Robert Craig, Robert Craig Jr. and John Mitchell Given as Securities in Will of William King

“Be it remembered that at a Court opened and held by the justices of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for the County of Roane at the Courthouse in Kingston on the 3rd Monday of March 1809 The following Probate of the last Will and Testament of WILLIAM KING deceased with the attestation of JOHN CAMPBELL said to be Clerk of WASHINGTON COUNTY in the STATE OF VIRGINIA under his hand and seal of office accompanied with the certificate of ROBERT CAMPBELL as presiding justice of said County were produced in open Court and ordered by the Court to be Recorded”

“Virginia to wit. At a Court held for Washington County the 20th day of December 1808.

The Last Will & Testament of WILLIAM KING deceased was exhibited into Open Court and proved by the Oath of WILLIAM D. NEILSON one of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto who further made oath that he saw JOHN DOHERTY the other Subscribing witness sign his nae thereto as a Witness at the request of the said WILLIAM KING. The said DOHERTY if living resides in the MISSISSIPPI TERRITORY about a thousand miles from this place, and that the said Will except the signatures of the Witnesses is entirely in the hand Writing of the said WILLIAM KING The Testator. Further that the Codicil thereto appointing JAMES KING & WILLIAM TRIGG Executors and dated the third day of March one thousand eight hundred & six is also in the handwriting of WILLIAM KING the Testator. The Court, having decided the evidence was sufficient to prove the validity of the instrument, ordered that it be recorded. “WILLIAM TRIGG and JAMES KING took the oath of an Executor prescribed by law and intered into and acknowledged their bond in the sum of ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS with the following as securities:

Robert Craig, Junr.
Thomas Tate
Robert Delap
John Apperson
Joseph Cole
Robert White
Bazill Talbutt
Johhn Cole
Thomas Moffitt
Joshuah Burk
John Mitchell
Jacob Baker
John McCoormick
Robert Craig
John Athey
John Goodson
Peter Clark
John Buckhannon
James King, Sen’r
Samuel Meek
Samuel Glenn
William Duff
Rufus Morgan
James Langley
William Jones
Benjamin Estill
Samuel Vance
James Bryant
Michael Shaver
Gerrand T. Conn
James Thompson
Enoch Schoolfield
George Spangler
William M. Henry
Michael Deeehart
Silbourn S. Henderson
John I. Trigg
David Smith
Robert Dukes
William D. Neilson
Earl B. Clap
Jacob Long
Donnally Findlay
Welcome Martin
Robert McCulloch
Thomas Thornburgh
Matthew Willoughby
James Keys
John McCullock
John Williamson
William Grey
James Lyon
Alexander Hamilton
Benjamin Langley
Jacob Jungle
Robert Huston
Reuben Bradley
Valentine Baugh
Joseph Miller
Charles Tate
Potters O. Clayton
William Poston
Peter Scott
Benjamin Clark
William King

JOHN CAMPBELL, Clerk of WASHINGTON COUNTY, VA, certified that the above true copy.

24 Dec 1809

Thanks to Jim Mitchell for the photocopy of the typewritten copy of this document.

Obituary and Memorials for Mrs. Erasmus Darwin Pearson

Mrs Erasmus Darwin Pearson, the wife of Rev. Erasmus Darwin Pearson, was Orpha Matilda Dysart, daughter of John Dysart and Matilda Brooks and sister of Martha Cowden Dysart Mitchell (our line). They resiided in Pike county, Missouri. Thank you to Jim Mitchell for the photocopy of the published documents. The newspaper was not recorded.

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Mrs. E. D. Pearson Dead

This city was shocked Wednesday afternoon by the news that Orpha M. Pearson had passed away suddenly. Mrs. Pearson had been feeling poorly for some time but was able to attend the Century Club Monday afternoon and read her paper. Just after her midday meal Wednesday she complained of a choking sensation and fell back with her death stroke. Physicians were summoned and all was done that was possible but her spirit had taken its flight and one of our best and most useful women was gone. The number of her friends was exactly the same as the number of people who knew her. She had lived in Pike County nearly half a century and no woman every performed her whole duty as a ministers wife more successfully.

Rev. E. D. Pearson is one of the greatest ministers in the whole country and Mrs. Pearson had lived her part of his career in a way that an not be excelled.

