"Genealogy of the Betts-Robbins" (1995) by: Paul T. Betts, Jr.
Pages 66 & 67

            Eva Fay was born September 22nd, 1893. She was the 2nd child of Tracy George and Estella Betts. At the age of 12 Eva was saved and shortly afterwards on September 9, 1905 was baptizes. She became a member of the North Baptist Church, in October 1909. For 69 years she faithfully served her Lord Jesus Christ through the ministries of the North Baptist Church. She made quilts and she was known for baking cookies.

            Walter Earl Nixson was born July 9, 1889 to the parents of William Nixon and Myra (Cole) Nixson. Myra was born 1856 and died 1918. It is said that William, after the Civil War, got on a train heading north and got off at Corning where he settled down. William and Myra lived on the upper end of Baker St.

            Eva and Walter were married May 12, 1913. He was a painter and wallpaper hanger. He had and art in mixing different colors of paints to match any color you wanted. He also could match wallpaper just by looking at it. He was well know in his trade. Walter's hobby was collecting guns. He bought , sold them, and repaired them.

            William Earl, the 1st child, was born 6/23/1913 while they were living on Baker St. They then moved to Sly Ave. across from the Church. He died 10/17/1913 while they lived at Sly Ave. and was buried in the Betts' family cemetery plot at Barnard Cemetery on one of the front lots.

            They moved back on Baker St. just a few houses down from where they first lived. This was where Eva and Walter's second child, Ivan Tracy, was born 8/18/1914. He served 4 years in the U. S. Army. Ivan worked for the New York Central Railroad until his retirement. He died October 22, 1991. He dropped the "s" in Nixson.

            They moved to Reynolds Avenue, and they lived there until their death. This was where their third child, Chester (Living - Withheld), was born (Living - Withheld). Chet worked in Corning Glass Works and did TV. repair. He also painted houses on the side.

            Eva and Walter's fourth child, Lillian was born 9/25/1920. Lillian worked as a cashier for 26 years and now is a volunteer at a lunch program for Seniors at South Corning Town Hall.

            Lewis (Living - Withheld), the Fifth child was born (Living - Withheld). He taught in Batavia, N. Y., Kindergarten through12th grade art. In the summer he painted houses. Lewis would paint pictures at the reunions. Everyone would put their names in a hat and the name drawn would get the painting. He was quite the artist. When Lewis was in the service, he dropped the "s" in Nixson.

            Jean (Living - Withheld), Eva and Walter's last child, was born (Living - Withheld). In high school, Jean was on the Honor Society. She worked at Evars Carpet in East Corning.

            Eva and Walter lived at 424 Reynolds Ave., in Corning. She took care of her mother the last years of Estella's live. She was bed ridden.

            Walter passed away on July 16th, 1962 and Eva passed away on February 1st, 1978. They were buried at Fairview Cemetery in Painted Post, N. Y. On their tombstone the "s" was dropped in Nixson.

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Obituary - "The Leader" - Saturday, February 4, 1978
            Eva F. Nixon, 84, of 424 Reynolds Ave. died Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. in Corning Hospital.
            She has been a patient since Oct. 29.
            Born in Corning Sept. 22, 1893, the daughter of Tracy G. and Estella Robbins Betts, she married Walter E. Nixon May 12, 1913 in Corning. He died July 18, 1962.
            She was a member of the North Baptist Church and its Philathea Class; a member of the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and the Greater Corning Area Senior Citizens Club.
            Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Lillian) Fuller of Coopers Plains and Mrs. James (Jean) Wenban of Painted Post; sons, Ivan T. Nixon of Elkland, Pa., Chester H. of South Corning and Lewis E. of Perry; four brothers, Leamon Betts of Westfield, N.J., Clarence of Tampa, Fla., Paul of New Port Richey, Fla. and Glenn of Bath; sisters, Ethel Perry of Corning, Florence Carlton of Bradford, Laura Morgan of Binghamton; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
            Friends may call at the Carpenter Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the North Baptist Church with Rev. William Campbell, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post.

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Obituary - "The Corning Leader" - Tuesday, July 17, 1962
            Walter Earl Nixon, 73, of 424 (missing) Monday at his residence, following a six weeks illness.
            Mr. Nixon was born in Corning July 9, 1889 to the late William and Myra Cole Nixon. A lifetime resident of Corning, Mr. Nixon retired eight years ago. A painter by trade, he worked for the Corning Building Company and in later years for C. L. (missing) Contracting Corp. He was a member of the Painted Post (missing). His wife is the former Eva Betts, whom he married in Corning on May 12, 1913.
            Surviving are his wife: five children, Mrs. Richard (Lillian) Fuller of Coopers, Mrs. James (Jean) Wenban of Painted Post, Ivan of Bradford RD 1, Chester of Riverside, and Lewis of Warsaw; one sister, Mrs. Alice Sensabaugh of Corning; 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
            The body is at Phillips Funeral Home in Corning, where friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 until 9. The funeral will be held there Wednesday at 11 a.m., Pastor Fred Lane of the Curtis Bible Church officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Painted Post.

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Walter & Eva Nixson's Grave
Eva Fay Nixson
(1893 - 1978)
Walter Earl Nixson
(1889 - 1962)
Fairview Cemetery
Painted Post, Steuben Co., NY.

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