THE MIXON-MIXSON FAMILY
BARNWELL COUNTY, SC
Written by Josiah Seth Mixson (b. April 29, 1836, d. April 22, 1899)
John Mixson, Sr. - My Great Grandfather (John Mixon V)
Mabel Mixson - My Great Grandmother
*706 John C. Mixson, Jr. - My Grandfather
Mary Joyce Mixson - My Grandmother
William Joyce Mixson - My Father
Sarah Ann Johnston Mixson - My Mother
My Aunts and Uncles of my Father:
Lavicy (married Robert Cornelius Kirkland), Archibald Kirkland Mixson, Susan Brown, James J. Mixson, Charles J. Mixson, Edward Wiles Mixson, Hanson Darlington, and Experience Mixson.
My Aunts and Uncles of my Mother's side:
Josiah D. Johnston (who changed the spelling of the name), Benjamin M. Johnston, Amos Johnston, Jervsha Best, Charlotte Smart, Eliza Wooten.
My brother and sisters (19 in all, 4 not named at death):
William J. Mixson, Jr., Jerusha Nelson, John H. Mixson, Elizabeth Stokes, Experience Mixson, Benjamin M. Mixson, Eliza Daniel, Sarah L. Mixson, Amos J. Mixson, Susan Brown Mixson, Samuel Mixson, Josephine Green, Louise Mixson, and Frank Maner Mixson.
On my mother's side, Nathan Johnston, a Captain in the War of 1776 was my great grandfather. His wife, Elizabeth, was the dau. of grandmother Mullet. My grandfather on my mother's side was Amos Johnston.
William J. Mixson, the elder, was b. Feb. 1, 1793, d. at Barnwell courthouse, September 22, 1862.
Sarah Ann Johnston was b. in 1800, m. William J. Johnston in 1815, d. at my sister's (Eliza Daniel in Georgia) during the month of May , 1880.
The Mixsons are of English stock, but I have been unable to find when they came to this country. Some of the old stock is still to be found in North Carolina and it is from that state that they migrated to, South Carolina and Georgia, probably about 1760. A humorous tradition is handed down in the family which relates that after some of the family had emigrated to South Carolina and settled near Bull Pond in Barnwell County, an enterprising relation of the family conceived and carried out the herculean task of paying a visit to this distant kinspeople in South Carolina.
On his return to the north state he was an object to the rest of the clan who plied him with innumerable questions as to the wonderful sights he had seen on his journey. He exclaimed, "Well people I tell you if the world is as big that way (pointing south) as it is that way (pointing north) it's a whopper. " Another one said, "Well, Billy, do they have the same sun and the some stars that we do?" "Really, I don't know, but they look mightily like ours to me," was his reply.
The first Mixson of which I can find any record was named John and settled at what is now called the "Fogle Place" near Bull Pond. He had several brothers among whom was Stephen who owned a small piece of land nearby on the edge of Burton Flats. I own this place now but not by inheritance.
Another one of the brothers was Abraham and was the patriarch of most of the Hampton County Mixsons. Mike Mixson moved to Georgia and settled near Waynesboro and spread his blood and name all over the county, for the Mixsons were ever a prolific family. They have never startled the world by any famous exploits, neither have they engaged in making their living by any short cuts. Longstreet, in his "Georgia Scenses" tells a little of Mixsons (See copy).
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