DIXON

Family History

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Dixon : .The name Dixon/Dickson is a patronymic name, meaning "Dick's son" or "son of Dick".
Although the name was Scottish in it's origin, with the spelling of Dicson or Dickson (the most common usage in Scotland today), being a Borders counties name it also spread to the north and midlands of England to become a popular family name with the spelling of Dixon.

 

 

England

1855

Illinois

1855 - 1876

Montana

1876

 

Leicestershire, England

Melton Mowbray is located in the heart of the East Midlands in the county of Leicestershire.

 

 

Ann Maria Dixon ~1808 - 1842

Ann Maria Dixon
Birth:    England
Death:  November 1, 1842 in Melton-Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
 

Thomas Deeming
Birth:             1808 in England
Marriage #1: Ann Maria Dixon
Marriage #2: Catharine Hastings
Death:            March 21, 1880 or 81
Burial:            Mt. Vernon Evangelical Cemetery, Black Hawk County, Iowa

 

 

1853-54 Immigrated to America and settled in Lockport, Illinois in what was know as "the English Settlement"
Later Thomas bought a farm seven miles east of Lockport, Will County, Illinois

1850 At least three of Thomas' sons served in the Union forces during the Civil War.
1) John Deeming was a musician in the 19th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
2) George Pick Deeming enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Battery Light Artillery in 1861 at Debuque, Iowa
3) Thomas C. Deeming enlisted in the 39th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment; was wounded in Battle of Winchester

1860 After the Civil Was Thomas and his four youngest sons settled in Iowa

1880 US Federal Census - Mount Vernon, Black Hawk, Iowa - Thomas 71 Henry S. 30 Kate 26
 

 

 

Children:

  1. John Henry "Jack" Deeming
    Birth:            ~1833 in England
    Military:       US Civil War - Union 19th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment - Musician
                         
    Marriage:     Betsey Ann Anderson on August 12, 1857 in Lockport, Will, Illinois
                         Birth:   December 31, 1835 in Massena, Saint Lawrence, New Your
                         Father: Joseph ANDERSON b: ~1796 in Scotland
                         Mother: Jane MACKAY        b: 29 Oct 1797 in Kingarth, Isle of Bute, Scotland
                         Death: June 23, 1895 at age 60 in Lockport, Will, Illinois
    Children:      Clara                    ~1858
                         Charles                ~1851
                         Louise Ann           ~1864
                         Edwin                   ~1867
                         William John        ~1874
                         Catherine "Katie" ~1870  source for "The Branches of The Deeming Family" book
    Occupation: Building Contractor
    Death:          March 13, 1912 at age 81 in Lockport, Will, Illinois
     

  2. William Deeming        
    Birth:         March 7, 1834 in England
    Marriage:  Ellen Ford on November 28, 1858
                       Birth:      September 9, 1838 in Wyandot County, Ohio
                       Parents:  David 1807 and Catharine (Van Gundy) 1812-1879 Ford
                                       natives of Ross County, Ohio
                       Death:     March 6, 1922
                       Burial:     Mount Vernon Cemetery
    Children:   Nancy A.          born 1859
                      Josiah              born 1862
                      William Henry born April 2, 1867; death Dec 10, 1826 & married Ethzelda
                      Louisa              born June 7, 1869
                      Katie M.           born January 23, 1873
                      Nellie J.            born April 8, 1877
    Death:        May 16, 1905
    Burial:        Mt. Vernon Evangelical Cemetery, Black Hawk County, Iowa
                      

    Note:          Historical Record of Black Hawk County, Iowa
                       Waterloo Daily Courier (Waterloo, Iowa) September 9, 1949 - Deeming Family Reunion
     

  3. George Pick Deeming
    Birth:          August 8, 1836 in Melton-Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
    Military:
         US Civil War - Union 3rd Iowa Battery Light Artillery in 1861 at Dubuque, Iowa
                       Battles include Sugar Creek AR, Pea Ridge and Helena, AR.
                       Re-enlisted 1864. Served until 24 Oct 1869.
    Marriage:   Margaret Ellen Noll on April 4, 1864
                       Birth:     May 16, 1841 at Jackson County, Ohio
                       Parents: Isaac and Jane (Snodgrass) Noll
                       Death:    February 15, 1915
                       Burial:    Evergreen Cemetery (Plot Bk R Log 6) - Anita, Cass County, Iowa
    Children:    Freeman     born October 27, 1872
                       Isabella B.  born October 15, 1874
                       Guido H.     born August 20, 1876
                       Georgia M. born May 30, 1879
                       Jesse          born July 21, 1882
                       Anna           born August 31, 1868 & died March 13, 1869,
                       + two that died in early infancy
    Faith:         United Brethren church
    Death:        February 11, 1923
    Burial:        Evergreen Cemetery (Plot Bk R Log 6) - Anita, Cass County, Iowa
                      
