"Den de Doctor he come. De fust thing I knowed he would go down from her room and shake his head. I'd go off to our cabin and cry. One nite she died and I was a lonely little nigger after dey took her to de grave yard on de hill. I us to go up deir an' put red an' white roses, that she loved, in vases on her grave. After her died I was afraid I would be sont to de fields, but her sister she liked me and took me fer her maid." Ex-slave Julia Cox of Mississippi
Will of John Mitchell
In the Name of God Amen
To my beloved daughter Sally McMillen I give, devise and bequeath the following named and described slaves now owned by me, to wit WAT 24, TOM 30, NED 28, SANDY 25, SAM 40, HENRY 25, FELIX 35, SEWELL 22, CHARLES 20, NANCY 50, AUGUSTA 25, LILLY 16, MUNROE 4, CANDANCE 19, EDNEY 18, AND PRINCE 4.
I also give and bequeath to my said daughter one third all money, bills of exchange and bills payable which I may have at the time of my death and also all the increase of the female slaves aboved named and also one third of all slaves which I may hereafter purchased.
To my beloved son, John Irvin Mitchell, I give and devise and bequeath all the residue and remainder of my estate both real, personal and mixed and whether in possession or expectance to be forever.
I do hereby constitute and appoint my son John Irvin Mitchell and my daughter Sally McMillen exector and execut vix of this my last will and testament.
In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 23rd day of April A.D. 1852.
John Mitchell (Seal)
According to the 1860 Jefferson County Slave Schedule, John's son, John Irvin owned 69 slaves. In April 1853, the senior John had recorded a deed of gift giving his son John Irvin 45 slaves.
John Mitchell's daughter Sarah Mitchell married Dougald McMillan July 12, 1824 in Jefferson County, Mississippi. See Dougald McMillan's 1865 inventory listing of slaves.
John Mitchell died February 22, 1859 in Jefferson County, Mississippi.
Private Anderson Mitchell of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
John Mitchell's 1852 Deed of Gift
John Mitchell's 1859 Inventory List of Slaves
Remembering Their Names