Nelle (Dix) Smith/Montgomery  
Nelle J. (Dix) Smith/Rowden/Montgomery


 
Born: Sept. 29, 1889, Bullock County, Alabama
Died: March 11, 1964,
Buried:  Riverside Cemetery  in Macon GA

Nelle J. Dix, the first child of Albert Sidney Dix and Isadora (Nicoles) Dix, was born on September 29, 1889.  We believe the "Nelle", or "Nellie", was for her father's mother Helen, "Nellie" (Beach) Dix, and the "J" was for Jeniluska, her maternal grandmother's name.  We had incorrectly inferred that she was born in Brewton, AL. At the time of Nelle's birth, there were no such things as "birth certificates".  Alice Shannon sent a copy of Nelle's "Notification of Birth Retristration" that was issued in 1938, when such things were needed for application for Social Security.  For now, we'll assume that the young family traveled to Bullock County where Albert's parents, Alexandre F. and Nellie Dix, lived when the date of Nelle's birth was imminent.

submitted by Alice Newman Shannon

Nelle's parents lived in Brewton when they were married and the photograph below of Nelle as an infant, gives the location of the photographer as Brewton. The 1900 census records lists the Albert Sidney Dix family as living in Butler, Georgia, Taylor County and Nelle, born in Alabama.

"Nellie J. Dix, aged 1 yr. 2 mo. 11 days"
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Ruth (4), Francis, (2), and Nelle (7), in 1886
Photo submitted by Frances Dix Chapman
Lyn Simonton wrote:

At least two years ago, I was visiting a friend in her newly restored Victorian home when I saw a very old Victorian Autograph Book on the coffee table in her home. My friend explained that it had belonged to her grandmother and that she had lived in Perry, GA. As I thumbed through it, I came across an autograph signed by Nell Dix. I exclaimed that was my aunt's name, but decided it couldn't be Aunt Nelle because I didn't think the family had ever lived in Perry. Then, of course, during our research of the last few months, we found out that the A.S. Dix family had in fact, lived there in 1901-1902. If you'll notice the date on the autograph, you will see that it was dated Nov. 19, 1902. That would have made Aunt Nelle 13 years old at that time, and my friend's grandmother was around the same age. So, more than likely, the book was autographed by our Nelle Dix!  I have enclosed a copy of the signature, as well as a copy of the cover of the autograph book which looks to be carved out of ivory. I don't know if you can scan the signature to send to the other cousins, but thought it was worth a try!


Nelle age13, third from left on the front row, in the 1903 family photo.
 


Nelle Dix (18) in 1907
May 28th, 1907, Bessie Tift College, Forsyth, Ga.
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
 


Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon

(Pictured clockwise): Albert Sidney Dix (Standing in back), Alexander Franklin Dix, Nelljie Dix Smith, and Nelle Dix Smith (21)
(holding Nelljie).  Note: Nelljie was born November 7, 1909, so the picture was made sometime in 1910. Please note that this
photo has four generations of Dix family.


Nell and 1st Child (Nelljie)- taken around 1910
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Nell pregnant with 2nd Child (Etta)- 1917
 Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Etta, Nelle, baby Jack & Nelljie- Jack was born 11/13/1917, so this   photo must be from early 1918. 
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
John Jerry Smith with Jack, Nelljie & Etta 
when Jerry returned from   WWI- 1919. 
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon


Jack and Pa Nicoles- his great grandfather (around 1921)
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
 


Nelle, Etta, Nelljie and unknown with Jack- (in the right front)
  Any help identifying "unknown" would be great!    Blackey, Ky (1921-23)
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
 


Nelljie, Etta, Nelle & Jack- Blackey, Ky (1921-23)  Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
 


Faculty and staff of Stuart Robinson School,   Blackey, Kentucky, 1923.
Nelle Dix Smith, cook for school, front row [2nd from] left.
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon

From Ruth Dix Whigham's photo album this photo is captioned "Two Jacks".  Young Jack Smith about 1922. 
Photo submitted by Russell Dix Whigham
Etta, Jack & Nelljie, 1924
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
“The Dix Girls, Aug. 1922”
Jack (9), Nelljie (16), and Etta Smith (13) 1926?
Photo submitted by Shirley Jarrett & Jeannie Mobley

 
Etta, Jack & Nelljie - not sure of date.
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Jack (John Jerry)Smith - not sure of date.
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon


Granny Dix seated with her children around her (Date on photo: June 22, 1930).
Standing, from L-R: Eleanor, Ruth, Francis, Dorothy, Billy, Nelle, and Isalee


Nelljie Dix Smith (Newman) in dress - Nelljie in her mother's graduation dress from Bessie Tift. Taken around 1930.   Alice Shannon still has the dress.  It was handmade by someone in the family.
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Nelljie with Alice Newman Shannon in Chattanooga in 1938.
Photo submitted by Frances Dix Chapman
Nelle (No Date) 
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Nelle  (No date)
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon

The Chiropractic Health Home at 501 College St., in Macon GA.  Nelle was employed at this facility from 1935-1938.  Since that time, the houses have been re-numbered.  Today (March 2004), it is in the 600 block.

