Killen in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Mitchell Town Community
Approximately 1.5 miles north of here, across Bluewater Creek near CR76, is the location of an early settlement known as Mitchell Town named for the Mitchells who settled there. In 1833, Samuel Herston owned land in the area which became Mitchell Town. Eli Joiner owned land north of there in 1834. Jack Phillips lived at this location in 1831, and later owned 198 acres and operated a gristmill on Mill Creek. The Robert Wilson family settled on the east side of Mill Creek. Stewart Wilson built a two~story dwelling in 1836, which stands today on CR92. He operated a gin there before the Civil War. John Robert Mitchell was a descendant of Robert and Mary Mitchell, who settled near Lexington around 1818. John joined Captain O’Neal’s Calhoun Guard at Center Star in 1861 and was promoted to Captain in Co. A. 35th Alabama Infantry. Captain Mitchell and his wife, Edna Caroline (Phillips), established their home north of Bluewater Creek were he was a farmer and operated a gristmill. A son, James (Jim) Mason Mitchell, built a two story home on CR33 near CR76 and operated a gristmill, general merchandise store, blacksmith shop, sawmill and cotton gin from 1899 until 1916.
Erected 2014 by East Lauderdale Historical Society.
Location. 34° 51.607′ N, 87° 26.391′ W. Marker is in Killen Touch for map. Marker is located at the Elkins East Chapel parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7435 US-72, Killen AL 35645, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jesse James Gang Canal Payroll Robbery/Trial of Frank James (approx. 0.3 miles away); Center (Centre) Star (approx. 0.9 miles away); Cherokee Chief Doublehead's village around 1800 (approx. 1.6 miles away); Daniel White (approx. 1.7 miles away); Elgin/Elgin Crossroads (approx. 2.8 miles away); Springfield Community 1810/Springfield Church and School (approx. 3½ miles away); Covington/Second Creek / Wheeler Dam/Lake (approx. 4 miles away); Wheeler Dam • Wheeler Reservoir/Locks (approx. 4½ miles away).
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 22, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 360 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.