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):
|William H. Maxfield||33||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. BristolHe 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 ageAbel and Betsey Maxfield had the following children:
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