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Name: Elizabeth Draper
Born: December 11, 1851 Virginia, USA
Died: February 12, 1922, 110 ½ East Leigh St. Richmond, Independent Cites, Virginia, USA
Spouse: William H. Mitchell
Partner: Eccles Max Cuthbert
Parents: Patrick Draper
Occupation: Washer Woman /Midwife
Cause of Death: Cerebral Softening Due to Embolism
Date of Burial: February 14, 1922
Funeral: First African Baptist Church
                 Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
Mortuary:  A.D. Price Jr. Funeral Home
                    210-12 East Leigh St.
                    Richmond, Independent Cites, Virginia, USA
Informant: Maggie Lena Walker [Deceased daughter]
                     110 ½ East Leigh St.
                     Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA 9104631
Interment: Evergreen Cemetery, Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA

Elizabeth Mitchell  in the Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Elizabeth Mitchell [Elizabeth Draper]  Gender: Female Race: Black Age at Death: 70 Birth Date:1852 Death Date:12 Feb 1922 Death Place: Richmond, Henrico, Virginia, USA Registration Date:             14 Feb 1922 Father: Patrick Draper Spouse:Wm Mitchell


Maggie Lena Walker Family Tree


Eccles Max Cuthbert
Dispatch Times Correspondence Editor



Name: Eccles William Max Cuthbert
Born: 1840 Kildare, Ireland
Died: July 13, 1902 Garfield Memorial Hospital Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Partner: Elizabeth Draper
Parents: William Montgomery Cuthbert, Mary Daly
Occupation: New Paper Reporter
Military: Confederate Army
                 Confederate Soldier South Carolina Regiment: 1st Company: H, Ref: Cemetery Records
Cause of Death: Heart Disease
Date of Burial: July 15, 1902
Age at Death: YRS: 62
Funeral: Grace Episcopal Church 
                Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
Mortuary: Mortuary Chapel at Hollywood
                Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 92989248
Interment:  Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Plot: Section: Soldiers Section East

The Washington Times [Washington, District of Columbia] July 14, 1902 Page: 1
 Death of Colonel Eccles Cuthbert
                        Well-Know Correspondent Dies of Heart Disease
Had Been Ill at Garfield Hospital Prominent in Newspaper Circles and Well Known by Statesman.
“Colonel” Eccles Cuthbert, one of the best-known newspaper men in the country, who had been correspondent at Washington for a number of out-of-town papers for many years past, died at Garfield Memorial Hospital about 5 O’clock yesterday afternoon.  He had been affected with heart trouble for some years and had been compelled to relinquish his duties several times during that period.  He reported the recent session of Congress, but about a week ago he again went to the hospital suffering from heart trouble. He had been able to receive his friends there, and an hour before his death he had conversed with several of them.

Born in Ireland.
Born in Ireland, Colonel Cuthbert came to this country when a boy and settled in the Carolinas.  At the outbreak of the civil war he took up arms with the South and rose from the ranks to a captaincy, which he held at the close of the conflict.  He took up newspapers work and was one of the most successful men in the business.  

Years ago he had charge of the “New York Herald’s “staff of correspondents in the South, with headquarters in Richmond, and later he was connected with the United Press at the Virginia Capital. He  also filled several positions on the “Richmond Dispatch,” and came to Washington some years ago as its correspondent.  He also covered the field for the “Norfolk Ledger” and the “Richmond News.”

Very Familiar Figure.  
“Colonel” Cuthbert was one of the most familiar figures on newspaper row, and on account of his quiet manners and amiable disposition made friends of all he met.  He was well acquainted with all the statements, politicians, and Government officials of the day, and knew more Southern people probably then any man in Business.  Among many he was called familiarly “Max.”

Colonel Cuthbert was sixty-two years of age, and was never married.  He has a brother living in San Francisco, who is engaged in commercial business.  Funeral arrangements have not been made, but the remains will probably be taken to Richmond for interment.  A special committee of Correspondents will probably look after the funeral.


