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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Andrew G. Nixon, a native of Tippecanoe County, Ind., is the son of James Nixon and grandson of Andrew Nixon, formerly of Ireland. The latter served in the War of 1812, and lived to be eighty-five years of age. James Nixon moved to Indiana about 1825, and his son, Andrew G. Nixon, the subject of this sketch, moved to Benton County, Mo., in 1865, and was married September 20, 1866, to Miss Mary E. Yancey, daughter of Joel Yancey, of Benton County, formerly of Kentucky, who came with his family to this county in 1854, and granddaughter of Joel Yancey, of Barren County, Ky., who served his State in the Senate for several terms. To Mr. and Mrs. Nixon were born five sons: Joel Edward, Herbert Andrew, William, Louis and Melville. Mr. Nixon enlisted as a member of Company I, Second New York Cavalry, August 9, 1861, and served three years. He then re-enlisted, and served until June 23, 1865. Gen. Kilpatrick was his lieutenant-colonel, and Davis was colonel of the regiment. Mr. Nixon served in the Army of the Potomac under Phil. Sheridan, and was through all the campaigns before Richmond, being in the second battle of Bull Run, was at Antietam, South Mountain, Chantilla, the Wilderness, Petersburg, Winchester, Fisher’s Hill, besides numerous cavalry skirmishes. He was hit twice by minie-balls, but escaped with slight wounds. Since coming to Benton County Mr. Nixon has resided in the neighborhood where he now lives, and where he has 240 acres of excellent farming land, besides fifty acres of timber. He is a Republican by birth and education.

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This family biography is one of 86 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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