of Isaac Mitchell Jr.
to all other sections in this site at the bottom of this page)
was born April 16, 1836 in Indiana, and died January 17, 1884 in Benton Twp.,
Paulding Co, Ohio. He married LOUISA
Abt. 1864 in Marion Twp, Licking Co, Ohio, daughter of JOHN BLAMER and MARY HUSTON.
She was born February 09, 1849 in Monroe Twp, Licking Co., Ohio, and died
August 17, 1904 in Walkerville, Leavitt Twp, Oceana Co, Michigan.
Back to "Louisa Blamer" in Table Of Content.
Notes for ISAAC MITCHELL JR.:
TIME LINE FOR ISAAC MITCHELL JR & LOUISA BLAMER
1837--Isaac Sr. & Emma arrive in Iowa
1840--Isaac Jr with parents, Jackson Co, Iowa, age of 4
1856--Isaac at home with his parents Isaac Mitchell Sr.
& Emma, age 19, Jones Co, Pierce Twp, Iowa
1860 None of the Mitchell's are in the census in Iowa.
There is an Isaac Mitchell in the Delaware Twp, Delaware Co, Ohio census,
but it is very faded and impossible to read.
I believe that this is our Isaac Sr and Isaac Jr is with him.
1864-1865--Isaac Jr married Louisa Blamer, Licking Co,
1870--Isaac Mitchell Jr & family
in Iowa, Jones Co, Wyoming
1873 (about that time) Isaac Jr.
took his family back to Ohio
(**Isaac Sr and Emma disappear at this point between 1870
and 1880 census--did they died in Iowa or in Ohio??)
1879--Isaac and Emma have child Lydia (Blanch) in Licking
1880--Isaac Jr and family are in the Delaware Co, Ohio
1881--In April Isaac Jr and Emma have twins in Delaware
Co, Ohio--Louisa's mother dies in August, 1881
1882--moved from Licking Co, Ohio to Benton Twp, Paulding
Co, Ohio--as per the Historical Atlas of Paulding Co, Ohio 1892.
1884--Isaac died of consumption (Consumption was a term
used for Tuberculosis.)--in Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio.
1860 CENSUS, DELAWARE TWP, DELAWARE CO, OHIO
Isaac Mitchell, page 1, head of household index
(**uncertain if this is Isaac Sr, or Isaac Jr.
The film is too faded to be certain which is correct.
I am assuming it is Isaac Sr, and that Isaac Jr was still at home with
his parents, not having married Louisa Blamer as yet.)
1870 census, Iowa, Jones Co, Wyoming Twp
Isaac Jr. age 33, male, white, farmer, real estate value
$2,000-6,000, b Indiana
Louisa age 21, female, white, keeping house, b Ohio
John age 4, male, white, b Ohio
Andrew age 1, male, white, Iowa
1880 CENSUS, HARLEM TWP, DELAWARE CO, OHIO
HOUSEHOLD 65, DWELLING 61
Mitchell, Isaac Jr, age 42, b Indiana, both parents b New
Louisa, wife, age 31, b Ohio, keeping house, father b Va,
mother b Penn (should be OHIO for mother's birth)
John, son, age 14, b
Licking Co, Ohio, at home, father b
Indiana, mother b Ohio, at home
Andrew J. , son, age 11, b Jones Co, Iowa, at home
Truman L. , son, age 8, b Jones Co, Iowa, at home
Rhoda Ellen, dau, age
6, b Jones Co, Iowa, at home
Lydia B., dau, age 1, b Delaware Co, Ohio, at home
(George was born in 1881 in Delaware Co, and Laura in
1883 in Paulding Co, Ohio. Isaac Jr
died in 1884, in Paulding Co, Ohio.)
Isaac Jr. died of consumption
(Probate Court Clerk)--1884
Certified Copy of Death Record:
The State of Ohio, Paulding County, Court of Common
Pleas, Probate Division. Date of
Record A.D. 1885, No 36. Full name:
Isaac Mitchell. Date of death, year
1884, month January, day 17. Condition:
married. Age in years 48, months 9,
days 1. Place of death: Benton Twp,
Place of birth: not shown (he was in fact born in Indiana). Occupation: not
shown. Name of parents: Father: not
shown (his father was Issac Mitchell), Mother: not shown (his mother was Emma).
Color: White, Cause of Death: Consumption, Last Place of Residence:
Benton Twp. The State of Ohio,
According to the Ellis 1910 History of Jackson Co, pg
372, Wm Phillips, John Clark, and Isaac Mitchell families arrived in Jackson Co,
Iowa, in May, 1837. ISAAC MITCHELL
took up a claim in the southwest quarter of the City which he sold in 1839 to
Wm. Current . Wm. Phillip's claim
was in the northeast quarter of the
city. John Clark's claim was in the
eastern part of town. Wm
Phillips as born in Hamilton co,Ohio, was married in Ohio, and 2 of his children
were born in Ohio, 3 in Michigan, 1 in Indiana, and 2 in Jackson Co, Iowa.
Apparently the Phillips left from LaPorte, Indiana.
There is no record of how many people were in this wagon train.
Ben Hanson came to Jackson Co earlier in the year 1838, and took up a
claim and built a log cabin for the family.
He was married to Laura Grimes, who with their 3 daughters, Mariam,
Orline, and Almira, followed in September with the Fairbrother family.
She became sick on the way and the Fairbrother's left their train and
hurried on to Maquoketa, thus they arrived on September 10, and Laura died the
17th. Mariam was only 8 years old
and helped Ben look after her sisters. Tragedy
again struck in 1839 when the cabin caught fire and Almira perished. They moved
to Monmouth Twp, Iowa after that, and he married LOUISA MITCHELL.
Ben and daughter Emma are buried in the Pence Cemetery, Monmouth Iowa.
Grace Halihan, genealogist, stated that it was doubtful
that any information was available on Isaac's property holdings in Jackson Co,
Iowa. Land did not come up for sale
until 1845, and they were simply squatters.
Grace was Curator of the Maquoketa, Iowa, Museum.
More About ISAAC MITCHELL JR.:
Burial: Dealy Cemetary, Payne, Benton Twp., Paulding Co.,
Cause of Death: Consumption--an old name for tuberculosis
Notes for LOUISA BLAMER:
Up until now no
wedding date has turned up for Louisa and
Isaac Mitchell Jr. I have
researched Delaware Co, and Licking Co thoroughly, without success.
If they were married in Licking Co, no proof of their marriage would be
available today because there was a Court House fire in 1875 which destroyed all
the records for marriages before that time.
Louisa married Alfred Baughman after the death of her
first husband Isaac, most likely in Paulding Co, Ohio, because that is where
Louisa was living when Isaac died,
and where Alfred's daughter Alma was born, in 1888, in Benton Twp. Louisa and
Alfred moved with Louisa's brother George Blamer, to Walkerville, Leavitt Twp, Oceana Co, Michigan, taking the
youngest Mitchell children and Alfred's daughter Alma with them.
Alfred walked away from the
farm in Oceana Co, Michigan one day, and was never heard from again.
There is no knowledge of what happened to him, and he does not appear in
any Michigan or Ohio census in 1900
or beyond that time--he may have died, or moved westward.
At any rate, no one ever heard from him again.
LICKING CO 1870 CENSUS, Louisa's family:
In 1870 Licking co, Ohio, census, Mary Blamer farming,
George 18, & John Hannah, age 9, born Ohio. This was Louisa's mother.
George was the youngest son of John and Mary Blamer.
1870 Licking Co, Ohio,
also, near Kitchell, lived Mary Hannah, born 1838, Ohio, with children:
William born 1856, Ohio, Lewis born 1860, Ohio, Levisia D. born 1865,
In 1870 Licking Co, Ohio, census Heads of households:
Hazel Blamer, Andrew Blamer, Mary Blamer (husband dead), Kitchel Blamer,
Mary Hannah, & Catherine Blamer. It
is possible that the men were off to the gold rush in Colorado.
CENSUS 1900 OCEANA CO, WALKERVILLE, MICH, LEAVITT TWP
Baughman, Louisa white, female, b Jan 1849, age 51,
married, years married 12 years, children 8 born, 8 alive, b Ohio, father b
Penn, mother b Penn
Mitchell, George, son, b April 1881, age 19, single, b
Ohio, father b Indiana, mother b Penn--day laborer
Mitchell, Laura, daughter, b Nov 1883, age 16, single, b
Ohio, father b Indiana, mother b Penn-at school
Baughman, Alma, daughter, b July 1888, age 11, single, b
Ohio, father b Indiana, mother b Penn--at school
Mitchell, Andrew, son, b Oct 1870, age 29, b Iowa, father
b Indiana, mother b Penn, farm laborer
***Pennsylvania birthplaces are incorrect.
Louisa's father born Va, mother b Ohio
All others mother's birth is Ohio, NOT Penn.
Return to "Descendants of Isaac Mitchell Jr." in Table Of Content
Family tradition is that Louisa was a very small woman,
about 5' tall, weighing about 90 lbs. It
is said that after her husband Isaac Mitchell Jr. died she took her young sons
into the woods and cut timber to make a living for her family.
It is also a possibility that after Alfred Baughman left her she did the
same thing in Oceana Co, Mich, in order to make a living.
Because of this experience in logging and lumbering her younger sons
remained in that occupation most of their lives--some moving to Washington State
to continue in that line of work.
Louisa died as a result of a bee sting.
The bee stung her beside an ear, and she developed blood poisoning.
Dr's didn't know much about allergies at that time.
There were other family members with bee sting allergies.
Her death certificate shows
that she died from pneumonia, and symptoms that appear to be an allergic
reaction. She died
August 17, 1904, and is buried in the Carpenter Cemetery, which is 1 mile
East of Walkerville, Michigan, 1st farm on the south side of the road.
More About LOUISA BLAMER:
Burial: Carpenter (Bird) Cem, LeavettTwp,
Walkerville,Oceana Co., Mi
Cause of Death: Allergic reaction to a bee sting behind
Children of ISAAC JR. and LOUISA BLAMER are:
b. September 30, 1865, Licking Co, Ohio; d. February 27, 1937, Flint, Genesee Co
(Hurley Hospital), Michigan.
b. Bet. October 31, 1868 - 1870, Wyoming Twp, Jones Co, Iowa; d. February 26, 1921, Elma, Gray's Harbor Co,
Washington; m. MARGARET.
Notes for ANDREW JACKSON MITCHELL:
Family tradition has it that he is "buried West of
Shelton, Mason Co, Washington"--I have learned that they went from Michigan
and settled in Gray's Harbor Co, and Andrew is buried there at Elma, in the IOOF
Address of Cemetery:
Located east of Elma on Elma McCleary Rd, and Fairgrounds
Rd, across from Fairgrounds parking. For
City of Elma
2nd & Main
Elma, Washington 98542
POLK'S DIRECTORY, FOR ABERDEEN AND GRAY'S HARBOR COUNTIES
1911--A. J. Mitchell, Montesano. The source was the
Chehalis (now Gray's Harbor Co) County Tax List
1912--A. J. Mitchell, Satsop, Logger (Satsop is a very
small town 4 miles East of Elma and 6 miles West of Montesano.
Elma and Montesano are only 10 miles apart.)
Gray's Harbor Co, Washington, city of Elma
Male, white, married
Wife: Margaret Mitchell
born Oct 31, 1868
age 52 years, 3 months, and 6 days.
Father: Isaac Mitchell b Penn
Mother: Louise Blamer, b Ohio
Death date: Feb 26, 1921
Cause of death: Suicide by hanging--rope of twine cords
Burial: Feb 28, 1921
OBIT; THE ELMA CHRONICLE, Thursday, March 3, 1921, Elma,
Gray's Harbor Co, Washington:
ELMA MAN KILLS SELF BY HANGING:
A. J. Mitchell, who lived on the west end of Young St, in
Elma, committed suicide early Saturday morning, by hanging himself in the
wood-shed at his home. The body was discovered by his brother L. T. Mitchell,
and cut down by him, while there was still a spark of life left, but not knowing
what to do he ran for help and before he could get a doctor on the scene the
brother was dead. The two brothers
lived in a small house together, batching it. Saturday morning L. T. Mitchell
went away and was gone perhaps a half hour, he says, and when he came back to
the house he found his brother hanging in the woodshed.
He at once cut him down, and the man gasped once, or twice, but while the
brother ran for help, he died. Despondency
over family troubles is given as the cause for the deed.
Mr. Mitchell was about 52 years of age and had been a resident of this
section for the past 16 years. He
leaves a brother, L. T. Mitchell, a sister, Mrs. S. W. White, and a wife, who
now lives in Portland, Oregon. Funeral
services were held Monday afternoon from the parlors of the Whiteside
Undertaking Company, and interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
OBIT: THE ABERDEEN DAILY WORLD NEWSPAPER, Saturday
Evening, February 26, 1921:
ELMA RANCHMAN TAKES OWN LIFE: A. J. Mitchell found in
Wood-shed by brother: Elma, Feb 26,
(special), Andrew Jackson Mitchell, 52 years old, a ranch-worker who has made
his home in or near Elma for the past 16 years, committed suicide this morning
about 8:30 by hanging himself with a rope from a rafter of the woodshed at his
home on West Young Street. He was
found while still alive by his brother Leonard Mitchell, with whom he lives.
He was cut down and a physician summoned, but death came before the
physician arrived. Mitchell is said
by his brother to have been despondent for some time, though he had said nothing
about taking his life. Neither he or his brother had been employed for several
months. The dead man is survived by
his brother, and a sister, both of Elma. Funeral
services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 O'Clock from the Whiteside Chapel in
Elma, Rev. Dunlap of the Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will be given in the Odd Fellow's Cemetery.
More About ANDREW JACKSON MITCHELL:
Burial: February 28, 1921, IOOF Cemetery, Elma, Gray's
Cause of Death: Suicide--by hanging, due to depression
b. September 03, 1871, Wyoming Twp, Jones Co., Iowa; d. January 12, 1949, Hart
Twp., Oceana Co, Michigan--W. Sec, age 77 years; m. SINGLE.
Notes for TRUEMAN (TRUMAN) LEONARD MITCHELL:
1920 census, Elma, Gray's Harbor Co, Washington
Mitchell, Leonard T., head of household, age 47, born
Mitchell, Andrew, brother, age 50, born Iowa
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH, MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,
BUREAU OF RECORDS AND STATISTICS:
State File: #207 Liber 4, 1949
Social Security number: None
Full Name: Truman Mitchell, Recorded 2-5-49
Place of death: Oceana Co, Hart Twp
Place of death: County Infirmary, 5 weeks, in the
community for 24 years.
Birth date: September 3, 1871, Iowa
Age: 77 years, 4 months, and 9 days.
Industry or business: farming
Mitchell, born Ohio (this is incorrect--he was born in Indiana, this is Isaac
Blamer, born Ohio
Date of death: January 12, 1949
Dr. states: I
hereby certify that I attended the deceased from___ 19__ to Past 6 months, 19__.
I last saw him alive on Jan 19, 1949.
Death is said to have occurred on the date stated above at 12 A.M.
