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Re: Isom/Isham, Susanna and Nancy Uzzell
Posted by: Gordon Seyffert Date: December 17, 1999 at 21:46:02
In Reply to: Isom/Isham, Susanna and Nancy Uzzell by Rose Parks of 391

From photocopied material sent to me in 1977 from Minter Uzzell of Tahlequah, OK, that came from his cousin Elizabeth Louise Brown Richardson (who is said to have willed her material to the Texas archives; she was a 1915 grad of the U. of Texas):

"Isom Uzzell, son of Thomas Uzzell (2) and Sarah Hines------
"Isom was born between 1763 and 1765. His mother had married Thomas Uzzell about 1762-64. He was a half brother to Elisha, Thomas, and Zilpha, and full brother to the twins, Nancy and Susannah. He is mentioned as a land owner in a grant to his brother Elisha dated Nov 10, 1784.
"According to tradition in both the North Carolina and Missouri branches of the family, Isom was the owner of large bodies of land. It is said that he owned fourteen different plantations or settlements. He is given as the head of a family in the 1790 census. At that time there were in his family, besides himself, three white males over 16 years and one male under 16 years. There were two females, one his wife. He owned 14 slaves. His granddaughter, Mrs. L.H. Peery, Huntsville, Mo., writes Nov. 24, 1915:--
"'Isom Uzzell had a half brother living in Illinois. It was this half brother he went to see when he left father's and was never heard of afterwards. He had been staying at my father's, who lived in St. Louis County, Mo., and he left on horse back and was never heard of afterwards. I have heard father talk a great deal about Nashville, but I do not know in which part of Tenn. he was located. I was five years old when Isom left and just can remember him. I have heard my mother say Isom gambled away a lot of land back there (North Carolina). It was said he owned fourteen plantations.' The North Carolina tradition relates that he and Ben moved from 'Nature's Beauty' to Tennessee, and later he or some of his descendants moved further west to Missouri or Illinois. The Missouri tradition, as given by Mrs. Peery states that Isom had only one son, Bennett, and two daughters, one marrying a Rice and the other a Simmons. There is a tradition of a John Uzzell, who is buried on the Hood place on Mill Branch, and this may have been one of his sons listed by the census.
"The North Carolina tradition relates that Isom was the champion prize fighter of the day in North Carolina and a great horse racer. 'Trotter's Level,' near Seven Springs, is said to have received its name from Isom's trotting his horses there. It is told how in a great interstate meet, pulled off in Snow Hill, Isom vanquished the champion from Virginia by foul means. After he and his second, a man named Pope, viewed his antagonist, they were very uncertain of the issue. Pope suggested that Isom conceal a pound weight in his hand, which was very large. With this he put his man out in the first round, Pope taking the weight from him at a convenient moment. Isom's association with gamblers had not been without injury to his honor. His forte in these rough and tumble fights was biting. An old man showed the writer (Robert Lee Uzzell)'s father his mutilated ear, which Isom had bitten off. It was surmised that the adventurous old man came to his death by attempting to swim a stream on horse back on his journey to Illinois."

Robert Lee Uzzell, of Roanoke, Va., was writing to Calvin Dunn Uzzell, grandfather of "Lizzie Lou" and Minter, in 1915 and 1916. The marriages for twins Nancy and Susannah are correct, but the information in the notes given to me says they were born 30 Dec. 1768, at "Nature's Beauty" in Bertie Co., NC. Mrs. Peery, who was a younger sister of my great-great-grandfather, was born in 1839. They were the children of Bennett B. Uzzell; the "B.," I am fairly sure, must have stood for "Blackman." The information quoted above proposes that Isom is the son of "Nature's Beauty" Thos. Uzzell and thus the grandson of "French" Thomas Uzzell, the immigrant. However, I have always wondered at the generational spacing, and suspect that the mysterious Benjamin Uzzell could be Isom's father and "Nature's Beauty" Thos.' son. The Uzzell information printed in the WWI-era Maxwell family genealogy is fuzzy enough to support this. But I am the first to admit that there's very little to go on here. The records needed may well be in Texas or Oklahoma!


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