                      ?????????????????????????
                      Laura May Deeming
                           born ~1880
                           died July 14, 1931
                           burial Evergreen Cemetery

    Note:          Historical Record of Black Hawk County, Iowa
                       Cedar Falls Gazette (Cedar Falls, Iowa) July 18, 1879 - Daughter 14 pounds at birth
                       Iowa Recorder (Greene, Iowa) Oct 12, 1910 - Mr. and Mrs. George Deeming                           
     

  4. James Deeming    died when very young in England
     

  5. Thomas C. Deeming
    Birth:        ~1840 in England per 1880 US Census
    Military:    US Civil War - Union 39th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment -
                      wounded in Battle of Winchester
    Marriage:  Mary Ann Bentley on March 2, 1870 in Will County, Illinois
                         Birth:    March 12, 1848 in Illinois
                         Death:  May 5, 1930
                         Burial:  Mount Vernon Cemetery
    Death:       > 1880 - per 1880 Census
                     
    Children:    Martha born ~1871 in Iowa
                      Ruth      born ~1874 in Iowa
    1880 US Federal Census - Mount Vernon, Black Hawk, Iowa - Thomas 40 Mary 32 Martha 9 Ruth 6
     

  6. Josiah Deeming    died when very young in England

 

Catharine Hastings
Birth:       England
Death:     ~1853 of cholera in Lockport, the year before Ann and James immigrated
Children: Catharine was a widow with several children:
                1) Tom Hastings son stayed in England

 

Children:

  1. Henry Simpson Deeming
    Birth:         October 29, 1849 in Melton-Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
    Married:    Alice Kate Bentley
                      Birth:   1854 on Illinois and parents born in England
                      Death: 1935
                      Burial:  Mount Vernon Cemetery
    Children:   1) Lucy   2) ??Asa
    Death:       1926
    Burial:        Mount Vernon Cemetery
                     
    1880 US Federal Census - Mount Vernon, Black Hawk, Iowa - Thomas 71 Henry S. 30 Kate 26
     

  2. Lucy Deeming died as an infant after coming to America

 

 

 

others buried at Mount Vernon Cemetery

Charles T. Deeming born ?; death December 9, 1889
Ralph Deeming        born ?; death June 13, 1896

Ruth A. Deeming      born December 9, 1873; death September 27, 1942


 

 

 

George Dixon

George Dixon - brother of Anna Maria Dixon, Thomas Deeming's first wife
Birth:      ~1808 in England
Death:    February 28, 1878 at age of 71 years
Burial:    Lockport City Cemetery with wife Ann
 

Ann Deeming
Birth:      ~1807 in England
Death:    November 13, 1871 at age of 64 years
Burial:    Lockport City Cemetery

The headstone reads:
George Died Feb 28, 1878, Aged 71 yrs Ann his wife, died Nov 13 1871, Aged 64 yrs "Meet us in Heaven"

1860 United States Census - Lockport, Will, Illinois : George 52 (mason) Ann age 53 George P. 23 (painter)
1870 United States Census - Lockport, Will, Illinois : George age 63 & Ann age 62
 

Children

  1. George Pick Dixon
    Birth:        May 18, 1836 in Melton-Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
    Marriage: Ellen Bedford
                     Birth:   July 24, 1844 in Leicestershire, England
                     Death:  1927 at age of 83
                     moved to near Walla Walla, Washington
    Children:  Mary - Minnie - Florence - Albert - Arthur
    Death:      September 1907 at Waitsburg, Washington (north of Walla Walla)
    1860 United States Census - Lockport, Will, Illinois : George P. age 23 - Occupation: painter

2/23/2009 :
My husband is a descendent of George Dixon and Ann Deeming. Do you have any other information/photos, etc. on this side of the family. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
I would gladly exchange any information that I have.
-- Catherine Preston

3/1/2009 :
Here is George Pick Dixon and his family as far as I have.
I've also attached two pictures of Minne Ellen Dixon Woods.
--  Terry and Cathy Preston

Side note here:
          Was Minnie Ellen Dixon in Montana near any of the family from England ?
           Is that why they moved to Montana?

