James Dixon, farmer, sec. 3, Green Tp., was born in Sussex Co., N.J., Dec. 23, 1810. His father Isaac Dixon, was born in New York, and died in 1813, when the son was but 3 years of age. His mother Phebe (Clark) Dixon, was born in New Jersey, and after the death of her first husband became the wife of James Martin, with whom Mr. Dixon remained until 22 years of age, assisting in the farm labors and obtaining a common school education.
He was married Dec. 21, 1832, to Julia, daughter of John and Phebe (Mead) Adams. Mrs. Dixon was born in Sussex Co., N.J., Nov. 22, 1811. After their marriage, herself and husband removed to Steuben Co., N.Y. and were occupied with the duties of farming about five years. Mr. Dixon then took up 50 acres of land, where he was occupied with agriculture pursuits until he came west to seek a home. In May, 1862, he came to Mecosta Co., Mich., bought a farm of 80 acres and proceeded to establish his family and put his place in a fair condition for the purposes of agriculture.
Mrs. Dixon died Sept. 14, 1873, leaving two children, Harrison, born Nov. 19, 1833, and William born June 16, 1846. Four children preceded her in their deaths: Phebe, born March 13, 1836, died Sept. 4, 1841: May E., born Jan. 14, 1839, died Sept. 7, 1841: Milton, born Dec. 9, 1842, died Oct. 9, 1870: Sarah A., born Jan. 12, 1848, died Sept. 2, 1867. Mr. Dixon was married again May 13, 1875. His second wife was Mrs. Maria M. (Adams) Austin, sister of his first wife, and born in Sussex Co., N.J.
Mr. Dixon is a Democrat politically. He held the office of Postmaster of Crapo (Osceola Co.) from 1871 to 1882, and is considered on of the solid citizens of Mecosta County.