A. It is politically-correct to hold Richard Nixon in contempt.
B. Nixon was arguably the final American president that could be said to sympathize with populist-nationalism, a kind of throwback to the politics of decades earlier.
C. Richard Nixon’s ancestry was of entirely Colonial American stock.
C –> B –> A?
Rather than directly addressing that any further, let me present a detailed analysis of Richard Nixon’s ancestry. The reader can judge for himself to what extent his ancestry may or may not have animated his worldview.
Synopsis Richard Nixon’s ancestry:
— All 16 of Nixon’s great-great-grandparents (b. 1780s-1807) were American-born.
— All of his ancestral branches were probably in the USA in 1776. (31/32 branches are confirmed in the USA by then, one may have arrived shortly after, see entry #8 below).
— Many of his ancestors helped push the American frontier westward in the late 1700s, on the heels of Daniel Boone.
— All four of Nixon’s grandparental lines end up in Ohio by the mid-1800s.
— Nixon’s parents went to California from Ohio, marrying there in 1908. Nixon was born in California in 1913.
Richard Nixon: Ancestry Summary
Where Nixon’s ancestors were living in the early 1700s
- 85.2% Colonial American
- New Jersey: 21.9%
- Pennsylvania: 19.5%
- Maryland: 18.8%
- Delaware: 15.6%
- Massachusetts: 3.1%
- Unknown: 6.3%
- 9.4% Scotch-Irish [possibly as high as 15%, see below]
- 3.1% German — Rhineland-Palatinate
- 1.6% England
- 0.8% Wales
- (Possibly ~0.8% Colonial-Swedish; see entry #2 below)
A brief biographical sketch on each of Richard M. Nixon’s 16 great-great-grandparents is below. (Father’s-father’s line descending to mother’s-mother’s.) [Sources used: A, B, C, D].
Richard Nixon’s Great-Great-Grandparents
[with a Personal Ancestral Summary for Each Individual]
— 1. George Nixon [100% Colonial-Delaware]. Born 1784 in New Castle County, Delaware; married 1807 in Washington County, Western Pennsylvania; died July 3rd 1863. This man’s grandparents were all native to Delaware. NOTE: This man had a son who was also named George Nixon (1821-1863), who died in the very same month, July 1863. The son’s death is listed as July 14th 1863, with a place of death listed as Gettysburg. Most likely, this means that George Nixon the younger was a Union soldier was wounded at the dramatic battle of Gettysburg, who was relegated to a field hospital because of the severity of wounds, and who died of his wounds two weeks later. A fascinating historical coincidence is that the father, George the elder (1784-1863) died on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, possibly only a matter of hours after the son received the bullet wound from which he would die. Update, November 2014: Jim Struthers writes: “[Richard Nixon’s great-grandfather George Nixon was in] Co B, 73rd Ohio Vol/ INF. Wounded at Gettysburg 7-2-63 died 7-9 age 42. Buried at Gettysburg Natl Cemetery. Marker shown in Heroes of Gettysburg, Vil III, Part 1.”
— 2. Hannah Wilson [100% Colonial-Delaware, possibly 12.5% Colonial-Swede]. Born 1790 in Delaware, married 1807 in Washington County, Western Pennsylvania, where she also died in 1827. Her grandparents were all born in Delaware or in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. One of Hannah Wilson’s great-grandparents is named “Thomasson” (b. 1703): The typically-Swedish spelling suggests this ancestor was a possible remnant of the 1600s-Swedish colonization effort at “New-Sweden”. Even if true, the names that this original “Thomasson” line married-into were all apparently-English. Thus, Hannah Wilson was overwhelmingly English by ancestry. If this “Thomasson” was a full-Swede, Hannah Wilson would be 1/8th Swedish, making Richard Nixon himself 0.8% Swedish.
— 3. Anthony Trimmer [50% Colonial-German, 50% Colonial-NJ]. Born 1781 in Central Pennsylvania (Juniata County), married 1824 in Western Pennsylvania (Washington County), where he died in 1841. This man’s ancestors were from New Jersey. He was of partial German stock, with three of eight of his own great-grandparents of apparently-German descent, (at least one was born in Rhine-Palatinate, a Mennonite or Quaker?), and one bearing an apparently-Dutch name, Neeltje Nelley [maiden name unknown] — born New Jersey); two others bore English names and the final two bore Scottish names, the latter possible Scotch-Irish.
