• Born 2 November 1756 - Liberty, Montgomery, Ohio
  • Baptized 5 June 1757 - Reformed Church, Fredrick, Maryland
  • Deceased 26 February 1844 - Liberty, Montgomery, Ohio,aged 87 years old

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Individual Note

Jacob enlisted in the newly formed Colonial Army at Frederick Co. MD. as a Private in Capt. Daniel Dorsey's Company, in Col. Josias C. Hall's Maryland Regt. of Flying Camp on July 1776, and was discharged at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. He was in General Smallwood's Brigade at that time. Then in 1781 he was impressed with his wagon and team in the city of Baltimore to aid in conveying General Lafayette's baggage from Annapolis to Yorktown, Virginia, but the English fleet having departed, he was released after a week and returned home. He was at the battle of White Plain. He belonged to General Bill's Brigade, which was called the "Flying Camp" of the Maryland troops.

In 1795, Jacob bought 150 acres for 150 pounds in Bourbon County, Kentucky. Jacob's family lived in Bourbon County until about 1819 when then they moved to Jefferson County, Indiana. Jacob sold his land in Kentucky, 2 Oct 1823.

As per the Revolutionary Claim Act of 7 June 1832, Jacob put in a claim for a pension, which he received $20.00 every three months until Nov of 1843. He enlisted and entered the service of the United States in July 1776, and continued to serve until the middle of December the following year. He was discharged in Philadelphia and returned home to Frederick county Maryland.

In a two page life story compiled by Ardella Maybell Rohde, Jacob's 4th gr. granddaughter she has this story that appeared in the Madison Cty. newspaper 4 Jan 1939:

"Reclimbing the fence of the Miles farm on the Ohio River. The writer led by Mr. Miles, went to the Cemetery of the Revolutionary soldier whose memory is still preserved among the older people of the neighborhood. Mr. Miles has fenced in the graves of the man and such members of his family that headstones still standing may identify.

The soldier was named Jacob Mikesell and his wife was Mary Mikesell. He was born in 1756 and died in 1841 while she was born in 1758 and died in 1816. His headstone gives his name and time of birth and death and then has the simple statement carved below this, "A Revolutioner".

One thing is certain, he was a strong man. A story they tell of him is that when he come and built "the stockade", a stones throw from where his grave is located, his wife was quite indignant over having to leave her Kentucky home and come to this place. She was so angry, in fact, that when she saw the spring, which is about 200 yards from the house, she swore she'd never carry a bucket of water from that spring to the house as long as she lived. And she never did.

When the water bucket was empty in the house she would take her tin cup and wander down to the spring, fill her cup and drink all she wanted and carry back a single drink for herself later.

Of the old "revolutioner" himself one of the best stories is of the time that the old man went down into the field where he had a savage bull. The bull and he had a feud that endured through the life of the former. On this occasion the old man wasn't as quick as usual or he may have been thoughtless enough to have his mind on other matters. Anyway, the bull caught him unawares and charged upon him. The old man ran as fast as he could but the bull caught up with him and gave him a beautiful messing up. When the old man could, he crawled to safety and went into the house and got his injuries dressed. All the time he was itching for revenge. Finally, after finishing touches had been put to his wounds, he got up and took his old flintlock from the rack over the fireplace and shoved in an extra heavy charge of gunpowder. He then rammed in a number of heavy wads. Then he went out into the field and no sooner did he show than the bull headed for him again. The old man stayed on the right side of the fence this time and when the bull got up to him he let him have the full charge of gun wads in the face and head. The bull was literally staggered and went down to his knees. He got up and gave a bellow and turned and lumbered away as fast as he could. Ever after the bull kept away from the old man."

 Sources

  • Individual:
    - Imported GEDCOM file - Thomas Blake Reneau, GEDCOM file imported on 15 Mar 2000 from LDS Ancestral Files, Family Historys, Genealogy of the Reno Family in America - 1600 - 1900, Mikesell Mikesell Mikesell, and many "cousins" via the internet. - Thomas Blake Reneau, GEDCOM file imported on 15 Mar 2000 from LDS Ancestral Files, Family Historys, Genealogy of the Reno Family in America - 1600 - 1900, Mikesell Mikesell Mikesell, and many "cousins" via the internet. - Thomas Blake Reneau. GEDCOM file imported on 15 Mar 2000 from LDS Ancestral Files, Family Historys, Genealogy of the Reno Family in America - 1600 - 1900, Mikesell Mikesell Mikesell, and many "cousins" via the internet. - 0 - Footnote - Thomas Blake Reneau, GEDCOM file imported on 15 Mar 2000 from LDS Ancestral Files, Family Historys, Genealogy of the Reno Family in America - 1600 - 1900, Mikesell Mikesell Mikesell, and many "cousins" via the internet. - ShortFootnote - Thomas Blake Reneau, GEDCOM file imported on 15 Mar 2000 from LDS Ancestral Files, Family Historys, Genealogy of the Reno Family in America - 1600 - 1900, Mikesell Mikesell Mikesell, and many "cousins" via the internet. - Bibliography - Thomas Blake Reneau. GEDCOM file imported on 15 Mar 2000 from LDS Ancestral Files, Family Historys, Genealogy of the Reno Family in America - 1600 - 1900, Mikesell Mikesell Mikesell, and many "cousins" via the internet.2 _TMPLT - Page
    - Blake Reneau Research - Thomas Blake Reneau, Thomas Blake Reneau Research file imported on 5 Jan 2001. (Thomas Blake Reneau; Pocatello, Idaho; January 5, 2001) - Thomas Blake Reneau, Thomas Blake Reneau Research file imported on 5 Jan 2001. - Thomas Blake Reneau. Thomas Blake Reneau Research file imported on 5 Jan 2001. Thomas Blake Reneau; Pocatello, Idaho; January 5, 2001.
    Much of the information on the Reno/Reneau/Reynaud line came from "Genealogy of the Reno Family in America, 1600-1900" by Steven Fancy.

    Much of the Mikesell/Mysell/Meisell information came from the book "Mikesell, Mikesell, Mikesell".

    Research by Lyle Mikesell Reneau - my mother - is what started this project and she is responsible for assembling all of the early research.

    Nearly all of this information can be found in the Ancestral Files of the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints.

    Additional information came from the letters and emails of the descendants of the people listed here. - 0 - Footnote - Thomas Blake Reneau, Thomas Blake Reneau Research file imported on 5 Jan 2001. (Thomas Blake Reneau; Pocatello, Idaho; January 5, 2001) - ShortFootnote - Thomas Blake Reneau, Thomas Blake Reneau Research file imported on 5 Jan 2001. - Bibliography - Thomas Blake Reneau. Thomas Blake Reneau Research file imported on 5 Jan 2001. Thomas Blake Reneau; Pocatello, Idaho; January 5, 2001.2 _TMPLT - Page

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