Jonathan Simpson “Simp” Dixon

Jonathan Simpson “Simp” Dixon

Birth
Missouri, USA
Death 4 Feb 1870 (aged 21)
Limestone County, Texas, USA
Burial Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 45551012 · View Source
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Father--John Hugh Dixon (Irish Jack)
Mother--Susannah Ricketts Johnson
Half Sister Elisabeth Dixon 1835 – 1910
Half Brother Samuel Dixon 1838 –
Half Sister Sarah J Dixon 1842 –
Half Brother John H. Dixon 1844 –
Half brother by marriage--Richard "Dick" Johnson
Brothers-Ennis, Robert Lee, William "Billy"
Sisters--Hester Anne, Susan, Lydia, Sallie

Formal name was Jonathon Simpson Dixon. Dixie was a nickname.
Simp was the last of the Dixon clan to be killed as a result of the Lee-Peacock Feud after the Civil War.
He was killed February 14, 1870 by Sgt. Adam Desch from a military detachment that had been summoned from Waco to confront Dixie and the group with him. This occurred close to Cotton Gin, a place that no longer exists. Rumor had it that he was hunting down Lewis Peacock who was hiding out in Johnson County (next door to Limestone County). Lewis Peacock was working at a lumber mill at that time.

According to local legend, Dixie sought after and killed a gang of three who were raping and robbing women. He was the only one brave enough and bad enough to do it. He hung two of the people from a tree and that tree had a rope hanging in it for the next thirty years. After his death, with no headstone on his grave, local women who considered him a hero for ridding the countryside of the gang, put forth the money and effort to provide him a headstone. Even a local teacher in the 1940's made mention in her sixth or seventh grade class in Groesbeck that they should raise a monument in his honor for his efforts.


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  • Created by: Rob Cook
  • Added: 16 Dec 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 45551012
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jonathan Simpson “Simp” Dixon (15 Nov 1848–4 Feb 1870), Find a Grave Memorial no. 45551012, citing Fort Parker Memorial Park, Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Rob Cook (contributor 47195446) .