Biography of William J. Nixon
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Nixon, William J., was born in Lincolnshire, England, March 16, 1838, and came to this country in 1856. first locating in New Jersey, and later in the town of Hector, Schuyler county. He was educated in the public schools of this country, and September 28, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, 89th N. Y. Volunteers, was wounded in the battle of Antietam, and honorably discharged January 20, 1863. January 20, 1864, he married Rachel A. Smith of Ulysses, and they have had two children, Clara M. and Ina M., the latter dying aged four months. Elias Smith, Mrs. Noxon's father, was born in New Jersey in 1780, coming to this town in 1803, He married Rachel Skinner of his native State, and they had nine children: Charity, Sally, Christopher, James S., Clarissa, Watson A., Susan M., Rachel A., and Minerva P. Mr. Nixon has a deed dating back to May 28, 1818. Elias Smith located on the farm in 1807. Mr. Nixon is a member of Treman Post No. 572 G. A. R.; he is one of the representative men of the town, and also deals in agricultural implements and fertilizers.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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