Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
The subject of this sketch was born in Randolph County, N. C., November 15, 1808. He was the son of Phineas
and Millicent Nixon, who reared a family of twelve children. The elder Nixon was born in Perquimans County, N.
C.; of his ancestors but little is known further than they were English Quakers. He was a physician and a man of
marked ability, and was sent to Congress in the interest of a colonization scheme for the negroes of North Carolina.
In his religious ideas he was a Quaker, and exemplified in his life the teachings of that remarkable faith. He
died in North Carolina. John, in his boyhood days, evidenced many traits of character that have since become his
distinguishing characteristics; he believed that the time to be happy was in the present, and that “ufficient unto
the day is the evil thereof.” His happy disposition rendered him somewhat unmindful of the importance of education,
and he received what might be called a limited common-school education. He learned the trade of a tanner and currier,
which avocation he followed for a short time. In 1830, he started for Michigan, arriving at Richmond, Ind., where
his brother Gabriel resided; he induced him to accompany him, and the two brothers arrived in Penn in October of
that year. John found employment at different vocations until February, 1881, when he joined a surveying party,
and for a number of months was engaged in the northern part of the State.
In 1832, he was married to Miss Esther, daughter of Henry and Hannah Jones, whose biography can be found on another
page.. Mrs. Nixon was born in Preble County, Ohio, in January of 1814. After his marriage, Mr. Nixon bought an
interest in a saw mill owned by his father-in-law, which he operated for three years, when be bought a farm of
eighty acres on Section 18, where he lived until his removal to the place where he now resides. Mr. Nixon has been
intimately connected with the affairs of Penn Township, and has served his fellow-citizens in various capacities.
He may appropriately be called the father of the Cass County Pioneer Society, having made the initial movement
for its establishment, and of which he has been President, and has done much to promote its growth and prosperity.
This sketch would be incomplete without special mention of Mrs. Nixon, who has been the mother of eleven children,
nine of whom are living. She inherits many of the prominent characteristics of her father, and has been a devoted
wife, a kind mother, and a valued friend.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.