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Unknown Nixon
1775 - 1850
Unknown Nixon was born about 1775 somewhere in South Carolina and died about 1850 somewhere in Georgia. Dates for birth and death are estimated. He lived to be about 75 years old.

Can you help us solve the mystery of this person's true identity? He may have been Samuel Nixon (born about 1775) and lived in Dooley Co. GA. Please email us if you have information or clues that might help solve this mystery.

He married Martha _______. (1773)GA.
known children:
Samuel J. (1813)GA
Robert W. (1814)GA
Lenna Ann (1818) - married Gabriel McClellan
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Census8/7/1820 GA (Wilkinson County) 45 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Unknown Nixon.   page 24, Samuel Nixon: two Males - Under 10, one Males - 10 thru 15, one Males - 26 thru 44, two Females - Under 10, one Females - 26 thru 44. 
Additional information about Wilkinson County, GA around 1820: Created in 1803 from newly acquired lands ceded by the Creek Indians in 1802 and increased in 1805. Later, this area is divided to form Laurens, Telfair, and Twiggs counties. 
Land Deed4/28/1827 GA (Lee County) 52 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Unknown Nixon.  1827 land lottery - Samuel Nixon drew land in Lee Co., GA, Captain's District: Pickards, Number: 27, District: 10, Source: REPRINT of OFFICIAL REGISTER of LAND LOTTERY OF GEORGIA 1827; 46th DAY'S DRAWING-April 28.BIBB, page 142 
Census1/1/1830 GA (Dooly County) 55 yrs old 
page 7, line 6 -Robert Nixon - one male (40-50) and one female (40-50)

line 10 -Honor Nixon - one male under 5, one male (15-20), one female (10-15)

line 17 -Samuel Nixon - one male (5-10), one male (10-15), two males (15-20), one male (20-30), one male (40-50), one female under 5, one female (10-15), one female (20-30) and one female (40-50).

line 27 - Cofield Knight - one male (10-15), one male (15-20), one female (5-10), one female (15-20) and one female (40-50). 
Other12/10/1833 GA (Dooly County) 58 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Unknown Nixon.  Creek Indian Letters Talks and Treaties 1705-1839Compiled by John B Wilson, Sec of State Original Manuscripts in Georgia Department of Archives WPA project, p1175

