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James H. Dixon letter

 Collection — Folder: S179
Identifier: S0179

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one copy of a letter from James H. Dixon of Montgomery Township, Jennings County, Indiana from Lafayette, Tennessee on April 16, 1865 regarding his supper, the death of President Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, the end of the U.S. Civil War, and family matters.

Dates

  • 1865/04/16

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

James Harmon Dixon was born around 1844 to Williamson W. (1815-1886) and Nancy (Osborn) (1816-1895) Dixon. The Dixon family lived in Paris, Washington Township, Jennings County, Indiana where Williamson farmed. James H. Dixon had eight siblings: Alcy Elizabeth (1838- ), Athena I. (1840-1917), Martha E. T. (1842- ), Emmy (1846-1847), William Weir (1848-1926), Luema (1851-1938), Williamson "Dick" Osborn (1853-1935), and John Truman (1858-1937).

He served with Company B and Company M, 7th Indiana Cavalry during the U.S. Civil War. After the war, Dixon returned to Montgomery Township in Jennings County and was working as deputy sheriff in 1870. He worked as a farmer and was appointed to the position of U.S. postmaster for Paris, Indiana on April 12, 1889, following in his father's footsteps, and on May 27, 1897.

He married Sarah L. McGlasson (b. March 11, 1847) in 1874 and they had __ children: Joseph and Fred Williamson. Sarah Dixon died on October 20, 1906. Dixon then married a local widow, Eva (Conway) Froman (1872-1966). Dixon died in 1933 and was buried in Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana.

Sources:

Item in the collection.

Ancestry.com. "Eva Conway Dixon." U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Eva Froman." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "James H. Dixon." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "James N. Dixon." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Harnon Dixon." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.

Ancestry.com. "Harmon Dixon." U.S., Appointments of U.S. Postmasters, 1832-1971. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.

FindaGrave.com. "Harmon Dixon." Find a Grave Index. Accessed April 21, 2016. http://www.findagrave.com.

U.S. National Park Service. "Dixon, James A." [sic] Civil War Soliders and Sailors Database. Accessed April 21, 2016. https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers-detail.htm?soldierId=0BDCC696-DC7A-DF11-BF36-B8AC6F5D926A.

Extent

0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Dolph Harrod in 1969.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S2362: Williamson Dixon account book

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/04/28 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/04/28 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2016/04/21 by Brittany Kropf.
Title
James H. Dixon letter
Status
Completed
Description rules
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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