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Matthew Mitchell

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Stamford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Place of Burial: New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Mitchell and Elizabeth Mitchell
Husband of Susan Mitchell
Father of Dorothy Mitchell; Abigail Pierson; David Mitchell; Elizabeth Mitchell; Sarah Sherman and 9 others
Brother of Elizabeth Graves
Half brother of Mary Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell

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About Matthew Mitchell

Matthew Mitchell arrived in America in 1633 on the ship Francis [SIC: in 1635 on the ship James] from Bristol, England, with a wife and five children. He settled first in Charlestown, Ma. and then moved to Concord. Later he moved to Springfield where he signed a contract in May 1636. He was in Saybrook for a time serving in the Piqout War. In 1639 he was in Wethersfield and from there went to Stamford. He was a representative and a very prominent man.

Matthew is list as one of the founders of Old-Saybrook, Ct.

Ref. Cothen's history of ancient Woodbury, pg 633-42


He was one of the first settlers in Saybrook, where he suffered heavy property loss, from the Indians, besides having employees and a brother-in-law (Samuel Butterfield) killed. Removing to Wethersfield, he was a member of the General Court which declared war on the Pequots.In Wethersfield, he was a large land owner and was chosen Recorder, in 1640, but the Court rejected the choice, and he withdrew with Denton and his flock to Stamford, where he died in 1645. Was much the wealthiest settler there, his tax being about three times that of Thurstan Raynor, the next largest tax-payer. He was one of the four persons chosen at Wethersfield to reguiate the Stamford settlement, and the first Selectmen chosen there, November 1641.Will presented 16 June 1646; son Jonathan, �100; daughters. Susanna and Hannah, �80 each; son David, �40; "my wife may by all right claim the rest." Inv. �1,700.

  • Matthew Mitchell, came into New-England in 1635, from Halifax, England. On his arrival be located himself in Charleston, Massachusetts where he spent his first winter. The following entry is recorded in Cotton Mather's "Magnalia Christi Americana" written in 1702.

"Removing to the Town of Concord, his greater Matters continually became smaller there, his Beginnings were there consumed by Fire, and some other Losses befel him in the Latter End of that Winter. The next Summer he removed unto Say-brook, and the next Spring unto Weathersfield upon Connecticut River, by which he lost yet more of his Possessions, and plunged himself into other Troubles. Towards the Close of that year he had a Son-in-law Slain by the Pequot Indians; and the Rest of the Winter they lived in much fear of their Lives from those Barbarians, and many of his Cattel were destroyed, and his Estate unto the Value of some Hundreds of Pounds was damnified. A Shallop, which he sent unto the River's Mouth was taken, and burned by the Pequots, and Three Men in the Vessel slain, in all of whom he was nearly concerned: So that indeed the Pequot Scourge fell more on this Family, than on any other in the Land. Afterward there arose unhappy Differences in the place where he lived, wherein he was an Antagonist against some of the Principal Persons in the place, and hereby he that had hitherto Lived in precious Esteen with Good Men, wherever he came, (as a Record I have seen, testifies concerning him,) now suffered much in his Esteen among many such Men, as 'tis usual in such Contentions, and he met with many other Injuries: For which causes, he transferred himself, with his Interests, unto Stamford in the Colony of New-Haven. Here his House Barn and Goods were again consumed by Fire; and much Internal Distress of Mind accompanied these Humbling Dispensations. At last, that Most Horrible of Diseases, the Stone, arrested him, and he underwent unspeakable Dolours from it, until the year 1645, when he went unto his Rest about the Fifty Fifth Year of his age."


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Matthew Mitchell's Timeline

April 16, 1590
South Ouram, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Halifax, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 25
Saint John's Parish,Halifax,Yorkshire,England
September 26, 1618
Age 28
Halifax, Yorkshire, , England
November 14, 1619
Age 29
Saint John's Parish,Halifax,Yorkshire,England
Age 29
of Towchester, Northampton, England
October 14, 1621
Age 31
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Age 31
Saint John's Parish,Halifax,Yorkshire,England
October 26, 1623
Age 33
Saint John's Parish,Halifax,Yorkshire,England