Lell Daniel Dix
Born:   February 12, 1873, Winchester TN
Married:   Annie G. Stakley (b. 8/4/1876,   d. 1/24/1978 ? (or January 3, 1960 ? ), m. July 16, 1901 in Union Springs, Bullock County, Alabama
Died:   January 3, 1960
Buried:   at Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile AL

Find a Grave https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45774685

Their children were:

Annie Goulding Dix b. 22 Oct 1902. d. 2002 Annie Goulding Dix, born 22 October 1902; died 8/22/2002. She married James I. Meiers; died Unknown.

Mary Bell "Dollie"* Dix b. 23 Dec 1904, d. 20 Jun 1981; Married George Thompson McRae Sr.; b. 7/6/1898, d. 7/24/1982
    George Thompson McRae Jr.;
married Ann Golden Graham. Our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are as follows.

Deborah Ann (never married)

Susan Lynn (never married)

Thompson Graham, married Kathleen Mc Cormick

Lauren Marie

Danielle Nicole

Erin Elizabeth

Carol Lee, lived with James Willeford (deceased)

Linder James, married Sarah Huetter



Evan Che

Tanner Eugene

    Daniel Dix McRae
         Ellen McRae
         Mary Ann ( McRae)
         Daniel McRae
         Dennis McRae

Dan's first wife was Janet Gianacopolis, who died of lupus disease.

Ellen (never married)

Mary Ann, married Francis (Frank) McGann



His second wife was Marilyn Squire (s?) -

Daniel (never married, to my knowledge)

Dennis, who is married and has two children (Ellen can probably supply details)

Daniel Stakely Dix Daniel Stakely Dix, born
2/12/1907; died 11/24/1929

William McMurray b. 08 April 1910; died  3/27/1989. Married, Helen Louis Moseley b. 12/16/1913, d. 2/21/1974
    Stephen Dix; private

Albert Sidney Dix b. 29 Apr 1911, d. 13 Jan 1991, married Eleanor Norby; b. 6/13/1914, d. 1/7/2010

Alexander Beach Dix b. 26 Nov 1914, d. 05 Feb 1992 

Alexander Beach Dix Jr.

Lell Daniel Dix II    8/20/1943  8/24/1943 (twin)

John Edward Dix 8/20/1943    11/9/1980 (twin)

                   Lell Daniel Dix   (unknow if he's the III)


My Aunt Ann's middle name was Goulding. She married Austrian-born psychiatrist James Meier when she was in her fifties.

Tommy McRae

I should have asked my wife Ann about “Uncle Jim” before sending my last message. Ann spent considerable time with Aunt Ann and Uncle Jim both in New York and at their summer residence in Switzerland. Ann recalls his name was “Josef,” although that could have been Americanized on his tombstone.

Speaking of Americanization, my grandmother Dix (Lell's wife) was Annie Stakeley. While researching her ancestry, I was surprised to learn she was descended from Austrian emigrant Johann Stockli, who Americanized his name after settling in Pennsylvania.

When I went back to double check Stockli's first name (which was Johann, Americanized to John), I discovered his wife's surname had also been Americanized. Stockli/Stakely was married to Nancy Grove, who was a great granddaughter of Hans Graf, who was born about 1661 in Baretswil, Switzerland and died May 5, 1746 in New Holland, PA.


From:  http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/u/s/Robert-A-Bush/GENE3-0007.html?Welcome=1022647715

73. Anna Goulding (6) Stakely was born 1877, and died 24 January 1978. . Died 

From Find a Grave
Death: 2002

  Lell Daniel Dix (1873 - 1960)
  Annie Stakely Dix (1876 - 1978)
  Annie Goulding Dix Meiers (1902 - 2002)
  Mary Bell Dix McRae (1904 - 1981)*
  Daniel Stakely Dix (1907 - 1929)*
  Albert Sidney Dix (1911 - 1991)*
  Alexander Beach Dix (1914 - 1992)*
*Calculated relationship
Pine Crest Cemetery
Mobile County
Alabama, USA
*Lell's daughter had the same name and nickname as his older sister.

Dollie and her older sister Dimple, referring to their new baby brother, Daniel,  mispronounced it as "Lell".  He grew fond of his moniker and took it as part of his name.