She was born in Howard County, Mo., February 22, 1837 and was married to Rev. E. D. Pearson January 6, 1858 and at once came here where she had lived ever since except for three years.

Her husband and four sons survive her. Eugene, John, Dr. D. M. and Rus Pearson are her sons. One daughter, Wilella, died September 21, 1885 at the age of 23.

The funeral was conducted at the Presbyterian church at four o’clock today by Rev. L. N. Montgomery. The floral offerings were beautiful and large in number and the church was filled to overflowing with people whose hearts were sad. Such a life makes the world worth while and we record in public print that greatest of all flowers the love and sympathy of humanity unanimous [the last line seems to be missing]

CENTURY CLUB – Pays Tribute to the Memory of Mrs. E. D. Pearson

The program furnished by the Century club Monday afternoon in the public library was an especially interesting one.

Mrs. John McCune read a most excellent paper on Titian, the greatest painter of the Venetian school. How beautifully she related facts of his life, both public and private, bringing out prominently the peculiarities of his style which place him at the head of the Venetian school.

The talk on the paintings of Titian by Mrs. Ovid Stark was quite interesting. She illustrated her clever talk by exhibiting a number of the paintings of the artist, describing the wonderful shades and bright coloring in the originals which she had seen in the different European art galleries.

Three of the later Venetian artists, Tintoretto, Veronese and Guido Reni, were the subjects of Mrs. Crow’s splendid paper. Although her task was difficult to condense in one short paper the history of these famous artists, she did it surprisingly well, enhancing the interest throughout her reading, by calling attention to copies of masterpieces of these artists.

Miss Whitaker was present in the interest of the public school in regard to the piano which is, in the near future, to be given to the one having the largest vote. Come again, Miss Lizzie, you are cordially welcome at all times.

Before proceeding with the program, our president, Mrs. F. W. Buffum, paid the following eloquent tribute to the memory of our beloved associate Mrs. E. D. Pearson.

“Today we miss a member who responded cheerily to roll call at our last meaning. The loyalty that counts, is the loyalty which shows itself in deeds rather than words. Mrs. Pearson’s lyalty to this club brought her here to fill her place in our program when she…” [Last lines cut off at page bottom.]

RESOLUTIONS – Passed byt the Century Club Memory of Mrs. E. D. Pearson

The following resolutions were added by the Century club in memory of Mrs. Pearson, a Christian, loyal, faithful, true and tried–ever responding (illegible) the calls of active Christian (illegible). There was no task too difficult for her to undertake, showing such compassion and courage in carrying forward benevolent and Christian work as to prove that to be only a woman is no hindrance in the Master’s work.

A woman of superior mind and lovable character; the depth of her unselfish and self-sacrificing love for her husband and children, only the Infinite One can fathom. She has done so much to endear herself to us, therefore, be…

Resolved, that our beloved member Mrs. Pearson, has answered the Last roll call and that her friendship has come a sweet, a treasured memory whose impress we will bear through the years to come. We recall her with becoming dignity, she commanded all our respect; by high intellectual attainments, she excited our admiration by gentle, generous decorum; she gained our affection and reigned in our hearts.

It is unnecessary to speak of the great loss her death has occasioned the Century club — all know it better than any language can express it.

…of us who were so closely associated with her, knew her to be brroad in her conceptions, strong in her convictions. She lived well, wrought well, and…can but feel that she ws who so faithful in her service, her e in her club, in her home and in her church, must be fit for the larger service in her new life in the new world, as the immortal child of an eternal God.

Resolved that the above testimony be spread upon the minutes of the Century club and a copy thereof be presented to her husband, Rev. E. D. Pearson and her children, as evidence of our tender sympathy for them in the [last line cut off].

Letter from Robert Gwyn Mitchell to James Bourne Mitchell, June 28, 1898

Note: Robert Gwyn Mitchell, of our line, was a son of the Rev. James Bourne Mitchell, born June 27 1821 in Abingdon, Virginia, died March 12 1901 at Kirksville, Missouri. Robert mentions in the letter his brother Orlando “Lando” McDavid Mitchell and his wife Clara Wilson and their two children Horace Wilson and Martha. Thank you to Jim Mitchell for this letter. The stationary is that of the Sabbath School Assembly of the Synod of Missouri, Cumberland Presbyterian church. “Next Annual Encampment August 16-25, 1898, at Pertle Springs, near Warrensburg, Johnson County. Mo.” The letterhead shows the Executive Officers, the Presbyeterial Vice Presidents (of which R. G. Mitchell was the one for Macon) and the Executive Committee.

