NIXON, Richard M. Typed letter signed ("Richard Nixon"), as Vice-president, to Paul Bleyden, Washington, 24 February 1953. 1 page, 4to, on Vice-presidential stationery, with original franked envelope. [With:] 11 pages of documents and correspondence between Bleyden and Raymond M. Bell concerning Nixon's genealogy.
NIXON TRACES HIS "QUAKER ANCESTRY" BACK TO THE EARLY 1800S, FINDING AN EARLY PHILADELPHIA QUAKER AND A UNION MAN KILLED AT GETTYSBURG. "According to the information we have been able to obtain," Nixon writes to Bleyden, "my great-grandfather moved from Delaware to Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1803, and my grandfather moved from there to Ohio in 1853 where my father was born and lived for several years before going to California. I regret I do not have any information concerning the Friends' meetings which my family attended when they were in Pennsylvania. However, Dr. Raymond M. Bell of Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania has been doing quite a little research on my family's background, and he may be able to furnish you this information."
Bleyden took Nixon's advice and wrote Professor Bell, who sent along a number of documents (included here) detailing the Nixon and Milhous lineages back to 17th century England (for the Nixons) and Ireland (for the Milhouses). Bell found a Nixon Quaker ancestor arriving in Philadelphia in 1683, Robert Scothorn, a leading Quaker, one of whose descendants married George Nixon Jr. in the early 1800s. A George Nixon III was killed at Gettysburg in 1863. Thomas Milhous, from County Kildare, Ireland came to Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1744. His descendants lived in Pennsylvania and - as Nixon notes - Ohio, into the mid-19th century. That's where the Nixon and Milhous lines came together, and only with Nixon's father Frank did the family leave the east coast and settle in Yorba Linda, California, where Nixon was born in 1913 and buried in 1994. Together 12 items.