— 4. Margaret Hunt [100% Colonial-Yankee?]. Born 1804 in Washington County, Western Pennsylvania. Her parents were among the early American frontier settlers north of the Alleghenies; Margaret was married 1824 in Western Pennsylvania, and died 1876 in Ohio. Little is known about her background, but judging by where and when she was born (the Pennsylvania frontier), it’s likely that her own ancestry is similar to those of persons #1-3 above.
— 5. Robert Wadsworth [100% Colonial-MD]. Born 1785 in Baltimore County, Maryland; married 1823 in MD; died 1867 in Hocking County, Ohio. All grandparents were apparently born near Baltimore, Maryland.
— 6. Elizabeth Lytle [100% Colonial-MD]. Born 1794 in Harford County, Maryland (just north of Baltimore); married 1823 in MD; died 1831 in Harford County, Maryland. All her grandparents were also apparently born in or near Baltimore County.
— 7. Joseph Dickinson Moore [50% Scotch-Irish, 50% Colonial-PA]. Born 1794 in Center County, Pennsylvania; married 1825 in Perry County, Ohio; died 1860 in Iowa. This man’s father’s ancestors appear to all be Ulster Protestants, often called ‘Scotch-Irish’ in the USA. Arriving in the early 1700s, they were among the first waves of Scotch-Irish to arrive in America. His mother’s grandparents were of deeper Colonial origin, all having been born in southeast Pennsylvania (Lancaster and Delaware counties). This man was a Quaker, according to the Ulster-Scots Agency.
— 8. Jane Brown [50% Scotch-Irish, 50% Colonial-NJ]. Born 1807 in Perry County, Ohio; married 1825 in Perry County, died 1886 in Iowa. She is half-Scotch-Irish by ancestry: Her father’s family emigrated from Ulster to the western Virginia frontier, probably in the 1770s. The year of arrival of her father’s family from Ireland is unclear. Her father (b.1771 in Ireland) married an American girl in 1795, suggesting that he thought himself more American than Scotch-Irish, which, in turn, suggests the family arrived when he was a small boy (1770s). Her maternal grandparents were born in New Jersey.
— 9. William Milhous [50% Scotch-Irish, 50% Colonial-PA]. Born 1783 in Chester County, eastern Pennsylvania; married 1807 in Pennsylvania; died 1874 in Belmont Co., Ohio. This man’s father’s ancestors were Scotch-Irish and at least some were Quakers. William Milhous himself was a Quaker. His maternal grandparents were born in Pennsylvania.
— 10. Martha Vickers [75% Colonial-PA, 25% England]. Born 1786 in Chester County, eastern Pennsylvania; married 1807 in Pennsylvania; died 1873 in Belmont County, Ohio. Three of her grandparents were all born in Pennsylvania, the fourth in England. ‘Colonial stock’ is something of a subjective measure and impossible to precisely-define. Martha Vickers could be called 100%-Colonial, but using the hard-definition of Colonial established above (ancestors in America in the early 1700s), she is three-quarters Colonial.
— 11. Amos Griffith [100% Colonial-PA]. Born 1798 in Washington County, western Pennsylvania; married 1820 in Harford Co., Maryland; died 1871 in Ohio. His grandparents are all apparently Pennsylvania-born.
— 12. Edith Price [50% Colonial-MD, 50% Colonial-Delaware]. Born 1801 in Baltimore County, Maryland; married 1820 in Maryland; died 1873 in Ohio. Her father’s ancestors appear to be among the first Maryland-born whites. Many of her father’s lines include persons born in Maryland in the 1630s, one or two even before the colony was chartered in 1632. One marriage is even recorded in this line in Maryland in 1634. Her maternal grandparents were born in Delaware.
