Family:Tyre Nix and Lettice Holden (1)

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Marriage? 1848 Pickens County, South Carolina
27 May 1852 South Carolina

1860 Blount County Alabama census, pg 41 3280-179 Tyra (sp Tyre) Nix 35 SC; Lettie (sp Lettice) 30 SC; Thomas B. 11 SC; John 8 SC; F.A. (f) 4; Gerly (m) 1.

1870 Etowah County, Alabama census pg 243, #79, Letty  Nix 45 SC;   John 17 SC; Adaline 15 Al; Gurley 12 Al; Texas A.D., 6 Al.

Letty Nix formerly Letty Holden who married Tyre Nix & resides in Alabama, Elizabeth Ann Nix Formerly Elizabeth Ann Holden who married Daniel Nix & resides in Alabama,


The only other family member of Paw Nix that we have been able to learn about was his sister Adeline.

Francis Adeline Nix was born September 26, 1855 in Etowah County, Alabama. She was the third child of Tyree and Letty NIx. Adeline married William S. Thomas, a preacher and they became tahe parents of 8 children, one girl and seven boys. In 1899 Rev. William died leaving Adeline with three boys to raise. On December 7, 1905 Adaline married Thomas J. Moarrow (commonly called Uncle Tom), he was somewhat peculiar and was strict on Adeline's boys. Before Uncle Tom died in 1919 he ask Will, one of Adelines boys , to promise to always take care of his mother and Uncle Tom would leave all he had to Will. Will always kept his promise and Adeline lived with him and his family until her death on January 8, 1926. She is buried in the Livingston Chapel Cemetery in Cullman, Alabama.

I have been told that Adeline was a very small frame lady with long silky black hair that touched the floor when she was sitting in a straight chair and her eyes were blue.

Aunt Lena visited with Adeline's youngest son, Eldridge, about 12 years ago and met some of his family. Since that time she has met and corresponded with other descendanats of Adeline's and we have had some of her family attend our reunions. They have come from Indiana, Alabama and Ohio.

The above material was copied from a letter received on 15 July, 2002 from Gail Tyler 3719 Beech Springs Road Quirman, LA 7126 <>

Handwritten note attached; Dear Dalton; Sorry I am so late getting this info to you. Between kids + work I have been really hopping this last month. Hope the enclosed info gives a little insight on Gurley (Pa Nix to us). If you have any questions please feel free to coantact me. We try to hold our annual Nix reunion in Sept. When I get info on thiis I will forward it to you. Regards Gail Tyler gr-grandaughter of Gurley Nix.

1866 Blount County, Alabama State Census

This list represents a new transcription of the microfilmed originals which are located in the Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama. The new transcription was prepared by Robin Sterling, during the month of April 2002. In some cases, a surname in the original document was spelled phonetically. For those names, a subjective interpretation was made of census taker's intent. As such, the original document is the ultimate authority. Additionally, when a name was not obvious, the author's best guess is indicated by brackets [ ]. Some households were apparently counted twice; this became apparent after the file was alphabetized. Duplicate entries were left in the file. Please notify me if you detect any errors.

The 1866 Blount County Alabama State Census was taken by H.A. Gillespie.

The layout of the 1866 Alabama State Census contains 10 columns for males, and 10 columns for females, plus some total columns. Additionally, six columns to the far right describe soldiers killed, soldiers died of sickness, soldiers disabled, insane, epileptics, and idiots. Specifically, the columns are:

In Blue Males: Column 1: Males under 10 years Column 2: Males 10 to 20 Column 3: Males 20 to 30 Column 4: Males 30 to 40 Column 5: Males 40 to 50 Column 6: Males 50 to 60 Column 7: Males 60 to 70 Column 8: Males 70 to 80 Column 9: Males 80 to 90 Column 10: Males 90 to 100

In Red Females: Column 11: Females under 10 years Column 12: Females 10 to 20 Column 13: Females 20 to 30 Column 14: Females 30 to 40 Column 15: Females 40 to 50 Column 16: Females 50 to 60 Column 17: Females 60 to 70 Column 18: Females 70 to 80 Column 19: Females 80 to 90 Column 20: Females 90 to 100

Column 21: Soldiers Killed Column 22: Soldiers Died of Sickness Column 23: Soldiers Disabled Column 24: Insane Column 25: Epileptics Column 26: Idiots

The last section describes the Township and Range where the family was living in 1866. An "F" preceding the "T" refers to "Fractional Township."

Here's an example:

Abbott, Nancy, 1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 � 1,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 � 0,1,0,0,0,0; T11R1W

Interpretation: Nancy Abbott was head of household in 1866; she had a son and a daughter under the age of 10. Another female between the ages of 20 and 30 is most probably Nancy herself. Her husband died of sickness during the Civil War. Nancy and her children were living in Township 11, Range 1 West, which includes the communities of Gum Springs, Mountain Grove, Chamblees Mill and parts of Blountsville.

More: A quick check of the 1860 Federal Census for Blount County shows the family of Elias and Nancy Abbott and their children James and Rachel living with Elizabeth Dunn. They were all born in North Carolina. Blount County marriages records Elias Abbott married Nancy Dunn 12 Sep 1857. The 1850 Federal Census for Blount County reveals Elizabeth was formerly married to James Dunn who died before the 1860 census was taken. Nancy was listed as a daughter of James and Elizabeth. James and Elizabeth Dunn were buried in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery. James was born 1 Mar 1796 and died 20 Feb 1856; Elizabeth was born 20 Apr 1798 and died 13 Oct 1876. The widow Nancy's husband Elias Abbott was a private in Company H of the 43rd Regiment of Alabama Infantry, CSA.

The 1866 Blount County Alabama State Census is valuable for researchers because it adds one more puzzle piece to the mosiac which tells the story of our Blount County pioneers and ancestors. The brief family history written above was compiled in just a few minutes from information found on this site and one or two other sites on the internet.

Nix, Elizabeth, 1,2,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 � 2,0,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0 � 1,0,0,0,0,0; T11R2W

Nix, John, 3,2,3,0,0,0,1,0,0,0 � 0,2,1,1,1,0,0,0,0,0 � 0,1,0,0,0,0; T11R3E

Nix, Letta, 1,2,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0 � 1,1,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0 � 0,0,0,0,0,0; T12R3E

If I followthe directtions for Letta, (Assume this Letty is the widow of Tyre Nix) then I have one male under the age of 10 which would be Gurley Tillison Nix, and two males between the ages of 10 and 20, which would be Thomsa B. and John Henry Also one female under the age of 10, which would be Texana, one female age 10 to 20 which woulc be Fraances Adaline, and one female age 30 to 40 which would be Lettice (Letty) HOLDEN, the wicow of Tyre NIX. The rest of the data from columns 20 on agrees with this family and also the location of their dwelling.