Places called Hickson, Hixson or Hixon
- There is also a village in Canada called Hickson. This village
(near Waterloo, in South Western Ontario, Canada) was named after a man
called Joseph Hickson. Apparently he was born at Otterburn, Northumberland,
England in 1830 and was a railway clerk there in 1861. He came to Canada
in 1862, was an accountant with the Grand Trunk Railroad and then became
General Manager in 1874. He retired in 1890 and was knighted the same year.
When he visited Western Canada at the time of the new railway station at
Hickson, he requested that the station be named after him. (This
information is from the Tweedsmuir Institute History book at the library -
a local history scrapbook compiled by the Hickson Women's Institute).
- There is a small village named Hixon in British Columbia, Canada
near Prince George. It got its name from a Hixon who was a gold prospector
many years ago. Can anyone give me any more details?
- There is an old town named Hixson, Tennessee, which is just northeast of Chattanooga.
Actually it is now a suberb of Chattanooga which has grown to annex this area.
Hixson is a small town on the Cincinnati Southern Railway,
originally named Lookout for the reason that it was at that point that
the civil engineer corps in surveying the line of the railway first
caught a glimpse of Lookout Mountain. This was in 1878. The name was
changed to Hixson in January, 1884. The first store was started there,
March 1, 1881, by E. F. and E. Hixson, and the second during the same
year by H. and G. W. Hixson. A blacksmith shop was also started there
that year by Ephraim Rogers. The Methodist Episcopal Church South,
which is one mile and a half distant, was started in 1866 and now has
about sixty members. The post office there is named Lakeside and was
established March 24, 1880, with Ephraim F. Hixson, postmaster.
Goodspeed's "History of Tennessee" 1887.
One of the residents says: I have been told that I live in the only town in the United States spelled "Hixson".
It is said that stamp collectors send their mail here just to get a postmark with "Hixson"
on it because it is the one and only post office by that particular spelling.
It is a wonderful town, founded by Hixsons, and there are still many of them here.
A few years ago the city of Chattanooga tried to take it over and do away with the Hixson post office.
Businessmen were eager to get that Chattanooga mailing address because to say you live in Chattanooga
sounds so cosmopolitan ..... however, saying you live in Hixson sounds a bit like "Hicksville."
Some of us who value "old things" decided to fight that effort, and we still have our Hixson Post office.
In fact, we were able to get a resolution through the state legislature saying that the name Hixson
was of value to the community.
- These Hixsons come from Greene County, Tennessee. A couple of counties
over from there lived the Hixons who came from Berkeley County, Virginia
- Hickson, North Dakota, United States [Place] is in Cass County;
location is 46°40'10"N 96°48'36"W; elevation is 918 feet [SourceGSP]
- Hickson is the 4,127th most popular last name (surname) in the
United States; frequency is 0.003%; percentile is 60.933 [SourceCBN]
Before most people could write, the name was written by scribes who
wrote down what they heard, so spelling was unimportant. A man could
be called Hickson and his son
recorded as Hixon and his son could
even be Hikson. Thomas Hickson (1650-1728) was once recorded as
Thomas Hixan. I have seen at least
78 different spellings of this name.
Definition of a Journeyman:
A skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft.
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