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Betty Baird Nickerson

Betty Nickerson and friends sit on a cannon atop Fort Jay with NYC in the background.
Betty Baird Nickerson sitting with friends on a cannon on top of Fort Jay
Photo donated by Betty Nickerson
 

Betty Baird Nickerson lived on Governors Island from the age of ten until she was sixteen. Her father, Col. George H. Baird was a cavalry officer, who served on the generals’ staff, and was one of a line of successful soldiers in his family. She fondly remembers life on Governors Island being accommodating to her, and other children.

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Did You Know?

German immigrant family

In 1860, nearly half of the enlisted men stationed on Governors Island had immigrated to New York from either Ireland or Germany. Women immigrants from these countries also took their first jobs "off the boat" as maids and servants in the officers' homes on the island.