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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
able business trading with the settlers and Indians.
The attachment for his native State seems to have
been strong for about this time he made another
visit back to his old home, but returned in a few
months, reaching the country just in time to become
a member of the famous Snively Expedition with
which he was connected from its inception to its
inglorious end. He was in one other expedition of
a similiar nature about the same time which was
equally as fruitless in results.
Late in 1842, or early in 1843, Mr. Mitchell settled
at Old Springfield in Limestone County, where he
engaged in farming and afterwards in the mercantile
and hotel business. It was while residing at
that place in 1853 (February 3d) that he married
Miss Mary Herndon, who thereafter till the end of
his years on earth shared his joys and sorrows, and
who still survives him. Mrs. Mitchell was a daughter
of Harry and Elizabeth Herndon and a native
of Kentucky, having accompanied her parents to
Texas in early childhood. Mr. Mitchell resided
at Springfield for twenty-odd years, during which
time by thrift and industry he accumulated what for
the time was a very considerable amount of property.
The greater part of this, however, was lost
by the late war, and he left there for Bryan in
Brazos County in 1867 with but little more than
enough to establish himself in his new home and
meet his current expenses. During the war he rendered
to the Confederacy such service as was required
at his hands (being past the age for military
duty) becoming agent for the government for the
collection and distribution of supplies, and assisting,
also, in the fortification of the Gulf coast
country against attack by the Federals. From
first to last he saw a great deal of service of a military
and quasi-military nature during his residence
in Texas, but he was very little in public life. To
his brother Harvey who at one time discharged the
duties of every office in Brazos County and was
more or less connected with public affairs in that
county for a number of years, this sort of service
seems to have fallen, James H. directing his attention
chiefly to private pursuits when not actually in
the field under arms. Mr. Mitchell was a man of
an active, restless disposition in his early years,
and the habit of busying himself with something
clung to him down to the close of his life. He was
always employed at something and believed thoroughly
in the philosophy of doing well what he
undertook to do. His last years were passed mostly
in retirement. He died at Bryan, March 12, 1885,
and his remains were buried at Old Boonville, in
Brazos County, where lie those of his father, mother
and other relatives. His widow, three sons and
four daughters, survive him. His sons, John Carson,
James Henry, and Marsh, constituting the firm
of Mitchell Brothers, merchants at Wheelock, and
of the firm of Mitchell Bros.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/335/: accessed March 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .