Descendants of Clement Maxfield
of Dorchester, Massachusetts
Fifth Generation

EBENEZER5 MAXFIELD (John4-3, Samuel2, Clement1) , son of John Maxfield and his wife Ruth Blake, was born at Dorchester, Massachusetts, on 24 May 1743 (BRC 21:99).

Ebenezer Maxfield married, at Dorchester on 9 August 1770, as his first wife, ELIZABETH HAWES, who was also from Dorchester, (BRC 21:231) The Rev. Mr. Jonathan Bowman performed the ceremony. She died there in November, 1777 (BRC 21:266).

Ebenezer Maxfield fought as a soldier in the Continental Army throughout the Revolutionary War. His record included the following:

Dorchester. Private, Capt. Oliver Billing's and Lieut. Lemuel Clap's co., Col. Lemuel Robinson's regt., which assembled April 19, 1775; service, 3 days;
also, Capt. Lemuel Clap's (1st Dorchester) co., Col. Benjamin Gill's regt.; enlisted March 7, 1776; discharged March 8, 1776; service 2 days, at the time of taking Dorchester Heights;
also, same co. and regt.; enlisted March 14, 1776; discharged March 26, 1776; service 12 days;
also, Capt. Lemuel Clap's co., Col. Pierce's regt.; marched March 1, 1778; discharged April 3, 1778; service 1 mo. 3 days; company ordered to march to Castle Island;
Private, Capt. Jeremiah Putnam's co., Col. Nathaniel Wade's regt.; detached Nov. 1, 1778; service to Dec. 31, 1778, 2 mos 4 days, at Rhode Island, including 4 days (75 miles) travel home;
also, same co. and regt.; muster roll dated North Kingston, Nov. 6, 1778; enlistment to expire Jan 1, 1779.
also, Capt. Lemuel Clap's co.; enlisted May 12, 1779; discharged Aug 11, 1779; service 3 mos.;
also, same co.; enlisted Aug. 13, 1779; discharged Oct. 31, 1779; service 2 mos. 19 days;
also, same co.; enlisted Nov. 1, 1779; discharged Jan 31, 1780; service, 3 mos.;
also, same co.; enlisted Feb. 1, 1780; service to May 1, 1780, 3 mos.;
also, same co., enlisted May 1, 1780, discharged July 31, 1780; service 3 mos;
also, same co.; enlisted Aug. 1, 1780; discharged Oct 31, 1780; above service from May 12, 1779, with Maj. Nathaniel Heath's detachment of guards at Dorchester Heights;
also, Capt. Caleb Champney's co. of guards; enlisted Nov. 1, 1780; discharged Jan. 31, 1781; service 3 mos.; company detached from militia in accordance with request of Gen. Heath for service at and about Boston guarding Continental stores; roll endorsed "Maj'r Heath Detach't;" also, same co.; enlisted Feb. 1, 1781; discharged May 6, 1781; service 3 mos. 6 days, at Boston, guarding Continental stores at request of Gen. Heath.
(MSSRW 10:366)
After widespread destruction in Dorchester in February 1776, a number of persons were assessed for damages. Ebenezer Maxfield was assessed 4 shillings (GR 53:73).

Ebenezer married, as his second wife, SARAH LANGLEY, also of Dorchester. Rev. Mr. Moses Everett performed the ceremony at Dorchester on 13 September 1781 (BRC 21:236).

Ebenezer Maxfield died at Dorchester on 1 January 1825, age 82 years (BRC 21:371).

Ebenezer Maxfield and his first wife Elizabeth Hawes had the following children:

    • b. at Dorchester on 23 October 1770 (BRC 21:177)
    • bp. at Dorchester on 30 December 1770 (GR 68:234)
    • b. at Dorchester on 8 February 1772 (BRC 21:178)
    • bp. at Dorchester on 16 February 1772 (GR 68:234)
    • b. at Dorchester on 13 November 1773 (BRC 21:181)
    • bp. at Dorchester on 1 May 1774 (GR 68:236)
    • d. at Roxbury, Mass., on 12 July 1843 (age 68) (VR Ma 3:35)
    • b. at Dorchester on 1 August 1775 (BRC 21:183)
    • bp. at Dorchester on 5 November 1775 (GR 68:237)


Sources abbreviated above include:

BRC 21
City of Boston, Report of the Records Commissioners. Vol. 21: Dorchester Births, Marriages and Deaths to the End of 1825. Boston: Rockwell and Churchill, 1891.
New England Historical and Genealogical Register.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Secretary, ed. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War. Boston: Wright L. Potter, 1902.
Massachusetts Vital Records. Division of Vital Statistics, State House, Boston, Ma.; microfilm, Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Ut.

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