— 13. Jacob Burdg [100% Colonial-NJ, Early-Frontier Stock]. Born 1783 near Butlerville, Indiana; married 1807, died 1862. If his recorded birthplace is correct, then this was a “frontier” family, and was one of the few white families in Indiana at the time of Jacob’s birth. Daniel Boone’s wife, it is said, was the first white woman to see that part of North America in 1775, so the Burdg family, giving birth to a son even further west only eight years later, were frontierspeople, if there ever were any. The Tecumseh Indian uprising of that region was still a generation in the future. His mother was also of a frontier family, as she was born in Ohio in 1753. Jacob’s grandparents were all born in New Jersey. As for the name “Burdg”, I cannot ascertain its ultimate European origin. It could be German or Dutch. It has several generations in the USA by the time of Jacob’s birth, and all the names it married-into were apparently English. Jacob Burdg (b. 1783), where-ever his surname comes from, was of Colonial-stock.
— 14. Miriam Matthews [50%-Colonial-MD, 37.5% Colonial-PA, 12.5% Wales]. Born 1786 in Baltimore, married 1807, died 1823 in Columbiana County, Ohio. Her grandparents were born in Maryland and Pennsylvania. One great-grandparent was born in Wales.
— 15. James Hemingway [50% Colonial-MA, 50% Colonial-NJ]. Born 1801 in New Jersey, married ???, died 1893 in Columbiana Co., Ohio. His father’s ancestral lines go back to Massachusetts and his mother was born in New Jersey.
— 16. Hope Malmsbury [100% Colonial-NJ]. Born 1804 in Malmsbury, New Jersey; married ???, died 1865 in Ceder Co., Iowa. Her grandparents were all born in New Jersey.
Q. How “Scotch-Irish” Was Nixon?
A. Richard Nixon was 10-15% Scotch-Irish.
Confirmed Scotch-Irish lines are 9.4% of Nixon’s total ancestral stock (Or 1.5/16; See lines #7, 8, 9).
Records of several Nixon ancestral lines “go cold” in the mid-1700s (lines #4, 10, 11, 15, and 16). Scotch-Irish immigration to America began in earnest around 1720. Some of these lines could have Scotch-Irish individuals in them. Lines #15 and #16 likely have no Scotch-Irish — those two lines go cold in mid-1700s New Jersey: Not a place settled in significant numbers by the Scotch-Irish. Lines #4, #10, and #11 (all going cold in mid-1700s Pennsylvania) are more likely to have some Scotch-Irish among them, being as they were on the frontier, where the Scotch-Irish settled. On the other hand, no names in these lines jump-out as typically Scotch-Irish. Assuming that individuals #4, #10, and #11 were, on average, ~25% Scotch-Irish , that would put Nixon at 14.1% Scotch-Irish by ancestry overall. If these three were 12.5% Scotch-Irish on average, Nixon would be 11.7% Scotch-Irish overall.
With thanks to to commenter Bill for inspiring this post.
.Corrections and elaborations welcome.
I’d like to know more about George Nixon’s U.S. Civil War service and what Jacob Burdg and family were doing in the Indiana territory in 1783.
Update, November 2014
Jim Struthers writes in a comment:
Re: George Nixon Great Grandfather of Richard Nixon. Co B, 73rd Ohio Vol/ INF. Wounded at Gettysburg 7-2-63 died 7-9 age 42. Buried at Gettysburg Natl Cemetery. Marker shown in Heroes of Gettysburg, Vil III, Part 1
(Update, 2018: renamed from “The Hated Richard Nixon’s Ancestry” to “Richard Nixon’s ancestry: possible clues about why some hated him.”)
How does his ancestry differ from Presidents between him and Obama.
TGGP, that’s an interesting question.
— In Reagan’s case it is quite different, in terms of ancestral nativity: Exactly 0 of Reagan’s 8 great-grandparents (b.1812-1835) were born in the USA. 1 was born in Nova Scotia [parents Scottish-born], 4 in Ireland, 1 in Scotland, 2 in England. This would make Reagan the first — and so far only — president with no colonial ancestry at all.
— Bush Jr. : 15 of his 16 great-grandparental branches are colonial in origin. (The other is from Bavaria, a late-1840s immigrant, via his mother). However, Bush Jr. himself rejected his own New-England heritage and not only became a drinker/partyer/drug-user, but used a put-on false accent during his political career. I took note of the fact that he mostly dropped this false accent in his recent interview promoting his memoir.
I haven’t studied this in detail, but I would surmise that the Bushes were not frontierspeople, as many of Nixon’s forebears were.