Kansas City, Missouri, June 28, 1898

Rev. J. B. Mitchell D.D.
Kirksville, Mo.

My Dear Father: –

Last week, I thought several times of the 27th being your birthday, and full expected to mention it in my letter Sunday, so you would get it on birth day. And just while I was writing, it occurred to me several times that there was something I wished to mention, lo this slipped me, and I did not think of the matter till yesterday. So I will have to beg your pardon for being forgetful – but and your indulgence on account of my previous intentions. Hope you had a pleasant and happy day. The come seeming by oftener as we grow older, and no doubt the (illegible) on these days are free of angst to you since your life has been a busy one, and has been largely for the good of others. Your work too has been appreciated by your friends and contemporaries. (Illegible) yes very many of your deceased friends have gone on (illegible) but your disposition and habits in life have been and are still such that you are actively interested in things that pertain to the citizen, the christian, the friend, companion and parish. I congratulate you on your arrival to the 77th mile stone, and (illegible) that the rest of your journey will be happy and (illegible) and I feel (illegible) that so long as you and (illegible) you will be the more endeared to your children, companions, relations and large circle of friends.

Jno. R. Mitchell

P.S. I was out to Lando’s yesterday evening. All well. Clara is getting along nicely and little Martha seems to be growing. Clara says she is a much better baby than Horace was. He is very fond of her and insists on having the privilege of holding her often. Clara says that Lando is much easier to wake up of a night to go do something for the little sister than he was for Horace.


R. G. Mitchell letter 1898


R. G. Mitchell letter 1898 pg. 2

J. B. Mitchell is Honored on Founders Day (Nov 26, 1931 news article on Missouri Valley College)


Portrait of James Bourne Mitchell

Thanks to Jim Mitchell for the scan of the news articles and the image of James Bourne Mitchell’s portrait. Below is my transcription.

J. B. Mitchell is Honored on Founders Day

M. V. C. Conducts an Impressive Program Yesterday

Founders Day at Missouri Valley College was observed yesterday, beginning in the morning at Stewart Chapel with an impressive program in honor of the Rev. James Bourne Mitchell D. D., who for many years was president of McGee College and then was very influential in the building of Missouri Valley.

Dr. L. N. Evrard of the faculty of the college paid high tribute to Dr. Mitchell as an educator, minister and gentleman. In accepting an oil portrait of Dr. Mitchell for the college, Dr. George P. Baity of Kansas City, president of the board of trustees added his praise from a personal knowledge of the entire Mitchell family.

President George H. Mack presided at the services. After an organ prelude by Dean Claude L. Fichthorn, of the school of music, the invocation was pronounced by Rev. B. P. Fullerton of St. Louis. Dr. Arthur E. Perry of Marshall read the scripture lesson. President Mack introduced Dr. Evrard, a former dean of M. V. C., and present head of the English department, who presented an interesting biographical sketch of Dr. Mitchell and a eulogy of his life.

Organized McGee College

Beginning his Christian experience in 1836, James Bourne Mitchell definitely decided to enter the ministry and in 1841 was received under the care of a Cumberland Presbyterian presbytery, thus affiliating himself with a group in which he was a powerful figure until his death. In 1845 he was ordained to the ministry and was pastor of the Bethel church in Monroe county for several years. Cumberland leaders completed arrangements for the organization of a college in McGee presbytery to be known as McGee college. This country preacher who was wonderfully educated in spite of the lack of college courses, was called to be first and only president of the institution, one of two institutions of higher learning in Missouri until 1874 when the college was closed due to adverse financial conditions over the nation as a whole. Very soon after he was made a member of the first committee of the Cumberland Presbyterian church to consider union with the U.S.A. branch, which was consummated five years after his death.

