Solon Wood Mitchell
b. circa 1825, d. February 1870
- Father: John Mitchell b. say 1776, d. 1841
- Mother: Elizabeth Green Wood b. 16 January 1788, d. between 1852 and 1860
- Solon Wood Mitchell was born circa 1825 in Georgia.
- John Mitchell and Elizabeth Green Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1840 in Humphries, Harris County, Georgia, with six slaves, three of whom were under 10 years old. It appears they were living next to William Mitchell, probably John's brother, who had a large family.. Other (counted but unnamed) members of the household apparently included Solon Wood Mitchell.
- Elizabeth Green Wood appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Negro Heel, Harris County, Georgia. Other members of the household included Solon Wood Mitchell.
- On Saturday, 7 September 1850, Green Wood recorded in his plantation daily account book: "Wrote Cummings Stewart & Co., E. Allen, Solon Mitchell & W. Breazeal about mistake in cloth."
- Solon W. Mitchell was Master of Columbian Lodge No. 7, F&AM in Columbus, Harris County, Georgia, during the years 1850, 1851, and 1852.
- Mary Wood Mitchell wrote on 5 October 1852, in a letter to her niece Lizzie Green Wood Powell, "I expect you hear from our Ga kin, as they speak of you all in their letters. Solon Mitchell left here this day 3 weeks. Said he thought he should bring Sister here to look out a place to move to. If they can't suit themselves here they will go to Texas. S. says he will move & Sister will go with him. The great rain this summer completed the ruin of their land. I hope they will find a place near me. Green Tailor & many others are moveing off. Mrs Abercrombie intends selling out & moveing to Florida. I am looking for Sister, as Solon and W. Mitchell speak of going to Texas in Nov And they are to come here first. Solon thinks Sister would be pleasd with the Barton place. Eason says if she wants it she shall have it. As you dont see your cousins you cant know what good boys they are unless I tel you. I think they are alike in many things. Solon is in fine healt[h], has fattened & looks much better than when you saw him. He says he has learnd to govern himself, has found out the worth of his mother. He used to be peevish. Sister speaks of him in her last letters as her noble good Son. The boys both see[m] anxious that Sister & I should spend the remnant of our days near each other. Sister is obliged to move some where, or I should not expect her here. I try not to be too much elated but keep two strings to my bow -- if one wont work I,ll [t]ry the other. I have many blessings, no doubt as many as I deserve."
- On Wednesday, 1 December 1852, Green Wood recorded in his plantation daily account book: "Wm & Solon Mitchell started in the stage for Alabama." Likely William was the brother of Solon's father John Mitchell.
- He married Helen K. Tate circa 1853.
- The following appeared on 20 March 1858 in The Columbus Inquirer: Council Proceedings. . . . Ald. Thompson moved to suspend the Rule in regard to Bridge Contracts; agreed to. Whereupon Solon Mitchell was permitted to cross at $5.
- Solon Wood Mitchell and Helen K. Tate appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Mulberry Grove, Harris County, Georgia. Other members of the household included Marie L. Mitchell, Elizabeth W. Mitchell and John William Mitchell.
- He was listed in the 1860 Slave Schedule at Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia, with ten slaves, all of whom were over the age of 12.
- He was a farmer, according to the 1860 census.
- The following appeared on 17 June 1861 in the Daily Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Muscogee Sheriff's Sales. Will be sold, on the first Tuesday in July next, at the Market House place in the city of Columbus, (the usual place of sale): Lot of land number eighty-one (81) in the ninth district of Muscogee county, containing 202-1/2 acres, more or less. Levied on as the property of Calvin Johnson, to satisfy a fi. fa. issued from the Muscogee Inferior Court, and returnable to the March Term 1860, of said Court, in favor of Solon W. Mitchell vs. Calvin Johnson and Henry Johnson.
- Solon Wood Mitchell died in February 1870 in Harris County, Georgia.
- His wife Helen K. Tate became a widow at his death.
- The following appeared on 9 March 1870 in The Daily Sun: Mr. James Monro, an old citizen and one of the first settlers of Harris County, died in this city yesterday of Pneumonia.
But a few days since we chronicled the death of his old friend and neighbor Mr. Solon Mitchell, who died of the same disease.
In our own, and in behalf of many friends we tender their families and neighbors heartfelt sympathy.
Peace to their ashes.
- Last Edited: 18 May 2013