Dr. Daniel Mitchell was born on the 25th of March 1859 in Lobo Township (Middlesex County), Ontario. He was the 8th of 10 children born to Peter Mitchell and the former Nancy “Annie” McIntyre. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; Charles, John, Neil, Catherine, Hugh, Effie, Alex, Robert and Peter.
Dr. Mitchell was raised and educated in Lobo Township and attended Strathroy High School, before attending Trinity Medical College in Toronto, Ontario. He graduated M.D. in 1887. His first medical practice was in Harrow (Essex County), Ontario.
On the 30th of October, 1888 Dr. Mitchell married Mary Ann Cameron in Lobo Twp. She was born on the 11th October, 1862, the 9th of 10 children born to Malcolm Cameron and the former Euphemia McLaughlin. Her parents were farmers in Lobo Township and her siblings were; Donald, John, Elizabeth, Annie, Mary, Malcolm, Alexander, Jessie and Lilly.
Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell had a son Robert Cameron Mitchell born on the 14th of August, 1889 in Harrow. By 1891, the family had moved to Tilbury. Their daughter Mary was born in Tilbury on the 20th of May, 1891. Dr. Mitchell’s name appears in the 1892-1893 Ontario Directory and Gazetteer in Tilbury.
By 1893 Dr. Mitchell was practicing medicine in Blenheim. Dr. Mitchell was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Canadian Order of Foresters. In the 1895 Farmers and Business Directory for Elgin, Essex, Kent and Lambton, Dr. Mitchell is listed under the Blenheim sub-title.
Dr. Mitchell died in Blenheim of pneumonia on the 13th of June, 1897. He was only 38 years old. Just 23 days prior to his death, he had signed the death record of a 28 year old patient who had also died of pneumonia. Dr. Mitchell was buried at Poplar Hill Cemetery in Lobo Township, Middlesex County, Ontario. According to an article that appeared in the Chatham Daily Planet the day after Dr. Mitchell died, it mentioned that Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell had 4 children, but in subsequent census’s there are only 2 children listed (Robert and Mary). Further the article stated, “The doctor was a whole souled genial man popular with all and enjoyed a good practice.”
After the death of Dr. Mitchell his family moved to London, Ontario. In 1911, his wife Mary, his son Robert and his daughter Mary were living on Wortley Road with 2 nieces of Mrs. Mitchell, Effie and Mary Cameron. Mrs. Mitchell died on the 17th of August, 1914 and she was buried next to her husband at the Poplar Hill Cemetery.
*His son Robert Mitchell was drafted during WWI on the 14th of April, 1918. He survived the war and he was married in 1921.
**Dr. Mitchell’s sister-in-law Elizabeth Cameron married Judge Archibald Bell of Chatham. They were parents to Dr. Charles Cameron Bell who appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
***Dr. Mitchell’s sister-in-law Lilly Cameron married Dr. Thomas Treharne, who practiced medicine in the United States.