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John Dixon

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Cumberland, England
Death: August 17, 1853 (35)
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Dixon and Sarah Ann Dixon

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"...Dixon, John – (5th Ten) Born July 26, 1818, in Cumberland, England, to Joseph and Sarah Dixon. After reaching the Salt Lake Valley, he helped in the erection of the fort and building the settlement. He was called in 1850 to accompany George Q. Morris and other missionaries to the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands. He returned after a short time, however. On Aug. 17, 1853, he and three others were hauling wood to Snyder's mill near Parley's Park in Salt Lake City, and a group of Indians fired on them. He and John Quayle were killed. He was 35 years old..."



"..."On the 17th , as four men were hauling lumber from Snyder's mill, near Parley's Park, and had arrived just east of the summit of the second or big mountain (Parley's Summit), a party of Indians fired upon them from an ambush, and instantly killed John Dixon and John Quayle, and wounded John Hoagland through the fleshy part of his arm, between the shoulder and elbow. Hoagland and Knight then unloosed, and mounted two horses, and escaped to this city, leaving the dead and four horses and two mules in possession of the Indians. A detachment was immediately sent out who brought in the dead bodies unmutilated, the day following; a portion of the detachment proceeded to Snyder's mill, dismantled it, and all returned in safety, and without being able to find any Indians. No further collisions have taken place...."

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July 26, 1818
Cumberland, England
August 17, 1853
Age 35