• Simeon Alexander Smith was another transplanted Rhode Islander who purchased a large amount of land in and around Tomasville.
Part of the land Smith purchased later became Paradise Park, which is located between Hansell Street and Broad Street. Tis park was locally referred to as “Yankee Paradise” due to the northern vacationers who frequented the park.
Under an agreement between Smith’s estate and the City of Tomasville, the park was acquired so that it could be forever used as a public space.
• Perry Bowen was a popular supporter of secession during the years prior to the Civil War. Bowen helped organize charity drives to collect food and clothing for Confederate soldiers. When making his funeral arrangements, Bowen insisted on having his coffin made of local wood because he believed, “A Southern man should not be buried in Northern metallic coffins.”
• Isaac Mitchell was born in either 1795 or 1796 in South Carolina. Aſter marrying Prussia Cotton in 1825, the pair moved to Tallahassee, FL to start a family and establish a plantation. During their time in Tallahassee, Prussia gave birth to two sons, William in 1829 and Tomas in 1835. Shortly aſter Tomas’ birth, the family acquired land in Tomas County and relocated.
• Little is known of William C. Mitchell. According to the 1850 census, he worked on his family’s plantation as a farmer, although this was likely a managerial position. William later joined the Tomasville Guards, a volunteer regiment of the 29th Georgia Battalion, during the Civil War. He survived the war, but died shortly aſter in 1868.
• The two monuments in the Mitchell lot are inscribed with the names Dr. Isaac Mitchell and William C. Mitchell, 2nd Lt., Company E, 29th GA Volunteers.
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