Mel, We have thoroughly investigated Richmond Co., VA, and if James Mitchell died as a result of an injury in the RW, we will not be able to confirm it. His family was certainly prominent and would have been likely selected for an officer-level position in the military.Our James' Will was probated 2 Sep 1776 - no other info about cause of death.
If your g aunt had been researching, someone could have confused our James Mitchell d 1776 with the unrelated contemporary James Mitchell, RS, who had been a Captain and was in Robertson Co., TN for a period.
We are still investigating John Mitchell, Jr., as to the War of 1812.
By the way, John Jr. was b absolutely in Richmond Co., VA NOT NC as was his brother William. The children who survived said that he was b in NC/SC/VA/TN as I recall -we have to remember that John Jr., d 16 Nove 1831, and his children were young when he died.
John Sr did not receive property willed him by his gm unless he had an heir; he received money in 1795 in Richmond Co., VA when he sold the property- both John Jr & his brother William were already born- which fulfilled the contingency in the will.
You did not mention her sister & sister-in-law, Sarah Mitchell May. I assume that you know that John Mitchell, Jr., had a daughter who m a brother of Andrew May.Sarah Mitchell b 1819 Robertson Co., TN d after 1880 in Franklin Co., MO.Sarah m 15 Apr 1841 Robertson Co., TN, Samuel S. May b abt 1816 (also b in) Anson Co., NC, d Bef 1880 Franklin Co., MO.
They had 5 children Sarah Jane, John R., Mary F., Martha E. & William F. Sarah got here share of her father's & gf's estate in May 1841 when she reached 21. In her case was was a couple of weeks after she married----about $100 plus. W. Ray Walker