— Clinton’s ancestry remains mysterious. AFAIK, no one knows who his real father is. His mother was married five times.
— 2004 nominee John Kerry is an especially interesting case: His grandfather was born Kohn, to a family of Czech Jews, and married a Hungarian Jew. John Kerry is 50% Eastern-European-Jewish by ancestry. (The other half is New-England colonial).
“Reagan….only president with no colonial ancestry at all.”
The only Republican.
All of Kennedy’s great-grandparents were born in Ireland.
Oh, right! Make that “Kennedy and Reagan”.
Thanks, Red, for the correction.
I don’t think Bush jr. had a false accent. He grew up in west Texas…except for visits to Grandma’s house in Maine, it has been his home.
NOTE: The point is not to say “A President’s Ancestry Determines His Politics” in a very hard sense, because that is silly and demonstrably not true. (Tom Tancredo is not of colonial origin but was arguably the most nationalistic member of the U.S. Congress in recent times. And 4 of quasi-nationalist Ron Paul‘s 8 great-grandparents were born in Hessen, Germany. )
Nevertheless it remains that:
1.) Nixon is hated for his politics
2.) Nixon was of 100%-colonial-stock
What is the connection between the two, if any?
Nixon wasn’t hated for his politics. He was hated for Vietnam and Watergate.
In terms of civil rights, foreign relations, economy and fair taxes, including a modest health care reform proposal, he was a good president.
Nixon was hated by the far left because they are Marxists…and I’m beginning to believe was baited into Watergate.
I read that the left leaning newspapers in DC at the time just spied on him and pried at him (getting people to talk off the record constantly) until l’m starting to think he took the bait…at the least wanting to find out who was behind it all and consequently allowed Watergate to happen. If so how terrible.
How is it we find a very young Hillary Clinton…unqualified and dishonest…working on the Watergate Committee.
Eventually she is fired from it by Dems of a different day for ” lying and rewriting the Constitution”.
If our enemies are within…we will not long stand unless we as a nation unempower them and put them out.
Lying and rewriting the Constitution seems palpable to many today.
I was quite young when Watergate happened. The Vietnam protesting all stopped once the leftists were now allowed to stay in college I understand.
I’m not for drafts because let every man live with his own conscience I believe.
If there had been no draft there would have been no protesting. It was all hypocrisy from what I can see. A well known journalist who was there for the protests has said as much. And he is no Conservative.
He ended Vietnam.
He was hated because he was demonized by Kerry and Clinton and other socialists in their youth.
GW Bush was too popular after the second election (check polls) so the left machine began to demonize him as well.
I’ll say no more about Kerry and Clinton and their ilk presently. I dare say time will not be kind to them.
In your comment at OneSTDV that you link to in this post, you said:
“Incidentally, the year of Nixon’s reelection , the most successful book of postwar racialism was penned, called “The Dispossessed Majority”.
In another coincidence, ~1972 was the timeframe real-wages stopped growing in the USA.
The high-water-mark of the USA?”
It’s quite possible that 1972 was the high-water mark of the USA.
In 1973, Jews won:
Thanks Hank for the link.
In the early ’70s the following happened:
— Real wages stopped growing
— Productivity stopped growing
— White-TFR fell below 2.1 for the first time ever, and has not recovered.
— The final election to the presidency of someone who can be accused of American-nationalism [Nixon]
— An interesting coincidence I saw just today in the use of the term “Western Civilisation” in English texts: Pretty steady as the 20th century progressed, with wartime spikes, then a decline in…the early ’70s, from which it has not recovered.
— Peak-Oilers will tell you: USA oil production peaked in 1971.
— Abroad, deaths have exceeded births in Germany every single year starting in… I kid you not: 1972.
— The early ’70s was the U.S. pullout from Vietnam, for whatever that’s worth.
— What else? Hank, you imply that “Jews took over Harvard” (to put it crudely), and I have read there are slightly more Jews than White-Protestants at Harvard today. I wonder what year that threshold was crossed?
Another one, possibly related to the idea of a “high-water-mark” in the early 1970s for the USA and/or Western Civilization:
Note the crossover point.
Hail – I think you are correct about Clinton’s paternal ancestry. His mother’s maiden name was Kelley or Cassidy, in any case, those are family names in his maternal line. If I remember right, he was greeted when he visited Ireland as one of their own.
