The Alexander Franklin Dix Sr. and Hellen (Nellie) Beach Dix Family  
Alexander Franklin Dix and Helen "Nellie" (Beach) Dix

Alexander Franklin Dix Married Helen "Nellie" (Beach) Dix
Born: 07/27/1831, Wilson NY 01/02/1861 Born: 12/15/1838 Amherst, New York
Died:  10/26/1921, Decatur AL Cheektowaga, New York Died:  04/14/1909 Montgomery AL
Buried:  Montgomery AL   Buried:  Montgomery AL

Alexander Franklin Dix and Helen "Nellie" Beach Dix
Photo submitted by Frances Dix Chapman

Photo submitted by Mike and Caroline Lyon

The couple had ten children; two boys and three girls in Midway, Alabama, and five boys in Winchester, Tennessee. 
Five of their children preceeded them in death.

Albert Sidney Dix 

Albert Sidney Dix  Married Isadora Nicoles
Born: 09/01/1863, Midway AL 06/18/1888 Born: 01/ 7/1870 & Location
Died:  12/27/1910, Macon GA Midway AL Died:  03/29/1951, Robinson Springs, AL
Buried:  Macon GA   Buried:  Macon GA
Their Children
Nelle Dix Smith
Ruth Dix Whigham
Francis Albert Dix
Issalee Dix Dismukes
Will Allie Dix
Dorothy Dix Harris
Eleanor Dix Smith

William Beach Dix Married Spouse
Born: 03/19/1865, Midway AL  None None
Died:  08/27/1886, Albany GA  None None

attie Lillis "Dimple" Dix Married James M. Hall
Born: 04/18/1867, Midway AL 10/20/1892 Born: Date & Location
Died:  06/10/1949  MontgomeryAL  Midway AL Died:  Date & Location
Burried:  Midway AL
Midway AL
Their Children
Lillis Hall
Elhannon Winchester Hall
Helen Hall
Sarah Hall
James M. Hall
Winifred Hall
William A. Hall
Dorothy Hall
Nina Hall
Lucille Hall
Richard Hall

Nellie Butterfield "Daisy" Dix  Married Spouse
Born: 10/10/1869, Midway AL None None
Died:  08/22/1871, Midway AL None None

Mary Belle "Dollie" Dix Married Spouse
Born: 06/14/1871, Midway AL None None
Died:12/20/1901, MontgomeryAL None None

Lell Daniel Dix Married Annie G. Stakely
Born: 02/12/1873 Winchester TN 07/16/1901 Born: 08/04/1876 & Location
Died:  Date & Location Location Died:  Date & Location
Their Children
Annie Goulding (Dix) Meiers
Beach Dix
Albert Sidney Dix
Daniel S. Dix
William M. Dix
Alex Beach Dix
Mary Belle "Dollie" (Dix)*  McRae

* [Named after (but not to be confused with) her aunt of same name & nickname]

Alexander "Allie" Franklin Dix Jr.
Born: 08/27/1874, Winchester TN
Died: 09/13/1899, Montgomery AL

Paul Finch Dix Married Vernon Nix (Aunt Vernon)
Born: 11/01/1875, Winchester TN 06/19/1902 Born 10/ 22/1878, Montgomery AL
Died:  10/08/1939, Decatur AL Montgomery AL Died:  02/0 4/1974,  Decatur AL
Their Children:
Oliver Dix
Frank Dix
Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles
Nelle Beach (Dix) Wade

Philo Castle Dix Married Elizabeth Hayes
Born:  09/24/1878, Winchester TN June 5, 1908 2 June, 1888,  in Hiwassee College, TN
Died: 2/12/1961, Boynton Beach FL Louisville KY ? April 21, 1921, Louisville KY
Their Children:
Jean Dix Allaway
Ellen Dix Robinson

Thomas Murrell Dix Married Frances E. Gray
Born:06/16/1880 Date & Location 11/12/1902 Born: 07/01/1878
Died:  02/01/1929, Decatur AL Location Died:08/21/1925, Decatur AL
Their Children:
Madeline Dix Reeves
Arthur F. Dix


ALEXANDER FRANKLIN DIX, the fourth child of DANIEL DIX and  DYANTHIA BUTTERFIELD,  was born in Wilson, New York, located on the shores of Lake Ontario, on July 27, 1831.  Our line of Dixes has been traced back to just a decade after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.   Annie Dix Meiers'  book Scenes from My Life, Chapter 2, Ancestors (with her gracious permission) and traces our lineage  back to when they came to the New World and includes her unusual dual Dix lineage

Alexander Franklin Dix's older sisters and their spouses were:

ANGELINE DIX, b. 26 Nov 1823, Niagara Co, NY; d. 25 May 1898; m.JAMES H. REYNOLDS, 20 Oct 1842
ELIZA SOPHIA DIX, b. 22 May 1826, Niagara Co NY; d. 31 Mar 1910364; m.MATHEW MCINTOSH, 16 Jan 1851
FRANCES DIX, b. 4 December 1828, Niagara Co, NY; d. 30 Jan 1907364; m.PHILO CASTLE, 1 Sept 1857


Wilson NY, birthplace of AFD, and Newfane NY, where he was  licensed to the  ministry by the church, in 1856.1


AFD's future wife, Helen (Nellie) Beach was born in Williamsville New York, on December 15, 1838 

Below is the narrative by Jean Dix Allaway.  Thanks to Ed Sproles for sending a copy.

My father, Philo Castle Dix, was very much a man of his times -- l878-l96l -- sharing in the idealism, the intellectual ferment, the upward mobility, and the disillusionments of the period. He was also very much a product of his upbringing, both in his deep religious convictions and in his rebellion against the way religion as interpreted and employed by his parents. As I try to explore my knowledge and memories of my  father I am always led back to his origins, and come at once to that other vigorous, strong-minded man, who was his father, Alexander Franklin Dix (1831-1921). 

Alexander was not really a man of his times, but a fiercely independent, individualistic Baptist who struck out against mainstream of his generation, and then was swept by the Civil War and its aftermath into a life at great disparity with others of his generation.

His wife, my grandmother, was also a strong-minded and very devout 
woman, who left her home and family to follow her husband in the way he had chosen. She was Helen Louise Beach, known as Nellie, born and raised in the northwestern corner of New York state, as was Alexander. When they were married, January 2, 1861, at Cheektowaga, just east of Buffalo, they said farewell to family and went south to live for the rest of their lives. How did such a move happen to take place? 

What sort of  newly weds would make such an improbable choice? The Civil War had not yet begun but secession had, and Alexander and Nellie made a deliberate decision to leave the North for the South. Both of them came from families with roots in New England. The Dix family traces its ancestors to settlers who arrived in Massachusetts Bay in 1630 in the fleet with Governor Winthrop. After a few years in Watertown, Mass, they joined the Rev. Thomas Hooker and his colleagues in moving west to the Connecticut River, to found the new colony of Connecticut. There the Dixes seem to have lived, in Wethersfield, for some generations, until about 1770. 


When the threat of Indian attack on frontier settlements was  reduced by the Peace of Paris in l763, at the end of the French and  Indian War, there was movement of colonists all along the frontier.  The Dixes and a band of others moved north to the Deerfield River,  then up that river to present day Wilmington, Vermont, where the  Deerfield intersects the road from Brattleboro to Bennington. There  they acquired farms and built houses, and undoubtedly a church.  I feel confident that this band of people from Wethersfield were 
held together by religious practices. If they were Baptists, as  the Dixes were in the early 19th century, they would have been an  unpopular minority in Wethersfield or any other Congregational town,  limited in many ways in what they could do. In a frontier settlement  they could achieve an independence they had not known in Connecticut. 

With the coming of the Revolutionary War, the young men of  southern Vermont formed the Green Mountain Boys under Ethan Allen's, leadership. Among their exploits were the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 and the defeat of Burgoyne’s men at the battle of Bennington in 1777. Ozias Dix, who had been born in Wethersfield in 1750, was a member of the militia from Wilmington, and like other Revolutionary War soldiers he was paid for his war service by a land grant in western New York state. The party of settlers who left Vermont for the west about 1800 included Ozias and his son Daniel, who had been born in 1796, who was my great-grandfather. 

Ozias and his wife Lucy are both buried in the old town cemetery  in Wilmington, Vermont, so he obviously returned to his old home. The very old pre-Revolutionary house on the hill just east of  Wilmington is still standing and occupied by Dorothy Turner, whose family bought it from the last Dix owner in the 1920' s. 


As for Daniel, he grew up in New York state and became a farmer  in the little town of Wilson, on the shores of Lake Ontario. His  first wife, Dyanthia Butterfield, bore him three daughters and a son, my grandfather, Alexander Franklin Dix. She died in l833, after  which Daniel remarried and produced five more daughters and two sons, both of whom died in infancy. Both of the wives are buried in the cemetery in Olcott, N.Y., as well as the infant boys. But Daniel  himself died and is buried far away, in Gilbert, Iowa, where he was 
living when he died in 1892.

Alexander Franklin, born in 183l in Wilson, was named for two of his mother’s Butterfield brothers. On reaching manhood, he trained  to be a teacher by attending the State Normal College in Albany, N.Y.  In 1853-54 he taught the school at Barrytown, N.Y., located on the Hudson River near Red Hook. Two letters he wrote to his sister Angelina Reynolds at that time have survived and give a glimpse of what his work was like as well as of his impressions and reactions to the community in which he lived. The "Frank" referred to in these 
letters is his sister, Frances, who was also attending The Albany  Normal College. It was she who later married her first cousin, Philo  Castle, for whom my father was named. 

In l855 Alexander was teaching in Williamsville, just east of Buffalo,  as We know from two letters of that time addressed to Angelina's  husband, James Reynolds. The final letter of that time extant is 
also written to his brother-in-law, from the University of Rochester in 1857. Gloomy in tone, enigmatic in its content, that letter suggests a young man in considerable inner strife. Though he was a student, he 
was also unemployed, and could find no job. 


Alexander's letters reflect a lively mind and strong opinions,  but give no real explanation for why he should have decided to go  South. They show that he was uncompromising in matters of religious  belief, and proud of it. He was determined to teach well and be  well paid ...only the best...but he was not sure that teaching 
should be his career. Yet in 1857 he was 26 years old, and probably  eager to be married, and was without a job. Perhaps he found a  promising job in the South and it was that which set his course. 

He was not the only northerner who sympathized with the South  on the subject of states' rights, of course. The Copperheads, mostly  Democrats, were politically and socially of real importance both 
before and during the Civil War.  Like Alexander, I think, they  regarded the slavery issue as a red herring to divert attention from  the real attacks by Republicans on the rights of the states. 

A third thread in leading to his decision must have been his  religious beliefs. He was a Baptist, he was not tolerant nor  broadminded about other religious ideas, and he must have found  the Baptists to be the backbone of the South. 

Whatever his motivation, he made a big move in 1859: he went  first to Union Springs, Alabama, where he taught at the Woodlawn.  Seminary, and then to nearby Midway, Alabama, where he continued teaching.  At the end of 1860 he went north again, and on January 2, 1861, was married to Nellie Beach. The two of them then returned to Alabama for good. 

After the war, there was an effort to renew ties between the  family members in north and south. Alexander and his family went to  New York state for a visit, but, so my father reported, they were so offended by the attitudes of the northerners that they left in dismay. 


When Nellie and Alexander reached Midway in early 1861,  Alexander resumed his teaching, but when the war began later in  the spring he volunteered as a private and went off to fight. He served throughout the war, for a time in Kentucky under General Bragg, later with the Army of Northern Virginia under Lee. He 
was present at the Battle of the Crater, and at Appomattox. He  was reluctant to discuss his soldiering experiences, according to  my father, and the children knew little of what he had done. He  apparently served as a clerk (not many southern soldiers were so  literate), and if he had promotions, demotions, wounds or anything  special we have no record of it. 

He acquired two children during the war. The oldest, Albert  Sidney, was born in 1863, and the second, William Beach,  Was born in March, 1865. From then until 1880, Nellie gave birth  to a child about every two years so that there were finally ten  children in all, of whom my father was the ninth. 

Alexander resumed teaching in Midway, and became a preacher also  after he was ordained in 1869 in the Baptist Church. From 1871-1880, the family lived in Winchester, Tennessee (in the southeast corner of the
state) where Alexander taught at Mary Sharp College. (In the collections of the Library of Congress is a delightful, large print from the 1870's showing the front of Mary Sharp College, with bevys of crinolined young ladies wandering about under tiny parasols.) 

From 1880-1883 he taught at Stevenson, Alabama, and then they went back to Union Springs, where he taught until 1887. That year the family bought a farm in Pine Grove, Alabama (just outside Midway), 
and Alexander gave up teaching, although he continued preaching for  another decade. 