Yes - There still are Dixons living in and around Virginia City, Montana today.
I haven't found the exact connection yet but according to family there is one.
         -- Jay Funk

 

3/6/2009 :
I have just been in touch with the ggggrandaughter of Albert Dixon. He and Arthur were twins but would often fool around with their birthdays and often (since they were identical twins - switch places.)

George Pick Dixon b. 1836 Melton Mowbray, England d. 26 Sept 1907 in Washington and is buried at the Waitsburg City Cemetery, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Washington. He married Ellen Bedford Morley (we have Morley as the last name - this may be wrong as I don’t have any documentation for it. Bedford is correct because it is on the tombstone).He married Ellen Bedford (maybe Morley on 13 Feb 1869. She was b. 24 Jul 1845 Appleby, England d. 8 Nov 1927 in Washington (These dates and places are on her tombstone). She is also buried in the Waitsburg City Cemetery in Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Washington. Their children were:

  1. Florence Dixon (married Goodman and then Russell no other information)

  2. Mary A Dixon
    b. 1871

  3. Minnie Ellen Dixon (my husband’s ancestor)

             Minnie           Minnie, Dorothy & Margorie
    Birth:        Sep 11 1872 in Lockport, Will, Illinois
    Death:      Oct 22 1956 in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon
    Burial:      Waitsburg City Cemetery, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Washington
                     
    Married: Walter Joel Woods
                    b. 7 Jun 1873 in Benson, Ironsburg twn, Minnesota
                    d. 23 Sept 1931 in Wisall, Park County, Montana
                    Burial: Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Washington.
     

  4. Albert George Dixon (twin)
    Birth:        July 21,1875 in Lockport, Will, Illinois
    Marriage: Leah Cleora Kockenderfer in 1905
                           born June 7, 1878 in Crawford, Ohio
                           died April 25, 1945 in Waitsburg, Walla Walla, WA
    Death:      January 2, 1955
     

  5. Arthur F. Dixon (twin)
    Birth:        July 21,1875 in Lockport, Will, Illinois
    Marriage: Inez Augusta Bateman
                           born ~1880
                           died 1927 in Waitsburg, Walla Walla, WA
               #2) Millie Ogden
    Death:      1937 in Waitsburg, Walla Walla, WA
    Burial:      Waitsburg City Cemetery, Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Washington
                     
                      Waitsburg, Walla Walla, Washington @ Wikipedia

  1. Elizabeth Lucy Dixon
    Birth:        September 1, 1839 in Melton-Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
    Marriage: Leander Bump (1809-1880) April 13, 1859
    Children:  Walter - George - Florence (1863-1876) - Lydia 
    Death:       May 2, 1914 at the age of 75
    Burial:       Brooks Cemetery, Gooding Grove, Will County, Illinois

     

  2. Anna M Dixon
    Birth:        August 2, 1841 in Melton-Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
    Marriage: William J. Bentley on February 28, 1867
                      Birth:      March 28, 1843
                      Death:    October 11, 1935
                      Military:  US Civil War - Company F. 100th Illinois Infantry
    Residence: Lockport
    Children:   adopted daughter Beulah
    Death:       March 25, 1907

1855 Immigrated to America on the sailing vessel named the Daniel Webster
George and Ann bought land a mile south of Lockport on the Lockport and Joliet road
and opened a stone quarry.  In England he had been "an extra fine stone cutter and dresser".
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 26, 1863, Barney Hughes, Thomas Cover, Henry Rodgers, William Fairweather, Henry Edgar and Bill Sweeney camped along a small stream fringed with alder trees. Fairweather and Edgar went to prospect a place of rimrock. Fairweather dug the dirt, filled a pan and told Edgar to wash the pan in the hope of getting enough gold to buy tobacco. When the first pan turned up $2.40, they knew the gulch had great potential.