Irwin County December 1833
To the Commander in Chief of this State.
We the citizens of the county of Irwin and Dooly wish to make our complaint to your Excellency with respect to our treatment by the Chattahoochee Indians and look up to you for protection we are daily insulted and imposed on by these retched intruders. They have been now for about five months ravaging the woods killing our Cattle and hogs and robbing our fields of our corn peas and potatoes and sugar cane and has carried it on to a great access. Too much to be borne with and yesterday we raised a small company to drive them away and we went after them as quick as we advanced in sight of them they raised a yell and fired eight or ten guns. We then became alarmed and turned to go from them when they followed after us screaming and fired another platoon in all this we had not fired a g. They did us nor our no injury they killed and wounded several of our dogs and we narrowly escaped for their bullets they made the bark fly off the trees all around us there was only fourteen of us and we suppose there was near twenty Indians but could not tell as they were in a branch. We now look up to your Excellency for protection as it is in your power to adopt some measure to keep such intruders from amongst us. As we wish to support justice and honesty. We have not yet gone beyond the law but we cannot suffer such impositions much longer. We have good reasons to believe that the citizens of this vicinity has been injured one hundred dollars or more in the course of five months. We have for a considerable time endeavored to suppress such rudeness on moderate terms and if there cannot be measures taken according to law to detect such depredations we shall be forced to shoot them down where ever we find them. For the satisfaction of your Excellency we will make proof of this matter by the affidavit of some of the company and if we thought it necessary we could qualify the whole company to which we will add our names and certified by a Justice of the Peace that was in company Georgia Irwin County Personally appeared before me Jonathan Smith a Justice of the Peace for said county Samuel Story and after being sworn saith that on the eight day of this Inst. him and other went to order a party of Indians of and when they came in sight of them they began to hallow and to shoot and continued on till they fired something like thirty times and in all that time we never fired a gun Sworn to and signed before me this 9th December 1833
Samuel A. (his mark) Story Senior Jonathan Smith J. P. Georgia Irwin County
Personally appeared before me Jonathan Smith a Justice of the Peace for said county Seaborn Taylor and after being sworn saith that on the eight day of this Inst. him and others went to order a party of Indians of and when they came in sight of them they began to hallow and to shoot and continued on till they fired something like thirty times and in all that time we never fired a gun.
Sworn to and signed before me this 9th December 1833Seaborn x (his mark) Taylor Jonathan Smith, J. P. We believe this to be sufficient for the satisfaction of the mind of your Excellency and leave the matter with you whether we must be thus imposed on or whether you will defend our rights we have been intruded upon by these savage villains for some length of time but not in such an insulting manner as this which is too much to be borne with we will now record the names of the men that was thus insulted to wit
Joseph Sumner
Benj. Willis
Jerimiah Williss
Seaburn Land
Samuel Story Sr.
Samuel Nixon
Lott Whiddon
Jesse Hobie
John S. Jerkins
Samuel Story Jr
Richard Story Jr.
David Smith
Seaborn Taylor
Jonathan Smith
J. P. S. The way we came to know these Indians is from Chattahoochee Mr. Samuel Story and Jerkins met with one on the 4th Inst. and he told them he was from Chattahoochee and being asked how many there was out he said heap Indians hunting and said his name was Peter. Reverse side of letter Jonathan Smith Et All
Dec. 10, 1833
Indian Affairs  
Census1/1/1840 GA (Lee County) 65 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our Unknown Nixon.  page 27,line 1 -Samuel Nixon - 2 - Males (5 thru 9), 1 - Males (10 thru 14), 2 - Males (15 thru 19), 1 - Males (50 thru 59), 1 - Females (Under 5), 1- Females (5 thru 9), 2 - Females (40 thru 49). 

