John Jehu Mixon, s. of Jesse and Elizabeth Mixon, was b. in Effingham County, GA in1792, d. Oct. 3, 1855 from an accident that happened to him at his mill. He married on August 1, 1822 in Marion County, bur. Sweetwater Cemetery, Perry County, MS , MS to Rebecca Slade, the dau. of Samuel and Matilda? (Irby) Slade. She was born in Barnwell District, South Carolina, on March 15, 1807, d. Mar 1878.  Rebecca Mixon is buried on land belonging to John Franklin Mixon at one time, and now belongs to a Mr. Clinton, son of a Mr. Clinton who ran Clinton Lumber Company. The cemetery is off a road which runs parallel to the Indian Springs Road.

From Marguerite Richardson Biemer

This story is from Grandmother and from Cousin Biddie McAdory: Rebecca's mother was the daughter of an Indian Princess, whose Indian name meant White Star. The princess was baptized and took the Christian name, Rebecca, and married Dave? Irby. The Indian family name was Urey (correct spelling not known), and they belonged to the Cherokee Tribe.   During the Civil War some Federal Soldiers came to Rebecca's home. They tried to burn down the mill by running it without grain. One of Rebbeca's negroes, Handy, slipped out and opened the gate so the water ran out of the pond so the mill could not run. Then the soldiers told two negro boys to catch the chickens for them. Handy told them they "better not let him see then catch any of Miss Becky's chickens", so the boys ran and chased the chickens, but could not catch even one. Then the soldiers took a young hog, killed it, and tore up a fence for fire wood. They used all the corn to feed their horses.   Shortly after the Civil War, Mr. Carpenter took Rebecca's home for payment for building the mill. John Mixon had died without talking, did not have the money on him he said was for payment for the building, nor had a receipt to show payment. The land was sold to a Mr. Denham, and a Mr. Kennedy bought the parcel where John and Rebecca Mixon had lived He moved her house to a place seven miles north of Tallahala Creek where she lived the rest of her life. Most of this land was very swampy and not too good for farming, according to Mrs. Lizzie Morren.   Mrs. Vardaman Davis said her grandparents, the Cornelius Mixons, visited Rebecca Mixon to show her a new grandchild, about six weeks of age. Rebecca was in a rocking chair and holding the baby while they talked. They noticed Rebecca did not have much to say, and asked her a direct question which she did not answer. The baby was taken from her and they checked to see if Rebecca was all right, but she had died It is not known what year she died Cornelius' first baby, Mary Adeline Mixon was born December 26, 1875, and his second child, Annie Nebraska Mixon was born February 2, 1878. Cornelius' third child, Rebecca Polina Mixon was born July 3, 1880, and was named for her two grandmothers. If she were the first child born after Rebecca died, and named for her, then it may be Rebecca Mixon died in March 1878, which seems to be right.

He migrated to MS Territory with his parents about 1810 and was one of the signers of a Petition to Congress asking for statehood for MS under date of Dec. 27, 1811. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, being with the 13th MS Regiment commanded by Col. George H. Nixon. He volunteered to take the place of his older brother, Cornelius, who had a large family.

The tax list of Marion County shows John Mixon paying poll tax for the year 1816. On October 22, 1816, John entered land: SW¼ Sec 13 T2N R18W 160.12½  acres from District of Paulding. This was either sold or relinquished as he entered land again October 14, 1817: NW¼ Sec 32 T2N R14W 160.00 acres from District of Washington, and the tax records for Marion County, Mississippi Territory show John Mixon paying tax on only 160 acres of land 1817 through 1819, also poll tax, and tax on two slaves. From 1820 through 1822 John paid tax on two slaves and poll tax only.

Book A Superior Court Records, Marion County, Mississippi, on page 290, John Mixon is listed as one of the jurors for the October Term of Court 1820,

A story is told of some men who were fighting unfriendly Indians who became ill and were taken care of by friendly Indians near the Gulf Coast. They recovered and rejoined their unit. After the war two of the men returned to the coast to marry two of the "girls, and later John Mixon married the other one, all sisters. Benjamin Rawls married Mary Slade September 10, 1818, and Daniel Grantham married Sarah Slade March 12, 1819. Both these men were from Marion County. John Mixon married Rebecca Slade, August 1, 1822, Marion County, Mississippi.  Cornelius was his bondsman at his wedding. He received a bounty grant of 160 a. of land for his services in the War of 1812, which was located on Denham Creek. Here he settled, farmed, and built a mill on the creek, grinding wheat as well as corn, also had a cotton gin in connection with his mill.

Tax was paid on 12 acres of land 1823 through 1825, also poll tax and tax on two slaves. No record of taxes for 1826. No deed was found covering 12 acres of land, either bought or sold.

Record of Deeds in Marion County, Mississippi, show a John Nixon buying land from Samuel Rowland on January 24, 1827, for $500.00-a lot of land SW; Sec 24 T5N R14W (pg 170). Another transaction January 29, 1827, (pgs 171-172) Samuel Rowland to John Mixon-a lot S½ W½ quarter Sec 24 T5N R14W 50 acres, "dividing line about 20 yards from where John Slade lives." Benjamin Pope and Dolphin Pope witnessed these transactions. Since no Mixons paid tax in Marion County during this period and as John Mixon was a brother-in-law to John Slade and Dolphin Pope had married Elizabeth Mixon, a niece, it is believable this property purchased by John Mixon. Also, from 1827 through 1830 John Mixon paid tax on 200 acres of land, one poll, and 4 slaves. There was tax on horses and cattle worth $200.00, and a carriage worth $60.00 in 1829.

John Mixon did not pay tax in Marion County for1831 and 1832, and in Perry County, there are no records for these two years. In 1833, he paid tax on 4 slaves and 1 poll. He entered land in Perry County, Mississippi, November 4, 1833: NW¼ SW¼ Sec 8 T5N R13W 39.90 acres and NE¼ SW¼ Sec 8 T5N R13W 39.90 acres on January 27, 1834. This was located in the part of Perry County which was later included in Forrest County. He paid tax on a toll ferry or bridge at Monroe. No tax record for Perry County 1834. In 1835, John Mixon paid tax of $2.87½ which was the same amount paid in 1833 on 1 poll and 4 slaves. Although John Mixon entered 80 acres of land by January 27, 1835, he is not shown to pay tax on land in Perry County until 1838 on 320 acres on Bouie River, 1 poll and 4 slaves, which he continued to pay through 1841. Amount of acreage not shown on tax rolls after 1841.

Monroe Lodge No. 39, Perry County, at Monroe, Miss., was begun at the house of John Mixon on 10th of January 1839. In 1848, location changed to Masonic Hall, five miles west of Monroe in Perry County. John Mixon allowed his Bible to be used for the Masonic meetings, and when they moved to Masonic Hall, allowed them to borrow the Bible until the members could buy a Bible of their own. When the lodge could buy a Bible, the one belonging to John Mixon could not be found. By this time John Mixon also had the Bible belonging to his father, Jesse Mixon, and the Bible which had belonged to his father-in-law, Samuel Slade, so someone might have thought he did not want nor need his Bible, so the records of his family were lost.

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