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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  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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Dave Dixon is a successful hardware merchant of Magnolia, Ark., and his reputation as an upright and honorable man of business extends through out the surrounding as well as this county. Although he was born in Alabama, in 1835 he was brought to this county by his father when quite a small boy, and here was reared to honorable manhood. His parents, W. M. and Leah (Miller) Dixon, were born in South Carolina and Georgia, respectively, and in 1822 removed to Monroe County, Ala., locating at a later period in Talladega County, where they remained for seventeen years, coming to Arkansas in 1849 and settling within six miles of where the subject of this sketch now lives. He became a wealthy farmer of this county, and at one time was the owner of fifty negroes. He died in 1876 and his widow in 1885, the children born to them numbering twelve, four now living: Victoria (wife of E. T. Hutchison, of Columbia County), Eliza (wife of A. G. Hutchison, of Henrietta, Tex.), Maggie (wife of John Coey, of this city), and Dave (the immediate subject of this memoir). The educational advantages which the latter received in his early youth were very poor, but by strict attention to the business affairs of life and by posting himself on the current topics of the day he has remedied this defect, and no man in the county is better informed than he. In February, 1862, he joined Company B, Nineteenth Arkansas Infantry, and upon the reorganization of his company he was elected to the position of captain. He was clerk of the county at the breaking out of the Rebellion, but he left the office in charge of his deputy, to don his suit of gray and shoulder his musket. After his return home he resumed his duties of clerk of the county, and this position filled until the appointment of officers by Gov. Murphy, when he was thrown out and remained out of office until 1836, when he was once more elected to the position of clerk for four years, but by the Reconstruction Act he was disfranchised and remained so until 1872, when he was re-elected for four years and continued to be chosen to the same until 1886. He then retired from office, having served as deputy and clerk of the county some twenty-five years, a fact that speaks louder than words can do as to his popularity and efficiency. He has always been courteous and kind to all with whom he has business relations, and as a citizen, and a public-spirited one, he has not his superior in this section. He was married in 1858 to Miss Nannie Pace, a daughter of Alex and Eunice J. (McCoy) Pace, natives of Georgia, who carne to Arkansas in 1856.

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This family biography is one of 106 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Columbia County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Columbia County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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