Hi, my name is Betty Mitchell and I'm not sure if you received my first e-mail or not but I'm e-mailing you again just in case. I came across your website just recently and have connected somewhat to the Mitchells that you have listed. My husbands GGgrandmother is Argin M Mitchell and I believe her to be this Lucrecia Mitchell listed in the 1900 census records of Chandler Springs, Talladega Co, Al. In 1900 Chandler Springs census records this Lucrecia's adult children's birth years match as in previous censes records for Argin and I also believe this is her because of the adult children listed. The only difference being is the name of Lucrecia and this child named Amanda, which I'm sure this child's name could have been Amanda Elizabeth or vise versa. Please see my census information below.
I first find my husbands gggrandmother listed in 1870, Coleta, Clay or Talladega Co, Al census records. This is her household.
Head – Argin Mitchell Female Age 34 b. Ga Keeping House
1. William Mitchell Male 18 yrs Single Farm Laborer: He was born in 1852 according to his age given as 18 yrs.
2. Ellen Mitchell Female 15 yrs Single At Home
3. Henry Mitchell Male 13 yrs
4. Stephen Mitchell Male 6 yrs
5. John Mitchell Male 3 yrs
No husband listed in this household.
And this is her family in 1880, Chandler Springs, Talladega Co, Al. Living next door to James M Mitchell.
Head – Argin M Mitchell Female 40 yrs b. Ga 1835 Widowed Farming
1. Stephen L Mitchell Male 15 yrs White b. Al 1864 At Home
2. John S Mitchell Male 12 yrs b. Al 1867 Farm Hand
3. Elizabeth Mitchell Female b. 1872 At Home
4. Ellen A. Mitchell Female 25 yrs b. Al 1855 Single Farm Hand
This is my husbands ggrandmother.
5. McInvale J Mitchell Male 1 yr b. Al (1879) – Grandson to Argin)
I believe this child is my husbands grandfather, Jiles Jewberry Mitchell
In 1880 Argin is living next door to James and Lucy Mitchell and on the other side of Argin is a George Mitchell with his young family. William and Henry are not listed in this household but I do find a William the same age living with James and Lucy Mitchell and he is listed as their son. Argin states that the father of her children was born in Ga.
And in 1900 Chandler Springs, Talladega Co, Al I find Lucrecia Mitchell.
Head – Lucrecia Mitchell Female 65 yrs White Widowed b. Jun 1835 Ga Farmer
1. Amanda Mitchell Female 27 yrs Single b. Sept 1872 Al Farm Laborer.
2. Stephen L Mitchell Male 36 yrs b. Jan 1864 Al
I know that James M Mitchell married Lucinda Carden 8 June 1846 but I can't make a connection with her being my husband's gggrandmother.. I have searched for a long time trying to piece this puzzle together. My confusion at the moment is I haven't been able to find Ellen, who was born in 1855 listed in any of James and Lucy's households over the years starting from the year 1850. Nor have I been able to find Henry and John. And another puzzlement is, if this Lucrecia is my Argin or Lucinda Carden then they are listed in separate households in 1880. Argin in one household and James and Lucy in another living right next door to each other. And my Argin is stating that in 1880 she is a widow and this Lucrecia is stating the same in the 1900 census records. But James is still alive. I want to believe that this Lucy or Lucinda Carden is my husbands gggrandmother but the children listed above is just not working out according to the information on your website and past census records that I have. And I'm not understanding why Argin is saying she is a widow if she is this Lucy. Maybe she was separated from this James and got listed twice for this census year of 1880. I just don't know. I hope that I haven't confused you too much with all this information. This has been my brick wall for a long time. Do you or anyone that you know of could possibly help me on this matter.
Any help will be very much appreciated.
From: Duncan P. Canada
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2004 7:09 PM
Subject: Fw: James M Mitchell listed on your website
I'm Duncan (Pat) Canada. Craig's father was my brother. I am also a great-grandson of James M. Mitchell. My grandmother Menervia Caroline Cotton was (reportedly) the illegitamate daugher of James M. Mitchell and Sara Caroline Cotton.
