Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sally Hardin Dixon - Gone to Rest, 1867

The following information appeared in the Memphis Daily Appeal on February 10, 1867.

Gone to Rest--By reference to our obituary column this morning it will be seen that Mrs. Sally Hardin Dixon, daughter of Col. Ben. Hardin, of Kentucky, and wife of Judge George Dixon, has departed this life, after a long and painfull illness which she bore with that fortitude and resignation known only to the true Christian.  This estimable lady will be sadly missed not only by her immediate relatives, but by the large circle of friends to whom she endeared herself by her many virtues, high accomplishments, and amiable qualities.  The church has lost a useful member and society one of its brightest ornaments.  We sympathize with our friends in their and bereavement, but the cherished and loved on "has only gone before."  Requiescat in pace.

Interesting facts about Sally's family:

~She married George Dixon of Kentucky.  They moved to Memphis where he practiced law and was  a Common Law and Chancery Court Judge for the City of Memphis.  He served in the CSA and was given a presidential pardon on July 5, 1865.

~Abraham Lincoln first met Mary Todd at the Hardin home in Kentucky.

~Her father was Benjamin Hardin Jr, one of the foremost trial lawyers in antebellum Kentucky who studied law under his cousin Martin D. Hardin.

~Martin D. Hardin served as a Brigadier General in the Union Army during the Civil War.

~Her sister Lucinda married John L. Helm who was the 18th and 24th governor of the state of Kentucky.  During the Civil War Helm advocated for Kentucky to remain neutral.

~Sally's nephew and son of Lucinda and John L. Helm was Benjamin Hardin Helm.  He married Emilie Todd, half sister of Mary Todd Lincoln.  His brother-in-law, President Abraham Lincoln, offered him a position as paymaster in the Union Army which he declined.  He served as a Brigadier General in the Confederate States of America. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga.

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