|Birth: ||May 3, 1820|
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1895|
* Was the 12th Sheriff of McLean County, Illinois - elected to office in 1862. (Per Tony Cannon #46527423)
* Norval Dixon, farmer; P.O. holder; born in Clinton Co., Ohio, May 3, 1820; he was raised to farm labor, and worked upon the home farm until 22 years of age; when he engaged in boating, making trips from Ripley, Ohio, to New Orleans, taking down pork, flour, meal, potatoes, etc., the above way at that time being the only route to the sea coast, stopping at different points from Memphis down the river and disposing of the cargo to merchants and planters upon the way, the trip consuming from sixty to ninety days; after following the above business some three years, in connection with farming, he engaged in the merchandise trade at Ripley, some four years; after which he was Constable and collecting agent until 1853, and the following spring came to Illinois, arriving in Bloomington in April, 1854; he then followed clerking for Ward & Gallager eighteen months, when, on account of ill health, he withdrew, and in 1866, was appointed Deputy Sheriff under Sheriff Moore, and also engaged in the general collecting business, and in 1863, was elected Sheriff of McLean Co. In 1864, he was appointed Rental Agent in the Treasury Department, with headquarters at Memphis, where he remained until the close of the war. In 1863, he associated with L. Burr in the real estate, general collecting and abstract business, under the firm name of Dixon & Burr, continuing the same until the fall of 1865.
In the winter of 1867, he obtained from Springfield the charter for the Bloomington & Normal Horse Railroad; was elected President, and contracted to build the same. In the spring of 1870, he superintended the grading and building of the L., B. & M. Railroad from Bloomington to the State line, and the following year superintended the laying of the track of the same line, building the roundhouse at Bloomingtou, the different depots, water-tanks, etc.
In April 1874, he purchased his present place, upon which he then located, and where he has since lived; he owns 160 acres upon his home farm, with good farm buildings: he also owns land in different places in McLean Co., Iowa and Kansas.
He was Vice President of the People's Bank from its orgairization until his removal upon his farm.
He was married in 1849, to Mary Knickerbocker; she was born in Ohio, and died in 1859, leaving two children — Emma L., now Mrs. John K. Wood, of Bloomington, and Frank, living at home.
His marriage with Catherine Kline was celebrated in 1861; they have one child by this union — Charles, living at home.
(The History of McLean County, Illinois 1879)
Catharine Kline Dixon (1830 - 1910)
Mary Knickerbocker Dixon (____ - 1860)*
Emma L. Dixon Wood (1850 - 1907)*
Charles Dixon (1862 - 1897)*
Note: husband of Catharine
Created by: TRW
Record added: Aug 26, 2009
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