Description: Benjamin Franklin Nix was the youngest child born to John J. & Edith Freeman Adams Nix in Gordon County, Georgia. Both of his parents died before he was an adult, and it is assumed by his family, that was the reason for him petitioning the Georgia court of Ordianary on 01 Feb 1869, to have his "friend and relative" (also brother), William A. Nix, to be his "guardian appointed to take charge of his person and property," for a Bond and Security in the sum of $500.00Benjamin Franklin Nix married Mary Isabelle Wilson on 06 Nov 1872, in Gordon County, Georgia. They were married by Mary's Dad, Rev. Adison Wilson; her mother was Matilda Rachel McLin Wilson. Benjamin F. & Mary Isabelle Nix farmed in Georgia, and little else is known about them until they started having children. Their first daughter was Cornelia Alice Nix (22 Apr 1874), and she was born in Macon, Jones County, Georgia. They had 3 daughters after Alice: Minnie, Tulalia and/or Eulalia, & Myrtle, and we know they died of some disease, we think yellow fever, and all died while still in Georgia, between Nov. 1881 - Feb. 1882. A 5th daughter, Vertie, was born also in Macon, Jones County, Georgia, 29 Nov 1882. Some family members think the family moved at this time to Marysville, Cooke County, Texas, to be near family already living there. Even some records indicate the remainder of their children were born in Texas, and other are adamant that all of the siblings were born in Georgia. Had the 1890 Census records not burned, we might be able to find the answer, but as it is, we continue to search for all of their story. The next part we do know, but is still unfolding:Sadly, 3 of the oldest 4 children of Benjamin Franklin Nix and Mary Isabelle Wilson Nix, contracted the fever after 1878, and 3 daughters, Minnie Edithhee, Tulalia Matilda & Myrtle McLin, all died within 4 months of each other from Nov. 1881 to Feb. of 1882. Even years later, no one in the family ever talked much was their loss, and they looked forward as they moved from Georgia and on to Marysville, Cooke County, Texas, to finish raising their 5 remaining children they would have. It is now believed that the 3 Nix daughters that died in Georgia, were buried in a Baptist Church Cemetery, in make-shift graves, & with hand- made stone markers. We (two other family reserachers.. in OKC and GA & myself,) feel sure we have found them, and I will post a picture of what remains on the hand-carved stone slabs for grave markers, but for now will remain silent on the location of the church cemetery until it is confirmed, or at least recognized as a definite probability of their resting places. (See cemetery picture of these "possible" graves of the 3 Nix sisters from a Baptist Church Cemetery in Georgia attached to this Memorial page.) We also know that this Nix Family has relatives buried in this cemetery from both their paternal and maternal sides of the family; leading us to have more credibility that they would have laid them to rest in these make-shift graves..together, and near loved ones! Benjamin Franklin and Mary had 5 more children after the death of their 3 daughters: Vertie-1882; John "Finis"-1886; Eugenie-1888; Mamye-1890, and Vernon McLin-1892. Alice-1974, was the oldest, and eventually would marry in Georgia, and live there. Sadness and difficult circumstances continued for B.F. & Mary Nix. The family lived in Marysville in Cooke County, Texas, and was raising their remaining 5 children. Life would again soon test this devoted Christian Family, as their Mom, Mary Isbelle Wilson Nix, died in 1900, when Vernon was only 8 years old. She couldn't overcome Bronchitis/Pneumonia, and after several months of illness, succumbed to the complications. Their second-oldest sister, Vertie, was 16 years old when her Mom died, and with her still living at home, she assumed the responsibilites of "Mom" for the family, and helped her Dad raise the younger children. After 6 years, Vertie would have this incredible responsibility all alone; Dad, Benjamin Franklin, died, one day short of his 57th Birthday from complications with pneumonia. Benjamin Franklin Nix passed 6 years later in 1906, never revealing the location of the sisters' graves, or even talking much about the loss of their 3 little girls within 4 months span. The family continued on, never daunting in the faith in God. family and love of each other! They were truly among the "First Great Americans!" A few of us contined as rearchers of the family, especially my beloved Aunt, Guyetta Nix Cluck, who showed me the way to research, and we always kept finding them in the back of our mind and hearts as we researched. we continue to hunt for the missing pieces of the lives, love and tragedy that came upon this family, but never daunting their faith in God, family and love of each other! UPDATE:Yesterday, 28 Sept 2012, we found this was them, and thanks the the pictures and posting on Find A Grave by Henweigh of Florida, we know these are our lost sisters, siblings, aunts and great aunts, and we celebrated with thankfulness, joy and blessings! Read their story, lost for 140 years!Whispers of hope led the way....Linda Nix Winn BlackGreat Niece of Minnie, Tulalia and Myrtle "MC"