Family:Jennings Nix and Temperance Ellison (1)

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Marriage? 17 Nov 1856 Blount County, Alabama

1856 Nov 17 Blount County, Alabama Book D, pg._______Jennings Nix to Tempy Ellison.

1860 Blount County Alabama cencsus, pg. 44 #300-299, Jennins Nix 57 Ga; Temperance 42 SC, James H. 2; William Ellison, 22 SC, Thomas J, 19 SC,; John 17 SC; David 14, SC; Mary E. 12 SC; Frances 10, SC; Martha 8, SC; Berry 6 SC.

Full Context of Alabama Marriages, 1800-1920 Viewing records 9758-9758 of 149224 Matches ��<< Previous 10 |�Next 10>> Spouse 1: Jennings Nix Spouse 2: Tempy Ellison Marriage Date: 17 Nov 1856 Marriage Place: Blount Surety/Bond Date: � Performed By: Justice of Peace Surety/Perf. Name: Henry Green OSPage: � Comment: �

Early Blount County Marriages (1820 - 1892)

Background: Not long after Blount County became organized in 1818, area marriages began to be recorded by the newly formed governing authority in Blountsville. Blount County is fortunate because, unlike some county courthouses across the state, Blountsville and later Oneonta never experienced a catastrophic fire which burned most of their records. While the Blount County courthouse has never had a fire, some of the marriage records are missing. One of the marriage books was "borrowed" from the court house and never returned. This book covered the time period between 1845 and 1852. From most accounts the book was taken sometime during the 1930s. The whereabouts of that book remains one of Blount County's great genealogical mysteries.

Other researchers should be mentioned by way of thanks in making this information available. They include Blount County Historian and Records Clerk Warren Weaver, as well as Lottie Painter Hudson and Carolina Nigg for their countless hours work in reviewing and compiling the original data from the marriage books.

The researcher should keep in mind in many cases the names are spelled phonetically. Be sure and check all possible spelling variations to locate your ancestor.

The arrangement convention adopted here is a name followed by a semicolon, another name and semicolon, and then the date the two were married. The date given is usually the date the marriage occurred. Most of the time, marriage bonds and licenses were obtained and dated a few days before the actual marriage was solemnized. It was the responsibility of person performing the ceremony to report to the Probate Judge's office the date the ceremony occurred. In a few cases, when for one reason or another the date of the marriage ceremony was not recorded, the date offered here is the date the bond was signed, or the date the license was obtained from the Probate Judge's office. Each name occurs twice in the index; the groom is listed first in one, and another entry is offered with the bride's name listed first. That way the index can be used to locate either grooms or their brides.

Other genealogical information, not recorded here, can be obtained from looking at the actual document. The earliest Blount County marriage licenses were actually marriage bonds entered into by the groom and co-signed by another person. Often, the groom signed the marriage bond with a good friend, such as today's equivalent of a "best man," or else a relative such as his father, his brother, his brother-in-law, or even his future father-in-law. Additionally, some marriage ceremonies were performed by a Justice of the Peace (JP) or a Minister of the Gospel (MG) who also just happened to be a close family member. The researcher can use this list to prepare and save time on his next personal visit to the courthouse to review those particulars. Because of possibility of mistakes in the long journey this data made from original marriage book to digital form, the actual document should be considered the ultimate authority. Use this index as a reference. (Book and page number from the original marriage books are not presented here).

For a fee, the court house archives can print a copy of the marriage bond or license from their records. I'm not sure what the going rate is for copies, but you can write the court house at:

Warren Weaver Blount County Records Clerk and Archivist P.O. Box 45 Oneonta, Alabama 35121


Blount County, Alabama Marriages 1820 - 1892 (Blue type indicates African American)

Nix, Horatio; Boone, Lucinda; 10 Jun 1861

Nix, James H.; Stephens, Jane A.; Jan 22 1880

Nix, Jennings; Ellison, Temperance; 20 Nov 1857

Nix, John D.K.; Thompson, Lucy T.; Dec 25 1879

Nix, Letty M.; Bynum, Andrew J.; 15 Nov 1866

Nix, Mary A.; Hopper, Janes; 24 Feb 1867

Nix, Miles J.; Freeman, Sarah E.; Feb 9 1882

Nix, Thomas; Hopper, Dicey E.; 3 Jan 1867

 Search > Census > U.S. Census > 1880 United States Federal Census > Alabama > Blount > Other Townships > District�3, Image 14 0f 15 at <>.

Resdience 72, Family 72, Nix, J.H. W, M, 22,

    , J. A. W, F, 17, 

Residence 73, Family 73 Ellison, W. L., W, M, 41

        , A., ?, F, 34, wife, 

I nne a better quality copy to read, but the rest of the family is listed.

Residence 95, Family 95 Nix, J. W, M, 74,

    , T. W, F, 62, wife, this is Jennings and Temperance

Residence 96, Family 96 Nix, J. F. W, M, 20, This must be John Kelley and Lucy Tingley Thompson. The ages match, and initials almost, but the census is very poor quality.

    , L.?Y.?, W, F, 16, Wife

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