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Harrison County, Indiana Obituaries

Contributed by Marsha Belty

April 2005



Death of Isaiah Mitchem

Rep. March 11, 1920




Isaiah Mitchem, an aged and well known colored citizen, died at his home six miles south of

Corydon last Monday night. Mr. Mitchem had a good farm and a comfortable home and was

an industrious and worthy man. His age was eighty-eight years and he is survived by his aged

companion, Aunt Polly and nine children. He was a son of the late Dr. Lyttleton Mitchem, who

practiced medicine for many years and was recognized as a man of fine intellect. Like his father,

Isaiah was gentlemanly in his bearing and his relations with others were marked by exceptional

courtesy and pleasantness. He had many friends both white and colored and all who knew him

held him in the highest regard. Burial was at Cedar Wood yesterday.


Mary Ann Mitchem

April 19, 1928

Death has removed another member of the Mitchem family, early colored pioneers in the community seven miles south of Corydon. 

     Mary Ann Mitchem, widow of Isaiah Mitchem, died suddenly and unexpectedly at her home near Cedar Wood last evening about five o'clock

following a severe hemorrhage. Her age was ninety-one years. 

     The Mitchem family settled in this county more than a century ago but Aunt Mary Ann, or Polly Ann, as she was commonly called, came about

fifty years later. She was from Kentucky and had been a slave.

     Her surviving children are Mrs. Kate Jackson of Louisville, Mrs. Dora Cobin, of this county, Alex Mitchem, remaining at home, Mrs. Marinda

Bray, of Louisville, Mrs. Ellen Skinner, now at home, James and Shadrach Mitchem, of this county, and Whitcomb Mitchem, of Cincinnati.

     Interment was in the family burying ground on the Mitchem homestead Wednesday afternoon.



Death of Mrs. Polly Ann Mitchem

May 2, 1928

    Mrs. Polly Ann Mitchem, widow of Isaiah Mitchem, died quite suddenly and unexpectedly at her home seven miles south

of Corydon. Death was caused from a severe hemorrhage.

     She was ninety one years of age. She came to this county from Kentucky where she was a slave. Her husband's family

settled in this community more than a century ago, but Mrs. Mitchem came about fifty years later.

     Funeral services were the following Wednesday and burial was in the Mitchem cemetery.

     She is survived by eight children. Mrs. Kate Jackson and Marinda Bray, of Louisville, Whitcomb Mitchem, of

Cinncinati, Mrs. Ellen Skinner, James and Bladroch Mitchem, all of this county.