JOHN C. NIXON. The possibilities of agriculture in Macoupin county are well understood by John C. Nixon, who has been engaged in farming in this county ever since his boyhood. He was born in Bird township, October 22, 1863, and is a son of George and Mary (Womack) Nixon, the former of whom was a native of Ohio and the latter of Macoupin county. The father grew to manhood in the Buckeye state and engaged in farming there, but in 1861, about the time of the outbreak of the Civil war, came to Macoupin county, Illinois, and rented a farm. He was married to Miss Mary Womack in this county and shortly after that event purchased sixty acres of land in Bird township, which he cleared and improved. He continued upon this place for twenty-two years, when he sold it and rented a large farm, being assisted in his work by a family of eight boys. He died October 9, 1909. The mother is still living on the old Scotch Carr farm, where her husband spent his last days, and is now sixty-seven years of age, being one of the honored residents of the community.
John C. Nixon was reared in Macoupin county and in the district schools he secured his introduction to education, which he has greatly widened by reading and observation. He assisted his father in farm work until twenty-six years of age, and was then married and rented land, which he cultivated on his own account. He is now renting the Dr. Mathews farm of eighty-six and two-thirds acres in Carlinville township and meets with well merited success. He raises fifty head of hogs each year and also keeps thirty head of sheep, nine head of cattle and nine head of horses, his income each year showing a gratifying increase.
On the 4th of September, 1889, Mr. Nixon was married to Miss Emma J. Bown, a daughter of John and Charlotte (Sawtell) Bown, both of whom were born in England. The father came to Illinois many years ago and engaged in farming in Macoupin county but later removed to Kansas, and is now living retired having reached the age of seventy-four years. The mother died in June, 1899. Mrs. Emma J. Nixon was called away March 25, 1905, and on January 4, 1907, Mr. Nixon was again married, his second union being with Miss Bessie Thompson, a daughter of Richard and Clara (Bown) Thompson, both of whom were born in Illinois. The father is engaged in farming in Macoupin county and is now fifty-four years old. The mother died in July, 1906. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Nixon: Clara M., who is four years of age, Annetta May, aged two years; and Harold C., who is one year old.
Fraternally Mr. Nixon is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America and politically he gives his adherence to the republican party. He has never aspired to public office but has served as school director, a position he filled t the general satisfaction of the people. In religious belief he is a Methodist and is an active church member, his wife also belonging to this denomination. He has taken advantage of modern ideas in the conduct of his business and the results have been uniformly satisfactory.