- "During the American Revolution, "Big Jake" TROXEL cast his lot with the rebelling colonies. He then came south as a trader among the Indians, seeking out any conspiracies between the Indians and the British against the Colonies. Through a series of friendly contacts, he became a very close friend of Chief Doublehead. This friendship became so solid that Big jake was inducted into the tribe as a "blood-brother" and eventually married his daughter, Beloved Woman Cornblossom, who bore him many children.
There is some controversy over the idenity of "Big Jake" TOXEL. A Richard M. Troxel in his books, Troxel Trails, presents an argument that "Big Jake" was actually George Jacob Troxel, born in 1758 in Frederick Co., MD. He lived there until about 13 years of age, where he migrated through Loudon Co., VA, Sullivan Co. TN, Sevier Co., TN, then to Wayne Co.,KY, then to Marion Co.,TN, and finally to Jackson Co.,AL before he died in DeKalb Co.,AL on Jul 1 1843, being survived by a widow, Elizabeth, who was still living in 1853.
Another story has Jacob "Big Jake" Troxel coming from the Philadelphia, PA area where his ancestors had immigrated to the New World from Switzerland. A Jacob Troxel is listed as a private in Capt. John Shelmire's 6th Co. in the Philadelphia Co. Militia in 1781. He died in 1810 and is buried on the road from Marshes Siding, KY to the mouth of the Alum Creek near the entrance to Yahoo Falls Recreation area in the Daniel Boone National Forest in McCreary Co.KY. This burial site is marked by an appropriate historical marker, erected by the Daniel Boone National Forest Service. (See notes below of Charles Austin)
However, this marker is nothing more than a memorial marker and no known evidence (that I know of) places "Big Jakes" death in this area.
(Charles Austin: "George Jacob Troxel did not die in KY in 1810. He died in DeKalb Co., AL in 1843. Quite a while after the so called "Massacre". Nor is there any indication that Jake was scalped at said massacre." "As a descendant of George Jacob Troxel 1758-1843, his son, William, 1800, his daug Lucinda,10 Nov 1830, etc. I have gathered facts and fiction about the family if you are interested, just let me know. A descendant Thomas Harlan Troxel wrote a book about his "dreams" which Danny Troxell has expanded with his dreams, most of which are just that, an immaginary "tall Tale". Harlan was a true descendant, but Danny could not tell me his line back to George Jacob. His claim to my GG Grandfather, William, 1800 was non-existant, no connection")