Jonathan Taylor Mizell b.1836, Bertied Co, NC; d.1890, San Jacinto Co, TX; m.(1) Parmillia Roberts; m.(2) Emma Elizabeth Moody
Bertie Turner Vann wrote an article for Dim Trails and Blurred Footprints: History of San Jacinto County, Texas entitled “The John Taylor Mizell Family”. The book was published in 1982.
Bertie Turner Vann was a really nice person and helpful to me when I first started doing family history around 1990. However; she really got a lot wrong in this article:
“He was a lieutenant in the Confederate Army” – Actually he was a lieutenant with the Union forces from North Carolina. He served with the First North Carolina Infantry, C Company. That was a Union force. He resigned his commission in Dec 1863.
She correctly identifies his father as Solomon Mizell, but then states he “came to America from France”. It is likely that the Mizell family came from France, but certainly Solomon Mizell did not come from France. It is also probably an exaggeration that he was a wealthy man. The 1850 census indicates that he was born in North Carolina in 1790 and that his real estate was valued at $1,080. The 1850 slave census indicates that Solomon Mizell had 5 slaves. This does not seem to describe “a plantation worked by slave labor”.
She also indicates that Jonathan Taylor Mizell and his brother-in-law bought a freighter and named it in honor of his daughter, Louella. The ship was sunk during the Civil War off the coast of North Carolina. Problem – Louella was not born until 1868.
There is some accurate information in the article, but it is really difficult to sort out the accurate information from the wrong information.
This is a great example how family stories really get mixed up!