Nixon, Francis Marion II 2
- Born: 22 Jan 1824, , Limestone, Alabama, USA 1 2
- Marriage: Wilcox, Harriet Jane in 1847 in , , Usa 1
- Died: Mar 1864, Roseville, Franklin, Arkansas, USA at age 40 1 2
When the 1850 census was taken Francis lived with his wife Jane and 3 children Lysurus, 5 years old, and Mary Elizabeth, 2 years old, and George W., who was 3 months old. Francis was 25 years old and Jane was 19. According to the 1850 census Francis was a wheelwright. Later information indicates he was a farmer and a hunter.
When the 1860 census was taken Francis and Jane had added 6 children to the family. They were Augustine C. born about 1852, Adoniram J. born about 1853, Liberty Franklin born in February 1856, Pendleton Graves, born about 1858, Aletha Ann born about 1861, and Francis Marion, born about 1863. Records indicate that this family lived in Missouri prior to settling in Arkansas. In research done by others there is mention of Francis having another wife named Sarah. Whether Sarah was his first or second wife is unknown at this time.
There is mention of two other children, Joe and Jack by Velettia N. Mooneyham. His story is as follows: "grandfather had two brothers, Joe(the politician) who ran for the house of representatives. I remember my father say if Uncle Joe gets beat this time he better quit. I'm sure he was a Republican and Arkansas isn't noted for electing Republicans. Uncle Jack came to Texas. He established the Post Office Nixon in Gonzales Co. in 1875."
The following story was taken from a letter written by Vellettia N. (Nixon) Mooneyham [Granddaughter of Francis Marion Nixon, Jr.] to Ferne N. Little on October 10, 1968. "I presume it was an episode that Lycurgus [son of Francis Marion Nixon, Jr.] had that made Grandfather decide to take his family back to Illinois and enlist himself in the army. Some way Grandfather got word that the bushwhackers were looking for him and he hid out. When they came they took Lycurgus out and strung him up to a tree until he was almost dead trying to make him tell where his father was. They did this several times but finally let him go. If he knew he never told. But he immediately enlisted in the Army. He was 17 yrs. I don't know whether it was Northern or Southern Army, but he was only in a short time and died of pneumonia."
Francis Marion Nixon was killed in Roseville, Ark while helping to defend the town against bushwackers between 1863 & 1864 while taking his family to IL to his wife's family for safekeeping so he could enlist in the Union Army. After his death Jane took the children down the Arkansas River and then up the Mississippi River to Illinois. Burial location unknown.
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1840 Census Morgan Co.Missouri
1850 Census 11/26/1850 Pairie Twsp. Franklin Co.Arkansas
1860 Census 7/12/1860 6 Mile Twsp. Franklin Co.Arkansas
May have been a Baptist Preacher at Charleston Church in Franklin Co. Information about this family group is from Wanda Nixon Bruce, 10441 Singleton Rd, San Jose CA 95111. It includes information from the family bible. Francis Marion Nixon Jr. was married to his wife by W.F. Wilcox, J.P. Wilcox is most likely a relative of Francis's mother, Harriet Jane Wilcox.
Not sure about the two Sarahs. May be the same wife.
Francis married Harriet Jane Wilcox in 1847 in , , Usa.1 (Harriet Jane Wilcox was born on 16 Mar 1829 in , Madison, Illinois,1 died on 2 Jul 1917 in Six Mile Township, , Logan, Arkansas 1 and was buried in Wilcox Cem, Ratcliff, Logan, Arkansas 1.)