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James Mitchell "Mitch" Claytor
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Birth: Feb. 5, 1853
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 11, 1891
Saint Joseph
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA

Son of Samuel H Claytor and Eliza Jane Wright.

Married Flora A James.

"Mitch" was last seen alive the night of February 11, 1891 in the vicinity of a cabin on the Missouri River where he had followed his wife Flora and her paramour Charles Bowman. Two weeks later, an acquaintance, James Gill was seen on the street wearing some of Mitch's clothes. Gill was questioned but said he had only borrowed the clothes which had been left behind at another house.

In mid-March, a body matching Mitch's description was spotted down the river from Saint Joseph, but could not be recovered.

Finally, on April 23, 1891, a body was recovered from the river at Leavenworth, Kansas. Upon examination it was found to be that of James Mitchell Claytor.

An inquest was held at Saint Joseph and the verdict of the jury reads as follows:

"We, the jury, find that James Mitchell Claytor came to his death through causes unknown and at the hands of parties unknown. We believe, however, that Flora Claytor and Charles Bowman have knowledge of how the deceased came to his death. We further find that it would be the best plan to refer the case to the grand jury."

Bowman had fled before the inquest and Flora Claytor removed herself to Lane, Kansas following the inquest. It is uncertain whether the investigation into the death of James Mitchell Claytor was ever fully pursued.

James Mitchell Claytor's remains were interred at Bellemont Cemetery on April 30, 1891.
Family links: 
  Samuel H Claytor (1822 - 1877)
  Eliza Jane Wright Claytor (1825 - 1880)
  John Joel Claytor (1850 - 1924)*
  James Mitchell Claytor (1853 - 1891)
  Cora M Claytor Staley (1855 - 1875)*
  Henry Stephen Claytor (1857 - 1945)*
  Samuel Thomas Claytor (1860 - 1925)*
  Jubal Jefferson Claytor (1862 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Bellemont Cemetery
Doniphan County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section 9 - No Marker
Created by: Jeffrey Claytor
Record added: Sep 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21838308
James Mitchell Mitch Claytor
Added by: Jeffrey Claytor
James Mitchell Mitch Claytor
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 Added: Apr. 23, 2016

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