To The Everlasting
and Dad VanHoose
by: Richard VanHoose
When the VanHoose
gets together, discussion invariably arises about the family history. Out of
these discussions has grown an interest on my part to the extent that I
finally have attempted to record some of the rich and interesting history of
the Dixon and VanHoose families. This meager beginning isn't by any means a
finished history. It merely starts a collection of facts that I hope
will be added to from time to time and eventually become a record that
future generations can refer to with pride.
My only source of information, other
than Mitchell Hallís book has been from Mom and Dad. They have been far
too modest in telling about them selves.
members of the family I am sure know many interesting incidents relating to the family, and I hope it
will be possible for them to be recorded. I shall be glad to receive and prepare any
stories in a form similar to this.
picture of Mom and Dad on the inside cover was made possible by
At this Christmas season I sincerely hope that this little booklet
will bring you much joy and that the
be a happy and prosperous one.
THE DIXON FAMILY AND MOM
Just how or when Mom's family came to
America. is not known. The first available information is about Henry Dixon
and two brothers, James and John who came from Ash County, North Carolina. to
Grayson County, Virginia, then to Kentucky about 1805 or 1806. James settled on
the Cumberland River in what is now Harlan County. John Dixon settled in what
is now Blackey, Letcher County, in 1805.
Henry was among the earliest settlers of
Paintsville, Kentucky in Johnson County. According to Mitchell Hall's
"History of Johnson County Families", Henry Dixon lived the rest of
his life in Paintsville. He was a Baptist preacher who traveled from church to
church preaching the "Gospel.
The only instrumental music ever permitted
in his church was from his own violin. It was understood though that there
would be no "foot patting" when he played.
This grand old man was known for miles
around as a great minister of the Gospel The cherished violin, brought with
him when he came to Kentucky, is still in the family, owned now by Uncle Don
Dixon, great, great grandson of Henry Dixon and youngest brother of my mother.
Henry C. Dixon, residing at Blackey, Kentucky, corresponds freely with
my mother and manifests much interest in the early history of the Dixon family
Henry C. Dixon has a brother, Wilburn. John Dixon mentioned above is
their great grandfather.
Since his family and my mother's family have
established definite relationships, they know now that we all stem from the
same family, Henry, James, and John. It is well established that Henry
Dixon (b-? d-1854) was my mother's great grandfather. He married Joyce Farmer
and they had 10 children,
Mary Ann, Nancy Jane, Celia, Betty, Ruth,
Sarah, Phoebe, William, Andrew F, and Mart, The son, Andrew F. (b-Feb. 22,1801
d-June 5,1881) married Abrigail Kelley (b-Apri1 8, 1808 d-June 6,1883).They
had 7 children as follows:
Farmer (b-May 11,1835 d-?), Julia (b-Mar.
17, 1838 d-Mar. 1838), Isaacs
(b-Feb. 8,1839 d-Jan. 17, 1906),
Charles F, (b-Nov. 12, 1842 d-Feb. 12, 1843)
K. (b-Ju1y 2,1845 d-?),
M. (b-Aug. 29, 1847 d-Dec. 17, 1874),
J. (b-Nov, 25,1849 d-?).
grandfather, Isaacs Dixon, the son of Andrew F, married Ella Margaret
(b-Dec. 6, 1846 d-May 17,1893).From this
union came 11 strong and industrious children. They are as follows:
(b-Sept. 17, 1866 d-Jan. 17, 1947) married MARION VanHOOSE, Dec. 29,1881, by George Walker.
(b-July 9,1868 d-June 6,1944) married MARY HAYES Jan. 9,1890, by Green Moore.
(b-Sept. 28, 1870) married ELLA FOX, Dec. 23, 1896, by John Walker CLARK (b-Dec. 4,1872) married
RICE, March 11,1897, by John Prater
(b-1875 d-Apr. 20,1896)
GUY (b-Feb. 22, 1877)
married MARY L. McKENZIE (d-Dec. 24,1898), by Burns Conley. Married again to MARGARETT SLONE,
Oct. 1,1902 by David K. Daniels,
ERIE (b-March 18, 1880)
married to WARREN Mr. VanHOOSE,
Mar_ 12, 1902 by James Elliott.
