Mary Davis Nixon West

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We could find no personal information about Mary Nixon. Our research did find a common thread of the typical woman's life in Pennsylvania at the time Mary was alive.

"For many women, being single was not an option they were willing to take since the life of a single woman did not necessarily provide stability even if it gave them freedom that they would not experience in their married lives. While it was ideal for a woman to get married marriage rates varied depending on race, ethnicity and especially social class. Among the elite, there was a higher percentage of women that did not marry or married later than their poorer female counterparts. Once a woman did decide to wed, unlike single women who had property rights that were protected, married women lost their independent control of their property to their husbands. On the one hand while a married woman lost many of her rights she hoped in return she would gain stability. Under Pennsylvania law, a husband would be required to support their wives as long as they were married in order for these women to not become a financial burden to their friends and families, themselves and society." (Pennsylvania, Women, Women in Early America and Pennsylvania by apayne@rollins.edu)

"On the surface, the revolution did little for ordinary people because it had never initially promised to: it had been sparked by opposition to unfair taxation, standing armies and oppressive government – not the mistreatment or the rights of the poor, women, slaves or ‘Indians’. If there were social changes then they were subtle, complex and incidental, rather than being an explicit aim of the revolution." (Post-Revolution Social Changes, Alpha History 2018)

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Mary Davis Nixon
Birth: 29 Sep 1770 in British Colony of Massachusetts
Death: 7 Oct 1848 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial: 15 Oct 1848 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: Nixon-3656

Married: 10 Jan 1793 in Pennsylvania County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Francis West
Birth: 14 Sep 1761in Philadelphia, British Colony of Pennsylvania
Death: 29 Jun 1843 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial: 03 Jul 1843 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15257

Children:

Elizabeth Ann (West) Hemsley
Born: 28 Sep 1795 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: on 08 Jun 1887 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15356

William Henry West
Born: 16 Mar 1797 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 05 Jun 1853 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15357

John Wharton West
Born: 27 Oct 1798 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 24 Nov 1852 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
WikiNo: West-15250

Anna Maria West
Born: 12 Jul 1800 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 28 Feb 1873 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA.
WikiNo: West-15361

James West
Born: 16 May 1802 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 03 Nov 1883 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15358

Helen Catherine (West) Champlin
Born: 25 Mar 1804 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 08 Apr 1889 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15362

Francis West
Born: 05 Mar 1810 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 24 Sep 1868 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15359

Caroline West
Born: 05 Jan 1812 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 02 Feb 1890 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
WikiNo: West-15360

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