Immediate cause of death: Arterio
Sclimis. Duration: 24 years.
Address: R #3, Hart, Michigan
Burial: Walkerville, Michigan, Carpenter Cemetery,
January 15, 1949
The Carpenter (PIONEER) Cemetery, Leavitt Twp, Oceana Co,
Mich lists an oddity that needs to be mentioned:
Mitchell, Leonard M., no dates, no ages, no section
given, Lot 82
Mitchell, Truman, died Jan 12, 1949, age 77years
Truman was called Leonard in the census in Washington
State, so this confuses the issue of who the identity is of the Lenoard listed
More About TRUEMAN (TRUMAN) LEONARD MITCHELL:
Burial: January 15, 1949, Carpenter Cemetary, Walkerville,
Oceana Co., Michigan, lot #82
Cause of Death: Arterio Sclimis
b. November 1874, Jones Co., Iowa; d. September 10, 1957, Seattle, King Co,
b. March 11, 1879, Monroe Twp, Licking Co, Ohio; d. Tacoma, Pierce Co,
b. April 27, 1881, Porter Twp, Delaware Co.,Ohio; d. April 28, 1953, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan.
b. November 20, 1883, Benton Twp., Paulding Co, Ohio; d. November 08, 1971,
Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan.
was born September 30, 1865 in Licking Co, Ohio, and died February 27, 1937 in
Flint, Genesee Co (Hurley Hospital), Michigan.
He married CLARA ISABELLE/ BELLE
January 25, 1886 in Paulding Co., Ohio, daughter of WILLIAM SHANEYFELT
She was born October 30, 1868 in Pike Twp, Jay Co, Indiana, and died May
27, 1969 in Flint, Mich, Genesee Co--age 100 years, 7 months.
Notes for JOHN WILLIS MITCHELL:
1900 PAULDING CO, OHIO, CENSUS, BLUE CREEK TWP
John, head of household,age 34,
born Ohio, father born Iowa, mother born Ohio (*this is incorrect as his
father was born in Indiana)
Clara, wife, age 31,
born Indiana, father born Penn, mother born Indiana
Stella, dau, , age 10, born Aug 1889, born Iowa
Irvin T., son, age 7,
born Aug 1891, Ohio
Amy A., dau., age 5, born July 1894, Ohio
Wm. H., son, age 2,
born Jan 1898, Ohio
1910 Census, Blue Creek Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio
John W., age 43, born Ohio, father born Indiana, mother
born Ohio, occupation: Cashier in a bank
Clara B., wife, age 40, born Indiana, both parents born
Indiana, Occupation: none
Amy, daughter, age 15, born Ohio
Gladys B., daughter, age 7, born Ohio
John, son, age 5, born Ohio
Lowell M., son, age 3, born Ohio
George G., son, age 7/12, born Ohio
1920 PLEASANT TWP, VAN WERT CO, OHIO
John, head of household, age 54, b Ohio, father b
Indiana, mother b Ohio, occupation: retail dealer, grocery.
Clara, wife, age 51, b Indiana, father born Penn, mother
Gladys, dau, age 16, b Ohio, father born Ohio, mother b
John, son, age 14, b Ohio, father born Ohio, mother b
Lowell, son, age 12, b Ohio, father born Ohio, mother b
George, son, age 10, b Ohio, father born Ohio, mother b
Robert, son, age 6, b Ohio, father born Ohio, mother b
Dannecker, Frank, son, age 28, born Ohio, both parents
born Ohio (*** I have no idea who this is, but he is definitely not a son of
John and Clara. probably a renter, or someone who worked for John.)
1930 CENSUS, WARD 7, CITY OF FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN,
EAST MOORE ST.
Dwelling 467, Family 543
John W., head of household; renting for $30.00 per month;
age 63; age at marriage: 20; born
Ohio; father born Indiana; mother born Ohio; auto worker in an auto plant;
served in US Armed forces? NO
Clara, wife, age 60; age at marriage 17; born Indiana;
father born Pennsylvania; mother born Indiana;
MITCHELL (same household)
John W., son, age 25; age 21 at marriage; born Ohio;
father b Ohio; mother born Indiana; shipping clerk in an auto factory; served in
US Armed forces? NO
Dorothy, daughter in law, age 22; age at time of marriage
18; born Michigan; father born Wisconsin; mother born Michigan.
John L., grandson; age 2; born Michigan; father born
Ohio; mother born Michigan
DICKENSON (same household)
Phillip, son in law; age 37; age at time of marriage 20;
born in Ohio; father born New York, mother b Ohio; Painter and Decorator, in a
store; served in US Armed forces? NO
Amy, daughter; age 35; age at time of marriage 18; born
Ohio; father b Ohio; mother b Indiana
Howard, son (grandson of John and Clara); age 14;
ON THE SAME STREET--Adolphus Blakeley and family, and
daughter Floretta with her husband George Mitchell, also a son of John W. and
grandparents, Isaac (Sr.) and Emma (Lippincott) Mitchell, moved their family
from New Jersey westward. They
moved their family from New Jersey sometime after the birth of their daughter
Louisa in 1822. There is a large
gap between children, and I am assuming that some died along the way to Ohio, or
in New Jersey before they left, as I do not know an exact time that they left
for Ohio. The next child born to
this couple was John Francis Mitchell, born in Ohio in 1834.
In 1836 Isaac Mitchell (Jr), father of John Willis Mitchell, was born in
Indiana. And then, on May 27, 1837,
this family arrived by wagon train in
what is now Maquoketa, Jackson Co, Iowa, as one of the first 3 families to
settle the area. They had left La Porte, Indiana, made the trek across
Indiana, and then on into the wilderness that later became Iowa.
They had with them the following children: John and William Lippincott
Mitchell, both born 1820 in New Jersey, Louisa born 1822 in New Jersey, and then
John Francis born 1834, Ohio--location unknown, and Isaac (Jr) born 1836 in
known that Isaac (Jr) and his
parents moved from Jackson Co, Iowa sometime after the 1856 census for Jackson
Co, Iowa. Isaac Sr sold his farm,
and moved back to Ohio, leaving the
other family members in Iowa. The 1860 census for Delaware Twp, Delaware Co,
Ohio is quite faded and difficult to read, but I believe that the Isaac listed
there as the head of the household was Isaac (Sr) with his wife Emma, and son
Isaac (Jr). Isaac (Jr),
while in Ohio, met and married his wife Louisa Blamer who had been born in
Monroe Twp, Licking Co, Ohio, and had lived there her entire life, although her
extended family was located in both Licking Co and Delaware Co.
Their marriage date has not survived the courthouse fire in 1875, but it
is assumed that they married about 1864 in Licking Co.
Their first child John Willis Mitchell was born Sept 30, 1865, in Licking
Co. They then moved back to Iowa,
this time to Jones Co, with Isaac's
parents, where 3 more Mitchell children were born between 1868-1874.
No death dates or burial locations have been found for Isaac (Sr) and
Emma, but I assume they are buried in Iowa, probably in either Jackson Co or
Jones Co. 3 more Mitchell children were born to Isaac and Louisa
Mitchell in Ohio--in Licking Co, then in Delaware Co, and the last one in
Paulding Co, Ohio.
Mitchell (Jr) died at a very young age in the year 1884, in Paulding Co, Ohio.
He had suffered from Consumption for some time, and died at the age of
48, leaving his wife with a young family of 7 children to care for.
She remarried a few years later to Alfred Baughman.
They had 1 child in 1888 in Paulding Co, Ohio, and then moved to
Walkerville, Oceana Co, Michigan, taking their daughter Alma Baughman, and
all of the Mitchell children, except for John Willis Mitchell.
John had married Clara Shaneyfelt January 25, 1886, in Paulding Co, Ohio.
John and Clara remained behind in Ohio, and did not actually move to
Michigan until after 1922, and then they moved to the other side of the state,
Willis Mitchell was fair complected, had light sandy colored hair, and stood
about 5' 6" tall. He weighed
about 125-130 lbs. He often sported a handlebar moustache in his younger days.
Because his wife Clara was so short he often looked like a giant next to
her in photos. Over the course of
his lifetime John Willis was moved from Licking Co, Ohio where he was born, to
Jones Co, Iowa. After returning to
Ohio he lived in Delaware Co, and then Paulding Co.
Some of the towns he lived in were Tipton, Haviland, Paulding, and Van
Wert. He moved frequently after he married Clara Isabelle Shaneyfelt
Jan 25, 1886, in Paulding Co, Ohio, always renting his land and home, never
purchasing, but generally remaining in Paulding Co most of the time, or in Van
tried various occupations in his lifetime.
He was a farmer, learning about it from his family during his early
years, before marriage, and for a time after he married. In 1892 John was in
Paulding Co, Ohio, and was running a brick and tile business with his brother in
law, William A. Shaneyfelt. He
tried being a merchant, and also running a hardware and dry goods store.
His daughter Amy used to tell of sneaking
into the store when her parents weren't looking for a pickle from the
second store he had was built in 1905 and was still standing in 1980 in Tipton,
Paulding Co, Ohio. In 1910 John was
still in that business when his grandson Paul was born in an apartment over that
very store. The store has since
been condemned and torn down. John
also was in the banking business for a while, which was not very lucrative for
him, and he didn't do well. With
the depression coming on he needed to find other work, and once again returned
to farming, and odd jobs.
John and Clara moved to Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan, where
he took employment with Buick Motor Division of General Motors. This move
to Flint took place sometime after 1922 when Clara's father died.
In 1922 they were living on Blaine St. in Van Wert Co, Ohio, because
there was a comment on Clara being called to her father's funeral.
It comes from the Twice Weekly Bulletin of Van Wert, and states
"Mrs. J. W. Mitchell of Blaine Street was called to Scott Wednesday by the
death of her father, William Shanefeldt, of Portland, Indiana, who died at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. M. Hanna. He
was 86 years of age."
had a series of strokes which took his speech, but didn't keep him from
walking around, sometime after 1934 or 1935.
His wife Clara often spoke of how worried she would be when he would be
missing for any length of time, as
he tended to wander off on his own. He
couldn't speak, and she was afraid that something would happen to him. He was
bigger than she was at 4' 9" tall, and she couldn't make him stay at home. As soon as she turned her back, off he would go. John had his
final stroke, and died Feb. 27, 1937. He
is buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan.
His wife Clara survived him by 32 years.
John and his wife Clara are listed in a book on Paulding
HISTORICAL ATLAS OF PAULDING CO, OHIO, 1892:
"J. W. Mitchell, a leading young citizen of Benton
township, was born in Licking County, Ohio, on the 30th of September, 1865, the
son of Isaac and Louisa (Blamer) Mitchell.
He was reared in the county of his nativity, obtaining his education
there. His parents, in 1882,
removed to Benton township, where the father died two years later.
The mother afterward married and now resides in Michigan. J. W. Mitchell
followed farming for some time, and on the 4th of March, 1891, in connection
with W.A.Shaneyfelt, purchased the title and brick factory of George Spice,
which they are at present conducting. Mr.
Mitchell and Miss Clara Shaynfelt became husband and wife in 1886, and unto
their union two bright children have been born.
They are Isaac and Estella Mitchell.
Mrs. Mitchell, who is the daughter of William Shaynfelt, is a lady
possessing social qualities. She is
very popular in the community of her residence. Her husband, who shares her
popularity, is a republican in politics."
OBITUARY, FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, MICH:
John W. Mitchell, 818 York Ave, age 71, died Saturday,
February 27, 1937, at Hurley hospital. Funeral
services will be held 3:30 PM Monday, March 1, 1937, from Groves & Co.
Funeral Home. burial in grace Lawn
Cemetery. Remains will be at Groves
& Co. Funeral Home. He was born
in Ohio. Came to Flint in 1921 from
Ohio. Surviving are: Wife, Mrs.
Clara Mitchell; three daughters: Mrs. Stella Gudakunst of Wapakoneta, Ohio; Mrs.
Amy Dickenson and Mrs. Gladys Callahan, both of flint; fours sons: Ervin of
Chicago, Illinois; Lester, Lowell, and George, all of Flint; seven
grandchildren; two brothers: George Mitchell of Flint, and Truman Mitchell of
Ludington; four sisters, Mrs. Ellen Poff, Mrs. Alma White, and Lydia, all of
Seattle, Washington; Mrs. Laura Conrad of Ludington, Michigan.
GRACE LAWN CEMETERY, 5710 N. SAGINAW ST, FLINT, MICH
2002 hours: 8:00 to 4:30PM Mon thru Thurs
8:00 to 4:00PM Fri
Clara and John are buried in: Section D, Lot 111, graves
3 & 4
FULL NAME: John W. Mitchell
PLACE OF DEATH: Flint, Genesee Co, Mich, Hurley Hospital,
DIED: February 27, 1937, Flint, Genesee Co, Mich
CAUSE OF DEATH: Cerebral Hemorrhage, 1 month duration
Arteriosclerosis, 5 year duration
SIGNED: G. L. Willoughby, M.D., 5012 N. Saginaw St, Flint, Mich
RESIDENCE: 818 York Ave, Flint
MALE, WHITE, MARRIED
WIFE: Clara Mitchell
BORN: September 30, 1865, Licking Co, Ohio
FATHER'S NAME: Isaac Mitchell, born New Jersey
MOTHER'S NAME: Louisa Blamer, born Licking Co, Ohio
INFORMANT: Mrs. Clara Mitchell, address: Flint, Michigan
BURIAL: Grace Lawn Cemetery, March 1, 1937
UNDERTAKER: Groves & Co, Flint, Mich, filed 3-23-37
by C.J. Scavarda, M.D.
More About JOHN WILLIS MITCHELL:
Burial: March 01, 1937, Grace Lawn Cemetary, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan (Sec D, Lot 111)
Cause of Death: stroke
Notes for CLARA ISABELLE/ BELLE
affiliated with the following churches in her lifetime:
United Brethren, Methodist, and Presbyterian.
She was a devout woman, and had a strong belief in God, always trying to
steer her children in that same direction.
Clara was named Clara Belle, or Clara Isabelle, and in her younger days
she was sometimes called "Belle" by her family.
Clara's mother died when she was 16 years old and, as the oldest
daughter, she helped raise the
children left at home after her mother Elisabeth's early
death at that age of 39.
She married John Willis Mitchell when she was age 17, and he was 21.
Her father went on to marry 3 more times, and all were unhappy marriages
that ended in divorce. Grandmother
Clara used to tell about the day
she married John Mitchell. "
It was a cold, crisp, snowy, January day. As
the horses pulled the sleigh through the snow on the way to the church, there
were white doves flying up in the sky, and light fluffy snow."
She always remarked on what a beautiful day it was.
She told that story often, and with much happiness.
Below is a recording of that day in her life:
COPY OF MARRIAGE RECORD:
John Mitchell and Clara Shanyfelt, Marriage License
issued January 25, AD 1886. The
State of Ohio, Paulding Co: William Shanyfelt having made application for a
license for John Mitchel and Clara Shaneyfelt, and being duly sworn, says that
John Mitchell is of the age of 21 years, and has no wife living; and that Clara
Shanyfelt is not of the age of 18 years, but I am her Father, a resident of said
county, and has no husband living, and that said parties are not nearer of kin
that second cousins.