By 1897 Alexander and Nellie had grown and prosperous children  who could and did give them financial support. So they retired to  Montgomery to live. Nellie died of a heart attack in 1909, but  Alexander lived another 12 years, dividing his time among his various  children’s homes. He died in Decatur in 1921, at the age of ninety,  in the home of Paul and Vernon Dix. Mary Vernon, who was then seven, recalls him as the "Downstairs Grandpa", more stern and reserved than the "Upstairs Grandpa" who was her mother's father. 

I have a glimmering of memory of Alexander also. He spent a  month or so with us in Louisville a year or so before he died, probably in the summer of 1919. His appearance has been recalled to me by  photographs, and I still recall my distaste, and even embarrassment at  his snowy beard, which was very much out of fashion in post-war  Kentucky. I also remember one incident:  the old gentleman bullied my father into going into a drugstore to buy a bottle of spirits of some  sort (I've always assumed it was whiskey) over my father’s strenuous  objections. The way my memory runs, We were all setting forth in our Ford touring car (Model T, of course) for the trip to Camp Daniel  Boone, a distance of less than a hundred miles, but a major excursion  for that era of poor roads, flat tires, and inexperience. The furor  attendant on our departure was heightened by my grandfather’s request (which was never explained to us), but finally the car stopped outside a drugstore. I believe at the corner of Third and Broadway,  where our road turned from south to east; my father, looking furious  and embarrassed, slunk inside and came out with a bottle which he 
handed to the old man. Apparently., Daddy was most afraid that someone who knew him would see him in the act. Poor Grandpa, he could not have had a very happy visit with us, and I never saw him again. 


Barrytown (NY) Feb. 19th,1854

Dear Angeline:

I believe that I promised to write to you but for many reasons I have not done so before.  One reason is that Frank told you all that I would if I had written when we were at Albany, but now I must write for myself.  I have been teaching here for the past two weeks and am much pleased with my school and everything connected with my situation, except that there is no Baptist Church in the vicinity.  There is a Methodist and a Lutheran Church at Red Hook village three miles distant, and we have ordinary preaching in my schoolhouse once on the Sabbath by several preachers alternately.  Sunday does not seem as it should, or as it has since I can remember.  I spend the time in reading and writing.  The people with whom I board are not professors or religion and never attend Church.  They are quite old people and have a daughter of about 18 or 20 years, who with two small grand-children make up the family.  The daughter is intelligent and somewhat accomplished, but is a Roman Catholic in sentiment and likes to make proselytes.  You know how willing I am to give up my opinions, so when you see me again look for the cross.  I cannot imagine what would have become of me if I had left home before my religious opinions were formed.  I would have been as a ship at sea with no compass or port of destination.   I think I have every reason to be thankful for what I have enjoyed, and although I early met with the greatest loss which we are called upon to mourn in this world, yet I cannot but think that my course has been shaped out for me by one who watches with more than the vigilance of a mother. 

Probably you have heard of my present situation.  I am making, in school and out, $114.00 per quarter 13 weeks and pay $2.50 per week for board and accommodations.  You have probably heard from Frank since I have not for she has not yet written to me and here it is two weeks.  But she probably did not feel like writing a great deal for she studied most too hard the latter part of the term (not so as to maker her sick however) and the reaction would make her dull.  Did you ever see the effect of suddenly stepping strong mental exertion?  If so, you will understand.   She thinks she is bound to perform all they ask in that School and I cant convince her to the contrary although I tried it last term.  The amount of it is, they have to drive some students and she thinks they mean her and will sit up all night when it is uncalled for.  No person can perform all they ask and they don’t expect it.  You had better hint to her about it when she goes back as I shall not be there then.

But how move things in Olcott?  How are all the children and how does James get along in the books and brakes.  The Hudson River Railroad runs through a dug-way right under my window and I am looking very anxiously to see one of his brakes come along.   James wrote in a letter to Frank that his mind was much disturbed by what his relations said about him.  Tell him that “Fanny Fern” says something like this “If any one has gumption enough to strike up an original light, he has to put it under bushel, or will have all the world after him trying to blow it out”.  Now, knowing the fate of originators, he must look out.

Write about Uncle Alex’s people.  Where is Adelaide?  Have you heard of Uncle Hamilton’s death?  I learned it by way of Eliza Butterfield, and by the way Elisa is a first rate correspondent.  She expects to teach school in the Spring.  They have for some time been calculating to visit Newfane* but she writes that she does not know when it will be as they have no way of going.  By last letter from Cousin Carrie was dated at Poultney Vt. On the first of Jan.  She has lost her Cousin Amos and feels much depressed in spirit.  But I can write no more now.  Please write me a good long letter as soon as you can.  A kiss to each of the little ones and much loved to your self and James, I am as ever your brother

Alex F. Dix

(To Angeline R. D. Reynolds)

* fane: (fayn) noun: A place of worship.  From Latin fanum (temple). That seems right -- new church & Latin. 

(retyped copy Jan 2003 of typewitten copy presumably from original.  Typewitten copy from family papers in possession of Mary Vernon Dix Sproles.  Retyped by Edward Sproles, 2003)

Barrytown (NY)  May 28th 1854

Dear Sister Angeline:-

I see that your letter bears date of two months since and should have been answered before but I have had four or five letters constantly on hand which with the extra labor of closing one quarter and beginning another have taken up all my spare time.  My last quarter closed May 6th when I went to Albany and stayed with Frank a few days and some necessary purchases and came back and went to work repairing the school-house.  Commenced School again the 17th.  My school is I think, all of fifty percent better than when I entered it.  Some large scholars have concluded that they might as well attend district school again and have come in so that in numbers as well as interest it does not seem like the same school.  I think Barrytown is the pleasantest place I ever saw as far as beauty of natural scenery and wealth can render a place pleasant, but I am convinced that something more is needed to make me happy and when I seek a permanent abiding place I shall look closely to the moral and religious condition of the people and to a more equal distribution of wealth.  Here the landed property is in the hands of rich men who spend their winters in N.Y. City and a few of the summer months in pleasure on their farms.  The greater part of the people are in their employ and for the sake of their money are willing to sell their manhood so far as to be entirely controlled by the rich. 

One man, Mr. Bard, has broken up the District School adjoining mine by establishing a free select school in connection with Episcopal Sabbath School and other High church rules.  Several in the district are deprived of school altogether as they will not have their children brought up by bard in the doctrines of Episcopacy.  Others to save their school bill would let the devil educate their children.  The latter class predominate, hence the school went down. 

The rich people here have some splendid residences, some of them built many years ago are surrounded by stately oaks and pines which give them quite an antiques appearance and remind one of days and men, the events and actions which have long since become a part of our country’s history.  From my window may be seen the house and grounds where the “Livingstons, fair freedoms generous hand” have lived for several generations, but which now have passed into the h? hands of an enterprising N. Y. merchant, who although bankrupt was able to purchase it at a price of about  $100,000.00 and is repairing the buildings to the amount of about $20,000.00 more.  Angeline, that is the way to be honest –that is the way I mean to do when I am willing to give up the title of Man and Christian and assume that of “sire” “your honor” for the sake of seeing myself fawned around by a set of base, ignoble slaves (worse than the slaves of the South because their slavery is chosen) who for the sake of money will disgrace their name and sell their manhood.

However there are those in this vicinity who have a just claim to the respect and love of those around them.  Wm. B. Astor’s residence is within a mile of this and Mrs. Astor’s reputation is really an enviable one.  She sounds no trumpet before her, but as much unseen as possible visits the abodes of want and seems to take pleasure in alleviating the woes of the distressed and although the wealthiest in the neighborhood they need no livery to distinguish their servants as many (I blush for their republicanism when I say it) think they do, or at least employ it.  What would the people of Newfane say is [if?] old D.B. alias A.T. or J.A.B should mount a coachman and footman dressed in livery?  Would not they be hooted?

But I have written enough.  Give my love and a kiss to each of the children and remember me to all friends.  Tell James I should like to hear from him and for yourself don’t wait so long as I have.

As ever your brother,
Alex. F. Dix

(To Angeline R. Reynolds)

[Copied from a fragile, typewritten carbon copy in the possession of my mother, Mary Vernon Dix Sproles.  Copied January 3, 2003, by Edward Sproles.  Angeline is AFD’s older sister.]

This is from a letter from Jean (Dix) Allaway to Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles:

[Originals] are copies of [following] three letters written by Grandfather Dix. in the 1850's to his brother-in-law, James Reynolds, and sent to my father [Philo] in 1931 by his cousin, Carrie Reynolds, who lived in Buffalo. I came upon them yesterday while looking for something else, and am just delighted. I hoped you would enjoy reading them, too, so I had some copies made today and will send a set to you, one to Frank, and one to Ellen. 
The letters are in good condition, and the two earlier ones are examples of Alex's beautiful calligraphy. The one from Rochester is less elegant and seems to reflect the despondent mood in which he was writing. I wonder if he ever graduated from the University. Why was he so worried about his father's financial condition? I suppose we will never know. He certainly was full of religion! Were they Baptists in New York State or did he become a Baptist after he went south? 


July 7, 1855

Dear Brother

Yours of June 26th, was duly received and as I have some time for writing today, I will try and answer it.

I am truly obliged for the news which your letter contained, but in that respect cannot answer it for I have not the first particle of news to tell.

I think that if I had been in Slaughter’s place, I would have waited until the grass had grown up on Lucinda’s grave before I filled her place.  Adda, poor girl of course, dared not say so, for fear he would get somebody else.  I cannot but think that.  There is somewhat of Earth even in the thoughts of those who teach of Heaven.  We have had the best term of school, so far, that I ever taught.  All are engaged and determined to learn, although the school is not so large as it was in  the fall or winter.

I have not fully determined whether I shall remain here through the fall term or not.

We use Perkins Arithmetics, elementary and higher; Stoddard’s Intellectual; and Brown’s Grammar.  Probably you have heard of the last named work.

The more I study grammar, the stronger becomes the persuasion, in my mind, that Webster is The Grammarian of the language and whatever textbook I use, I will teach what I believe to be the truth.  However, if I can find Webster’s Improved Grammar and am as well pleased with it as I expect to be, I shall introduce it here at the commencement of another term.

There is nothing perhaps of which I can write so well calculated to interest you as a little description of a religious sect, in this place which is stronger in numbers and wealth than any other in the place.  They call themselves as Disciples but their proper name is Campbellites as they follow after Alex Campbell in the letter and spirit of his teaching.  They deny the influence of The Holy Sprit in conversion, contend that faith is nothing more than an intellectual belief and that the change of heart, which we profess to have experienced, is merely a turning of out minds of our own accord from sin to holiness.  Any person, whatever may be his belief, may become identified with them by saying that he believes that Jesus is the Messiah, whereupon they baptize him, and in that act of obedience, he becomes a new creature, and is prepared for a life of holiness or a death of triumph.

Those who have never heard their preaching  can hardly credit the story that such a sect could live in these days of bibles, but it is true and will, I fear, work is incalculable mischief, as it is almost hopeless to think of converting one who had been blinded into a belief of sins forgiven in their one act of obedience. Universalism's Infidelity is much less imaginary in its tendency.

Think on the subject and be prepared when I come to show me the Scripture for the Divine influence in conversion.

Expect me about the first of August.  With love to all, I remain as ever
Your affectionate brother, Alex

Image of hand written letter [To James H. Reynolds]

Words in red, are my best guess at deciphering Alex's longhand.

Transcribed Feb. 15, 2003 by Russell D. Whigham
Submitted by Ed Sproles Jr. via Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles

This is from a letter from Jean (Dix) Alaway to Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles:

[Originals] are copies of three letters written by Grandfather Dix. in the 1850's to his brother-in-law, James Reynolds, and sent to my father [Philo] in 1931 by his cousin, Carrie Reynolds, who lived in Buffalo. I came upon them yesterday while looking for something else, and am just delighted. I hoped you would enjoy reading them, too, so I had some copies made today and will send a set to you, one to Frank, and one to Ellen. 
The letters are in good condition, and the two earlier ones are examples of Alex's beautiful calligraphy. The one from Rochester is less elegant and seems to reflect the despondent mood in which he was writing. I wonder if he ever graduated from the University. Why was he so worried about his father's financial condition? I suppose we will never know. He certainly was full of religion! Were they Baptists in New York State or did he become a Baptist after he went south? 

Sept. 30, 1855

Dear Brother

Feeling somewhat anxious as to your stopping longer in Lockport.   I take the surest means of finding out by writing.

My school has opened much more favorably than I had any reason to expect, numbering in all, 97 scholars, fully one third of whom are over 14 years of age.