Reportedly, James was also the father of two more of Sara's daughters – Mary and Maggie. Additionally, there is some speculation that he was probably the father of other neighborhood children. According to census reports, Sara lived in James household for several years and is generally listed as a boarder. In other census, she is shown as living in the same general area as James. However, I know of no family stories or documents which suggests that James was ever married to anyone other than "Lucy."
Where did you find documentation that James M Mitchell married Lucinda Carden on 8 June 1846?
In looking back at some of my census reports, it appears there may have been a sharing of mates and also a sharing of children. I have also found that individual's name spelling, age, and state of birth differ from one census period to the next.
The 1850 Talladega County census shows James M. Mitchell, age 26, as a labor, and head of household. He has in the household Lucinela, age 24, as his wife.
The 1860 Talladega County census shows J Mitchell as 35 years old and the head of a household – farmer. In his household are: female, L Mitchell, age 30; unnamed female, age 3; female. Listed directly below J Mitchell on the page of the census is S Cotton, age 25; male, un-named cotton, age 5; male, J Cotton. age 2; female, unnamed Cotton- 6 months.
The 1870 Clay County census, Page 230, Flat Rock Beat, Township 18, Range 8, dated 28 June 1870: shows James Mitchell living in Clay County. He is 50 years old, born in Ga, He has in his household his wife Lucy; 43, born in Ga; son William, 17; son Peter, 14 born in AL; son Joseph, age 11, born in Al; 12; Sara Cotton, age 40, female, born in Ga; Wm Cotton, age 17, born in Al; Jackson Cotton, age 15, male, born in AL; Siller Cotton, age 12, female, born in Al; Thomas Cotton, age 7, male, born in Al; Caroline Cotton, age 2, female, born in Al.
The 1870 census shows Argin and six children (including Ellen) in Township 20, Range 6E of Talladega Co, Al.
The 1880 census shows James M. Mitchell living in Talladega County, Chandler Springs, Beat 14. He is 62 years old, born in Ga, his father born in Va, and his mother born in Ga. He has in his household his wife Lucy; 45; son William, 27; daughter Martha, 12; boarder Sara Cotton 48; boarder Thomas Cotton 17; boarder Manurvy C Cotton, 11; boarder Margarett Cotton, 9; and boarder Mary Cotton, 6.
The George Mitchell shown near Argin is shown as "Mitchell" incorrectly. He is shown in earlier and later census as "Oglesby." Please note that George has a mother and two brothers, living in his household, whose names are "Oglebea." The brother named "Phelix" (Felix) is my Great-grand father. (Charles Oglebea was born at least two years after Elizabeth's husband died.)
The 1900 census shows James as a boarder in the household of Letha Cotton. Caroline Vandiver is also shown as being in Letha's household as her daughter. I have made the assuption that Luercian and James were at least seperated or perhaps even divorced at this time. (I don't blame her, James may have been the "neighborhood stud.")
The 1900 cencus shows that James Mitchell's wife Lucrecay, age 65, was the head of a household. In her household was : Amanda, daugher, age 27; and son Stephen, age 36. ( I have assumed that this was James wife or ex-wife.)
I have not been able to find James M. Mitchell in the 1910 census. Therefore, I assume that he died between 1900 and 1910. Although, I don't know where he is buried, there is a "Mitchell" cemetery within about a mile of where he lived. It is now overgrown and the rock markers may not be easily found. The rock markers were just placed at the foot and head of the graves.
James M. Mitchell homesteaded 80 Acreas on land in Talladega County Alabama on 11/21/1889. (West half of the Southeast quarter of Section 10 of Township 19S of Range 6E)
Some of the Cotton's believe Letha Cotton was the mother of Sara Caroline Cotton. There is some documentation to support this believe but this does not match family stories, so I am not yet ready to accept this. One of the census report shows Caroline (Cotton) Vandiver in the household of Braxton B Cotton, as his aunt. (Braxton B Cotton was a son of Sara Caroline Cotton.)
I believe that the "WD" in the Marital status columns in the census reports indicates "widowed or divorced."
What I have told you may not help you at all but it's about all I know of James M. Mitchell. If you have additional information concerning James M Mitchell, I would appreciate having access to it.
If I can be of further assistance, feel free to contact me.