Person:Thomas Nix (1)

Thomas Floyd Nix
d.Aft 27 Jun 1943
m. Aft 1880
  1. Thomas Floyd Nix1882 - Aft 1943
  • HThomas Floyd Nix1882 - Aft 1943
  • W.  Mary (add)
m. Bef 1920
  • HThomas Floyd Nix1882 - Aft 1943
  • W.  May (add)
m. Aft 1920
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Floyd Nix
Alt Name Tom _____
Gender Male
Birth? 25 Nov 1882 Oppelo, Conway, Arkansas, United States
Marriage Bef 1920 to Mary (add)
Divorce y
from Mary (add)
Marriage Aft 1920 Arkansas, United Statesto May (add)
Death? Aft 27 Jun 1943
  1.   Family Notes per User:Dalton J. NIx.

    Hello Dalton!
    ... After 'Uncle Tom' and 'Mary L' divorced, he moved into the cabin on my aunt, Josie Myrtle Nix Wear's property and did farm work for them. He then married a woman named May and moved to Lower Oppelo. May became very mentally unstable (or was always mentally unstable), believing she was pregnant with 'Uncle Tom's' baby. She remained pregnant for well over a year then 'had' the child. The one she produced was a child's baby doll which she dressed in a layette and presented to everyone as the newest addition! I remember when the older cousins would laugh about her, my mother and aunts would reprimand them and tell them she couldn't help it, that she was quite ill. That was quite the topic for discussion in the family for some time! ...

    -------------------- Welch - Thompson - Nix -------------------
    Hester Anna Amanda Thompson, daughter of Mary Jane Forehand and James H. Thompson,
    born June 8th, 1847, in Georgia. She married James Franklin Welch
    (1834-c.1880). They were living in the community of Deview, near Augusta
    in Woodruff County Arkansas, in 1870 with two very young children, a
    girl named Dianna and a boy named James. On the 4th of March, 1871, their
    second daughter, Mary Beulah Welch, was born. Three boys shortly
    followed (W. Dexter Welch, Wiley A. Welch, and Frank Welch), and in
    January of 1880 Mr. Welch purchased 120 acres of land in Lower Oppelo
    from Sarah Birge (John Birge had first acquired the land from the government
    in 1857), and though the family was in Oppelo by that year they were
    enumerated in Perry County. (Oppelo was originally part of Perry Co. but
    later part of Perry Co. became part of Conway County).

    Unfortunately, Mr. Welch died very soon after the family got to Oppelo.
    Amanda was left with young children to raise and a farm to run, so on the
    29th of September, 1881, Amanda was married to John T. Nix (b. abt 1857) by
    Justice of the Peace B.F. Grinstead. Amanda's son, Thomas F. Nix, was born
    in Oppelo soon after.

    Four years later (1885) Amanda was dead, her two eldest children gone and
    the five younger children turned over to the guardianship of neighbor William
    H. Cravens.

    In 1889 Mary Beulah Welch married the young man next door, James Elonzo
    (Lonnie) Todd of Oppelo. Beulah and Lonnie had ten children over the next
    nineteen years.

    Beginning in 1894 Beulah and her husband took over the administration of the
    Welch inheritance, paying the delinnt taxes on the land. Frank Welch had
    died by 1905, and Dexter married a woman named Cora E. (--) selling their 1/3
    interest in the Welch land to Beulah and Lonnie in that year. Wiley married
    a women named Olena W. (--) and moved to Boone County. They sold his 1/3
    interest in the Welch land to Lonnie and Beulah in 1907. Tom Nix married
    Mary L (--) before 1920, and they lived near Beulah in Oppelo (they later

    Beulah suffered from a non-healing ulcerous wound after a boiling iron pot
    (washtub) full of lye soap and water overturned on her leg when she was young.
    Though the wound gave her some pain for the rest of her life it did not prevent
    her from taking an active part in her church and community. A deeply religious
    woman, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Oppelo Assembly of God
    (Pentecostal) Church, first opening her home to weekly services for the community
    and later helping organize the member donations of lumber and land for the
    building of the church.

    A letter to Beulah, dated November 21, 1919 from a leader of the Assemblies of
    God Church states (verbatim):

    "Hartford Ark,
    Mrs. Beula Todd Dear sister in Christ Greetings;
    In his dear name I rec. your letter O.K. glad to here from You,
    but sorry to say no to you i sure wish i could come and be with
    you over sunday but i don't see how i can at presant, as we are
    to begin a meeting Sunday week, and i want to stay here and try
    to keep things in readiness for the meeting, you all pray for the
    meeting, as the mines are shut down here and that makes finiance
    a little short, but thank God he is able, Hallulajah; so we are
    trusting him, now sister just as soon as i can get a chance i will
    come and spend a few days with you all, give my love to all the dear
    sants and pray for us here,

    now, in regard to the form of deed, i will give it as follows,
    (The trustees of the Assembley of God, at Oppolo, Ark, and there
    successers, in Cooperation with the General Council of The Assemblies
    of God, at Springfield Mo.) in making Your Deed in cooperation with
    the General Council, it will stop all future troble, so i will close,
    ans, soon from your Bro, in christ,
    Fayette Romines.

    P.S. the General Council will not own your property but it will be
    owned by you all there and protected by the Council."

    Establishment of the Church in Lower Oppelo was not without some controversy. Early on,
    a group of troublemakers was determined to disrupt services and frighten the congregation
    from ever assembling again, but Lonnie Todd was tipped off about the plans and he and
    some of the other men were waiting in their wagon beds when the hooligans showed up.
    When confronted by the rifle-bearing congregants the hooded cowards fled.

    One of the Welch boys left Arkansas suddenly during the depression. He moved to
    California, where he settled in the Pasadena area. His family owned several successful
    restaurants in Southern California.

    After her husband Lonnie passed away in 1919, Beulah ran the farm with the help of her son
    Johnnie Todd, living on another twenty-four years. Beulah passed away the 27th of June,
    1943 after increasing disability left her bedfast for months, having outlived six of her
    ten children and being survived by her brothers Dexter Welch and Tom Nix.
    ---End of Article---
    Serial Number U 426
    Name Thomas Floyd NIX
    Residence: Perry, Perry County, Arkansas
    Mail Address: Perry Rt #1, Arkansas
    Telephone: None
    Age: 59, DoB Nov. 25, 1882
    Place of Birth: Conway Ark.
    Name and address of person that will always know your address: Mrs O.A. Wear, Morrilton, Rt #3 Arkansas
    Employer's Name and Address: Mr. George Lindsey, Perry Rt 3, Arkansas
    Place of Employment: Perry, Perry Arkansas
    signed Thomas F. Nix
    Page 2; Height 63 inches [That is 5 ft 3 inches, A very short man], Weight 122 Lbs [a small man]
    Eyes, gray; Hair, Brown; Complexion; Ruddy
    Other physical ....identification None
    Registrar: Mrs Lee Jones, Conway Arkansas
    Date April 27, 1942

    U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Record
    Name:Thomas Floyd Nix
    Birth Date:28 Nov 1882
    Residence:Perry, Arkansas
    Birth:Conway, Arkansas