4 Classes in Reading
4 Classes in Spelling
4 Classes in Geography
4 Classes in Practical Arithmetic
3 Classes in Mental Arithmetic
2 Classes in Grammar
3 Classes in Algebra
1 Class in History
1 Class in Geometry

26 in all which with but one assistant, be assured, keeps me pretty busy.

I never have experienced, heretofore, so disorderly a time the scholars, many of them, having been out of school all summer and all of them out for six weeks were very much like wild asses colts, but by dint of management, in use of our spur and rod, the last three days have been much more to my liking.  The academy here will go into operation the first of December if expectations are realized, at which time doubtless a change will occur in my school.  What the real effect is going to be, I cannot tell, but I expect it will make the school such a one as I shall not wish to teach.  In fact, I care but little whether I teach or not.

It is time that I made up my mind what occupation I am to follow for life.  If it is to be teaching, then it is time I was at the Latin and Greek, for I will not teach any second rate school, nor receive second rate wages.  My design has been to go through college and my desire still accords with that design.

If ?? was differently situated, I would not hesitate at all, but I find it impossible to rid my mind of responsibility in that quarter.  The fact that we cannot always see the ways of Providence, should never impair our reliance for the want of knowledge of a result, is the very foundation of faith.

How unbecoming would fears of a parents ability to provide for the necessities of a prattling child be to him; then how much more so is distrust of an all-wise and all-powerful parent.

Hoping that may find you all well, and doing well, and that it will bring a speedy answer.

I remain
Yours affectionately
Alex. F. Dix

To James H. Reynolds
Lockport [NY]

Image of hand written letter

Transcribed Feb. 15, 2003 by Russell D. Whigham
Submitted by Ed Sproles Jr. via Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles

This is from a letter from Jean (Dix) Alaway to Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles:

[Originals] are copies of three letters written by Grandfather Dix. in the 1850's to his brother-in-law, James Reynolds, and sent to my father [Philo] in 1931 by his cousin, Carrie Reynolds, who lived in Buffalo. I came upon them yesterday while looking for something else, and am just delighted. I hoped you would enjoy reading them, too, so I had some copies made today and will send a set to you, one to Frank, and one to Ellen. 
The letters are in good condition, and the two earlier ones are examples of Alex's beautiful calligraphy. The one from Rochester is less elegant and seems to reflect the despondent mood in which he was writing. I wonder if he ever graduated from the University. Why was he so worried about his father's financial condition? I suppose we will never know. He certainly was full of religion! Were they Baptists in New York State or did he become a Baptist after he went south? 


University of Rochester
May 9, 1857

Dear Brother,

Your note was duly received and I take the first opportunity to respond that the “Songs of Zion” may be had at $.25 per copy, no deduction from the retail price except to merchants who will sell again.

I know of no opportunities for obtaining situations in any department of labor.  The public schools in this city are so much under the control of designing men that it is useless to think of them.  All vacancies are filled long before they occur.  Still I know but little about them, being so confined to my room that I hear and care to hear of but little that is going on outside.

As to myself, now as it has always been; I fair better that I deserve, though I am frequently disposed to complaining.

Just now appears to be the darkest time that I have yet seen, but I have not the least doubt that all my steps are ordained by one whose glory will be their ultimate issue, and I will not distrust his wisdom.  If I am to leave college at or before the close of this term, or am to continue here as long as I intended.  I shall endeavor to do either with equal cheerfulness. 

Please give my love to all.

Yours truly,

Alex F. Dix


Transcribed Feb. 15, 2003 by Russell D. Whigham
Submitted by Ed Sproles Jr. via Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles

Image of hand written letter


"Alexander Franklin Dix, had come to Alabama from the Buffalo-Niagara, New York area at the request of Alexander's first cousin (on his mother's side), Milton Butterfield, to join him in teaching school there in 1859." 

"Alexander Franklin Dix's cousin, Milton Butterfield urged him to remove to Union Springs, Ala. to teach. The school was successful and continued in operation until the outbreak of the War Between the States." 

"Abednego McGinty was a prominent citizen and Postmaster of Union Springs from 1857-1861".

Boarding in the McGinty home is Alex F. Dix, Teacher! 1860 Census for Union Springs

The Montgomery Advertiser 
February 16, 1902, page 14

Union Springs, Bullock's Thriving Capital

Transcription of the article above
by Russell Whigham

The first church built in Union Springs
was the Baptist, which stood just east
of the the hardware store of Mr. J. E. Grif-
fith.  The Presbyterians built a church
on the lot now owned by Mrs. Don Ses-
sions in about the year 1858 which was
blown down.  They rebuilt a frame struc-
ture on the site, where their present
handsome brick church now stands.  The
Methodist Church was built by a Mr.
Yarrington in about 1859 or 1860.  The
first school building was located at the
rear of the lot now occupied by the
Baptist Church.  Rev. W. D. McCarthy
now at Troy, was the first teacher I re-
member.  Then D.B. McSween(?).  This
building was moved to about where the
M & E railroad* bridge stands on
Prairie Street, and Mr. James T. Norman
taught us there for several years.  Frank
Butterfield bought and built a two-story
school building on the residence lots
owned by Mrs Maggie Ramsey and E.
H. Cope, and Mrs. R.D. Smith and
called the place Woodlawn.  Butter-
Field was assisted by Mrs. S. A. Dozier,
Rev. A. F. Dix, William Ferguson and
Miss Julia McCann, all of whom are
first class teachers and all of whom are still
living except possibly Mr. Ferguson.

 *  Montgomery and Eufaula  Railroad Company

In 1849, AFD studied at nearby University of Rochester, NY1   and in 1853, AFD graduated from NewYork State Normal College 1Sometime around 1859-1860,  AFD moved from New York to Union Springs to teach with first cousin (on his mother's side), Milton Butterfield. 2,6   In the link below, you'll find a detailed account of this along with the story of how cousin Milton, did not fare as well as AFD in the war.

The following passage is from Annie Dix Meiers'  book Scenes from My Life, Chapter 2, Ancestors:

     ...So through the generations of Dixes succeeding John Jr., through Moses and Ozias and Daniel, Alexander Franklin Dix was born in 1831, marking the two hundredth year that the Dixes had lived in America. By this time, the Dix family had moved even farther west into the state of New York. The family of Daniel and Dyanthia Dix consisted of three daughters and one son, Alexander Franklin, born in Wilson, N. Y. The boy grew to be a scholar, a student and teacher of
Latin and Greek, a student at the college in Albany and the University at Rochester and an ordained Baptist minister. He
fell in love with a girl of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, Helen Beach, lovingly called Nellie, and married her on January 2,

       Though this was only nine days before the state of Alabama seceded from the Union, January 11, and the
situation in that Southern state was rather uncertain, he had already promised to accept a position as teacher of Greek and Latin in a Female Seminary (i.e., girls college) in Midway, a small town not far from Montgomery; so he and his bride
embarked upon their trip South, and began their home in that Southern town. 

       More states seceded from the Union, and established the Confederate States of America with its capital at Montgomery.  War broke out between the Confederate states and those that remained with the Union in the North, the so-called Civil War. Most Northern people considered it a war begun by the South to retain slavery as legal. But Alexander Franklin Dix believed that the war was not about slavery, but about a principle that he had held in New York and brought with him to the South, States Rights. He abhorred slavery, never had a slave, and considered it immoral. But he believed that a state had the right to leave the Union if it wished, and not to be compelled by force of arms to remain. I remember as a girl how angry he was when anybody suggested that he had fought to retain slavery.

       So Alexander Franklin Dix in Alabama, like Robert E. Lee in Virginia, had to choose between two loyalties: loyalty
to the Federal Government or loyalty to his state. Both men chose their state.

       This was especially sad for Alexander Franklin. His mother had died when he was only two years old, but his
father was still in the North, as well as the husbands of his sisters and the brothers of his wife. If he joined the
Confederate army, he would be fighting against his brothers-in-law, all of whom he loved.

       However, he joined the Confederate army, and in the second year of his marriage was fighting in the battle of Shiloh
in Mississippi, under the command of General Albert Sidney Johnston. His first child was born the next year; and as
evidence of his admiration for his general, he named the baby Albert Sidney Dix.

The following is an excerpt from the journal of Hattie Lillis "Dimple" (Dix) Hall, writiing of the family's time in Winchester Tennessee.  Note that Dimple was writing in third person.
She was four years old and her father and mother who called each other "Frank" and "Nellie", her two brothers, Bert and Will, and her sister, Dollie, were moving to Winchester, Tenn., where her father, Rev. A. F. Dix, was to teach Latin and Greek in Mary Sharp College. Their household goods were slow coming, and they spent some weeks in a boarding house full of college girls. There the girls made much of her and continued to in the years that followed while they lived in a little house on the edge of the town on the road that led to Cowan. They taught her to say the Greek alphabet before she knew the English. They quarreled over who was to take care of her at Sunday School and Church.

The babies continued to arrive at about two-year intervals until five more boys were added to the family. She remarked to her mother on the arrival of the last one, "Seven boys and only two girls to make shirts for them."

While she was still a little girl the saving of her life by direct intervention was often told by her father. He had started to the well with a bucket in each hand. When he got to the side door something told him to put down his buckets and go to Mama's room. It was before breakfast and Mama was busy in the kitchen.

It was winter, and all the doors closed. He had not heard a sound. He hesitated, but the demand that he go to Mama's room was insistent, so he went and was met as he opened the door by a little figure in flames. She bears no scar - her hair was scorched but her little red apron with two pockets in it was a serious loss. 

There were four years between her and her sister Dollie, another sister, Daisy, having died age 2, before they left Midway, Alabama.  As a consequence, she played with her brothers - did everything they did until they were big enough to take a gun and go to the woods hunting. There her mother drew the line, "Because she was a girl."

In 1876 she remembered climbing with Bert and Will to the roof and helping fasten a big flag to the chimney because it was the Centennial. She didn't know what that was, but it called for flags on everybody's houses.

The five boys who were born in Winchester were Lell, Allie, Paul, Philo and Murrie. When Murrie was born she was thirteen years old. Between the births of Paul and Philo her mother's health was very bad. She knew later there had been a still-born boy. 

The care of Paul was almost entirely left with her, and as a natural consequence Paul was always a favorite brother.

When the Winchester Normal was organized her father was chosen one of the teachers. The Normal was at the other end of town, and there were five of us going to school, so the little home with the big locust trees in front and the row of cedars next the sidewalk that were thinned as they grew by using one as a Xmas tree every year, was rented out, and the family moved to a big old two-story house on High Street with big grounds and lots of shrubbery. A summer house with vines and all kinds of flowers was a delight to the barefoot tree-climbing child. There she first knew columbines and loves them still. The mother's health continued bad, and Philo's birth had to be an abortion to save her life. After that her health was good. 

The Winchester Normal was not the financial success they expected. They had to cut down their faculty and her father resigned because he had been the last man taken on. The family went back to the little home after two years on High Street, and her father taught in the old "Robert Donald" - originally a school for boys but at that time a mixed school.

After two years Murrie was born [06/16/1880] and her father having been made president of the William and Emma Austin College in Stevenson, Ala., the family moved to Stevenson [July, 1880] and the thirteen-year-old girl was separated from friends of ten years and the only sweetheart she'd ever had. She and Albert Marks had swung hands all the way to their French lesson before they were old enough to go to school. He would wait for her at the railroad crossing, and they'd go together to Old Man Jordan's French class. He had a class of grown-ups, a class of teenage boys and girls, and a class of little children. A native-born Frenchman and besides driving the Express wagon he kept a little shop ­fruits and candies, nuts and canned goods.

She and Albert Marks continued sweethearts 'till they were both thirteen. At that time his father was governor of Tennessee, but his family remained in Winchester. When she came back to Winchester the next summer on a visit Albert came to see her - his first date. He came on horseback in the morning to the house where she was visiting and sent in a note asking for a date that night. She gave him the date and when he came that night he had a voice like a bass drum, and she didn't know him at all!

During that summer she visited Cowan also, and went with Bert to Coosa Cave again and enjoyed it so much. Coosa Cave was upon the side of the mountain, and unless somebody was along who knew where it was, you might wander all day and never find the entrance, for bushes grew in front of the hole, and a man had to stoop way over to get in. Inside it was lovely, and she never tired of it. The college girls at Mary Sharp were allowed a holiday in Spring every year to visit Coosa Cave. The foot of the mountain was seven miles from Winchester, and the entrance to the cave only a little way up. At that time it had never been entirely explored. It may have been later, as so much attention has been given to caves in later years.

After that summer she never went back to Winchester and lost touch with all the friends of her little girl days.

