On Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, the Mitchell Family of Jerome Township hosted a 200th year anniversary celebration of their farm. About 90 extended family members attended the two-day celebration.
On Saturday, attendees toured the Mitchell Cemetery, located on state Route 38 west of Plain City, where six generations of the Mitchell family are interred. Sunday, there was a picnic on the lawn of the Mitchell Homestead located at 9619 Mitchell Dewitt Road, Plain City. Entertainment included acoustic bluegrass music provided by the Muleskinner Band.
In about 1814, Mitchell ancestor Judge David Mitchell — who was born in Lancaster County, Pa. and migrated with his extended family to Union County in 1799 — purchased Virginia Military Survey No. 5132, 600 acres, for three of his sons, George, David and Jesse. Jesse Mitchell’s descendants continued to farm portions of that land through today. Descendants of all three Mitchell men participated in the celebration.
Those hosting the event were Jeff and Karla Mitchell, Don K. and Melissa Mitchell, Carl and Betty Mitchell, Don Gene and Kim Mitchell, and Regena Mitchell and Phil Gates.
Family members traveled from around Ohio, as well as from Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and New Zealand. Well wishes came electronically from descendants of George Mitchell’s family who live in California and Germany.