Mixsonian

 THE MIXON-MIXSON FAMILY

JOHN MIXON III

3 JOHN MIXON III, s. of John and Grace Mixon, was b. Feb. 14, 1680 in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia; d. in Carteret County, North Carolina, Feb. 27, 1734. John m. (1) to Prudence, b. abt 1683, Gloucester, Co. VA, d. abt 1726, m. (2) 1729 to Joyce (widow).

 

There are several reasons to conclude that this was one and the same John Mixon.

a. A large number of small farmers in Virginia had gone broke (some took the pauper's oath before leaving Virginia, others did not) and moved south to the Carolinas where there was another cash crop derived from pine trees that were more abundant, which furnished tar, pitch, lumber, etc. This was near the turn of the century and John must have been one of these small farmers. He was in Chowan County, NC by 1711, sued twice for debts within a year or so thereafter.

b. William Mixon, who must have been his brother, came four years later (April , 1715).

c. Some other parties associated with John in early North Carolina records were from Virginia.

On October 16, 1711, John and Prudence Mixon witnessed a deed made by John Phillips to Nicholas Tyner, recorded in the Court House at Edenton, Chowan County . On December 16, 1711, John Harris made his will in which he named John Mixon one of the executors. In 1713 John was sued by two different parties for debts. He obtained the services of an attorney who successfully defended him. (See Colonial Records of North Carolina for complete details).

In 1713 John Mixon was defendant in a lawsuit and agin in 1714, winning both.  In 1713 John and three other petition Court at Edenton to postpone pending suites against them on account of Indians, etc.Mixon Family (of North Carolina) Compiled by Miss Ada Mixon, Monticello Chapter, D.A.R., December 1946

In September, 1715, John Mixon bought lands from Capt. Matthew Midgett and his wife Jennett. He sold these lands to Anthony Alexander, June 13, 1718, which was after he had received several land grants totaling 710 acres located on Alligator River, Pasquotank Precinct. Another grant was made to him on Oct. 18, 1722, this one for 195 acres. He might have been living in this area when he witnessed the will of Jacob Varner, mariner, Sept. 15, 1715. (Grimes, Abstract of North Carolina Wills).

On March 22, 1718 he witnessed the will of George Whidbee, a resident on Alligator River. (Grimes, Abstract of North Carolina Wills).

On Sept. 26, 1717, Emanuel Cleaves executed his will, filed at April Court, Hyde County, 1718. He makes a bequest to his sister, Joyce Cleaves Phillips. Thomas Phillips, husband of Joyce, died early 1729 and John Mixon was appointed administrator. He returned to the Court an inventory of the goods and chattels of the estate, but no public sale was made.

On June 6, 1729, John and Joyce appear in open court at Bath and sign an agreement concerning the division and disposition of their personal property in the event of death of either. The agreement mentions her two children, Esther Hussey and Mary Severson, and his two children (evidently the only two still with him), John and Sabrath.

Thomas Phillips owned two plantations of about 125 acres each. On May 7, 1730 one plantation was sold to James Johnson, the other was sold to Thomas Hussey on June 6, 1730. Joyce joined her husband in this last deed. Since no further mention of her has been found, she probably died not long thereafter.

On March 18, 1731, John Mixon buys from William Howard 135 acres of land located on northeast side of White Oak River, Carteret County. Here he dies, intestate, Feb. 27, 1734. John Starkey, a public administrator, asks for administration and it was granted. Nicholas Hunter and Abraham Mitchell were his sureties. Inventory was made and rendered the court on Dec. 29, 1734. Included in the inventory were 14 head cattle, household goods, shop tools, 1 boat and sails, 2 canoes, 1 lot of fishing tackle, 107 pounds of pickled meat, 1 barrel of corn, 1 bushel salt, 600 broadrails, etc.

In 1738 John witnessed a will in Onslo County.  Mixon Family (of North Carolina) Compiled by Miss Ada Mixon, Monticello Chapter, D.A.R., December 1946

Public sale was had May 1, 1735. Some of those mentioned as being present were John Phillips, James Morgan, William Mixon and Robert Mixon. Mr. Starkey made his returns to the July Court (Onslow County - Carteret County was established in 1734 and the proceedings had begun in Onslow) and stated he had 52 pounds to be divided among six children of the deceased. Four of these children have been identified:

*4 George Mixon

*5 William Mixson

*6 John Mixon IV

7 Sabrah Mixon b. abt 1721

 

There are two other children not yet identified by name.  John Mixson’s estate was settled in 1735, and proceeds divided between six children, who were not named. (Onslow County, NC) .  The Robert Mixon mentioned above, it is believe, was the son of William Mixon, brother to John Mixon, III.


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