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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cedar 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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Zimri Dixon, a substantial farmer residing about ten miles from Stockton, Mo., was born in Ross County, Ohio, June 19, 1823, and is a son of Jacob and Nancy (Darby) Dixon, who were born on Kentucky soil in 1803, and died in Cedar County, Mo. (whither they came in 1838), in 1884 and in 1869, respectively They suffered many privations and hardships in clearing their wood-land farm, but eventually became well-to-do. Zimri Dixon was the second of their ten children, and, after his mother’s death, remained with his father, assisting on the home farm until manhood, in the meantime receiving no educational advantages. In 1855 he married Miss America Hopper, who was born in Tennessee about 1836 and their union was blessed in the birth of ten children, seven living: William H., George L., Loransy L. Parlee, wife of James Campbell, Dennis C., Delphia and Lewis M. In the summer of 1850 Mr. Dixon crossed the plains to California, where he remained until 1854, then returning to Cedar County, Mo. He has 210 acres of good land, which is well improved. He is a Republican politically, and during the late war served in the State militia. Mrs. Dixon’s parents, Jackson and Nancy Hopper, came to Cedar County, Mo., about 1850, where they spent the rest of their lives.

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This family biography is one of 92 biographies included in The History of Cedar County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cedar County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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