Caldwell Co., KY & Death at the ALAMO

Rev. Dr. Doug Showalter -- dougshow@meganet.net

1936 Letter from Lurena Kevil Bradley of Rockdale, Texas to
President, San Antonio Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas

My dear Madam:
I have been reminded on several occasions that I should do what today I am doing. And that is to try to get into the proper hands some more definite and correct information concerning one of those who died in the Alamo at its fall. I refer to my paternal grandmother's younger brother --

who came to Texas from his native state--Kentucky. He lived in Washington Co., Texas prior to going to San Antonio and his death. He was a single man -- and young, only about 23 or 24 years old.

His name is badly misspelled on the tablet in the Alamo, also on the monument to the Heroes of the Alamo on the capital grounds at Austin. Also it is mispelled in the "History of the Alamo" by Henry-Ryder Taylor. The San Antonio Express some two or three months ago came out with a list of the heroes and the spelling of the name more nearly approached the correct way than any thing I've ever seen on it. But, it was not quite right and then had him listed as from Missouri instead of Kentucky.

I have a letter written in Washington Co., Texas April 4, 1841 from J. R. Mitchusson (brother of Edward F. Mitchusson) to my grandmother (sister to the brothers J.R. and Edward) relative to settling the affairs of Edward F. Mitchusson who died in the Alamo. Also I have legal papers and letters concerning the land which the State of Texas granted to the heirs of aforementioned Edward F. Mitchusson -- same heirs being the brother -- J. R. Mitchusson and my grandmother Lucretia M. Kevil.

Feeling that you are more interested in getting more and correct information on such matters I am doing what I have often intended to do but have neglected. But in this our year for remembering I felt that I must do something about this, and hence this letter to you. Please advise me if there are any other steps I should take concerning this matter.

Most sincerely yours, Lurena Kevil Bradley (Mrs. L. L. Bradley)

April 4th 1841 Letter from J. R. Mitchusson in Washington Co., Texas
Postmarked to Mr. D. M. Kevil, Princeton, Caldwell, Kentucky
[From Washington, 29 April, via New Orleans, paid: 1.50]
Letter apparently to Drury M. Kevil and Lucretia Mitchusson whose marriage was conducted by William Mitchusson on 11 Sept 1830 in Caldwell Co., KY.
Dear Sister and Brother,
I once more take my penn in hand to drop you afiew lines to let you know that I am enjoying good helth and sincerely hope that these will find you and yours enjoying the same blessing I rote to you about three months ago and started it and owing to bad management in the mail and the person theat I entrusted it to, it came back to me in about a month and oying to circumstances I have defured writting until now I have got Brothers land located but have not obtained adead from government yet but can do [it] shortley by applying shortley I found amongst what fiew papers I found of Brothers receits of I.J. Willson of Salartia for notes which Brother left in his collection to the amount of seven or eight hundred dollars and have given the in to the hands of J. W. Mann to trie if anything can be mad. I am looking for him everyday from [?]-----

I must now inform you that I am marred it may somewhat surprise you but it is true. I was marred on the first day of this month four days ago so you have asister that you have never seen. I have not marred for welth. I marred one that I thought was better calculated to ensure to me happiness and peace of mind than any other. Her name was Elezabeth Connell. I am livin with the familey her mother is dead and her father and five brothers and one sister is living together thay are not welthy but have plenty of every thing to live on and is respected by all of the neighbors and acquaintences I wish you could see her I know you would love her her brothers and sister feal like such to me. I would be glad if you would move to this country this fall the part of the country that I am living in is beyond doubt much better than whar you are living you can make aliving much better hear than you can thar I would not advise you to do anything that I thought was not to your advantage but I would advise youj to come and if you ware hear I would be satisfied you most rite to me whether you will com or not,, your affectionate Brother
JR Mitchusson

Dear brother and sister after my respects to you and family I want you to know that though I have never seen you I have a great desire to see you in Texas as I think it to be one of the prettyest countries in the continent and if you could see Texas you could not be hired to live in Kentucky.
EM [presumably: Elizabeth {Connell} Mitchusson]

From book: Austin Colony Pioneers, by Worth S. Roy, 1949, p. 54

Elizabeth Connell, sister of David C. Connell, married Jacob Mitcheson in Washington County, March 25, 1841. The Mitchesons settled at the town of Bartlett on the line of Williamson and Bell counties. Elizabeth's brother, David C. Connell of Washington County, Texas married Sarah Jane Clark, September 23, 1845. They had daughter Sarah Connell who married Reed.

