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John Miller Isbell
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Birth: 1777
Washington County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug. 25, 1853
Monroe County
Tennessee, USA

DIED AUG. 25, 1853, AGE 76.

Born 1777 Washington County, North Carolina (present-day Tennessee). Some say he was born in South Carolina.
Son of Zachariah Isbell Jr.

Zachariah Isbell Sr. and Jr. fought at the Battle of King's Mountain during the Revolutionary War. Zachariah Isbell Jr. married Elizabeth Miller, daughter of John and Hannah Miller of Virginia. Zachariah Sr.'s wife was also named Elizabeth, according to most researchers, but her name on a South Carolina land records in 1756 is Catherine.

March 22, 1796: Zachariah Isbell Jr. was living in Sevier County, Tennessee (ref., Jefferson Co. TN Deed Book C, p. 232; Land Deeds of Jefferson County TN 1792-1814 (1991), by Boyd Holdaway, p.54; Sevier County, Tennessee Pre-1856 Courthouse Fire Records (2009), by George and Juanita Fox, p. 134).

First Families of Tennessee (East Tennessee Hstorical Society): Zachariah Isbell, Jr., died in Sevier County in 1796-99 leaving three sons: William Isbell, Levi Isbell and John Miller Isbell. These three signed the August 1799 Petition of Sevier County to the Tennessee State legislature. William and Levi went together to Lincoln County, Tennessee, and later Alabama, while John Miller Isbell moved to Monroe County, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Gazette and Metro District Advertiser, Nov. 7, 1804: "Ranaway from subscriber living in Sevier county on the waters of the French Broad River, a negro named PETER. He is about 25 years old, 5 ft. tall, very stout and has a scar on one cheek. John Miller Isbell."
Similar classified advertisement with some rewording in the Tennessee Gazette, November 14, 1804, page one.

John Miller Isbell was a soldier in the War of 1812, for which service he received land on Corntassle Branch in the Hopewell community of Monroe County. More than six generations of the family lived here. They were among the founders of the Hopewell Baptist Church where several generations have been members.

John Miller Isbell's first wife is unknown, but she died after the 1840 census. He is said to have married a second wife, Adaline Hawkins, recorded as John M. Isbell to Mary A. Hawkins, Jul 2, 1845, in Monroe Co., TN. marriages. He married his third wife, Margaret Garganus, on December 22, 1847.

His name is listed as Miller Isbell on the 1830 and 1850 censuses of Monroe County and as John M. Isbel on the 1840 census. The 1850 census also documents that he was born in Tennessee 1777.

A large number of his descendants today spell the name Isbill and sometimes give his name as John Miller Isbill.

Researcher Robert T. Lee, Jr. believed that John Miller Isbell's son Jason was the Jason (1808-1853) of Panola County, Miss., and had a son named John Miller Isbell, while others believe he was the Jason (1803-1870) of Walker County, Georgia, who also had a son John M. The two were probably first cousins, one being Jason II.
Family links: 
  Zachariah Isbell (1745 - 1799)
  Elizabeth Miller Isbell (1750 - 1796)
  William Isbill (1798 - 1876)*
  Jason Isbell (1803 - 1870)*
  Martin Isbell (1805 - 1883)*
  Pendleton Isbill (1807 - 1887)*
  John Isbell (1810 - ____)*
  William Zachariah Isbell (1769 - 1826)*
  Levi Isbell (1770 - 1850)*
  John Miller Isbell (1777 - 1853)
*Calculated relationship
Hopewell Baptist Cemetery
Monroe County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Ray
Record added: Apr 25, 2010
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John Miller Isbell
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John Miller Isbell
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Reat well Grandpa, And "Thank YOU" for your service. Your 5th Great Granddaughter Hazel Evert Inglis
- Hazel Inglis
 Added: Oct. 25, 2015

- Michael Kirby
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