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Mapping the Location

Area views of the area of the Mitchell Cemetery looking for the stones: 6335/6302/6304/6305/6306/6307/6308/6309/6310/6311/6312

MITCHELL JOHN W., 13 Mar 1818 - 13 Sep 1854, s/o Obediah and Margaret Mitchell, native of Madison Co., Ala.
Sacred to the memory of John W., son of Obediah and Margaret Mitchell, born in Madison Co., Ala., March 13th, 1818,
died September 13th, 1854.

1970 Commentary
This solitary stone is outside what was once the yard of an old home. The house has burned but the barn (not there in 2014)is still standing in 1970. On a visit to this grave in October, 1970, we discovered that someone had recently pulled the stone out of the ground and it was lying flat on the ground. Such a disrespectful act is inexcusable 1970. [D.J., 1978]

Updated comment 5 Nov 2012:
At the time I visited this cemetery I did not see any clearly marked stones, but instead from the photos I see a possibility of one of the stones in view having an inscription. It is clearly a broken base. At my visit these were covered by a decaying Cedar tree and the limbs are sharp and need to be removed to further investigate this site, therefore I cannot conclusively say this is the actual grave of John W. Mitchell. It is in the right place though. [C. Wayne Austin 2014]

Federal Census of Madison County Alabama, Oct. 30, 1850, 2nd Regt #33, Household #72:
Mitchell, Obediah  (55) Va,  Farmer
Mitchell, Margaret (51) Va
Mitchell, John W.  (32) Ala, School Teacher, John W. married Didama B. Darwin 24 Jul 1845 in Madison Co. Al.
Mitchell, Didamy   (21) "
Mitchell, William  ( 3) "
Mitchell, Sarah    ( 2) "

Note: After the death of John W., Didama married William McWilliams on November 25, 1858 in Madison Co Al.

Story by Dorothy Johnson:

Local folk lore relates that John W. Mitchell died under mysterious circumstances and the authorities wished to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The father, Obediah, refused to allow the autopsy, but he was afraid they would exhume the body and perform it anyway. Thus the old gentleman buried his son so the grave could be seen from his bedroom window. He then rigged a shotgun aimed toward the grave so it would be handy in case his fears proved right.

Listings & Links developed by C. Wayne Austin from photos made 5 Nov 2012, including census information. Also published in the book "Cemeteries of Madison Co. Al." by Dorothy Johnson abt 1978 page 160 Vol I, Page 126. Added here with appropriate commentary & editing by Wayne Austin 26 Mar 2014.