THE MIXON-MIXSON FAMILY
I believe papa told me great grandpapa Arch used to buy mules and horses in Kentucky and sell them as far as Florida and Alabama. He told me of great grandpa, on one occasion when he was selling mules and horses in Florida, hearing turkeys calling while encamped. They were all great hunters and it was plain to him that they were not turkeys but Indians seeking to lure him to them. Speaking of Alabama, Arch had a son who went away to the Mexican War and died of yellow fever in New Orleans on the way back. Aunt Helen has a letter from Arch to this son telling him to stop at so-and-so's place on such and such river in Alabama, a friend of his; perhaps a friend made through dealing in mules and horses. How that letter came into Aunt Helen's possession I do not know, but I am stating it as I remember. Harry Mixson of Charleston has a great deal of information (written) on the family. He was once President of the association in South Carolina.
--James Augustus Mixson
Copy of letter written by Archibald Kirkland Mixson to his son, John M. Mixson (733).
Barnwell C. H.
May 10, 1847
My Dear Son:
Your letter was received. I hasten to reply to it and enclose you $50. It is truly painful to me to learn of your situation, but hope you will be among us as here-to-fore. After you leave Mobile should you think it best move be advantage to you, you must stop at Selma on the Alabama River below Montgomery. There you will find Comms & Corbett. They will send you to Josiah E. Brown's (*), who lives only ten miles from the place. Should you stop write to me as soon as you can do so. Also when you start from New Orleans, The"Ivanhoe" leaves Augusta every Sat. Should you not meet a boat leaving Augusta when you arrive, come on down on the R. R. to Barnwell and then to the Court House.
Your sincere Father,
A. K. MIXSON
(*) Josiah E. Brown was a brother in law to A. K. Mixson, having married his sister, Susan Mixson.
(THE ENVELOPE-From Barnwell C. H. May 17, 1847)
TO John M. Mixson
Late of the Army of Volunteers New Orleans.
Received New Orleans May 24, 1847
(Note on the envelope)
"On inquiry at Charity Hospital I learned that the person for whom this letter was intended is dead. "
A. D. Woolridge,
D. P. M. New Orleans.