Early Settlers of Union
Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
connections (part 2)
Part 2 in a Series on the Nix
Family of Union County, GA and surrounding counties
August 2, 2007
Sarah Elvira Williamson Nix (12 Dec 1842 - 01 Jun 1927), wife of
Archibald Carr Nix (07 May 1842 - 25 Sep 1906).
column began a series which I am calling “Nix Connections.” James “Glancer”
Nix (1812-1882), son of William Nix and Susannah Stonecypher
Nix, had twenty children and three wives as you saw from last week’s
column. Many descendents have continued to
live in Union County, Georgia, and
many moved elsewhere. It would require
several books of genealogy to trace this large family line. My intention is to be selective and give
information on some of Jimmy Nix’s descendants.
Our focus today is on the fifth child of James “Glancer” and Elizabeth “Betsy” Collins Nix,
Archibald Carr Nix, born in Union County May 7, 1842 who lived here all
his life, a farmer, dying September 26, 1906. Archibald married Sarah Ann Elvira Williamson,
26, 1842. The
marriage was performed on April 4, 1862 by
Thompson Collins (a son of Thompson and Celia Self Collins) who was a
Justice of the Peace for the Choestoe District. Sarah
Ann Elvira Williamson was the youngest of seven children born to John Wesley
Williamson, Sr. (abt. 1800-abt. 1880) and
his first wife, Sarah Elvira Curtis Williamson (1801-1871).
Archibald Carr Nix and his beautiful wife, Sarah Ann Elvira
Williamson Nix, made their home in Choestoe, Union
County, Georgia. There they reared a family of eight children,
all of whom grew up to be stalwart citizens. The
children and their spouses are listed as follows:
John Wesley Nix (1-5-1863 – 10-13-1896)
married Minty Lavada
Reece (2-12-1863 – 8-6-1933). Their children were Izabeth
and Lizabeth (twins, b/d 1885); Mary Ann
(1886-1956) married Arvel Hayes Brown; Arie
(1888-1890); Emma Lena (1889-1955) married David Markus Dyer; Callie (1891-1893); David (b/d 1894); Aaron
Jacob (1895-1969) married (1) Ethel Elizabeth Ensley and (2) Annie
Laura J. Nix (3-30-1864 – 3-23-1892)
married Joseph Brown Reece (6-1-1860 – 2-24-1930) on September 25, 1879. They had a family of ten children.
Ruth Alice Nix,
called “Nelle” (3-19-1866 – 3-24-1898)
married in January, 1889 to Joseph Denson “Doss” Henson (6-26-1856 – 11-9-1926).
Adeline E. “Addie”
or “Naomi” Nix (4-8-1868 –
2-?-1907) married on August 30, 1891 to
Frank L. “Will” Prater.
“Etta” V. Nix (2-17- 1872 – 4-1-1936)
married on December
7, 1890 to Amicus N. Miller.
Columbus Hannibal “Lum” Nix (4-1-1874 – 9-22-1950)
married Lillie Henson (12-15-1881 –
1973) in Union County, GA on January 28, 1912. Lillie was Lum’s
niece, a daughter of his sister, Ruth Alice Nix and Joseph Denson
and Lillie had the following children: Alice
Pearl, Roy Carl, Corene Etta, Nellie, and
Jack Columbus. Each of the five children were brilliant, earning degrees in education
Arthur H. Nix (6-25-1877 – 5-24-1898)
died at age 20 and was interred in the Old Choestoe Cemetery. He did not marry.
Minnie M. Nix (5-1-1881 - 1-28-1954)
married Juan Dupree Miller (1-21-1883 – 5-23-1955).
I can remember
visiting in the Miller’s home when I was a child. I
did not know then Mrs. Minnie’s connection to me through our common
ancestors, William and Susannah Nix Stonecypher
and James “Grancer” Nix and Elizabeth
“Betsy” Collins Nix. Years later, when I
became interested in genealogy, she was no longer alive for me to ask
her questions about her parents, Archibald Carr Nix and Sarah Ann
Elvira Williamson Nix. Mrs. Minnie always
had home-baked cookies for my brother Bluford
and me when we visited as children. It is
little wonder that we went as often as we dared. Another
fond memory of Mr. Dupree Miller is his active role in Salem Methodist Church. He served as Sunday School Superintendent and
song leader. We attended Choestoe Baptist Church, but
were only “part time,” having services on the second and fourth Sundays. Salem Methodist, also “part time” had services
on the first and third Sundays. I remember
walking the trail through the woods from Choestoe Church to Salem
after Sunday School and arriving at Salem Church in
time for the church service on the Sundays Choestoe did not have
preaching. Several of Salem’s
members did the same, attending Choestoe on the 2nd and 4th
Sundays. Mr. Dupree Miller had a mustache. As a child, I was fascinated by his debonair
looks and his ability in leading congregational singing.
Both Minnie Nix Miller and Juan Dupree Miller were buried in the
New Choestoe Baptist Church Cemetery.
Archibald Carr Nix and his wife, Sarah Elvira Williamson Nix
were buried in Old Choestoe Cemetery
where their faded tombstones can be found today. If
I did not list children born to any of the seven married children
above, I did not have available to me in the resources I used for this
article the names of all of Archibald and Sarah’s grandchildren. Next week we will explore another branch of
the large Nix family of Union County. Stay tuned.
(c2007 by Ethelene
Dyer Jones. Published Aug. 2, 2007 in The
Sentinel, Blairsville, GA.
All rights reserved.)
[Ethelene Dyer Jones is a native of Union County, a retired
educator, freelance writer, poet and historian. She
may be contacted at 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA 31061, 478-453-8751
or e-mail at email@example.com.]
West. Nix Family Tree: The
Descendants of John Nix. 1980.
Records of Union County, GA, 1833-1897, transcribed by Viola Holden
Records of Union County, Georgia, 1990.
The Heritage of
Union County, GA, 1832-1994.
Back To Union County, Georgia GenWeb Site