Isaac Dixon and
Elizabeth Jane Banks

Isaac Dixon b abt 1831 Perry Co KY d 1903 AR; s/o Thomas Dixon and Susan Profitt. Isaac Dixon m. 20 Dec 1855 Letcher Co KY to Elizabeth Jane Banks b 31 Jan 1832 Letcher Co KY d 8 Feb 1871 Letcher Co KY; d/o William Henry Banks and Nancy Haney. Children of Isaac Dixon and Elizabeth Jane Banks;

1. William Banks Dixon b 13 Feb 1857 Letcher Co KY d 26 Nov 1931 St Paul, Madison Co AR; m. abt 1887 AR to Elizabeth Fraley b 1866 Washington Co AR d 26 Dec 1897 St Paul AR; buried Brashear Cemetery, Combs AR; d/o John Fraley and Nancy Jane Prater. William Banks Dixon m. (2) to Mildred Prater; d/o George W Prater and Alcy Pernetta Prater. William Banks Dixon m. 22 Feb 1925 Perry Co KY to (3) Susan Caudill Cornett b 29 Feb 1852 Letcher Co KY d 23 Nov 1941 Perry Co KY; buried Stiller Bill Caudill Cemetery, Lower Caudill Branch, Letcher Co KY; d/o William Stiller Bill Caudill and Nancy Dixon.

2. Nancy Dixon b 15 Jan 1860 KY d 4 Feb 1924 Perry Co KY.

3. John B Dixon b 7 Feb 1862 Letcher Co KY d 9 Feb 1947 Lincoln, Washington Co AR; m. Melissa Caudill; buried unmarked grave, Brashear Cemetery, Saint Paul, Madison Co AR; d/o Martha J Caudill. Child of John B Dixon and Melissa Caudill; i. Robert S Dixon b 1892 St Paul Madison Co AR d 1916 Claremore, Rogers Co OK in a mining accident; age 24; buried Brashear Cemetery, Combs AR.

John B Dixon m. abt 1897 to (2) Ocie J Jennings b 3 Aug 1880 AR d 3 Jan 1960 Little Rock AR; buried Lincoln Cememtery, Lincoln AR; buried Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, Washington Co AR; d/o Frank M Jennings and Lucy B Jennings. Children of John B Dixon and Ocie J Jennings; i. Mary Mae Dixon b 3 Mar 1900 d 19 Apr 1970 ii. Frank Dixon iii. John A. Dixon iv. Virginia Dean Dixon b 23 Mar 1919 d 16 Aug 1968 v. Dorothy Jean Dixon b 23 Mar 1919 d Apr 24 1919

4. Christopher Columbus Dixon b 12 Nov 1864 d 27 Jul 1904; m. Elizabeth Cornett b 5 May 1861 d 7 Sept 1941; d/o John Cornett and Catherine Combs.


Isaac Dixon was born in January 1831 in Letcher Co. and died about 1903 in Arkansas. He was the youngest child of Thomas Dixon and Susan Proffitt of Letcher Co. Isaac was first married to Elizabeth Jane Banks, daughter of William Banks and Nancy Haney on December 20, 1855 in Letcher Co.

Isaac enlisted in Company H of the Kentucky Mounted Rifles CSA on 9-29-1862 in Whitesburg, Ky. to serve in the Confederate Army. This regiment was raised by Col. Ben E. Caudill and was often referred to as "Caudill's Army." Due to the unusual yell that was screamed while riding into battle (a version of the Rebel yell), this unit was nicknamed the "Yahoos." In the spring of 1865 just three months before the end of the war, the regiment was reorganized and renamed the 13th Ky. Cavalry. Isaac began his military career training in the big bottoms that belonged to John A. Caudill, the father of Co. Ben Caudill. These lands were located along the north fork of the Kentucky River at the west end of Whitesburg. Isaac soon proved to be a very good soldier and was promoted to corporal on March 18, 1863. The regiment was placed under the command of Gen. Humphrey Marshall for the first two years of the war with other units from southeast Virginia and eastern Tennessee. Later, commanders of these units were Gen John Hunt Morgan and Gen John C. Breckinridge. Isaac participated in several local battles and skirmishes such as the Battle of Whitesburg, Leatherwood, and Wallins Creek. He also accompanied the regiment when they followed Gen. Morgan into Kentucky for his last raid, participating in battles at Mt. Sterling and Cynthiana. Isaac fought in the Battle of Saltville in October 1864. He was stationed at Greenville, Tn. when Gen. Morgan was murdered in the fall of 1864. Most of the soldiers of the 10th Ky. Mounted rifles (13th Ky. Cavalry) surrendered on 4-30-1865 at Mt. Sterling, Ky.

