Image of Robert Gwyn Mitchell and Lena Bell Carhart

Carhart and Mitchell

Wedding photos of Robert Gwyn Mitchell and Lena Bell Carhart who were married 1891 August 5 in Macon County, Missouri, obtained from Dorothy Mitchell McClure.

Families with Carhart and associated photos are out there wandering the internet. Please, if you have Carhart and/or related family photos, contact me. I would love to have digital copies to place on the blog for all to enjoy and to link to your website should you have one.

Image of Mary Lord Carhart

Mary Lord

Mary Lord Carhart touched up

The image above is not an attempt to recreate the Mary Lord Carhart painting, which I’ve never seen. I’ve only brought out the texture of the paint and canvas so we can see that it is likely a miniature, and added color so that we can better distinguish Mary from the background.

The below was taken from an old Carhart genealogy book in which the image appeared.

“From an old oil painting of Mary Lord CARHART. She was born July 13, 1668 at Cambridge, Mass. Her aunt married Capt. John ALDEN, son of John ALDEN and Priscilla MULLENS. Mary LORD C. was daughter of Robert LORD and Rebecca PHILLIPS, daughter of Major William PHILLIPS of Sacco, Maine. The lace covering over her neck and breast does not show in this as it does in some of the copies.”

Mary Lord was married to Thomas Carhart about 1691 Nov in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Image of Eliot Carhart’s home in Macon County, Missouri

Eliot Carhart home

Eliot Carhart, b. 1828 in White Plains, New York, died in 1905 in Macon County, Missouri. This image of his home in Macon was obtained from my Dorothy Mitchell McClure.

This is the best image I have of this home.

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Image of Eliot Carhart (1828-1905) with Robert Carhart Mitchell (1905-1966)

Attempted to bring out a little more but it is impossible.

Eliot Carhart and Robert Carhart Mitchell original

This is a sad state of affairs that about all I have for the Carhart-Mitchell family is this mutli-generation xeorx of Eliot Carhart b. 1828 at White Plains, New York, died 1905 in , Macon, Missouri, with his grandson Robert Carhart Mitchell b. 1895. Eliot Carhart was married to Margaret Pettit.

Obtained from Dorothy Mitchell McClure.

Though it’s almost impossible to tell anything from this image, if you apply a bit of imagination you see what was probably a lovely yard with trees, Eliot in a chair, and Robert at about what, age 3?, with long hair, dressed in probably his Sunday best. This photo was likely from Macon, Macon, Missouri.

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Obituary for Margaret E. Pettit Carhart, b. 1830 Jan 21 in Zanesville, Ohio. She married Elliot Carhart 1850 Sept 29.

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Mrs. M. E. CARHART Obituary

Death Came to Aged Resident of Macon Monday Evening
Born in 1830

Mrs. Margaret E. CARHART, one of the pioneer residents of Macon, and a woman much beloved for her many excellent qualities, gently passed to the home beyond at 8:15 o’clock Monday evening, August 10, 1914, after a long illness, at their home on North Rutherford street.

She was born in Zanesville, Ohio, January 21, 1830, and at the time of her death was well past the three score and ten, and all of them were years of usefulness and well-doing till illness and feebleness, brought on my advanced age, caused her activities to slacken.

Deceased reared a large family of children, four daughters surviving: Miss Ida CARHART, Miss Edith CARHART, Mrs. R. G. MITCHELL and Mrs. Rosa PERRINE of Chillicothe. Three sons, reared to manhood, have gone before: Arlington, Carrington and Arthur, Arlington’s death occurring the past year: Mr. CARHART died December 29, 1905.

Many friends will unite with us in extending sympathy to the bereaved daughters who will deeply mourn the departure of their beloved mother and best friend.

The funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday morning at 9o’clock, conducted by the Rev. W. D. CATER of the M. E. church of this city. Deceased was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church, but in the absence of her pastor, the Rev. Ira W. BARNETT, who is spending his vacation in Colorado, Mr. CATER officiated.

Internment was made in Oakwood cemetery.


Obituary for Professor Carrington Elliot Carhart, 1861 to 1910, son of Elliot Carhart and Margaret E. Pettit.

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PROF. C. E. CARHART who died at the Lakeside Hospital last Sunday and whose ashes were interred at Graceland cemetery last Wednesday, occupied an important position in contemporaneous literary history. Born on a farm in Delaware County, Ohio, April 1, 1861, he was admitted at the Missouri State Normal School at (unintelligible) at the age of 18 and immediately was chosen to occupy two important chairs as professor of science and art. In 1885, he went to New York and engaged in preparing special art papers for leading publications in that city. In 1887 he went to Kansas City and was connected (?) with the editorial departments of the Kansas City Times and Kansas City Star at different times, also with the public schools. In 1896 (?) he went abroad as special correspondent of Goday’s Magazine. Coming to Chicago in 1900, Prof.CARHART continued his literary pursuits…


A. B. Carhart, retouched

Photoshopped the below multiple generation xerox that was with the article. There’s no making it perfect. I was happy to get as much as I did out of it. One begins to get a little character.

A. B. Carhart original



Impressive Funeral Services Held

Feb. 5 1914

Masons Pay Tribute to Memory of Beloved Brother

A. B. CARHART, for seventeen years a prominent business man of Manchester, passed away at his home in this city on Thursday night, shortly before midnight, following an illness of a week. For nearly a year those most closely associated with Mr. CARHART have noticed a decline in his physical strength, but notwithstanding this decline he was always found at his post of duty until just a week before his death. Although his friends in Manchester had known of his critical illness few days previous to the final summons, not even those who watched constantly at his bedside realized that the sickness through which he was then passing would bring the summons.

