Descendants of Hezekiah Maxfield
of Maryland
Second Generation

HEZEKIAH2 MAXFIELD, Junior (Hezekiah1) was born at Virginia in 1807 (census records range from 1800 to 1808; Ia census 1885; Ia Cem), a child of Hezekiah Maxfield and his wife Mary Downing. Hezekiah grew up with his parents in Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, where he was probably counted in the 1820 census. In 1830 he was probably counted with one of his brothers in Ohio, most likely Thomas, as he married in 1830 in the county of Thomas' residence.

Hezekiah married HARRIET ELSEA at Muskingum County, Ohio, on 28 October 1830 (Muskingum Co. M). Harriet was born at Virginia about 1800 (census records).

The 1840 census (418:416) reported this family at Norwich Township, Muskingum County, immediately after his mother, Mary Maxfield:

age male female
30-39 1 1
20-29 1
15-19 1
5-9 2 1
0-4 1

The couple in their thirties and the three children between five and nine, correspond to what I know about this family. The others I cannot identify.

According to his gravemarker, Hezekiah fought in the Mexican War.

The 1850 census reported Hezekiah at two locations. "Kinzey" would appear to be a nickname for Hezekiah. The family was reported in Union Township, Muskingom County, Ohio, as follows (718:446B):

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
Hezekiah Maxfield 49 M waggon maker $300 VA
Harriet Maxfield 49 V VA
Mary E. Maxfield 18 F OH
William Maxfield 17 M waggon maker OH school
John L. Maxfield 9 M OH school

The census also reported at Buffalo Township, Guernsey County, Ohio, residing at a hotel (684:311):

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
Kinzey Maxfield 46 M merchant $600 VA
Kinzey Maxfield 17 M merchant OH

Perhaps father and son were temporarily at the latter location on business. As I find no further record of William, it is possible that William refers to Kinzey, perhaps as a middle name. Hezekiah Maxfield was the fourth postmaster of the village of Norwich in Union Township (His Muskingum 417).

The 1860 census also reported Hezekiah at two locations. The family was reported at Union Township, Muskingum County (1019:1:484B):

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. P.E. Birthplace Other
Hezekiah Maxfield 59 M merchant $800 $3600 VA
Harriet Maxfield 60 F has none VA
Mary Maxfield 28 F has none OH
John Maxfield 19 M clerk in store OH

Kinsey Maxfield, age 59, no profession, born Virginia, with real estate valued at $5800, was also reported with his brother Thomas at Washington Township, Muskingum County (1018:1:156B).

The 1870 census reported Hezekiah twice, at Tolano, Champaign County, Illinois. Hezekiah and Harriet appeared with son Kinzy and family and son John at Tolano village (193:1:387A) as follows:

Name Age Sex Race Occupation R.E. P.E. Birth Other
Maxfield, Hezekiah 63 M W retired preacher $1600 $1000 VA father for. b.
mother for. b.
Maxfield, Harriet 70 F W at home VA

Hezekiah also appeared at Tolano village in the household of his daughter, Mary, her husband George Ferris, and their six children, as follows (193:1:385A):

Name Age Sex Race Occupation R.E. P.E. Birth Other
Maxfield, Hezekiah 65 M W retired merchant $4000 $4100 VA

The 1880 Census (362:437C) reported this family at Sheridan Township, Poweshiek County, Iowa:

Name Related MS Sex Race Age B Occupation FB MB
Heze. Maxfield self M M W 72 VA farmer DE MD
Harriet Maxfield wife M F W 79 VA keeping house
John L. Maxfield son S M W 35 OH VA VA

Harriet probably died before 1885, as she does not appear in the 1885 Iowa census with her husband and son John (IA Census 1885:256:257). Hezekiah Maxfield, age 77, farmer, born Virginia, did appear in the census with his son John. Hezekiah Maxfield died in 1885 (Ia Cem).

Hezekiah Maxfield and his wife Harriet Elsea had the following children:

    • b. at Ohio about 1832
    • m. before 1870 GEORGE FERRIS (1870 census)
      • b. at Vermont about 1824/5
  2. KINZEY3 MAXFIELD b. at Ohio about 1832/3
  3. JOHN L.3 MAXFIELD b. at Ohio on April 1841


Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
His Muskingum
Township Histories of Muskingum County, Ohio.
Ia Cem
Iowa Cemetery Record.
Ia Census 1885
Iowa State Census Collections, 1836-1925: 1885 Census: 256:257.
Muskingum Co M
Marriage Records, 1804-1917. Ohio. Probate Court (Muskingum Co.) International Genealogical Index.

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