Mitchell, David and Margaret: First Generation - Page 4
The following data is extracted from David and Margaret Mitchell Genealogy.
by name, Col. Ralls. He claimed ownership in one hundred slaves and in eight hundred acres of land in the `Paradise of Kentucky.' With some trepidation I entered the lordly mansion, but on making myself known I was kindly received and entertained by the colonel and lady as the son of `little David Loughead,' as they called my father, who was but a boy of fourteen years when he left there. The colonel showed me the room which Rev. Robert Armstrong occupied while ministering to the congregation to which my grandfather belonged. He said the room had not been altered since Mr. Armstrong left it, thirty-four years before.
"My forefathers, both Lougheads and Kyles, belonged to the Associate Reformed Church in Kentucky, and were ministered to by Rev. Rankin. - In the hot contest in Kentucky about admitting slavery into the constitution of the state, Rev. Rankin took the slavery side, and preached a sermon to his congregation in its favor. The half or more of the congregation got up and left the house and never went back. The anti-slavery part of the congregation applied to the Associate synod of Scotland for supplies. Messrs. Armstrong and Fulton, two young bachelors, were sent out. In a short dine they were both settled over congregations. They arrived on the ground in the spring of 1798. Mr. Armstrong had charge of Cane Run, where grandfather lived, and boarded with him until the spring of 1804.
"I have a letter of Rev. Armstrong's before me, in which he gives to his friends in Scotland an account of his boarding place. He says: `For my board and lodging together with the keeping of my horse I pay only 15 pounds sterling (about $75) a year. My accommodations are very good and the people with whom I lodge are as kind and attentive as could be wished. Their temporal circumstances, as well as the interest they take in my affairs, place them beyond the consideration of making money by me. Indeed, this is the only place I have seen in Kentucky where I could live comfortably as a bachelor.' "
David Laughead died in 1824, aged about 'Y1 years, and his wife Elizabeth followed him the year after, at same age. Their remains lie in the Massie's Creek graveyard..
Children: 6 James; 7. David M.; 8 William; 9 Eleanora ; 10. Sarah; 11 Eliza; 12 Matilda; 13 Margaret.
Source: David and Margaret Mitchell Genealogy