- Johu's known first marriage ended in divorce in March of 1871.
However, the census of 1860 shows a John Stinnett and wife, Sarah, living in an area of Cocke County, Tennessee which is near the Stinnett homeplace in Sevier County, Tennessee. The age is right to be Jahu, (Jahu written in longhand is easily mistaken for John). Jahu was not listed in the census of 1860 as living in the Alexander Stinnett household. Also, this John does not appear in the any subsequent census. Jahu was about twenty-seven years old in 1860 and when you consider the number of times he was married later in life it is not unreasonable to believe that he would have been married at least once by 1860.
Jahu served in Capt. J.P. Lynch's Battery of the Tennessee Light Artillery at Vicksburg, Mississippi until its surrender in 1863. He was at a point about six tenths of a mile East of Fort Hill which was the uppermost point of the Confederate defense line around the city. There is a plaque indicating this there. (It doesn't mention Jahu but it does mention Capt. Lynch.) After the surrender, Jahu was kept in the Marine Hospital at Vicksburg from July 4 until July 17, on one occasion, he refused to sign the parole but he did sign it on July 17. He returned to Sevier County and never entered the war again. He applied for a pension from the state of Tennessee in 1903 but was turned down because his name was mistaken for John.
Lydia Hurst, Jahu's third wife, was a daughter of William Breeding. She was first married to Arch Nunn who was from Kentucky. He returned there and she was to follow him after a certain time. When she got there she could not find him and after a time she returned to Tennessee. Later, after getting a divorce from Nunn she married Sevier Hurst. She had one child by Arch Nunn, named Tolbert and one by Sevier Hurst named Lewis.
Sevier Hurst must have died before the 1870 census. It was said that Tolbert looked like an Indian and was a great hunter and was a good shot with his "hog rifle."Jahu also looked like an Indian and was a good hunter and good shot with his "hog rifle too. Tolbert and Jahu were good friends and were in contests with each other about hunting and shooting for many years. In August of 1902
In August of 1902 Jahu filed a complaint through the Sevier County Courts against R.H. Stinnett and wife, Anna. It states that he had given them a deed for a tract of land in Sevier County, Tennessee on the condition that they would take care care of him for the remainder of his life. If they failed to do so the title of the land would revert back to him. He said that they had lived with and cared for him for a time and then they had moved to Cocke County leaving him with his son James and they had been gone for five years. He wanted the title of the land returned to him but the Court ruled against him. Jahu was Jahu was living with Arrie when he died. The complaint refered to an R. H. Stinnett and wife, Anna. The R.H. must have come about by the person writing the complaint for him thinking Jahu's pronouncing "Arrie" sounding as if he was saying R. H. Jahu could not write. The records of the New Salem Baptist Church.
The records of the New Salem Baptist Church show that Jahu was excluded from fellowship of the church in 1893 for joining the U. B. Church. He had previously been excluded in 1868 on the charges of intoxication and refusing to answer the call of the Lord. He was invited to attend the next meeting to defend himself. Jahu denied himself this opportunity. In 1972 he presented a letter for membership in the church which was rejected, no reason given.
Jahu is buried in the Fox Cemetery (sometimes called Oak Grove) Cemetery on Spicewood Flats Road near Del Rio Tennessee.
Most of the information on Jahu was compiled by Wilbur Bradley from census and church records also from interviews with people who knew him such as his aunt Cora Hopkins Stinnett who was born in 1878.
Timothy Welch Stinnett GEDCOM, August 1995.