HISTORY OF THE MITCHELL NAME:
The ancient family tree of the Mitchell family began in Scotland. The
family originally lived in the town Mitcham
in the county
of Surrey before moving north to Scotland.
Variations of the name include Mitchill, Mitchum, Mitchill,
Michell, Migel, Mitchone, Migell and many more.
The earliest written records of the name were found in
Surrey. The family resided there as early as
the 11th century when King William the Conqueror granted them a
parcel of land. Later the family began to branch out and the name was found in Scotland at Muirtown, Glasgow,
Aberdeen and Dundee
by the early 15th century.
During the 16th and 17th
centuries some of the family moved to the county of Dorset
and to Enderby Hall in Leicestershire. Some of the family moved to Ireland in the Plantation of Ulster and in 1890,
a census of Scottish families in Ireland was taken. It showed that
there were over 5734 people bearing the surname Mitchell and about 49% of these
were found in the province
of Ulster. Matthew
Mitchell was one of the first immigrants to the United States in the 17th
many forms including Machel, Matchell, Matsell, Mitchel, Mitchell, Michell,
Mickle, Muckle and others, this is an surname of English and Scottish origins.
Introduced into Western Europe by returning knights and pilgrims of the famous
Crusades to free the Holy Land, it derives
from the medieval Hebrew and Biblical name "Michel", meaning "He
who is like the Lord". The name is first recorded in circa 1160, when one
Michaelis de Areci appears in the Danelaw Documents of the city of London, and Michel de Whepstede in the Subsidy Tax rolls
of Suffolk in
1327. The Royal Registers of England for the year 1219 have the entry of
William Michel. He was paid three pence per day, probably now equivalent to 50
or $80, for keeping two of the Kings' wolfhounds. Other examples include
Richard Mukel in the Hundred Rolls of the landowners of the county of Shropshire,
in 1255, Agnes Mitchell who married Richard Freeman on June 24th
1582, at St. Dunstan's in the East, Stepney, city of London,
whilst Fanny Matsell married George Phillips, at St Leonards Shoreditch in the
city of London,
on August 13th 1792.
A coat of arms associated with the
surname has the blazon of a black shield, charged with an escallop between
three gold birds' heads erased. The first recorded spelling of the family name
may be that of Gilbert Michel. This was dated 1205, in the Curia Regis Rolls of
Northumberland, during the reign of King John of England, 1199 - 1216. Surnames
became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this
was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every
country have continued to develop often leading to astonishing variants of the
including McMullen, Murphy, Haslip &
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number
in listing eg HENRY 2
MITCHELL ~ see 2
1. ~ ~ ~ HENRY MITCHELL was born on 24 September 1812 in
Putney, Surrey, England. He enlisted in the British
Army at the age of 13 years in the 54th Regiment. He served 16 years 3 months
including 14 years in India.
His height 5'10", brown hair, grey eyes, sallow complexion, a good
character, labourer. Henry was discharged in Dublin
in 1844 then came to Otahuhu from Belfast, Ireland on the Fencible Ship Ann arriving in New Zealand on 16
May 1848. Henry became a founding pioneer of the settlement of Otahuhu in Auckland.
Henry had no family on board the Ann but shortly married MARY
McMULLEN in at St Peter's Church in
on 16th July 1848. Mary was born in Ireland and was the eldest daughter
of MICHAEL McMULLEN and ELLEN McELVOY. She and her family also arrived in New Zealand on
> Refer to the Royal New Zealand Fencibles for more information on families who came to New Zealand
under this scheme, including the ships they arrived on and villages they
> Refer to the McMULLEN family
for more information about
the family of Mary.
Children of HENRY MITCHELL and MARY McMULLEN were:
SARAH MITCHELL, born 07 May 1849 in Auckland.
MARGARET MITCHELL, born 07 February 1851 in Auckland.
BETSEY MITCHELL, born 28 September 1852 in Auckland.
HENRY 2 MITCHELL, born 22 May 1855 in Auckland.
Henry died on 25 August 1901 at the residence of his
son in Otahuhu. It was claimed he was the last of the Otahuhu Fencibles to have
lived there continuously. Mary died aged 52 years on 20 June 1865. They were
both buried at Holy
Pertaining to Early Auckland
of the Otahuhu Fencibles - Mr Henry Mitchell, aged 89, an old and
highly-respected resident of Otahuhu, passed away on Sunday morning.