Ruth Dix Whigham Photo Collection

Lell Daniel Dix
"Coleman  10 Court Square Montgomery Alabama"

Ruth Dix Whigham Photo Collection

"Uncle Lell" 

Ruth Dix Whigham Photo Collection

Lell Daniel Dix

Photo submitted by Mike and Caroline Lyon

Photo submitted by Mike and Caroline Lyon

Annie Stakely  Dix

I recognize the azalea bush but not the people.  It's possible the lady in the "sweetest flower" picture is my grandmother, Annie Stakely  Dix, wife of L. D. Dix.   She has similar facial features to Annie Dix, but I don't have any photographs of her that young.  By the time I was old enough to have recollections of her, she was well into her fifties.  The lady in the photo seems to be in her thirties or forties.
     I would guess there must be an age difference of four or five years between the boy and the girl.  When the family moved into the South Ann Street house in 1910,  my uncle, Bill Dix, would have been ten and my mother, Mary Belle Dix, would have been six.  The little girl appears to be younger than that.  My Aunt Ann (Ann Dix Meiers) was only two years younger than Bill.  Since the house was built in 1878, it's probable the azaleas had grown to be large by 1910.
     Among my first cousins, the only combination which might fit the age difference scenario would be me and and one my Uncle Albert's two daughters. But I can't imagine why there would have been a photo of that type without my brother Dan and Albert's other daughter.  At around age ten, I did look somewhat like the boy in the photo and we often went to my grandparents house after church, which was the only occasion in which I ever wore a tie at that age. But if it was me (which I doubt), I have no recollection of it.
     It's also possible all three individuals in the photos were visiting relatives. If so, I definitely am not a source of information.  Outside of my uncles, aunts and first cousins, the only Dix relatives I knew personally were Oliver Dix and  Frank Keller ( I don't recall his specific family connection.).  I have vague childhood recollections of meeting "Mary Vernon" and "Uncle Philo", but have no visual memory of them.
     Tommy McRae

Looks as though there is another photo in that set with a gentleman in the azaleas and that one has a caption "Azaleas in bloom in Mobile--at LD Dix's in Mobile, AL".  I agree that the lady looks like ("Grandma Dix" to me.  She died in 1978 at 101 (would have been 102 in August of that year). 




Photo submitted by Ed Sproles Jr.

Albert and Eleanor Dix and Carolyn 10 1/2 months. 

  ...  They came in 1630 with the Puritans under Governor John
Winthrop, and established the Massachusetts Bay Colony
where Boston is today. Our earliest Dix ancestor who came
with this group was Edward, whose name was spelled Deekes
on the ship's manifest. He and many others had come to these
shores seeking freedom of religion. But they soon learned that
the Puritan government of Winthrop was as intolerant of
dissenters as the English government had been of the Puritans;
so they pulled up their stakes and moved west, where they
founded the town of Wethersfield on the bank of the
Connecticut River.

       A few years ago, I visited a friend in Hartford. My
hostess drove me to near-by Wethersfield, where the town
historian showed us the land where John Dix had lived.
Adjoining it, the historian said, was the property of John
Wadham. Not surprisingly, John Dix Jr., fell in love with one
of his neighbor's daughters, Sarah Wadham, and married her.
Their son, Moses, was born in 1724, almost one hundred
years after their first ancestor had come to the New World.

       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

       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.

       It seems that five of his ten children were born while the
family lived in Midway. There he taught school and served as
pastor of the small Baptist church. After about nine years, he
was offered a better position at Mary Sharpe College in
Winchester, Tennessee. There the remaining five children
were born, including my father, Daniel, and his brothers Philo,
Paul and Murrie. His sisters, Dimple and Dollie --aged
respectively, six and two --called their baby brother Lell, and
this became the name by which he was known by family and
friends. In later life, he adopted Lell as his first name and was
officially known as Lell Daniel Dix.

       After finishing his service at Mary Sharpe College,
Alexander returned with his family to the Midway area in
Alabama. The largest town in the area was Union Springs,
where he became pastor of the Baptist Church.  A fellow
clergyman was the Reverend Francis McMurray, pastor of the
Presbyterian Church. His daughter, Mary McMurray Stakely,
had daughters nearer Lell's age: and the two families became
friends. One daughter was Annie Goulding Stakely, three
years Lell's junior.

