Edwin W. Bixby

Male 1829 - 1906

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  1. 1.  Edwin W. Bixby was born 11 Jul 1829, St. Albans, VT (son of Rufus Bixby); died 16 Aug 1906, Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH; was buried Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..


    1880 Lawrence Co., OH census: 3rd Ward
    Bixby, Edwin age 50 VT MA ? keeps watches & c.
    Elizabeth age 44 OH WV OH
    Edwin age 23 OH VT OH son
    Henry S. age 16 OH VT OH son
    Clara A. age 14 OH VT OH daughter
    Frank A. age 11 OH VT OH son
    Grace age 08 OH VT OH daughter
    Howard age 05 OH VT OH son
    Myers, Mary age 21 servant

    I.R. July 30, 1891 - Mr. Bixby has adopted a design for an Ironton sovenier spoon. In the bowl of the spoon is an exquisitely engraved pticture of the Memorial Hall.

    S.W.I. Fri., Aug. 17, 1906 - DEATH - CLAIMED THE VENERABLE E. BIXBY THURSDAY - AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS. - ONE OF IRONTON'S MOST ESTEEMED CITIZENS PASSED TO HIS REWARD AT THE HOME OF HIS DAUGHTER, MRS. H. H. CAMPBELL. NO FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS MADE. - E. Bixby, the jeweler, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry H. Campbell, 64 South Second street Thursday afternoon at 12:45 and by his death the city of Ironton loses one of her oldest and most public spirited citizens.

    Honest and straightforward in all his dealings with his fellow man, ever ready to lend a helping hand to the needy and the distressed, always deeply concerned in the welfare of his home city, a man whose home life was above reproach and worthy of emulation, his presence will indeed be greatly missed.

    Edwin Bixby, son of Rufus Bixby, was born in St. Albans, Vermont, on July 11th, 1829 and was a scion of one of New England's earliest settlers, the Bixby family having settled there as early as 1629. Rufus Bixby's family was the first of the name to come west, they having left their New England home early in the nineteenth century, the entire journey having been made by canals and stage.

    The subject of this sketch came to Ironton in 1854, having been urged by friends to come here and open up a jewelry store. He ws met at Portsmouth by the late Ralph Leete who drove Mr. Bixby here in a buggy. With one show case and a small stock of jewelry, Mr. Bixby opened up for business in a little room back of the building now occupied by the Second National Bank. The first person to patronize the new jeweler was Richard Mather, and from that day on Mr. Mather was a regular customer and a warm friend of Mr. Bixby's.

    Mr. Bixby's trade soon outgrew the small room in which he began business here, and he moved to the room now occupied by Frank NeeKamp's shoe store, where he remained for thirty years. About sixteen years ago, he moved to the corner of Third and Center streets, where he was actively engaged in the supervision of his business until a few days ago. In 1855 Mr. Bixby was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Wilson, daughter of Henry Wilson, one of Lawrence county's well known and highly respected early settlers. Mrs. Bixby preceeded her husband in death sixteen years ago. To them were born eight children: Edwin W., cashier of the First National Bank; Frank A., who is associated with his father in the jewelry business; and Mrs. H. H. Campbell, of Ironton; W. A. of Springfield, Mo., L. H., of Chatanooga, Tenn., Clara A., of Belton, Tex., Grace of New York, and Howard, of Green Bay, Wis.

    Mr. Bixby was one of the promoters of the Etna Iron Works and for a number of years served as vice president of the company. He was also financial interested in many other of Ironton's industries. He was a man of good judgment and his opinion was always in demand by his partners in business.

    Mr. Bixby joined the Baptist church at an early age, but during a dissention among the members some years since he changed his membership to the Presbyertian church, in which denomination he took a deep interest. It was while on his way to prayer meeting, Wednesday night week ago, that he fell in a faint between the car track and the church building, from the results of which he never fully recovered, although he was able to be a this store for a short time last Friday. Mr. Bixby had a severe sick spell four years ago, which greatly undermined his health, but he did not begin failing rapidly after his recovery from that illness until about a month ago, since when his delcine has been rapid. Up until a few years ago the deceased was a man of splendid health, and in 1849 nursed a friend through a _____ of cholera at Dayton, Ohio, without contracting the disease.

