Miller Isbell

Miller Isbell

Sevier County, Tennessee, USA
Death Apr 1859 (aged 58–59)
Franklin County, Alabama, USA
Burial Franklin County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 71097204 · View Source
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Son of William and Sarah Isbell of Lincoln County, Tennessee and Jackson County, Alabama.

Said to have moved from Jackson County to Franklin County in 1845. Some give his name as William Miller Isbell but may be confusing him with his nephew, W. Miller Isbell of Jackson Co., Alabama.
Miller Isbell and family lived halfway between Russellville and Moulton near Macedonia Church.

Thought to be buried there with his wife Sarah, their son John Isbell and his wife.
Sarah Isbell died by 1850. Miller Isbell, his son and daughter-in-law Mr. and Mrs. John Isbell, all died 1858-59.

On March 1, 1858, Miller Isbell patented three tracts and his son John one tract in Section 2 of Township 6s, Range 10w, across the road and just northeast of Macedonia cemetery which was established in 1835.
The address of Macedonia Baptist Church today is 37657 Highway 724; mailing address is 37050 Hwy 724, Russellville, AL 35654.

John Isbell married soon after the 1850 census and was shown in the 1855 state census living next door to his father's family. By that time, John had one son and two daughters, and another son was born in 1857.
About 1859 many of the family appear to have died, probably an epidemic, which broke up the family and scattered those remaining.

Miller Isbell is said to have married Sarah Womack (Pauline Jones Gandrud, ALABAMA RECORDS, Volume 162, Jackson County, page 90).
Some family trees show his wife as Ann E. Morris It is not known that there were two wives, but the same family trees showing him marrying Ann E. Morris show their marriage occurring in Jackson Co., AL. in 1863, which was after his death in 1859.
Some confuse him with his nephew Miller Isbell, son of John William Isbell and Sarah Roden, who also lived in Jackson Co., AL., but who married Anna L. (Liza/Elizabeth) Barclay. There were others named Miller. Another nephew (brother Levi's son) was Elijah Miller Isbell who married Elizabeth Jane Dowdy.

Children of Miller and Sarah Isbell:
1 John Isbell (1830-1859)
2 Mary Ann Isbell born 1832, twin (married James M. Holliman)
3 William Isbell (1832-1914), twin, unmarried
4 Margaret Jane Isbell (b. May 1836,d. Oct 19, 1914) married Wm. H. Muston
5 Martha P. Isbell (b. May 1836, d.Oct 8, 1934), twin of Margaret Jane, although both her tombstone and the 1900 census give her birth as Oct. 1847; married Wm. J. Kerby/Kirby)
6 Lavinia Isbell (12 Feb 1840-14 Apr 1893) married William Riley McCain
7. Mariah Isbell b. c1842 (Isbell Country p.29; not on 1850 census)
8. Malinda Isbell b. c1844 (ibid.; not on 1850 census)
9. Eliza Isbell b. c1847 (Isbell Country, p.30; not on 1850 census)
10. Nancy b. c1849 (Isbell Country, p. 30; not on 1850 census)

The estate of Miller Isbell's brother Zachariah proves all the children and known grandchildren of his parents William and Sarah Isbell:
Dekalb Co, AL Probate Record E (15?), p.491: Zachariah Isbell Estate
Dekalb Co., AL Probate Minutes H-K, p.583, Final Settlement 1 Nov 1892, finished 1897.
"This Probate dated 12 Oct 1890-4 Oct 1892." The estabe was voluminous and contains many pages filed in various books, files and folders.
"That Miller Isbell a deceased brother of decedent left him surviving and as entitled to distribution in said estate his two children William [and] Mary Ann Isbell."

The late researcher Ethlyn Rainey said that Mary Ann and William were twins, also Margaret Jane and Martha were twins. She probably based this solely on the 1850 census, but she did interview numerous relatives throughout North Alabama in her 40 years of Isbell research, and her grandfather (whose widow lived with Ethlyn and her parents) recorded all his first cousins and their descendants in the 1890s for his uncle Zachariah's estate.
Odessa Isbell of Valley View, Texas had some different theories regarding some of the ages of the children. Names of some children not appearing in the 1850 census are from William Jesse Isbell Jr.'s research but not, apparently, from a family bible; possibly from loose returns in the estate of Miller Isbell's brother Zachariah (Dekalb County, Alabama, 1896).

In the 1855 state census, the Isbells lived near Rufus Landers/Sanders, and the same neighbors (Sharp, Riley Sparks, etc) appear in the census in 1860 but the Isbells do not. Reuben A Mitchell and William Hurst were the largest farmers/planters. Miller Isbell's elder son John Isbell married after the 1850 census and is shown in 1855 next door, married with children who were orphaned by 1860.

William and Mary Ann are not found in 1860.
In 1860, James Holliman lived with Miller Isbell's sister, Rebecca Isbell Bruton & husband Madison M. Bruton. According to some family trees, Mary Ann married James Holliman. This may be based on the 1870 census in which William Isbell (35) lived with Mary Ann Holliman (shown as age 40 [sic?]) and husband James Holliman 36. William was shown as a shoemaker, unmarried. Mary Ann Holliman died 1875-1880 and William Isbell was not found in the Holliman household in 1880.
Maria, Malinda, Eliza, and Nancy are not found on the 1860 census either.

Jane, Martha, and William were living in Franklin County, Tennessee in 1896, according to Zachariah Isbell estate file (Isbell Country, p.29), but that could be wrong, misconstrued or old information in letters, messages or oral communications received by Elijah Miller Isbell in executing the estate.
Maria, Malinda, Eliza, and Elizabeth are not found on the 1850 census nor the 1860, so their estimated birth dates could be wrong and they could have been born after 1850. Or they could be grandchildren instead of children, if listed in loose returns of the Zach Isbell estate.
William was in Franklin Co., AL. in 1900; Jane and Martha in Lawrence Co., AL. in 1900.

1 John Isbell (England to Gloucester County, Virginia by 1664), presumptive father of
2 William Isbell of Isbell Spring, St. John's Parish, King William County; father of Henry, William Jr., John
+ wife unknown; next door to Enfield Plantation
3 Henry Isbell b.c1690 of Orange Co.; constable of Caroline Co., d. c1760
+ daughter of "James Cox, Gent.," d c1739 St. Mark's Parish, Orange Co. (July 25, 1733; Spots Orders, 7 Aug, p.240); sons: William, James, Henry Jr., Zachariah
4 Hon. Capt. Zachary/Zachariah Isbell b c1722-6
+ Elizabeth
5 Lt. Zachariah Isbell Jr.
+ Elizabeth Miller
6 William Z Isbell
+Sarah Richardson
7 Miller Isbell 1800-1859
+ Sarah Womack



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  • Find a Grave Memorial 71097204
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Miller Isbell (1800–Apr 1859), Find a Grave Memorial no. 71097204, citing Macedonia Cemetery, Franklin County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Ray Isbell (contributor 47188697) .