Descendants of Clement Maxfield
of Dorchester, Massachusetts
Eighth Generation

SANFORD C.8 MAXFIELD (Abel7, David6, probably Daniel5-4, Ebenezer3, Samuel2, Clement1) was born at Bristol, Rhode Island, according to the birth records of his children and his second marriage record, in 1828, according to the cemetery record, about 1829/30 according to the 1850 Census. He was a child of Abel Maxfield and his wife Betsey Chaffee.

SOPHIA W. HANDY married Sanford Maxfield probably some time before the birth of their first child in 1850. Sophia Handy was born at Bristol on 20 September 1833, a child of William and Phebe Handy, according to her death record.

Sanford Maxfield was called a laborer on the 1850 census, when he was living at home with his parents. He was a farmer at Bristol when his third child was born in 1858, a retired grocer at Warren in the 1870 census, a farmer at Warren, Rhode Island, at his second marriage in 1880, and a peddler at Warren at the birth of his fourth child in 1883.

Sanford and Sophia Maxfield were reported living at Warren in the 1870 census (1471:1:102A):

Name Age Sex Race Occupation R.E. P.E. Birth Other
Maxfield, Sanford 40 M W grocer, ret. $1500 $800 RI
Maxfield, Sophia W. 36 F W keeping house RI
Maxfield, Charles 19 M W state keeper RI
Maxfield, Ella 14 F W works in cotton mill RI

Sanford and Sophia Maxfield, of Warren, were divorced at Bristol County on 9 September 1879 (NewEnglandAncestors).

Sanford Maxfield married, as his second wife, at Barrington, Rhode Island, on 1 February 1880 LYDIA P. COWEN (VR RI M 1880:464). The event was recorded as follows:

Barrington, Feb 1, 1880
Sanford Maxfield of Warren, 52, white, farmer, b. Bristol to Abel and Betsy Maxfield, 2d;
Lydia P. Cowen of Warren, 37, white, b. Mattapoisett, Ma. to Seth and Christiana R. Gowon, 2d;
by William House, pastor, Congregational Church
Lydia Cowen, or Cowing, was born in Rochester, Massachusetts, 28 October, 1841 (VR Roch 1:92), a child of Seth Cowing, 2nd, and Christania. She was probably born in the section of Rochester which was later incorporated as Mattapoisett, as she gave that as her birthplace.

The 1880 census (1209:111B) reported Sanford and Lydia Maxfield at Warren:

Name Related MS Sex Race Age B Occupation FB MB
Sanford Maxfield self M M W 52 RI farming RI MA
Lydia P. Maxfield wife M F W 37 MA keeping house MA MA
Betsy Maxfield mother W F W 89 MA invalid MA MA

Sophia Maxfield was reported (1209:84C) elsewhere in Warren:

Name Related MS Sex Race Age B Occupation FB MB
Sophia Maxfield self D F W 47 RI keeping house MA MA
Leonard Parker son-in-law M M W 31 RI teamster RI RI
Ella S. Parker daughter M F W 23 tailoress MA MA
James M. G. Barker other S M W 36 laborer MA MA

Sanford Maxfield's first wife, Sophia, died at Warren on 13 September 1886 (VR RI D 1886:562). The details were as follows:

Sep 13, 1886, Sophia W. Maxfield, age 52-11-23, d. Warren. Female, White, Divorced. b. Bristol. Parentage American. William and Phebe Handy. endarteritis of cerebral vessels
Sanford Maxfield died in 1916 (RI Cem) and was buried at North Burial Ground, Bristol.

Sanford Maxfield and his first wife Sophia had the following children:

  1. CHARLES SANFORD9 MAXFIELD b. at Bristol, in June 1851
    • b. at Warren abt 1855/6 (marriage record)
    • m. at Bristol on 20 June 1875 LEONARD PARKER (VR RI M 1875:492)
      • Bristol, Jun 20, 1875
        Leonard Parker of Warren, 27, white, teamster, b. Warren to George Parker and Mary A. Winslow, 1st;
        Ella S. Maxfield of Warren, 19, white, b. Warren to Sandford Maxfield and Sophia W. Hawley, 1st;
        by William Miller, minister of the gospel
      • b. at Warren abt 1847/8 (marriage record)
  3. (unnamed)9 MAXFIELD
    • b. at Bristol on 15 November 1858 (VR RI B 1858:10)
      • Bristol: Nov 15, 1858 (stillborn), white, 3d, b. Bristol to Sanford and Sophia W. Maxfield, white, of Bristol, he farming b. Bristol, she b. Bristol
    • d. at Bristol on 15 November 1858 (birth record)
Sanford Maxfield and his second wife, Lydia, had the following child:
    • b. at Warren on 12 June 1883 (VR RI B 1883:11)
      • Warren: Jun 12, 1883 Chester Ellsworth Maxfield, male, white, 4th, b. Warren to Sanford and Lydia P. Maxfield of Warren, he pedlar b, Bristol, she b. Mattapoisett, Mass


Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
NEHGS website:
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.
VR Roch
Vital Records of Rochester, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. 1914.

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