Captain James B. Mitchell
Captain James B. Mitchell, master of the schooner Nellie Mason during the season of 1898, and residing at Starrville, St. Clair county, Mich., is a native of that State, having been born in 1847, in Jackson. He is a son of Elisha and Elizabeth Mitchell, highly respected farming people, the father a native of New York State, and the mother of Yorkshire, England.
Captain Mitchell was reared on the farm, and received his education in the public schools of his native state. Entertaining a preference, however, for the life of a sailor, at the age of eighteen years he commenced his lake career on the schooner Challenge, on which vessel he remained some ten years, in various capacities. For the past quarter of a century he has been captain of many vessels.
In 1870 Captain Mitchell was married to Miss Sarah Jane Walkerdine, and seven children have been born to them, their names and dates of birth being as follows: Burton, 1871; Dana, 1873; Ione, 1876; George, 1877; Richard, 1879; Belle, 1881; and Iva, 1887. Captain and Mrs. Mitchell are members of the Methodist Church, and in politics he is a Democrat.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.