SIGNED: William Shanyfelt
Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 25th day of
January, AD 1886, W.G. Lee, Probate Judge
No. 4, The State of Ohio, Paulding County, ss: I do
hereby certify, that on the 25th day of January, 1886, I solemnized the marriage
of Mr. John Mitchel with Miss Clara Shanyfelt.
SIGNED: Samuel R. Mott, J. P.
Filed and recorded 8th day of February, 1886
Attest: W. G. Lee, Probate Judge
The State of Ohio, Paulding Co.
was a strong disciplinarian with her children.
I remember my dad and Uncle Lowell got into an argument in front of her
one time at a family gathering. She
got up, went around the table and twisted Uncle Lowell's earlobe, and told him
to be quiet. And then, she did the
same thing to my dad. I thought
that was hilarious, at the time.
Another time they were scrapping, and fighting, and they fell on a
Christmas tree, and broke many of the bulbs on it.
Grandma was there pointing her finger, and telling them to behave.
It always made me laugh to see her do such things because she was so
tiny. But, those were her sons, and
she was their mother, and she made sure they behaved themselves, even when they
funny story she used to tell was about a tornado that touched down on the farm
she grew up on. Her family rushed
to the root cellar for safety, and all were saved.
The storm did not take the house, but uprooted a lot of trees and shrubs.
(She called it a hurricane.) She
said that they had turkeys that her mother was raising for sale, and had plans
for that money. She was going to
sell the birds as well as their down and feathers, that could be used to stuff
pillows, feather ticks, and mattresses. Unfortunately
the turkeys didn't go to the root cellar with the family, and all were dead in
the yard, their feathers plucked off of them by the high winds.
She said that the yard looked like it had snowed from all the feathers.
in time Clara adopted the Gibson Girl hairdo, and never gave it up.
Even up into her later years she was still combing her long hair 100
times every night, and then in the morning it would go up into a bun on the back
of her head. She used to take the
hair in her brush and place it in a "hair receiver"
on the dresser--a small footed dish with a lid that had a hole in the
top. That loose hair often found itself back in her hairdo the
very next day, stuffed under her bun, to make her hair look fuller. She was fond
of black, having grown up at the end of the
Victorian era, and wore big hats and high buttoned shoes until she could no
longer find them. Then she still
found lace up high shoes, as close to her high buttoned shoes as she could get.
wasn't very tall at 4' 9". In
her younger days her hair was black. She
had very dark brown eyes, so dark that the pupils hardly showed.
They were an unusual shape--sort of almond shaped.
She wore corsets with whalebone in them that I tried on now and then, and
pantaloons, or bloomers as she called them, when she could find them. Nothing
else was appropriate in her mind. Grandma
didn't do the 20th century very well when it came to fashion.
She would comment on my Bermuda shorts now and then and say I was showing
"too much leg." In her mind dresses were worn by women, not pants, and
they should reach the floor, or come as close as possible, to be modest.
One of her favorite things was a ring given to her by her husband on the
occasion of their son Lester's birth. It
was a garnet and pearl ring, and a great treasure to her.
She often wore a strand of black jet beads, and earrings to match. I also remember some hair jewelry that had been made of the
hair of some long passed family member, but that has been lost over time.
One of her
most favorite things to do was to sew, and do needlework. She often sat at the treadle sewing machine and made little
dresses, or did her mending. She
taught me to sew on that machine. In
her younger days she had made quilts, linens, doilies, and all her household
items. She did the type of needlework her German ancestors did--Schwalm,
Hardanger, and so forth. She could crochet, tat and smock, and I learned those
skills from her as well. She used to say that in her young days she made all of
her children's clothing by hand, without a machine.
of my fondest memories is of lying on the feather tick under thick quilts, and
grandma talking to me about the
crazy quilt on the bed. She knew
who had worn each piece of clothing in the quilt and had a story about every one
of them. I especially loved the
stories about her babies. She told
of the time she was standing in a metal doorway when lightening struck, and her
baby was stillborn. She had a quilt
made from baby dresses that I loved to talk about with her because it brought
them to life for me. She loved
everyone of those children, and told endless stories about them.
used quilts to talk about Heaven and Bible verses.
I soon learned that there were different quilt blocks that represented
various things such as the Tree of Life pattern, and Jacob's Ladder pattern.
There was always a story with each pattern, and something it represented.
We had a "Kansas Troubles" quilt that was made to express the
problems Kansas had over the slavery issue, and a Double Wedding Ring quilt
used to love to sing, especially hymns. Her
favorite hymns were "Amazing Grace",
"Rock of Ages", and "In the Garden".
She only had about a 3rd grade education collectively, but was a very
intelligent and well read person. She said she was educated like Abraham
Lincoln--"by littles"--a little bit here and a little bit there,
whenever she could get to school. In her day it was often more important for a
child to be home to help with chores than to be in school.
But, her father believed in education, so he attempted to have his
children in school as much as he could.
She never missed her evening newspaper, and stayed up on all the latest
happenings in politics. She taught
me to read and understand phonics long before I attended school.
my husband Tom and I started to date he was surprised by her clear mind at such
an advanced age. He asked her about
her life, and mentioned that she had most likely seen many events take place
over her lifetime. He asked her if
she thought, since man had gone
into space, that a man would ever walk on the moon.
She responded in this manner, "Of course man will walk on the moon!
That is the final frontier." She
then went on to talk about the first flight of the Wright brothers and the
invention of the car, and many other things that had developed during her long
lifetime. Walking on the moon
seemed like a very small thing to her. She
spoke of traveling across this
country in the back of a wagon, when she was a child, and experiencing untamed
land. In her words, it was "only a matter of time before someone tamed
Outer Space as well."
was a staunch republican, and always voted in every election, going to the polls
until close to her 100th birthday. Someone
in line made a comment on her being so old, at the polls, so she refused to vote
that way from that point on. After
that time she voted by absentee ballot--but she never quit voting, until her
life came to an end. Voting
privileges were hard fought for by women in her day, and she believed in
exercising that right.
she turned 100 years of age Oct 30, 1968, she received a letter from the
President, who happened to be Lyndon Baines Johnson, a Democrat. Grandma was not fond of that as she felt that he was not just
congratulating her, but wanted her vote. There
was no way she was going to vote for a Democrat!
And, she wouldn't listen when everyone tried to convince her of what an
honor it was to receive mail from the President.
Her reaction was to put the letter in the wastebasket, and forget about
it. I was not allowed to save that message, unfortunately.
Below are some of the others she received.
(1) WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM 1027A EST )Oct. 30, 68 DEA 117
CTE039 (1968 00: 30 PM 1 27)
WF042 WW SNA008 PDB N. Washington DC 30 950;- EST
MRS CLARA MITCHELL, care Mrs Amy Dickenson
Elms Trailer Park, Box 61 2801 South Dort Hwy Flint Mich
Mrs. Hart and I send congratulations on the happy
occasion of your 100th birthday. We
wish you health and happiness in the coming years.
Philip A. Hart, US Senator
(2) WESTERN UNION TELEGRAM 135P EST Oct 30, 68 DEA 193
DE LGA 188 PDB Fax Lansing Mich 30 126P ST
MRS CLARA MITCHELL, care Mrs. Amy Dickenson
Elms Trailer Park box 61 2801 South Dort Hwy Flint Mich
Sincere congratulations on this your 100th birthday.
May God grant you continued good health and much meaningful happiness.
Governor George Romney
(3) CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, WASHINGTON, D. C.
November 13, 1968
Dear Mrs. Mitchell:
I would like to extend to you my sincere wishes for a
very happy 100th birthday. I hope
this special day brings you joy and happiness.
May I also thank you for your support of the GOP party and your continued
interest in politics.
Donald W. Riegle, Jr.
(4) ARTICLE IN THE FLINT JOURNAL NEWSPAPER, Flint,
She'll Vote GOP
CENTENARIAN PLANS TO MAINTAIN RECORD:
A Flint woman who has voted for every Republican
Presidential candidate since Warren G. Harding in 1920 will be 100 years old
Wednesday. Mrs. Clara Mitchell
lives with her daughter, Mrs. Amy Dickenson, at the Elms Trailer Park, 2801 S.
Dort Hwy. She has two sons, Lester,
722 Huron St., and Lowell, 1304 Forest Hill Ave.
She had not voted before 1920 when she was 48--because women were not
allowed to vote before then in the United States. Her husband, John, died in 1937, 14 years after they had
moved to Flint. He was a Buick
employee. Mrs. Mitchell doesn't
like today's popular music and fondly remembers the romantic duets of Nelson
Eddy and Jeanette McDonald. "Hard
work and the old-fashioned virtues" she says, are responsible for her long
live. Mrs. Mitchell is tolerant of
today's shorter dresses. "It's
a shame I had to wear mine down to my ankles," she said, reminiscing about
her younger days. She things young
men look cute in long hair, too. (*these last 2 statements were taken out of
context because Grandma didn't approve of short skirts and long hair--she said
it was a sign of rebellion. This reporter twisted her words a bit.) Mrs. Mitchell has maintained a life-long interest in
political affairs. She doesn't want
the voting age lowered to 18. She
thinks that 21 is a better age to understand important matters. Mrs. Mitchell is worried about the war in Vietnam.
"I don't know why people have to kill each other, " she said.
Her father was a farmer in Western Indiana.
Her first school was a log cabin. Mrs.
Mitchell is optimistic about today's generation. Young people, she feels, will help to improve the country.
And, she said, she going to vote Republican again, in next Tuesday's
(5) FLINT JOURNAL, October 30, 1968:
CENTENARIAN'S RELATIVES LISTED:
An article in The Journal Tuesday failed to list several
relatives of Mrs. Clara Mitchell, who is celebrating her 100th birthday today.
They are: Two sons: George, Rochester, and Ervin, Mesa, Arizona; two
daughters: Mrs. Estella Gudakunst of Spencerville, Ohio, and Mrs. Gladys
Callahan, Azusa, California; 18 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Mitchell lives with another daughter, Mrs. Amy Dickenson, at the
Elm's Trailer Park, 2801 S. Dort Hwy. She
has 2 other sons, Lester and Lowell, both of Flint.
always preached the virtues of voting, especially to women, as she had not had
that privilege in her younger days. She
believed in education and tried to talk her grandchildren into going to college,
if she could. She had no greater
joy than on the day one of her grandchildren graduated from high school, and
better yet, from college.
didn't believe in drinking, but did keep some "spirits" in her closet,
for health purposes, dosing herself on occasion, when she became ill, with
whiskey, honey, and lemon juice.
She was very health conscious and took vitamins regularly.
She never complained about her aches and pains, although she must have
had them. When she would kiss me
she always left a wet spot on my cheek where her nose would rest.
She inherited the perpetual hay fever, allergies, and weak immune system,
that came down through the Shaneyfelt family. And she also was
hypoglycemic, and needed to eat frequently.
Unfortunately, she passed
those things on to her children, and grandchildren, genetically.
At the end of her life she suffered from several small strokes, also a
Shaneyfelt legacy, and angina pain connected with her heart. Grandma always had a handkerchief tucked in her sleeve to
stop her constantly dripping nose.
during the summer of 1968, I took grandma to the Dr. as no one else could do so.
It was the first summer after I started teaching school.
I had those months off, so I
volunteered to take her. The nurse
called for "the mother of Clara Mitchell."
I looked around to see if there could possibly be another Clara Mitchell
in the room, but no one else got up. So,
I went to the desk and told the nurse that I thought she needed to read the
dates more carefully. She couldn't
believe that in 1968 she was looking at a woman who was born in 1868, and would
soon be 100 years old. The fact
that someone thought I was her mother kept
Grandma chuckling for several days.
once asked her for her recipe for noodles.
She always made the best hot buttered noodles, served German style with
bread crumbs mixed in. Unfortunately,
she never listed quantities or gave instructions, so all I got was a list of
ingredients. I did try to do what
she told me to do, but what I made was nothing like her noodles.
Her recipe is as follows:
Pour flour on a floured board, make a well, put in the
egg and water, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of sugar, mix, and roll thin.
Cut into pieces and hang to dry.
lived with various family members after the death of
her husband in 1937, and eventually took up permanent residence with her
son Lester's family. She and I shared a room almost from the time I came home
from the hospital on January 13, 1945, until I left home at the age of 20. After
that date she lived with Aunt Amy at the Elm's Trailer Park, until her death in
1969. She did go to California to
stay with her daughter Gladys for a few months, at one time, when Gladys had
surgery, but came back to our household to live. During those years I had the privilege of knowing her well,
learning needlework skills and how to read from her. She was always willing to read a book with me, or help with
schoolwork. Grandma lived to be
nearly 101 years of age, dying in May, just 5 months before her birthday. As mentioned before in another place, she survived her
husband by 32 years.
OBITUARY: FLINT JOURNAL, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan
Mrs. Clara I. Mitchell, 100, who said she voted for every
Republican Presidential candidate since women gained the franchise in 1920, died
Tuesday in Hurley Hospital. She
lived in Flint for 46 years, most recently at 2801 S. Dort Hwy.
Mrs. Mitchell's husband, John, who was a Buick Employee, died in 1937.
Services will be at 10am, Saturday, in brown Funeral Home, with burial in
Grace Lawn Cemetery. She leaves
three daughters: Mrs. Glenn Callahan, Azusa
California; Mrs. Earl Gudakunst, Spencerville, Ohio;
and Mrs. Phillip Dickenson, Flint; four sons: Ervin, Mesa
Arizona; George, Rochester, Michigan; Lester and Lowell, both of Flint; 17
grandchildren, and 34 great-grandchildren.
DEATH RECORD: Indicates
she is 100 years of age, born Oct 30, 1868, in Indiana.
She died at Hurley Hospital, May 27, 1969, Flint, Mich.
She had no Social Security number, and her occupation was homemaker, in
her own home. Residence is Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan, 2801 S. Dort Hwy, 48507.
Mother: Elizabeth Lovell,
Father: William Shaneyfelt. Informant
Amy Dickenson. Cause of Death:
Arterioscclerotic heart disease, gall bladder disease, old age, and malnutrition
secondary to gall bladder disease--duration for all: years.
Signed by Dr. Thomas C. Lindman, MC, 3822 Fenton Rd, Flint, Mich 48507,
signed May 29, 1969. Burial: Grace Lawn, Flint, Mich, May e1, 1969 (sic--May 31),
Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd, Flint.
Funeral Director: E. C. Raysin, Registrar Evelyn R. Maynard, Deputy,
received May 29, 1969.
In Memory of Clara I. Mitchell
Born: October 30, 1868
Passed away: May 27, 1969
Services from: Mt. Vernon Chapel, 10:00 AM, May 31, 1969
Clergyman officiating: Rev. Robert C. Nixon (he was a
Presbyterian minister for Farnumwood Presbyterian church, Flint, where our
family attended church.)
