The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 335
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trict, was a member of this family; and, if I mistake not, a native
of old Montgomery County.
James Mitchell was another settler of the forties in the territory
now included in Madison County. Mitchell lived northeast of where
Madisonville now is, on the old San Antonio road, not far from Rob-
bins's Ferry on the Trinity. His house was at the parting of the
ways. Here the La Bahia road diverged from the San Antonio road.
The traveler or immigrant bound for Bastrop, San Antonio, and in-
termediate points, followed the San Antonio road; if he was bound
for La Bahia, Gonzales, or Goliad, he followed, as the American
settler called it, the "Labadee" road. Mr. Mitchell, located as he
was, kept a hostelry which was known far and wide for the hospi-
tality, genial disposition, and kindness of the landlord. Few men,
at an early day in Texas, were better known than "Uncle Jimmy
Mitchell," and none did more towards the settlement and develop-
ment of the territory now included in the bounds of Madison
County than he.'
Besides Collard and Mitchell there were George Floyd, Nathan-
iel Robbins, Stephen and Joseph Rogers, John and Doctor McKee-
ver, the Mannings, the Batsons, Dr. Kittrell, father of Judge Nor-
man G. Kittrell of Houston, the Gorees, Youngs, McGarys, and
Pat Hays, all of whom settled in the territory of Madison County
before it was organized, many of them sometime in the forties.
They were all enterprising citizens, and took an active part in the
organization of the new county. They did so on account of the
great distance at which -those citizens who lived in the northern
'Since the above was written I have found that in the act of the Congress
of the Republic creating the County of Montgomery, approved Dec. 14,
1837, James Mitchell and Elijah Collard are appointed members of a com-
mission to locate the county seat of the new county. So it seems that in
1837 Mitchell was a resident of the territory of Montgomery county, and
I apprehend that he was located at the forks of the San Antonio and La
Bahia Roads; for on my first visit to his home his residence and improve-
ments, indicated quite an old settlement. This was in December, 1857.
Mitchell was one of the pioneer settlers on the Old San Antonio Road,
between the Trinity and Navasota Rivers. He has a number of descendants
now residents of Madison County.
Elijah Collard, the commissioner, was a brother of Job Collard. There
was no family in the territory of Old Montgomery County more prominent
than the Collards.
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