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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wayne County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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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Columbus F. Dixon, was born in Wayne County, Tenn., in 1828, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Boyd) Dixon, who were born in North Carolina, and came to Tennessee with their parents when quite young. The father was a farmer and distiller, and was very prosperous, supporting a family of seventeen children. His wife died November 23, 1863, and he took for his second wife Mary Foster, who was the mother of five of the children. Mr. Dixon died in Wayne County July 16, 1877. When twenty-four years old our subject married Sarah A. Springer, who was born in Tennessee, in 1836, and a daughter of Jonas and Annie Springer, and twelve children have blessed their union: Jonas S., John, Elizabeth A. (deceased), Mary J., Andrew J. (deceased), James M. (deceased), Robert M. (deceased), William F., Amanda P., Martha R. and Ella (deceased). Mr. Dixon owns 369 acres of land, on which he has lived thirty-seven years; 150 acres are well improved and well tilled, besides this, he owns two other tracts of land consisting of 118 and 454 acres, respectively. He has filled the office of constable, and is a man who has lived an exemplary life. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a stanch Republican, and sided with the Union cause during the late war.

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This family biography is one of 76 biographies included in The History of Wayne County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lawrence County was included within The History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman & Lewis Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis Counties of Tennessee

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