February 2012 edition
to my genealogy pages
NIX and BALLANTINE
- Bartholomew, Cornelius or
married Honora Kane approx 1855 somewhere near Ballymote, Sligo,
To see evidence of my curent 'dead end'. go to my review of the Taunagh
RC parish ledger.
- Michael Nix married
in 1850's, probably in Kilkeedy Parish, Coolbaun, County Clare, Ireland.
- Their son, Patrick
January 1, 1861 in Ireland, probably in Kilkeedy Parish, Coolbaun,
Clare. Source for these 'best guess' clues are on my Clare
page. Died May 3, 1922, buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington,
- Family hearsay: We assume Patrick was the oldest and that he had 2 or 3 younger sisters and a brother.
- Patrick F. Nix emigrated
May 5th, 1877 (age 16), petitioned December 22, 1891 for naturalization
dated, December 26, 1891 (source U.S District Court Prov. R.I. Vol. Yr
1888-1902), See my page of clues for my
at names of his two sponsors.
- the annual directories of
of St. Peter & Paul, then on High Street, corner of Fenner,
Rhode Island identifies a Patrick F. Nix:
- 1891; stonecutter
- 1893; boarding at 187
- 1894; married, living
- 1895; at 387 Atwell's
- Anna Jane Ballantyne's
birthplace and early years are reported to be in the Townland of
specifically, Keash, a local area (not a townland), earlier known as
about 7 miles southeast of Ballymote. Further detail is on my County
- Anna Jane (Ballantyne)
to NYC in about 1886, died in 1958 in Coral Gables, Florida.
- Patrick F. Nix,
June 12, 1893, Anna Jane Ballantyne, 1867-1958, Providence, Rhode
By RC, Rev. Thomas F. Doran. Vol 17, pg 113. Cathedral of SS Peter
Paul, Witnesses were: Frederick McNamby & Maria Healy
- Family was out of Rhode
- Randolph, MA by 1896.
- The 1900 census shows:
F. State : MA, County : Norfolk, Location : Quincy, Roll Number : 671,
Page : 135. From other records we have the street as Douglas Place.
- Hardwick, VT
approximately 1904-1909 and
- employed as stone
in R.I., Quincy, MA and Hardwick, VT
- possibly employed by
Town of Arlington,
- Patrick and Anna Nix had
and a daughter, all deceased:
- Joseph Patrick, b. 7 or
1894, 84 Borden, Providence, R.I.
- Baptised 28 October
E. Brady, Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul, Providence, R.I. Sponsors:
Joseph Ballantine, Mary Ann Crocke (sp?)
- died: January 23, 1955,
Ave., Belmont, Massachusetts
- Married November 26,
Livingston Macdonald, who was born 9 March 1899 and died July 1984 at
Middlesex, County, Massachusetts, 02178.
my mother's parents genealogy is more complete and my sister has worked
on the Macdonald line.
- Joseph and Harriet are
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington, Massachusetts.
- The church of their
funerals has a
website at St. Joseph ,
Common St. Belmont.
- Mr. Nix was self
in the '30's
under his name in dinnerware sales, principally for Limoge. Mrs. Nix
employed by Raytheon Co in Waltham from 1940 to her retirement at age
and for many years a soloist at St. Joseph's, Belmont MA.
- John Francis, b:
5, 1896 Randolph,
MA, d: December 21, 1983 in Arlington, MA . married Mary Creedon, b. 6
April 1904, d. August 10, 1993 at Arlington, Middlesex County,
Zip 02174. John worked up from office boy to office manager of Wilson
Co, Cambridge, Mass.
- Walter Leo, b. 26 March
Massachusetts, d. January 23, 1981 at Burlington, Middlesex County,
Zip 02174. Married Helen G. Gannon, June 1932, born October 28, 1906,
May 2, 1968 at Burlington, Massachusetts. Walter was an accountant with
Ernst and Ernst, Boston.
- Edmund James, b. 05
Massachusetts, d. May 1982 at Deltona, Volusia County, Forida, Zip
Married Alice Shaw, b. 8 October 1906, d. 3 March 1996 at Revere,
Edmund was employed in 1937 by the industrial chemical company, Irving
M. Sobin Co., 72 Granite St.,
Boston and retired from a civilian management position with the U.S.
in Bolsa Chica, Florida.
- Mary Margaret, b.
19 May 1903, D. 16 September 1990, Clearwater, Florida. Retired from
Civil Svc after working post WWII for the VA Hospital near Coral
- Joseph, John and Walter
in the U.S. Navy in WW I, Joseph as a Chief Petty Officer on the
Leviathan, then later on a smaller ship. Walter enlisted as an NCO and
to become an Ensign. John laughingly told us that on numerous trips to
France he never was free enough from his engine room duties to go
The three 'bumped into' each other in Times Square on a New Years Eve,
probably 1918. Edmund enlisted at the Boston Navy Yard but was released
in a few days as being under age, probably 16, having been born
NIX, a generic
According to MacLysaght's, "The
spelling). An Irish patronymic assumed by some families in Woulfe in
Limerick. The two names were used synonymously till recently.(when that
is I don't know).
The Irish surname
based on the personal name of the father of the original bearer of the
name (i.e. 'patronymic'). It is an orthographical variant contraction
"Nick's"(a diminutive form of the English personal name Nicholas plus
genitive saxon " `s " which here indicates "son of".) Thus, "son or
of Nick or Nicholas." The given name Nick/Nicholas derives from the
name "Nicholas," meaning "people's victory." This name was very common
during the Middle Ages and this is shown by the numerous forms that
in diminutive and pet forms. The vernacular form was Nicol and the
form, Nicholas, were also quite common.
Blazon of Arms: Or, a
between three leopards' faces gules. Translation: Or (yellow) denotes
and elevation of mind. Gules (red) signifies magnanimity.
Early references to the
or to a variant date as far back as the eleventh century when
is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Some other early instances
a record of John Filius Nicholai who appeared in the "Hundred Rolls" of
Shropshire in 1273 and one William Nicholas from Bedfordshire who was
in the "Catalogue of Ancient Deeds" in the year 1311. In the Assize
of Oxfordshire there are records of one Henry Nix and one William Nix,
both residents of that county in the year 1273. We also find a record
one Margerita Nikeson who is registered in the Poll Tax Returns of
in 1379. Other records mention one Thomas Nyxsan who married one
Scachyn in London in 1527.
Crest: On a mount, a
Search date: March 23, 1999
The Nixes were Nordic,
as Danes, principally coming in about 1100 A. D. from what is known as
Family lore says in the
relations lived on Long Island, New York.
There is persistent
a Henry Nix played pro football in New York City for the Giants in
and was a relative. In Oct-December 1999 I checked football data via
net and received a reply on alt.sports.football.pro.ny-giants that
was no 'Nix' on the 1941 N.Y Giants and that 'Total Football' which
any player who ever played in a professional game listed the following
'Nixes'; Kent Nix, Doyle Nix, George Nix, Jack Nix, another Jack Nix,
Nix and Roosevelt Nix.
When I checked the Giants
Roster the only '40's era Nix name appearing was their 1943-46
Emory Nix. After some inquiries there is no indication he is related.
to Joe Nix, webmaster.
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