 

Word spread like wildfire. Miners covered the hillsides with tents, brush shelters and crude log cabins. On June 16, the Varina Town Company platted the town. Some, supporters of Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy, intended to name the new town after Jefferson Davis' wife, Varina. But the newly elected miners' court judge, Dr. G. G. Bissell, was an equally stubborn Unionist. When it came time to file the official documents, he submitted the name Virginia instead.

 

 

Thomas Dixon 1875 -

Thomas Dixon
Birth:   
         September 17, 1875 (per 1917 WWI Draft Registration)
Death:          
Burial:          
1918 World War I Draft Registration - Alder, Madison, Montana
 

 

John F. Dixon 1886 - 1969

John F. "Pop" Dixon
Birth:   
         December 17, 1886 in Unionville, Missouri (per 1917 WWI Draft Registration)
Father:          born in Missouri
Mother:         born in Missouri
Death:           1969
Burial:           Virginia City Cemetery

Research:
John Fountain Dixon born December 1886 to Samuel Rufus Dixon 1865-1961 & Molley O. Kuntz 1867-1890
John F. Dixon born December 1886 to Samuel K Dixon & Lydia E Dixon :: 1900 US Census - Richland, Putnam, Missouri

 

 

Mary Ellen Pote
Birth:             1895 in Montana
Death:           January 10, 1966 in Madison County, Montana at age 70
Burial:           Virginia City Cemetery
                      Ellen M. listed on her tombstone but Mary Ellen is on birth and death certificates


1917 World War I Draft Registration - Virginia City, Madison, Montana
1920 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : John 33 (garage machinist) - Ellen 24
1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : John 45 (teamster general hauling) - Ellen 34
1940 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : John 53 (miner) Mary E. 44
          + Earnest 23 Clarence 21 Carl 26 ...

 

Children:

  1. Carl W
    Birth:             1914 in Montana
    Marriage:      Florence Cox
    Death:
               March 31, 1974 in Gallatin County, Montana
    1920 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Carl age 6
    1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Carl age 16
    1940 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Carl 26 (miner)
             + Florence 21 Norman 5 William 4 Virgil 1
     

  2. Earnest S. "Mutt"
    Birth:             September 25, 1916  
    Marriage:
          Doll Cox
    Death:
               February 28, 1968 at Lewis & Clark County, Montana
    Burial:
               Virginia City Cemetery
    1920 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Earnest age 3 3/12
    1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Earnest age 13
    1940 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Earnest age 23 - miner
     

  3. Clarence E
    Birth:           1914 in Montana      
    Death:         March 31, 1974 in Gallatin County, Montana
    1920 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Clarence age 1 4/12
    1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Clarence age 11
    1940 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Clarence age 21 - garage attendant
     

  4. Edith May
    1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Edith age 9
    Marriage: Bigelow Delgrosso
    Children:   Gladys June Bigelow Hansen
    Grand-Children: Susan Dianne Hansen

 

 

Carl W. Dixon 1914 - 1974

Carl W. Dixon
Birth:   
        1914 in Montana
Parents:        John F. "Pop" & Ellen Mary Dixon
Marriage:     Florence Cox
Death:          March 31, 1974 in Gallatin County, Montana
1920 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Carl age 6
1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Carl age 16
 

Florence Cox
Birth:            ~1919
Death:


1940 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Carl 26 (miner) Florence 21
         + Norman 5 William 4 Virgil 1
 

Children:

  1. Norman
    Birth:             ~1935
     

  2. W.R. Bill Dixon
    Birth:   
             January 1936
    Death:           February 2003
    Burial:           Virginia City Cemetery

     

  3. Virgil
    Birth:             ~1939

 

 

Ernest S. Dixon 1916 - 1968

Ernest S. "Mutt" Dixon
Birth:             September 25, 1916  
Parents:
        John F. "Pop" & Ellen Mary Dixon
Millitary:      Enlisted in the Marines in 1941 and served in World War II in both Europe and the South Pacific
Marriage:     Doll Cox
Death:
           February 28, 1968 at Lewis & Clark County, Montana
Burial:
           Virginia City Cemetery
                     
                  "Dixon, Ernest S. “Mutt”, b. 25 Sep 1916, d. 28 Feb 1968, MT Sgt US Marine Corps WWII"
1920 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Earnest age 3 3/12
1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Earnest age 13
 

