Alexander Mitchell

Alexander Mitchell

Male about 1795 - 1855  (~ 60 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Gender Male 
    Born about 1795  Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Aged 60 when died in 1855
    Census 7 April 1841  Maryston, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Maryston, Parish of Old Monkland Gartsherrie quoad sacra
      Name - Age - Occupation - Born in Lanarkshire

      Alex Mitchell Senr 45 Coal M No
      Janet Simpson 45 Yes
      Andrew Mitchell 15 Coal M Yes
      James Mitchell 15 Coal M Yes
      Janet Mitchell 15 Yes
      Alex Mitchell Junr 10 Coal M Yes
      Adam Mitchell 5 Yes
      Elizabeth Mitchell 4 Yes
    Died 5 March 1855  Pit No 11, Drumpeller Mine, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Buried after 5 March 1855  Gartsherrie Church Yard, Gartsherrie, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Notes 
    • Alexander’s death was recorded as a Mine Accident, and included an article in the Glasgow Herald of 12 March 1855:

      Fatal Coal Pit Accident - A fatal accident occurred on Monday last, in No 11 Pit, Drumpeller, whereby Alexander Mitchel and James Brand lost their lives. Mitchel and Brand were ascending the pit for some necessary cause, and when about 40 fathoms up the shaft the muzzle which connects the rope or chain to the cage gave way, and both were precipitated to the bottom and killed on the spot. We understand that it was a double patent cage, and the unfortunate men were in what is called the top cage, and a hutch of coals underneath them, adding nearly seven hundredweight which could have been dispensed with. We trust that this melancholy incident will operate as a warning to masters, and those in authority under them, against permitting men to ascend the shaft accompanied by coals; and it shows the necessity for paying the utmost attention to the springs upon the cages. [Glasgow Herald March 12 1855][Source 2337]

      Alexander’s death certificate indicates his parents were Andrew Mitchell and Elspeth Thomson. There’s no record on Scotlands People of this birth. There is an Alexander born in Polmont 23 November 1794 to Alexander Mitchell and Isabel Thomson. There are also several births in 1780 - 1784 for Andrew Mitchel and Isabel Thomson in Polmont, and others to a similarly named couple in St Ninians and Larbert 1786 - 1790.

      So was there a couple Andrew Mitchel and Elspeth Thomson as given on Alexander’s death certificate? The information on this was provided by Andrew Mitchell - Alexander’s son when he died.[Source 2336]

      The accident that caused Alexander’s death is listed on the website “The Coalmining History Resource Centre” - http://cmhrc.co.uk/ Alexander’s record is at http://www.cmhrc.co.uk/site/database/result/19610.html [Source 2548]

      http://www.scottishmining.co.uk/34.html has information about some of the places Alexander and his family lived and worked - Dundyvan and Langloan are mentioned on his death certificate, Merryston was a place of residence, Gartsherrie is where he is buried. [1, 3, 4]
    Person ID I92  Roger | Ancestors of Roger
    Last Modified 20 August 2014 

    Father Andrew Mitchell,   d. before 5 March 1855 
    Mother Elspeth Thomson,   d. before 5 March 1855 
    Family ID F768  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Janet Simpson,   b. about 1792, of, Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 5 March 1855  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Children 
       1. Female Elizabeth Mitchell,   b. 22 December 1812, of, Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 24 September 1836  (Age < 23 years)
       2. Female Isobel Mitchell,   b. 5 August 1814, of, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
       3. Female Joan Mitchell,   b. 1816,   d. 1816  (Age 0 years)
       4. Male Andrew Mitchell,   b. 8 November 1817, of, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 29 November 1821  (Age < 4 years)
       5. Male Robert Mitchell,   b. 21 November 1819, of, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +  6. Male Andrew Mitchell,   b. 29 November 1821, Auchenloning, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 October 1901, Mosgiel, Otago, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
       7. Male James Mitchell,   b. 16 January 1824, of, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
       8. Female Janet Mitchell,   b. 6 April 1826, of, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
       9. Male Alexander Mitchell,   b. 12 January 1828, of, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
     10. Male Adam Mitchell,   b. 24 December 1830, Maryston, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. before 16 September 1832  (Age < 1 years)
     11. Male Adam Mitchell,   b. 16 September 1832, Maryston, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
     12. Female Elizabeth Mitchell,   b. 24 September 1836, East Maryston, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    Family ID F702  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Auchenloaning Cottage in Old Monkland
    Auchenloaning Cottage in Old Monkland
    Andrew Mitchell was born in Auchenloaning Cottage in 1821.

    Image of Auchenloaning Cottage supplied by David Crawford who wrote:

    “On doing some internet research, I noticed your 3 times great grandfather (Andrew Mitchell) was born at Auchenloaning Cottage, Old Monkland.  By coincidence, my 2 times great grandfather (Thomas Crawford b1859, d1934) and Great Grandmother Jane Burley Crawford (b1883, d1926) also lived at one of the Auchenloaning Cottages.
     
    My father who is now 78 has a photo of one of the cottages (See attached file) - thought you might be interested.  In the picture is my Great Grandmother (Helen Gilbert who married Daniel Crawford) in the black dress.  I am not sure who the other two are.”

    Documents
    1841 Census for Maryston, Gartsherrie, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland
    1841 Census for Maryston, Gartsherrie, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland
    Census shows Alex Mitchell with his wife Janet Simpson and 6 children. The eldest children Isobel and Robert are not included - likely left home already - Isobel is 27 and Robert is 22.
    Death Entry for Alexander Mitchell
    Death Entry for Alexander Mitchell
    Death record indicates parents were Andrew Mitchell and Elspeth Thomson, and born in Polmont, Stirlingshire. Alexander died as a result of falling down the shaft at the pit when a chain broke.
    Article in Glasgow Herald - 12 March 1855
    Article in Glasgow Herald - 12 March 1855
    Article contains a note on the circumstances of the death of Alexander Mitchell in a coal mine accident.
    Alexander Mitchell’s Entry on the website of “The Coalmining History Resource Centre”
    Alexander Mitchell’s Entry on the website of “The Coalmining History Resource Centre”
    Entry from “The Coalmininig History Resource Centre” website showing the death of Alexander Mitchell in a Mining Accident.

    www.cmhrc.co.uk/site/database/result/19610.html

  • Sources 
    1. [S2336] Entry in Register of Deaths in the Middle District of Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, James Burdon - Registrar.
    2. [S2325] British Census of 1841 for Gartsherrie, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
    3. [S2337] Website titled “Scottish Mining Villages”, published by “Scottish Mining Villages”.
    4. [S2548] Website titled “The Coalmining History Resource Centre”, pulished by Raley’s Solicitors.


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