    While the fact is known to but few, Mr. Bixby was a regular enlisted soldier in the Civil war but because of some physical imperfection was never sent to the front, instead he was given charge of the Home Guards with the rank of captain.

    Of the early business men of Ironton, Mr. Bixby and David Nixon, were the only two left who still personally engaged in business in their own name.

    The arrangements for the funeral have not been made, but will depend upon the time the children from a distance can arrive here. These last sad rites, however, will not be held before Saturday or Sunday, due notice of which will be given in the Irontonian.

    I.R. Aug. 23, 1906 - EDWIN BIXBY - "In the midst of life we are in death." This was never more forcibly brought to our attention than just at the noon hour today, when the hurried whisper passed from mouth to mouth, "Mr. Bixby is dead." There was no man in Ironton better known or more universally esteemed than Mr. Edwin Bixby. He was, during the last few years, a great walker, and every day, he passed about the streets with cheery words for the children and a pleasantry of some kind for the grown-ups. Only a week ago last night, he attended prayer meeting, and on leaving the portals of the church he loved so well, fell in a faint upon the sidewalk. He was removed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. H. Campbell, with whom he resided, and was given the best of medical attention. But he never rallied and died as above mentioned.

    Mr. Bixby was 77 years of age last month and came to Ironton in 1852, when the city was in its infancy. He founded the jewelry establishment, which now bears his name, in 1854, and has since that time given it his personal _______ until a few years ago, when he turned over the management to his son, Frank A. Bixby.

    Mr. Bixby was married to Miss Elizabeth Wilson and of this union there are the following children:

    Mrs. H. H. Campbell, E. W. and F. A. Bixby of this city, W. A., Springfield, Mo., H. L. of Chatanooga, Tenn., Miss Clara of Belton, Texas, Miss Grace of New York City and Howard of Green Bay, Wis. The mother passed to that better world about 16 years ago.

    Coming to this city from his native state, Vermont, he entered at once into the spirit of the Western Iron Metropolis, and was always recognized as one of Ironton's most valuable men. He was influential in securing the present site of Woodland cemetery and at the time of his deth was the valuable secretary of the Board of Trustees. He, beyond doubt, devoted more time to the welfare of beautiful Woodland than any citizen of Ironton. He has also held the positions of vice president of the Etna Iron Works when that institution was organized. He also was for years a director in the Ironton Gas company, besides being connected with numerous other institutions about the city. Mr. Bixby was a life long member of the Presbyterian church and devoted much of his time to further the best interests of that institution. His death will be keenly felt by all.

    The funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

    (Note: his granddaughter, Dorothy Campbell, had just passed away on the 19th of August)

    Edwin married Elizabeth Wilson 1855. Elizabeth (daughter of Henry M. Wilson and Eliza M.) was born 14 Feb 1836, Newark, OH; died Sep 1890, Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH; was buried Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem.. [Group Sheet]

    1. Elizabeth F. Bixby
    2. Walter A. Bixby died Jul 1912.
    3. Edwin W. Bixby was born 10 Oct 1856, Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH; died 12 Jul 1915, Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH; was buried Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..
    4. Henry L. Bixby was born Abt 1864, OH.
    5. Howard Bixby was born Abt 1865, OH.
    6. Clara Bixby was born Abt 1866, OH.
    7. Frank A. Bixby was born Abt 1869, OH.
    8. Grace Bixby was born Abt 1872, OH.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Rufus Bixby
    1. 1. Edwin W. Bixby was born 11 Jul 1829, St. Albans, VT; died 16 Aug 1906, Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH; was buried Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH, Woodland Cem..