Final Resting place: Grace Lawn Cemetery
Funeral conducted by: Brown Funeral Home
More About CLARA ISABELLE/ BELLE
Burial: May 31, 1969, Grace Lawn Cemetary, Flint, Genesee
Co, Michigan (Sec D, Lot 111)
Cause of Death: Heart
Medical Information: Hay fever, heart-anginastroke
Children of JOHN MITCHELL and CLARA SHANEYFELT
b. Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio; d. Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio.
Notes for STILLBORN INFANT MITCHELL:
This child was never named, was probably not more than a
4 months fetus The location of
birth and death are not known. Burial
has also never been found, but it is thought perhaps this child was buried in
the Dealy Cemetery, Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio, where other members of the
family were buried. If so there is
no grave marker to indicate burial there.
More About STILLBORN INFANT MITCHELL:
Burial: Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio
b. Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio; d. Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio.
Notes for CLARENCE MITCHELL:
Clarence was another stillborn child.
His mother credited his still birth to having been struck by lightening
while standing in a metal door frame. He
was an older fetus, perhaps close to being born, so he was
given a name, and the first stillborn child was not.
The exact place of his birth and death are not known, but it was
somewhere in Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio.
This child was buried in the Dealy Cemetery, Benton Twp, Paulding Co,
Ohio, near his grandfather, Isaac Mitchell, and possibly near the first child
born to Clara and John Mitchell.
More About CLARENCE MITCHELL:
Burial: Dealy Cemetary, Payne, Benton Twp., Paulding Co.,
b. April 12, 1887, Payne, Benton Twp., Paulding Co., Ohio; d. November 29, 1897,
Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio--age 10years, 7mo, 17 days.
Notes for ISAAC MARION MITCHELL:
Isaac Marion was named for his grandfather.
He was also born in Paulding Co, Ohio, as were the 2 before him.
He is buried in the Dealy Cemetery, Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio, near
his grandfather Isaac and brother Clarence
who died before him. He lived to be
about 10 years of age and died from one of the many communicable childhood
diseases of the time, thought to be Scarlet Fever.
BOOK: CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS, PAULDING CO, OHIO, THRU 1986
Mitchell, Isaac Marion...son of John and Clara..died Nov
29, 1897...age 10y,7mo,17days
More About ISAAC MARION MITCHELL:
Burial: Dealey Cemetary, Payne,
Benton Twp., Paulding Co., Ohio
b. August 05, 1889, Monmouth, Jackson Co., Iowa; d. May 21, 1980, Spencerville,
Ohio; m. VICTOR
May 03, 1909, Paulding Co., Ohio; b. Ohio; d. December 17, 1957, Spencerville,
Notes for ESTELLA MAY (MAE) MITCHELL:
was a sweet little lady, but much taller than her mother, in her mind.
She was at least 4' 10 1/2" tall, and was proud of being taller than
her mother, as was her sister Amy. Estella
was born in Monmouth, Jackson Co, Iowa, when her family lived there for a time
near other Mitchell family members.
She married Earl Gudakunst at the age of 20 in Paulding
Co, Ohio, in the home of her parents. She
was a very strong Christian, and had great spiritual beliefs.
I once spoke out of turn concerning something in the Bible and got
corrected on the spot! She married Earl and lived out the rest of her days in
Spencerville, Ohio. She and Earl
never had children of their own.
Earl and Aunt Estella lived in a little farm house that had at one time been out
in the country, but with the changing of the city of Spencerville, ended up
extremely close to the railroad tracks. It was an old style home with high
ceilings, and a wood stove. Uncle
Earl was proud of his strawberry patch which covered much of the back yard, and
was a wonderful place in the spring. The
house had a wrap around porch with rockers and a swing seat on it.
I loved to go out there and sit on the swing and read a book, in the
summer. It was a most pleasant
course, I didn't care for the outhouse very much--too many bees and flies for my
comfort. And, Uncle Earl used to
say that there were scary creatures lurking under the cabbages in the garden,
and I felt that I had to run to the outhouse to keep away from them.
He enjoyed teasing me very much. Going
there to visit always made me glad to come back home to indoor plumbing.
As that house aged the walls seemed to become thinner. The same flowered wallpaper was on the walls for many years,
and I always thought for sure that the flowers were in a different pattern after
a train would pass through. The
house was so close to the railroad tracks it seemed to me as if the train was in
the house sometimes.
when we were visiting, and my husband was along, Aunt Estella couldn't get the
back door open. We went there so
Tom could do some work for her on her house.
They were small things, like unsticking the door, which she couldn't
manage to open because she was so tiny. She
had locked the door with an old padlock. After
Tom shaved off some of the door, and it would close properly with it's old key,
Aunt Estella gave the padlock to Tom as a gift for helping her.
He still has it in his workshop, hanging in a place of honor.
the end of her lifetime she came to Michigan for a time to stay with her sister
Amy and her mother Clara. They were
living in a trailer park on Dort Highway at the time.
She lived there only a short few months, and then we took her back home
as she didn't want to be away from
her home for long. She eventually
began to lose her ability to reason and remember, and was seen by neighbors
wandering the neighborhood in her nightgown.
So, Aunt Amy went to stay with her for a time, and eventually placed her
in a nursing home, where she passed away a short time later.
she passed away it was Aunt Amy's duty to go and clean out her home.
She went down with her brothers--I believe that Lowell and my dad,
Lester, were there helping as well. I know for sure that Uncle Lowell was there
helping as he showed me her wedding dress that she had saved for so many years.
she was very proud of it because she made it herself from white lawn
fabric, and there were a lot of tiny pintucks in the front of it. After they were done with the cleaning the city condemned the
house, and tore it down. Estella is
buried in the Spencerville Cemetery, next to her husband Earl.
More About ESTELLA MAY (MAE) MITCHELL:
Burial: Spencerville Cemetary, Spencerville, Ohio
More About VICTOR EARL GUDAKUNST:
Burial: Spencerville Cemetary, Spencerville, Ohio
b. August 01, 1891, Benton Twp., Paulding Co, Ohio; d. December 26, 1997, Mesa,
Arizona; m. ETHEL E BENNETT, December 13, 1909, Paulding Co.,
Ohio; b. January 28, 1892, Latty, Ohio; d. October 25, 1977, Mesa, Arizona,
Notes for ERVIN THOMAS MITCHELL:
Mitchell was born August 1, 1892, in Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio, according
the the book, "Early Birth's of Paulding Co, Ohio, Vol 2".
He was a jolly person, and always laughing and teasing.
He lived in Chicago, Illinois in his later life, with his wife Ethel, and
their little Dachshund dog. We
didn't see Uncle Ervin very often because of the distance, but when we did he
came with presents to give, and we had lots of fun with him.
I remember he was like the Pied Piper and always had a lot of
neighborhood children along also. He
always walked us down to Sam's Corner store,
and bought candy and ice cream for every child there.
On that day I always had many friends, some that didn't come around until
Uncle Ervin arrived. He worked for
the railroad in Chicago most of his lifetime, when I knew of him. When he retired he and Aunt Ethel moved to Mesa, Arizona. Not
long after he retired his son Paul also left the railroad and moved his family
to Mesa. Uncle Ervin
used to send me pictures of his home in
Arizona at Christmas time with the Cactus in his yard decorated like a
Christmas tree. I always enjoyed
his humor and his bright smile. He
was a happy man, and shared that with all who were around him.
He loved to play practical jokes on my dad, and included me in the
fun--anything to be teasing. I
credit his humor and happiness for extending his life to the age of 106 years,
when he passed away. He had a very
long life, and looked much younger than he actually was.
More About ERVIN THOMAS MITCHELL:
Burial: Mountain View Cemetary,
East Mesa, Arizona
More About ETHEL E BENNETT:
Burial: Mountain View Cemetary, Mericopa Co, Mesa,
b. July 28, 1894, Benton Twp., Paulding Co, Ohio; d. December 13, 1988, Fenton,
Genesee Co, Michigan--at Hammond
Nursing Home; m. PHILLIP WESSON (PAUL ELTON) DICKENSON, March 31, 1913, Hillsdale, Michigan;
b. April 08, 1893, Grover Hill, Paulding Co, Ohio; d. June 24, 1952, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan.
Notes for AMY EATHEL MITCHELL:
birth was July 28, 1894, but was recorded on August 1 in the county records.
She was born in Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio.
All her other siblings were also born in Paulding Co, some in different
townships, , except for Estella, who was born in Iowa.
She was a tiny little woman, and was
about 4' 10" tall, and very proud of being taller than her mother. She had great dignity,
had a fiery, proud,
spirit I always admired. Like
her father she was not afraid to speak her mind, and did so frequently.
married her husband in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Their first son Willard was born in Haviland, Ohio.
In time there was another son named Howard, but he was born at Grover
Hill, in Paulding Co, Ohio. She and her husband Phillip moved north to Michigan for him
to find work in the Buick Motor Plant as a painter. It was in Michigan that their first son Williard became ill
and died, at the age of 6. He died
of one of the many childhood diseases that in those days was not easily
controlled. It was Scarlet Fever
that took his life. I remember Aunt
Amy saying that there were a lot of children lost at that time, in an epidemic.
Willard was laid to rest in Grace Lawn Cemetery, in Flint.
husband, Phillip Wesson Dickenson, changed his name later on to Paul Elton
Dickenson, and died at the early
age of 59. She was a widow,
surviving him by 36 years, and always dedicated to his memory.
She struggled financially, at times, because in those days women didn't
get credit easily, and it was hard for her to purchase large items, such as
furniture. She worked very hard to
earn money, and I remember when she proudly bought a lemon yellow
Buick Skylark, she could barely drive because she was so tiny.
She had to sit on pillows, and other things just to see over the
dashboard. My husband made her a
rubber cap to put over the the brake pad so that she could reach it more easily.
ran the Paris Hat Shop in downtown Flint, and always had a new hat to wear.
She often got hats for family members, especially her mother, who also
wore a hat everywhere she went. In
those days it was fashionable to wear hats, and women especially wore them to
church. She was the person who helped me buy my very first hat for
church, and took the fitting of it very seriously. She enjoyed it much more than I did though--I really want to
of the frustrations she had was buying clothing.
At her size it was not easy to find things that were adult looking and
fit well. I remember her having
things made for herself by a seamstress. And later on she was able to shop in
stores that catered to petite women. She
was so small that the clothes in the children's department fit her the best.
But, she was always stylishly dressed, and quite the lady.
of my fondest memories was of Aunt Amy's peanut butter fudge.
She always made the best, and kept it in the refrigerator in an empty
peanut butter jar. I asked her for
her recipe once, hoping to duplicate it, but it was never as good as hers.
She just had that special touch with peanut butter fudge.
recall that she collected elephants, and that I got to play with them when I
visited her home. She moved into a
trailer on Dort Highway, at the Elm's Trailer Park,
in July of 1964, and her mother went to live with her there in 1965.
After her mother's death she sold the trailer, and moved to a retirement
complex. She moved to Reichart
Manor, a retirement complex in downtown Flint, first.
From there she lived in a retirement complex on Center Road, in Flint,
where I visited her often.
She had several mini strokes after that time, and started to have
difficulty with the simple things in life.
When it was apparent that she couldn't be alone, and had reached the
advanced age of 94, she entered the Hammond Nursing home in Fenton.
She was still able to care for her own personal needs until the day she
passed away, having had more strokes after that time, and heart problems as
very much impacted the lives of those around her.
My brothers called her "Mamie", rather than Amy, and treated
her with great respect. She had a
way of commanding that from people, while endearing herself to them.
She too was very strong on her political beliefs, and her right to vote.
Women of her era fought hard for that privilege, and she exercised it
just as her mother did. If you
wanted a good debate, all you had to do was mention politics to Aunt Amy or
Grandma Clara--they would fight to the death for their rights.
That was one area I tried to avoid to keep out of an altercation.
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, DEC 14, 1988--FLINT, GENESEE CO,
DICKENSON, Amy E.--Age 94, died December 13, 1988, at
Hammond Rest Home. Funeral services
will be held 1PM Thursday at Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd., Pastor James
E. Collins officiating. Interment
Flint Memorial Park. Mrs. Dickenson
was born in Paulding Co, Ohio, July 28, 1894, and had been a resident of flint
since 1919. She married Philip
Dickenson in March, 1913. She was a
member of South Baptist Church. Surviving
are; daughter-in-law, Marie Dickenson of Flint; 2 granddaughters, Mrs. Davis
(Phyllis) Barr of Grand Blanc and Mrs. Daniel (Cheryl) Sylvester of Zanesville,
Ohio; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Mrs. Glenn (Gladys) Callahan of San
Bernardino, California; 2 brothers, Ervin Mitchell of Mesa, Arizona, and Lester
Mitchell of Flint; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Philip in 1952, and a son Howard
Eugene Dickenson in 1969. BROWN
FUNERAL HOME, Visitation 8AM to 9PM.
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH:
Amy Eathel Dickenson, Female, White, died Dec 13, 1988,
age 94, Fenton, Genesee Co, Mich, Hammond Rest Home.
Born July 28, 1894, Ohio
Occupation: Homemaker, in own home, residence Genesee Co,
Mother: Clara Shaneyfelt
Informant: Phyllis M. Barr, 1434 E. Cook Rd, Grand Blanc,
Cause of Death: Cerebral vascular occlusion, 2 days
Generalized Arteriosclerosis, unknown duration
Place of death: nursing
home, inpatient, died 7:10 PM, William F. Buchanan, M.D., 1E. Laneden, Holly,
Burial Flint Memorial Park, Mt. Morris, Michigan, Dec 15,
1988, by Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd, Flint, Mich 48506.
Funeral Director: John M. Pell, Registrar John H. Trecha, date received: Dec
More About AMY EATHEL MITCHELL:
Burial: December 15, 1988, Flint, Memorial Park Cemetery,
Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan
Notes for PHILLIP WESSON (PAUL ELTON) DICKENSON:
1930 CENSUS, WARD 7, CITY OF FLINT, MOORE ST, GENESEE CO,
Amy, Phillip, and son Howard all living in the same
household as John W. Mitchell and wife Clara, Amy's parents.
Her brother Lester is listed as John W. Mitchell also, with his wife
Dorothy and son John L. All were in the same rented home, that was rented for $30 per
Phillip was retired from Buick Motor division as a
painter. He changed his name
legally to Paul Elton Dickenson. He
was born Phillip Wesson, but his tombstone reads Paul E.
NAME: Paul Elton Dickenson, 2155 Mill Rd, Flint, Flint
Twp, Genesee Co, Mich
DIED: Hurley Hospital, D.O.A., June 24, 1952, 10:20 PM
MALE, WHITE, MARRIED
BIRTH: April 8, 1893, age 59 years, Grover Hill, Ohio,
OCCUPATION: Painter, Buick Motor Co.