Worked Without Compensation

Still later he headed the church educational commission which laid the foundations for the present Missouri Valley College. Dr. Black once said, “Without the devoted spirit and unselfish work of Dr. Mitchell, Missouri Valley College would never have had an existence.” After intensive labor by the commission members, Dr. Mitchell alone traveling two-hundred days without compensation in behalf of the new college, M. V. C. was founded with an endowment of $104,381.08, a building fund of $60,000 and a deed to forty acres of land for the campus. The spirit of this work done by Dr. Mitchell has certainly been influential in the history of Missouri Valley and promises more victories for that institution in the future.

In paying tribute to this remarkable man yesterday, Dr. Evrard said, “He became a great scholar, though he never had a college course; a great religious thinker and preacher, though he never attended a theological seminary; and he became a great man because he had princely qualities of self command. He was all of these because he was an indefatiguable worker, never idle. He learned to be master of himself.” These words constitute a real tribute to a worthy man.

Presented Portrait

Mrs. Llewellyn Jones, ’02, presented to Missouri Valley College an oil portrait of her illustrious grandfather.

In the presentation speech Mrs. Jones gave a very personal and touching insight into the home and private life of Dr. Mitchell, giving intimate glimpses of old-fashioned family reunions, the old family home at Kirksville with its colonial architecture and large flower gardens, and the love this man had for all those surrounding him in the congenial hospitality of the old home. As Mrs. Jones formally presented the portrait the audience stood as two other grandchildren, Mrs. Charles Tooker and Miss Martha Mitchell, unveiled it. Miss Mildred Alice Mitchell, a great granddaughter of the honored man and a future student for Missouri Valley, placed a memorial wreath upon the portrait easel. The presentation was in the name of the three living children of Dr. Mitchell, Mrs. B. P. Fullerton of St. Louis, Mr. Lon S. Mitchell of Kansas City and Mr. Orlando M. Mitchell of St. Louis.

In accepting the portrait in behalf of the college, Dr. George P. Baity who heads the board of trustees, spoke of his personal association with Dr. Mitchell and praised him for the way he invested his life so excellently in his home, family, school and church. It was Dr. Mitchell that helped Dr. Baity decide to devote his life to the ministry. Speaking of the work of Rev. Mitchell he said, “Some labor and others enter into their labors,” showing from this the absolute devotion of the man to his task.

Following the singing of a hymn and awarding of honors by Dean Clarence L. Miller the benediction was pronounced by Rev. Russell D. D.

At moon a luncheon for old McGee students, graduates and friends of Missouri Valley was held in the dining room of Young Hall, followed by a reception in the parlors of that dormitory.

Honor a College Founder

Missouri Valley Pays Tribute to the Late J. B. Mitchell

(By the Star’s own service.)

Marshall, Mo. Oct 16 — Missouri Valley college paused today to do honor to its founder, the Rev. J. B. Mitchell, and to accept an oil portrait of him from his children, O. M. Mitchell, Kansas City banker; Lon S. Mitchell, Osceola, Ark., and Mrs. B. P. Fullerton, St. Louis.

Mitchell founded McGee college near Macon, the predecessor of Valley, and guided it from its founding in 1853 through the Civil War period. His three children and three grandchildren took active parts in the program. J. Bourne Mitchell, Kansas City grain broker, and Miss Martha Mitchell of Kansas City and Mrs. Llewellyn Jones, Independence, Mo., unveiled the portrait.

It was received by Dr. G. P. Baity, Kansas City, president of the board of M. V. C. Also taking part in the founder’s day were Mrs. J. W. Lyman, 3312 Holmes street; Mr. and Mrs. William B. Young, 316 West Fifty-sixth street and Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Morrison, West Fifty-ninth street, all of Kansas City.

UPDATE: Mitchell Noll has contributed a picture of the family present at this event. He’s unable to identify all in the photo (is hoping others will be able to assist). He does note, “I do recognize Orlando MITCHELL (2nd man from left on back row). I also recognize three of the GUTHRIEs in the lower right corner (cousins).”

James Mitchell notes, “I recognize my great grandfather Orlando and his daughter Pat. Its on the Missouri Valley College campus. Guessing the guy in the uppermost left is Lon (Leonidas) and the young guy below him is James Bourne a grandson of James Bourne. These are guesses based on who was there.”

Thank you Mitchell and James!

