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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Nathan Mitchell Papers, 1822-1897



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mitchell, Nathan
Title: Mitchell, Nathan Papers
Dates: 1822-1897
Abstract: 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 collection includes a watch, photographic images, notes, and a bound narrative.
Accession No.: 1930s; 96-024
Extent: 5 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

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).

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mitchell, Nathan, 1817-1897--Archives.
Mitchell, Asa, 1795-1865
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 1st. Company B
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 1st. Company H
San Antonio express
Subjects
San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Places
Austin (Tex.)--History
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836

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Related Material

See also the Mitchell (Asa) Family Bible, undated.

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Separated Material

The watch has been separated to the Artifact Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nathan Mitchell Papers, 1822-1897, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R118 "The Life of Nathan Mitchell" from the San Antonio Express, August 31, 1897
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3T4 Tintype, ambrotype, and notes, 1873-1874

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