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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  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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SAMUEL NIXON, retired, Covington. Among the industries of Covington and vicinity, which deserve mention, is the woolen mill of Nixon & Lewis, situated on Greenville Creek, about three-quarters of a mile west of town. Mr. Nixon, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in Bucks Co. in 1805; came to Ohio in 1826 resided first in Warren Co., then in Preble, where his father owned and operated a carding machine. He removed to Richmond in 1833, where he remained until 1866, being engaged in a woolen mill; owned and operated a saw-mill about eleven years, by which he lost the use of his limbs to some extent. He removed to Covington in 1866, at the solicitation of his step-son, Mr. Lewis. His present neat and commodious residence, situated on High street, he erected in 1868, and it was then the most elegant and modern in Covington. Mr. Nixon is the son of William and Martha (Roberts) Nixon, whose deaths occurred at Richmond, Ind., he being 94 and she 85. They were married in 1801, and lived together sixty-six years; had twelve children, seven of whom are now living, the youngest being 59 and the oldest 79; Samuel was the fourth child. He learned his trade while a boy, and has been an active, successful business man; is still vigorous in mind, although crippled in body. He was married in 1841 to Mrs. Barbara (Garber) Lewis, the mother of Alfred Lewis, who is the junior member of the firm of Nixon & Lewis. Her death occurred here in 1875; they had one child, a daughter— Mattie who now presides at his home.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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