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Sophia Mitchell

Sophia Mitchell. Date unknown. But obviously in her later years.

Daughter of Wiley Mitchell (1802 - 1862) & his wife Martha Patsy Wilkinson, Sophia Mitchell was born on May 21, 1834 in Franklin county, Georgia.

1850 United States Federal Census



District No.: 82
County: Franklin
State: Georgia
Date: Oct. 26, 1850

Name Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
Wiley Mitchell M 48 South Carolina Farmer
Martha Mitchell F 46 Georgia
Burrell Mitchell M 24 Georgia Farmer
Elisbes B Mitchell F 21 Georgia
Nancy Mitchell F 20 Georgia
Henry Mitchell M 18 Georgia Farmer
Sophia Mitchell F 15 Georgia
Wiley T Mitchell M 13 Georgia
Elisha Mitchell M 11 Georgia
Sarah Mitchell F 9 Georgia
Rolen Mitchell M 7 Georgia
Larkin Franks M 23 Georgia Farmer

Note: “Rolen Mitchell” was actually Roland Mitchell.


Source: Household ID: 1004 , Line Number: 10 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: M432 , Affiliate Film Number: 70 , GS Film Number: 7066 , Digital Folder Number: 004193239 , Image Number: 00148

1850 United States Federal Census. Wiley Mitchell's family begins on line 4.


On August 26, 1852, Sophia Mitchell (age 18) married Anderson Smith Randal (age 19) in Lavonia, Georgia (Franklin County, Georgia).1)

It is important to note the minor discrepancies between Wiley Mitchell's 1850 and 1860 United States Federal Census, because the majority of discrepancies appear to be corrections.

1860 United States Federal Census



County: Franklin
State: Georgia

Name Gender Age Birthplace
Wiley Mitchell M 57 South Carolina
Martha Mitchell F 56 Virginia
Nancy Mitchell F 28 Georgia
Eli W Mitchell M 21 Georgia
Sallie Mitchell F 18 Georgia
Roland Mitchell M 16 Georgia

Source: “United States Census, 1860,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MZMB-MXH : accessed 22 January 2015), Wiley Mitchell, Sub Division, Franklin, Georgia, United States; from “1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population,” Fold3.com; citing p. 647, household ID 767, NARA microfilm publication M653, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 803,121.

The most interesting discrepancy is that in the 1860 United States Federal Census, Martha Mitchell had changed her birthplace from Georgia to Virginia. Other differences are:

  • “Nancy Mitchell” now reports her age as 28 (when it should be either 29 or 30),
  • Elisha Mitchell” is now identified as “Eli W. Mitchell”,
  • “Sarah Mitchell” is now identified as “Sallie Mitchell” (which explains why Anderson Randal and Sophia Mitchell named their seventh child “Sallie”), and
  • “Rolen Mitchell” is now identified as “Roland Mitchell” (which explains why Anderson Randal and Sophia Mitchell named their sixth child “Roland”).

Shortly after the beginning of the “War of Northern Aggression”, Sophia's brother, Elisha (Eli) W. Mitchell (sometimes appearing as Mitchael) volunteered to serve in the Confederate 34th Infantry Regiment, Co. G. He was joined by his Brother-in-law (Sophia's husband), Anderson Smith Randal.

Initially a Private, Elisha W. Mitchell was soon promoted to 1st Corporal. Elisha W. Mitchell was first captured at Champion Hill, Mississippi, on May 16, 1863, and was captured again at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, 1863. Elisha W. Mitchell was paroled July 8, 1863.2)

1870 United States Federal Census


State: Georgia
County: Franklin
District: 206
Post Office: Fords Store
Date: July 13, 1870

Household Members:
Name - Age
Martha Mitchell - 66
Nancy Mitchell - 30


Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: District 206, Franklin, Georgia; Roll: M593_150; Page: 5B; Image: 227; Family History Library Film: 545649.

1870 United States Federal Census. Martha Mitchell (the correct age to be Sophia's mother) appears on line 16. Anderson Randal's family begins on line 27.

Consistent with the 1860 United States Federal Census, Martha Mitchell reports her birthplace as Virginia. However, Nancy Mitchells age is recorded as 30 (when it should be 39). This was likely an error by the census taker.

Sophia Mitchell Randal died on July 20, 1900 in Hart County, Georgia.

2)
“Pedigree Resource File,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3SVP-7YR : accessed 2015-01-22), entry for Elisha W. /Mitchell/.
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