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 Alexander Nixon

Alexander Nixon

Birth
Ireland
Death 13 Jun 1878 (aged 30–31)
Bodie, Mono County, California, USA
Burial Bodie, Mono County, California, USA
Memorial ID 5855482 · View Source
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President of the Miners Union. Native of Tyrone, Ireland. He was killed in a shootout at Gallagher and O'Brien's Saloon by his friend Tom McDonald in a drunken argument over which was the better man.

Epitaph reads: "Gone but not forgotten."


Sacramento Daily Union, 6/14/1878
Alex. Nixon was shot and killed by Thomas McDonald, Wednesday night, at Bodie.

Pacific Rural Press, 6/22/1878
Thomas McDonald shot and killed Alexander Nixon, at Bodie, in a drunken brawl. Nixon was President of the Miners' Union.

(The above was posted by Lonnie DeCloedt.)

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Sacramento Daily Union, 6/14/1878:

Killed in a Drunken Brawl. Bodie, June 13th. – Thos. McDonald shot and killed Alex. Nixon last night in a drunken brawl. Nixon was President of the Miners’ Union here.

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Esmeralda Herald (Aurora), 6/15/1878:

The Shooting at Bodie.

About half-past two o’clock last Thursday morning Alex Nixon and Tom McDonald had a difficulty in Gallagher & O’Brien’s saloon. Nixon was abusive and finally knocked McDonald down. The latter appeared stunned for a few moments and when he arose from the floor he told Nixon it was hard for a man to be knocked down for nothing. Nixon called him a son of a bitch, and either struck at or struck him again. McDonald drew his pistol and Nixon did the same. Bystanders could not say exactly who fired first, but Nixon at the crack of the pistols fell to the floor. Here is continued to whirl and writhe, but still kept shooting with his whistler. McDonald shot at him twice on the floor but did not hit. McDonald’s first shot struck Nixon in the right side, passing through the lower ribs and producing a wound from the effects of which he died in a short time. Several bullets went wide of the intended mark, some passing through the back door and some into the walls. One bullet went through the back door and through a window on the opposite side of the street where it lodged over a sleeper’s head. Considering that both men had whistlers and fired very rapidly it was miraculous that no outsiders were injured. Nixon, when sober, is said to have been a good fellow, but in liquor was very quarrelsome. He had some trouble of a serious nature in Pioche some years ago, and a year ago last April at Belleville (Nevada/ss) he shot and severely wounded Ramon Montenegro, a young Spaniard well known in this locality.

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Daughters of the American Revolution, Vital Records from Cemeteries in California, Volume 13 (Book 18), pp. 119-121 (Bodie, CA, 9/28/1952), CSL Book Collection, qc 929.2 D2c: listed as Alexander Nixon, A native of, Tyrone, Ireland, B. 1847, D. June 13, 1878, Age 31 yrs.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Vital Records from Cemeteries in California, Volume 16 (Book 21), pp. 168-171 (Bodie, CA, 1957), CSL Book Collection, qc 929.2 D2c: listed as Alexander Nixon, native of Tyrone, Ireland, born 1847, died June 13, 1878, age 31 yrs

California cemeteries tombstone inscriptions, Northern Sierra area 1850s-1959 (Verna Stumpf Paterson and members of Reno Chapter of the Daughters’ of the American Colonists, LDS Family History Library Film No. 1320853, Item 19): listed as Alexander Nixon, b. 1847, d. 13 Jun 1878 aged 31, N/o Tyrone, Ire

Daughters of the American Revolution, Vital Records from Cemeteries in California, Volume 18 (Book 23), pp.82-83 (Bodie Cemetery, 9/3/1966), CSL Book Collection, qc 929.2 D2c: listed as Alexander Nixon, Native of Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1847, D. June 13, 1878, aged 31 yrs


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  • Maintained by: Sue
  • Originally Created by: Lonnie DeCloedt
  • Added: 18 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5855482
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alexander Nixon (1847–13 Jun 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5855482, citing Bodie Cemetery - Miners Union Section, Bodie, Mono County, California, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 47371789) .