DON (b-Dec, Jl, 1882)
married EMMA HAYES, Dec. 24,
1902, by James Elliott.
(b-Feb. 28, 1885) married James McKENZIE, Mar. 24, 1906, by J. H. Hughes.
C. (b-June 9, 1887 d-June 22,1887)(lived I3 days)
(b-Feb. 18, 1889) married J. LANGLEY PRESTON, Mar. 9, 1910, by Farris VanHoose.
only thing known to me about my mother' s grandparents on her motherís side,
is that they were Caleb and Sarah Pelfry May.
mother was born on Rush Fork of Tom's Creek near Paintsville, and lived on the same farm until she
married Dad, March 12,1902.During this 22
year period she lived a rich and colorful life. Their 528 acre hill farm was a challenge to the entire family.
Mom was 13 years of age she lost her mother, a loss that is hard to overcome in any family, but Mom,
though seventh in a family of eleven children,
took charge and carried out the duties of a mother to the best of
her ability. Determination to carry out her mother's wishes was so great that
was a feather bed, quilts, blankets, pillows, and slips went to every member of
the family when married, just as her mother had done for Uncle Alonzo and Aunt Emma before she died.
duties were not limited to household affairs which
included weaving and clothes making, she did her part of the outside work too.
Being large dealers in live stock, naturally made it necessary to raise
lots of corn and hay. Stories of how she and the others worked together in the field preparing, tending, and
harvesting the crops would read like a story
book. Feeding and caring for great numbers of mules and oxen was real drudgery,
and often Mom has told me of nearly being killed by mean bulls and stallions.
I remember as a small boy on the farm, several close calls with mean
bulls. Mom always handled them without fear even though she was subjected to
take on such a great responsibility at the age of 13 naturally deprived her of
the opportunity to live as others did. The most important loss perhaps was her schooling.
Mom as we do today it is easy for us to realize that she would not be
satisfied with 6 at 7 short terms of school. But as the picture looks now the
early practical training and experience that she gained as head of a large
family, along with her undying devotion to her deceased mother and greatly
loved and respected father, carried over into her own family in a way offsetting the loss
of her early formal schooling. No doubt, Mom's determination that her
children would go to school, stems from her
own feeling of inadequacy.
all your days prepare,
And meet them ever alike:
you are the anvil, bear-≠
When you are the hammer, strike."
has said literally a thousand times, "I know how handicapped I have been without an
education. If there is anyway I can help my children to do better, I'm going
to do it. "Mom did it too. As usual she sacrificed. Many dollars that
rightfully should have been hers for just the bare necessities went to her
has been a colorful mother. Perhaps most meaningful to me has been her love
and devotion Her constant vigil for right over wrong has never ceased. Her
ability to manage and get things done contributed much to my family, life and
early childhood training.
though Mom's early life is filled with incidents of sacrificing and hard work,
she did manage to have
her share of recreation and fun. Perhaps most outstanding was her love for
riding horses. She always rode side saddle and still thinks women who ride
astride should be spanked. Mom's competitive spirit often brought on races and
consequently many narrow escapes, but in all her riding experiences she was
never seriously hurt. Only twice was she thrown--once her horse fell and on the
other occasion the saddle turned.
stringings, quilting parties, candy pullings, and other types of every day fun
were a part of her early life.
advice--yes, it seems to have stuck..........
I remember such things as
your clothes may be patched and sometimes ragged but they must always be clean
"I don't want you fighting
other children, it isn't right, but if you have to fight and you feel you are
right, fight to win."
work never hurt anyone."
be too loud and boisterous--it is a sign of bad training."
are you going to Sunday School and Church today?"
you got your lessons?"
joined the United Baptist Church when she was 21 and has remained a member of
that church throughout the years. She has been a good Christian mother and an
inspiration to all who have known her.
builder builded a temple,
wrought it with grace and skill;
and groins and arches
fashioned to work his will.
said as they saw its beauty
shall never know decay.
is thy skill, 0 builder:
fame shall endure for aye."
mother builded a temple
loving and infinite care,
each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
praised her unceasing efforts
None knew of her wondrous plan
the temple the mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man,
is the builder's temple,
into the dust;
lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
the temple the mother builded
Will last while the ages roll,
that beautiful unseen temple
Is a child's immortal soul.
VanHoose Family And