Three years were spent in Stevenson. The first year she was not in school for the reason that she had no classmates. She was reading Virgil and Anbasis and studying Algebra and Geometry, and there were no pupils in school so well advanced. So she took care of the two little boys Philo and Murrie and cleaned up the house and saw that the dinner was ready to be packed in a big basket and carried to the college by the janitor before twelve o'clock. Her father and mother also Bert and Will, sixteen and eighteen years old, were teaching. At two o'clock her mother came home, and she went to the college for her chemistry lesson and music. Her music teacher was Mrs. Alston, Cousin Lizzie to most everybody in Stevenson, and as Cousin Lizzie she became a dearly beloved friend of the entire family and the love of his life to Will. He also took music, had his lesson after school. I had mine the last period and waited for them and we went home together down the mountain. The College was built taking for granted that Mr. Rosser who owned the land between the town and the college would give them a road to it. When he was finally asked he flatly refused - told them to get there the best way they could - which meant the footpath over a spur of the mountain or two miles around his land for vehicles. He is dead now. There's a road thru, and the old college building is the Grammar school building of Stevenson.

["Dinner", even as recently as when I was a lad, was (in the south, anyway) the mid-day meal.  The evening meal was called supper. Citations: HERE & HERE.]

Her first date at the age of thirteen was the occasion of a family conclave and much discussion. Of course she had been to parties with boys of her age, and to church, but this was a man of twenty-five who desired to call on this thirteen-year-old girl! Her mother cried and wished she was as ugly as a mud fence so men would let her alone. The father and brothers said "Dave's all right, let him come." So her mother tearfully helped her to dress, and she spent a pleasant evening with Dave Martin. Went for a walk in the course of the evening up to the reservoir with Bert and his sweetheart, Cissa Cotnam. The reservoir was built by the railroad for their water supply and was the water supply for the whole town and quite a rendezvous for the young people. Dave told her that night she would be safe anywhere with anybody, that her purity and innocence were a stone wall around her.

[From what I've read about AFD, this Dave, must have really made an impression, for Frank to permit his daughter to go on a date with him,  Perhaps the fact that Bert and his date were with them was what made it happen. ]

The next two years she had two classmates, Emma Russell and Ada Longacre, Ada boarding in the home and Emma living next door, so it was almost a twenty-four hour association of the three. They planned plans and dreamed dreams - had a secret society of three members - started to write a book together The Black Ghost of Elmwood - the scene laid in Mt. Vernon, Florida, of which they knew exactly nothing. Pretty good plot as stories go, but the actual writing of it was tiresome and soon abandoned.

When she was sixteen the family moved to Union Springs, Ala. Her father, mother, Bert, Will, and Cousin Lizzie, all teaching in the Union Springs Institute.

Her father was a Baptist minister and had combined teaching and preaching wherever he was located. At Stevenson there was only an undenominational church, and they were glad to have a preacher of any denomination – while teaching in Union Springs he had several churches out in the country which he served in turn, and they paid the preacher in produce of all kinds - vegetables, chickens, eggs, meat, milk, butter, wood, potatoes, syrup, and some money - all of which came in handy in caring for a large family and boarders.

[I wonder if Cousin Lizzie was one of the boarders?]

While in Union Springs, Will decided to be a minister and studied with his father, was ordained at 19 years of age, preached a few times to country churches and was chosen as Pastor by the First Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. Cousin Lizzie went to Dawson, Ga., to teach music. She was 15 years older than Will, had two sons and one daughter, was very lovable and attractive with a wonderful voice in her small body. You wondered how could it be. Will told the story of his love for her to his associate ministers in Albany and told them they, he and Cousin Lizzie, would abide by their decision as to whether they ever married or not. The two ministers decided against the marriage, told Will he'd have to make the choice between his love and his ministry. So they were never married, but 'twas Cousin Lizzie who held his hand as he lay dying of heart trouble, her kiss was the last that he asked for­ he was only twenty-one, and his church in Albany asked that he be buried there. 

[Ed and I guessed that the marriage was denied because Cousin Lizzie was divorced.  Is this still a common practice?] 

[We knew that Will was buried in the old cemetery in Albany, thanks to some correspondence from Murrie's daughter, Madeline, to Mary Sproles, but Dimple's narrative adds interesting details.]

About this time the Grandmother on the mother's side died leaving some money with instructions to buy land with it, and the land could not be sold until the youngest child was twenty-one. He was then six. The five little boys were growing up with rather frail bodies so there was a looking around for a small farm where they could develop to better advantage physically. 

[I had wondered what prompted the move from Union Springs, to Pine Grove.  Thanks, Dimple!]

Bert went to Brewton to teach, and she, whose memories are flocking in and asking to be recorded, was eighteen and of a mind to strike out and earn her own living. A family in Dallas County wanted a teacher for three children in the home and she took the place. Hallie, Eleanor and Martin Cochran were her pupils. That was in the Fall. In the spring Bert wrote from Brewton that there was a music teacher needed there, and she could have the place. So she went to Brewton and spent two happy years there teaching music.

[This, and the paragraph below, complements the information about the family's time in Brewton, sent to us by Ann Howell]

The family moved out to the little farm in Bullock County, Pine Grove bought with Grandmother Beach's money, and on her next trip home she was met at the station, Midway, and taken five miles out in the country. As they neared their destination they passed a young man evidently in bad health. She asked who it was. 'That's Jim Hall", they told her, "He's dying with consumption.”  His mother’s almost crazy about him." "Poor fellow," she said, "He'll probably be gone before I come again," and thought no more about it. Her vacation over, she went back to Brewton, happy in her work and happy in her social relations. She had no thought of marriage. When she was born the aunt, for whom she was named, claimed her eighteenth year. This aunt was wealthy and lived in Buffalo, New York, so all her childhood she looked forward to her eighteenth year in Buffalo. Before she was eighteen, the aunt died, and she never has visited Buffalo, tho she still has relatives there. Her father and mother both came from near there, her father from Lockport and her mother from Williamsville. They came to Alabama .just before the Civil War. Her father served three years in the Confederate Army, never carried a gun, was on General Bragg's staff and was a Sergeant Major when he was paroled in 1865.

In Brewton, as she had everywhere she went, she had boy friends, and she believes they are still her friends. In Brewton she had her first offers of marriage - lovemaking she had been accustomed to, but so far had managed to head the boys off short of definite proposals. One of these was a widower with little children who really needed a wife. His name was Will Lovelace, a cousin of the Lovelace boys, with whose sister she boarded. The other was a merchant named Hightower. Another, Johnny Davis, who boarded at the same place she did, fell in love with her, but sad to relate he was already engaged to be married and his house was in the process of building. He was very unhappy but went on and married Lula Moore and probably soon got over it. She never saw him after school closed that year.

The next year she had a chance to continue her study of music and take art lessons which she had always wanted to do, so she went to La Grange, Ga., to the Southern Female College, which later became Cox College of College Park, near Atlanta. She was very happy in that work, took her music lesson before school in the morning, kept study hall all day, having preparatory classes, had her art lesson after school in the afternoon, and stayed in the art room as long as she could see, went to supper, then practiced 'till bedtime, practicing in the morning before breakfast, making four hours of practice a day. It was too much for her strength. She was not conscious of overdoing, but began to have night sweats. She wrote her mother, and was advised to cut out something. The cut came out of the music, and her teacher never knew why she seemed to lose interest in her music and decided against trying for the prize. She was so in love with her art work she couldn't bear to cut any of the time she spent in the art room. She had no more night sweats and did try for the art prize. Her picture "Nydia" was second, and the girl who took the prize was a special and had to leave her picture in the auditorium.

[Dimple's younger sister, Dollie, also graduated from Cox College.]

The next year she taught in Midway, five and a half miles from home, and spent many of her week-ends in Pine Grove.

[Was the Pine Grove house that we have pictures of, the one that they moved to?]

She doesn't say what year, but let's see if we can narrow it down from other data:

After her stint in Brewton and before their wedding, would be 1888-1892

Grandmother Susannah (ROOP) Beach died 28 DEC 1889

So, now we've narrowed it to between, (might as well say) 1890 and 1892.  And since she mentions teaching the next year at Midway, I think we can safely say the answer to your first question would be 1890 +/- 1 year.

07/??/1883     AFD moved from Stevenson AL back to Union Springs AL,  Principal of the Union Springs Institute (1), (2), (5) 
09/04/1884     AFD lived in Union Springs; Preached in revival at Midway 
03/08/1885     William Beach ordained as minister at age 19 in Union Springs (1) 
1885-1886      AFD, President of Classical Institute, Union Springs, Ala. (1)
08/27/1886     William Beach Dix died 
09/??/1886     The Brewton Collegiate Institute opened in Brewton AL
??/??1886      AFD Pastored Country churches (1) 
04/??/1887     AFD, Circuit preacher for Midway, Fairview, Aberfoil and Liberty (1) 
09/28/1887     Magnolia Circle Literary Society that was held in Brewton, AL thru spring of 1888.
06/18/1888     ASD, teacher;  married Isadora J. Nicoles 
06/27/1889     Prof. ASD & IND of Anderson TN spend summer in Pine Grove. 
09/29/1889     Nelle born in Brewton AL  Photo of Nelle as an infant has "Brewton" written on it. 
06/03/1892     Ruth born in Postoak AL, Barbour Co. (now Bullock Co.) 
10/20/1892     Dimple married James Hall  at Pine Grove AL. (1) 
"The next year she taught in Midway".  What year?  I'm guessing 1891 +/- 1 year based on the reasoning above.


Submitted by Eugenia B. Hobday

The Rev. Dr. [A.F.] Dix, October 18,1876 
Columbus Daily Enquirer, published as Daily Columbus Enquirer

 Notes for ALEXANDER FRANKLIN DIX: Excerpt from letter written by his son, L.D. [Daniel] Dix, Mobile, AL to Lucy Farris Heidenreich 29 Apr 1953:
"I do know that when father [Alexander F. Dix] was living in New York prior to the Civil War, he had a letter from his cousin Milton Butterfield, who was at Union Springs [AL], asking him to come to Union Springs and teach with him - which he did. Later, when I was ten years old, or in 1883, we moved back to Union Springs, and Cousin Ed [Edward Milton Butterfield], his wife and three girls were living there - Emmett, Estelle and Sunshine. There were the only kinfolk we had in the South, and so we very jealously claimed kin." "...but I am glad that you wrote me. Where is Emmett? I have a recollection of three very sweet, pretty girls, and Emmett visited our home at Pine Grove just prior to her marriage to Mr. Terrell. I would love to know something of those three girls."
He then returned to New York to January 2,1861, to marry Helen "Nellie" Beach in Buffalo, then returned to Midway Alabama with his new bride, as pastor of Midway (Alabama) Baptist Church.

05/12/1862  AFD enlisted as a Private in Confederate Army. Served in the infantry. Promoted to Sergeant Major (6)
09/01/1863  ASD born Midway AL Barbour Co. (now Bullock Co.) Son of Alexander F. & Nellie Beach Dix
03/19/1865  William Beach Dix born, Midway AL
05/09/1865   Discharged from Confedarate Army (7)
04/18/1867   Hattie Lillis (Dix) Hall [Dimple] Dix, born 
04/18/1869   AFD Ordained; Midway Church, Ala.(1) 
10/10/1869   Nellie Butterfield  [Daisy] Dix born
??/??/1869    AFD Pastored Enon Baptist Church, Ala. (1) 
??/??/1870    AFD Pastored Fairview, Ala (1)
06/14/1871   Mary Belle [Dollie] Dix born
08/22/1871   Nellie Butterfield  [Daisy] Dix died. Buried in Midway AL Baptist Cemetery
??/??/????     ASD baptized by Rev. Joseph Dill in Union Springs AL

10/??/1871    AFD & family moved to Winchester TN as pastor of the First Baptist Church (Oct.1871-Sept.1877) 
??/??/1872    AFD Mary Sharp College, Tenn., received his M.A  degree(1) 
02/12/1873    L. Daniel Dix born
08/20/1874    Alexander Franklin Dix Jr. [Allie] born
11/01/1875    Paul Finch Dix born
1876-1877     ASD and WBD enrolled at Carrick Academy, Winchester TN
10/??/1877    AFD Pastor, First Baptist Church,. Winchester TN (2nd Call).Oct.1877- Sept. 1878
1871-1878      Jr. & Sr. High Winchester, TN Carrick Academy (4)
09/24/1878     Philo Castle Dix born
1878-1879      A.F. Dix, Prof. of English and History at Winchester Normal School and College, Winchester TN (his last year)
1878-1879      ASD, WBD,HLD, MBD, & LDD attended Winchester TN Carrick Academy / Winchester Normal College
1879-1880      Albert Sidney Dix, Willie B. Dix, Hattie L. Dix, Mary Belle Dix and Daniel Dix enrolled at Winchester Normal
1878-1880      AFD, College Winchester, TN Winchester Normal College (4)
06/16/1880     Thomas Murrell Dix born in Winchester TN (5)

