Descendants of Clement Maxfield
of Dorchester, Massachusetts
Eighth Generation

NATHANIEL DROWNE8 MAXFIELD (John7, perhaps Daniel6, probably Daniel5,4, Ebenezer3, Samuel2, Clement1) was born in Rhode Island in 1816 (DAR 104:36) or about 1814/5 (1850 Census). He was a child of John and Nancy Maxfield according to Nancy's father's will.

Nathaniel D. Maxfield and SUSAN BROWNING SHERMAN were married at Bristol, Rhode Island, on 13 December 1840 (VR RI 6:Barr:36), by Rev. William L. Bowen. He was from Barrington, Rhode Island, she from North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Susan was born in 1816 (DAR 161:122) or about 1816/7 in Rhode Island (1850 Census).

The family of Nathaniel and Susan Maxfield was reported in the 1850 Census at Bristol (1850 Census RI, Bristol Co., 27), as follows:

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
Nathaniel Maxfield 35 M mail carrier $1000 RI
Susan B. Maxfield 33 F RI
William H. Maxfield 9 M RI school
Susan F. Maxfield 7 F RI school
Mary E. Maxfield 6 F RI school
Maria W. Maxfield 4 F RI
Georgiana Maxfield 2 F RI
Nathaniel S. Maxfield 2/12 M RI

The Nathaniel Maxfield family moved to Illinois some time between 1852 and 1855, according to the birth places of their children. They settled in Whiteside County. Susan Maxfield died in 1866 (DAR 104:36).

The 1870 census (290:1:125A) reported the Nathaniel Maxfield family at Hopkins Township (Como Post Office), Whiteside County, as follows:

Name Age Sex Race Occupation R.E. P.E. Birth Other
Maxfield, Nathan'l 55 M W farmer $2000 RI
Maxfield, Frank 26 F W keeps house RI
Maxfield, Nathan 20 F W works on farm RI
Maxfield, Eva 18 F W at home RI school
Maxfield, Lizzie 16 F W at home IL school
Maxfield, Hattie 14 F W at home IL school
Maxfield, Winnie 10 F W at home IL school
Maxfield, Willie 16 M W at home IA

The "Frank" in the above record would appear to be daughter Susan F.

The 1880 census reported Nathaniel Maxfield in the same township. With him were his daughters Eva (age 26), and Minnie (21) and married daughter Elisabeth Frey (25), with her children, Lawrence (3) and Nellis (2) Frey.

Nathaniel Maxfield died in 1888 (DAR 104:36).

Nathaniel and Susan Maxfield had the following children:

  1. WILLIAM HENRY9 MAXFIELD b. in Rhode Island in October 1841
    • b. in Rhode Island abt 1842/3 (1850 Census)
    • Census. 1880 at Morrison, Whiteside County, IL (258:183B)
      • William Whited self mar. M W 38 b. NY, road commissioner, parents b. NJ NY
        Mary A. Whited wife mar. F W 35 b. RI, keeping house, parents b. MA CT
        [six children]
        Frank Maxfield sister-in-law S F W 36 b. RI, at home, parents b. MA CT
    • b. in Rhode Island in 1845 (DAR 104:36--year; 1850 Census--1843/4 RI)
    • m. in 1862 WILLIAM MOSES WHITED (DAR 104:36)
      • b. in New York (1880 census) in 1843 (DAR 104:36)
      • d. in 1903 (DAR 104:36)
    • b. in Rhode Island in 1847 (DAR 104:154--year; 1850 Census--1845/6 RI)
    • m. in 1865 Dr. WILLIAM H. H. HUTTON (DAR 104:154)
      • b. in 1839 (DAR 104:154)
      • d. in 1897 (DAR 104:154)
    • b. in Rhode Island abt 1847/8 (1850 Census)
    • m. bef. 1877 B. M. de GRAFF (1880 census)
      • b. in New York about 1842/3 (1880 census)
    • b. in Rhode Island abt April 1850 (1900 Census)
    • Census. 1880 at Bristol (1209:21B)
      • Nathl. Maxfield self mar M W 30 b. RI, clerk in grocery store, parents b. RI CT
        Julia Maxfield wife mar F W 24 b. RI, keeping house, parents b. MA RI
    • occ. confectioner, in Johnston, R.I., in 1892, (Johnston, RI Directory, 1892.
    • res. 59 Waterman Street, Johnston, R.I., in 1892 (Johnston, RI Directory, 1892.
    • Census. 1900 at Warren, RI (1504:1:100)
      • Maxfield, Nathaniel S. head W M b. Apr 1850 mar, b. RI, parents b. RI CT, confectioner
        Maxfield, Julia A. wife W F b. Jan 1856 mar, b. RI, parents b. MA RI
        Bowen, Olive E. aunt W F b. May 1826 S, b. RI, parents b. RI RI
    • m. at Bristol on 23 October 1873 JULIA A. TAFT (VR RI I)
      • Bristol, Oct 23, 1873
        Nathaniel Sherman Maxfield of Mount Pleasant, Ill., 23, white, farmer, b. Bristol to Nathaniel D. Maxfield and Susan B. Sherman, 1st;
        Julia Ann Taft of Bristol, 18, white, b. Bristol to Lewis Taft and Julia Talby, 1st;
        by William Miller, minister of the gospel
      • b. at Bristol in January 1856 (1900 census)
  7. EVELYN H.9 MAXFIELD (DAR 43:90)
    • b. at Bristol in January 1852 (DAR 43:90--place; 1900 census--date)
    • Census. 1900 at Morrison Street, Mount Pleasant Township, Whiteside County, Illinois
      • Eva H. Maxfield head white b. Jan 1852 R.I.
        [Minnie] Maxfield sister b. Nov 1858 Illinois
    • Census. 1920 at Morrison, Whiteside County (414:6B)
      • Maxfield, Evelyn head F W 70 S b. IL, parents b. RI RI, occ. none
        Sullivan, Dau boarder M W 93 Wd
    • b. in Illinois abt 1854/5 (1880 Census)
    • m. at Whiteside County on 7 November 1875 SAMUEL FRY (Ill M)
      • b. in Ohio about 1854/5 (1880 census)
    • b. at Illinois abt 1855/6 (1870 census)
    • Census. 1880 at Sterling, Whiteside County, IL (259:282C)
      • B. M. de Graff self mar. M W 37 b. NY, confectioner, parents b. NY NY
        Georgianna de Graff wife mar. F W 30 b. RI, keeping house, parents b. RI RI
        Maud de Graff daughter S F W 2 b. IL, at home, parents b. NY RI
        Hattie Maxfield sister-in-law - F W 24 b. IL, at home, parents b. RI RI
    • b. at Como, Illinois (DAR 43:90) abt 1859/60 (1870 census)

Thanks to Mike Maxfield for collecting the Illinois census information on Maxfields and posting it on his web site.


Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
Daughters of the American Revolution. Lineage Book. Washington, D.C.: DAR.
Ill M
Illinois State Archives. Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.
Vital Records of Rhode Island, Index to Births 1853-1889, Marriages 1853-1889, Deaths 1853-1900. microfilm at New Bedford Free Public Library.
Arnold, James N. Vital Records of Rhode Island, 1636-1850. Vol. 6: Bristol County. Providence: Naragansett Historical Publishing Co.,1894.

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