Descendants of Hezekiah Maxfield
of Maryland
Second Generation

THOMAS2 MAXFIELD (Hezekiah1) was born at Maryland about 1795 (1795/6 in 1850 census; 1794/5 in 1860 census), a child of Hezekiah Maxfield and his wife Mary Downing. He moved with his parents to Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia). By 1820 he had moved on (Monon Crt 2:111).

Thomas Maxfield took over the first store at Locust Grove, Ohio, which store had been opened by Col. John Reynolds in 1815. Maxfield kept the store until 1827, when he moved to the new town of Norwich. The village of Norwich in Union Township was laid out in 1827; Thomas Maxfield kept the first store. (His Muskingum Co 417) Thomas Maxfield married ELEANOR ______. She was born at Pennsylvania about 1807 (1806/7 in 1850 census, 1807/8 in 1860 census).

Thomas Maxfield was active in Democratic party politics. In 1842 he was chair of a committee of "democracy of Muskingum County" that prepared a resolution, against a national bank (Oh St 30 Mar 1842). In 1850 a constitutional convention received a petition from Thomas Maxfield and 103 others of Muskingum County, asking that a provision be placed in the new constitution (to be submitted to vote by the people) prohibiting the legislature from passage of any law legalizing the traffic in ardent spirits (D Oh St 10 Jun 1850). In 1862 he was a delegate from Muskingum County at the Democratic convention for his congressional district (New Adv 8 Aug 1862).

The 1830 census (137:321) reported the Thomas Maxfield family at Norwich Township, Muskingum County, as follows:

age male female
30-39 2
20-29 1 2
0-4 2 1

A male in his thirties (Thomas), female in her twenties (Eleanor) and male under 5 (son James) are the only persons belonging to this nuclear family. The 1850 census (718:443B) reported a much enlarged family at Union Township, Muskingum County:

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
Thomas Maxfield 54 M merchant $1000 MD
Eleanor Maxfield 43 F PA
Elizabeth A. Maxfield 14 F OH school
Louisa Maxfield 11 F OH school
Leonidas Maxfield 9 F OH school
Aribella Maxfield 5 F OH school
Alonzo Maxfield 3 M OH
Lewis H. Maxfield 3/12 M OH
Mary Laundry 13 F OH
James Maxfield 18 M merchant OH

By 1860 the census (1018:1:156B) reported a smaller family at Washington Township (Lanesville Post Office), Muskingum County:

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. P.E. Birthplace Other
Thomas Maxfield 65 M merchant and farmer $12,000 $1200 MD
Ellen Maxfield 52 F PA
Arabella Maxfield 15 F OH
Alonzo Maxfield 13 M OH
Lewis H. Maxfield 10 M OH
Mary E. Thomas 20 F servant PA
Kinsey Maxfield 59 M no profession $5800 VA

Kinsey, Thomas' brother, was also reported with his own family.

Thomas Maxfield died at his residence near Sonora, in Muskingum County, Ohio, on 6 March 1864 (New Adv 25 Mar 1864).

Thomas and Eleanor Maxfield had the following children:

  1. JAMES T.3 MAXFIELD b. at Norwich Township, Muskingum County, OH, on 7 March 1827
    • b. at Ohio about 1835/6 (1850 census)
    • b. at Ohio about 1838/9 (1850 census)
  4. LEONIDAS3 MAXFIELD (female in 1850 census, male in 1860 mortality schedule)
    • b. at Ohio about 1840/1 (1850 census)
    • d. at Washington Township, Muskingum County, on August 1859 (1860 Census Mort)
        occupation: merchant; cause of death: consumption
    • b. at Ohio about 1844/5 (census records)
    • b. at Ohio about 1846/7 (census records)
  7. LOUIS HENRY3 MAXFIELD b. at Norwich Township on 27 May 1850


Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
1860 Census Mort
1860 Census Mortality Schedule.
D Oh St
Daily Ohio Statesman, Columbus, OH. Nineteenth Century U. S. Newspapers.
His Muskingum Co
Township Histories of Muskingum County, Ohio.
Monon Crt
Zinn, Melba Pendler, ed. Monongalia County [West] Virginia, Records of the District, Superior Courts. Westminster, MD: Heritage Books, 2000.
New Adv
Newark Advocate, Newark, OH. Nineteenth Century U. S. Newspapers.
Oh St
Ohio Statesman, Columbus, OH. Nineteenth Century U. S. Newspapers.

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