07/??/1880     AFD and family moved to Stephenson AL (5)
1880-1883      AFD, President of William and Emma Austin College, 1880-1889 [ the 1889 date MUST be wrong]

07/??/1883     AFD moved from Stevenson AL back to Union Springs AL,  Principal of the Union Springs Institute (1), (2), (5)
09/04/1884     AFD lived in Union Springs; Preached in revival at Midway
03/08/1885     William Beach ordained as minister at age 19 in Union Springs (1)
1885-1886      AFD, President of Classical Institute, Union Springs, Ala. (1)
08/27/1886     William Beach Dix died
??/??1886      AFD Pastored Country churches (1) 
04/??/1887     AFD, Circuit preacher for Midway, Fairview, Aberfoil and Liberty (1)
06/18/1888     ASD, teacher;  married Isadora J. Nicoles in Brewton AL
06/27/1889     Prof. ASD & IND of Anderson TN spend summer in Pine Grove. ADF baptizes IND 
09/29/1889     Nelle born in Brewton AL  Photo of Nelle as an infant has "Brewton" written on it.
06/03/1892     Ruth born in Postoak AL, Barbour Co. (now Bullock Co.)
10/20/1892     Dimple married James Hall  at Pine Grove AL. (1) 
09/19/1893     Dimple's daughter, Lillis Hall, born
09/20/1984     AFD Buggy accident in Bullock County (1)
10/22/1894     Francis Albert Dix (Uncle Buddy) born in Fitzpatrick AL, Bullock Co.
12/03/1894     Dimple's son, E. Winchester Hall, born
05/16/1895     Bro. A.F. Dix preached in Montgomery (1st Baptist?) church
02/12/1896     Dimple's daughter Helen Hall born.  Twin sister, Sarah, died
??/??/1896     Mary Belle "Dollie" Dix, joined First Baptist Church in Montgomery
05/22/1897     ASD mentioned in minutes of Butler GA Church Conference meetings
11/25/1897    AFD/Nellie joined the First Baptist in Montgomery AL (1) 
 03/24/1898   ASD's daughter, Isalee born in Butler GA (Location inferred from surrounding dates)
 05/10/1898    Dimple's son, James M. Hall, born

??/??/1898     Address given as 514 Jefferson Sy, Montgomery AL (8)
??/??/1899     Paul Dix was Montgomery BYPU President & 1st VP of State BYPU. YMCA Director in Montgomery. (3)
02/13/1899     Dimple's daughter, Winifred, born [See above.  Yes, this is possible, but just barely!]
02/28/1899     ASD Ordained in Butler GA.   Source: American Baptist Year-Book, under "Ministers Ordained in 1899"
09/13/1899     Alexander Franklin Dix Jr.(Allie), died. Buried in East Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL
??/??/1900     ASD still in Butler GA, Census Microfilm records found by Lyn Simonton
07/25/1900     ASD and family left Butler GA, moved to Perry GA as pastor of the Perry Baptist Church.
08/25/1900     Aunt Dollie writes to Nellie and Ruth in Knoxville GA
05/29/1901     ASD's son, Will Allie (Uncle Billy) born in Perry GA/Knoxville GA (?) (Location uncertain)
07/16/1901     Lell Daniel Dix married Annie G. Stakely
09/30/1901     "Dimple's" son, William A Hall born [One of these dates has to be wrong, see below]
12/20/1901     Mary Belle "Dollie" Dix died. Buried in East Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL
01/01/1902    "Dimple's" daughter Dorothy born  [One of these dates has to be wrong, see above]
10/22/1902     Daniel's daughter Annie born
11/12/1902     Thomas Murrell Dix married Frances E. Gray
 03/101903      "Dimple's" daughter Nina Hall born
??/??/1903     ASD moved from Perry GA to Forsyth GA; Pastor, Forsyth Baptist Church
07/27/1903     AFD family portrait was mad at AFD's 72'nd birthday at at 414 Finley Ave. 
03/04/1904    Thomas Murrell "Murray" Dix's daughter, Madelin (Dix) Reeves born
03/20/1904   ASD's daughter, Dorothy born in Forsyth GA. From her book of poerty, "Plateau Pauses and Other Poems" 
08/23/1906    Thomas Murrell "Murray" Dix's son, Arthur F. Dix, born
12/25/1906    AFD family portrait at 414 Finley Ave.
05/28/1907     Nelle Graduates from Bessie Tift College in Forsyth GA
06/??/1907     ASD moved to Macon;  Manager, Georgia Industrial Home
08/181907      Mary Jeniluska (Jenie) Holipeter Nicoles died.  Buried at Riverside Cemetery, Macon GA
1907-1908      Ruth Dix enrolled at Bessie Tift College Academy, in Forsyth GA
04/14/1909     Helen "Nellie" (Beach) Dix, died in Montgomery AL.  Burried at East Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL
1908-1910      Ruth Dix enrolled at Wesleyan College, Macon GA
03/13/1909     Eleanor (Dix) Smith born in Macon GA
??/??/1910      1910 census list AFD as part of James & Dimple Hall's household
12/27/1910     ASD died in Macon GA Buried Riverside Cemetery, Macon GA
??/??/1911     IND and family moved in with her in-laws at 12 Marshall St. Montgomery AL
10/25/1921     AFD died in Decatur AL; Buried in East Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery   (Gravestone) 

Alexander Franklin Dix
On the back is written “Great Grandpa Dix”
Photo Submitted by Lyn Smith Simonton

Helen "Nellie" (Beach) Dix
Photo Submitted by Alice Newman Shannon

L-R  Paul Finch Dix, Thomas Murrell "Murrie" Dix, Nellie (Beach) Dix, Philo Castle Dix, and Alexander "Allie" Franklin Dix Jr.
Photo submitted by Frances Dix Chapman


Back row: Philo Castle Dix, Thomas Murrell Dix
Front row: Paul F Dix, L. Daniel Dix, Alexander Franklin Dix II

Photo submitted by Ed Sproles Jr.

Ed Sproles writes:
When I visited my mother in Arlington this week, we went through some more files and found the enclosed photo of 5 Dix brothers. I don’t know if you have a copy, but I didn’t see it on the web site with the other Dix brother photos. You can probably read the photographer’s mark on it:

"Livingston & Moore Successors to J. W. Blyth, 10 Court Square, Montomery, Ala"

Since Alex is in the photo, it was obviously taken before his death in September 1899. Otherwise, I don’t have any information on the date of the photo


L. Daniel Dix, James Hall (?), Philo Dix, Thomas Murrell Dix.

Photo Submitted by Alice Newman Shannon



Submitted by Eugenia B. Hobday

Montgomery Advertiser, 1903-07-29

Head of House Celebrates 72nd

Rev. A. F. Dix of Montgomery, celebrated his 72nd birthday yesterday at his home, 414 Finley Avenue, and the occasion was one of great joy to his sons and daughters who gathered in Montgomery to do honor to their father and mother.

The sons and daughters who were present were: Rev. A. S. Dix and family,of Perry Ga., P. C. Dix of Louisville Ky., Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Hall of Pine Grove, and L. D. Dix, P. F. Dix, and T. M. Dix and their families of Montgomery.

Fifteen grandchildren of Mr. Dix were present at the reunion.


Dix Family Portrait, 
July 27,1903

Front row, L-R:  Helen), Lillis, Nelle, Ruth, James Hall Jr., Francis,  Elhannon Winchester "Chester" Hall.

2nd row (Children in laps of adults), L-R:  Nina Hall, William Hall [standing], Dorothy , Winifred, and Issalee.

2nd row (Seated adults), L-R:  James Hall, Dimple (Dix) Hall, Alexander Franklin Dix Sr., Nellie Beach Dix, Albert Sidney Dix, Isadora Nicoles Dix.

Back row: Mary Vernon (Nix) Dix, Paul Finch Dix [holding Oliver Dix] Annie (Stakely) Dix  & Lell Daniel Dix [holding daughter Annie Goulding Dix](1), Philo Dix, Unknown young woman -- NOT Elizabeth (Hayes) Dix, Thomas Murrell Dix & Frances (Gray) Dix.

Mary Vernon (Dix) Sproles identified the infant in Paul's arms as her oldest brother Oliver Paul Dix, born on May 22, 1903.  We thought that this infant was a girl until Mary Vernon pointed this out, and we remembered the little boys of this era were dressed in ornate gowns.

Martha and I recognize Ruth Dix. She seem to remember her Grandmother telling her that she was the one with the fan.  She looked to be about eleven years old.  Her date of birth was 06-03-1892.  So this photo was probably made in 1903.

We recognize Alexander Franklin Dix, and Nellie (Beach) Dix, in the center of the photo and Albert Sidney & Isadora Nicoles Dix from other photos [to the right of  AFD & NBD in the middle row of adults].

Age in 1903
Albert Sidney "Bert" 09-01-1863  (40) 06/18/1888  (25) Isadora Nicoles (18)
William Beach "Will" 03/19/1865 (deceased)  {died in 1886}      
Hattie Lillis "Dimple" 04/18/1867 (36) 10/20/1892 (25) James Hall  
Nellie Butterfield "Daisy" 10/101869 (deceased) {died 08/22/1871}      
Mary Belle "Dollie" 06/14/1871 (deceased) {died 12/20/1901}      
Lell Daniel 02/12/1873 (30)  07/16/1901 (27) Annie Stakely (26)
Alexander Franklin Jr. 08/27/1874 (deceased) {died 09/13/1899}      
Paul Finch 11/01/1875 (28) 06/??/1902 (27) Vernon  (24)
Philo Castle 09/24/1878 (25) 06/05, 1908 ** (25) Elizabeth Hayes  (15)
Thomas Murrell 06/16/1880 (23) 11/12/1902 (22) Frances Gray (24)

*   These are their ages when they married
** Philo and Bess were not married at the time this photograph was made.

In 1903 Albert Sidney had 5 living siblings.  There six younger couples in the photo, so the number fits.  So which grandchildren were alive in 1903?

ALBERT'S Born Age in 1903 I.D.'d 
Nelle 09/29/1889 14 Y
Ruth 06-03/1892 11 Y
Francis 10/22/1894 9 Y
Isalee 03/24/1898 5 Y
Will Allie 05/29/1901 2  N*
DIMPLE'S Born  Age in 1903  -
Lillis 09/19/1893 10 Y
E. Winchester 12/03/1894 9  
Helen 02/12/1896 7 (twin Sarah died) Y
James M. 05/101898 5 ?
Winifred 02/13/1899 4 Y
William A. 09/30/1900   3  
Dorothy  01/01/1902  2  
Nina 03/101903 <1
PHILO'S  Born Age in 1903 -
Jean  Not Born Yet  Not Born Yet -
Ellen  Not Born Yet  Not Born Yet -
L. DANIEL'S Born Age in 1903  -
Annie 10/22/1902 1 Y
Paul Finch's  Born Age in 1903
Oliver Paul May 22,1903 <1 Y

Thomas Murrell Dix & Frances (Gray) Dix and Paul Finch Dix & Mary Vernon (Nix) Dix were newly weds in 1903

Martha thinks Dimple looks pregnant. 

*  The newspaper article cites 15 grandchildren in attendance.  I count 14 in the photograph.  I guess Will Allie "Billy" must be just out of the frame.


Some of the Dix family after Christmas dinner at Mother's 1906 (Montgomery, Alabama.)

1. Dollie - B. 12-23-04; 2. Annie Goulding - B. 10-22-02; 3. Madeline - B. 02-04-04; 4. L.Daniel Dix - 5. Annie Stakely Dix; 6. Nellie (Beach) Dix (Mother); 7. Frances; 8. Murrie; 9. Paul; 10. Oliver P. - B. 02-22-03; 11. Alexander Franklin Dix (Father) 12. Vernon; 13. Susie - B. 02-09-06; 14. Philo Castle Dix

Here is an image of the obituary that my mother's father [Paul F. Dix] wrote on their typewriter when AFD died.  The original is about to fall apart.  I don't know if this copy difffers from what may have been published, but I thought that I would share it as it represents the history of his life as Paul F. Dix understood it. 

