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  • ID: I243383
  • Name: James Booker Mullins
  • Given Name: James Booker
  • Surname: Mullins
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 1778 in Franklin County, Virginia
  • Death: Abt 1870 in Grassy Creek, Buchanan County, Virginia
  • Event: Burke County, North Carolina Alt. Birth Abt 1778
  • _UID: 5017CA0BF24A483F96A071CD19689B52E15C
  • Change Date: 8 Jan 2010 at 16:39
  • Note:
    James Mullins came from NC to Pound, VA before 1810. He later moved on the Pound River near the mouth of the Cranes Nest River. Then, in 1854 he moved to John's Creek, Pike Co., KY and lived there for three years. He then moved to Grassy Creek where he lived until his death. He was a noted hunter and owned several slaves. He was a herb doctor known as "Dr. Jim Mullins".

    From the Book, "One Mullins Family" by Marie R. Justice - James Mullins was the oldest son of John Mullins, Sr. He was born in 1778 and his first wife was Nancy Mullins and (2 ) was Polly Mullins. He is listed in the 1850 Census of Russell County, VA with his second wife, Polly and one son, John, aged 17. He was 72 in 1850 and this would have made him to be born in 1778. He was known as "Dr. Jim" as he knew all the herbs in the fields and hills and knew how to use them for medicine. The early settlers learned some of this knowledge from the Indians and probably brought some knowledge with them when they came into the country. Dr. Jim lived up in the hills in the Breaks of the Mountains. It is said that he owned several slaves. Judge Sutherland shows names of these slaves as: Sam, Lewis, Harriet, Lila and Ollie. Enoch Mullins, Dr. Jim's grandson, stated when interviewed by Judge Sutherland in 1954, that Dr. Jim was buried on Grassy Creek at his old home. "I have visited the Mullins Cemetery on the golf course at Breaks, VA. This is not far from the Breaks Park. There are many Mullins, Eplings, etc. buried there. The slave cemetery is off to the right of the cemetery. When they built the golf course they flattened the rocks that marked the graves of the slaves." James and his first wife divorced and he married Polly Mullins, daughter of Ambrose Mullins of Bold Camp in what was then Wise Co., VA.

    The 1850 Census of Russell County shows Nancy, Jim's first wife, in the home of her son, William with his children. William and his wife are not listed. Mary "Polly" was fifteen years old when Dr. Jim took her and went to MO. The exact relationship between James, Nancy and Polly is unknown. Polly came to visit. . . and they took up together, and lived together the rest of their lives. I've heard it said they were never married, but it is said Dr. Jim claimed they were married while they lived a short time in Missouri. After Dr. Jim died, his widow, Polly md Joshua Deel and they moved to Prater on Greenbriar Creek, where she is buried. James Mullins came to Russell (now Wise) County ca 1806. On April 5, 1815, he and Berry Robinson purchased 200 acres of land on Indian Creek, Bold Camp and Pound Fork from Robert Preston. On June 11, 1817, he purchased Robinson's in terest in this tract, the deed being signed by Littleberry Robinson and his wife, Polenah.

    It is said that James Mullins built his house near where the Gus Roberson house once stood and that he built a mortar for pounding corn into meal nearby. This pounding mill was first built for his own use, but a short time later he conceived the idea of enlarging in and operating it by horse- power, and people of the Pound area would come for miles around to Mullins' pound for their meal. Mullins continued to operate the pound until 1837, when he sold to William Roberson...who replaced the pound with a small watermill which he operated by himself and his son, James, until the year 1875, when James Roberson employed C. Pinkney Carter, of Scott County, VA, to build the mill, which was washed away in 1957. The old Roberson Mill was located about 300 yards from U.S. 23, on Clintwood road at Pound, Virginia.

    Later James Mullins moved from Donkey to the Cooner Place on Pound River near the mouth of Cranesnest River and lived there until about 1854 when he sold to David Mullins and moved to John's Creek in Pike County, KY, where he lived about three years. Dr Jim then moved to Grassy Creek where he lived until he died. James Mullins is buried on the slave cemetery located on the golf course at Breaks, VA. The Mullins Cemetery is directly across from the slave cemetery, an this is where many of Dr. Jim's descendants are buried. James Mullins owned several slaves. The names of the following are known: Sam. Lila, Dilse, and Lewis. They lived on Camp Branch. Dr. Jim...and his brothers Jack and Sol made counterfeit money under a cliff near his home. Cage Ervin helped them, too. This was when Jim lived at the Cooner Place on Pound River.

    According to James C. Sifers, on July 10, 1940: "Ike Moore later lived at the Cooner Place. I've heard him tell about Dr. Jim and his doings. One time a peddler came with his pack into this county and went to Dr. Jim's to stay a few days. This peddler had a fine horse and several peices of fine goods. One day Dr. Jim, Pound Bill, and the peddler went into the woods hunting. Late that night, Dr. Jim and Bill came home, but the peddler never returned. Dr. Jim kept the fine horse, and neighbors claimed to have seen Dr. Jim and Bill divide the contents of the peddler's pack. Some forty or fifty years ago Ike Moore was gathering the cow manure from under the cliffs along the river. Under one cliff on the north side of the river, opposite the old Cooner House, he scrapped the manure so clean that he uncovered a long, flat rock. He was puzzled about it and dug along one side so he could get his mattock under its edge. It was thin enough to lift it up on its side. Under it he found the skeleton of a human being. One side of the skull was broken, as if by a heavy blow and one arm was broken. It was doubled up as if it had been crammed in with its knees under its chin, before the rock was let down on it. All the neighbors came and examined the skeleton, and they were of the opinion that it was the remains of the peddler who had disappeared. The preceding 8 paragraphs were taken from the book, The Mullins Families of SE KY and SE VA, by Cornelius Carroll, on pages 390 and 391.

    Father: John Wesley Mullins b: Abt 1752 in North Carolina
    Mother: Virginia Jane 'Jennie' Bailey b: Abt 1755 in N Big Toe, Burke County, North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Nancy Mullins b: Abt 1784 in North Carolina
    • Married: Bef 1810
    • Change Date: 25 Sep 2005
    1. Has No Children Unknown Mullins b: Aft 1808
    2. Has Children William P. Mullins b: Abt 1810 in Pound, Russell County, Virginia
    3. Has No Children James Mullins b: 12 Mar 1812 in Floyd County, Kentucky
    4. Has Children Solomon 'Pound Sol' Mullins b: Abt 1813 in Virginia
    5. Has No Children Annie Mullins b: Abt 1815
    6. Has Children Nancy Mullins b: Abt 1819 in Scott County, Virginia

    Marriage 2 Mary 'Polly' Mullins b: Abt 1811 in Floyd County, Kentucky
    • Married: Bef 1828
    • Change Date: 25 Sep 2005
    1. Has Children Malinda Mullins b: 18 Dec 1828 in Scott County, Virginia
    2. Has No Children Didema Naeloanna Mullins b: Abt 1829 in Sand Lick, Russell County, Virginia
    3. Has Children Jonathan M. Preston Mullins b: Abt 1830 in Russell County, Virginia
    4. Has No Children John W. Mullins b: Abt 1834 in Russell County, Virginia
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