       As the years passed, Lell finished his schooling at Troy
Normal School, a junior college in Alabama, and became the
secretary of the YMCA in Montgomery. Annie Goulding
attended Cox College in La Grange, Georgia, first as a student
and then as teacher of art and astronomy. Their friendship
ripened, and they were married in 1901. They thus achieved a
most amazing coincidence, unknown to them at the time.
The reader will 'remember that in Wethersfield in the
early sixteen forties, John Dix and John Wadham were next-
door neighbors, and their families were united by the marriage
of John Dix, Jr., and Sarah Wadham.

       Two generations later, John, Jr.'s, grandson, Ozias,
moved up the Connecticut River and settled twenty miles west
in Wilmington, Vermont. There he built a house that is still
standing. By the next generation, the son of Ozias, Daniel, had
moved his family to New York State. But the Wadhams
remained in Connecticut during the generations of John, Jr.,
Noah, Jonathan, and Susannah, who married Nathan

       Soon after the turn of the century, 1800, a young
Presbyterian clergyman from Georgia, Thomas Goulding,
came to study at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut
By some chance, a daughter of Susannah Wadham, Anne
Holbrook, and Thomas Goulding met and became friends.  In 
1806 when Anne was twenty years old, they were married
and left Connecticut to make their home in Georgia.

       By all accounts, the Reverend Thomas Goulding, D.D.
and his wife, Anne, were an unusually attractive and desirable
young couple. Two of their parishioners and friends,
Governor and Lady Houston, presented them with a beautiful
lion-footed mahogany table from England, which has become
a prize possession in my family. At the death of Anne
Goulding, the table passed to her grand-daughter, Mary
Stakely, who in turn passed it to her daughter, my mother,
Annie Goulding Stakely Dix. Now I, another Annie Goulding,
though four generations removed from the original Anne
Goulding, am its proud possessor.

       There was only one generation of Wadhams in Georgia
that of Anne and Thomas Goulding. Their daughter,
Charlotte, married the Reverend Francis McMurray and made
her home with him in Union Springs, Alabama. Charlotte’s 
daughter, Mary Stakely, was the mother of Annie Goulding
Stakely, who married Lell Dix. Thus the two lines that had
been united by marriage in 1709 and then separated by a
thousand miles and almost two centuries were again brought
together in 1901 by the marriage of the Wadham daughter,
Annie Goulding Stakely, and the Dix son, Lell Daniel Dix.

Annie Dix Meiers lived most of her adult life in New York, NY and died within two months of her 100th birthday. 

The Two Family Lines

Dix Line Wadham Line
  Sir William Wadham d. 1452
  Sir John Wadham 
  Nicholas d.1609 & Dorothy Wadham, Founders of Wadham College Oxford! (No children)
Edward Dix m. Deborah 
Came from England with Gov. Winthrop  1630
John Wadham, --Wethersfield, Conn.
Leonard Dix m. Sarah John Wadham 1655-1718Hannah Bidwell
John  Dix m. Rebecca 
d.1711         d. 1714
Noah Wadham 1695-1783Anne Hurlbut
John Dix     m.  Sara Wadham
b. 03/28/1685  b. 041516187
d. 03/6/1770    d. 08/1/1741
Jonathan Wadhams 1730-1812
Judith Howe
Moses      m.     Hannah Dickenson
b. 03/18/1724   b. 03/29/1727
d. 09/25/1795
Susannah Wadhams 1762-1839
Nathan Holbroook
Ozias  Dix   m.  Lucy Hatch
b. 11/06/1758  b. 05/06/1753
d. 12/18/1835  d. 03/12/1830
Anne Holbrook 1786-1878
Thomas Goulding, D.D.(from Georgia)
Daniel Dix     m. Dyanthia Butterfield
b. 03/16/1796    b.09/26/1795
d.01/01/1892     d. 11/07/1833
Charlotte Goulding 1816-1850
Francis McMurray. D.D.
Alexander F.  m.  Helen “Nellie” Beach
b. 07/27/1831     b. 12/13/1838
d. l0/23/192l       d. 04/14/1909
Mary McMurray 1846-1928
William Stakely
Lell Daniel      m. Annie G. Stakely
b. 02/12/1873     b.8/4/1876
d. 01/03/1960     d.01/24/1978
Annie G. Stakely  m. Lell Daniel Dix 
b.8/4/1876                b.  02/12/1873 
d.01/24/1978            d. 01/3/1960