Mitchell Family at Dedication

Mitchell Family at Founders Day

Mitchell Family at Founders Day

Mitchell Family at Founders Day

Photo of Dr. John Mitchell, son of James Bourne Mitchell


Dr. John Mitchell


Dr. John Mitchell (tinted)

Original photo courtesy of Jim Mitchell.

Dr. John Thompson Mitchell, born Oct 12, 1847 in Missouri, died Nov 4, 1912, settled in Kansas City. He was the eldest son of Rev. James Bourne Mitchell and Martha Cowden Dysart.

From the 1880 census:

MITCHELL John T. 32 b. MO physician father b. VA mother b. MO single
MAXWELL John L. 35 b. IL attorney father b. KY mother b. TN single

From the 1900 census:

1900 District 0021 Kansas City Ward 3, Jackson, Missouri
907/105/199 Mitchell John T. head w m Oct 1847 52 wd b. MO father b. VA mother b. MO physician
Glass, Lawrence A. Roomer w m Sept 1854 45 wd b. OH father b. MD mother b. MD bookkeeper
Felton Williamm T. Roomer w m Apr 1855 45 single NY father b. NY mother b. NY real estate agent

John married Ella May Moore on Feb 11, 1886. She died Oct 19 1887.

Photos of Orlando Mitchell, son of James Bourne, and wife, Clara


Orland Mitchell


Orland Mitchell (tint)


Clara Mitchell


Clara Mitchell (tint)

Original photos are courtesy of Jim Mitchell, a descendant.

Orlando McDavid “Lando” Mitchell, born May 5, 1865 in Randolph County, Missouri, died October 27, 1949 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, was a son of Rev. James Bourne Mitchell and Martha Cowden Dysart. On Nov 20 1890 he married Clara Wilson, born Nov 25, 1864 in Pennsylvania, died June 20, 1910 in Kansas City. Their children were Horace Wilson Mitchell, born July 31st 1891 in Kansas City, Jackson Missouri, died January 11, 1984 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, and Martha Mitchell born June 1898.

“Orlando McDavid Mitchell, born May 6, 1865, died Oct. 27, 1948, married Clara Wilson. His business was banking, safe deposit and investment work. I must not forget fishing. He had the power of relaxing and lived longer than any of his brothers. He kept an account that was the Lord’s. He helped greatly at Missouri Valley College, investing its money wisely and drawing on the Lord’s account for its help.”

From a bio of James. B. MITCHELL written by a descendant

Orlando in the 1920 and 1930 census:

MITCHELL Orando 54 widowed b. MO parents b. OM Manager of Safety Vaults
FRAZE Adelaide F. lodger 36 widowed b. MO father b. Maryland mother b. MO
Madeline lodger 17 b. MO parents b. MO
DAVIS Ruby lodger 26 b. MO father b. Maryland mother b. PA bookkeeper at jewelry store
Nadine lodger 23 b. MO father b. MO mother b. IL
MITCHELL Martha daughter 22 b. MO father b. Michigan mother b. OH

MITCHELL Orlando M. own $6000 64 widowed b. MO father b. VA mother b. MO Safety Deposits executive
Martha E. daughter 31 single b. MO father b. MO mother b. PA
FRAZE Adelaide lodger 49 widowed b. MO parents b. MO
DAVIS Ruby sister 40 divorced b. MO father b. MO mother b. Maryland saleswoman in wholesale jewelry

Letter from Robert Gwyn Mitchell to James Thompson Mitchell, June 2d 1903

Thanks to Jim Mitchell who sent me a scan of R. G. Mitchell’s typewritten letter with his signature. Below is my transcription.

Macon, Missouri, June 2d, 1903

Dr. J. T. Mitchell, Kansas City, Mo.

Dear Brother: —

You will find enclosed a card and a letter which I have just received from mother. You will notice she suggests that I send the same to you and that you, after you have read them, send them to William.

I have just written her and also Callie. Callie wants Mother to spend the winter with her. I have not talked with Mother about it, but I want her to have her own wish about the matter. She is welcome at my house and I am arranging to have it more comfortable for her than it was last winter.

The floods that you are having must be very distressing from the paper reports.

We are all well. I have written Mother and Callie too, in very strong language against her going to Kirksville. There is no necessity for her going there to take care of an old house.

