LOVELACE MITCHELL

Born 30 June 1783 and died 3 December 1814.


Several people had hit a brick wall with Lovelace. I was stalled at him for more than 10 years, but I persevered and broke down that wall, taking me back 2 more generations. I studied all his family members that I knew of, the ones I suspected were related, his neighbors, associates, etc. I had tried crossing the county line, since his land was close to the border of it, and did what I could, but it wasn't until I went through some records that were not indexed, one page at a time, when I saw what I thought was a connection and followed that lead back to a county far away, on the east coast of Virginia, where I found Lovelace. His family was from Essex County Virginia, on the border with Caroline County. Lovelace found his wife in Caroline County, and back then, the couple married in the county of the wife. Sara Sally was orphaned at the time, but old enough to marry.


Lovelace and Mark signaturesIt's not sure who Lovelace's mother was. His father Mark married twice, having 2 boys and 2 girls by both wives. Lovelace was the first born son of Mark's first wife. After his father died when he was 25, Lovelace moved west to Madison county. His sister, Nancy, was already living there, and Lovelace purchased land from his brother, William's father-in-law. Other family members and friends also moved out there. His brother William named his son Lovelace, and it is this Lovelace who was later in the civil war and owned and sold "Mitchell's Mountain" in Madison county Virginia.


Lovelace's wife was Sarah Sally Mitchell. I do not know who her family was or if they were related in some way. Sarah gave Lovelace a boy and 2 girls. All these children married children of Michael Tanner and Lucy Taylor.


I can find no record of Lovelace in the War of 1812, though I believe his family were tories (sympathetic to the Bristish crown), so would likely not want to fight against them again in 1812. This was also the year his wife died, so he did have 3 small children to care for. About this time, Lovelace purchased some more land, but his health was not good, either. He was administer of his father's estate, but did not live to carry it out. He was also guardian to 3 of his half-siblings.


In January of 1814 Lovelace was on a grand jury in Madison, then later that year he was dead. At the time of his death he had 2 adult female slaves and 2 children female slaves. He left his three children orphaned at the ages of 10, 6 and 3. William Henshaw was administer of his estate and guardian of his children. Lovelace had 2 decks of playing cards and a tin horn in his household, which was considered a luxury at the time. He had 337 acres, 9 sheep, 5 pigs, 3 horses and corn.


I had 3 samples of his signature (1803-1808-1811), so I sent them away to be analyzed and this is what I was told:


All three signatures indicate health problems and an on-going battle between discouragement and optimism. The 1808 and 1811 signatures indicate a real struggle with his health. It would appear that he may have suffered with high blood pressure or even problems related to the heart. Mr. Mitchell was stubborn and determined which enabled him to not allow defeat to come easily.


There is grace in his character as well as good manners and being a good host. He possessed an equal balance between being the one who listens and one who spaks. He enjoyed a verbal debate on some points of interest.


Mr. Mitchell was not afraid to pitch-in and do his share of chores or charity. He generally felt at ease amoung people although some shyness is indicated.


He was idealistic in his views, but also realistic, not one to have his head in the clouds day dreaming. His intelligence was keen and quick wih a natural grasp on most given situations.


Mr. Mitchell was not one who would waste time on petty things or boring conversations. He disliked long winded speeches and the idle. He was frank and to the point on most matters when his opinion was sought. He possessed a lot of confidence in his working abilities and paced himself evenly. He possessed the rhythm and discipline to have been able to play a musical instrument.


He was on time for his appointments and became impatient with those who weren't. His enthusiasm for life in general was good. He was organized and appreciated neatness and comfort. At times, especially by 1808, he became a bit forgetful, but usually over small matters.


Children of Lovelace and Sara Sally Mitchell


John William Mitchell


John has his own page, as he is my great-great-grandfather. He married Nancy Tanner and they had 10 children, 1 which died at birth. John was born and stayed in Madison County Virginia.


Edny H. Mitchell


Alfred TannerEdny received 127 acres from her fathers estate. In 1832 she married the brother of Nancy Tanner - Alfred Tanner and they had no children. He took over handling the estate of Edny's grandfather for her father, Lovelace. Edny could read and write, which was no small feat for an orphan of the time. After Edny's death of fever in 1857, Alfred went on to marry Octavia Carpenter when she was 15 and she gave him 13 children. Alfred was 30 years older than her and lived to be almost 98 years old. In 1860 living with his new family is 3 Henshaws, who he was guardian of. He is buried on land close to Lovelace, next to Octavia. I believe some old field stones mark the grave of Edny in this same area.


Nancy Mitchell


Nancy inherited 110 acres from her father, which included the family burying plot. I found this land but was never able to find the burying plot on it. She married a brother of Nancy Tanner - Robert H. Tanner, and after her death, this land was sold. They had no children, but in 1840 Nancy and Robert owned 5 slaves. Robert went on to marry Elizabeth Taylor, Nancy's cousin, and she gave him 2 children.