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@NI2390@ NOTEIt is said in Hawthorne File that Elizabeth Dickson (Dixon) was from North Carolina, however, Bell Family state that she was from Tennessee. Both could well be correct as Tennessee was formed by slicing off part of western North Carolina.
1860 US Census, Pontotoc County, Mississippi. Page 13 line 24. Shows Elizabeth Dixon living with her son Thomas J. Kennedy.
LETTER1 says "Robert Kennedy's family came from England and went down the Mississippi River from St. Louis to the New Orleans Country. He was married to Elizabeth Dixon, whose sister married Andrew Jackson's father. The Dixon's lived in Tennessee. Our grandmother, was Elizabeth Dixon Kennedy.."
Robert Kennedy is probably Gilbert Kennedy II. Sources contain no information about siblings of Elizabeth Dixon, though it does mention her father.
It does not look very likely. Andrew Jackson I (father of the president, Andrew Jackson) died in SC in 1767. His wife lived until 1791. It's hard to see how, even an older sister could have married him.
LETTER2 says "My maternal Grandmother, Elizabeth Dixon Kennedy, was out of English roots who settled in Virginia and then came to the south. She was an aristocrat and was always called Elizabeth. She had an older brother, Tome [?], who went to war, a sister, whose name was Jane, and two younger brothers. The sisters were at home when the battles of Tuka [?} and Corinth were fought [. T] they listened to the gunfire. And when the battle was over, the two women went to look for the younger brothers, 14 and 15. They found the bodies, took what they could find to dig the grave and buried the boys together. The family were cousins of Andrew Jackson and the Donaldsons. "
Thus, LETTER2 suggests that she was born in VA.
'Tome[?] in LETTER2 is probably John H. Kennedy (3277)
LETTER2 does not mention the son William G. Kennedy (3280) whom this data base indicates was killed at the Battle of Murfreesboro (TN) in 1863.
Sources are also inconsistent with the account of the deaths of the two youngest sons in LETTER2. This data base shows both marrying ah having several children. In any event, according to this data base, they would have been in their 30's at the time of the war.
Regarding, LETTER2, "The family were cousins of Andrew Jackson and the Donaldsons.", it is likely that the 'Donaldsons' refers to the family of Rachel Donaldson, wife of Andrew Jackson. Both the Dixons and Doanldsons were prominent and large families living around Nashville TN in the late 18th early 19th century. Theat these families intermarried is likely. The Jackson family was there too, but less numerous. How Elizabeth Dixon fits into the nexus of families is not evident.
Identifying Elizabeth Dixon's parents and siblings may well lead into this. Some one should pursue this.
A candidate for Elizabeth Dixon's father is John Dixon (19707). He and some information about his family are included here for this reason.
Note: The web version is excerpted from a longer document provided by June Smith who appears to be the author, though this is not certain. I lot of the material in it also appears in Fred Hawthorne's data base.
Abbreviation: LETTER 1
Title: LETTER 1
Author: Mrs. Winfred A. Salter (Cammie Elizabeth Atkison))
Publication: to Mrs Dabney W Sneed (Sallie Bell Atkison)/
Text: LETTER from Mrs W. A. SALTER to Mrs D. W. SNEED [Transcribed from typescript by Joseph D. Sneed, 07/17/2004]
Gilbert Allen Bell came from Ireland with his parents and settled in Virginia. He married Elizabeth (don't know last name) and they moved to Tennessee. Robert Allen Bell, his son, was born in Tennessee and was one of the first lay preachers of the Cumberland Branch of the Presbyterian Church. His work was among the Choctaw Indians in Tennessee, and later in Mississippi, where he went as a young man, He farmed near the town of Randolph.
Robert Kennedy's family came from England and went down the Mississippi River from St. Louis to the New Orleans Country. He was married to Elizabeth Dixon, whose sister married Andrew Jackson's father. The Dixon's lived in Tennessee. Our grandmother, was Elizabeth Dixon Kennedy. Her brother, Tom, lived in Bonnam, Texas in later life. Her older sister married a Ridings. Jane's son Louis Ridings used to visit us. Louis's daughter Laura Duckworth used to live in Durant. His daughter-in-law or great-daughter- in-law is Hope Ridings. She is a writer.
