Biography of William Henry Dixon
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Dixon, William Henry, Madrid, was born near Yorkshire, England, July 1, 1824, and was six years old when his parents came to this country. His father, Robert, took up land on the Ogden tract in the town of Potsdam, where he reared a family of five children and spent the balance of his days. He died in October, 1854. The mother of our subject, Ann Allenby, also a native of England, died in April, 1858. The early life of our subject was spent in Potsdam. He was educated in the common schools and took up farming, which he followed with his father until after marriage when he bought a farm of 120 acres in Potsdam and lived on it until April 1, 1852, when he sold and bought a farm in Madrid, which he cultivated and increased, until at the time of his death. November 19, 1875, he owned 330 acres. He also owned village property in Madrid village. Mr. Dixon was always a Republican. He was many years a trustee of the school, and was a member of the Congregational church of Madrid, and a trustee for a number of years. He always lived a very quiet and retired life, and maintained a great influence among his townspeople, He married April 23, 1846, Mary L., daughter of Israel P. Haskell, one of the earliest settlers in Madrid. They have had eleven children, only three of whom are living: Julia A., wife of James Fox, a commercial traveler of Potsdam; M. Christene, who lives with her mother; Mabel Katherine, a student of Potsdam State Normal School. Mary Louisa Haskell Dixon was born and brought up in the town of Madrid, and was the daughter of Israel Putnam Haskell and Pollie Williams Haskell of Vermont, her parents being among the early settlers, and her father a descendant of Israel Putnam of Revolutionary fame, She received her education in the Madrid school and the district school in her father's neighborhood, and united with the Congregational church in Madrid village, May 28, 1841. She led a quiet life, loved by all who knew her, was the means of bringing a great many to Christ by the pure life she led, as she was a person who would not have an enemy, and was a thorough Christian lady. She married William H. Dixon April 23, 1846. She lived in the village of Madrid after her husband's death, until the time of her death, December 6, 1893, and was sixty four years old. The cause of her death was congestion of the lungs, or pneumonia, and she was sick four days. Below are the resolutions drawn up after her death by the Ladies' Aid Society of which she was a member:

As God in His providence has seen fit to remove by death from our midst one of our old and faithful members, Mrs. Dixon, we would offer our deepest sympathy to the afflicted friends, and assure them of our regret that so useful a life has been brought to its earthly close. Believing that a better world has opened to her its joys, we submit to this sad providence with chastened hearts, and would express our gratitude for the influence of her Christian life, which in its peace and serenity breathed forth the spirit of the Master. And since we mourn our lose-not as those without hope for the future-we can safely and trustfully commend her sorrowing daughters to the "God: of all comfort, who coxnforteth us in all our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them which are in trouble, by the comfort whereby we ourselves are comforted of God."

Our County and it's people
A memorial record of St. Lawrence County, New York
Edited by: Gates Curtis
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894

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