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Bedford County TN Biographies

James W.C. Mitchell

James W.C. Mitchell, a merchant of the Twenty-fourth District of this county, was born January 29, 1842, son of T. F. and Margaret (Binkley) Mitchell. The father was a native of North Carolina, and in early life immigrated to Alabama and settled in Huntsville, where he was married. He was the father of eleven children: Sarah A. (deceased), John (deceased), Mary, Martha, James W. C., Joseph (deceased), Robert H., Bates. Nancy, Logan and Elizabeth. Joseph Mitchell was killed in the battle of Franklin and was buried at Columbia. Our subject's father is still living at the advanced age of eighty-six. James W. C. Mitchell was reared on the farm, given an education in the country schools and when in his eighteenth year entered the Confederate Army in the Thirty-seventh Tennessee Infantry; was in the battles of Perryville, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Murfreesboro, Franklin and others, and was wounded twice. After the war he came back to this county and has since that time resided here. In 1873 Miss Catharine Bomar became his wife. The results of this union were four children: Oscar L., James W., Bibbie B. and one not named. In 1875 Mr. Mitchell went into the mercantile business in the Twenty-fourth District, and in 1881 went into the distillery business at the same place, making about sixty-five gallons of whisky per day, and is doing a $3,000 business.

The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall TN 1886

Robert H. Mitchell

Landowner, and foreman of Coffee County Grand Jury. Born in Bedford County on Oct. 10, 1845, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, his parents were Tarlton and Peggy Brinkly Mitchell; his father was a farmer and was born at Creedmore, N. C. His paternal grandparents were John and Sallie Johnson Mitchell of Maryland; maternal grandparents were Bob and Betsy Low Brinkley of N. C. Educated in the public schools of Bedford County, Tennessee. Member of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Mitchell is one of Middle Tennessee’s pioneer citizens and, notwithstanding the fact that he is 92 years of age, is still very active looking after his farming interests which are very large. He is one of the largest landowners in Tennessee. He has been for many years and still is foreman of the Coffee County Grand Jury. His forefathers were among those who helped to settle Tennessee. He has several sons, all of whom have made wonderful successes. He is the father of eight children, all of whom are living. His wife was Minerva Carroll before their marriage in 1870. Mr. Mitchell started out life as a poor boy and by hard work and thrift is today a very wealthy man.

Prominent Tennesseans 1940

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