 Maggie L ena Walker
 Evergreen Marker

Name: Maggie Dalena Cuthbert
Alias: Maggie Lena Mitchell, Maggie Lena Walker
Born: July 15, 1864 Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
Died: December 15, 1934 Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
Spouse: Armstead Walker
Parents: Eccles Max Cuthbert, Elizabeth Draper 
Occupation: Financial Business Woman
                         First Woman to open, Operate & President of a Major Bank
Cause of Death: Diabetes & Gangrene
Date of Burial: December 19, 1934
Age at Death:  YRS; 70 MOS: 5 DYS: 0
Funeral: First African Baptist Church
                Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
Mortuary: A.W. Price Jr.
                   210 Leigh Street
                   Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
Informant: Melvin Dewitt Walker  Deceased Son
                     110 E. Leigh Street
                     Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 9104631
Interment:  Evergreen Cemetery Plot: Section Y, Plot 2
                      Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA

Maggie Lena Walker  in the Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Maggie Lena Walker [Maggie Lena Mitchell] Gender: Female Race: Black Age at Death: 63 Birth Date: abt 1871 Death Date: 15 Dec 1934 Death Place: Richmond, Virginia, USA Registration Date: 19 Dec 1934 Father: William Mitchell Mother: Elizabeth Draper Spouse: Armstead Walker Jr


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Date: Sunday, December 16, 1934 Paper: Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) Page: 1 

Maggie L. Walker, Noted Leader of Negroes, Dies at Home Here
Mrs. Maggie L. Walker, Richmond’s most distinguished Negro Citizen died at 8:30 O’clock last night at her home at 110 East leigh Street.  She has been active for more than 50 years in the business and educational life of the city.
Mrs. Walker, acclaimed by many the greatest Negro race leader since Booker T. Washington, was honored by members of her race in every part of the country.
Builder of the Independent Order of St. Luke, a fraternal Insurance Company and the oldest and second largest, Negro organization in the United States.  Mrs. Walker and also the distinction of being the only American Negro woman to be president of a bank.
She was chairman of the board of directors of the Consolidated Bank and Trust Company, formerly the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank. And institution founded in 1902 which has weathered every financial cribs and still stands, a monument to Negro business ability. It has resources of more than $500,000.  Mrs. Walker was president of the Bank for 25 years and retired to assume the chairmanship of its board two years ago.  Respond one of the wealthiest of American Negro Women, Mrs. Walker was also a leader in Negro Education and a pioneer in Negro Social Work.

Date: Sunday, December 16, 1934 Paper: Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia)  Page: 6  

Negro Leader, Dies

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As head of the order of St. Luke, she found the St. Luke Educational Fund, to assist Negro boys and girls to get educations.

She was also organizer and president of the Council of Colored Women, trustee of the National Training School in Washington, national director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, board member of the National Urban League, the Negro Organization Society and the Virginia Interracial Committee.


She served for some years upon appointment of various Governor of the Virginia as the Negro member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Industrial School for Girls and the Virginia Manual Labor School in Hanover County.

Her great life achievement, however, was the building up of the Independent Order of St. Luke from a struggling insurance society to an extensive organization covering 24 States and touching the life of Negroes in every population center in the country. 

With this Society, Mrs. Walker has been connected in various capacities for nearly half a century.  The order was founded in Baltimore in 1867.  Mrs. Walker became connected with it in 1886, became grand secretary in 1899, and built it up until it had collected over $3,000, 000 in premiums and become a national institution.

In Richmond, Mrs. Walker was regarded by her fellows with a veneration akin to awe.  She was the literal ruler of the Negro life of the city, and her word was accepted as oracular by thousands of admires.

Parents Were Slaves

Maggie Mitchell was born Maggie Lena Mitchell, daughter of Elizabeth Draper and William Mitchell.  Who were Slaves belonging to Van-Lew family of Richmond.

