John Dixon, Sr. - John Dixon Family

Started by Cheryl Marie Carlton on Sunday, July 8, 2012


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7/8/2012 at 7:58 AM

Have tried to upload a copy of what appears to be an news paper article about the Dixon family multiple times to no avail. It is an article submitted by a Dorothy (Dixon) Davis, the date or paper is cut off of the article. There is a very faded photo of the Dixon family in the middle of the article--with a wagon and horses and people. The article is from within our family album that has been handed down to us (Eric & Cheryl Carlton).


John Dixon, Sr. came from Scotland around 1800 and he settled in Jefferson County. He lived three miles northeast of Brookville on the Richardsville road, at what is known as the halfway turn. In the winter of 1804, he taught the first school in Jefferson County. It was a Subscription school, located two miles east of Brookville on what is now the County Farm in Rose Township. The term was three months. Ths school house was built of rough logs; 12 feet wide and 16 feet long. It had no window sash or glass. The light was admitted through chinks in the walls, plastered over with greased paper. The seats were split logs with pins for legs. The room was heated by a log fireplace that extended the entire width of one end of the building.
I know of three sons in his family. They were Samuel, William, and John Dixon, Jr. John, Jr. was my great grandfather. He was born Nov. 20, 1807; joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1829. He married Lidia Adams of Brookville, Nov 12, 1832. In 1838, he moved his family to a farm, later known as the Rose Township poor farm. In 1840;he leased the right to mine coal on this property for five years. His output the first year was about 500 bushels. He paid one cent royalty for each bushel. The vein was about three feet thick and in operating he drifted. He sold his coal at the bank for three cents a bushel; each and every bushel being measured in a "bushel box".
He later moved his family to what is now called Dison's Corners near Munderf in Polk Township. They had thirteen children; namely samuel, Ezekiel, Sidney, Elizabeth, George, Benjamin, Amanda, Sarah, William, James, Revecca, and John Wesley. Six of these children died young of dysentery. They are buried on part of the Dixon homestead that is now owned by Donald Cepull. John Dixon, Jr. traded a shotgun to his brother Samuel for this piece of land containing 120 acres, more or less. The other piece of land containing 108 acres is now owned by Neal Davis; great great grandson of John Dison, Jr.



My grand father, George Dixon, lived on the homestead until his death. He was married to Maggie Mortimer and they ahd six children. They were Grant, Daniel, Ezekiel, Elizabeth, Harvey, and Ellis. Grant Dixon was my father.
When the Dixons cleared the land, they built a log slide from the Dixon Flats down to the North Fork Creek. They rolled their logs into it; then hooked a team of horses to the back log and would butt it against the others The logs would slide quite a distance on the down grade slope before they had to butt them again. The neighbors also used the slide to get their logs to the creek. They were then rafted down the river to Pittsburg.
John dixon, Jr. and sons farmed the land and raised horses, sheep, and cattle.
ARTICLE ENDS AS : Submitted By: Dorothy (Dixon) Davis

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