FATHER'S NAME: James Dickenson
MOTHER'S NAME: Catherine Pickering
WIFE: Amy E. Mitchell Dickenson
WAS THE DECEASED EVER IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES?: No
SOCIAL SECURITY #: 368-05-6863
INFORMANT: Mrs. Amy E. Dickenson
CAUSE OF DEATH: Coronary Thrombosis, duration of time:
Bronchiectasis, duration: years
SIGNED BY DR:
Anthony J. Miltich, M.D., Coroner, Genesee Co, June 25, 1952
BURIAL: Flint Memorial Park, June 27, 1952, Mt. Morris,
REGISTRAR: George Hays, M.D., received 6-26, 1952
FUNERAL HOME: Algoe-Gundry Co, Flint, Michigan
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN--JUNE
DICKENSON--Paul Elton Dickenson, 2155 Mill Rd, age 59,
died Tuesday, June 24, 1952, at Hurley Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1PM Friday, June 27, 1952,
from Rose Chapel, Algoe-Gundry Mortuary, Dr. Ralph Lindsay officiating.
Burial in Flint Memorial Park. Body
will be at the mortuary. He was
born in Grover Hill, Ohio, April 8, 1893, son of James and Catherine Dickenson;
was a resident of Flint for 33 years; employed in Plant 25, Buick Motor
Division. Surviving are: Wife, Amy; son, Howard of Flint;
granddaughter; 3 brothers, Chester Dickenson of Ovid, Clarence Dickenson of
Flint, Jacob Dickenson of Alburn, Indiana; 2 sisters, Mrs. Alta Pense and Mrs.
Alice Rochon, both of St. Johns, Mich.
More About PHILLIP WESSON (PAUL ELTON) DICKENSON:
Burial: June 27, 1952, Flint Memorial Park Cemetary,
Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan
b. January 14, 1898, Benton Twp., Paulding Co, Ohio; d. July 24, 1900, Paulding
Co, Ohio--2 years, 6months, 10days.
Notes for WILLIAM HOBART (HOBERT) MITCHELL:
Hobart died at about the age of 2.
He is buried in the Dealy Cemetery near his brothers Clarence and Isaac,
and his grandfather, Isaac Mitchell.
I don't know much about him as grandma didn't talk about him very much.
She always referred to him as her "precious baby boy".
Often dad would take her back to Ohio to visit the graves in the Dealy
Cemetery. I remember being there
several times to clean up the area and place flowers on the graves of loved
Book: CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS, PAULDING CO, OHIO, THRU 1986
Mitchell, Isaac Marion..son of John and Clara...died Nov
29, 1897..age 10y,7mo, 17days
Mitchell, Wm ROBERT..son of John and Clara...died July
24, 1900..age 2y,6mo,10days--so there is confusion about his middle name being
Hobart/Hobert or Robert. His mother
Clara always called him Hobart.
More About WILLIAM HOBART (HOBERT) MITCHELL:
Burial: Dealy Cemetary, Payne, Benton Twp., Paulding Co.,
b. February 07, 1903, Tipton, Blue Creek Twp., Paulding Co, Ohio--Saturday; d.
January 07, 1997, San Bernadino, San Bernadino Co, California; m. GLENN
February 03, 1923, Flint, Mich, Genesee Co. (Methodist Manse); b. December 18,
1901, Manistee, Michigan; d. July 30, 1987, Upland, Los Angeles Co, California.
Notes for GLADYS REIBA MITCHELL:
Book: EARLY BIRTH'S OF PAULDING CO, OHIO, VOL 2
Mitchell, Gladys R......7, Feb 1902--Blue Creek Twp
Gladys was the real beauty of the family.
She had striking reddish hair that was always in curls around the back of
her neck. She was very fair, like
the Mitchell side of the family, and her skin burned easily in the sun.
She was excused from gardening often because of this, and wore big hats
to keep the sun off her face. That
was often a source of irritation when her sisters talked about their childhood
experiences because none of them were excused from that chore.
married Glen Callahan in 1923 in Flint, Michigan.
She often related that she had hoped for a large family, but that didn't
transpire. She had one son, Gary,
in 1943, and that was the only child she had.
Sometime after Gary's birth in 1943, in Flint, Glen and Gladys moved to
Detroit, where Glen worked for General Motors. They lived there for a time, and then moved to
California. In California they purchased and
managed a hotel, and were still doing that later in their lives.
My family visited them at that establishment when we were there in the
1970's. They remained there
until the end of their lives. Gladys
survived her husband by 10 years, and was age 94 at the time of her death.
I will always remember her happy, sunny, disposition.
Always laughing, and enjoying life. She was very pleasant to have around,
although we didn't see her very often here in Michigan.
More About GLADYS REIBA MITCHELL:
Burial: San Bernadino, San Bernadino Co, California
Notes for GLENN R. CALLAHAN:
1930 CENSUS, ST. JOHN (CITY OF), CLINTON AVE, BINGHAM
TWP, CLINTON CO, MICHIGAN
Dwelling 124, Family 127
Emily C, head of household; owns home, valued at $4,000;
age 69; age at time of marriage 19; born Michigan; both parents born Michigan.
DENNIS (same household)
Lewis T., son in law; age 57; age at time of marriage 37;
born Michigan; both parents born New York; occupation: stock buyer--cattle;
served in US Armed forces? NO
Nellie M., daughter; age 46; age 26 at time of marriage;
born Michigan; father born Ohio; mother born Michigan
CALLAHAN (same household)
Glenn, roomer; age 28; age 21 at time of marriage; born
Michigan; both parents born Michigan; occupation: mechanic in a garage; served
in US Armed forces? NO
Gladys R., roomer; age 27; age 19 at time of marriage;
born Ohio; father born Iowa; mother born Indiana; occupation: saleslady in a dry
More About GLENN R CALLAHAN:
Burial: Buried at sea
b. March 16, 1905, Tipton, Blue Creek Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio; d. December 17,
1992, Grand Blanc, Genesee, Michigan; m. DOROTHY MAE MERRITT, June 20, 1926, Flint, Mich, Genesee
Co, at Parkland Presbyterian; b. March 31, 1908, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan; d.
January 04, 1984, Durand, Shiawasse
Notes for LESTER THEODORE MITCHELL:
Theodore was born March 16, 1905, in Tipton, Paulding Co, Ohio.
A certified copy of his birth reads as follows (please note the spelling
of Clara's name on this record):
Certified Copy of Birth Records, from the original 1905
The State of Ohio, Paulding County, Court of Common
Pleas, Probate Division
Date of record May 9, AD 1905
NAME IN FULL: Lester Theodore Mitchell
DATE OF BIRTH-STATE: Ohio, COUNTY: Paulding
CITY, TOWN, OR TOWNSHIP: Town of Tipton
NAME OF FATHER: B. W. Mitchell
NAME OF MOTHER: Clara Shanyfelt
RESIDENCE OF PARENTS: Haviland, Ohio
BY WHOM REPORTED AND ADDRESS: by the 1905 county tax assessor whose name and address do not
appear of record.
The State of Ohio, Paulding County
he was born his mother named him Lester Theodore.
But, his older sister Amy, did not like the boy down the street whose
name was Lester. So, when the
census taker came to the house, and she was the only one at home old enough to
answer questions, she gave his name as John Willis Mitchell Jr., after her dad.
From that point on dad had confusion in his life over his name.
His family started calling him John, and from then on he was John, except
legally. Eventually, in time, he
had his name corrected legally so that he was then Lester Theodore Mitchell,
rather than John Willis Mitchell Jr. Because
of the double names there was always 2 names in the phone book, listed for our
house. That was so the people who
called him John could find him. And
also, those who knew him as Lester, could also find him.
he was about 6 years of age he was left at home with his older sisters Amy and
Estella, and his older brothers. His
parents went to town, and told Amy to take care of him.
He was an adventurous little boy, and when out of Amy's sight, he
attempted to fill a kerosene stove. He
had seen his dad do this so many times, and thought he too could do that.
As he was filling the stove some of the kerosene dripped down his sleeve,
and when he lit a match to start the stove, he ignited a large portion of his
body. He suffered severe enough
burns that Doc Hannah told grandma
it was time to have another baby because John was not going to make it. Doc amputated the burned little finger on his left hand, and
bandaged him up as best he could. Grandma
decided that she was NOT going to lose another child, so she did everything she
could do to save John's life. Eventually
the cords in his and and arm pulled his hand into a distorted shape that
remained with him his entire lifetime. His fingers were webbed together, so Grandma took the butcher
knife and cut them apart.
was a very intelligent man, and very well read.
He seemed to gravitate to learning because of the things he couldn't do
as a child, because of his infirmity. Grandma
tried her best to convince him to be a preacher, but he didn't want any part of
that. He attended the Presbyterian
Church as a young man, and met his wife Dorothy there.
They attended Parkland Presbyterian Church for many years, and then
MARRIAGE LICENSE No 10622, GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN, 1926
To any person legally authorized to solemnize marriage
may be solemnized between LESTER T. MITCHELL, and MISS DOROTHY M. MERRITT,
affidavit having been filed in this office, as provided by Public Act No 128,
Laws of 1887, as amended, by which it appears that said Lester T. Mitchell is 21
years of age, color is white, residence is 7\653 Moore Street, Flint, Michigan,
and birthplace was Ohio, occupation Clerk, father's name John Mitchell, and
mother's maiden name was Clarabelle Shaneyfelt, has been previously married no
times, and that said Dorothy M. Merritt is 18 years of age, color is white,
residence is 3806 Marvin Street, Flint, Michigan, and birthplace was Michigan,
occupation Clerk, father's name John Merritt, and Mother's maiden name was Maude
CLOSSON, and who has been previously married no times, and whose maiden name was
_____, and whose _____parents or guardian's consent, in case she has not
attained the age of eighteen years, has been filed in my office.
In Witness whereof, I have hereunto attached my hand and
the seal of Genesee County, Michigan, this 10th day of June, AD 1926.
Signed: Ethyle Osborne, Deputy County Clerk
CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE: Between Mr. Lester Theodore
Mitchell, and Miss Dorothy Mae Merritt. I
hereby certify that, in accordance with the above license, the persons herein
mentioned were joined in marriage by me, at Flint, county of Genesee, Michigan,
on the 20th day of June, AD 1926, in the presence of Lowell Mitchell, of Flint,
Michigan, and Edith Merritt, of Flint, Michigan.
Henry Hormel, Presbyterian Minister
often went to visit family members in various parts of the country.
When mom was living they pulled a trailer everywhere they went.
They wrecked several of them before they finally decided to just park it
somewhere and pay lot rent on it. I
always said, when they pulled away, that they looked like an accident trying to
find a place to happen. One wreck
actually left them hanging over an overpass out West, where they had to be
rescued by the police. They often
went to Florida and stayed in several places down there.
Dad bought an orange grove there and planned to make big money selling
oranges and grapefruit. Later
on they went to Texas, down to McAllen. He
did sell the oranges, but didn't make the money he thought he would.
As always, it was an adventure to him.
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN, Dec 18,
MITCHELL, Lester T. (John)--Age 87, died Thursday,
December 17, 1992, at Riverbend Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held 2PM Saturday, December 19, 1992, at the
Brown's Funeral Home. Pastor Jerry
Hairgrove officiating. Burial will
be at Flint Memorial Park. Friends
may call at the funeral home beginning at 6PM today. The family would appreciate contributions in his memory to
the Faith Baptist School of Davison. Mr.
Mitchell was born March 15, 1905, in Tipton, Ohio, and came to Flint in 1923.
He was united in marriage June 10, 1926, to Dorothy Mae Merritt.
She preceded him in death in 1984. Mr.
Mitchell was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Clan MacKenzie No.250, Flint
Lodge #23 F & AM, UAW Local 599. He
had been employed at Buick for 38 years, retiring in 1965.
Surviving are: his children, John and Josephine Mitchell of California, Mary
and Thomas Hicks of Davison; grandchildren, Diana Mitchell, Annette Cannon, Eric
Mitchell, Beth Hicks, Isaac Mitchell; brother, Ervin Mitchell of Arizona; sister
Gladys Callahan of California; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Robert G.
BROWN FUNERAL HOME, 1616 Davison Rd., 239-8636.
1930 CENSUS, WARD 7, CITY OF FLINT, MOORE ST, GENESEE CO,
Lester living with his parents and sister Amy on Moore
St. He is listed as John W.
Mitchell, with wife Dorothy and son John L.
Amy is there with her husband Phillip and son Howard. All were living in the same house, rented for $30.00 per
More About LESTER THEODORE MITCHELL:
Burial: Flint Memorial Park Cemetary, Mt. Morris, Genesee
Cause of Death: Bladder Cancer, Prostrate cancer, with
Medical Information: High blood pressure, high
Notes for DOROTHY MAE MERRITT:
for AC Spark plug on the "speedo" (speedometer) line for 27 years.
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN, Jan 5,
MITCHELL, Dorothy May--722 Huron, age 75, died January 4,
1984, at Durand Convalescent Home. Funeral
services will be held 1 PM Saturday at Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd.
Rev. Russell Aseltine officiating. Interment
at Flint Memorial Park. Mrs. Mitchell was born in Flint, March 31, 1908.
She was a member of El Star Chapter #517 OES and retired from AC Spark
Plug Division. Surviving are
husband, Lester; son and daughter-in-law, John and Josephine Mitchell of
California; daughter and son-in-law, Mary D. and Thomas Hicks, of Swartz Creek;
5 grandchildren, Annette Mitchell, Eric Mitchell, Isaac Mitchell, Diana
Mitchell, and Beth Hicks; brother, Harold Merritt of Florida; sister, Edith
Maulding of Mt. Morris. She is
preceded in death by a son, Robert G. Mitchell.
BROWN FUNERAL HOME. Visitation 8AM to 10PM.
STATE OF MICHIGAN CERTIFICATE OF DEATH:
Dorothy May Mitchell, white, female; Date of death:
January 4, 1984, 2:45 PM; County of death:
Shiawassee; Location of death: City of Durand, Durand Convalescent
Center, Michigan; age 75 years: Date of birth: March 31, 1908, Michigan, USA;
Married Lester T. Mitchell; Social Security # 386-07-3036; Occupation:
assembler, automotive; Current residence:
Flint, 722, Huron St, Genesee Co, Mich; Father's name: John M. Merritt;
Mother's name: Maude M. Clawson; Informant: Lester T. Mitchell, 722 Huron St,
Flint, Michigan, 48507; Immediate cause of death: acute myocardial infraction,
due to arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease, 10 years; Interval between onset
and death: 15 minutes; Location of death; Convalescent Center inpatient; Burial:
Flint Memorial Park, Mt. Morris, Michigan, January 7, 1984, from Brown Funeral
Home, 1616 Davison Rd, Flint, Michigan, 48506.
More About DOROTHY MAE MERRITT:
Burial: January 07, 1984, Flint
Memorial Park Cemetary, Mt. Morris, Genesee Co,
Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure
Medical Information: Diabetic, chronic heart problems,
degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis
b. August 26, 1907, Benton Twp., Paulding Co, Ohio; d. March 25, 1985, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan; m. (1) GRACE
January 1925, Perhaps Canada; b. September 30, 1907, Tillsonburg, Oxford Co,
Ontario, Canada; d. November 23, 1985, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan; m. (2) MARGARET IRENE CURNOW, February 18, 1949, Flint, Mich,
Genesee Co.; b. July 03, 1920, Flint, Michigan , Genesee Co.
