Name:   Berry William Mitchell

From:  The McLeansboro Times, McLeansboro, Illinois
Date:  May, 1929

Berry William Mitchell, son of Ichabod and Mary Lane Mitchell, was born near McLeansboro, Ill., July 16, 1844.  He departed this life May 3, 1929, at 10:25 p.m., age 84 years, 9 months and 17 days.  He was the youngest of twelve children, and the last surviving member of this family.

He was married to Mary Jane Mayberry on November 9, 1865.  To this union ten children were born, three of whom with his aged companion, survive him.

Uncle Berry and Aunt Jane, as they were affectionately known by their many friends and neighbors, observed their 63rd weeding anniversary last November 9th.

The following children preceded him in death: Mary and Julia, who died in childhood, Lemuel I., Sarah E. Hale, Margaret E. Snape, and Katherine Seabright.

The surviving are Mrs. Nettie McKelroy of Mattoon, Ill., Charles J. Mitchell of Herrin, Ill., and N. A. Mitchell of Dahlgren, Ill, with whom he made his home at the time of his death.  Twelve grandchildren survive, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

He professed faith in Christ at an early age, and united with Hopewell Baptist Church, where he remained a faithful member until his death.  Uncle Berry lived his religion in his everyday life and was a friend to everyone, and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances.  He was a member of I.O.O.F. Lodge for almost fifty-six years, at the time of his death being a member of Dahlgren Lodge #486.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joseph Allen of Dahlgren Richardson Hill Church on Sunday, May 5th.  Interment took place in the cemetery nearby.