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SARAH C. (BAKER) MITCHELL

*VICTIM OF THE 1857 MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE*
 


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.

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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

          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.

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