I think that it is best for you also to write her and suggest that she had better not try to go back to take care of that house. There is no reason why she should not have an easy time living around among the children just as she would desire, for any of them would be glad to have her at any time or all the time. Love to you from all of us and to Orlando’s family.

Come to see us. Your brother,

R. G. Mitchell

Robert Gwyn, the third son of Martha Cowden Dysart Mitchell, is writing his eldest brother concerning their mother, Martha Cowden Dysart Mitchell, who was about 78 at the time. William would have been the Revd. James William Mitchell, the second eldest brother. Callie would be Louisiana Caroline Mitchell Fullerton, the second eldest daughter. She was in St. Louis, Missouri. Robert Gwyn Mitchell was then living in Macon, Missouri with wife Lena Bell Carhart and children Margaret and Robert.


Robert Gwyn Mitchell, letter 1903

Photo of the Five Mitchell Brothers, Sons of James Bourne Mitchell

Thanks to Jim Mitchell, descendent of Orlando for the original scan and information on it. I have endeavored to try to lighten it a little to try to bring out the features more. It’s great to have an image of all the brothers together. Too bad we don’t have one of the sisters!


Five Mitchell Brothers


Five Mitchell Brothers

Jim provides the below identification.

Taken about 1890?

Left to right:

“Bob” Robert Gwyn Mitchell ( 1852 – 1909) Lawyer in Macon, Mo.
“Lon” Leonidas Stratton Mitchell ( 1863 – 1940) Brother in St. Louis
“JT” John Thompson Mitchell (1847 – 1912) MD in Kansas City
“OM” Orlando McDavid Mitchell (1865 – 1949) Banker in Kansas City
“Will” James William Mitchell (1850 – 1928) Minister in Several Places

These are the five sons of James Bourne Mitchell (1821 – 1901) Minister in Kirksville, Mo. and Martha Cowden Dysart Mitchell (1825 – 1912). There were also five daughters.

Farmhouse of Robert Carhart Mitchell, Kansas, 1930s

Robert Carhart Mitchell farmhouse

The farmhouse of Robert Carhart Mitchell and Katherine in the 1930s. Robert was a son of Robert Gwyn Mitchell and Lena Bell Carhart. He was born 1895 March 9th in Macon, Missouri.

The farmhouse was located in Kansas somewhere around Lawrence, Baldwin being the nearest town.

Though they lived on a farm, they didn’t farm so much as they leased out land, Katherine keeping a vegetable garden.

Robert Carhart Mitchell and family

Again, the 1930s, at the farmhouse. The adults to the left are Albert McClure and Dorothy Mitchell McClure, then Robert Mitchell (with the mustache) and his wife Katherine. Standing are Benjamin Dysart Mitchell and his wife Helen Ojala. Ben, Robert, and Dorothy Mitchell McClure were siblings.

Ben was born 1908 July 29 in Macon, Macon county, Missouri and died 1991 Aug 26 in Duluth, St. Louis, Missouri. He was married to Helen Ojala 1937 Nov 25.

Robert Carhart Mitchell married Katherine Stuart Holloway on 1925 June 15.

Katherine was born 1896 May 7 and had previously been married to Harry Charles Ziesenis who was born Sept 1896 in Kansas. Harry died in WWI, Jan 12 1919 in France and was buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas. The 1920 census for Lawrence, Kansas shows Katherine as a 23 year old widowed daughter-in-law living in the household of Charles Ziesenis at 700 Mississippi Street. Charles was 50 years of age, who was born in Kansas, his parents born in Germany. His wife was 50 year old Emma who was born in Illinois, her parents from France. They had a son named Ray who was 21 and born in Kansas. Katherine was born in Illinois, her father born in Indiana and her mother in Kansas.

Robert was a geologist and worked for an oil company, traveling around the world and at one point living in Sumatra. In 1936, his “Methods of Studying Physical Characteristics of Crude Oil Within the Reservoir” was published by the University of Kansas.

Boating at Kenora, Canada

McClures and Mitchells boating at Kenora, Canada below Winnepeg.

Robert Carhart Mitchell died May 28 1966. Katherine died 1980 Feb 2 in Sarasota, Florida.