Elizabeth "Doll" Cox
Birth:             January 25, 1920
Parents:       
Marriage: #1 Ernest S. "Mutt" Dixon
Marriage: #2 Harold "Tuffy" Burgstrom
Death:           February 26, 1996
Burial:           Virginia City Cemetery, Montana
                     
                     "Burgstrom, Elizabeth C. D., b. 25 Jan 1920, d. 26 Feb 1996, “Gramma Doll”"
 

Montana Standard, Butte, Wednesday Morning, October 29, 1941 - Harold Burgstrom
"Four Enlisted in U.S. Marines - Harld C. Burgstrom & Ernest S. Dixon"
 

The Cast (Tuffy and Mutt) by Steve Hulse

Those Wild Montana Bars  by Steve Hulse

 

 

Clarence E. Dixon 1918 - 1950

Clarence E. Dixon    (brother of Mutt Dixon)
Birth:   
         August 17, 1918
Parents:        John F. "Pop" & Ellen Mary Dixon
Marriage:      Lucille M. Burgstrom on November 8, 1947
Death:           September 20, 1950
Burial:           Virginia City Cemetery
                      
                      "Dixon, Clarence E., b. 17 Aug 1918, d. 20 Sep 1950, MT TEC5 WWII 99 CML Mortar Bn, BSM"
                       Montana Standard, Butte,  October 1, 1950 "Clarence E. Dixon Rites Conducted

1920 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Clarence age 1 4/12
1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Clarence age 11
1942 : Clarence enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe in World War II
1950 : Clarence worked as a butcher after returning from service in WWII

 

Lucille M. Burgstrom
Birth:
           May 2, 1906 in Virginia City Montana
Married #1:  April 19, 1926 in Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana
Spouse #1:    James Lonzo Booth b: 2 MAY 1906 in Elliott County, Kentucky
Children:      Theresa Booth
Married #2:  Clarence E. Dixon  
Death:           October 30, 2000 in Butte, Montana
Burial:           Virginia City Cemetery
                      
                      "Dixon, Lucille M., b. 1906, d. 2000"


Lucille's House in Virginia City Montana

 

 

Edith Dixon ~1921 -

 

Edith Dixon
           Birth:     
     ~1921     in Montana
           Parents:        John F. "Pop" & Ellen Mary Dixon
           Death:           
           1930 United States Federal Census - Union, Madison, Montana : Edith age 9
 

 

 

Correspondence

 

From: Pat Mitchell Hayek
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2011 9:59 PM
Subject: I found you on the internet, I'm a Dixon descendent, too.

 

Hi
I was raised in Lockport IL, and my great great grandmother was Elizabeth Lucy Dixon who married Leander Bump.

I currently live in Lemont, IL, and am very interested in genealogy.

My aunt has lots of stories to tell, she is 81 years old, right now is in a rehab center recovering from a fractured pelvis.

do you live anywhere close by? I'd love to exchange information with you.

My aunt has old family photos. she has a portrait of Elizabeth Lucy Dixon with her granddaughter, Lucy Jungles, who was my grandmother.

Please contact me.

Patricia (Pat) Mitchell Hayek

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http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/blackhawk/hb1886/hb1886-d.htm