As far as Bush — he does have colonist ancestors who did settle the wilderness. His ancestor (and mine, much as I dislike claiming kinship to Bush) John Prescott founded Lancaster, MA and was the first White settler in Worcester County, MA. He has many other ancestors among the original colonists in Massachusetts.
Among the names in Nixon’s line, I see some Welsh names, such as Price, Griffith, and Matthews. Even though they may have been born in England (I’m not familiar with his family tree) the names are Welsh.
As for why people hated him so much, I am still dumbfounded by that. The point about being of colonial stock may have something to do with it — there seems to be a kind of reverse snobbery these days in which being of colonial stock is considered hoity-toity or elitist, and having recent immigrant ancestry gives a certain cachet.
I think Nixon’s personality certainly worked against him; he was very introverted, apparently, and had a kind of dour persona that people did not warm to.
As for 0, his ancestry is speculation at this point. I don’t know if anything that we ‘know’ is substantiated.
VA, on the “Nixon question”:
Though I am not old enough to have any memory of Nixon while he was in office, I have heard from others that he was quite popular in his time. I mean, he was elected twice after all.
It seems to me that “anti-Nixonism” is more a legacy of his time after office. The image of Nixon became a political whipping boy to point back towards. I don’t know. Kind of an antithesis to Carter, who was unpopular in office but became (and remains) popular as an ex-president, or so is my impression.
This post sort-of posed as an open-ended question “Why is Nixon hated?”
A commenter called Californian on Vanishing-American has this to say:
Richard Nixon, the left hated him:
* For his involvement in anti-communism in the 1950s.
* For opposing their post-mortem poster boy, JFK.
* For not surrendering in Vietnam.
* For standing up (in theory) for the Silent Majority.
* For law and order crackdowns on the New Left.
* For stealing much of the left’s thunder, promoting affirmative action and opening the door to China.
Earlier in the thread, VA herself wrote:
“It does seem that from Nixon on down, ever since his presidency, the left has had a frothing hatred of all Republican presidents. I mean they hated Reagan with an insane passion, and Reagan was such an amiable, friendly guy. So I suppose my response about Nixon’s reserved personality doesn’t explain their dislike for him.”
Commenter Ben Tillman‘s idea was that the Left hated Nixon specifically because he won in November ’68, the height of “The Sixties”, and looked like the moderate opposite Wallace. Nixon was thus (I am reading between the lines of Ben’s comment) a symbol to the Left that they were not popular. That really hurts the ego, wouldn’t it, when one claims to speak for The People!
Nixon hatred by the left actually dates to the 1950 California Senate race when Nixon took out leftist darling Helen Gahagan Douglas in a particularly brutal campaign. She actually started the nastiness, when she accused Nixon of being soft on national security, whereupon Nixon unloaded on her with both barrels, calling her a communist (“the pink lady”). From that moment on the left never ever forgave Nixon, and they went after him hammer and tongs when Ike selected him as his running mate in 1952.
Hello. I have to say you have done a good job here. I was looking for infos on Nixon’s family and it is all here.Thanks!
I am part of the Nixon family from Southwestern Va. and very disappointed in this article. The whole topic is absurd. Was any part of the Nixon family interviewed for this or any articles written about our ancestors. You might actually be surprised at what you learn. My Nixon part of my family is amazing people anyone would be proud to call their own. We have roots that we respect and run deep. I wish everyone had such a remarkable family. It saddens me with all that is going on in the world you put so much energy & time discussing people’s loved ones like they were posts in a fence row. Then compare a person’s career choices to the fence. Maybe we should investigate the authors ancestors and see if they played a part in their cognitive functions & writing abilities and his political and personal beliefs. The First Amendment doesn’t guarantee good manners or respect. An intellectual debate about a mans career is one thing. It is very bad taste to involve his ancestors and their lives and still living descendants, such as myself & loved ones.I have polled twenty people with advanced educations, all over 60 years old, and none had anything negative to say about President Nixon. Most feel if he was judged by today’s standards and compared to other presidents his role in history would be much different.
Hello Tracy, I am the eldest niece of President Nixon, my father having been F. Donald his young brother by 17 months. I would love to hear from you and especially learn from what Nixon family line you descend.
