Robert Craig MITCHELL
Mr. Mitchell, an influential farmer of Chariton township, is of Scotch-Irish descent, and was born, as his parents before him, in Washington County, W. Va. He had the honor of having the natal day, 22nd of February, of the great father of his country, George Washington. In the year 1811 began the career of Mr. Mitchell. He grew up in Virginia where he attended the common schools and in time became a farmer. In 1839 he moved to Randolph county, Mo., and settled on Dark Creek, five miles north-west of Huntsville, but in a few years moved again, this time to St. Louis, where he embarked in the steam-mill and lumber business. This he continued for 16 years, then went to Mexico, Mo., where he lived until 1869. Since that time he has been farming near College, Mound, Macon County. He owns 52 acres of land, well improved and in a good state of cultivation. In 1838 Mr. Mitchell chose for the precious partner of his bosom, Miss Elizabeth Wright, who moved from Kentucky to Missouri with her father, Walter Wright, when she was three years of age. There were 10 children born of this marriage, of whom seven are living: James Waller, who married Miss Emily Turner and lives in Mexico; Susan Ann, wife of Ben Eli Guthrie, a prominent lawyer of Macon City; Marie Louise, wife of Lloyd McIntosh, a farmer in Audrain County; Robert Craig, a physician of Sue City, Macon county, who was educated at College Mound and graduated at the Missouri Medical College in St. Louis; Leonidas Mathias, in a store in Macon and married to Miss Lavinia Harris; Sarah Harriet, wife of L. H. Moss, attorney-at-law at St. Joseph; and Edmond Thomas at home. All of Mr. Mitchell’s children were educated at McGee College. Mr. Mitchell was formerly in politics a Whig, and is now a Democrat. Honest in his convictions and unswerving in his adherence to what he knows to be right, Mr. Mitchell’s utterances are esteemed of the profoundest value by his neighbors, and a word from him goes a long way toward forming their opinions. He belongs to the A.F. and A.M. including the Chapter. He is also a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
“History of Macon County” pg. 1111
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