Silhouette: John Mitchell

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John Mitchell – Was one of the first settlers of Burke, NY having obtained a military land grant.

Militia lieutenant in 1819 and Sherrif in 1822, he was the executioner of Malone County, NY’s first murderer. It is told that upon the occasion he wore his full regimentals, and mounted on a white horse, sprung the trap with the point of his sword, and then rode straight for his home in Burke.

John Mitchell also had a store on the Canadian frontier, in the extreme northeastern part of the town. In earlier days he owned one of the towns four asheries. These bought black salts from the farmers, converted it into pearl ash, and sold the product in Montreal. It was for a long time the only commodity that was equivalent to cash.

(I am still trying establish the exact relationship.)

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