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Jerry Mitchell
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Birth: 1903
Eddy County
New Mexico, USA
Death: 1908
Eddy County
New Mexico, USA

Excerpted from research notes of Josephine Burleson Hendly (great-granddaughter of Israel H Mitchell, father of Jerry Mitchell):

"Rocky Arroya Graveyard.

This burial ground is located about halfway through the Seven Rivers Hill in the pass where the road to Sitting Bull Falls is located. It is on the left as one drives toward the mountains. It is right beside the road.

Along the left hand side as one enters the graveyard lies an infants grave. It is at present marked with a crude stone marker. Letters and numbers are scratched on the stone but have long since passed away. (Note: this marker was supplemented by a new one.)

It is the grave of Jerry Mitchell, the infant son of Israel H. and Sallie Catherine Mitchell. He was born about 1903 and died before 1908.

The obituary of Israel H. Mitchell named a son, Jerry, and says he was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico. This, of course, is the one buried there.

I have not as yet found a reason as to why he was buried in Rocky Arroya. They never lived there. The best reason I have heard to date is that the first cemetary in Carlsbad was always being flooded by Hackberry Draw and was moved to its present location across the road. I do not know when this move was made. There was a cemetary mentioned in the newspaper for Eddy, NM (Carlsbad was Eddy until 1899.) In fact, it was mentioned in 1894 in connection with the only hanging that ever took place here. So there was a graveyard here in 1903 when Israel arrived with his boys. Late in Sept. 1904, the Pecos River flooded and destroyed the Avalon Dam for the second time, damaging most of the company's other irrigation facilities in the pe process. If the graveyard was flooded then and moved across the road, then perhaps there was no other graveyard to use when Jerry died. Since it is an infants grave, and he is not in the picture owned by my Aunt Rithy Bell Caddell, I believe he d died in 1904 or 1905, and due to the flood was buried int he only place available, Rocky Arroya. 
Family links: 
  Israel Hagen Mitchell (1861 - 1908)
  Sarah Catherine Knowles Mitchell (1866 - 1916)
  Elijah Haggins Mitchell (1885 - 1948)*
  Ross Grover Strickland Mitchell (1887 - 1947)*
  Samuel David Mitchell (1889 - 1968)*
  Walter Clay Mitchell (1896 - 1918)*
  Jerry Mitchell (1903 - 1908)
*Calculated relationship
Rocky Arroyo Cemetery
Eddy County
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: Ashleigh Mitchell
Originally Created by: Marilyn Posthumus Clark
Record added: Jun 10, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19810854
Jerry Mitchell
Added by: Marilyn Posthumus Clark
Jerry Mitchell
Added by: Ashleigh Mitchell
Jerry Mitchell
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Added by: Marilyn Posthumus Clark
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 Added: Sep. 1, 2012

- Marilyn Posthumus Clark
 Added: Jun. 19, 2011

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