Kindest regards, Lawrene Nixon Anfinson at LNixonCA@aol.com
Hello i am from cumbria in the border area of england the nixon name comes from my region and is one of the great border reiver families from the 14th century along with armstrong elliot forster and many others,
I’m a Nixon descendant of Elisabeth Jane Nixon Stevens from Vinton County Ohio. I met Richard’s brother in the local library several years ago.
“9. William Milhous, b. 1783 in Chester County, eastern Pennsylvania; married 1807 in Penn.; died 1804 in Belmont Co., Ohio. ”
This must have been where the tricky part came from.
That typo should read “died 1874”. According to this. It is now corrected.
You have a good discussion ongoing, however, I would like to learn where to source these Nixon lines that you mention; 1,2,3..10, etc. It would be of great help to my own research project.
May I suggest another discussion topic? The current economic model used by almost all world entities is non-sustainable. It is based on increased population, consumption of resources, job creation; all trying to be increased and some increasing exponentially. This model is doomed to collapse at some time, if not soon. If jobs are not created fast enough, food not cheap and available enough, the population becomes ungovernable and a mob society emerges. We can see small scale occurrences of this outcome in the past and even right now.
This listing of Nixon’s 16 great-grandparents is primarily based on this. The information therein was checked against the various other sources listed above (also used to fill in holes and for supplementary information), especially a book called “Ancestors of American Presidents” by Gary Boyd Roberts. The somewhat-garbled Nixon entry in that book is here.
Your comments about “The economy as a pyramid scheme” are interesting.
Adults prefer to imagine a world of infinite growth and in which the “Malthusian Trap” idea is “wrong”; children prefer to imagine a world in which Santa Claus is real and every day is a “snow day”.
I think I have some news about the v. GOHREN family at Jena Thuringia, you searched for in 2006.
Please answer under firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a Nixon descendant from Vinton County Ohio. I decend from George Nixon’s (Gettysburg) older half-sister Rebecca Jane Nixon. There fore his paternal half of the family from the civil war backwards is also my linage. A large portion of my family tree has been traced and I can find no ancestor who was not here before the revolution.
I did not meet the president but I met his brother a few years ago in the McArthur library. My mother was born in a house once owned by the Nixon family.
Very interesting, Richard.
Do you know anything about George Nixon’s Civil War service? This is one of the more intriguing grey areas, to me, among President Nixon’s ancestors.
I’m one of his descendants too. We actually have his transcription letters and records of his pay from the war. He was on furlough most of the time when was pay was given and he would check days later. There is another one of Nixon’s family members that served in the Civil War; Milton Hooton 12 December 1832 – 18 June 1863 He died at Vicksburg of dysentery.
Actually my 2nd great grandfather was confined to a hospital during a period of tie prior to the Gettysburg battle, but written up as being AWOL until paperwork caught up with him. I too have copies of his Civil War records acquired from the National Archives in Washington. Many years ago, when my uncle President Nixon arranged for a private tour of the “stacks,” I held the original documents relating to my great great grandfather….a great memory!
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I am from all of that early American stock too…and perhaps related to the late President. My ancestors were in the Delaware Vally in colonial times. We are supposed to be decendent on my father’s side from John Nixon of Revolutionary fame…who did so many things it is a wonder most have never heard of him. My mother’s side were already here by the mid 1600s. The Swedes, Finns, Belgians, and Dutch were in Deleware and South Jersey before Pennsylvanina was granted to William Penn.
As for your curiosity into how that shapes a people’s values…we do know in our DNA that we came from people who carved log homesteads out of a wilderness after traveling on leaky ships across a vast ocean for religious freedom. Made treaties with the Native Americans that later peoples would break. Sold hard carved out farms to newcomers and carved out new ones. Rode as itinerate preachers. Argued the Constitution. And threw tea into harbors.
And as kids we had tow heads and holes in our sneakers and walked down the same sandy roads and woodland paths they did…while our parents told us…who we were. Do not underestimate a people who know their ancestors lay under a smoke and dew covered blanket on the battlefield of Princeton…or wintered at Vally Forge…and made treaties with Tammanend. We are a quiet, gentle, hard working people…recently nauseated by revisionist history.
