A lovely gravestone in the Maysville Cemetery, located in Mason County, holds the records of the Mitchell family. Charles S. Mitchell was born in 1792 in the county, a life-long resident, the son of Ignatius Mitchell and Mildred Smith. Ignatius was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, was a Sergeant in the Revolutionary War and received a land patent in Mason County (at that time Bourbon County). His name appears on a company muster roll for May 1788, dated Valley Forge, June 1, 1778.
In this article from The Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, Kentucky, May 1, 1912, it tells of the exploration in the mountains of South America by Gerard Fowke – a grandson of the ‘famous duelist, Charles Mitchell.’ In 1812 a duel was fought in Sprigg Township, Adams County, Ohio, between Thomas Marshall and Charles Mitchell, son of Ignatius Mitchell and brother of Dick Mitchell, from The History of Adams County, Ohio, Nelson W. Evans, 1900. This makes me wonder of Charles Mitchell was in the War of 1812. I wonder what circumstance caused the duel? It was before his marriage to Elizabeth Fowke.
‘Know all Men by these Presents, That we, Charles Mitchell and Susannah Fowke, are held and firmly bound unto The Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the penal sum of fifty pounds current money, for the payment of which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated the 2nd day of September, 1821. The condition of the above obligation is such, that, whereas a marriage is intended to be had and solemnized between the said Charles S. Mitchell and Elizabeth Fowke. Now if there be no legal cause to obstruct the same, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.’ Signed by Charles Smith Mitchell and Susan Fowke, mother of Elizabeth.
In the 1850 census we find Charles aged 57 and wife Elizabeth aged 45. Children are Richard P, 25; Sibella, 23, Ignatius W., 20; Susan C., 18; Charles S., 15; David R., 13; Theobald, 11; Harrison Clay, 9; Joseph O., 6; and Elizabeth M., 6 – a set of twins. Charles was a farmer. Elizabeth, his wife, was born in Pennsylvania, the rest of the family were born in Kentucky.
In the 1860 census Charles is 68 and Elizabeth is 55. Children listed in the household are Richard P., 36; Ignatius W., 30; Susan K., 28; Theobald, 21; Harrison C., 18; Joseph O., 16; and Elizabeth M., 16.
Children of C. S. and E. F. Mitchell. Roger F., died February 27, 1826, aged 3 years. Mary E., died December 1, 1840, aged 9 years. Martha Ann, died June 26, 1849, aged 23 years. R. P. Mitchell, 1824-1885. H. C. Mitchell, 1841-1868.
Three children died previous to the 1850 census – Roger F., in 1826; Mary E., in 1840; and Martha Ann in 1849. Two other children who died after their parents are listed on this side of the stone, Richard P., who died in 1885, and Harrison Clay, who died in 1868.
John D. Smith, died near Murfresboro, Tennessee, April 9, 1870, aged 51 years. Sibella M. Smith, died December 29, 1863, aged 35 years. Children of J. D. and S. M. Smith. James L., died May 31, 1862, aged 5 years; Nannie J., died March 9, 1865, aged 5 years; Willie, died in Nashville, Tennessee, July 17, 1862, aged 2 years.
John D. Smith married Sibella Mitchell. They both died at a young age, as well as three of their children, who are buried in the Mitchell plot.
Charles S. Mitchell, died June 12, 1861, aged 69 years. Elizabeth F. Mitchell, died January 19, 1879, aged 74 years.
Elizabeth Mitchell lived another 18 years, passing away at the age of 74 on January 19, 1879.
Theobald Mitchell, 1839-1882. Richard Mitchell, 1875-1909.
Son, Theobald, and grandson, Richard, died after Charles and Elizabeth. Generations buried together in Maysville Cemetery.