Mr Mitchell was the last of the old original pensioners - the New Zealand Fencibles - who arrived in Auckland by the ship
"Ann" on May 1st, 1848, and who virtually founded the present
prosperous settlement of Otahuhu. Sergeant Heath, of Howick, who came to New Zealand by
another vessel, is, as far as can be ascertained, the only survivor of these
old colonists. The Otahuhu contingent, on its arrival at Otahuhu in 1849,
numbered upwards of 70 men, all of whom have now joined the great majority. The
late Henry Mitchell was born at Putney on September 14th, 1812. He enlisted at Chatham, in the 54th
Foot, in September 1825 when he was 13 years old. He served 14 years in India under
Colonels Fane, Yorke-Moore and Reid. He was discharged in Dublin
in 1844, and arrived in Auckland
by the ship Ann on May 1st 1848. Since 1849 he has lived continuously in
Otahuhu. He leaves behind him one son, two daughters, and numerous
grandchildren. The deceased was a most upright man, respected by all. He knew
the meaning of the word "duty", and carried it out to the best of his
ability throughout his long life.
(New Zealand Herald 27.8.1901)
2. ~ ~ ~ HENRY MITCHELL
(HENRY) was on 22 May
1855 in Auckland
and was the son of HENRY MITCHELL and MARY McMULLEN. Henry married ELIZA
MURPHY in April 1884 in Otahuhu, Auckland. Eliza was born on 9 May 1863 in
Otahuhu and was the youngest daughter of WILLIAM and JANE MURPHY. They had
arrived in Auckland
with their two oldest children on the Fencible Ship Ann in 1848.
> Refer to the MURPHY
family for more information about the family of Eliza.
Children of HENRY MITCHELL and ELIZA MURPHY were:
GERTRUDE ANNIE MITCHELL, 1884 and died on 4 October
1887 aged 3 years. She was buried at the Holy Trinity
Cemetery in Otahuhu.
NINA ELIZA 3 MITCHELL, born 28 October 1886 in Otahuhu, Auckland.
GERTRUDE JANE 4 MITCHELL, around 1889
in Otahuhu, Auckland.
JESSIE ELIZABETH MITCHELL, born 1895 and died on 17
October 1948 aged 54 years. She was buried at the Holy Trinity
Cemetery in Otahuhu.
FREDERICK ANDREW MITCHELL, died 18th November 1883,
aged 3 weeks and was buried at Holy
WILLIAM HENRY MITCHELL, born 1890. William married
ELIZA LETITIA MAY DRAKE and had three children Joyce, Neville and Trevor.
Henry died on 11 February 1922 in Otahuhu, Auckland aged 55 years. Eliza
died on 19 January 1927 also in Otahuhu. They were both buried at Holy Trinity
3. ~ ~ ~ NINA ELIZA MITCHELL (HENRY > HENRY) was born on
28 October 1886 in Otahuhu, Auckland
and was the second daughter of HENRY MITCHELL and ELIZA MURPHY. There is some
confusion as to correct her name which shows as Nina Elsa per Birth
Certificate, Nina Elsie per Marriage Certificate and Death Notice, and Nina
Eliza per Headstone.
Nina married WILLIAM HENRY HASLIP on 18
May 1922 at St Matthias Church in Panmure, Auckland. The witnesses were William Mitchell
and Gertrude J Mitchell. William was born on 16 August 1888 in Papatoetoe, Auckland and was the son
of WILLIAM HENRY HASLIP and MARGARET JANE McLARNON.
> Refer to the HASLIP family for more information about the family of William and children of
William and Nina.
4. ~ ~ ~ GERTRUDE ANNIE MITCHELL (HENRY > HENRY) was born around 1889 in Auckland and was the third daughter of HENRY
MITCHELL and ELIZA MURPHY. Gertrude married EARNIST HOSKING in 1922.
Children of GERTRUDE MITCHELL and EARNIST HOSKING
MARJORIE HOSKING, born 14 April 1925; died 10 October
2003 in Auckland.
EARNIST HENRY HOSKING, born 1928.
Gertrude died in September 1964 and Earnist died in
Please note that in keeping with genealogy protocol I have not included
information about later generations which may include living persons.
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