Mitchell, Jim, 1795-1870
Jim Mitchell was enslaved, owned by John Augustine Washington III, the last private owner of Mount Vernon, as Jim Mitchum. He was born in 1795, and likely came to Mount Vernon in the 1830s or 1840s with other slaves from Blakeley, another plantation owned by the Washington family. Once here, he worked as a field laborer. After the Civil War, Mitchell came to work as a freeman for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Judith B. Alexander, Caledon, to John Augustine Washington III. Judith writes that she is suffering from melancholy and writes of religious matters. She also writes, “I observed with pleasure you have forbidden the intrusion of stages and omnibuses.” She asks that she be fondly remembered to Aunt Jenny, “my poor old Joe Mitchum,” Phil, West, Eliza, and Sarah.
Autograph letter signed with integral address panel. Delivered by James Mitchum (Jim Mitchell). Jane writes that Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town has burned down.