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Mitchell Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0272

This collection houses land deeds, correspondence, indentures, other legal documents, and photographs documenting four generations of the Mitchell family in Washington County, Tennessee.

Dates

  • 1778 October 9-1950 February 14

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

2.75 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses land deeds, correspondence, indentures, other legal documents, and photographs documenting four generations of the Mitchell family in Washington County, Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Adam Mitchell was born to Robert and Margaret Mitchell on April 1, 1745. He and his family lived in the portion of Rowan County, North Carolina that was partitioned off to form Guilford County in 1771. He married Jennett [last name unknown] on April 5, 1766, and the couple had a single son, Robert (1767-1808), before Jennett died on February 20, 1767. Mitchell married Elizabeth McMachen on October 31, 1769, and the couple had twelve more children: William (1771-1824), Margaret (1772-), John (1774-1843), Adam (1776-1860), Joseph (1778-1779), Ibby (1780-), Rebeckah (1782-1856), Jennett (1783-), Samuel (1786-), David (1788-), James (1790-), and Hezekiah Balch (1792-1842). In March of 1781, part of the Battle of Guilford Court House (in which tradition holds Adam Mitchell participated) took place on Mitchell land, leaving it devastated. Within a year of the battle, Adam Mitchell sold most of his land and moved to Washington County, North Carolina (now part of Tennessee) where he died in 1802.

Adam Mitchell's second son, William, married Nancy Doak in approximately 1811. The couple had at least five children: Samuel Doak (1812-1885), Susannah, Esther (1815-1853), David, and William Montgomery (1823-1901). William Mitchell died suddenly of a fever (possibly meningitis) in 1824. Samuel Doak's son, Thomas Hugh Mitchell (1857-1930) studied at East Tennessee University (now the University of Tennessee) in the 1870s and went on to work for the U. S. Patent Office.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two boxes.

Acquisition Note

Thomas W. Pyle donated these papers to the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library between 1962 and 1963.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480