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Rev James Mitchel

  • Birth 29 Jan 1747 Pequea, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 27 Feb 1841 Bedford County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Bedford County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 42688833

Buried on their farm near Old Peaks Church, Rev. James Mitchel was a son of the late Robert Mitchell (born in northern Ireland) and Mary Enos, his wife. The Mitchell family emigrated to America in the early eighteenth century. Rev. James Mitchel was licensed a Presbyterian minister in October, 1781. In 1782 he married Frances Blair Rice, the daughter of the Rev. David Rice, and soon afterward moved to Kentucky and engaged in preaching and teaching. He returned to Virginia to preach at Hat Creek and Concord, but returned to Kentucky, where he was instrumental in the formation of Transylvania Presbytery. He was appointed the first teacher in Transylvania Seminary, which was opened in February, 1785, near Danville.

He was called to the church at Peaks of Otter, in Bedford County, Virginia, and was installed as pastor of that church in March, 1786, where he remained until his death on the 27th day of February, 1841, in his 95th year. He left many worthy descendants, was tenderly loved and venerated, and often addressed and spoken of as Father "Mitchel", the orthography of which he steadfastly maintained.


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  • Created by: Dacanta
  • Added: 4 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42688833
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev James Mitchel (29 Jan 1747–27 Feb 1841), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42688833, citing Peaks Church Community Cemetery, Bedford County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Dacanta (contributor 47158985) .