Ed Sproles

Below is the text transcription of the above image
Transcribed by Russell Dix Whigham

Alexander Franklin Dix was born at Wilson, New York July 27th 1831 spending his boyhood on his father's farm , and received his education in the common schools of his county, later attending the University of Rochester, and the State Normal College at Albany, N. Y.  He came south in 1859 locating at Union Springs, Ala. where he taught for a year at Woodlawn Seminary, going from there to Midway Ala. He returned to Cheektowaga, New York and was married on Jan. 2nd 1861 to Miss Helen Beach, coming back to Midway, Ala., where he was engaged in teaching until the war began, when he enlisted as a private in Co.  E., 1st. Battalion of Hilliard’s Legion, which later became the 59th and 60th Alabama Regiment and the 23rd Ala. Battalion of Sharpshooters.  He served in the latter command until the close of the war, under Gen. Bragg in Kentucky, and later in the Army of Northern Virginia where he surrendered with Gen. Lee

He returned to Midway in 1865 and resumed teaching. He was ordained to the Baptist Ministry April 18th,1869, and continued his work of teaching and preaching at Winchester, Tenn. 1871 to 1880, at Stevenson, Ala., 1880 to 1883 at Union Springs Ala. 1883 to l887, then discontinuing teaching and removing to Pine Grove, Ala. where he devoted his entire time to preaching until his removal to Montgomery, Ala.  in 1897 where he lived until 1918 when he went back to Pine Grove Ala. to make his home with his daughter Mrs. J. M. Hall, moving from there to Decatur, Ala. where he spent his last days at the home of his son, celebrating his ninetieth birthday on July 27th.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. M. Hall, of Pine Grove, Ala., four sons, L. D. Dix of Mobile, Ala., Philo C. Dix of Louisville, Ky., Paul F. Dix and T. M. Dix of Decatur, Ala. and quite a number of grandchildren and great-grand children.

Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 16:46:45 EST 
Subject: Dix-Beach Bible Records 
X-Mailer: 8.0 for Windows sub 6021 

Dear Sir:

I recently came across your site in the course of searching for data on various Beach/Beech families.  As you may know, I edit and publish the BEACH FAMILY JOURNAL; a genealogical newsletter.  For more about me and my publication, feel free to visit my own site at

I wonder if I might have permission to publish some of the entries from the Dix-Beach Bible as posted to your site by Ed Sproles.  It seems to me I may have corresponded with Ed some time ago, but with the number of emails I send/receive I can't now recall.  I would, of course, give both you and Ed appropriate credit as the source and include you site's URL in case any of my readers wished further information.

In all events, I pass along the ancestry of the William Beach who was the father of Nellie L. (Beach) Dix.  Note that I have the name of her mother as Susannah "Reep," but am quite certain this is the same couple, based on their names, ages, locales, etc.  Feel free to include this info. on your site if you wish.

Regards, Eugene H. Beach, Jr. [Ancestry of William Beach follows]

1. William Beach born 1804, married Susannah Reep.


2. Joseph Beach born 1771, married 1801, Mercy Lyon, born 1771, died 1848, Erie County, New York, buried: Williamsville Cem., Amherst, N.Y.  Joseph died 1847, Erie County, New York, buried: Williamsville Cem., Amherst, N.Y.  The BEACH FAMILY MAGAZINE, Vol. II, No. 1, p. 119, says only that he had five sons.  Descendant Dale S. Beach of Latham, New York, notes that this Joseph Beach moved to Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York (just east of Buffalo) in 1818, giving its name to Beach Road in that town.

3. Mercy Lyon born 1771, died 1848, Erie County, New York, buried: Williamsville Cem., Amherst, N.Y.

Grand Parents

4. Ebenezer Beach married Tabitha Bennett, died 6-Jun-1824, Round Top, Greene County, New York, buried: Round Top Cemetery, Greene Co., New York.  Ebenezer died 17-Nov-1829, Round Top, Greene County, New York, buried: Round Top Cemetery, Greene Co., New York.  He settled in Round Top, Greene County, New York, c. 1787, and is the one on the 1790 Census for Catskill (then in Albany County), New York.  He is likewise the Ebenezer "Beaach" on the 1800 Census for Greene County, New York.

5. Tabitha Bennett died 6-Jun-1824, Round Top, Greene County, New York, buried: Round Top Cemetery, Greene Co., New York.  She died at age 77.

Great Grand Parents

8. Joseph Beach born 1717, married (1) Esther Mansfield, married (2) 6-Mar-1756, Deborah Jackson.  The children of this Joseph Beach by his first wife are sometimes credited to Joseph Beach(3) Joseph(2) John(1), but it is generally believed the line of Joseph(3) Joseph(2) died out before 1800.  Moreover, the "Mansfield" name appears among various descendants of his children; a clear reference to their mother's maiden name and, thus, the identity of this Joseph as their father.

9. Esther Mansfield.

Great Great Grand Parents

16. Ephriam Beach born 25-May-1687, Stratford, Connecticut, married 3-Jul-1712, Sarah Patterson.  Ephriam died 15-Mar-1717.  He reportedly died at age 30.

17. Sarah Patterson.

3rd Great Grand Parents

32. Nathaniel Beach born ---Mar-1662, married 29-Apr-1686, Sarah Porter, born SEP 1667, died 25-Mar-1738, Stratford, Connecticut.  Nathaniel died 24-Jul-1747.  He died at age 84.

33. Sarah Porter born SEP 1667, died 25-Mar-1738, Stratford, Connecticut.

4th Great Grand Parents

64. John Beach born 16--, married Mary _____.  John died 16-Jun-1677, Stratford, Connecticut.  He first appears in the records of New Haven, Connecticut, on 7-Jun-1643.  It is universally believed, based on a variety of circumstantial evidence, that John Beach was the brother of Richard and Thomas Beach, both of whom also settled in New Haven between 1639 and 1646.  John later moved to Stratford, Connecticut, c. 1660.  He owned land in Wallingford, but does not seem to have lived there himself.  Although many theories have been put forward, his ancestry has NOT yet been established by competent evidence.

65. Mary _____. She was NOT, as some claim, Mary Staples, daughter of Thomas Staples.  The early New England genealogists confused John Beach(1) with his son, John Beach, Jr.(2).  It was the latter who married Hannah, the daughter of Thomas Staples.  Mary, the wife of John Beach(1), is mentioned only once - at the birth of the youngest son Benjamin(2) - such that it is possible she was a second wife.  She is not named in the administration of her husband's estate, and so probably died before him.

Newspaper Clippings

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Union Springs Institute

Union Springs Herald
Union Springs, Alabama
06 Feb 1884, Wed  •  Page 3

The people of Union Springs and vicinity are cordially invited to attend the opening exercises of their school at

9 a. m., Monday, Sept. 3d.

Our patrons are earnestly solicited to have then' children and words present on that day.


Primary Department. Rate per month $1.50. Learning to read, write, and spell.  Oral lessons in arithmetic, geography, and languages, object lessons, kindergarten. calisthenics, and singing.

Preparatory Department. Rate per month, 1150. Second and third readers, elementary arithmetic, geography, and history, languages, lessons, penmanship, and drawing. Exercises of preceding grade continued.

Grammar School Department. Rate per month, $3.00. Fourth reader, geography, practical arithmetic, V. S. history, grammar, spelling, and composition; penmanship general exercises.

High School Department. Kate per month. $4.00. Higher arithmetic, elementary algebra, plane geometry, English analysis, and rhetoric, French, Latin, (including Virgil) Greek begun, history, and elocution.

Business and Collegiate School Rate per month, $3.00 English literature, higher mathematics and classics, special training in book-keeping and penmanship.

The Department of  Music

Will be duly organized with a teacher of high qualifications. Suitable rooms and instruments.

An incidental fee of $1.00 per half session (five months) will be charged and expended for the benefit of the pupils.

Bills payable at the beginning of each month, unless special arrangements have been made.

 Deduction will be made in case of sickness protracted two weeks. Parents sending more than two children at the same time will be allowed a discount of 10 per cent on the third, counting from the eldest, and an additional 10 per cent on each succeeding one. Additional information will be cheer fully given on personal application. A. F. Dix, President.

july25-ly 33.

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1933 Apr. Through the Years. Down Enon Way
by Peter A. Brannon

The Montgomery Advertiser
Montgomery, Alabama
09 Apr 1933, Sun  •  Page 5

Through The Years Down Enon Way,
 By Peter A. Brannon

 When you drive over the small wooden bridge in the southeastern corner  of Union Springs, you have crossed the Conecuh River, though it little resembles  that stream south of Brewton into which Murder and Burn Corn Creek empty their water. Six miles south of your starting point is Aberfoil, where the Presbyterian who established Bethel Church, named their settlement to honor the old Scotch highland castle made famous by Sir Walter Scott in his "Lady of the Lake." Most of the early settlers were Carolinians but some Georgia Methodists soon came in and in 1844 it boasted two preachers of that denomination. The Rev. James Peeler, whose name was perpetuated by "Uncle Peeler Dowling" of Ozark, was the preacher in charge."  


Perote is southeast after you cross the Old Three Notch Road which led north and east to Fort Bainbridge from Monticello, once the county seat of Pike. Here the Crossleys, the Peaches, the Hixons, the Blues, the Rumphs, the Lockes, the Culvers, the Johnsons and many other names well known in East Alabama, settled is the late thirties. William M. Johnson took the suggestion of the returning soldier from the Mexican War and called the little settlement on the ridge, "Perote," in memory of that citadel silhouetted In the setting sun before Gen. Worth's American Army In 1847. Mr. Johnson was the first postmaster and 3 years ago his first annual salary was $11.91.

The Perot Guards, CSA.

The "Perote Guards" of the First Alabama Infantry Regiment, Confederate States Army, gave to the then village, a glorious tradition which time will never erase. They were with Albert Sidney Johnston that Sunday at Shiloh and they were too at Port Hudson. Captured both times, exchanged from prison twice, they went again into the ranks and lost heavily at Franklin, Tenn., and at Atlanta, but when the end came in April, 1S6S, the few who were' left, were the last of Joseph E. Johnston's men at Greensboro to sign their paroles. Some of those boys who were mustered into the service of the Confederacy on the step of the same little Methodist Church which stands there, today, are sleeping in a corner of Forest Hill Cemetery to yonder Madison, Wis. for they died in the Federal prison there.   On the hill above this same church In which that venerable old man, John Wesley Soloman, preached 48 years ago. Is too sleeping James Cadenhead whose modest  gravestone  reads, "Soldier of "76".   Three years ago, one of those original North Carolinians, Miss Kate Blue, born near Rockingham, Richmond County, 94 years earlier, reminisced to me of her girlhood in Perote.  Peter Blue brought his baby daughter to Alabama In the very early days of the village and she had vivid memories, of the incidents when- had transpired there.

Clayton in Barbour

Traveling southeast you will reach the county seat of Barbour. It was named for. Judge Augustine Clayton, of Georgia. They chose it for the seat-of-Justice In 1833. Just a soon as a county could be organized after the Indian treaty  of Cusseta on March 24, -1832, the Legislature by act of Dec. 18, 1832, created this one and called it to honor Gov, James. Barbour, of  Virginia.  Capt Sam Porter, of Georgia, whose daughter, married Chilly Mcintosh, the son of Chief William Mcintosh, of Coweta Indian town, was one of the early settlers. Gen. Henry D. Clayton, Capt. Alto V. Lee, Judge A. H.. Alston and Judge Jere Williams have been among it distinguished citizens. Here is one of the "Courthouse on the Square" customs so common In our early days. The old road from Monticello across Pea River at Hobdy's Bridge and by Louisville (Itself once the county seat) to the Chattahoochee River, passed this way.

Mount Andrew

Now turn north and 15 minutes out of town you will reach Mount Andrew village whose name perpetuates the old Methodist Church which when established long years ago was called to honor Bishop J. O. Andrew who had preached at Perote even years before that.


Midway of today, ten miles further up the highway was sometime "Feagln's Store P. O." and "Five Point" and once, not very long ago, they called that section of the town down at the Central of Georgia Railroad Station. "James.". The Act of Congress of July 7, 1838, provided that a mall route be established from Clayton by "Fagan's Store" and Crockettsvllle to Salem in Russell County.  In traveling the road today from Clayton by Mount Andrew to Enon and Guerrytown, you pass the same way as did the post boy of 95 years ago. Alas! that one time much traveled road is now almost a faded memory for Crockettsvllle, which In 1839 became "Crawford" to honor William H. Crawford the Georgian succeeded In Congress by Dr. William Wyatt Bibb has practically gone from the face of the earth and Salem is but a shadow of what it one time was. The "3 Notch Road" of 1826, the Indian trail which Captain Daniel K. Burch followed when be cut the way from Pensacola to Fort Mitchell, crossed the railroad of today at "Three Notch" station goes by old Enon and the post route to Salem in 1838 was over  it in some places. James Madison Feagin, born In Jones County, Georgia, in 1814 of North Carolina parent and the Pruitt, Crymer, Hall and Pearson families were early settlers in the neighborhood. The old wooden school house In which labored the Rev. A. F. DIx in the years gone, still stands but they use more modern ones, in 1933.