Notes for LOWELL MARVIN MITCHELL:
1930 CENSUS, CITY OF FLINT, NORTH SAGINAW ST, GENESEE CO,
Lowell, first wife Grace, and 2 children--Lowell Jr, and
(Eugene) Douglass, were living with Grace's parents Leander and Nettie Forbes,
and paying $25 rent each month.
was born in 1907 in Tipton, Benton Twp, Paulding
Co, Ohio. He moved to Michigan with
his family when they came here in 1922. He began working at Smith Bridgeman's
Department Store at the age of 16, and then married his first wife Grace Forbes
in Flint in 1925. There were 5
children from that marriage. They
were Lowell Jr., Gene, Garr, Paul, and Lois. During WWII Lowell served in the
U.S. Navy with his son, Lowell Jr., and then returned to work for Smith
Bridgeman's. Eventually Lowell and
was working at Smith Bridgeman's Department Store downtown Flint, as Building
Superintendent, when he met his
second wife, Margaret Curnow. They
married in 1949, and had 3 sons, Craig, Scott, and Brent.
Aunt Margaret worked for the school system in Flint, after her children
were grown. First at Martin School,
then Oak School, and finally at Eiesenhower
Elementary School, on Court St, as a Secretary.
She eventually retired from there, as Lowell had also retired.
died in 1985 at his residence in Flint, and is buried at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
In this year of 2002 Margaret is still living in her home on Forest Hill,
in Flint, and her son Craig lives with her.
She has always been a talented needleworker who made many beautiful
DEATH CERTIFICATE: STATE
OF MICH, GENESEE CO, LF788, CF0382113B, STATE FILE #D259 3
LOWELL M. MITCHELL
Male, White, Married
Died March 25, 1985, Flint, Genesee Co, Mich, Flint
Cause of Death: Acute
Myocardial Infraction, duration--minutes
______ Coronary Artery Disease, duration--years
Hospital in patient, Flint Osteopathic Hospital
Born August 26, 1907, Ohio
Surviving Spouse: Margaret
Social Security #: 385-07-3877
Superintendent, Department Store
Forest Hill, Flint, Genesee Co, Mich, 48504
Mitchell, 1304 Forest Hill, Flint, Genesee Co, Mich, 48504
28, 1985, Sunset Hills Cemetery, Flint, Mich
Dr. Michael F. Wright, DO, G3239 Beecher Rd, Suite A,
Flint, Mich 48504
Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd, Flint, Mi
A. Treka, March 26, 1985
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN, MARCH
MITCHELL, Lowell M.--1304 Forest Hill Ave, died March 25,
1985, at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. Funeral
services will be held 10AM Thursday, Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd, Rev.
Charles Marble officiating. Interment
in Sunset Hills. Mr. Mitchell was a
veteran of World War II in the U.S. Navy. He
retired from Smith Bridgman's as a Building Superintendent.
Surviving are: wife, Margaret; 7 children, Craig and Scott, both of
Flint, Brent of Long Island, New York, Lowell Jr., of Illinois, Eugene of
Montrose, Paul of Davison, Lois Smith of Mt. Morris; 2 brothers, Lester T. of
Swartz Creek, Ervin of Mesa, Arizona; 2 sisters, Amy Dickenson of Burton, Gladys
Callahan of Pomona, California; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
nieces and nephews. His son Garr
preceded him in death. BROWN FUNERAL HOME, visitation 8AM to 10PM.
More About LOWELL MARVIN MITCHELL:
Burial: March 28, 1985, Sunset Hills Cemetary, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan
Notes for GRACE HELENA FORBES:
I have found no evidence that Lowell and Grace were
married in Genesee Co. Family
tradition has it that they married in January of 1925, perhaps in Canada.
In 1938 when her father died she was Mrs. Lowell Mitchell
and was living in Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan.
In 1967 when her mother died she was Mrs. Hank Doan, still living in
Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan.
MARRIAGE LICENSE: GENESEE
CO, MICH, LOCAL FILE #57959
Age 37, White
Residence: 542 E. Stewart Ave, Flint, Mich
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan
Mother: Ethel Harper
Number of times previously married:
Age 40, White
Stewart Ave, Flint, Mich
Number of times previously married:
Maiden name: Forbes
CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE: Between Mr. Henry Doan and M. Grace Mitchell.
I hereby certify that in accordance with the above license, the persons
above mentioned were joined in marriage by me, at Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan,
on the 13th day of August, A.D. 1949, in the presence of Dorothy Tregilgas of
Flint, Mich, and Hedley Tregilgas, of Flint, Michigan.
Rev. Ralph W. Lindsay, Minister, 642 E. Pasadena Ave, Flint, Mich.
(**witnesses for this marriage were Grace's niece Dorthy, and her husband.
Dorothy was a daughter of Andrew Benjamin Forbes, brother of Grace.)
DEATH CERTIFICATE: GENESEE
CO, MICH, State File #D263-059, LF #3042, #0411933 B
GRACE H. DOAN
Female, White, Widowed
Died: Nov 23, 1985, Montrose, Genesee Co, Mich, 1:00AM
30, 1907, Canada, Citizen of Canada
Social Security #: 384-42-8265
Maker, own home
Informant: Paul W. Mitchell, 155 Clydesdale, Mt. Morris,
Cause of Death: Cardio--Respiratory
Chronic Nephioslerosis, duration--years
Heart Failure, duration--years
Type of Death: Natural
Place of Death: Mary
James Nursing Home, inpatient
Dr. John T. Block, DO, G4100 S. Saginaw, Flint, Mich
Memorial Park, Mt. Morris, Mich, Nov 26, 1985
Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd, Flint, Mich, Loreone
H. Trecha, Filed Nov 24, 1985
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, MICH, SAT, NOV 24, 1985
DOAN, GRACE H.--Formerly of 642 E. Stewart Ave, age 78,
passed away Saturday, Nov 23, 1985, at Mary James Nursing Home, Montrose.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM Tuesday at the Brown Funeral Home,
1616 Davison Rd, Rev Charles G. Robertson, assisted by Chaplain Lowell Lawson
officiating. Burial in Flint Memorial Park.
Mrs. Doan was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, September 30, 1907,
and had been a resident of Flint since 1917.
Her husband, Henry Doan, preceded her in death June, 1974.
She was a member of Parkland Presbyterian Church and had been a nurses
aide for many years. Surviving are:
daughter Lois and husband Marvin Smith of Mt. Morris; 3 sons, Lowell M.
and wife Beatrice Mitchell of Portage, Indiana, Eugene D. and wife Kathryn
Mitchell of Montrose, and Paul Mitchell of Mt. Morris; 15 grand children; 8
great grand children; several nieces and nephews.
A son Garr W. Mitchell, preceded her in death in 1970.
Brown Funeral Home
visitation 8am to 10pm
More About GRACE HELENA FORBES:
Burial: November 26, 1985, Flint Memorial Park Cemetary,
Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan
Medical Information: DiabetesHeartParkinson's disease
Notes for MARGARET IRENE CURNOW:
Margaret's father was born in St. Ives, England
b. September 02, 1909, 3 miles from Haviland, Benton Twp., Paulding Co, Ohio; d.
July 21, 1980, Port Hope, Huron Co, Michigan; m. FLORETTA
September 07, 1929, Clio, Genesee Co, Michigan; b. April 14, 1908, Edenville,
Michigan; d. March 1983, Garden City, Oakland Co, Michigan.
Notes for GEORGE GILBERT MITCHELL:
was born in Paulding Co, Ohio, and migrated to Michigan in 1921, with his
family. He married Floretta Blakely
in Clio, Michigan. For a time they
lived in Flint, Michigan, and then moved to Rochester, and later on to Troy.
Uncle George worked for General Motors, and Aunt Floretta was a teacher.
After they retired they traveled a lot, staying in warm places in the
winter. They liked Florida and
Texas, and were often wintering close to my parents, Lester and Dorothy
Floretta loved teaching school. She
spoke of her experiences and the kids she taught often.
I was teaching at the time, and we would talk about the fun we had in the classroom.
Even in retirement, while in Texas, she thought about her years as a
teacher. Her daughter Aloyce also
was a teacher, in Ann Arbor. She is
gone now, and so is Aloyce, in the year 2002.
I know it would please them to know that Aloyce's daughter Cheryl has
gone on in her education, and is now a teacher in the Ann Arbor area.
George and Aunt Floretta had a home
in Port Hope, Huron Co, Michigan,
on Lake Huron, in their retirement
years. They lived there in the
summer months, and wintered where it was warm.
Uncle George was always working hard, and building things, even in his
later years. He was carrying large
chunks of cement on the lake, for a backwash, and suffered a massive heart
attack. He never quit even though
he had angina pains, and it took his life.
He inherited the heart problems of his ancestors, dying at the age of 81.
He was everything to Aunt Floretta who missed him very much.
She only lived 3 years after his death.
She was living with her daughter Elaine in Garden City, Mich, when she
1930 CENSUS, CITY OF FLINT, WARD 7, EAST MOORE ST,
GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN
Dwelling 478, Family 555
Adolphus, owns home-value of home $10,000; owns a radio
set; age 55; age at time of marriage 26; born Michigan; father born New Jersey;
mother born New York; occupation: Doctor--medical; served in US Armed forces? NO
Hattie E., wife; age 51; age at time of marriage 22; born
Canada; both parents born Canada.
Creta, daughter, single; age 25; born Michigan; father
born Michigan; mother born Canada; Pharmacist in a hospital.
Lolita, daughter, single; age 23; born Michigan; father
born Michigan; mother born Canada; Stenographer in a hospital.
Gerald, son, single; age 19; born Michigan; father born
Michigan; mother born Canada; No occupation
MITCHELL (same household)
George, son in law; age 20; age at time of marriage 19;
born Michigan; both parents born Michigan (this is incorrect information on the
place of birth for George and his parents**); autoworker in an auto plant;
served in US Armed forces? NO
Floretta, daughter; age 21; age at time of marriage 20;
born Michigan; father born Michigan; mother born Canada; teacher in public
WELCH (same household)
Leo, boarder; age 21, single; born Michigan; both parents
born Michigan; autoworker in an auto plant; served in US Armed forces? NO
More About GEORGE GILBERT MITCHELL:
Burial: July 24, 1980, Christian Memorial Cultural
Center, Avon Twp,Rochester, Michigan
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Notes for FLORETTA BLAKELEY:
Floretta was a teacher throughout her adult life, and
enjoyed children very much.
More About FLORETTA BLAKELEY:
Burial: Christian Memorial Cultural Center, Avon
b. April 08, 1913, Haviland, at Goddard Farm, Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio; d.
August 10, 1928, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan; m. SINGLE.
Notes for ROBERT GARWOOD MITCHELL:
Robert died at age 15 from a brain tumor that his mother attributed to bump on the head
that he received while playing a
game of football. His resting place
is in Grace Lawn Cemetery, with his parents, Clara and John W. Mitchell.
OBITUARY, FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, MICHIGAN:
Robert Garwood Mitchell, 15 years old, died yesterday at
653 Moore St. of a complication of diseases, following an illness of six months.
He was born in Ohio April 8, 1913, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mitchell.
He came to Flint five years ago from Ohio. He was a member of Parkland Presbyterian Church.
he leaves his parents and three sisters, Mrs. Stella Gudakunst, of Ohio;
Mrs. Amie (sic) Dickenson, of flint; and Mrs. Gladys Callahan, of Detroit; four
brothers, Ervin, of Chicago,; and John, Lowell, and Geroge, all of Flint.
DEATH RECORD #981, FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICH
ROBERT GARWOOD MITCHELL
MALE, WHITE, SINGLE
AGE: 15 YEARS, 4 MO, 2 DAYS
PLACE OF DEATH: City
CAUSE OF DEATH: Cancer of Cranium
BORN: Ohio, April 8, 1913
FATHER: John Mitchell, born Ohio
MOTHER: Clara Shanyfelt, born Indiana
DATE OF RECORD: Oct 11, 1928
More About ROBERT GARWOOD MITCHELL:
Burial: Grace Lawn Cemetary, Flint, Genesee Co,
Cause of Death: Brain tumor
was born November 1874 in Jones Co., Iowa, and died September 10, 1957 in
Seattle, King Co, Washington.
She married (1) HARRY
He was born May 18, 1882, and died April 07, 1967 in Walla Walla,
Washington. She married (2)
Abt. 1894 in probably Mason Co, Michigan.
He was born February 1867 in Pennsylvania, and died July 27, 1931 in
Seattle, King Co, Washington.
Notes for RHODA ELLEN MITCHELL:
In 1904 Rhoda's mother, Louisa Blamer Mitchell
Baughman, died in Oceana Co, Mich. A
few months earlier Laura, Louisa's youngest
daughter had already married David Conrad, so she was not at
home. After that point in time Rhoda, her husband, and her children,
packed up and moved to Washington State for the lumbering business, which was
slowing it's pace in Michigan. They
took with them Lydia (Mitchell) Skillman, a sister who had married Albert
Skillman, and Alma (Baughman) Harrington, a 1/2 sister of Lydia and Rhoda, who
had married Merton Harrington--both Lydia and Alma had married in Oceana Co.
Andrew Mitchell, a brother who was single,
also went along with them. They
are not in the 1910 census in Michigan, so they moved between 1904 & 1910 to
Washington State, and located in Gray's Harbor Co, Washington, in Elma.
OBIT: THE SEATTLE TIMES, Wed, Sept 11, 1957
DEATH TAKES MRS. HARRY H. KOUTECKY:
Mrs. Rhoda Ellen Mitchell Koutecky, 82, one of the organizers of Seattle
Chapter No. 1, Gold Star Mother's, died yesterday after a short illness at her
home, 11715 Fremont Ave. Mrs. Koutecky was the first president of the Gold Star
Mother's chapter and a member of the national association.
Mrs. Koutecky was born in Iowa. She
came to Washington in 1900. She lived in Elma, Gray's Harbor county, before she
came to Seattle in 1921. Mrs.
Koutecky was a past noble grand of the Loyal Rebekah Lodge, a life member of the
auxiliary of Seattle Post No. 1, American Legion, and a member of the auxiliary
of the James Eagleson Post No. 1410, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Surviving are her husband, Harry H.; a son, Don Poff; a daughter, Mrs.
Cloe Anderson, and a stepson, Harry Koutecky, all of Seattle; a stepdaughter,
Miss Marie Koutecky, Berkeley, California; two sisters, Mrs. Alma White,
Shelton, and Mrs. Laura Conrad, Hart, Mich; two granddaughters and four
arrangements are being made at Mittelstadt's Ballard Mortuary.
