to
her before the name of Alliston had ever been mentioned. Born in County
Tyrone, Ireland, on August 14, 1816, Mrs. MITCHELL's earliest recollections
are those of circumstances attending war, her father having fought under
WELLINGTON in the Peninsular campaign and her uncles having fought in
Waterloo the year before her birth. It was her lot to live through the
whole Victorian Era and enjoy its many beneficient developments, but her
last days were spent amid the sombre atmosphere produced by the war. In
1833 she was married to John MITCHELL and lived for some years near
Cookstown in Tyrone before coming to Canada in 1844. Her first Canadian
home was on the shores of the Bay of Qunite, but after a year there she
moved with her husband and family to Essa township, making the trip to
Toronto by water and from Toronto to Essa in a wagon. Trees had to be
felled to build the house on lot 9, concession 3, and the forests yielded
the meat which kept the settlers alive and the fuel which kept them
comfortable. Whenever anything was wanted they had to go to York (Toronto)
for it afoot. Among the other settlers of that time where the STEPHENS, the
HOODS, the RUTHVENS, the BRYCES, the WILKINSONS, the LIGGETTS, the
McLELLANDS and the BRUCES. Some of them became discouraged or thought they
could do better elsewhere and moved out, but others stayed and among them
the MITCHELLS ...[at least one line missing]... They met the vicissitudes
with light hearts and after years of labor prospered and about thirty years
ago came to Alliston where Mr. MITCHELL died in 1891. Mrs. MITCHELL was
comparatively active till a few days before her death and retained all her
faculties to a marked degree. Her mind was clear and retentive throughout
her long life. Of later years reminiscences were her favorite topics and
among other things she liked to discuss was the development of the Methodist
church of which she had been a member for over fifty years, joining before
the church was located in Alliston. Two sons and four daughters survive --
James MITCHELL, Tossorontio; Geo. MITCHELL, Flesherton; Mrs. W. E.
SOUTHGATE, Seaforth, Mrs. J. L. BEMROSE, Toronto; Mrs. J. A. MODEL, Toronto,
and Miss P. MITCHELL, Alliston. There are thirty-five grand children and
twenty great grand children. The funeral took place on Thursday last to the
Alliston Union Cemetery, Rev. G. N. GREY conducting a service at the home
and at the grave side.
(Note: It amazes me that in this length, very descriptive obituary that
there is absolutely no mention of the woman's name!)
Mr. and Mrs. C.K. BROWN of New York are visiting the latter's father, Mr.
Mrs. BIRCH and Miss Luella BIRCH of Detroit are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Thos.
The stork called at the home of Mr. Jas. KING last Saturday and left a baby
Misses Hazel and Olive PEACOCK have returned to their home at Rosemont after
spending their vacation with relatives here.
Miss Ethel BRUCE and Miss WILLIAMS of Lethbridge, Alta., visited at the home
of Mr. Jas. RUTHVEN, Sr., last week.
Rev. A. FLETCHER and his son Mr. Alfred FLETCHER of Covina, Cal., are
visiting the former's brother-in-law, Mr. A. DUNDAS.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel CONNELL spent Sunday with friends at Rosemont.
HEUCHAN-McCORMACK -- In Toronto, on March 31st by the Rev. W. Amos, Cora E.,
youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. McCORMACK, of Alliston, to P. N.
HEUCHAN, son of Mrs. David HEUCHAN, of Beeton.
BLACHFORD -- On Sunday, February 13, 1921, at his late residence, 166
Carlton street, Horace Percival BLACHFORD, beloved husband of Anna T.
BLACHFORD, in his 78th year.
Funeral on Wednesday, from the Church of the Holy Trinity, to St. James'
Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined.
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