Reply To: Vice-Admiral Sir William Mitchell, KCB (1745/6 to 1816)

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Noel M

Cousin John Pinder may be interested in a couple of clues to the lack of known details to the birth of Sir William. The nearest that I have seen so far is earlier in your forum where a post captains list recorded his birth as February 1746. A reliable family legend, here in Australia, has that our ancestor Jonathon Mitchel (army) was a brother of Sir William. The place and date of birth that I have for Jonathon is not as positive as I would like but what we do know is that Jonathan Mitchel said that he was born about 1744 in the Parish of Penistone when he enlisted at age 21. (Near Barnsley, Yorkshire).
One correspondent (Steve Day) has microfiches of Copy Registers for Penistone. Whilst, there are lots of ‘Mitchell’ births, (baptisms?) there are no Jonathans until 1752. It reads 9 Aug 1752 Jonathn son of Jonathn. There is still the possibility that this baptism is for someone else, given the delay from birth, but the balance of probabilities is in favour of this being his baptism. So if anyone was sufficiently interested in a hunt through the register for William it might pay. Just to keep me confused, I found another baptism for a Jonathon Mitchel on 26 Feb 1744 at Bingley, Yorkshire. Could he have been baptised twice? Did he give the army his current domicile but had been baptised up the road? Perhaps the other way round? That is too hard for me to answer but Bingley is close enough I suppose.
I have a note that his parents were Jonathon Mitchel and Mary.
Noel Mann