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Dixon, Job
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 500-504


Job Dixon, now seventy-eight years of age, is the owner of a splendidly improved farm on section 6, Perry township. He started out in life on his own account when but twelve years of age and has since worked his way upward. He has overcome difficulties and obstacles and in the legitimate channels of trade has won the success which he is now enjoying, being today one of the extensive landowners of the county. He was born June 11, 1828, in Lincolnshire, England. His parents were Thomas and Mary (Barker) Dixon, also natives of England, the former born January 31, 1785, and the latter April 18, 1795. The death of the father occurred January 31, 1846, while his wife passed away in 1870 on the seventy-fifth anniversary of her birth. In their family were four sons and two daughters, but only two are now living, Job and Thomas. The latter was born November 19, 1831, and is now residing in Lincolnshire, England, while Job is the representative of the family in the new world. He never attended a day school save through one winter season. His parents were in limited financial circumstances and it was necessary that he began to provide for his own support when but twelve years of age. When sixteen years of age through his own labor he paid six months' tuition in a night school and he also attended a night school for two winters after his marriage. He thus learned to write a fair hand and also became familiar with business principles. He had become a good reader in his early youth and experience, reading and observation in later years have brought to him broad information, making him a well informed man.

On Monday, the 4th of October, 1858, Job Dixon was united in marriage to Miss Ann Stephenson, who was also a native of Lincolnshire, born December 6, 1834. The wedding ceremony was performed by William Pierce in the Episcopal church at West Ashby, England, with Thomas Barton and Elizabeth Stephenson as witnesses and on the following Monday the young couple started for the United States, sailing from Liverpool to New York, whence they made their way westward to Adams county, Illinois. They not only were without capital, but Mr. Dixon had incurred an indebtedness of one hundred and five dollars for their passage, which he paid back the second summer after his arrival. During the first winter, 1860-1, he and his wife worked for eleven dollars per month. He was afterward able to obtain higher wages and his economy and industry at length brought him capital sufficient to enable him to purchase a farm. He invested in one hundred and twenty acres of land in Perry township, Pike county, and with renewed impetus began the development of his land, which in course of time was transformed into a very productive tract. As the years have passed by and his financial resources have increased he has added to his property from time to time until his realty holdings now embrace eight hundred and sixty-eight acres divided into five farms, all of which are occupied by his children. Three lie in Perry township, one in Fairmount township and one in Elkhorn township, Brown county.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Dixon have been born the following named: John Thomas born January 9, 1861, married Sarah Boothby, October 29, 1890, and is now living on one hundred and forty-three acres of land, which is a part of the home place, belonging to his father. Mary Ann, born September 8, 1862, was married December 13, 1887, to Perry Zimmerman and resides in Elkhorn township. Emma, born February 22, 1864, became the wife of Henry Smith on the 26th of February, 1889, and they now occupy a farm of one hundred acres belonging to her father. William, born November 19, 1865, was married February 28, 1894, to Carrie Stewart and occupies a farm of one hundred and twenty acres belonging to his father. Samuel S., who was born August 5, 1868, is living on the home farm. Job Henry, born January 19, 1872, was married August 28, 1898, to Daisy Seaborn, who was born December 30, 1874, and they now reside upon the old homestead farm of two hundred and fifty acres with his father. Rebecca E., born October 30, 1869, became the wife of Oscar Rusk, March 20, 1894, and they are living upon a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Perry township belonging to her father. Frederick, born April 12, 1874, died February 21, 1884. George A., born October 7, 1875, is now living on a farm of one hundred and thirty-five acres, which is his father's property. He was married October 14, 1903, to Lena Turnbull. Mrs. Dixon, the mother of these children, died December 25, 1895.

As before stated, Mr. Dixon's first purchase of land comprised one hundred and twenty acres where he now resides. Upon the place was a log cabin enclosed by a rail fence and a few logs had been piled up and covered with straw in order to afford shelter for the team. With characteristic energy Mr. Dixon began the improvement of the property and is today the owner of one of the finest farms in Perry township. When his fine residence, erected at a cost of three thousand dollars, was destroyed by fire when it had been completed only a few years he immediately set to work and erected an even more commodious and finer residence than before and his home is now one of the attractive features in the landscape. He has large barns and sheds upon his place and the farm is a splendidly improved property. He has placed the greater part of his land under cultivation, and has made a specialty of the raising of Shropshire sheep, shorthorn cattle and good horses and swine. In all of his work he has been persistent and energetic, never brooking any obstacles that could be overcome by determined purpose and although his advantages in early life were extremely few he has made steady progress and is today one of the most prosperous farmers of his county. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to seek a home in America but has felt proud that he became an American citizen, for he found here the business opportunities he sought and in this land, unhampered by caste or class, he has made for himself an honorable name and a very desirable fortune.

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