Sunday, January 5, 2014

52 Ancestors: #1 - Elizabeth Nixon

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has created a new theme called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. I think it’s a great way to write about one person. This will help me see what I have and what I’m missing for additional research.
My first ancestor to write about is Elizabeth Nixon (1810-?).  She is my third great-grandmother on my mother’s side. I know very little about her:
  • Elizabeth Nixon was born around 1810 in South Carolina. I know this from several census records: 1850 in Cass Co, Georgia; 1860 in Cass Co, Georgia; and 1870 in Chattooga Co, Georgia.[1] 
  • Elizabeth Nixon married Jesse Loveless around 1828 perhaps in Greenville Co, South Carolina and their first eight children were also born in South Carolina.
  • They moved to Georgia sometime between 1843 (birth of Elizabeth Loveless) and 24 Jan 1848 when their ninth child, Jesse M. Loveless was born. (There is a big gap between these two children so there might be other children born and died before the 1850 census).
  • They moved to Faulkner Co, Arkansas sometime before late 1873. Jesse Loveless died 29 Dec 1873 in Faulkner Co, Arkansas.[2] I do not have a death date of Elizabeth but she is mentioned by name in a probate record for Jesse as the widow on 18 Jan 1876.[3]  She is not mentioned after that in any of the bound volumes available on FamilySearch. I have put in a request with the clerk of the court in Faulkner county for possible loose papers for the estate of Jesse Loveless.

  • According to a website, Mary Parthenia Medlock Nixon, (click here to view) Elizabeth’s parents might be Abner Nixon and Mary Parthenia Medlock.

I have not found Elizabeth in the 1880 census, so if she has died by then, I have narrowed her death date to between 1876 and 1880.  As of this date, there are no memorials on Find-a-Grave for Jesse or Elizabeth.
So future research at the Family History Library:
  • Look at land records in Faulkner county for when Jesse Loveless purchased land
  • Look at land records to find the disposition of the land after his death
  • Check out any court records
  • Check out tax records, 1872-1895
  • Search land, tax, court records in Bartow and Chattooga counties in Georgia
  • Search for marriage, court, tax records in Greenville, South Carolina to find the date of marriage for Elizabeth Nixon and Jesse Loveless

Perhaps one of these records will help pinpoint Elizabeth’s death.

[1] Georgia, Cass, 1850 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), p 292 (stamped), fam 1665, Jesse Loveless…Georgia, Cass, 1860 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), p 804, fam 9, Jesse Lovless…Georgia, Chattooga Co, 1870 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), p 105, fam 133, Jesse Loveless.
[2] Faulkner County Arkansas, Estate Papers of Jesse Loveless, Letters of Administration 1873-1919, Vol A, p 4, Jesse Loveless, 1874, FHL film 1033405i1.
[3] Faulkner County Arkansas, Estate Papers of Jesse Loveless, Probate Records, 1873-1884 Vol A, p 65, FHL film 1033407i1.

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