Impressive funeral services were held at the Congregational church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, Rev. J. F. MOORE preaching the sermon, paying a beautiful tribute to the memory of Mr. CARHART. Members of the Masonic lodge attended in large numbers, and because of the severity of the weather, the Masonic burial service was read in the church. The services were attended by a large number of sorrowing friends and lodge members. Following the services the remains were placed in the receiving vault in Oakland cemetery, interment to be made at a later date.

Mr. CARHART was born at Eden, Delaware County, Ohio, March 11, 1854, and spent his boyhood days in the native county in that state. When a boy in his teens his parents removed from the state of Ohio, and went to Macon, Missouri, where he grew to young manhood. After finishing his schooling he taught school for a short time in the western part of Iowa.

In the spring of 1878 he came to Manchester, and found employment in the grocery store conducted by A. B. TERRIL. On May 16, 1878, Mr. CARHART was united in marriage with Miss Lizzie L. LANDIS of Philadelphia, their marriage taking place in Chicago. The day following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. CARHART came to Manchester, where they have lived happily together for over thirty-six years. After several months of faithful service in Mr. TERRILL’s grocery store, Mr. CARHART changed from the work of the grocery clerk to that of work in the hardware store of ADAMS Brothers. For nearly two years, Mr. CARHART was in the employ of this pioneer hardware firm. Before going into business in Manchester Mr. CARHART held responsible positions as a traveling salesman for hardware concerns of Chicago and Dubuque, following this occupation for nearly sixteen years. When the necessity of a rest from close attention to business cares compelled Mr. CARHART to make a change, the sale of the large stock was affected.

During all of the years that Mr. CARHART was associated with the business interests of Manchester, he formed the most intimate friendships among his business associates. By adherence to such rules of life as make for the square deal in all of his transactions he at once won the confidence of those who came in contact with him. Although his time was occupied with the cares and responsibilities of a large business, he always found time to have a friendly word with those who had learned to love him.

Not only did he stand for the square deal in the business life of this community, but his influence for good was felt even more strongly in the church and lodge. For years, he had been intimately associated with the work of the Congregational church, being a member of the board of deacons at the time of his death. He was faithful in the performances of his church obligations. His faith in his Maker was deep seated and his earnest Christian life proved an inspiration to his pastor, with whom he had entered into a most intimate friendship, and fellow church members.

In the death of this beloved citizen the Masonic order suffers the loss of a faithful member. During the many years that he was affiliated with this order he held many positions of honor and trust and was faithful to all of the high principles for which the Masonic order stands. He was a member of Manchester Lodge No. 145 (165?), A. F. & A. M; Olive Branch chapter No. 48; Knights Templar, and Elam Council No. 33, and also of El Kahir Temple Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Mr. CARHART leaves to mourn his death his devoted wife and one daughter, Miss Nina CARHART, and one son, Bert CARHART of St. Louis. Besides the wife and two children he leaves his aged and invalid mother, Mrs. Margaret CARHART, and four sisters, Mrs. Lena MITCHELL, Miss Ida CARHART, Miss Edith CARHART, all of Macon, Missouri, and Mrs. Leroy PERRINA of Chillicotha, Missouri.

The sudden death … has blasted cherished plans. Often had he remarked to his most intimate friends that he longed for the time when he would be able to lay aside the busy cares of life and be able to enjoy in a larger measure the companionship of his family.

At this time of great sorrow, Manchester friends extend to the bereaved ones, sincere sympathy.

Photo by N. H. HYDE, Manchester

Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Thomas Carhart of Cornwall England (Phillips pages)

A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Thomas Carhart of Cornwall England, by Mary E. Carhart Dusenbury, 1880.

Pages 87 thru 91, pertaining to Major William PHILLIPS

The entire volume is now online.

Lena Carhart Mitchell a Member of Annie Helm Chapter of the NSDAR

Lena Bell Carhart Mitchell was a member of the Annie Helm Chapter of the NSDAR.

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Organized October 20, 1908


Anne Helm Chapter was organized by a group of 23 patriotic women on October 20, 1908, in Macon, Missouri

Charter Members were: Louisa William Brock, Maude Dysart Brock, Ethel Coulter Brown, Mary Craddock Doneghy, Kate Campbell Doneghy, Martha Prewitt Doneghy, Carrie Stewart Duffy, Emma Turner Dysart, Susie Mitchell Guthrie, Mattie Blincoe Howe, Hettie Coulter Lamb, Martha Gilstrap Matthews, Mary Anderson Matthews, Corrine Matthews, Lena Carhart Mitchell, Lena Trowbridge Payson, Emily Pipkin Simmons, Amy Simmons, Lucy Simmons, Mary Van Cleve, Hallie Wilkinson Wardell, Stella Turner Wilson, and Elizabeth Stickney Wilson.

The name Anne Helm was chosen in honor of Mrs. John T. Doneghy’s great-great grandmother who assisted and sacrificed members of her family for the cause of the Revolutionary War.

The Macon Public Library was founded on March 23, 1912, with Miss Sarah Larrabee as librarian. It was located in the Howe Building opposite of the Jefferson Hotel. DAR members raised funds by having “Tap Day” and several “Macon County Banquets.” The response to the library was so great that it soon became too large for the Howe Store. The library moved several times until, in 1915, the trustees voted to build a permanent library. The Anne Helm Chapter purchased the lot on the corner of Rutherford and Butler where the present library building is located.

The Anne Helm Chapter was instrumental in forming the first Red Cross Chapter in Macon and helped to raise funds to sponsor Herbert English, a volunteer for ambulance service in France during W.W.I.

On November 11, 1934, a bronze plaque was unveiled at the Macon County Court House to honor four Revolutionary Soldiers who are buried in Macon County. They are James Howell, James Lynch, Bennett Tilley, and Nicholas Tuttle.