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 Martha Jane <I>Horton</I> Mitchell

Martha Jane Horton Mitchell

Scott County, Virginia, USA
Death 16 Mar 1913 (aged 75)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Odessa, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 157419388 · View Source
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Thomas Horton and first wife, Patsy (aka Patsey) Wilson were residents of Russell County, Virginia from 1820 to 1834. In 1835 they relocated to Scott County where Martha was born in 1837.

The Hortons raised at least eight children there. Those named in 1850 were John (25), William P. (18), Harry S. (15), Martha J. (13), Eliza W. (12), Elbert S. (8), Margaret K. (7), and Laura E. (4).

At her parent's home, on April 17, 1855, Martha Jane Horton married Robert F. Mitchell, son of Daniel and Mary Mitchell of North Carolina. (see references below)

The couple settled on the Horton's farm and began raising their family. Born there were William, in 1856, and John, in 1858. After Martha's parents relocated to Hancock County in Tennessee in 1859, the Mitchells moved to Hansonville in Russell County where James was born in 1860.

Background: Both Virginia and Tennessee seceded from the Union in 1861. Virginia's 22nd Cavalry Regiment was organized in October, 1863. In December, Robert F. Mitchell enlisted as a private. His unit served in eastern Tennessee and western Virginia.

While Robert was away, pregnant Martha stayed at the farm of her parents 90 miles distant in Click, Cocke county, Tennessee. In the summer of 1864 her mother Patsy passed away; and on September 5th, Martha gave birth to her only daughter, Mary Elizabeth.

Martha immediately returned to Virginia with her widowed father and his remaining five children, Harry, Eliza, Elbert, Margaret and Laury.

On September 14, 1864 in Scott County, Martha's father, Thomas Flournoy Horton, wed his 2nd spouse, Martha Catherine Stewart, the recent widow of his good friend, Joseph Edwards.

During April of 1865, the 22nd Calvary disbanded and private Mitchell returned home.

On June 4, 1865, Martha's dad and his new wife welcomed twins, Emily and Millard, to the Horton family.

Five years passed before Virginia was restored to the Union, and another four before Robert and Martha's sons Joseph and Robert were born.

In early 1875, Mitchell and his eight member family trekked 750 miles west to Missouri, taking up residence in Sni-A-Bar Township in Lafayette County where Elbert, their last child, was born.

Robert and Martha Mitchell's seven children were:

William B. born 1856 in Scott Co. VA.
John W. born Apr. 25, 1858 in Nickelsville, Scott Co. VA.
James Marion born May 20, 1860 in Hansonville, Russell Co. VA.
Mary Elizabeth born Sep. 5, 1864 in Cocke Co. TN.
Joseph, born Jan. 16, 1873 in Moccasin, Russell Co. VA
Robert Henry born Nov. 2, 1874 in Moccasin, Russell Co. VA.
Elbert A. born 1875 in Sni-a-bar, Lafayette Co. Missouri.

By 1880, sons John and James had left the homestead. William, who had his "foot mashed" in a farm accident, passed away that year at the age of 25. To honor his memory, James and John named their first born sons after him; John P. going so far as to also change his own middle name to William.

Unable to work the farm with their surviving sons aged 11, 8 and 5, the Mitchells moved 15 miles to the town of Odessa, where Robert worked in construction and painting.

By 1900, he and Martha were living in Slater City, Cambridge Township, next door to their son, Robert Henry and his wife, Florence. Martha stated on that year's census the number of her children was seven, with six surviving to that date.

Robert F. Mitchell died August 21, 1909 at 2202 Indiana Ave. in Kansas City. Now an empty lot, it may have been the home of one of his children. He was buried at Odessa Cemetery.

On March 16, 1913, Martha passed away at the home of her daughter Mary Gott at 1207 Olive St. in Kansas City. She was buried at Odessa Cemetery on March 19.

Mary was the informant for Martha's death certificate. She stated that her mother was born in West Virginia and that her mother's father was Thomas Hordin, born in VA. She didn't know the given name of Martha's mother. On her own death record, informant Mrs. C.V. Hendrix stated that Mary and her father were born in Kentucky.

This is why you shouldn't trust the informant's knowledge on death certificates!

(All census dates & birth places are suspect too.)

"Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," FamilySearch
Name: Robert F Mitchell
Birth Date: 1831
Birthplace: Stokes, Nc
Age: 24
Spouse's Name: Martha Jane Horton
Spouse's Birth Date: 1838
Spouse's Birthplace: Scott, Va
Spouse's Age: 17
Event Date: 17 Apr 1855
Event Place: Scott, Virginia
Father's Name: Daniel Mitchell
Mother's Name: Mary Mitchell
Spouse's Father's Name: Thomas Horton
Spouse's Mother's Name: Patsy Horton
1855 Scott, Virginia
Name Robert F Mitchell
Spouse's Name Martha Jane Horton
Event Date 10 Apr 1855
Event Place Scott, Virginia
Son, John W Mitchell's Marriage Cert. with parents listed.

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