Descendants of Clement Maxfield
of Dorchester, Massachusetts
Ninth Generation

WILLIAM HENRY9 MAXFIELD (Nathaniel8, John7, perhaps Daniel6, probably Daniel5,4, Ebenezer3, Samuel2, Clement1) was born in Rhode Island in October, 1841 (1900 Census Ill; 1840/1 in 1850 Census RI). His parents were Nathaniel Drown Maxfield and his wife Susan Sherman (DAR 29:344). William had moved to Illinois before 1864.

JANE McELLRATH married William H. Maxfield at Whiteside County, Illinois, on 4 July 1864 (Ill M). Jane was born in Ireland in April 1844, acording to the 1900 Census. She came to America in 1856 (1900 census) or 1860 (1920 census).

The 1870 census (290:1:216A) reported this family at Mount Pleasant Township (Morrison Post Office), Whiteside County:

Name Age Sex Race Occupation R.E. P.E. Birth Other
Maxfield, William 28 M W farmer $4000 $1000 RI
Maxfield, Jane 28 F W keeps house Ireland father for. b.
mother for. b.
Maxfield, Minnie 3 F W at home IL mother for. b.

The William Henry Maxfield family was reported in the 1880 Census in Mount Pleasant Township, Whiteside County, Illinois (258:167C) as follows:

Name Related MS Sex Race Age B Occupation FB MB
Henry Maxfield self M M W 38 RI farmer RI CT
Jane Maxfield wife M F W 33 Ireland keeping house Ireland Ireland
Minnie Maxfield daughter S F W 13 IL at school RI Ireland
Willie Maxfield son S M W 8 IL at school RI Ireland
Walter Maxfield son S M W 2 IL at home RI Ireland

The 1900 Census found this family in the same Township, on East Wall Street in Morrisson (352:14A) as follows:

Name Related Race Sex Born MS B FB MB Occupation
Maxfield, William H. head W M Oct 1841 M RI RI CT landlord
Maxfield, Jenny M. wife W F Apr 1844 M Ireland Ireland Scotland
Maxfield, Walter son W M May 1878 S IL RI Ireland

The record also indicated that William and Jenny had been married 35 years, Jenny had three children, all living, and came to America in 1856.

The 1910 census (331:2:71B) reported William and Jennie, ages 68 and 65, at 409 East Wall Street, Morrison.

William H. Maxfield died before 1920, when widow Jane Maxfield was living with her son William at Mason City, Iowa.

William Henry and Jane Maxfield had the following children:

    • b. at Mount Pleasant Township abt 1866/7 (1880 Census year; DAR 29:344--place)
    • m. at Whiteside County on 24 December 1885 FREDERICK LINCOLN SANDS (Ill M)
    • b. in Illinois in May 1872 (1900 Census)
    • Census. 1900 at Moville, Arlington Township, Woodbury County, IA (466:2:2)
      • Maxfield, W. H. head W M b. May 1872 mar 3 yrs. b. IL, parents b. RI Ireland, merchant-groceries
        Maxfield, Mable wife W F b. Nov 1873 mar 3 yrs. 0 children, b. WI, parents b. England England
    • Census. 1920 at 608 6th Street SE, Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, IA (483:11B)
      • Maxfield, William head M W 47 mar b. IL, parents b. RI Ireland (English language), commercial traveler, electric co.
        Maxfield, Mabel wife F W 45 mar b. WI, parents b. WI England (English language), occ. none
        Maxfield, Jennie mother F W 76 Wd, imm. 1860, Naturalized, b. Ireland (Englishlanguage), parents b. Ireland (English language) Ireland (English language), occ. none
    • m. abt 1896/7 MABEL
      • b. at Wisconsin in November 1873 (1900 census)
    • in Illinois in May 1878 (1900 Census)

Thanks to Michael Maxfield for transcribing the information from the Illinois Censuses and posting it on his website.


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.

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