More About RHODA ELLEN MITCHELL:
Burial: Seattle, King Co, Washington
Notes for HARRY KOUTECKY:
More About HARRY KOUTECKY:
Burial: Seattle, King Co, Washington
Notes for DANIEL W POFF:
1900 Elbridge Twp, Oceana Co, Michigan Census
Daniel W., b Feb 1867, age 33, b Penn, married 7 years,
farmer, father b Maine, mother b Pennsylvania
Rhoda E, wife, b Nov 1874, age 25, b Iowa, father b Iowa,
mother b Ohio
Eunice B, daughter, b June 1895, age 4, b Mich
Clyde, son, b April 1900, age 1/12, b Mich
1920 TACOMA, PIERCE CO, WASHINGTON
236, 11, 25
Daniel, head of household, age 42, b Penn, father b
Maine, mother b Penn, occupation: laborer, saw mill
Ellen, wife, age 45, b Iowa, father b Penn, mother b Ohio
Floyd, son, age 19, b Mich, father b Penn, mother b Iowa
Cloa, daughter, age 15, b Washington, father b Penn,
mother b Iowa
Donald, son, age 5, b Washington, father b Penn, mother b
1930 SEATTLE CITY, KING CO, WASHINGTON
Daniel W., head, owns home, value of home $3000, age 63,
age when married 25, born Penn, both parents b Penn, laborer, gas co
Rhoda E., wife, age 55, age 18 when married, b Iowa,
father b Iowa, mother b Ohio
Cloa, daughter, age 23, single, b Washington, father b
Penn, mother b Iowa, operator, telephone co
Donald D., son, age 16, single, b Washington, father b
Penn, mother b Iowa
listed is said to have married a man named Anderson.
OBIT: SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER--Wed, July 29, 1931, pg
21, col 4:
POFF--Of 5809 Kensington Place, July 27, 1931.
Daniel Poff, aged 63 years, beloved husband of Rhoda Poff, father of Cloa
and Donald Poff. Funeral services
Thursday, 2 PM, Mittelstadt Funeral Parlors.
More About DANIEL W POFF:
Burial: Seattle, King Co, Washington--cremation
Children of RHODA MITCHELL and DANIEL POFF are:
b. June 1895, Elbridge Twp, Oceana Co, Michigan.
Notes for EUNICE B. POFF:
May have used the name Cloa or Cloe.
She possibly married Mr. Anderson.
b. April 1900, Elbridge Twp, Oceana Co, Michigan.
Notes for CLYDE POFF:
May have been Clyde Donald, or Donald Clyde.
b. 1901, Elbridge Twp, Oceana Co, Michigan.
b. 1905, Washington; m. ? ANDERSON.
b. 1915, Washington.
was born March 11, 1879 in Monroe Twp, Licking Co, Ohio, and died in Tacoma,
Pierce Co, Washington. She married
in Washington. She
married (2) ALBERT
September 30, 1897 in Leavitt Twp, Oceana Co, Michigan, son of AUGUSTUS
He was born December 10, 1860 in Ohio, and died June 01, 1928 in
Chehalis, Lewis Co, Washington--cremation.
Notes for LYDIA BLANCH MITCHELL:
LICKING CO BIRTHS--Vol 1, pg 204
Blanch Mitchell, born March 11, 1879, Monroe Twp, Licking
Co, Ohio, to Isaac Mitchell and Louisa Blamer.
later in the 1880 census for Delaware Co, Ohio she is
listed as Lydia B. Mitchell, age 1.
Marriage: 30, Sept 1897,
Lydia Mitchell, age 18, white, residence--Leavitt,
Michigan; place of marriage--Leavitt, Mich; place of birth--Ohio; occupation--at
home; father--Isaac Mitchell; mother--Louisa Blamer.
Albert Skillman, age 33, white, residence--Leavitt; Place
of birth--Michigan; occupation--mason; father--A.C. Skillman; mother--Jane
More About LYDIA BLANCH MITCHELL:
Burial: Tacoma, Pierce Co, Washington
Notes for ALBERT R. SKILLMAN:
1900 census, Leavitt Twp, Oceana Co, Mich
Albert R., b Dec 1861, age 38, b Mich, father b New
Jersey, mother b Ohio
Lydia, wife, b March 1879, age 21, born Ohio, both
parents born Ohio
Claud R., son, b August 1886, age 14, b Mich, father b
Mich, mother b Penn
Clad L., son, b
December 1888, age 11, b Mich, father b Mich, mother b Penn
Eva O., dau, b July 1882, age 7, b Mich, father b Mich,
mother b Penn
Ada J., dau, b April 1889, age 1, father b Mich, mother b
(these 4 children are from Albert's first marriage.)
**close by, dwelling 68, family 69 (name could have also
Ardella F. Nancy/Hancy , age 56, b Feb 1849, b Mich, both
parents b Vermont
Orin V. Nancy/Hancy, age 35, b Nov 1864,
b Mich, father b Ohio, mother b Mich
SKILLMAN, Minnie F., dau, age 31, b May 1869, b Mich,
father b Ohio, mother b Mich
SKILLMAN, Floretta, grand dau, age 3, b Jan 1896, Mich,
both parents b Mich
(Possibly the first wife of Albert R. Skillman??)
Albert was a mason by trade.
His death records from 1928 reveal that he was divorced
DEATH CERTIFICATE, City of Chehalis, Lewis Co, Washington
Died St. Helen's Hospital
Residence Vader, Washington
Male, White, Divorced from wife: Lydia Skillman
Born Dec 10, 1860, Ohio
Father: Augustus Skillman
Informant; Mrs. Ida Salyer of Portland, Oregon
Date of death: June
Cause of death: Acute
Gangrene of the Right Upper Wall of Chest
Heart Lesion, Aortal, for 2 years
Cremation, June 4, 1928
Undertaker E. C. Fissel, Chehalis, Washington
More About ALBERT R SKILLMAN:
Burial: June 04, 1928, Chehalis, Lewis Co, Washington
Child of LYDIA MITCHELL and ? STEDMAN is:
Child of LYDIA MITCHELL and ALBERT SKILLMAN is:
b. June 08, 1913, Michigan or Washington; d. December 1980, Shelton, Mason Co,
Washington; m. VERNUS ?, Washington.
was born April 27, 1881 in Porter Twp, Delaware Co.,Ohio, and died April 28,
1953 in Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan. He
daughter of ANTOINE BLANCHARD and ROSANA GAGNON.
She was born April 29, 1891 in Ontario, Canada, and died April 15, 1956
in Flint, Genesee, Michigan.
Notes for GEORGE JAMES A. GARFIELD MITCHELL:
Certified copy of birth record:
The State of Ohio, Delaware County, Court of Common
Pleas, Probate Division.
Date of Record, A.D. 1882
Name in full: George
James A. Garfield Mitchell
Date of Birth: State-Ohio,
City, Town, or Township: Porter Township
Name of Father: Isaac
Name of Mother: Louisa
Residence of Parents:
The State of Ohio, Delaware County
The Birth records book recorded in Delaware Co, Ohio,
lists George James & A. Garfield Mitchell as a set of twins, rather than one
person. The Delaware Co. Genealogy
Society states that A. Garfield Mitchell died at birth.
However, family tradition has it that they were the same person and that
George had been named for President James A. Garfield, who had been
assassinated. I checked back with
the Delaware Co Genealogical Society and they pulled the microfilm for the
RECORD OF BIRTHS, PROBATE COURT, DELAWARE COUNTY, OHIO, PG 152, and wrote this
message to me--"The name of the baby was listed as: George James, with A.
Garfield written above an insertion mark after the name James.
Above George James is written A. Garfield.
Whoever transcribed the record must have assumed the record to indicate twins, but the way it is noted it could very well be George
James A. Garfield Mitchell. There
is no notation on the page indicating twins."
So, I assume family tradition, and the Delaware Co, Ohio, Probate Court
records, to be correct, and there
was only a single birth of our George James A. Garfield Mitchell.
The transcription from the film is as follows:
BOOK: BIRTHS 1867-1909, PORTER TWP, DELAWARE CO, OHIO
Transcribed on July 29, 1990, page 215
1) Mitchell, A. Garfield (twin) Male, White, 04/27/81,
OH, Delaware, Porter township, father Isaac Mitchell, mother Louisa Blamer
2) Mitchell, Geo. J. (twin), Male, White, 4/27/81, OH,
Delaware, Porter township, father Isaac Mitchell, mother Louisa Blamer
1900 CENSUS, OCEANA CO, MICH--GEORGE & CORINNE BOTH
STILL AT HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES--George in Walkerville,
Oceana Co, and Corrine in Ludington, Mason Co.
1910 CENSUS, MICHIGAN--George not found in this census
anywhere in Mich
1912-1913--PROBABLY TIME OF MARRIAGE FOR GEORGE &
CORINNE. No marriage has been found
in either Oceana Co, or Mason Co, Michigan.
I am thinking they may have crossed the state line and married in
Illinois, or Indiana. At this time
I have no information on them concerning their marriage date.
1920 CENSUS, MASON CO, MICH, VOL 61, ED 95, SHEET 7, LINE
MITCHELL, George, white, male, age 37, born Delaware, O
(**should be Delaware Co, Ohio), living in Mason Co.
Corrine, wife, age 28, born Canada, citizenship:
NR (not registered)
Dorothy M., daughter, age 6, b Mich
Clarence J., son, age 3 10/12, b Mich
Alice M., daughter, age 2 9/12, b Mich
1922--CITY/COUNTY DIRECTORY, LUDINGTON, MASON CO,
George W. & Corrine M. Mitchell
113 Pine St
George's Occupation: Driver for Soli & Co (coal
delivery company in the 4th ward)
NAME: George J. Mitchell
DIED: Genesee Co, Michigan
MARRIED-WIFE'S NAME: Corrine Blanchard Mitchell
BORN: April 27, 1881, Delaware Co, Ohio
AGE: 72 years
OCCUPATION: Retired Stockman, AC Spark Plug Division.
RESIDENCE: Mt. Morris Twp, Genesee Co, Michigan for 10
ADDRESS: 1514 Juliah
FATHER: Isaac Mitchell
MOTHER: Louise Blamer (sic)
SERVED IN U.S. ARMED FORCES?: No
SOCIAL SECURITY # 384-03-2202
INFORMANT: Mrs. Cirrine Mitchell, Flint, Michigan
CAUSE OF DEATH: Myocarditis, 5 years duration
certify that I attended the deceased from April 1948 to April 28, 1953, and that
I last saw the deceased alive on April 28, 1953, and that death occurred at
11PM, from the causes stated above. Signed:
Orill Reichard, M.D., 1507 Detroit St, April 30, 1953.
BURIAL: May 1, 1953, Grace Lawn Cemetery, Flint, Michigan
DATE RECEIVED BY LOCAL REGISTRAR: May 1, 1953
REGISTRAR'S SIGNATURE: George G. Dunn
FUNERAL DIRECTOR: Algoe-Gundry Co, J. McGovern
OBIT: THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 1953, FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT,
GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN--
MITCHELL--George J. Mitchell, 1514 W. Juliah, age 72,
died Tuesday, April 28, 1953, at the residence. Funeral services will be at 3:30 PM Friday, May 1, 1953, from
Rose Chapel, Algoe-Gundry Mortuary, Rev. Ralph W. Lindsay officiating.
Burial will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery.
Body will be at the mortuary. He
was born in Delaware Co, Ohio, April 27, 1881, son of Isaac and Louisa Mitchell,
was a resident of Flint since 1928. Surviving
are wife, Corrine; daughters Mrs. Carol Slusser of Flint; Son, Clarence Mitchell
of Phoenix, Arizona; 3 sisters, Mrs. Harry Koutecky, of Seattle, Washington,
Mrs. Alma White of Shelton, Washington, and Mrs. Laura Conrad of Hart, Michigan;
16 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
George is buried in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Flint, Genesee
Co, Michigan, Section I, Lot #3.
More About GEORGE JAMES A. GARFIELD MITCHELL:
Burial: May 01, 1953, Grace Lawn Cemetary, Flint,
Michigan (Sec AH, Lot 10)
Notes for CORINNE MARIE BLANCHARD:
A search of vital records in Oceana Co and Mason Co,
Michigan revealed no marriage date or application for marriage for Corrine and
George. A request for Marriage
Record was then sent to the State of Michigan for a state wide search between
the years 1905-1907 as that was the time frame I thought they may have married
in. Later information given by
family members show that their first child was born in 1913, so they may have
married later than the dates I attempted to do my research.
NAME: CORRINE MITCHELL
PLACE OF DEATH: Genesee
Co, Flint, Hurley Hospital
DIED: April 15, 1956
RESIDENCE: Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan, 401 Dell Ave
BIRTH: April 29, 1891, Canada; age 64
CITIZEN OF WHAT COUNTRY?: USA
OCCUPATION: house wife, at home
FATHER'S NAME:Antoine Blanchard
MOTHER'S NAME: Roseanna Gagnon
HUSBAND: George Mitchell
WAS THE DECEASED EVER IN THE U.S. ARMED FORCES?: No
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER: None
INFORMANT: Mrs. Alice Slusser, Hale, Michigan
CAUSE OF DEATH: Cerebral Vascular Thrombosis, 2 months
I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from Feb 26, 1956 to April
15, 1956, that I last saw the deceased alive on April 14, 1956, and that the
death occurred at 8:30AM, from the causes and on the date stated above.
B. Rowe, M.D., 202 Paterson Building, signed: April 16, 1956
BURIAL: April 18, 1956, Grace Lawn Cemetery, Flint,
DATE RECEIVED BY LOCAL REGISTRAR: April 18, 1956, signed:
M. Dickerson, R.N. Deputy
FUNERAL DIRECTOR: Algoe-Gundry Co, Flint, Michigan
OBITUARY: MONDAY, APRIL 16, 1956, FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT,
GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN
MITCHELL--Corrine Mitchell, 401 Dell St, age 64, died
Saturday, April 15, 1956, at Hurley Hospital. Funeral services will be held at
9AM Wednesday, April 18, 1956, from St. Michael's Church, Msgr Earl V. Sheridan
officiating. Burial in Grace Lawn
Cemetery. Rosary will be recited at
9PM Tuesday. Body will be at the
Algoe-Gundry mortuary. Mrs.
Mitchell was born in Canada, April 29, 1891, daughter of Antoine and Roseanna
Gagnon (sic***), and has been a resident of Flint since 1927.
Surviving are daughter Mrs. Alice Slusser of Hale, Michigan; son,
Clarence Mitchell of Phoenix, Arizona; 16 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren;
2 sisters, Mrs. Rose LeDuc of Flint, Mrs. Loretta Lannon of San Diego,
California; brother Albert J. Blanchard. of Phoenix, Arizona.
(sic***) The name should have been Antoine and Roseanna
(Gagnon) Blanchard--Gagnon was Corrine's father's middle name, and her mother's
More About CORINNE MARIE BLANCHARD:
Burial: April 18, 1956, Grace Lawn
Cemetary, Flint, Michigan (Sec AH, Lot 10)
Children of GEORGE MITCHELL and CORINNE BLANCHARD are:
b. November 28, 1913, Hart, Oceana Co, Michigan; d. September 27, 1952, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan; m. ARTHUR WILLIAM TOLBERT, March 02, 1933, Flint, Genesee Co,
Michigan; b. October 30, 1908, Gideon, Missouri; d. June 25, 1970, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan.