Old Enon

Along a winding way on that ridge which in the Creek Indian language is "Chan-ana-gi," meaning "line of hills." or "hill ridge." you will reach Enon where once there was seated a community second to none in culture. In the early thirties when "Uncle Jimmy Glenn," the old, Circuit Rider held his camp meetings at the settlement on the ridge, he could find many waters but none large enough to form those pools where John the Baptist's followers could "go down into the water," so he stamped his Methodist belief by calling It "Enon" for the springs in Judea of Biblical lands. Dr. Banks' old school building still stands. . It was built for a Masonic lodge and shows yet its small marble corner-stone, but has long since been abandoned. Half century ago there flourished a school therein which ranked high in the estimation of scholars.  Dr. "Dunny" Banks, born in Elbert County, Georgia, was an early graduate of his native state's university and A local Methodist preacher In the Brood River Settlements. Adjoining this old landmark is the cemetery and resting there under the shade of those trees is General Peter Guerry, long an honored figure In East Alabama's affairs. Born in Lincoln County,, Georgia, an early resident of eastern Russell County, he spent his evening of life and his sun set there on his plantation near the present Guerryton Station on the Central of Georgia Railroad. To those who knew him best, he was a gentleman of the old school and withal one of nature's noblemen.

There in that old graveyard they placed the Tarvers the Seales, the Persons and many whose descendants have moved away, but to those interested in Alabama's other days, old Enon will long be a shrine which will attract.  The visitor will be impressed with nature's determination to keep alive the beauty of these old memories. Here amidst these old home sites, in the Spring time, the purple flox blankets the earth, the golden jasmine still trails "to woo the treasure-laden bee" and in these old and all but forgotten flower beds, the Jonquils and Narcissus yet poke their radiant faces toward that Creator who Is responsible for their being.  In the fall the autumn colored gum and poplars along that sandy ridge, contrast vividly with the rich green cedar marking the lines of the estates of the early settlers.

Those Tarvers were born in Hancock and Elbert Counties, Georgia, and Arnold Seale brought the original ones of his family to Chambers County shortly after 1839. When I was at Enon not long ago, It gave me joy to pluck a flower and lay it reverently on the grave of my old friend "Captain Persons," who all East Alabamians remember as the accommodating and affable conductor who served so long on the old Mobile and Girard Railroad.


A passable, but not Improved road will carry you to Chunuenuggee Ridge community. One time there was much wealth and culture here. Today but few of It old associations are left. The original agricultural fair held In Alabama was here.  Captain Richard Powell's  old home still stands. The building was made famous by Mrs. Augusta Evans Wilson in her story. "At the Mercy of Tiberius," as the site of the lightning's flash which engraved Captain Powell's likeness on the pane of glass as he stood by the window watching a thunder shower.  For many years "Chunnenuggee Camp Meetings" were memorable gatherings. Today only the negroes flock there for them. While there are but few of the old plantation home left.  While the white citizens go elsewhere to school and church, it is still well known to the scientific world.  The embankments and the "cuts" of the Central of Georgia Railroad have yielded and still do yield fossils sought by collectors throughout the civilized world.  Not many months since, I saw in far away Canada an attractive collection of fossil bugs, beetles, worms, snails, fish and the like numbering more than ten thousand specimens and they were labeled "Chunnenuggee Cut, Alabama U.S."

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1867 July - A Visit to Midway

Union Springs Herald
Union Springs, Alabama
03 Jul 1867, Wed  •  Page 2

A Visit to Midway. Tired of confinement and close application to stern, everyday duties, which have kept us hard at work for several months, we gladly embraced the opportunity to take a little relaxation, by paying a short visit last week to our stirring neighbor in the eastern part of the county. Midway is nearly equally distant between this place and Clayton, and has an increasing population already numbering several hundred It is a place of considerable commercial importance, and does n large business with the surrounding country, Its citizens are intelligent and refined, and extend their courteous hospitalities with a generous liberality.

The Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians each have a large and commodious church building, and are cooperating harmoniously in the great work of saving souls. So far as we could observe, during our short hut pleasant visit, they furnish beautiful examples of Christian intercourse, and demonstrate how "sweet and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwelt together in unity.

 Midway is fortunate In having two first class academies. "Unlike another town of which we wot, her citizens, appreciating the advantages to be derived from the proper training of their children, have secured the Services of men of marked ability and success in teaching, and I sustain them by a liberal patronage. These academies are under the management of Rev. Mr. Dix and Prof. Cravens respectively, each  of whom has about eighty pupils.  All the, branches usually taught in first class academies are successfully taught here. Few towns offer stronger inducements to those in search of educational facilities, than this. The evening before our arrival Mr. Dix had concluded the exercises of his examination with a brilliant concert.  This week the examination of Prof, Cravens' school is underway, to be concluded this evening with exercises constituting a most interesting programme.

The immediate occasion of our visit was to attend a Masonic celebration on the- 20th till , I consisting of a public installation of the officers of die Blue Lodge and Chapter, and an address by Capt. I. A. Wilson of Union Springs and H. C. Hooten "Esq., of Ridgely. The day was favorable and the attendance of the fraternity quite respectable as to numbers, representatives being present from Enon, Clayton, Union Springs and perhaps other Lodges and Chapters. The large and Commodious Baptist Church was comfortably filled by a highly intelligent and appreciative audience. The ladies of the town and vicinity manifested their interest in the occasion by gracing it with their charming presence. All the exercises were, admirably conducted under  the supervision of Ma j. J.W.L. Daniel, W. M. and H. P. aided by the courteous and efficient Marshal of the day, Major Pruitt.

 The addresses of Messrs, "Wilson and Hooten were chaste and appropriate to the Interesting occasion. We will not do the speakers or the grand old fraternity they ably represented, the injustice to attempt a synopsis of their eloquent orations. Suffice it to say they traced  the history of the order through centuries hoary with age, and presented, in forcible language, its high claims to the respect and veneration of all.

Taken altogether, the visit was a most agreeable one to us. We met many old friends- some of whom we have not seen since the war began and formed many pleasant acquaintances. We have stored away many pleasing recollections of it, and will not be slow to re peat the visitation whenever favorable opportunity offers  in the meantime, those friends Who so kindly ministered to our enjoyment will please accept the thanks of our delegation for their neighborly courtesies, with the assurance that it   will give us unalloyed -pleasure to reciprocate at any time . We found the plantations by the way in fine order and though rain was greatly needed the crops generally looked well.  Cotton is small but growing. and corn is unusually promising.  A very large breadth of land is set apart to this crop, and we are gratified to know  there will be no scarcity of bread next  year as is now.

1882 Jun Stevenson Items
Public examination of the pupils of Wm. and Emma Austin College

The Scottsboro Citizen
Scottsboro, Alabama
22 Jun 1882, Thu  •  Page 2Stevenson Items

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1882 Jun Stevenson Items. Public examination of the pupils of Wm. and Emma Austin College

The Scottsboro Citizen
Scottsboro, Alabama
22 Jun 1882, Thu  •  Page 2

(The grayed-out sections are unrelated to our DIX history)

The farmers are the tax payers,  and, the revenue is the state." And, as Mr. Updegaff truly says, "when our great financial fabrics went down, burying fortunes and enterprises in their ruins; when commerce was stagnant, when our  factories were overwhelmed and pulseless, then the great agricultural productive forces of the country displayed its full measureless affluence to bring back prosperity and to fortify, the nation's credit with the bounty of the nations surest wealth." There is every reason why we should have an Agricultural Department worthy of the nation; there is not one why we should not.

Platform of Principle of the Democratic and Conservative party of Alabama
 as adopted - by it's Convention recently assembled In Montgomery.

 Col. R. H. Abercrombie, from the committee appointed to pre pare and report a platform of principles, etc., made the following report, which was received and adopted.


 Resolved, by the Democratic and Conservative party of Alabama, in convention assembled:

1. That we reaffirm our devotion to the time-honored principles of the democratic party; a strict construction of the Federal Constitution, obedience to the laws of the General Government within its constitutional limits, and maintain the right of the State to regulate its local affairs by its own authority.

2. We are unalterably opposed to the continued acts of the Federal authorities-tending to centralization of all power in the General government to the destruction of local self-government

3. We present the record of the administration of the State's affairs while in the control of the Democratic party as an earnest of the fidelity of the party to the principles of economy and good government. We invite immigration and capital to our State, and pledge full and perfect protection to all such as may come among us.

4. That public education must be fostered and encouraged by the State as far as the means of the State will allow, having at the same time due regard to the preservation of the public credit.

5. He recognize the necessity of protecting and preserving the purity of the ballot box as the safeguard of free institutions, and condemn any attempt to interfere with the free and full exercises of elective franchise

6. That the executive committee be requested to prepare and issue an address to the people of the State.

We have read abler documents than the foregoing, and this we say without laying claim to being extensively.  However, it's good enough if we'll only see that the principles it enunciates are faithfully carried out... Call for Republican Convention. A mass meeting of the Republicans of Jackson county, Ala,, is hereby called to convene at Scottsboro, Ala., on Saturday, 1st day of July, 1882, at 12 o'clock M., to select four delegates to attend the Republican State Convention, which meets in Montgomery, Ala., July 6th, 1882, and for the trans action of other important business connected with county canvass, &amp;c. I do hope that the friends of a frte ballot and fair count, will come to this meeting, and let us do something that will throw new life into the friends of liberty and honest election. L. C. Coulson, Chm'n Rep. Ex. Com. Jackson Co. P. S. -It is very probable that Hon. Wm. M. Lowe will be here on that day, as he will be in Scottsboro several days next week, and it will be a good opportunity for the people to see him.

L. C. Colson.

Stevenson Items.

The public examination of the pupils of the Wm. and Emma Austin College, commenced June 5th. and closed Friday with a very entertaining programe. The large hall was filled to over-flowing with the elite of Stevenson, Scottsboro and Jasper, Tenn. All were highly entertained throughout the day, by the variety of exercises which precluded all signs of monotony. Essays were read by the following young ladies and gentlemen: Misses Emma Russell, Cissa Cotnam. Dimple Dix, Ada Longacre,. Lizzie Hopkins, May Rosser. Messrs. Jim Willis and Charlie Hall. It would be difficult for one to decide which ' deserved the most praise, as all were well  written. and Well read. The compliments  lavished upon each were merited. The readings were interspersed with charming music from the fairy fingers of Miss Loula Kelly, accompanied by the violin in the master-hand of Prof. Sherrill. (both of Jasper, Tenn.) Could Orpheus have heard those sweet strains, he would have retired with blushes at finding himself so far excelled by mortals. Numerous exquisite solos, duets, and quartettes were executed in such a manner as the proved care, and paint-taking of Mrs. Lizzie Alston, the gifted music teacher. She may well be proud of the rapid advancement of her pupils. The callisthenic exercises, by the entire school, were performed with grace and precision that was very attractive. Prof. A. F. Dix, the popular president, deserves unstinted praise for his success in placing this school on a footing with the first institutions of learning in the State. - The Library, although of but one year's growth, contains many valuable books, and we hope, erelong, many more may be added to this store-room of Knowledge, Several hundred dollars were subscribed for the purpose of erecting a commodious boarding house to be conveniently situated near the college. Mr. I. P. Russell, the energetic president of the board of trustees, has determined that the project shall not prove a myth, but, a pleasant reality that will supply a long-felt want. May the future career of the College be ever as bright as its past.


Franklin, Texas, June 16, 1882. Editor Citizen: As I have never seen anything in the Citizen from this part of the world, probably a few lines would be read with interest by some of your subscribers, especially those contemplating coming west, and as the waste basket offers a ready welcome to such. I will be brief. Although only four years in the Lone Star State, I have become thoroughly naturalized, but have not .travcledover a grealdeal of Septate, nor do I regret it, for I think that causes more dissatisfaction among emigrants than anything else. -When a man comes to Texas lie may expect to find men, not angels ; the country not a paradise, but earth. Life has its trials here as elsewhere. Industry, however, has reared its monuments and located many a happy home. I know but little of Texas other than this county. this, Robertson county, is one of the richest and most thrifty coun ties in the State. It has an area of 1,840 square miles, a population of 24,500, nine flourishing towns; our uplands aro a light loamy texture on a basis of red clay. In the valleys it is of a deep vegetable mould or alluvium, exceedingly rich and productive, yielding easily 500 pounds of cot ton and 25 to 40 bushels of com per acre ; the uplands- are less fertile, but easier to cultivate, and yield remunerative crops. Nature has been extremely lavish in making Texas one of the most varied in her products of all the States in the Union ; such is the adaptation of her soil and cli mate to the production of her cot ton, ranking in staple the finest in the world's market that one-third of her territory could produce an annual crop a quarter more than is now gathered from all the cot ton fields on the globe. There was gathered from the fields of Texas last year 1,260,247 bales of cotton, equal to one-fourth the crop of the United States. The mild winter generally admits of corn planting in February, cotton in march. Wheat is sown in the fall and harvested in May ; bo that flour from new wheat can be delivered to any of the northern and eastern cities fully six weeks in advance of flour from any 'of the older wljeat-growing states. Field-work can be done at all seasons of the year, and a loss of thirty days from out-door occupation on account of heat, cold or rainy weather in any one year would be an over estimate. During the cold bleak winter months when nearly all the northern and eastern farmers are trying to keep 'Queen" the follows clian(e the 1

June, 1876 Stevenson (Alabama) Chronicle

The Atlanta Constitution, 7 June, 1908

New Lee Statue

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A. F. Dix, The Atlanta Constitution, 7 June, 1908

New Lee Statue

 Montgomery Ala. Ala June 7. -- ( Special) --

On next Friday four maimed soldiers of the southern war wet- wet will unveil in this city a statue to General Robert  E. Lee.  These will be Colonel Harvey Jones and John W. Tullis, men of only one leg each, and W. C. Oates  and George Clisby with one arm each. Thirteen women of the confederacy In  appropriate ate costume will be on the platform.

