John Wesley Dixon, Sr

John Wesley Dixon, Sr

Preble County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 May 1864 (aged 22)
Warren County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 5005217 · View Source
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`Private in Co.I, 77th Regular Illinois Infantry.

John married Sarah Jane Starwalt, on February 26, 1862, in Knox County, Illinois. They had two children: George W., and John Wesley Dixon Jr.

John Wesley Dixon enlisted in the Union Army on December 23, 1863. The muster roll gives the following information: enlisted at Elmwood Ill. for 3 years his eyes are gray and hair dark. His complexion is listed as light and height is 5 ft. 11 inches. He was mustered in at Camp Butler and paid a bounty of $60.

John appears present on the January and February 1864 Company muster. The March and April 1864 shows him absent with the following remarks: "absent sick at New Orleans, La. since March 9, 1864. 2nd installment of Bounty-due $40. not-paid past muster." The May and June 1864 Company Muster has the following remarks: "Discharged for disability" from New Orleans, May 11th, 1864.

The certificate of disability for discharge states "I certify, that I have carefully examined the said JOHN W DIXON of Lt. Mathews Company and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of chronic diarrhea with disability 2/3." John died four days later, May 15, 1864, on board a steamboat near Vicksburg, Mississippi. John's body was returned to Illinois for burial.

He was my 2nd great-grandfather.
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The Bible shown in the photos to the right was given to me on June 8, 1995, by Art Dixon. Art is the son of William Lynn Dixon, who was the brother of my grandfather, George Ray Dixon. John Wesley Dixon would have been their grandfather and my great, great grandfather. On the inside page of the Bible, it is written J. W. Dixon, Co. "I" 77th Regular Illinois Infantry. John carried this Bible with him while serving in the Civil War.

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  • Created by: David G. Stuart
  • Added: 20 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5005217
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Wesley Dixon, Sr (14 Jul 1841–15 May 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5005217, citing Elmwood Township Cemetery, Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by David G. Stuart (contributor 2804148) .