Notes for DOROTHY MAE MITCHELL:
MARRIAGE RECORD: March 2, 1933, Flint, Genesee Co, Mich
ARTHUR TOLBERT, age: 24; resident of: Flint;
born: Illinois; occupation: works at Chevy, father: James W. Tolbert;
mother: Rose Leonhardt
DOROTHY MITCHELL, age: 19; resident of: Flint; born:
Michigan; occupation: at home; father: George Mitchell; mother: Corrine
MARRIED BY: Ralph W. Lindsay
WITNESSES: Lois Lindsay, & Betty Sturgeon, both
residents of Flint
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN,
SEPTEMBER 28, 1952--
TOLBERT--Dorothy Mae Tolbert, 736 E. Edmund St, age 38,
died Saturday, September 27, 1952, at the residence. Funeral will be held at 1PM Monday, September 29, from the
Colonial Chapel, Reigle Funeral Home, 2417 S. Saginaw St.
Rev. Merle R. Hull officiating. Burial
will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery. Body
will be at the funeral home. Mrs.
Tolbert was born in Hart, Michigan, November 28, 1913, and lived in Flint the
last 25 years. She married Arthur
Mitchell (sic--should be TOLBERT, not Mitchell!)
in Flint in 1933, and was a member of the Grace Baptist Church. Surviving
are husband Arthur; 4 daughters, Shirley, Jean, Alice Ellen, and Sandra; 4 sons,
Harold, Robert, Darrell, and Jerry, all at home; parents, Mr. and Mrs. George
Mitchell of Flint; sister, Mrs. Alice Slusser of Flint; brother, Clarence
Mitchell of Phoenix, Arizona; several aunts and uncles.
NAME: Dorothy Mae Tolbert
PLACE OF DEATH: Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan, 736 E.
RESIDENCE: Flint Twp, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan, 736 E.
DEATH DATE: September 27, 1952; age at death: 38
BORN: November 28, 1913, Hart, Michigan, USA
MARRIED: Arthur Tolbert, 736 E. Edmund St, Flint,
OCCUPATION: House wife, business: in own home
FATHER: George Mitchell
MOTHER: Corrine Blanchard
WAS DECEASED EVER IN U.S. ARMED FORCES?: No
SOCIAL SECURITY #: None
CAUSE OF DEATH: Sarcoma (Cancer); Reticulum-cell, right
INFORMANT: Arthur Tolbert
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATION: I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from
March 12, 1952 to September 26, 1952, that I last saw the deceased alive on
September 26, 1952, and that death occurred at 2:10 AM, from the causes and on
the date stated above.
DR'S SIGNATURE: Donald
R. Grady, M.D., 5001 N. Saginaw St, Flint; signed: September 29, 1952
BURIAL: September 29, 1952, Grace Lawn Cemetery, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan
REGISTRAR: George Hays, M.D., received Sept 29, 1952
FUNERAL DIRECTOR: Reigle Funeral Home, Flint, Michigan
More About DOROTHY MAE MITCHELL:
Burial: September 29, 1952, Grace Lawn Cemetary, Flint,
Genesee Co, Michigan
Notes for ARTHUR WILLIAM TOLBERT:
NAME: Arthur W. Tolbert
DIED: June 25, 1970, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan, Hurley
BORN: October 30, 1908, Missouri, USA; age at death:
SOCIAL SECURITY #: 385-07-3523
OCCUPATION: Polisher, Auto Manufacturing Plant
RESIDENCE: Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan, 1304 Begole St
FATHER: James W. Tolbert
MOTHER: Rosie Lenhart
INFORMANT: Alice Richards, mailing address: 9302 Tuttle
Dr, Linden, Michigan
CAUSE OF DEATH: Acute
OTHER SIGNIFICANT CONDITIONS: Fractured left femur
ACCIDENTAL INJURY, date May 28, 1970, 12:30 PM; fell at
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATION: I attended the deceased from
May 28, 1970 to June 25, 1970, and last saw him June 24, 1970. I
did not view the body after death. Death
occurred 7:45 AM. Signed G. E.
Moore, M.D., signed June 25, 1970. Address:
323 W. Second St, Flint, Mich 48502
BURIAL: Grace Lawn Cemetery, Flint, Michigan, June 27,
FUNERAL HOME: Reigle Funeral Home-Sunset Chapel, 4305
Clio Rd, Flint, Michigan
FUNERAL DIRECTOR: Edgar S. Hackett
REGISTRAR: Evelyn R. Maynard, Deputy, received notice of
death June 26, 1970
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICHIGAN
FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1970
TOLBERT, Arthur W-1304 Begole, age 61, died Thursday,
June 25, 1970, at Hurley Hospital. Funeral
services will be held at 3 PM Saturday at Reigle Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel,
4305 Clio Rd, Rev. Kenneth L. Roland officiating.
Burial in Grace Lawn Cemetery. Mr.
Tolbert will lie in state at the Funeral Home.
Mr. Tolbert was born in Missouri, October 30, 1908, and was employed at
Chevrolet Manufacturing Company for 40 years, Plant 2A, retiring in 1969.
Surviving are: 4 daughters, Shirley Miller of Kansas City, Missouri, Mrs.
Jean Wicks and Alice Richards, both of Linden, Sandra Tolbert of Flint; 3 sons,
Harold, Robert, and Jerry Tolbert all of Flint; 14 grandchildren; Half sister
Eva Smith of Grand Blanc.
More About ARTHUR WILLIAM TOLBERT:
Burial: June 27, 1970, Gracelawn Cemetary, Flint, Genesee
b. March 11, 1916, Ludington, Mason Co, Michigan; d. Phoenix, Arizona; m. JULIA;
d. Phoenix, Arizona.
Notes for JULIA:
Julia and Clarence Divorced.
b. April 28, 1918, Ludington, Mason Co, Michigan;
d. January 14, 1976, Bay City, Bay Co, Michigan; m. CAROL
December 07, 1935, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan;
b. April 27, 1917, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan;
d. June 09, 1983, Flint, Genesee Co, Michigan.
Notes for ALICE MARY MITCHELL:
Deanna Rice says her ancestor died in Bay City, not
OBIT: ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER:
SLUSSER, Alice M.--Mrs. Slusser, 57, of Bentley, passed
away January 14, at Mercy Hospital, following a heart attack.
She was bon April 28, 1918, in Ludington.
The former Alice Mitchell married Carol Slusser.
in 1935, in Flint.
She has resided in the Bentley area for the past ten years.
Surviving her husband, Carol of Bentley, two sons, James of Bentley, and
Jack of Standish, five daughters: Mrs.
Deanna Rice, Miss Keren Slusser, Mrs. Roberta Bradd, Miss Pamela Slusser, and
Miss Patti Jo Slusser, all of Standish. Services
were held from R. O. Savage Funeral Chapel in Standish, January 17, with Elder
Stephen Barr officiating. Burial
was in the Bentley Cemetery, Bentley.
More About ALICE MARY MITCHELL:
Burial: January 17, 1976, Bentley Cemetery, Bentley,
Gibson Twp, Bay Co, Michigan
Notes for CAROL MARK SLUSSER:
NAME: Carol mark Slusser
DEATH: JUNE 9, 1983, Genesee Co, Flint, Michigan,
McLaren General Hospital
CITIZEN OF WHAT COUNTRY?: USA
MARRIED: surviving spouse Mary Graves
WAS DECEASED EVER IN THE ARMED FORCES?: No
SOCIAL SECURITY #: 368-05-9255
OCCUPATION: PLUMBER, CONSTRUCTION
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Michigan, Genesee Co, Flint, G-3541-W.
FATHER: Martin Slusser
MOTHER: Estella Misner
INFORMANT: Mary Slusser, address: G-3541 W. Dayton St.,
CAUSE OF DEATH: Cardio/respiratory onset, duration of
time: immediate; due to: metastatic Adenocarceinoma of Pancreas, duration of
time: 6 months.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT CONDITIONS: Diabetes Meilitus
PHYSICIAN'S CERTIFICATION: P. Vakharia M.D., G-5265 W.
Pierson Rd, Flint, Michigan
TYPE OF DEATH: natural
HOUR OF DEATH: 12:09 PM
BURIAL: Bentley Cemetery, Gibson Twp, Michigan, June 13,
FUNERAL HOME: Plumb-Smith Funeral Home, Flint, Michigan,
FUNERAL DIRECTOR: Brady
D. Smith, Jr
REGISTRAR: John H. Trecha Jr., received: June 13, 1983
OBIT: FLINT JOURNAL, FLINT, GENESEE CO, MICH--JUNE 10,
SLUSSER, Carol Mark, G-3541 W. Dayton St, age 66, died
Tuesday, June 9, 1983, at McLaren General Hospital. Prayer services at 8PM Saturday at the Plumb-Smith Funeral
Home, after which Mr. Slusser will be taken to the Savage Funeral Home,
Standish, Michigan, where funeral services will be held at 1PM Monday.
Mr. Slusser was born April 27, 1917.
Surviving are: wife, Mary Slusser; children: Mr. James Slusser of
Beaverton, Mich, Mrs. Arthur (Deanna) Rice of Standish, Mich, Miss Karen Slusser
of Standish, Mich, Jack Slusser of Standish, Mich, Mrs. Ezra (Roberta) Bradd of
Standish, Mich, Miss Pamela Slusser of Au Gres, Mich, Miss Patti Slusser of
Standish, Mich, Mr. Albert Hodson of Greenwood, Indiana, Mrs. James (Barbara)
Propes of Clio, Mich, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Collar of Livonia, Mich, Mr. James
Fair of Rogers, Arkansas, Mr. Thomas Fair of Grand Blanc, Mich, Mr. Michael Fair
of Rogers, Arkansas; 20 grandchildren; sister Mrs. Mary Daniels of Clio, Mich;
brother, Mr. Frank Slusser of Flint, Mich, Mrs. William Slusser of Beulah,
Michigan, and Mr. Justice Slusser of Flint; sister-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Slusser
of Troy, Mich. PLUMB-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, G1208 Ballenger Hwy, Flint, Mich
More About CAROL MARK SLUSSER:
Burial: June 13, 1983, Bentley Cemetery, Bentley, Gibson
Twp, Bay Co, Michigan
b. October 19, 1924, Ludington, Mason Co, Michigan; d. October 19, 1924,
Ludington, Mason Co, Michigan.
Notes for ALBERT GEORGE MITCHELL:
He was a stillborn child, death record #03-014-022-07-01.
More About ALBERT GEORGE MITCHELL:
Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Ludington,
Mason Co, Michigan
was born November 20, 1883 in Benton Twp., Paulding Co, Ohio, and died November
08, 1971 in Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan.
She married DAVID CONRAD May 21, 1904 in Crystal Valley,
Oceana Co, Michigan, son of WILLIAM CONRAD and ROSANNA LAUTENSCHLEGER.
He was born September 1878 in Ohio, and died 1953 in Hart, Oceana Co,
Notes for LAURA MAY MITCHELL:
was 2 months old when her father, Isaac Mitchell,
died, and her mother moved the family to Michigan.
Alfred Baughman became her step father.
She married Dave Conrad and lived in Hart, Michigan on a farm. Their
marriage license reads as follows:
Marriage License #2428, 1904, Oceana Co, Michigan
To any person legally authorized to solemnize marriage,
Marriage may be solemnized between MR. DAVID CONRAD and
MISS LAURA MITCHELL, affidavit having been filed in this office, as provided by
public act no 128, Laws of 1887, as amended by public act no 243, laws of 1895,
by which it appears that said DAVID CONRAD is 23 years of age, color is white,
residence is ELBRIDGE, MICHIGAN, and birthplace was OHIO, occupation BOWY
TURNER, Father's Name: WILLIAM CONRAD, and mother's maiden name was ROSANNA
SAUTERSCHLEGAN has previously been
married NO times; and that said LAURA MITCHELL is 20 years of age, color is
white, residence is WALKERVILLE, MICHIGAN, and birthplace is unknown (** she was
born in Benton Twp, Paulding Co, Ohio), occupation is at home, father's name
unknown (her father was Isaac Mitchell Jr.), and mother's maiden name was
unknown (** her mother was Lousia Blamer.), and who had been previously married
no times, and whose maiden name was __________, and whose ________consent, in
case she has not attained the age of eighteen years, has been filed in my
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto attached my hand to
the seal of Oceana County, Michigan, this 20th day of May, AD 1904.
Signed: Burt Wickham
CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE: Between Mr. DAVID CONRAD and
MISS LAURA MITCHELL. I hereby
certify that, in accordance with the above license, the persons herein mentioned
were joined in marriage by me at CRYSTAL VALLEY, county of OCEANA, MICHIGAN, on
the 21st day of May, AD 1904, in the presence of MARY CONRAD, of ELBRIDGE,
MICHIGAN, and FRANK HOFFMYER, of ELBRIDGE, MICHIGAN. Signed T. Porter Bennett, M.E. Minister (Methodist)
Uncle Dave grew sugar beets, and things of that nature.
I had my first encounter with an angry goose on that farm.
He used to milk the cows and squirt the cats in the barn once in a while.
They loved it!
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH:
Full name: Laura May Conrad
Date of death: November 8, 1971, Kent Co, City of
Grand Rapids, Michigan, M.J. Clark Memorial Home
Date of birth: November 20, 1883, Ohio, USA
Social Security Number: 372-07-4251D
Housewife, Business: at home
Current Address: Kent Co, 1546 Sherman, SE, Grand Rapids,
Father: John Mitchel
Mother: Loisa Blamer
Informant: Clark Home Records, 1546 Sherman, SE, Grand
Rapids, Mich 49506
Cause of Death: Generalized Arteriosclerosis, had it for
Certification by physician: attended the deceased from
April 26, 1966 to November 8, 1971; Last saw patient alive was November 7, 1971;
Time of death: 8:20 AM
Dr. Willis L. Dixon, MD, signed November 8, 1971, 528
Medical Arts Bldg, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49502.
Burial: Elbridge Cemetery, Hart, Michigan, November 8,
1971, by Creston Mortuary, 1330 Plainfield, NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Funeral director L. Van Zee; Registrar:
More About LAURA MAY MITCHELL:
Burial: Elbridge Community Cemetary (Bet. Hart &
Cause of Death: Old age & Generalized
Notes for DAVID CONRAD:
David and Laura are buried in Elbridge Cemetery, Elbridge
Twp, Oceana Co, Michigan. they are
on the same lot as Oliver E. Conrad, David's brother.
Rosanna B. Conrad, mother of David and Oliver, and their
father William H. Conrad, are on the same lot as Walter A. and Clara E. Childs,
and their names appear on the same stone together. Clara was their daughter, and
a sister to David and Oliver E. Conrad.
David, Laura, and Oliver E. Conrad are buried in Lot 317.
Rosanna and William H. Conrad are buried in Lot 293,
along with Clara E. and Walter A. Childs.
More About DAVID CONRAD:
Burial: Elbridge Community Cemetary, Oceana Co, Elbridge
Child of LAURA MITCHELL and DAVID CONRAD is:
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