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Sim Dixon

Barbara (View posts)
Posted: 21 Jan 2005 7:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dixon
Buried sideways at Fort Parker, Texas, Limestone Co. Was hanged 1872-1874. Looking for information.

Re: Sim Dixon

Lynn (View posts)
Posted: 7 Aug 2006 6:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Dixon
Barbara,

I & my family have been going to the Ft. Parker Cemetery for over 50 years now & Sim Dixon has always been been on our list after family stops. He's within 20 feet of my grandparents resting place.

I've always just been told he was an outlaw & ended up at an angle due to his life's endeavors. I was recently told a newer more specific version, though & according to my sister Carolyn & it goes like this:

During the days of reconstruction when most of the men folk were trying to get home from fighting up north there were a series of heinous crimes perpetrated on some of the women folk of Limestone County. Apparently, a gang of outlaws (probably damn yankees) were raping local ladies & the installed carpetbaggers (more damn yankees) would or could do nothing to bring them to justice.
Up steps Sim Dixon who would not allow this to continue. He hunted these varmint down & killed each and every one of them. Sim's actions soon became common knowledge to the locals & being a normally gentle & upright man did not deny the charges when the law questioned him on the matter. He had taken the law into his own hands & would pay with his life. He was hung by the neck until dead.
All locals would have known, if not witnessed the execution of Mr. Dixon. Now, for the rest of the story. Sim Dixon was a black man who had come to avenge the wrong's of the white ladies of the area. After the hanging, his body was claimed by these same ladies & buried in the local cemetery along with martyrs of Ft. Parker & other good citizens. Some of the locals refused Mr. Dixon's burial in a white cemetery, so the ladies made a deal. He would be laid to rest at an angle compared to the rest of the graves. All was agreed on & the ladies did right by him.
Now he stands out at Ft. Parker Memorial Cemetery as a person who did right by his neighbors, paid a heavy price, but is still honored today.

Re: Sim Dixon

Barbara (View posts)
Posted: 7 Aug 2006 10:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 8 Aug 2006 3:49PM GMT
Is there anyway you can share some sourse of information with me? Documents, etc? I would love to learn more.

Re: Sim Dixon

Posted: 17 Jan 2012 1:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
May I offer my appoligizes for the infrenquency of my response. I have been unable to obtain support for what I have been told about he burial site of Mr Dixon, but today we were visiting our family's plot & there we have found Sim Dixon's head stone disturbed.

Not suggesting that the initial enturement of Sim Dixon was correct or not, someone has moved his headstone alignment with the rest of the cemetery.

I am trying to contact the local folks on this matter, but have not been able to find a contact point as of this evening. I shall to endevoir to persevior.

Lynn
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