“we do know in our DNA that we came from people who carved log homesteads out of a wilderness after traveling on leaky ships across a vast ocean for religious freedom”
Your comments remind me of those of Dr. Elmer Pendell, who cited a study that seemed to show that those Americans descended from early Colonial-Stock achieved higher status in life in the early 1900s than those descended from later Colonial-Stock. (I do not have the book at hand). He explained that the early Colonials were self-selected from NW-European populations for heartiness and vigor as it was, of course. Settling an empty land was no task for the timid. Further, they were subjected to extreme pressures that killed a large share of the early settlers, leaving only the strongest. Life was never easy in those early days, and there was consistent selecting for the strongest on through the end of the Colonial days. The result was a population stock of great quality.
We see from the ancestral investigation that President Nixon was quite heavily of early-Colonial-Stock. Coincidentally, his IQ was in the 140s or 150s, making him among the ~0.1% smartest men in the USA.
Also: the Nixon name comes out of Scots Irish, English or Scottish lines…so it could be Scots Irish before the wave in western PA in the early 1700s. The John Nixon my sister (who researches) calls ‘Quaker John’ came as a Quaker with William Penn in about 1685. There were others as well…some coming and staying along the east coast…some heading farther south.
In a recent trip to my ancestral home of Birr, Ireland, there was a Nixon’s Tire Service on the main road in to town and a grave yard called Kennedy’s Corner…loaded up with Patricks, Joes, and Johns!
Do you have more details on Line 15, James Hemingway? You seem to say this line goes back to Mass.; but then you say this line goes cold. Can you take James H. back a few more generations?
Did he have ancestors named Haven?
I recently saw the Hemingway name on an early list of militia while researching
Br. General John Nixon from Framingham, Mass. area I believe. This may have been French and Indian war or Revolution militia as Gen. Nixon fought in both.
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The Framingham Nixon officer brothers are very interesting too. An early New England family and officers at Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill.
Continuing to rise in rank through early battles they would become a Brig General John Nixon and Colonel Nixon respectively…(not to be Confused with Phila fame Colonel John Nixon of the silk stockings Brigade who read the Declaration of Independence publicly.)
Nixons were border Scots and Scots Irish and English.
The Framingham Nixon officer brothers are very interesting too. An early New England family and officers at Lexington and Concord, and Bunker Hill.
Continuing to rise in rank through early battles they would become a Brig General John Nixon and Colonel Nixon respectively…(not to be Confused with Phila fame Colonel John Nixon of the silk stockings Brigade who read the Declaration of Independence publicly.)
Nixons were border Scots and Scots Irish and English.
My grandfather was Ernest, the brother of Hugh, who left Vinton County and started a potato farm in Pennsylvania. I’m living in South Carolina and am investigating whether anyone in the Nixon line fought for the confederacy. Believe there is a Clemson connection but will have to dig around some more.
Hello Joseph, my grandfather was Francis Anthony Nixon, your dear grandfather’s brother, and half brother to Hugh. I loved your grandfather and so enjoyed his visits to our home in Whittier, CA when I was young. Email: LNixonCA@aol.com
I enjoyed your request. It’s intriguing to. ponder Nixon as the last sympathizer with poist Nationalism. I completed two undergraduates, Psychology and Economics. Coincidentally, perhaps, Nixn politics became a r interest duringuniversity. Thank you for your work. In fact, Nixon would have been the greatest President after Reconstruction. Unfortunately, Pattons
Patton never did run for office after Eisenhower, because we would have still been able to invade the Soviet Union and taken Moscow back. Second, that dirty coward of a Senator and his family fondness toward delusions of royal grandeur and a free pass to murder worked tirelessly to arrange Nixon’s failure to regulate the healthcare and insurance market toward all American access coverage. Third and final x…Kennedy scored a double run with his anonymous spying and nudging Nixon with strategically unsolicited incentives to cause Nixon to trip. It’s the Nixon Revolution rather than Reagan’s. Nixon, laid the financial keystone for open financial trading and got the Workhouse of the World#2 established.
I grew up in Berwyn, Pa. Members of Nixon’s close family lived a bike ride from the Beaumont.
