Bobbie, I just realized I have spoken with you before. You are one of Coy's granddaughters? Right?
I just got the Adam Mitts book, but it stops with John Wesley Mitts and I want to find out more about them if possible. I am also researching my Mother's family, and I get them mixed up in my head sometimes.
Anything you run into, I would appreciate your letting me know - send it to me in an e-mail or let me know where to look. It sounds like this family is in Tennessee for some time. Daddy alway just said that his Daddy came to Arkansas from Newport, Tennessee. I think I remember that so easily because I live in Newport, Arkansas.
I don't know if you have ever looked for or found this, but I was searching in the Jackson County, Arkansas web site in the cemeteries, and I found the Centerville Cemetery. Centerville is where Daddy was born (I think) and where he grew up. It was a community - I don't know if it was a town - just outside Tuckerman. I think it was West of Tuckerman or maybe Southwest. It is no longer a town. I don't know if there is anything there anymore except this cemetery. Wanda Mitts Reed(daughter of Ralph Mitts, a brother to Granville, I think), took on the task of cleaning up the cemetery some years ago. I think it is now maintained by someone or some committee. Wanda passed away recently.
Well, thanks again. Is your family all living in the same area or are youall living in different cities and states? The older I get, the more I realize how important family is. It is really all you have in this World. I guess God made it that way. When Mama and Daddy were living, most all of his brothers and sisters who were living lived in the Swifton area, and we saw each other if not daily at least once a week or so. When I was a child - before we bought a television set, we used to go over to my Aunt Lola's house sometimes and visit so we could watch TV. I don't think we actually said that, but we enjoyed it very much. I can still remember when we did not have one. The radio then sat in the place like the TV would now, and we all sat around and looked at it like we were actually going to see something!! My sister, Wanda, came to live with us one Summer while her husband was on temporary duty in the Bahamas for 6 months. They lived in Florida on Cape Canaveral (he was in the Air Force), and they had two children - one only a few months old, when Gene received the notice that he had to go to the Bahamas and set up some communication poles and wires, etc. His family could not go with him - because there was no place for them to stay - there was nothing there - not even a town - nothing. So Gene brought them to Arkansas to stay with us, and they brought their little 19" black and white TV home with them. By the time they left to go back To Florida, we were hooked. Daddy waited it out for a few weeks, and then went and bought one!
Uncle O.D. and my Daddy looked a whole lot alike - more alike, I think, that any of the brothers or sisters. He was a funny man. My Mother just loved his first wife, Ethel. Apparently, they lived near each other when she died. Recently, I found a clipping in the newspaper we have "The Jackson Countian". They print old news that they dig up from old newspaper accounts and court records. Once they published what was known about Uncle Ollie Mitts being killed by a fisherman when he was a Game Warden for the State of Arkansas. He had only been on duty like a couple of weeks or so, and he went to arrest this man for "fishing with unlawful nets". Apparently, they suspected him of other illegal activities but couldn't make anything stick. There was another officer with him. Anyway, they were going to take the guy in, and they told him to get a shirt (he had no shirt on), and when he came out of his tent, he had a shotgun under his shirt, and he shot Uncle Ollie between the eyes. He lived until they got him to a hospital, got word to Daddy, and Daddy drove to Batesville from Swifton. Daddy said he died just as he got there. That was 1937, and I imagine it took a long time for that all to happen. This newpaper guy went to Batesville and found the court records. I told him I didn't know the man's name, but I knew he didn't spend much time in jail for it. If you like, I will send you a copy of it. It's quite a big - it covered more than one page in the newspaper. Anyway, I started to say that in that same newspaper, the following appeared:
"MITTS BABY BIT BY SPIDER, DIES TWO DAYS LATER"
"July 15, 1938. The Tuckerman Record reported
that J. W. Mitts, two-year-old son of Mrs. O. D.
Mitts, who resided East of Swifton, died Monday
night as the result of a spider bite on his leg
three days previous.
"Besides his parents, the baby is survived by two
sisters, Vera Mae and Lula Belle, and five brothers,
Coy, Ernest, Leslie, Eugene and Bobby Joe Mitts.
"Funeral services were held at the Swifton Cemetery
Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 PM with New Home Furniture
I gotta go. Thanks again!
Paula (Mitts) Long
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