Robert Allan Bell and Elizabeth Dixon Kennedy lived in Mississippi after they were married. They had twelve children, some dying in infancy. The children were:
Emma Bell married Ellis Perkins. Their children were:
Anna married John Henry Salmon
Don(na) Bell married W. R. Perkins
Lena never married
Beaula married Asby
Fanie Moss Bell marries but don't know who
All lived in Mississippi
Robert Donald Bell married Martha Woods. Their children were: Gertrude, Clyde, William, Robert, and Mattie, now living in Texas City
Elizabeth Bell married Jesse G. Williams. they came from Mississippi to Boue [?] County, later Bryan, and were farmers in the Roberta and Utica area. She dies of tuberculosis. their children were:
Gilbert Allen married a Condit girl who died, later married Salle, no children
James married Ella; two boys (Elsa, Texas)
Castilla marries Will Neely; one son Will Jr. (New Albany, Miss)
Elizabeth marries George Hubbard; three children, died of flu in 1917
May married Jeff Turner; three children; warden of Miss state prison until his retirement
John Ellis married Mabel Howard; two children; killed in auto accident while scheriff [?] of Bryan County
Robert Peyton (Pate) married Maude Yourney; three or four children (Roberta)
Jack French married Maude ....; some children one died when their house burned
Mary Emma married George Hubbard; one child Ambrose (Mississippi:)
Lewis Clark married Greenwood: after she died married he sister (California)
Leila Forrest married Enis Hayes: one child; died in California
Hugh Allen Bell married Ollie (last name unknown). Their children were:
Thrace and twins Clevlon [?] and Clyde (a girl)
All lived in Mississippi
Thomas Ellen Bell (Duck) married James Peyton Donaldson (kin to Rachel Donaldson who married Andrew Jackson). Their children were:
Robert Peyton Donaldson married...
Sallie Irene Donaldson never married.
Melisa Merle Donaldson married Will Corbin
Cora Emma Donaldson married Marshal Jamison
Lelia Bell married Willis R. Collins. They moved to Texas and later to Durant. Their children were:
Jettie married Homer Glen
Jessie married to Ingram Calhoun
Ivy last marries John Burnett (Oklahoma City)
Ernest married Merle ... from Florida
Elizabeth married Albert Sidney Johnson, divorced (Merkel, Texas)
Forrest May ... married three times
Horton dies as child
A girl died as child
Dan...married died number of years ago
Sarah Francis Bell married John F. V. Carrell a Methodist Circuit Rider who had served as a drummer boy in the Confederate Army
Mary Caroline Bell married General Forrest Atkinson. They cam from Ponotoc Miss. to Durant. Their children are
Don Ellis married Anne McDonald
Cammie Elizabeth married Winfred Salter; one son Forrest
Robert Pratt married Allie V. Adrian; one child Mary Alice
Walter Forrest died in infancy
Sallie Bell married Dabney W. Sneed; one son Joe
William Leonard married Lucille Walsen; one son Bill
Lottie married Otto M. Morse both died; one son Jim
Thelma married Robert T. Daniels; two sons Billy Bob and Larry
The Atkinsons or Atkins came originally from England to Alabama and then to Southern Mississippi. Giles Manuel Atkinson marries Margret Grey whose mother was a Forrest. Their children were:
Cammie burned to death as a child
Mary married several times; children called Johnson
Sallie married William Boeckmann (DeLeon, Texas)
General Forrest Atkinson
born during the Civil War when the guerillas were following Sherman's march to the sea. Their house was burned and his mother with it. Mary who was seven took Forrest and Sallie to the home of neighbors as the father was in the army. A family who had a small boy took Forrest with them to Alabama. When his father came home he found the house burned. After burying the bones and things he found Mary and Sallie with another family who later came to Texas. When Forrest was fourteen he came back to Mississippi and found his father who had married his aunt Mary Larrimore whose husband had been killed in the war. She had two sons Ubioe [?] and John and they had a daughter Eunivecce. Forrest's father lived with her in his old age.
