Beula Viene Wood (Nixon)

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About Beula Viene Wood (Nixon)

The Nixon Women of Texas

When one views the photo of the spacious plantation home set on 14, 000 acres of the Texas Hill Country, most likely think, all the Nixon women were the typical southern debutantes.

Attending social events, wearing the latest Paris or New York fashions the Nixon daughters did not disappoint the crowds. They were members of the Junior League, Eastern Star, and many charitable organizations along the way.

Capt. Robert Thomas Nixon made sure if they desired, they attended the best prep schools, dance, music, foreign language, finishing schools, and colleges as well. This is where the typical debutante story ends.

The Nixon girls were on horseback herding livestock and mending fences. Many became accomplished equestrians as did their grandchildren. They also learned alongside their brothers how to manage a large plantation.

They were able to choose what profession and college degree they wanted, with one exception, their father refused to pay for a teaching degree at a teacher’s college, he said the salary was too low, so they must choose a profession and a degree they would support them and a family. This was the generation that started our family tradition of the East Coast Prep School, Philip Exeter.

The Nixon daughters and were treated exactly equal to the Nixon sons. This was unusual for this time in history, but normal for the Nixon linage over generations. They were originally from the Friend’s Religion, known as Quaker for several generations until their father arrived in Texas.

After working on the ranch, they would come in in the evening to dress for a formal social affair, their choice if they wanted to attend, looked like a debutante, and being presented to society. If only others at the events would have seen them hours earlier roping calves and branding cattle, or cooking, cleaning beside the maids, only the Nixon women could do both successfully and with grace.




Biography

Beula Viene Wood was born on September 13, 1873, in Guadalupe County, Texas, USA. Her parents were Captain (CSA), Robert Thomas Nixon and Frances Amanda Nixon.

Beula married Edmund Franklin Wood on May 12, 1897, in Guadalupe County, Texas, USA. Together they had the following children:

She died on May 23, 1967, in Luling, Caldwell, Texas, USA, and was buried in Luling City Cemetery, Luling, Caldwell County, Texas, USA. * Reference: Find A Grave Memorial -






References "Early Nixon's of Texas" by Pat Ireland Nixon, MD, Genealogies by Dr. and Mrs. Pat Ireland Nixon, Jr., Published by Carl Hertzog, El Paso, Texas 1956- Ref. [2] [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89082553272&view=1up&seq=11]

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Beula Viene Wood (Nixon)'s Timeline

1873
September 13, 1873
Guadalupe County, Texas, USA
1898
March 2, 1898
Luling, Caldwell Co., Texas, USA
1899
September 19, 1899
Luling, Caldwell Co., Texas, USA
1901
March 26, 1901
Guadalupe Co. TX
1903
October 18, 1903
Luling, Guadalupe, County, Texas, USA
1905
October 5, 1905
Old Nixon, Guadalupe, Texas, United States
1908
1908
Texas
1911
December 23, 1911
Guadalupe County, Texas, USA
1913
1913
Texas, United States