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Below is a family biography included in The History of Washington County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Julian Bailey Nix, another successful carpenter, builder and prominent citizen of the county, was born in Newton County, Ga., at Covington, October 11, 1847, and grew to manhood in that county. He there learned his trade, and followed the same until 1882, when he moved to Washington County. He worked as an apprentice under John C. Nichols, a master in the profession, and one who has left the greatest number of monuments of his business than any man of his place. Joseph M. Nix, father of Julian B. Nix, was also a carpenter by profession, and spent the latter part of his life in the employ of Mr. Nichols. He was killed in 1862 by the bursting of an emery wheel, and was buried with Masonic honors. Since coming to Arkansas J. B. Nix has aided in building some of the finest residences in Fayetteville, and some very fine business blocks, viz.: Auction store, inside work; addition to Bozarth a furniture store, residence of H. K. Wade, residence of John Wood, residences of Tom Bonds and J. S. Worsham, and numerous other buildings. He was married in Georgia, to Miss Fannie M. Yarbray, daughter of William and Nancy Yarbray, and became the father of six sons and two daughters: Myrtle, Maud, Robert Edward, Julian Hendrick, Erie Ottawa, Emory Linwood, James Stirman and Willard Huber. Mrs. Nix is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Nix is a Mason, and a member of the A. O. U. W., in which he has held official position. His grandfather, William Edward Nix, was a farmer by occupation, and moved to Georgia at a very early date.

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