Nixon Covey (1791 - 1879)

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Birthplace: Havre-De-Grace, Hartford, Maryland, United States
Death: Died in Estill, KY, United States
Occupation: 1850 Census lists occupation as Clergyman C.C.
Managed by: Karen Mattox
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About Nixon Covey

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=janrobison&id=I08051

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Entries: 44313 Updated: Sun Sep 14 10:15:18 2003 Contact: Jan Robison

ID: I08051

Name: Nixon COVEY

Sex: M

Birth: 1 MAR 1791 in Maryland

Death: 20 JUN 1879

Death: 1879

Fact 2: 4 APR 1999

Fact 6: Clergyman

Fact 7: Baptist

Note:

All information on the Nixon Covey line came from Tamee Elaine Hays Fechhelm, daughter of Norma Jean Covey.[covey5.FTW]

Lived in Breathitt County, Kentucky during the 1850 census.

Lived in Irvin, Estill County, Kentucky during the 1860 census.

LDS places the place of birth as Cincinnati, Hamilton County,

Ohio.

Marriage 1 Susan WILLOUGHBY b: 22 FEB 1811 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

Married: 8 MAY 1828

Married: 8 MAY 1828 in Kentucky

Children

Minerva Jane Ellen COVEY b: 2 AUG 1830 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Susan Ann Elizabeth Mariah Louisa Josphine COVEY b: 18 JAN 1840 in Breathitt County, Kentucky
Jeremiah Weldon COVEY b: 5 DEC 1844 in Kentucky or Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Eleanor COVEY b: 1831 in Perry County, Kentucky
William Leonidas Lycurgus COVEY b: 15 DEC 1832 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Zintippaarin Elizabeth COVEY b: 13 APR 1835 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
James Hardin Nixon COVEY b: 27 AUG 1837 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Mary Cockrell Paulina COVEY b: 2 AUG 1842 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
David or Daniel Benjamin Franklin COVEY b: 29 JAN 1849 in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

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http://www.rootsweb.com/~kygenweb/kybiog/breathitt/combs.wm.txt

Dr. John J. Dickey Diary, Fleming County, Ky. Recorded in the 1870's and

beyond. Reprinted in Kentucky Explorer, Vol 10, Number 10, April, 1996. p.

85. By permission. Breathitt County.

(This interview made at Jackson, Kentucky July 19, 1898)

WILLIAM M COMBS

Reverend Nixon Covey, a local Methodist preacher, taught school in the Cut Off at Jackson in 1844. I went to school to him in 1844. He is the grandfather of the Barnetts.

Reverend Carlisle Babbitt was an early circuit rider. He reproved Nathan Noble for cooking on Sunday. Next time, he gave him cold bread. Babbitt asked for the warm bread which Noble had cooked for himself, but he did not get it. His wife, Aunt Jennie, was a member of the Methodist Church.

Babbitt preached on Lost Creek and Troublesome. It was old Mrs. Allen who told him where to find his sheep. It was at a log rolling; Mrs. Allen was there. He stopped. Mrs. Allen was a little tipsy and asked him his business. "I am hunting lost sheep (of Israel)." "I say that is your ram at old Bill (Jake) Noble's."

Some say she said, "Ill be d--ned." I went to school to a circuit rider in the old Baptist church on Troublesome. Reverend Richard Smith married Malissie Combs, an ancestor of Bad Tom Smith.

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From: "Jean Dalrymple" <motherd@theriver.com>

Subject: [KYMONTGO-L] Nixon Covey

Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 09:41:38 -0700

Thanks for the information, I am forwarding it on to the lists... J. <><

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Subject: (no subject)

Hi, Jean. I'm not related and don't know anything, except Nixon Covey is in the 1850 Breathitt KY census and his wife Susannah, is 40, born in KY. (he's 59, a clergyman C.C., born in Maryland)

Wm. L. D., 17 is a farmer,

Josephine is 9

Jeremi W. L. M. O. (a son) is 5

Danl. B. F. is 1

and someone named Margaret Wells, age 18, is living with them. She was b in Ky., but it doesn't mention any other birth places for the kids. Is this a daughter of Susannah from a previous marriage? This Susannah surely wasn't his 1st wife... she's too young for him. There are other Wells... a guy named Anderson age 19, who is a coalminer, living with a bunch of guys, born in VA, and John Wells, Jr. It did say he was 20 or 21, but a 3 is over the 2. He's a millwright, b in KY., with wife, Sarah 21, and dau Mary age 1.

AND, on down the census, there is a Harmon Barnett, 24, married to

Eleanor, 20, and their 1st son, age 3, is Nixon! This just has to be his daughter who named her son after her father. She's born VA or KY

In 1830 he (Nixon Covey) was in Montgomery Co., KY (Jeffersonville twp)In 1840 he was in Morgan Co., KY

Are you in correspondence with a Janet L. Robison jrobison2@aol.com

She seems to have quite a bit on Nixon Covey at this site...

http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/r/o/b/Janet-L-Robison/index.html

Good luck.

