A pioneer of Warren County , and ex-County Treasurer, was born in Greene County . Ohio, July 13, 1838, son of Robert K. and Rachel E. (Townsley) Mitchell, natives of Ohio, where they were reared and married, and coming to Warren County in 1843. located in Hale Township . Robert Mitchell was a farmer and died in Hale Township January 5, 1865 ; his wife dying of cholera in the same township July 14, 1851 . To them were born four children: William A., the subject of this sketch; Margaret J., now Mrs. J. M. Wilson, of Chicago ; Minerva T., now Mrs. Joseph S. Young, of Sumner Township; and John P..of Grand Junction , Colo. William A. Mitchell was reared and educated in Hale Township , where he engaged in farming and now owns the old homestead. In August, 1861, he enlisted, in Hale Township , in Company C, Thirty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for three years, and served in the Army of the Southwest through Missouri , afterwards in the Army of the Cumberland , and took part in the battles of Pea Ridge, Perryville, Stone River , Cbiekamauga. Missionary Ridge , and was with Sherman in the advance on Atlanta . He veter­ anized in the same company and regiment in 1864. and was promoted to Second Lieutenant. From Atlanta he returned to Franklin , then to Nashville , and was honorably discharged at. New Orleans and paid off at Springfield , Ill. , October, 1865, and returned to Hale Township .

Mr. Mitchell was elected County Treasurer in 1894 and served for four years. He is an active Republican. He was married in Sumner Township in 1866, to Sarah E. Caldwell, who was born in Sumner Township , a daughter of Thomas Jackson and Mary (Allen) Caldwell, the former a native of. Ohio and the latter of Illinois . They were early pioneers of Warren County . Mr. Caldwell died in Sumner Township in 1899,, and his wife died in 1870. William A. Mitchell and wife are the parents of five children: Robert J.., of Eleanor, Warren County: Mary E.., now Mrs. Sykes, of Peoria; Effie B.; Fred I.; and Minerva J. 'Mr. Mitchell is a member of the George Crook Post, G. A. R., at Kirkwood. He came to Monmouth in 1894. He and his wife are members of the First United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth, and he is one of the well-known citizens of the county.

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