William A. Mitchell Family
In 1905, Thomas Brown purchased a portion of the farm, and it was through his son, George E. ”Shug” Brown, that the J.E.B. Stuart Birthplace Preservation Trust was able to acquire seventy-one acres in 1990, which included the site of the Laurel Hill home where James Ewell Brown Stuart was born.
William A. Mitchell purchased 169 acres
About 1895 William Mitchell built a large two story farmhouse on this site. Local lore believed that the Mitchell family tore down adjacent structures that may have dated to the Stuart or Letcher time and used the lumber in the construction of their home, but evidence at a later date determined that was notthe case. The Mitchell family farmed some of the same land that William Letcher and the Stuart's had years earlier. William A. Mitchell died in 1915 and the land came into the possession of his son, John Taylor Mitchell. John, who was born in 1878, married later in life. He worked at a hardware store in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and also ran the commissary store for a lumber operation in Kibler Valley, Virginia, that was served by the Mt. Airy and Eastern Rail Road, also known as the "Dinky". John married Lillie Smith (1893-1946) about 1918, and continued to farm his part of Laurel Hill for the next thirty-five years where he raised livestock, tobacco and wheat using a three horse team, while Lillie sold milk, butter and eggs. The Mitchell occupation came to an end when John sold the house and 169 acres to Charlie Milton Dellenback in 1949. John Taylor Mitchell died less than a year later in 1950.
William A. Mitchell & Lucy C. Taylor
Samuel Hill Taylor & Eliza Jane Davis
John T. Mitchell & Lillie Smith
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil.
Location. 36° 34.028′ N, 80° 33.312′ W. Marker is in Ararat, Virginia, in Patrick County. Marker can be reached
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dellenback Family (here, next to this marker); Life after William Letcher (a few steps from this marker); William Letcher (a few steps from this marker); Elizabeth Stuart's Boxwoods (within shouting distance of this marker); Finding William Letcher's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Stuart Well (within shouting distance of this marker); The William Letcher Grave (within shouting distance of this marker); The Grave of William Letcher (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ararat.
Also see . . . Laurel Hill - Birthplace of General J.E.B. Stuart, CSA. (Submitted on December 20, 2020.)
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