General William C. Oates*  will preside and  the principle address  will be made by Judge Thomas G. Jones. B. M. Washburne will be marshal and the parade will be made-up made up of or city officers of organizations of a patriotic nature -- police and military. military.  A salute will be fired at the proper time.  Rev A. F. Dix will offer the Invocation and Rev.  Neander Woods the benediction.

This celebration was taken up by the  organizations which had [been] in charge tin celebration of the birthday of Jefferson Davis.   Dr. Thomas Owen being the chairman It will be made a popular occasion In the way of bringing out the patriotic enthusiasm of the people. 

 [This article about Robert E. Lee statue dedication where AFD gave the invocation -- that statue was (and still is, for now) in front of the high school I attended - RDW]

*   My best guess.  RDW,  5/23/2019


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Union Springs Institute

Union Springs Herald
Union Springs, Alabama
06 Feb 1884, Wed  •  Page 3

The people of Union Springs and vicinity are cordially invited to attend the opening exercises of their school at

9 a. m., Monday, Sept. 3d.

Our patrons are earnestly solicited to have then' children and words present on that day.


Primary Department. Rate per month $1.50. Learning to read, write, and spell.  Oral lessons in arithmetic, geography, and languages, object lessons, kindergarten. calisthenics, and singing.

Preparatory Department. Rate per month, 1150. Second and third readers, elementary arithmetic, geography, and history, languages, lessons, penmanship, and drawing. Exercises of preceding grade continued.

Grammar School Department. Rate per month, $3.00. Fourth reader, geography, practical arithmetic, V. S. history, grammar, spelling, and composition; penmanship general exercises.

High School Department. Kate per month. $4.00. Higher arithmetic, elementary algebra, plane geometry, English analysis, and rhetoric, French, Latin, (including Virgil) Greek begun, history, and elocution.

Business and Collegiate School Rate per month, $3.00 English literature, higher mathematics and classics, special training in book-keeping and penmanship.

The Department of  Music

Will be duly organized with a teacher of high qualifications. Suitable rooms and instruments.

An incidental fee of $1.00 per half session (five months) will be charged and expended for the benefit of the pupils.

Bills payable at the beginning of each month, unless special arrangements have been made.

 Deduction will be made in case of sickness protracted two weeks. Parents sending more than two children at the same time will be allowed a discount of 10 per cent on the third, counting from the eldest, and an additional 10 per cent on each succeeding one. Additional information will be cheer fully given on personal application. A. F. Dix, President.

july25-ly 33.

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1885 April. Union Springs Institute, Union Springs, Alabama

Union Springs Herald
Union Springs, Alabama
01 Apr 1885, Wed  •  Page 3

Union Springs Institute. 'The work of the institute will be resumed on Monday, the first day of September, 1884, with the following:


 A. F. DIX. President

ALBERT S. DIX, Department of Language

W. B. DIX, Department of Mathematics  [William Beach Dix]

MRS. N. B. DIX, preparatory Department  [Nellie Beach Dix]

MISS I. O. TONEY, Primary  Department

 MISS C. E. MABSON, Instrumental Music

MRS. L. E. ALSTON, Vocal Music


Without additional expense to the patrons forty per cent has dm added to the teaching force of last year.  The new teachers announced are known and tried; after having employed them elsewhere three years in their -respective departments, the president has no hesitancy in fully commending them here, and resting the interests of the school on their efficiency. Mrs. Alston is a thorough musician, handling the piano, organ, and voice with equal skill. Thanks are hereby returned to the public for previous patronage, and the hope is entertained that the oiler of additional inducements may meet with additional favor.  The session here announced will continue four months, and its full benefits can be secured by those only who enter at the beginning.,

For course of study, rates, and terms please send for circular.

aug 6-1y                               A. F. Dix, President,

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1868 26 Aug. Meeting of Midway Citizens. Matthew Hall, Chair and AF Dix, Secretary

Union Springs Herald
Union Springs, Alabama
05 Sep 1868, Sat  •  Page 2


 At a meeting of the citizens of Midway and vicinity, Matthew Hall, Esq., was called to the Chair and A. F. Dix acted as Secretary. The Chairman stated that the abject of the meeting was to organize a Seymour and Blair Club, and to adopt such measures as Will tend to secure the election of the Democratic Presidential ticket.  On motion of Maj. J. W, L. Daniel, the involutions adopted by the Convention lately hold in Montgomery wore road "to the meeting; also, on motion of Colonel B.D. Thornton, the proceedings of the county convention, and the resolutions adopted by that body, were read  also, on motion, a letter received from the Chairman of the Central Executive Committee of the county, relative to the organization of Boat Clubs, was road by the Secretary. On motion, the meeting proceeded to the organization of a Club, by election of President, two Vice Presidents, a Secretary and Treasurer  and the following officers were elected: H. Pipkin, President; M. Hall and J Lewis Christian, Vice Presidents; A. F. Dix, Secretary; J., T. Jordan, Treasurer, The Hon, President, on taking the chair, made some very appropriate remarks.- On motion, a committee was appointed to make an arrangement for a public ratification meeting, and to Write for speakers, Committee Col, Thornton, J. M. Pruett, Dr, J. W. Bledsoe, and Joseph Maddox. On motion, a committee of five colored men was appointed to cooperate, to-wit: Alex. Jordan, Richard Feagin, Albert  Jordan, Crif Pruett, Jack McMillan, Jake Christian. The meeting being thus prepared for business, a committee of three was, on motion, appointed by the chair to present resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting, The committee consisted of Colonel R. D. Thornton, Maj. J. W, L. Daniel and Hon. H. Pipkin. After a short absence, the committee returned, and through their chairman presented the following resolutions :

Resolved 1st. That we heartily approve the political platform adopted by the National Democratic Convention, and ratify the nomination of Horatio Seymour and Francis P. Blair, as candidates for President and Vice Presidents of the United States.

2d. That we endorse the notion of our county mooting of the 14th of August, and approve the resolutions therein adopted, and will cooperate with the three men of the county in the proposed mass ratification meeting on the 1st September, at the Courthouse.

 3d. That we hereby solemnly protest against the Reconstruction policy o the Radical party in the Congress of the United States, by which the independence  of the State of Alabama, as a State in the Federal Union, has been subverted, her reserved rights, particularly in reference to the great right of suffrage, violated, and an alien government, forced upon a people entitled to freedom against their wishes, and protected by military force. Those measures are, in our opinion, unscrupulously unconstitutional : but being the laws of the land, we counsel forbearance and obedience to the powers that be, ardently praying that the day of our political redemption and salvation is at hand.

4th. That we desire to express our unfeigned and perfect abhorrence for the despotism of the sword to which Alabama and nor sister commonwealths have been subjected for the past two years, ns immoral and in the last degree tyrannical, and utterly repugnant to-the genius of our institutions of government.

5th. That we recommend to our colored friends that they at once organize a Seymour and Blair Club, and hereby pledge them our cooperative protection and guidance, assuring thorn that we will by our votes and influence secure to them protection to life, freedom, and the pursuit and enjoyment of property; and that the intimation and touching of Radicalism to the effect that the Seymour and Blair party would enslave them, is false,

6lh. That, should they prefer  joining our Clubs, they be received ; and that for their approval we recommend the principles set forth in the platform recently adopted by the colored Seymour and Blair Club of the city of Montgomery.

 7th. That a copy of those resolutions be forwarded by the Secretary to the Union Springs Times, our county paper, to be published. On motion, adjourned. A. F. DIX, Secretary.

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1921 Nov. In Memoriam. Rev. AF Dix by the Midway Baptist Church

Union Springs Herald
Union Springs, Alabama
17 Nov 1921, Thu  •  Page 4


In Memoriam

 In behalf of the Midway Baptist, Church, in which he was ordained to the ministry fifty -two years' ago,, we wish to pay tribute to that Prophet of God, Rev. A. F." Dix, who passed away in Decatur, 'Ala, Oct. 25th. -.. Born in ; the State ; of New York, July 27th, 1831, and reaching manhood's  estate  in the troublous times " before' the sixties; naturally he had imbibed it he ; prejudices of ' that " part of the country against Southern customs "and usages. A He came South in 1859, locating in Union Springs, where he taught for a year. Thence going to Midway to pursue his vocation. In 1861, he returned to New York, and was married to Miss Helen Beach, that noble woman . who was his loving companion through many years of wedded life.- Both of broad minds, and wide vision soon realized ( that the South had been misrepresented. When the call to arms came, Mr. Dix was amongst the first to shoulder his gun, enlist as a private in Co. E, Hilliard's Legion, bid farewell to his young bride, a stranger in a strange land,  and march' forth to fight for his adopted land and her rights. "Shall a man  live again ?" Yes! He is living now in the hearts of, his comrades who fought aide by side with him for four long years. He is living in the hearts of those pupils taught by him in Union Springs, Midway, Stevenson, in Old Mary Sharp College. He has no peer even - in this day of learned professors; in mathematics, Latin, Greek, in fact in any branch of learning. He is living in the hearts of those, who Sunday after Sunday heard him with the profoundest wisdom, expound the glories of the Gospel. He is living in the hearts of those who. went down into that beautiful stream, flowing near Winchester, and Were buried by him with Christian Baptism. Not only is he living in the hearts of those mentioned, but in the hearts of their children and children's children. Yes, Mr. Dix is living again, his influence has been spreading, till like the waves in ever widening circles, it has reached the furthest shore, where he has crossed over and is now happy with his Nellie and all the loved ones gone before. Therefore, be ;it Resolved: That Midway Baptist Church feels- honored, to have had such a profound thinker, teacher, Confederate soldier, a member of her church, and ordained therein.

2nd.  That we congratulate the daughter,' four sons and grandchildren that their Father has left them such a rich heritage.

Farewell old Comrade, Pastor, Teacher, Friend. Your like will never be again.




M. W. HalL

F. C. Hall, s

Mrs. J. F. Comer

Midway News
Submitted by Eugenia Hobday

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24 May 1916 Union Springs Herald

Note: The above Obit is adjacent to the one below on page 3!


S. M. Cope is the father of Lawyer R. E. L. Cope. He signed Daddy's [Alston Branscomb] high school diploma May 28, 1935, The title on the diploma was President County Board of Education. On the back of the diploma, Penny wrote "R.E.L. Cope became Daddy's attorney in a lawsuit over timber men breaking lease on the family plantation."

24 May 1916 Union Springs Herald

[Mr. S. M. Cope is Seaborn M. Cope
Birth Date: 29 Feb 1852
Death Date: 20 May 1916
Cemetery: Indian Creek Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Smuteye, Bullock County, Alabama
Occupation: Farmer. Industry: General Farm
Spouse: Flora Margaret Cope

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31 Oct 1935 The Montgomery Advertiser 

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31 Oct 1935 Union Springs Herald
Obituary for Lorena Bledsoe Lawrence

18 Jan 1868 Union Springs Herald
Midway Conservative Club Meeting
Organizers: Matthew Hall, Ira T. Jordan, G.S. McGee, J.W.L Daniel, W. H. Owens, Chairman
On motion of Major J.W.L. Daniel, the following permanent officers were chosen: Hon. H. Pipkin, President; Matthew Hall, Esq'r & Wm. C. Jordan, Vice-Presidents, and 
A. F. Dix Secretary.

Hoping to locate some info. on my 2nd great grandfather James Martin Turman's Store in Midway.
Alabama Wills & Probate on Ancestry provides copies of Store Accounts, etc.
I came across this one to share with you!