Significant Discovery

Two days ago a group of us were tromping through Evergreen cemetery when Brian Palmer noticed the sun lighting up a big grave marker off to the side of the road so he went to check it out. It turned out to be the grave marker for Thomas Mitchell, brother of John Mitchell Jr. I had been looking for this grave for 7 years and now through serendipity we found it. Yesterday four of us went back and cleared the grave so we could see the grave marker. Today, after working at East End, we met his great grandson, John Mitchell, at Evergreen and showed him the grave. Below is a picture of the grave before we started clearing and then a picture of John Mitchell beside the grave.

Thomas Mitchell died in 1900. He was the manager of the Richmond Planet. In August of 1901 they had a dedication ceremony for his grave marker. A newspaper article from that time says that 10,000 people witnessed the dedication and unveiling of the monument. There were marching bands and a reviewing stand. Also below is a picture of the monument from the newspaper article and a picture of Thomas Mitchell.


1 Reply to "Significant Discovery"

  • Barbara
    February 19, 2017 (10:44 am)

    This is a great service everyone is doing to restore the East End Cemetery.

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