William Wixom

Physician in Nevada County

Description:

William Wallace Wixom (born c.1826) is the resident physician at several mining camps in eastern Nevada County. He and his wife (Maria O’Boy Wixom) live in Alpha – a small town of a few hundred about halfway from Nevada City to the Donner Pass. They have no children.

Originally from Michigan – the couple moved to California in 1851 almost immediately after his graduation from medical school.

Dr. Wixom is well-known for his friendship with the local Indian tribes, and is one of the few white men known to be fluent in the languages of the Shoshone (Utah) and Miwok-Maidu (Central Valley).

The Wixoms are also known for their marvelous singing voices – though they favor popular operatic music like Rossini and Verdi, rather than the sacred.

Rumors that they aren’t really from Michigan (and that William isn’t really a doctor) haunt this eccentric couple – the most common that they were in a minstrel troupe “back east”.

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William Wixom

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