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    Rev. Adolphus B. Nixon, minister; P. O. Casstown; born in Boothsville, Marion County, W. Va., August 6, 1846; is a son of Robert P. and Catharine Caroline (Hayhurst) Nixon, who were also born in W. Virginia; the grandparents coming from the same state; the ancestry originally from England; the grandfather (Hayhurst) is still living at the advanced age of 94 years; he was in the War of 1812, and passed through many conflicts with the Indians. Robert and Catharine are still residents of W. Virginia; he was in the Union army in the War of the Rebellion, through its entire service. Robert and Catharine were the parents of 13 children, of whom 10 are now living, viz., Sebastian C., Adolphus, Harman A.. (residing in Illinois, a minister of the Gospel), William A., Ella C. (now Mrs. Robinson, of W. Virginia), Addie. M. (living in W. Virginia), Alice C. & Henry R., twins (now living in West Virginia), and Wayland L. Rev. Nixon lived with his parents till 24 years of age; he engaged in the occupation of farming; having obtained a good common-school education and one years course at the Academy at Pruntytown, he entered Denison University at Granville, Ohio, where he remained three years when, his health failing, he was obliged to desist from further prosecution of his studies; he came to Miami Co., engaged in the occupation of teaching, which he followed about one year and, during this time, was called to preach the Gospel, making his first effort in Baptist church in Casstown. On Dec. 20, 1873, he was regularly ordained as a minister of the Gospel. March 26, 1874, was united in marriage with Sarah Alice S. Barnes, a daughter of Abel R. and Mary Barnes, who were born in Ohio, and are the parents of four children, of whom two are now living, viz., William Crozier and Sarah Alice. Samuel T., now deceased, was in the War of the Rebellion, where, from exposure and hardships, he contracted disease which caused his death five months after his return from the army; he was one of the many lives sacrificed in defense of our country. Rev. Nixon and wife have had one child, viz., Mamie Pearl, now deceased. Soon after their marriage, they removed to Chicago where took a course of study at the Theological Seminary, being engaged there one year. Having retained his pastorate of the church at Casstown, and also at Lena, he returned to Casstown and took charge of these churches; remaining their pastor to the present time. During his pastorate here, the membership of the Casstown Church has increased from 68 to 140 members, and that of the Lena Church from 70 to 250 members; this shows a remarkable progress, and we may hope that, as he is still a young man in the Master's Vineyard, that, as a watchman upon the walls of Zion, the great and good work that he has done may be but the beginning of a greater work in the future and, at the last day, he may have "many stars in his crown of rejoicing."

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