I have a large tree figured out for William Wilson Mitchell.
William Wilson Mitchell was born in 1840 in Edinburgh, Scotland to
Grierson Mitchell and Margaret Wilson.
Some of his siblings were:
Full Brother Grierson Mitchell b in 1836, St Cuthbert's, Edinburgh.
His father (Grierson Sr.) had previously been married to Christian
Patterson, so William Wilson Mitchell had 3 half siblings from his
father's first marriage. They were:
Hugh Mitchell b 1807
George Mitchell b 1808
Elizabeth Christian Mitchell b 1810
In 1865 William Wilson Mitchell married Mary Hume Craven Smedley, she
was the daughter of E.H. Smedley Judge of Columbo, Ceylon. I think they
were married in Ceylon.
In 1868 he was Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Had only been
on the island for 6 years prior.
I have evidence that he lived in both England and Ceylon.
1891 Census he was living in Maybank Crsnt, Woodford, Essex, England.
In 1895 He was appointed unofficial member to the Legislature Council of
He was knighted in 1900
In 1900 I have a clip from Dod's Peerage:
MITCHELL, Knt. B.uhel. Creat. 1900; U.M.G. 1895.-Sir William Wilson
MitcHELL, s. of Grierson Mitchell, of Edinburgh, by Margaret, d. of W.
Wilson, of Edinburgh. B. 1840; m. 1865, Mary, il. of E. H. Smedley,
judge of Colombo Ceylon
In 1900 he Represented the Ceylon Tea Industry at the International
Exhibition in Paris
In Dec 1915 he died at the age of 75 (I think)
Sir William was intimately involved with affairs of the country from
1862 when he arrived, to 1915 when he died.
In 1919, his widow donated the bell for the church at Ceylon, Sri Lanka.
I know the names of some of the children born to WW Mitchell and his
wife Mary Smedley. What I know are:
William Edward Mitchell born abt 1870
Mary W W Mitchell b abt 1876
Edith L Mitchell b abt 1878
Kate M Mitchell b abt 1880
Euginie J E Mitchell b abt 1880
Dorath H S Mitchell abt 1887
(there could be others)
Son, William Edward Mitchell married Ada Constance (surname unknown).
They had at least one son, named
Frank Alexander Wilson Mitchell born abt 1913.
Frank AW Mitchell married and had a daughter. His wifes name is unknown
to me, but his daughter's name is
Barbara Joan Mitchell born about 1930
Barbara married Ambrose Cambridge Barber, and they had at least one son,
James Christopher C Barber born about 1958.
Three Generations of Mitchell's
Sir WW Mitchell
William E Mitchell
Were all involved in the Darley Butler & Company
Ambrose C Barber was in Aviation in England.
I'm interested in this family because...
Grierson Mitchell Sr. (Sir William Wilson's father)
was born in 1783 to the parents of
Hugh Mitchell and Marion Grierson.
Hugh and Marion had 12 children, of them was my 4th great grandfather,
Robert Mitchell. Robert was born in 1784, he was Grierson's younger
brother, by about a year.
Here is a site with more info on Grierson Mitchell and some of his
Hoping to find some living 'relatives'
Contact me directly if you like