A Guide to the Nathan Mitchell Papers, 1822-1897
Pennsylvania-born Nathan Mitchell (1817-1897), soldier and merchant, was an early settler of Texas, arriving in 1822 as a young boy with his father, Asa Mitchell (1795-1865) and mother, Charlotte Woodmancy Mitchell. The family comprised part of the original 300 settlers of Austin Colony. Both Nathan and Asa Mitchell fought in the battle of San Jacinto in April 1836, Asa as a sergeant in Company B of the First Regiment of Volunteers and Nathan in Captain Robert Stevenson’s Infantry Company H, 1st Regiment.
Mitchell studied law under Judge John Hemphill in Washington, Texas, and served as a 2nd Lieutenant of a mounted gun company in December 1836. In 1839 he worked as a clerk in the general land office in Austin as well as in the quartermaster corps in the Mexican War. He died in 1897.
Sources:Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Mitchell, Asa," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/fmi51.html (accessed August 17, 2010).
McKeehan, Wallace L. "DeWitt Colony Biographies." Sons of Dewitt Colony Texas. http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/dewittbios2.htm (accessed August 17, 2010).
The Nathan Mitchell Papers, 1822-1897, contain an engraved watch owned by Mitchell that was made in London in the 1700s, a tintype of Mitchell, an ambrotype of Mitchell and his sister Elizabeth, and two notes regarding the images. Additionally, the collection includes narratives and reminiscences relating to the life of Nathan Mitchell and his father, Asa Mitchell, and their experiences in the Austin Colony, the Texas Revolution, the Battle of San Jacinto, and the Mexican War, 1822-1897. These narratives, bound in one volume, are entitled "The Life of Nathan Mitchell" from the San Antonio Express, August 31, 1897.
The collection is open for research.
Nathan Mitchell Papers, 1822-1897, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers