Viola Mae Wilson (Nixon)

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About Viola Mae Wilson (Nixon)


Viola Mae Nixon was born on January 31, 1864 in Guadalupe County, Texas, USA. Her parents were Captain Robert Thomas Nixon and Laura Ann Nixon.

Viola married Harrison Garrett Wilson in 1891. Together they had the following children:

She died on November 25, 1937, in Yancey, Medina, Texas, USA []

The Nixon Women of Texas

When one views the photo of the spacious plantation home Viola Nixon was raised, set on 14, 000 acres of the Texas Hill Country, they 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 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 along with their brothers how to manage a large ranch business.

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 equally 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 and joined the Methodist Church.

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.


"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 []

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Viola Mae Wilson (Nixon)'s Timeline

January 31, 1864
Guadulpe County, Texas, USA
August 13, 1892
Yancey, Medina County, TX, United States
October 26, 1893
January 30, 1895
Yancy, Texas, USA
February 20, 1896
Yancey, Medina, Texas, USA
June 30, 1897
Yancy, Medina, Texas
September 23, 1898
Hondo, Medina County, TX, United States
February 23, 1900
Yancey, Medina County, Texas, United States of America
August 3, 1902
Texas, Medina Co, Yancey