Her early life was lived in the Shadow of on Church Hill, of the Celebrated Miss Elizabeth Van-Lew who conducted an “Underground railway” for runaway slaves in pre-war days and furnished the Union Army with information during the days of 1861-1865

As a girl she attended the Richmond Public Schools and in 1888 graduated from the Colored High and Normal School at the head of her class.  For three years after her graduation she taught school in Richmond schools.

On September 14, 1890, she married Armistead Walker, who died about 20 years ago.  One son, Melvin DeWitt Walker, survives her and for grandchildren, Maggie Laura, Armistead, Nannie Evelyn and Elizabeth Mitchell Walker.  A foster daughter, Pollie Payne, also survives.

Injured by a fall some years ago.  Mrs. Walker was confined to a wheel chair the later years of her life.  Nothing daunted, she went everywhere in a wheel chair, and even had a special limousine constructed to carry her chair with her in trips to other cities.


Ill health, forced Mrs. Walker to discontinue many of her activities in recent months.  In October she was honored by the Negroes of the United States when the whole month was observed, by all Negro Organizations.  As “Maggie L. Walker Month,” and a thousand statuettes of her placed in Negro homes, schools and business houses.

She was the recipient of several honorary degrees and was as much respected by the white race as she was venerated by her own. She headed the Negro section of the Community Fund drive a number of times and was prominent in all community enterprises.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.


Date: Sunday, December 16, 1934 Paper: Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia) Page: 2  
Walker—Maggie L. Walker died Saturday, December 15, 1934, at 8 P.M. at her residence, 110 East Leigh Street.  She leaves to mourn their loss one son, Melvin DeWitt Walker; four grandchildren, Maggie Laura Walker, Armstead Walker, Evelyn Walker and Elizabeth Mitchell Walker; a foster daughter, Polly A. Payne; two daughters-in-law, Hattie M.F. Walker and Ethel M. Walker, and a host of other relatives and friends.  Funeral notice later.
 A.D. Price Jr., Funeral Director.


Maggie L. Walker
THE passing of Mrs. Maggie L. Walker removes from the scene one of the greatest Negro leaders in America, and probably the foremost member of the colored race ever born in Virginia, with the single exception of Booker T. Washington.  The Founder of Tuskegee was a native of Franklin County, while Mrs. Walker was born here in Richmond.

Mrs. Walker was an important influence in the up building of her race, a sane counsellor in time of stress, a wise and successful business executive, a generous-hearted contributor to charitable causes, and a wholesome influence in interracial relationships.

She was so quiet and unobtrusive in manner, that many Richmonders were perhaps unaware that she was a national figure, an outstanding Negro leader whose career was inspiration to the members of her race from coast to coast.

Few representatives of any race come into the world with more native ability, more sound business acumen than that with which Mrs. Walker was endowed.  The child of former slaves, she began life with few advantages, but she made the most of her opportunities and her influence soon was felt in the community. Her Richmond bank successfully weather the depression, and the Independent Order of St. Luke was brought to its present state of usefulness through her efforts.

I t is doubtful if any Negro now living in the South has attained to greater eminence than Maggie L. Walker had achieved when she died on Saturday, with the possible exception of Dr. Robert R. Morton, the retiring head of Tuskegee Institute.  The esteem in which she was held by Negroes Through-out America is attested by the observance of “Maggie L. Walker Month” in October by Negro organizations in all parts of the country.

Her death, following a protracted illness in which she bore her sufferings with notable fortitude, leaves a gap in the ranks of American Negro leadership which can be filled only with difficulty.  Certainly here in Richmond there is no one at the moment who can replace her.  She was subgenres


Married: September 14, 1886: Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA
 Maggie L. Mitchell in the Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
Name: Maggie L. Mitchell Gender: Female Marital Status: Single Age: 22 Birth Date: 1864 Birth Place:  Richmond Marriage Date: 14 Sep 1886 Marriage Place: Richmond, Virginia Father: William Mitchell Mother: Elizabeth Mitchell Spouse: Armistead Walker Jr. FHL Film Number:2048498 Reference ID: p 69


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