John

1825 to 1898

John was born in Edenbridge in 1825, and was probably Ann's twin. He was still at home in 1851 when the census records him as a shoemaker of 26 living with his father (who employed 3 men).

In 1852 John married  Ann Bashford, from Turners Hill in Sussex. They married on 18th October 1852 in St James Church, in Clerkenwell, (not St George the Martyr like so many of the family.)

In 1853 he's employed from the 9th December by the British Postal Service as a runner for Edenbridge and Four Elms.

In 1861 he is living next door to his father's cordwainers and grocers and has two children Elizabeth Ann (7) and William Henry (4), and declares as a shoemaker.

In 1871 he is living in Hever Lane (106 on the census schedule, but likely not 106 Hever Lane). His daughter is 17, son 14, and he states he's a postman.

In 1881 the children have left home and at 55 he states he is a retired postman. Ann is recorded as Annie.

In 1891 John says he's a shoemaker again. Besides the couple, their grandchildren Ernest Leigh (b 1879) and Minnie Leigh (Emma, b 1881) share their Hever Lane dwelling (enumeration number 6). One thinks that perhaps his daughter Elizabeth and Edward (Leigh), son in law, had so many children they didn't know what to do - in 1891 they had 9 children (see Elizabeth Mitchenall (Leigh)).

His wife Ann died in 1894 and he followed her 4 years later, dying on 8th October 1898. John and Annie share a headstone in the churchyard of St Peter and St Pauls.

John has no living descendants named Mitchenall. Look for children Elizabeth Ann and William Henry to find their descendants stories.