Note: There are two texts of this document, one in my possession and one in the possession of Fred Hawthorne. The latter appears in Sources as "Letter written by Aunt Sis Atkinson"
What I have appears to be a transcript of a letter written to all the author's siblings in the 1950's. I think it was transcribed by my father, Dabney Whitfield Sneed, since it is typed on a typewriter with unusual type. He was the only one I knew with such a typewriter.
Author: Mrs Winfred A. Salter (FH424)
Publication: to James Otto Morse (15096)
Text: LETTER 2 Letter from Mrs. W. A. Salter (15866) to James Morse (15889)
Transcribed from handwritten original by Joe Sneed (15856) 07/15/2004
Dear Jim -
I have no records when Grandma died [.] One of the sons, the oldest one, took the family bible. We never heard of it again [.] What I know is what Grandma had told me. She was old and lame and sat in a rocker. I had to read to her, which at times was a chore. I read through the Bible, she pronounced the words and I got so tired of the "Begats" [.] But some of the things that I read, I remembered.
In the Bell side of the family our Great Grandfather, Robert Bell, came out Ireland [?] [;] he was supposed to have married an Indian woman. There are Bells all over Mississippi and Tennessee. One taught in Old Mss at Oxford and lived near the school [in a house] which long ago became a part of the Campus and the house, when I saw it, was a sort of Student Center. My Grandfather , Robert Allen Bell, was born in Tennessee and was a "Goodley [Godley?] Man" [,] held services in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church - (that's a sort of primitive Baptist) and when war was declared he was left at home to look after the women and children.
My maternal Grandmother, Elizabeth Dixon Kennedy, was out of English roots who settled in Virginia and then came to the south. She was an aristocrat and was always called Elizabeth. She had an older brother, Tome [?], who went to war, a sister, whose name was Jane, and two younger brothers. The sisters were at home when the battles of Tuka [?} and Corinth were fought [. T] they listened to the gunfire. And when the battle was over, the two women went to look for the younger brothers, 14 and 15. They found the bodies, took what they could find to dig the grave and buried the boys together. The family were cousins of Andrew Jackson and the Donaldsons
Tome [?] came home and went to Texas, place called "Ivanhoe" [.] Jane came with him and his wife. She married a man whose name was Riding - and they were writers [?] and fruit farmers.
Mama was the youngest of the 12 children. She was born in Toccopola, Miss [.] She taught school and finished the Pontotoc Female Academy. Some of the relative[s] had a Baptist School in Blue Mountain near there. She was one of the first females to attend "Old Miss". Some of her Classmates have dined here.
Papa's name was General Forrest, as Granpa was in Forrest's Army, the 1st Mississippi Regiment. His home was near Emory. Grandmother's name was Grey [Gray?]. She had a little girl, seven years old when my father was born. She was very ill and when the Salfies [soldiers] [?] came for what they could find, she sent the little girl with this tiny boy through the brush to a neighbor. The woman took them and gave papa to a second neighbor, who had a nursing baby. That family moved to Alabama. The ones who kept the little girl moved to Biloxi. When Papa was 14 he set out to find his family. His father of course looked for the children. Papa could neither read nor write, but he took the name Grandfather gave him. He was an handsome man and when he met Mama they decided that the name would be Atkison, not Adkins, nor Atkinson. She taught him to read and write. Salabels writing looks like his. And he was a shark in math. He taught me how to work percentage problems in my arithmetic.
I'm sorry I have no permanent records.
Abbreviation: Robert (Bob) McDonald, 2634 Arroyo Dobbie, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 396-3210
Title: Robert (Bob) McDonald, 2634 Arroyo Dobbie, San Marcos, TX 78666, (512) 396-3210