By Larry Mixson

I was fortunate that my mother gave a copy of this book to my father for his birthday in 1971.  My father often enjoyed spending time reading it and looking up family members and sometimes discovering new family members which he would sometimes share with me.  In 1975 my grandmother Mixson wrote up a journal of her life which my mother then typed up and gave a copy to me and my brother and sisters.  I found my grandmothers stores about her life most interesting and they sparked an interst in me to learn more about our family history.  This led me to talking to my father about grandma’s stories and his childhood which would often lead to how various persons and my dad would pull out the “book” and look up someone to show me how they were related.  Later, with the Internet becoming widespread, I decided to create a personal web site which I decided to add my family history and so I turned to John Leslie’s books for the Mixson genealogy.  It initially began with just the my direct line back to John Mixon I but over the years I expanded it adding additional family members.  

After borrowing the book from my father many times, I finally decided I wanted a copy for myself but found they were no longer in print so I decided to scan my dad’s copy into the computer.  Over the years both my dad and myself had found mistakes so after I had the entire text on the computer I went though it and made corrections.  Some of the corrections John Leslie himself had identified in later books and supplements.  Others were things that were obvious such as the misspelling of my middle name and duplicate or incorrect reference numbers.  One of the biggest issues is that of the last name, Mixon vs. Mixson, in which for the same person was spelled differently in different places in the book.  Not having the orginal source material that John Leslie accessed I made these changes to what made to me to be the most sense and consistantancy.  

I also made some general formatting changes such as to tying to keep all a person’s entry on the same page, changing all state abbreviations to the now standard two letter abbreviations and using a more modering font.  

As with any genealogy study I’m sure there are still errors or inconsistances and if anyone finds any or has any additional information or material I would very much like to hear from you.  

I am very appreciative of John Leslie Mixson for spending countless hours researching and compling this Mixon-Mixson genealogy and to my father for sparking my own interest in our family history.  I hope my own small additions may benefit others and perhaps inspire you to explore and document your ancestors.

 Larry M. Mixson