Descendants of Clement Maxfield
of Dorchester, Massachusetts
Seventh Generation

ABEL7 MAXFIELD (David6, probably Daniel5-4, Ebenezer3, Samuel2, Clement1) was born in Rhode Island, probably at Bristol, about 1787 . His birth was placed in 1786/7 by the 1850 Census, 1787/8 by his death record, and 1790 by the cemetery record. His parents were David Maxfield and his wife Meribah Wood.

Abel was probably married some time before 1816. His wife, BETSEY CHAFFEE was born at North Kingston, Rhode Island, according to her death record, between 27 November and 26 December 1791, a child of Sanford and Eunice Chaffee. The 1850 census placed her birth in Massachusetts about 1793/4; her cemetery record indicated a 1792 birth.

The Abel Maxfield family was reported at Bristol in federal censuses from 1820 through 1850. The first three of those records indicate the presence of children in the household, in addition to those named below, as follows:

The family of Abel and Betsey Maxfield of Bristol, Rhode Island, was reported in the 1850 Census as follows (Bristol Co., 7):

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
Abel Maxfield 63 M farmer RI
Betsey Maxfield 56 F Mass
William H. Maxfield 33 M laborer RI
Sandford Maxfield 20 M laborer RI

Abel Maxfield died at Bristol on 12 October 1863 (VR RI D 1863:8), and was reported as follows:

Bristol: Oct 12, 1863, Abel Maxfield, 75 yrs, d. Bristol Neck, male, white, married, farmer b. Bristol, American, to David and Meribah Maxfield, dropsey Chest, bur. Bristol
He was buried in the North Burial Ground, Bristol.

The 1870 census (1471:1:22B) reported Betsey Maxfield, age 78, born in Massachusetts, living in Bristol with her son, William H. Maxfield, age 53, born in Rhode Island, a farm laborer.

Betsey died at Bristol on 26 February 1882 (VR RI D 1882:722), and was buried at North Burial Ground, Bristol. Her death record stated:

1882 Deaths, Bristol, Feb 26, Betsey Maxfield 90 y 2 mo d. Back Road, Bristol, female, white, widow, b. North Kingstown, American, to Sanford and Eunice Chafee, old age
Abel and Betsey Maxfield had the following children:
    • b. at Bristol, in 1817 (RI Cem)
    • d. at Warren, R.I., on 2 January 1880 (VR RI D 1880:990)
      • Jan 2, 1880, William H. Maxfield, age 63 y d. Warren, RI, Male, White, Single, farmer b. Bristol, US nationality, to Abel and Betsey Maxfield. Heart disease
    • bur. at North Burial Ground, Bristol
  2. GEORGE WOOD8 MAXFIELD b. at Bristol, abt Mar-Apr 1823
  3. SANFORD C.8 MAXFIELD b. at Bristol in 1828
    • b. abt 1830/1 (age at death)
    • d. at Bristol on 15 May 1850, age 19 years (VR RI 6:1:147)


Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
RI Cem
Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project.
Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, Rhode Island. Vital Records. microfilm, Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Ut.

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