Niagara County

1897 Biography - P. V. Hixson

Hixson, P. V., Somerset, was born in Somerset county, N. J., March 12, 1821, and is a son of Nathaniel and Dinah Hixson, both of whom were natives of New Jersey. He came with his parents to Niagara county in the fall of 1831, settling in the town of Lockport, when it contained but one brick building. He remained there twenty-two years, when he moved to Newfane, where he remained eleven years, then went back to Lockport for two years, when he moved to Tioga, Tioga county, Pa., where he engaged in the lumber business, remaining there twenty years. In 1846 he married Mrs. Phebe M. McCoy, and they had two sons. Nathaniel Wilmer, born April 17, 1848, died February 28, 1886, and George McCoy, born April 15, 1853, is engaged in the jewelry business in New York city. Mrs. Hixon having died while they lived in Pennsylvania, Mr. Hixson disposed of his business and went to Dakota, where he purchased a farm (which he still owns) and remained two years, when he went to St. Paul, remaining there one year, and returned to Somerset in June, 1889. June 27, 1889, he married Fannie Hess, daughter of Charles and Jane (Brown) Fisher. Mrs. Hixson was born in Essex county, November 28, 1830, and had two children by her first husband: John V. Hess, born October 13, 1853, resides in Rochester, Martha Jane Hess, born January 31, 1857, is now Mrs. H. D. Bliss, M. D., and resides in Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Hixson served as assessor while in Pennsylvania and taught school one term. He is a member of the Presbyterian church at Lockport, and has been elder for over thirty years, He has the oldest sweet cherry trees in the county, and the crop of 1896 was over two tons, although the trees were half dead. He was in a woolen mill in Lockport for over eight years. His oldest son died in San Francisco and is buried beside his mother in Lockport.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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