George Deeming, one of the representative farmers of Mount Vernon Township, owns 120 acres on the northeast quarter of section 27. His improvements are among the best in the township. His farm is all well fenced; his residence and farm buildings are large and comfortable and in good repair. He is a public-spirited citizen, and has assisted materially in advancing the interests of his town and county. Mr. Deeming was born in Melton-Mowbray, Leicestershire, England, August 8, 1836, and was fourteen years old when his father came to the United States. He lived in Lockport, Illinois, till 1857, when he went to Nebraska and lived a few miles from Sioux City a few months. In 1858 he came to Black Hawk County, Iowa, and worked by the month till the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion, when, August 1861, he enlisted in the Third Iowa Battery. They went into camp at Dubuque, and from there were sent to Benton Barracks, St. Louis. Their first battle was at Sugar Creek, Arkansas. Subsequently they participated in the battles of Pea Ridge and Helena. At the battle of Pea Ridge the battery lost twenty-three horses and three guns, and eighteen men were wounded and three killed. He re-enlisted in 1864 and served till the close of the war; was mustered out October 24, 1869. He then returned to Black Hawk County, and located on the farm where he now lives, which he had bought while in the service. The land was wholly unimproved and it is due entirely to his industry and energy that he is now the owner of one of the best farms in Mount Vernon Township. Mr. Deeming married April 4, 1864, to Margaret E. Noll, a native of Jackson County, Ohio, born May 16, 1841, the youngest of ten children of Isaac and Jane (Snodgrass) Noll. Mr. and Mrs. Deeming have had eight children five of whom as living – Freeman, born October 27, 1872; Isabella B., born October 15, 1874; Guido H., born August 20, 1876; Georgia M., born May 30, 1879; Jesse, born July 21, 1882; Anna, born August 31, 1868, died March 13, 1869, and two died in early infancy. In politics Mr. Deeming is a Republican. In religion he adheres to the faith of the United Brethren church. He has served his township as school director and road commissioner, and in all the duties imposed on him as been an efficient and reliable public servant. Mrs. Deeming's father was born in Ohio, August 2, 1805, and her mother in Virginia April 25, 1805. About 1844 they moved to Fulton County, Illinois, and eight years later to Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, where they lived eleven years. In 1863 they moved to Black hawk County, and settled in East Waterloo Township, where the mother died October 27, 1868, and the father March 1, 1873. Mr. Noll enlisted in the war of the Rebellion, in Company G, Thirty-seventh Iowa Infantry, in what was called the “Gray Beard Regiment,” and served two years, when he was discharged on account of disability, the result of an injury received by a fall at Rock Island.

 

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~iabiog/blackhawk/hb1886/hb1886-d.htm

William Deeming has a fine farm of 280 acres in Mount Vernon Township, 200 acres being on section 27 and eighty acres on section 28. He has a fine, large frame residence and his farm buildings are commodious and comfortable. He is one of the representative farmers of the township, a public-spirited, enterprising citizen and a good neighbor. He came to Black Hawk County from five miles east of Lockport, Will County, Illinois, in the spring of 1854, and worked for one Walter Hitchcock, to whom he had hired in Will County for $10 a month. He subsequently worked by the day and month till he had earned enough to buy forty acres of Government land, on the river, part of which was timber and part prairie land. He afterward bought eighty acres of prairie land and two years later sold it all at an advance on the purchase price and bought forty acres in Mount Vernon Township. This he afterward sold and went to Sioux City, spending three months looking for a location, more satisfactory, but finally returned to Black Hawk County, and bought eighty acres of his present farm of Dyer Williams. In 1866 he sold this and went to Adair County, Missouri, and bought 240 acres of land, on which he lived four months. At that time there were two political parties in Missouri and each had a secret society. Representatives from these parties visited him and told him he must join one or the other of them. This he declined to do, saying that he preferred returning to Iowa. An aunt of Mrs. Deeming lived at Kirksville, and they went there to buy their household furniture, but the aunt advising them not to stay there as they "did not know what hung over their heads", they only bought a cook stove, which they sold for one-half its cost and returned to Iowa, exchanging their 240 acres for the eighty acres they had left in Mount Vernon Township. Mr. Deeming made the first improvements on his land, and built the first house, a small frame, in which he lived till he built his present residence. He has been successful, due to his energy and good management. Mr. Deeming was born in Meltonmowbray, Leicestershire, England, March 7, 1834, a son of Thomas and Ann Maria (Dixon) Deeming. His mother died in England, November 1, 1842, aged thirty-three years, and his father in this township, March 21, 1880, aged seventy-two years. His father married a second time and his wife died in Lockport, Illinois. He accompanied his father to the United States when he was fifteen years old, and lived in Lockport till coming to Iowa. He was married November 28, 1858, to Ellen Ford, a native of Wyandotte County, Ohio, born September 9, 1838, a daughter of David and Catharine (Van Gundy) Ford. Her parents were natives of Ross County, Ohio, her father born in 1807 and her mother in 1812. About 1853 they moved to Black Hawk County, Iowa, and settled in Washington Township. Here her mother died February 21, 1879, and her father still lives. Mr. and Mrs. Deeming have six children--Nancy A., born September 16, 1859, was married February 3, 1880, to George Knapp, of Waterloo Township; Josiah, born December 29, 1862; William Henry, born April 2, 1867; Louisa, born June 7, 1869; Katie M., born January 23, 1873; Nellie J., born April 8, 1877. In politics Mr. Deeming was formerly a Republican, but now affiliates with the Democratic party. He has served his township as road supervisor and trustee.