Yates, S. Andrew
P. S. — Vanguard is the world’s largest no load fund company for a reason, and we have Nixon to thank for a respectable part, for he understood being ahead of his time. Too bad for the fact there came a Texan who was neither a Russian spy nor a true patriot. and I believe somehow this hidden leader caused the oil business cycle additional severely unnecessary lashings to cue Texas a far more opulent outcome … perhaps even so much as to stake itself into a future State with a Nationalist Dictatorial power strong enough to nearly destroy the D. C. Federal structure of atleast two of the three branches. Say la vee .. my French is terrible.
`Q. How Scotch-Irish Was Nixon?
A. Richard Nixon was 10-15% Scotch-Irish.’
There is a post above that starts with the piece that I have quoted and it says that Richard Nixon was 10 – 15% Scotch – Irish? Do it mean; Scots – Irish or Scottish – Irish? Because Scotch is Scottish Whisky and there is also Irish whisky so to say that Richard Nixon was 10 – 15% Scotch – Irish infers that he was part whisky; which I’m sure isn’t what the writer means!
In the USA, “Scotch-Irish” refers to the Ulster Protestants in what is now Northern Ireland.
Thank you for your explanation, we have both learned something today; that evidently in America you confuse Northern Irish protestants with Scottish ancestry (Scottish or Scots – Irish) people with Scotch – Irish whiskies! However it isn’t really important unless of course you order a Scotch and Irish whisky at the bar and get a Northern Irish protestant brought to you instead of your drink – lol! !!
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Your anaysis of Richard M Nixon’s roots are completely mistaken; I had an uncle George H Nixon from Bewcastle Cumberland England who was a certain relative of his, identical nose, jawline etc. There is a place called “Nixons Town” near Bewcastle and this is where his roots are!
There are English Nixons too. But the name is more commonly border and Ulster Scots I believe.
President Nixon was from a Quaker family line. The Quakers arrived in the Delaware valley under William Penn around 1680.
Hi. My wife’s dad as the same jawline same surname and same Cumberland ancestry. They wondered at a possible link to Richard M. Nixon but didn’t have the ancestry of the former president. This sort of confirms this
The name Nixon comes from border reevers of the English Scottish borders. My wife’s dad bears an uncanny likeness to the said president. It would be interesting to find his first USA ancestors place of birth outside of the USA
I’m baffled and appalled by all the left-wing bashing on this thread. If you look at history, and bother to *think* about it, the earliest non-Native Americans could be viewed as pretty left-leaning, if not radicals — especially the “Founding Fathers”! This country was conceived as a place of liberty — religious and otherwise. It was conceived as a place of tolerance. It was conceived as a democracy, not a plutocratic Republic. Many of the first people over here were even dumped from other countries’ jails and debtors’ prisons, the latter just being the poor, who likely hoped desperately that they would have the freedom to survive here. One of my ancestors (the oldest line I’ve found that came here) arrived as an indentured servant, because he and his wife were French Hugenots under the daily threat of death from the ruling Catholics. Do you really think they were right-wing? *Snort*.
As far as Nixon goes, he was hated for several reasons: 1) Vietnam. Yes, I know it began with Kennedy, and I know Nixon technically ended it, but he rabidly supported it for many years. Many young men died thanks to his right-wing beliefs in American supremacy and right to dictate to the rest of the world how they should live. 2) Watergate. Come on, whoever posted that he was *baited* into that — wow, how paranoid can you be? Didn’t you hear the tapes, or read the transcripts at least? They speak for themselves, in Nixon’s voice. He was truly crooked, in spite of his protestations. 3) He just was not a likable figure. Maybe that shouldn’t have anything to do with anything, but it’s an inescapable fact that he did not come off as a warm and fuzzy guy. He came off as cool, shady, nervous, high-strung, unhappy, self-absorbed — I could go on. None of those are qualities people admire, or that inspire respect and liking from others.
And that’s all just my humble opinion.
8th cousin of Richard Nixon
Im confused. Im in the NSSAR. Richard Nixon was a distant cousin. I go back to 1610 in america. My views of politics in this country may also be colored by my colonial past. What is wrong with having colonial ancestry? The colonial peoples like my ancestors fought to make this great land. You seem to be rather biased towards us. You have the freedom to post your biases and also your free to leave. You can thank my ancestors for that!
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