After the war ended, Isaac returned home to Letcher Co. to his wife, Elizabeth and his children. They lived in the Blackey area on Elk Creek. Elizabeth Banks Dixon was born 1-31-1832 and died 2-8-1871 in Letcher Co. She is buried in the old Dixon Cemetery at the mouth of Elk Creek beside Highway 7. Isaac and Elizabeth had four children: William Banks Dixon, Nancy Dixon, John C. B. Dixon and Christopher Columbus Dixon.

Isaac Dixon had a second marriage to Mary Whitaker Callihan Shepherd on 11-5-1881 in Letcher Co. Mary was a widow with two young sons when she married Isaac. She was the daughter of Isaac Whitaker and Nellie Adams. Mary's youngest son James Whitaker Shepherd was only 8 yrs old when they married and he took the Dixon name.

Around 1883-86, William and John Dixon went to settle in Madison Co. area of Arkansas. There were many families from Letcher and Eastern Ky. that went to settle in this area. Columbus married Elizabeth Cornett from Perry Co. and settled there. Isaac decided in 1902 to follow his older sons to Arkansas. Isaac's daughter, Nancy did not marry and was living with Columbus's family at Christopher in Perry Co. He granted his nephew, Henry C. Dixon, the power of attorney to sell his remaining property in Letcher on March 24, 1902. He must have left after that because on 8-9-1902, Henry used his power of attorney and sold the land to Jefferson Ison. I had contacted some of the Dixon family in Arkansas and they did not know anything about when or where Isaac died. Isaac and Mary are listed the 1900 Letcher Co. census living with the James W. Dixon family. The Sons of Confederate Veterans have placed a military headstone in the Brashears Cemetery in Combs, Arkansas for Isaac.

Mary Whitaker Dixon went to Arkansas with Isaac. Her son, James W. Dixon also came to Arkansas with his family. Mary was born cicra 1839 in Kentucky and died 8-30-1921 in Arkansas. According to Mary's great granddaughter, Mary remarried several times before she died in Arkansas. She was married to William McIntyre, John Gray and then to John Jones when she died. Mary and her son, James are buried in the Thorpe Cemetery at Fayetteville, Arkansas and say she is buried there.


William Banks Dixon was the son of Isaac Dixon and Elizabeth Banks. William settled in St. Paul, Ark. He was the postmaster of St. Paul from 9-16-1893 to 8-7-1897. He served again from 12-26-1913 to 6-17-1925. William was the owner of the City Hotel in St. Paul and was also a member of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Arkansas.

William was married 3 times. He was first married to Elizabeth Fraley, daughter of John Fraley and Nancy Jane Prater around 1887 in Arkansas. Elizabeth was born 1866 in Washington Co. Arkansas and died 12-26-1897 in St. Paul, Arkansas in Madison Co. Elizabeth and William are buried in the Brashear Cemetery at Combs, Arkansas. Elizabeth Fraley and William B. Dixon were the parents of John C. Dixon, T. Dixon, William B. Dixon, Jr. and Leathey E. Dixon.

After the death of Elizabeth Fraley, William B. Dixon had a 2nd marriage to Mildred Prater, daughter of George W. Prater and Alcy Pernetta Prater. Mildred Prater and William Dixon were the parents of Robert Dixon, Ola Mae Dixon, Maude Dixon, Clara Dixon and Verna Dixon.

In the year following the death of his second wife, William made a trip back to Kentucky to visit his family. While visiting his brother Columbus, William asked his first cousin, Susan Caudill Cornett to marry and live with him in Arkansas. Susan was the daughter of William ‘Stiller Bill' Caudill and Nancy Dixon. They were married 2-22-1925 in Perry Co. Susan went to Arkansas but returned a short time later to live with her daughter Mary Combs. Susan was born 2-29-1852 in Letcher Co. and died 11-23-1941 in Perry Co. She is buried in the ‘Stiller Bill' Caudill Cemetery near the mouth of Lower Caudill Branch in Letcher Co., Ky.


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