Descendants of Clement Maxfield
of Dorchester, Massachusetts
Eighth Generation

GEORGE WOOD 8 MAXFIELD (Abel7, David6, probably Daniel5-4, Ebenezer3, Samuel2, Clement1) was born at Bristol, Rhode Island, between 9 March and 8 April 1823, according to his death record. His parents were Abel Maxfield and his wife Betsey Chaffee.

RUTH ANN BARNARD and George W. Maxfield, both of Bristol, were married at Thompson, Connecticut, on 4 August 1844 (Barbour I), by a Justice of the Peace, Vernon Stiles. Ruth Ann was born at Bristol, according to the birth records of several of her children, on August 1824, according to the 1900 census.

George Maxfield was called an engineer in the 1850 census, a farmer in 1854, laborer in 1857, and engineer again in 1869 on the birth record of a child. The 1870 census called him a stationary engineer of a steam engine; the 1880 census called him a farmer. These records also indicated that the George and Ruth Maxfield family lived in Bristol through 1852, were in Swansea, Massachusetts, in 1854, in Bristol again in 1857 and 1859, in North Providence, Rhode Island, in 1869 and 1870, and back in Bristol in 1880.

The George Maxfield family was reported at Warren, Rhode Island, in the 1850 Census (Bristol Co., 88), as follows:

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
George Maxfield 27 M engineer RI
Ruth A. Maxfield 25 F RI
Ann E. Maxfield 6 F RI school
George H. Maxfield 4 M RI school
Susan Maxfield 1 F RI

The 1870 census reported the family in North Providence (Pawtucket Post Office) (1476:1:342A):

Name Age Sex Race Occupation R.E. P.E. Birth Other
Maxfield, George W. 48 M W runs stationary engine, steam engine RI
Maxfield, Ruth 44 F W keeping house RI
Maxfield, William H. 18 M W file cutter RI
Maxfield, Francis E. 16 M W works in paper mill RI
Maxfield, Andrew M. 12 M W at home RI school
Maxfield, Chauncey W. 10 M W at home RI school
Maxfield, Eunice H. 11/12 F W at home RI b. July

The 1880 census (1209:18D) reported the shrinking family at Bristol:

Name Related MS Sex Race Age B Occupation FB MB
Geo. W. Maxfield self M M W 58 RI farmer RI RI
Ruth A. Maxfield wife M F W 55 RI keeping house France RI
Andrew M. Maxfield son S M W 22 RI carpenter RI RI
Wm. H. Maxfield son S M W 28 RI farmer RI RI

George W. Maxfield died at Warren, Rhode Island, on 8 October 1894 (VR RI D 1894:805). The event was reported as follows.

1894 Deaths Warren Town: Oct 8, George Wood Maxfield, 71 y 6 mo Vernon Street, Warren, male, white, married, retired, b. Bristol, RI, American, to Abel Maxfield and Betsey Maxfield; enlargement of heart due to adhesions
The 1900 census (1504:1:24A) reported Ruth A. Maxfield, widow born at Rhode Island on August 1824, living in the household of Benjamin Church at Bristol. She was a housekeeper. The census indicated she had eight children, three of whom were living.

George and Ruth Maxfield had the following children:

