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My Nixon Heritage

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Historical Marker at Squaw Creek Cemetery, Doss, Texas

Francis Marion “Frank” Nixon was born approximately 1769 in North Carolina and died 1864 in Franklin County, Arkansas.  He married Catherine Elliott February 24, 1798 in Madison County, Kentucky.

Frank chose a novel way of decorating his primitive cabin on Swan Creek, south of the present Athens in Limestone County Alabama.  He stuffed the entrails of a bear he had killed and draped these adornments in “graceful festoons around the inner walls of his house.  To relieve the monotony of these ornaments he interspersed them with nice pods of red pepper,” stated R. A. McClellan.

Frank Nixon was my Fourth Great-Grandfather.  I *think* that Frank Nixon’s parents were born in Ireland and he had a brother named Adam; however, I have no definite proof of that.

Catherine Elliott’s father was Samuel Elliott.

From the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions: “4:301 — Catherine Elliot Orphan of Samuel Elliot decd, 2, bound to Joshua Pain until she is 18, sd Master to comply with the Law in that Case.”

Almedia Nixon (daughter of Francis Marion Nixon and Catherine Elliott) married James B. Caldwell August 29, 1825 in Shelby County, Alabama.

Their son, Joshua Caldwell, was my great-great grandfather and he and Sarah Alexander’s son James Martin “Bud” Caldwell settled in New Mexico with his wife Martha Letitia Brown Caldwell.

And here I am – in Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas – with family scattered hither and yon!