Joanne

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MARTIN VAN BUREN ESTES, b. September 08, 1836, Estill County Kentucky; m. MILLIE ANN WALLING, September 08, 1865, Home of Abner Wiseman by Rev. Nixon Covey.

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Excerpt from:

Recollections of Breathitt

By J. GREEN TRIMBLE

Ninety-One Years of Age

http://www.breathittcounty.com/TrimblesBook.html

Rev. Nixon Covey was originally from Montgomery county and was a school teacher by profession. He located at Hazel Green in 1839, and taught school there until he moved to Jackson. He was converted by the preaching of "Raccoon" John Smith at Hazel Green, who was one of the most distinguished ministers of the Christian church in Kentucky. After he joined the church, Mr. Covey commenced preaching the next day, and continued to preach until his death, which occurred in Estill county about twenty years ago. He taught school in Breathitt county until about the beginning of the Civil War. Previous to his conversion he was a wicked and dissipated man.

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Don't know if this means anything, but it does raise question if nothing else. From what I understand from different members of your family, Nixon was born a Donnavan but got in trouble and went to Ky and changed the name to Covey. Others say no way, born a Covey. And others have said they have checked and even gone to Hartford Co., md. and found nothing on any Donnavans'. Okay, the other nite I ran across an Elizabeth Covey who married a Daniel Donnavan 18 Jun 1778 HArtford Co., Md. I've checked and so far no other Coveys can be found in that area. I've always said that there was probably something to the story, just what I didn't know. And it's possible, that the story is true. And even though they were married in 1778 and Nixon was born in the 1790s, that these are still his parents. and he did take his mother's name for what ever reason. Just keep in mind all this is strictly guess work. I'm still checking. Let me know what you think. Wes

From: "Karen Mattox"

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Subject: Nixon Covey

Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 16:01:46 -0500

Wes,

I got your reply to my ages old post on genforum, and I would be extremely

interested if you might know who Nixon Covey's parents are. No one else

seems to know.

Thanks,

Karen Mattox

wescovey@hotmail.com, Thu 11/20/2003 7:17 p.m. -------------------- Legend has it that Nixon Covey was from Havre de Grace, and that he changed his name when he came to

Kentucky after killing a man. His name may have been Donavan or Donahue. Legend also has that he came from

a wealthy family, and from the looks of his education for that period of time, some part of the legend may be true.

Records also indicate that Nixon fought in the war of 1812.

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The below text is from "Recollections of Breathitt" by J. Green Trimble, pub. 1916 when he was 91 years of age.

www.breathittcounty.com/TrimblesBook.html

"Rev. Nixon Covey was originally from Montgomery county and was a school teacher by profession. He located

at Hazel Green in 1839, and taught school there until he moved to Jackson. He was converted by the preaching of

"Raccoon" John Smith at Hazel Green, who was one of the most distinguished ministers of the Christian Church

in Kentucky. After he joined the church, Mr. Covey commenced preaching the next day, and continued to preach

until his death, which occurred in Estill county about twenty years ago. He taught school in Breathitt county until

about the beginning of the Civil War. Previous to his conversion he was a wicked and dissipated man."

Nixon came to Estill Co. KY about 1856 and remained there until his death. He was a baptist preacher and

traveled extensively rather than pastor a church in his county. All records indicate that he lived in the White Oak

or Chestnut Stand area of Estill Co. and he and his wife Susan are buried in unmarked graves on White Oak in

what was called the Cool Spring Cemetery.

(source: unknown author?) According to Janice Sexton, Nixon and his wife are buried in the following location.

Take Hwy 89 out of Irvine towards Winchester. A little ways out side of Irvine you turn right onto White Oak

Rd. Travel until you see the a large church on the right with a cemetery. Nixon and Susan are buried near the

very large oak tree. There are no markers.

The 1830 Montgomery Co KY census (pg 5) lists Nixon Covey living in Jeffersonville. In 1840 Nixon is found

on the Morgan Co census on pg 311. In 1850 Nixon is listed as a 59 year old Clergyman in the Breathitt Co KY

census reel 193, pg 22. In 1860 and 1870 Nixon can be found in the Estill Co KY census. His occupation is

listed as minister in 1860 and teacher in 1870.

death of the twin babies (?)march...one died 15th and the other17th 1881

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Nixon Covey's Timeline

1791
March 1, 1791
Havre-De-Grace, Hartford, Maryland, United States
1828
May 8, 1828
Age 37
Montgomery, Ky
1830
August 2, 1830
Age 39
Montgomery,Co.,Kentucky
1832
December 15, 1832
Age 41
Morgan Co KY
1835
April 13, 1835
Age 44
KY, USA
1837
August 27, 1837
Age 46
Kentucky
1840
January 18, 1840
Age 48
1842
January 18, 1842
Age 50
Kentucky
1844
December 5, 1844
Age 53
Morgan,Ky
1847
January 29, 1847
Age 55
Breathitt Co.,Kentucky