  1. ANN E.9 MAXFIELD b. at Bristol abt 1843/4
    • b. at Bristol, abt 1845/6 (1850 Census)
    • d. at Gettysburg, Pa., on 6 May 1864 (VR RI D 1864:694)
      • Bristol Record: May 6, 1864, George H. Maxfield, 18 years, d. Gettysburg, Pa, male, white, single, soldier, b. Bristol, RI, American, to George and Ruth A, Maxfield, killed in battle, bur. Gettysburg
    • b. at Bristol on 16 April 1850 (death record; 1848/9 in 1850 Census)
    • d. at Warren on 20 September 1894 (VR RI D 1894:805)
      • 1894 Deaths, Warren Town, Sep 20, Susan Maria Maxfield, 44-5-4, d. Vernon Street, female, white, divorced, dressmaker, b. Bristol, RI, to George W. and Ruth A. Maxfield; chronic brights (Uraemic Poison)
    • m. at North Providence on 13 June 1868 FREDERIC W. SPRAGUE
      • North Providence, Jun 13, 1868 Frederic W. Sprague of Uxbridge, Ma., 23, white, painter, b. Portland, Me., to William and Frances, 1st;
        Susan M. Maxfield of Pawtucket, 20, white, b. Bristol, RI to George and Ruth, 1st;
        by E. K. Randall, Presbyter
    • div. bef 1894
      • b. at Portland, Me., abt 1844/5 (marriage record)
  4. WILLIAM HERBERT9 MAXFIELD b. at Bristol on April 1852
    • b. at Swansea on 4 June 1854 (VR Ma 81:127)
      • Swansea: Jun 4, 1854, Frances E. Maxfield, female, b. Swansea to George and Ruth Maxfield of Swansea, he farmer b. Bristol, she b. Bristol See NOTE below
    • Census. 1880 at Bristol in household of Lucy J. Downing (1209:15B)
      • Frank Maxfield other S M W 26 b. MA, rubber worker- boarder parents b. RI RI
    • d. at Cranston, RI, on 14 January 1892 (VR RI D 1892:553)
      • 1892 Deaths Cranston--State Institutions, Jan 14, Francis E. Maxfield, 36 y, d. State Insane Asylum, male, white, married, b. Bristol, RI to George W. Maxfield; dementia paralysis
    • b. at Bristol on 28 September 1857 (VR RI B 1857:10)
      • Bristol: Sep 28, 1857 Andrew McK. Maxfield, male, white, 6th, b. Bristol to George W. and Ruth Ann Maxfield, he laborer b. Bristol; she b. Bristol
    • Census. 1900 at 258 Broad Street, Providence (1507:1:124)
      • Maxfield, Andrew M. head W M b. Sep 1858 mar 14 yrs, b. RI, parents b. RI RI, carpenter (house)
        Maxfield, Annie E. wife W F b. Oct 1864 mar 14 yrs, no children, b. MA, parents b. MA MA
    • m. at Bristol on 14 June 1886 ANNIE E. CHASE (VR RI M 1886:452)
      • Bristol, Jun 14, 1886
        Andrew M. Maxfield of Warren, 28, white, carpenter, b. Bristol to George W. Maxfield and Ruth A. Bernard, 1st;
        Annie E. Chase of Warren, 21, white, b. Norton, Ma., to William R. Chase and Sarah J. Wardell, 1st;
        by W. A. Nught, clergyman
      • b. at Norton, Mass. (marriage record) on October 1864 (1900 census)
      • child of William R. Chase and Sarah J. Wardell
  7. CHANECY WILLIAM9 MAXFIELD b. at Bristol on 8 December 1859
    • b. at North Providence on 15 July 1869 (VR RI B 1869:172)
      • North Providence: Jul 15, 1869, Eunice H. Maxfield, female, white, 1st, b. North Providence to George and Ruth A., he engineer b. Bristol; she b. Bristol
    • d. at North Providence on 9 October, 1870 (VR RI D 1870:996)
      • North Providence: Oct 9, 1870 Eunice H. Maxfield, 14 mo., d. North Providence, female, b. North Providence, American, to George and Ruth A., cholera infantum

According to this birth record, Frances Maxfield was a girl. However the 1870 and 1880 census records, and the death record, all report Francis Maxfield as male. The ages, census records, and number of children attributed to Ruth Maxfield in the 1900 census, all point to one Francis, not two. The birth record would appear to be in error.


Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
Barbour I
White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, vol. 1. Baltimore: Genealogical Publication Co., 1994
Massachusetts Vital Records. Division of Vital Statistics, State House, Boston, Ma.; microfilm, Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Ut.
Rhode Island Department of Health, Providence, Rhode Island. Vital Records. microfilm, Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Ut.

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