Sarah C. Baker was the second daughter of John Twitty Baker and
Mary A. Ashby, born abt. 1836 in Jackson County, Alabama. She married
Charles Roark Mitchell, the son of
William Christman Mitchell and Nancy Isabella Dunlap, abt. 1856. The
couple had one son, John Mitchell, born abt. 1857. With her brother-in-law,
Joel Dyer Mitchell, Sarah, her husband, and
infant son comprised "The Mitchell Train" segment that departed from
Marion County, Arkansas in April 1857 with "The Dunlap Train", who were
relatives of her husband. Her husband and his brother were going to
California to start a cattle ranch.
Between them, the Mitchell brothers had $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.
Sarah, along with her husband, infant son John, and
brother-in-law, all died in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. She was 21
years old when she died.
Sarah C. (Baker)
Mitchell's father was Captain John Twitty Baker, leader of "The Baker
Train" that departed around the same time from the area of her
sister-in-law, Minerva Ann (Beller) Baker's, late parents' homestead at
Milum Spring (Caravan Spring) in Carroll
County, Arkansas (near present day Harrison in Boone County, Arkansas).
Although her mother, Mary A. (Ashby) Baker had remained at home with the
rest of Sarah's siblings, Sarah's single brother Abel Baker, and her married
brother George Washington Baker, George's wife Minerva Ann (Beller), and
George and Minerva's four children, Mary Lovina, Martha Elizabeth, Sarah
Frances and William Twitty were traveling with her father to California.
Her father John Twitty Baker, brother
Abel Baker, brother George
Washington Baker, sister-in-law Minerva Ann (Beller) Baker, and 6 year old
niece Mary Lovina Baker died in the Massacre. Sarah's nieces, Martha
Elizabeth Baker and Sarah Frances Baker, and her nephew, William Twitty
Baker, survived the Massacre and were returned to Sarah's mother in
Arkansas in 1859.
© 2008 A.C. Wallner for the
Mountain Meadows Association. All rights reserved
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
SARAH C. BAKER MITCHELL, 21
*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.
virtual flowers - MMA FIND A GRAVE
SARAH C. (BAKER) MITCHELL