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Below is a family biography included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1883.  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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DAVID DIXON, farmer, P. O. Ripley, is a grandson of William Dixon, who was born in Virginia, and who, with a colony, founded a settlement in Mason County, Ky., in 1789. They afterward moved to Limestone, now Maysville, and built a fort near Blanchard’s Pond. Two of this colony, Cornelius Washburn and William Dixon, crossed the river at Logan’s Gap, and erected a hut on Eagle Creek; this settlement was made in 1793, and they were the first white settlers to locate on the territory of Brown County. William Dixon afterward settled on the Stephenson land, where he raised a family of seven boys and three girls. He served in the Revolutionary war seven years, and lived in this county until his death. He was a very large, portly man, while his wife, formerly Miss Grizzy A. Bell, was a small women, weighing only ninety pounds; she was of Scotch descent, and he was of Irish extraction. William Dixon, Jr., father to our subject, was born in Mason County, Ky., in 1790; he was married in 1813 to Miss Susannah Hardester, a native of Pennsylvania, who bore him six children; she died January 25, 1831. Two years afterward, he was married to Mrs. Mary, a widow of John Henry, her maiden name was Carr. William, Jr., died in this county Sept. 25, 1867. He was Justice of the Peace for twenty-two successive years, and was known throughout the county as Squire Dixon. David Dixon, the subject of this sketch, is the oldest son of William Dixon, Jr., and was born on the homestead in this county in 1815. He remained at home until his marriage, February 11, 1837, to Miss Eleanor, daughter of Caldwell Tweed, and granddaughter of Archibald Tweed, an early pioneer; nine children have been born to them, seven living. Robert, the eldest son, enlisted in 1861, in the Seventh Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, and served one year; re-enlisted in 1862 in the same regiment, and was captured by the enemy in November, 1863, at Rogersville. Tenn.; he was confined in prison at Florence, N. C., where he died from exposure and starvation, November 26, 1864. William S. enlisted as First Lieutenant in 1863 in the Eighty-sixth Regiment Ohio Infantry, and served until the close of the war. Archibald C. enlisted in 1862 in the Seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry; taken prisoner at the battle of Franklin, Tenn.; was confined at Cahaba, Ala.; transferred to Vicksburg on parole, and on the 25th of April was shipped on board the gun-boat Sultana, which was blown up December 28, 1864, and he was among the lost. Marion served in hundred days’ service; Ella, Susan B., Ida M., Charles F. and George. Mr. Dixon was Justice of the Peace some years ago, and resigned; he leads a quiet life and is a member of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 992 biographies included in The History of Brown County, Ohio published in 1883 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Brown County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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