This image of the same building is from the letterhead of the Chiropractic Health Home at 501 College St., in Macon GA.
 

 Nelle, No Date, Macon GA 
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon 
 "Nell Dix Smith, April 16, 1940" California Nursing Home
      Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Mr. & Mrs. Walter C. Montgomery - (Moma Nell and husband)
Taken Aug. 21, 1942, Hollywood, California.
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Moma Nelle # 5 - " Nell Dix Montgomery - Best Cook of  Week, Anna   Miller Circle, Tampa, Fla. 2/22/55" 
Photo submitted by Alice NewmanShannon
Wedding photo of Etta Viola Smith  and Charlie Brundage Sr. 
(place not on photo) May 31, 1930 
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Wedding photo of Raymond Dee Newman, Sr. and Nelljie Dix Smith Newman, Marrietta, Ga., January 2, 1934
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Moma Nelle, Walter (Pop), Shirley Jean, Little Charlie, Alice and Baby Dee, at the Brundage house in Atlanta, February, 1945. 
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
 - The Newmans: Raymond, Sr., Nelljie,
  Baby Dee & Alice. Same date at Brundage House, 1945.
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon



























Alice Newman
Norris, Tenn.
Photo submitted by Lyn Smith Simonton

Raymond D. Newman and daughter, Alice

Alice (Newman) Shannon
Photo submitted by Jeff Shannon

































Alice (Newman) Shannon
Photo submitted by Jeff Shannon
Alice (Newman) Shannon
Photo submitted by Jeff Shannon
Jeff, Alice, & Dee
Photo submitted by Jeff Shannon







Alice and Dee
Photo submitted by Jeff Shannon

 

Brundage House, 1945 - The Brundages: Etta, Little Charlie,
  Big Charlie and Shirley Jean. Same date and place as previous photo. 
Photo submitted by Alice Newman Shannon
Shirley Jean and  Charlie Burndage Jr. with Frances Dix
Photo submitted by Frances Dix Chapman



Photo submitted by Lyn Smith Simonton

964 Hill St  Atlanta GA.  Brundage Living room, December 1952 

L - R:  Franlo and Charlie Chapman, Barbara and Charlie Brundage, and Shirley and Joe Jarrett
Charlie and Franlo Married  June 11, 1953 at  Grant Park Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA.
Charlie and Barbara  were married July 3 1953. 
Shirley and Joe were married June 5,1953. 

Shirley wrote:  "We should have made it a triple wedding but Frances and I wore the same  wedding dress."



Below is one of Nelle's wedding presents


 
 

 

Re: the continuing relationship between Nelle and Jerry --
     In the early years after the divorce, I believe M. Nelle maintained some strained contacts with D. Jerry as a means of getting him to provide some financial support for the children (which he did very little) or in an effort to allow the children to have some contact with their Dad.  I think very early D. Jerry "left town" --he moved to the Miami, Fla. area.  (I don't think anyone ever knew what happened with or to the French woman he brought back from France.)  I remember that once when my Mom was young (maybe, an early adolescent), she went by herself to visit for a short time (a week?) with her Dad in Miami. M. Nelle would have had to participate in arranging that visit.  In the later years, after M. Nelle and Walter ("Pop"  or "Monty") came back from California, I know we all (including M. Nelle) had periodic contacts with D. Jerry.  As an example:  After a visit at our home in Norris, Tn., in June 1952,, M. Nelle and Pop took me back to Tampa with them to spend the summer.  On the way back, we stopped in Macon to visit with D. Jerry's sisters, Rosa and Mary and then they took me to St. Simons island to see where M. Nelle and D. Jerry went on their honeymoon trip and where M. Nelle said my Mom was conceived.  During that summer while I was in Tampa, M. Nelle arranged for D. Jerry to come from Coral Gables to Tampa for several days so he and I could get to know each other some.  He spent nights somewhere in town, but he came to the house and we all made trips out together to eat and see sites.  That same summer M. Nelle and Pop took me to visit Uncle Bob (Clearwater)and Aunt Annie (Jacksonville)-- D. Jerry's brother and sister.  (By the way, earlier they had also taken me to see Whoopa and Uncle Ralph and later to see Uncle Philo and Jean at Deerfield.)