from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, Pp. 2
REV. E. E. AUXIER
Rev. E[li] E[dwin] AUXIER was born in Mason County, Illinois, August 10 1846. His parents were Eli V[irgin] and
Margaret (WHIPP) AUXIER, the former a native of Big Sandy, Kentucky, and the latter also a native of Kentucky. They
were married in Menard County, Illinois, in 1838, and were the parents of six children, two of whom are living - E. E.
and Lydia A.
Mr. AUXIER passed his early life assisting on the farm, and attending the district school, and studying
at home. At the age of twenty-three he married Miss Paulina KILLIOM (sic), a native of Menard County [born circa 1852].
At the age of
twenty-six, he united with the Missionary Baptist church. In 1870 he came to Ringgold County and purchased his present
farm which contains eighty acres of well-cultivated land, a good, comfortable residence surrounded with trees, and
orchard of 200 trees, and a large variety of small fruits.
He has in charge four church organizations - the
Palestine Church, two and a half miles west of Leon; New Salem, five miles east of Davis City; Camden, three and a
half miles northeast of Westerville, and Providence Church, three and a half miles southeast of Davis City, in
New Buda Township [all in Decatur County].
Mr. and Mrs. AUXIER have one child - James W.
Mr. AUXIER is a zealous and consistent worker in the cause of his Master, and has been able to do much gospel work
in Ringgold and Decatur counties. Postoffice, Kellerton.
NOTE: Eli Virgin AUXIER was the third of fourteen children born to Daniel and Mary "Polly" (VIRGIN)
AUXIER. Daniel was born in Russell County, Virginia, in 1788. Mary "Polly" (VIRGIN) AUXIER was the granddaughter of
Captain Resin VIRGIN. Daniel and Polly were married in Greenup County,Kentucky on February 14, 1815.
Centennial History of Mason County, Illinois, "Early Settlement of Salt Creek
Township" - "The early settlement of what is now the township of Salt creek was in and around what was then so
generally known as Big Grove. For a long time the improvements were all near the timber. . . [The town "Hiawatha"]
gradually dwindled away, till now Ed. AUZIER's cornfield marks the site. In 1837, Edward SIKES, John and Eli AUXIER,
John Y. SWAUR and John YOUNG, all from Ohio, came and settled near the grove. Edward SIKES settled on the farm formerly
occupied by Robert MELTON, and now owned by F. AUXIER, where he since died, leaving a numerous family. John AUXIER
settled in the eastern part of the GROVE, where he acquired, by raising and feeding cattle, a large tract of land,
where he died, in 1859, leaving a numerous family, who have since moved to Iowa. Eli AUXIER had previously died
[June 15, 1848 at the age of thirty-two],
leaving a widow and two children, viz: Rev. E. E. AUXIER, who now owns the site of the obsolete town of Hiawatha,
and a daughter, the wife of Nelson DODY. . . Coming down to the present time , there are but few persons
remaining that lived about Big Grove twenty-five years ago. . . Edmund E., son of Eli AUXIER . . . are the only ones
remaining of the original settlers and their descendants. . . [I]n addition to those above named are . . .F. AUXIER,
After Eli V. AUXIER's death, there was an auction of his personal property to settle his estate.
Among the items listed in this auction was a bay horse and mare, two brindle cows, two pied cows, two colts, one
yoke of oxen, one sheep, twenty-three pigs, fifty-seven hogs, twenty acres of corn, 100 bushels of wheat, a Jewett
plow, wagonand harness, a patch of potatoes, rope, and two scythes. The auction raised $526.73, well above the
Margaret (WHIPP) AUXIER was born December 1, 1812, and died May 20, 1894 with interment
at Maple Row Cemetery, Kellerton, Ringgold County, Iowa.
Nelson DADY died at the age of 48 years, 6 months, and 8 days on February 26, 1881, and
was interred at Sweet Home Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.
Eli Edwin and Paulina Anne AUXIER filed a land claim in Idaho in 1907, and were enumerated in the 1920 Federal Census as residing in
Bosie, Ada County, Idaho. Eli Edwin AUXIER died December 2, 1932, Meridian, Idaho. Paulina Anne (KILLION) AUXIER
was born February 8, 1852, and died March 13, 1922, Bosie, Idaho. James Wesley AUXIER was born March 28, 1872, and
died May 2, 1850, Boise, Idaho.
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, Pp. 2, 1887.
COCHRANE, Joseph. "Early Settlement of Salt Creek Township." Pp. 40-43 Centennial History of Mason County, Illinois Rokker's Steam Printing House,
Springfield IL. 1876
1880 Federal Census, Athens Twp., Ringgold Co. IA
1920 Federal Census, Boise, Ada Co. ID
Idaho Death Index, 1911-51
WPA Graves Survey
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009
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