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AgeDateEvent
7 1782 The British evacuate Savannah on in July.
9 1784 Franklin and Washington Counties are formed.
10 1785 Burbon County formed.
11 1786 Greene County was created the same year Oglethorpe dies.
13 1788 Bourbon County Act rescinded.
14 1789 December 21 - Governor Telfair signs first Yazoo Act selling 20,000,000 acres of and for $207,000 or about one cent per acre to. The Yazoo Companies attempted to pay in worthless paper money and Georgia refuses to transfer the land. The Virginia Yazoo, headed by Patrick Henry, even had the unmitigated gall to attempt to pay in worthless Georgia paper money. The South Carolina Yazoo Company sues Georgia in the U.S. Supreme Court to compel delivery but the suit fails when Georgia is able to obtain ratification of the eleventh amendment to the U.S. Constitution on February 7, 1795.
15 1790 Alexander McGillivray, a mixed-blood of the Upper Creek Nation cedes the Altamaha lands to the Oconee. This treaty -- Treaty of New York -- is signed by President George Washington.
15 1790 Columbia and Elbert Counties are created.
18 1793 Hancock, Bryan, McIntosh, Montgomery, Oglethorpe and Warren Counties formed. This same year, the Fugitive Slave Act is passed.
19 1794 General Clarke surrenders ending the Oconee War.
20 1795 Governor Mathews signs the Second Yazoo Act selling somewhere between 35,000,000 and 50,000,000 acres of land for $500,000.
26 1801 Clarke and Tatnall Counties formed.
27 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become a border between,GA, FL and AL. GA's western border reaches to the Mississippi River.
28 1803 Between 1803 and 1811 a horse trail is established connecting Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, American outpost north of Mobile. This is expanded into a road and called The Federal Road by 1811.
32 1807 December 10 - Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Morgan, Putnam, and Telfair Counties formed.
33 1808 Pulaski County created.
34 1809 Twiggs County formed.
36 1811 Madison County created.
36 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
37 1812 Emanual County formed.
37 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
38 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave GA and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
42 1817 First Seminole war begins as Georgia backwoodsmen attack Indians just north of the Florida border. !817-1818. General Andrew Jackson invades the area.
44 1819 Rabun County formed.
45 1820 December 20 - Campbell and Randolph Counties formed.
46 1821 May 15 - Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Monroe and Newton Counties formed.
47 1822 December 9 - Bibb, Dekalb and Pike Counties formed.
48 1823 December 8 - Decatur County formed.
49 1824 December 15 - Upson and Ware Counties formed.
50 1825 Baker, Lowndes, Thomas, Butts and Taliaferro Counties formed.
51 1826 January 24 - Treaty of Washington abrogates Treaty of Indian Springs. The Creeks cede a smaller area and are allowed to remain on their lands until January 1, 1826.
52 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
55 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
56 1831 Sumter County is formed.
57 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
58 1833 Walker County is formed.
61 1836 Seminoles massacre Major Francis L. Dade and his 103 man command. This starts the second Seminole War. February - Battle of Hitchity. March 27 - Colonel J.W. Fannin and his Georgian's executed by order of Santa Ana at Goliad on Palm Sunday. July - Battle of Brushy Creek. July 3 - Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp. July 27 - Battle of Echowanochaway Creek.
62 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
63 1838 Chattooga County formed
72 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
75 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
AgeDateEvent
2 1777 The concept of chemical compounds is conceived by Lavoisier
8 1783 The hot air balloon is invented by Michel and Montgolfier and the first people in modern history fly at an altitude of 1800 m.
10 1785 The power loom was invented by Cartwright to produce cloth.
18 1793 The cotton gin was invented by Whitney.
24 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
25 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
32 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
39 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
55 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
64 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
69 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
AgeDateEvent
1 1776 NEWS HEADLINES: July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
25 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
36 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
37 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
53 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
59 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
AgeDateEvent
7 1782 During 1782-1783, land to the south and west of the Tugaloo and Savannah Rivers are ceded by the Cherokee and Creek.
8 1783 Charles Town is officially renamed Charleston, SC.
13 1788 South Carolina joins the United States of America. State government is moved from Charleston to Columbia two years later.
55 1830 South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union, setting the stage for the creation of the Confederacy.
AgeDateEvent
1 1776 July 4th, American Revolution War ends and the United States of America is officially created.
3 1778 Alliance between United States and France
12 1787 Constitution of the United States is signed
18 1793 Alexander McGillivray, the head of the Creek Indian Nation, dies. A restlessness begins to grow among the Indians in what is now Georgia, Alabama and Northern Florida as town chiefs via for the vacant leadership role.
19 1794 The United States establishes the Navy
23 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
28 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
29 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
30 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
31 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
36 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
45 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
55 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
60 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
62 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
65 1840 Oregon Trail is established
67 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
AgeDateEvent
4 1779 Spain declares war on England
5 1780 Josef II abolishes serfdom in Hungary; England declares war on Holland
8 1783 Peace established at Versailles between France, England, Spain and United States; Britain cedes all lands west to the Mississippi River
12 1787 Catherine the Great leads Russia into war with Turkey
13 1788 Russia begins war with Sweden
14 1789 French feudal system is abolished with the Declaration of Rights of Man. Outbreak of hostilities in France with the fall of the Bastille on July 14; Revolution in Austrian Netherlands declares independence as Belgium
17 1792 French Revolutionary Wars begin and the French royal family is imprisoned the following year
18 1793 Marie Antoinette is executed; Fugitive Slave Act passed; Roman Catholic faith is banned in France; France declares war on Britain and Holland.
20 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
21 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
22 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
58 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico


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Samuel Nixon
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1813 and died in an unknown location about 1880. He was about 67 years old.

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Robert W. Nixon
Born somewhere in Georgia about 1814 and died in Calhoun County, Florida about 1885. He was about 71 years old.

We do not know who his father was. His mother was Martha ________, she was born about 1772 in GA. She is living next door to Robert in the 1860 census.

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