First of all, yes, there are various spellings of the name Isbell, and one person can be found under several different spellings. My comment about the spelling of the name by most of the Monroe County, TN Isbills was just a comment - they do usually, even today, spell the name with an "i" instead of an "e". That does not mean that they were never in the records under Isbell - they were, and it is still my opinion that the two records you mention are for John Miller Isbill and his son William Isbill.
The Monroe County, TN Isbill/Isbells are believed to be descended from Zachariah Isbell and his wife Elizabeth Miller. I say believed because there is no proof of the children of Zachariah and Elizabeth. Zachariah was in Orange and Bedford Counties, VA, in South Carolina, then in North Carolina before he finally settled in what was then western North Carolina but became eastern Tennessee. Hs is thought to have been a son of Henry Isbell, Sr. and his wife, the daughter of James Cox, of Caroline and Orange Counties, VA.
John Stump Isbell was a son of William Elliott Isbell and is listed in the Bible records of William Elliott Isbell. William Elliott Isbell was a son of Jason L. Isbell of Surry County, NC and Warren County, KY, and his first wife. Jason gave his consent on the marriage bond of William Isbell and Dorcas Cox on 3 October 1814 in Warren County, KY. William is on the 1820 Warren County, KY census, the 1830 Jackson county, MO censis, the 1840 Howard County, MO census, and the 1850 Greene County, MO census where he says he was born in North Carolina. Bible records show that William was born 14 March 1794. He would have been about three years old when his father moved the family to Warren County, KY. He is also mentioned in the Warren County, KY court records regarding the settlement of his father's estate (see Warren County, KY Court Order Book E, page 121 dated 7 July 1817).
Jason L. Isbell is believed to be a son of Benjamin Isbell and Lettice Hickman who were in Virginia before moving to Surry County, NC. Benjamin is believed to be the same man who was first named as a son of William and Rosemond Isbell in Chesterfield County, VA records. Benjamin had a brother named Jason. The two brothers sold land in Henrico County, VA that they had inherited from their father. If these two lines of Isbells (those in Warren County, KY and those in Monroe County, TN) are related, it is generations back in Virginia.
By the way, the McMinn County, TN Isbells are another line, descended from James Isbell and Frances Tompkins Livingston.
As for several different Isbell lines being in the same place - Warren County, KY is an excellent example. Besides Jason L. Isbell and his family, a son of James and Frances Isbell, James Isbell, also settled there, and there was another Jason Isbell there around the same time that Jason L. Isbell moved there. This second Jason Isbell left Warren County by the early 1800s, and is thought to have been descended from Zachariah Isbell, Sr.
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