On August 28, 1807,
Jacob Mitchell, Daniel Haston, Joseph Haston, and Isham Bradley (known to
have been a friend of the Haston family from their Knox County years)
acquired plots of land that were strategically located around what became
known as Big Spring branch, or Haston's Big Spring. (See
the map below)
Mitchell's land did not have direct access to the head of the spring, his
property line ran along Big Spring branch for some 1500 feet, with more
frontage to the stream than any of the four Big Spring area tracts.
It could be argued that he, not Joseph, received the second best
location. Why was he given such a prominent location? Probably
he was a part of the Daniel Haston family, by marriage.
It has been said
that there is a Morris Mitchell
family Bible which contains an entry indicating that Jacob Mitchell was
married to Lucinda Hastings (no date given). The Bible was
down to his son, Stephen Mitchell, who passed it down to his son, Frank,
who passed it down to his daughter, Rachel Caroline, who passed it down to
her son, Glenn Cowan. It became known as the Cowan Bible.
Glenn Mitchell Cowan was born in 1910 and had at least one daughter,
Carnation Cowan (born about 1938 in Polk County, MO as per
1940 US Census). Source of the above information: LuAnn Penrod
Facebook Chat Between Wayne Haston and
LuAnn Penrod Smith - February 25, 2017
Here's what I have on the Bible: Rachel Caroline
Mitchell, daughter of Franklin Pierce Mitchell and
granddaughter of Stephen Mitchell, married James L. Cowan
June14, 1908 in Polk county Missouri. Their son Glenn
Mitchell Cowan Mitchell (born c.1910) inherited Morris
Mitchell's Bible now referred to as the Cowan Bible. He had
a daughter named Carnation Cowan and I never located her. I
don't have much on Jacob Mitchell. I have that he married
Lucinda Hastings in Monroe County [probably Knox County],
Tennessee. He may have had 4 sons and 4 daughters but I
couldn't locate him in 1850 or 1860 censuses. He is
mentioned in Morris Mitchell's Will.
LuAnn Penrod Smith - Lujac@comcast.net
The Bible record
that appears at the bottom of this page,
was probably from the Bible of Morris Mitchell's son, Stephen.
Thus, it does mention the birth of Jacob Mitchell but not his marriage. If you have
information related to evidence of a Jacob Mitchell - Lucinda Hastings
marriage, please contact
Thomas C. Mitchell
(great grandson of Morris Mitchell), sometime before the mid-1920s,
indicated in his record of the
Morris Mitchell family that Jacob Mitchell married "Lucyna Hasting."
If Jacob Mitchell's
wife was Lucinda Hastings, then it would seem likely that Jacob was the
son in law of Daniel Hastings/Haston. That would explain why Jacob
was included in this close community of early White County
"Lucinda" (or "Loucinda") was a popular name of that
era, it may be significant that David & Peggy Haston named their third
It was a common practice to name children after the parents' siblings,
particularly when they had a close, ongoing relationship with the
Here are some of the
additional things that we have learned about Jacob Mitchell, primarily
from various Mitchell family researchers, such as Virginia Mitchell
Barry and LuAnn
Penrod Smith (Lujac@comcast.net):
Born May 1, 1784,
probably in what is now east Tennessee (other sources say Montgomery County, MD
and Washington County, PA). According to an
two-years-younger brother (James) was born in what is now Greene
Hastings (no date or place given) - Given his 1784 birth date and the
1807 land purchase in White County, TN, Jacob was only 23 years old
when he purchased White County land. He must have married
Lucinda shortly before she (they) moved from Knox County or shortly
arrived arriving in White County (or somewhere along the way from
Knox County to White County). Since we have no marriage record
for them, it is doubtful that they were married in Knox County
because marriage records for that county were common in the early
years of the 1800s. According to his brother's obituary (Rev.
James Mitchell), the Mitchell family was living in the part of
then-Knox County, TN that is now Greene County, TN in 1786.
Second of 13
children born to Morris & Elizabeth (Hoosong) Mitchell
Elizabeth was the daughter of
Jacob Hussung, so her son "Jacob" was probably named for her
by Daniel Haston sometime before July 21, 1818
Man by same name
& age appears in Monroe County, TN 1830 census with wife and eight
children (four girls & four boys). No later TN records for
him, other than the sale of his 50 acres in White County in
Note: This (1830 timeframe) was about the same time that Isham
Bradley and Isaac Haston moved to the Monroe County/McMinn County
Sold this Big
Spring area 50 acres in White County to Pleasant White on September 4,
1840 census, he probably was living in Washington County, MO, but
there is no known record of him owning land in that county.
In that census there are three Mitchell families (plus some others
that are definitely not connected) -- the elder Jacob, a younger
Jacob, and Lorenzo. They are listed in close proximity to John Paul's
family. In 1842, Robert D. Mitchell married Martha M. Paul, daughter
of John Paul. Robert D. Mitchell may have been the son (younger
unnamed male in the household) of the elder Jacob. If the Monroe
County, TN, census is correct (with the family of four sons and four
daughters), this would account for three of the sons and the two young
females living with the elder Jacob in 1840 would be two of the
daughters. One of the women giving affidavit that they attended the
wedding of Robert D. & Martha Paul Mitchell might have been one of
these younger sisters; the other woman might have been a widow of the
younger Jacob Mitchell.
Mentioned in his
father's will. Bought some livestock from his father's estate
sale on February 29, 1848 in Polk County, MO. Estate papers for
his father include a note due from Jacob Mitchell for $5.00.
Appears to have
been living with Lorenzo Mitchell in Crawford County, Arkansas at the
time of the 1850 census.
In 1863 he and his (supposed)
daughter-in-law and one grandson participated in a strange "fruit
basket turnover" of property in Greene County, MO. Jacob bought
Martha's lot plus an adjoining lot and then, in 1866, sold it to the
grandson (Martha's son).
Rev. James Mitchell, was married to Sarah / Sallie Nave who was
born March 4, 1793 in Rockingham County, VA. They were married
October 6, 1808 in Knox County, TN. She was the daughter of
George Nave and Veronica Fanny Moore.
Major source for
Jacob Mitchell information: No. 2, "Jacob Mitchell" in
chapter two or
The 720 Descendents of Morris and Elizabeth Mitchell.
Sources for White
County real estate deed: General grant # 50 Certificate of Survey,
available from the Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville,
TN. Also, page 62 from Volume B of the White County, TN Deed Books
and page 20 of White County, TN Deed Abstracts (1801-1820) as abstracted
by Joyce Martin Murray.