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Woodland Cemetery
Polk County, Iowa
Uploaded 2/25/2005

Blk 9 Lot 00030
Ira b: Aug 22, 1828 d: July 11, 1895

Biography for Ira Mitchell
Was born in Claremont, New Hampshire, August 22, 1826, and there resided until of age, receiving an academic education. He traces his ancestors on his father's side to Scotland, they having emigrated to this country about the year 1760, and took active part in the behalf of their adopted country in both the wars with England, His mother was of English origin. At the age of twenty-one Mr. Mitchell removed to Newport, New Hampshire, and engaged in merchandising until 1858, when he removed to Concord. That business he followed until 1861, when he was appointed inspector in the quartermaster's department. This position he held until 1863. During that time he went through Baltimore with the Second New Hampshire regiment, prepared to avenge the fate of the members of the Fifth Massachusetts regiment, who fell in passing throught that city. In 1863 Mr. Mitchell returned to Newport and resumed his former occupation. In 1870, he removed to this State and became a permanent resident of this city. In February, 1853, he was married to Catharine, daughter of Seth Richards, who was a prominent merchant of Newport, New Hampshire, for upwards of fifty years. They have one son living, Frank. Have lost one, James

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