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CHARLES ROARK MITCHELL

    
*VICTIM OF THE 1857 MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE*
 


Charles Roark Mitchell was the oldest son of William Christman Mitchell and Nancy Isabella Dunlap, born 29 February 1832 in Tennessee. He married Sarah C. Baker, the daughter of John Twitty Baker and Mary A. Ashby, abt. 1856. (His wife's father, Captain John Twitty Baker, was the leader of "The Baker Train" that departed from Milum Spring, also called Caravan Spring, Carroll County, Arkansas around the same time in April of 1857. He also died in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.) Together, Charles R. Mitchell, his wife Sarah, infant son John, and his brother, Joel Dyer Mitchell, who comprised "The Mitchell Train" segment, departed in April 1857 in conjunction with "The Dunlap Train" from Sugar Loaf Township, Marion County, Arkansas. The Mitchell brothers planned to start a cattle ranch in California. Their father's 1860 deposition stated that the Mitchell brothers had between them $275 in cash, 13 yoke of oxen, a large ox wagon, log chains, 1 horse with saddle and bridle, wearing apparel, beds, and bedding, cooking utensils, guns, pistols and Bowie knives, and somewhere between 74 to 100 head of cattle. Three single young men, who may have acted as drovers, or hired hands, with the Mitchell Train were Lawson A. McEntire, and brothers John Prewit, and William Prewit.

Charles Roark Mitchell, his wife Sarah, his infant son John, and his brother, Joel Dyer Mitchell, all died in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. According to the account of Dan MacFarland, Charles Roark Mitchell appears to have been the man, reported as holding an infant, who was shot through the breast. The same shot pierced his son's head.  Charles Roark Mitchell was 25 years old when he died.

His maternal uncles, Jesse Dunlap, Sr. and Lorenzo Dow Dunlap, with "The Dunlap Train" from Marion County, Arkansas, also died in the Massacre. Charles R. Mitchell's father, William C. Mitchell, had been a County Clerk, Postmaster and State Senator.  In 1859, he was appointed as a Special Agent and traveled to Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas to receive the seventeen surviving children of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, who were brought to Kansas by the Army, under the leadership of Capt. James Lynch. He returned the surviving children to the Carrollton Court House in Carrollton, Carroll County, Arkansas to be reunited with their families.

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Inscription:
    IN MEMORIAM

    IN THE VALLEY BELOW BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 7 AND 11, 1857, A COMPANY OF MORE THAN 120 ARKANSAS
    EMIGRANTS LED BY CAPT. JOHN T. BAKER AND CAPT. ALEXANDER FANCHER WAS ATTACKED WHILE EN ROUTE TO
    CALIFORNIA. THIS EVENT IS KNOWN IN HISTORY AS THE MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE

    CHARLES R. MITCHELL, 25

*Please note that the names of the victims of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre that appear here are those who we have personally researched and verified as actual victims. In some cases this list will differ from the names that were inscribed on the 1990 Monument on Dan Sill Hill.

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