1988 Letter from Reference Librarian, Texas State Library in Austin, Texas

Enclosed is an audited military claim for E. F. Mitchusson. Although there is little in the way of genealogical information for this claim, it does establish a relationship between E. F. Mitchuson and one Jacob Mitchusson, who served as attorney for the "heirs in law" of the former. Jacob was evidently a brother of the deceased. The records of the War Department also establish that Mitchusson was a doctor. The records go on to establish that Dr. Mitchusson joined the Texan Army before San Antonio de Bexar on or about 30 November 1835, and that he was wounded during the siege of that city. We also have a claim for a "J. R. Mitchusson" for the service on the the Somervell Expedition. The name "E. F. Mitchson" appears on the roll of Captain John Chenoweth's Company, February, 1836.

1952 Letter, General Land Office, State of Texas, Austin

In checking the records of this office, I find that Edward F. Mitcheson, by Certificate 546, received a grant of 1/3 league of land in Panola County, which was patented to his heirs June 13, 1853. The Certificate recites that he arrived in the Republic previous to the Declaration of Independance, was a single man and entitled to the above grant. The Certificate is dated April 27, 1838.

By Certificate No. 5052, Edward F. Mitchasson received a grant of 1,920 acres of land in Van Zandt County, which was patented to his heirs December 20, 1845. This Certificate states that he served faithfully and honorably in the Army of the Republic and having been killed at the Alamo was entitled to the above mentioned grant. This Certificate is dated December 12, 1838.

By Certificate No. 506, Edward F. Mitchison received a grant of 620 acres of land, 320 acres in Atascosa County and 320 acres in Runnels County. This Certificate also recites that he fell at the Alamo and was entitled to this grant. The Certificate is dated July, 1853 and patent was issued to his heirs April 20, 1873.

From book: Nacogdoches -- Gateway to Texas
by Carolyn Reeves Ericson, 1974, p. 102

MITCHESSEN, EDWARD F. -- arrived 1835; Citizenship Lists; Entrance Certificate 1835; Physician; b. ca 1807 Virginia; died 6 March 1836 at Alamo; came from Missouri and went with the Texas Army to San Antonio.

MITCHESSEN, JACOB -- Initiated into Milam Lodge #2 on 18 June 1838; administrator of estate of Edward F. -- his brother; died 25 June 1849 of cholera.

From book: The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence
by Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Anson Jones Press, Salado Texas MCMLIX pp. 6-7

[This excerpt is taken from the account of Jesse Badgett. It was published in the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock on April 12, 1836 and appears to be the source which mistakenly identified Dr. Edward F. Mitchusson as being from Virginia--a mistake which was long repeated.]

Text: Mr. Jesse B. Badgett, who was one of a small party who left Little Rock, for Texas, last fall, and who was a member of the late convention at Washington, the Seat of Government of Texas, returned to this place, on Sunday evening last, direct from that country, and has communicated to us the following highly interesting war news from the theater of war.
San Antonio, as heretofore stated, was taken by storm, by a overwhelming force, commanded by Gen. Santa Anna, in person, early on the morning of the 6th ult. The whole force of Col Travis, at its capture, was only 183 men, (14 of whom were on the sick list, and unable to take part in the battle.) They were ALL SLAIN. The seige lasted 14 days and nights, and, from the best information that could be obtained from a Mexican deserter, the Mexican loss during the siege amount to 881 killed and about 700 wounded... The following names of such of the officers who fell in defending San Antonio, as are recollected by Mr. Badgett:...Dr. Mitcherson of Va....

From: McLean, Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas, Volume XI

Letter from James Bowie to Henry Rueg, Natches August 3th [sic] 1835

[This puts Edward F. Mitchusson in Texas by at least August 1835, and he appears to have been trusted by Jim Bowie. We can wonder how long he had known Bowie at this time. Had he served with Jim Bowie before?]

Sir I have made my tour through the Indian villiages and make this my Report. The Shawnees were all in a drinking frollick which I Learned before reaching them and did not call on them, I then went to Big Mushes villiag where I found him and all his People drinking and dancing, waited on them one day to get sober but they did not and I then Proceded to Bowls villiage which I found in good disposition he called his war chiefs and councelors togeathor and after a counsel with them he agreed to go himself and all his men on the Proposed [deleted: trip] campaign, and amediately dispateched his couriers to all the Cherokees and Shawnees to meet at his house in four days from today in order to march with me...[goes on to tell of abuses, particularly a trader name Holland Coffee at Coffees trading house--now the southwestern part of Tillman Co., OK--who instructed Indians to kill Mexicans, and ok'd their killing Americans]...The Cherokees are anxious that you should send with Them as many of the Mexicans that live at Nacoagdoches as you can--for more of the particulars I refer you to Doctor Mitcherson who will bear this.
Yours with respect,
James Bowie

With special thanks to Co-Researchers of these MITCHUSSON families:
Jerry Horton -- Jacob R. Mitchusson line

Rev. Dr. Douglas K. Showalter

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