Descendants of Hezekiah Maxfield
of Maryland
Second Generation

GEORGE2 MAXFIELD (Hezekiah1) was born at Monongalia County (West) Virginia, on 20 October 1810 (His MN Val, 563), a child of Hezekiah Maxfield and his wife Mary Downing. In 1829 he moved to Ohio, and was probably counted with his brother Thomas in the 1830 census. In Ohio he learned the trade of wagon making (His MN Val, 563).

George Maxfield married SARAH BORDEN in November 1831 (His MN Val, 563). Sarah was born at Pennsylvania on 5 July 1812 (July 1812 in Rooney, 2, 5 July 1811 in Hasseltine, 1811-1813 PA in censuses). She was born perhaps in Allegheny or Westmoreland counties, one of six children (Rooney, 2). Belle Hannah Rooney passed on these traditions about her (Rooney, 2)

Her father died when she was a baby. Her mother was married again to a school teacher who took over her farm and dominated her and the children. The older ones left home as soon as possible. He constantly threatened their lives. They had a son Milton but he fortunately had none of his father's disposition. He came to Ohio and thereafter lived with our grandparents and worked in Grandfather's carriage shop until he died. Mother said they were all very fond of Uncle Milton.
The 1840 census (408:355) reported the family of George Maxfield at Etna Township, Licking County, Ohio. It included a woman in her 50s, a man and woman in their 20s (George and Sarah), two boys between the ages of 5 and 10 (perhaps James and Wesley), and two girls under 5 (Emily and Dorcas). The 1850 census (703:307) described the family, in the same township, as follows:

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
George Maxfield 39 M waggon maker $1200 VA
Sarah Maxfield 38 F waggon maker PA
Westley Maxfield 16 M OH school
Emily S. Maxfield 14 F OH school
Dorcas Maxfield 12 F OH school
Laura Maxfield 9 F OH school
Kinzy Maxfield 7 M OH
George Maxfield 5 M OH
Milton Maxfield 2 M OH
Milton Galbreith 30 M waggon maker Wales
John Pritchard 19 M waggon maker

Was Milton Galbraith the person remembered by Belle Hannah as "Uncle Milton?" Son James was probably living with his Uncle Thomas.

George Maxfield, like his brother Thomas, was active in Democratic Party politics. On 4 July 1850 George was a delegate from Licking County to the Democratic State Convention in Columbus (Oh Statesman 5 Jul 1850). In the spring of 1853 George Maxfield and family moved to Mankato, Minnseota. After working in a store a few years he started quarrying and running a lime kiln, which business he continued the remainder of his active life (His MN Val, 563). The story of the move came down to Belle Hannah this way (Rooney, 4):

Uncle Milton Galbraith died Nov. 2, 1851. Grandmother Bowden never survived the shock and died Mar. 29, 1852. All this happened within 18 months. The family were so shocked and saddened they were ready to do almost anything. When James Hanna came home from California (where he had gone in 1849 during the gold rush) he heard on the way home about this wonderful land in Minnesota that was being put up for sale. He easily persuaded Grandfather's family to go along. They began to prepare for their journey. They sold their business and homes. They either sold or gave away their household furnishings. The men insisted they couldn't take them but would buy new furnishing when they reached St. Paul, Minn. They took several chests of clothing, bedding and carpets.
They bade farewell to their son James, other relations and friends. They took the train from Columbus to Cincinnati. The ride on the train was a thrilling experience to the women and children, as none had ever ridden on a train before. At Cincinnati they took a large steamboat up the Mississippi to St. Paul. They brought a cow along. On the way, she broke loose and swam ashore on an island. They stopped the boat while the men were catching the cow, the children went ashore and played games. For more than a year, this was the only cow in Mankato.
At St. Paul they tried to buy furnishings to replace those left behind, but there was very, very little to buy. There had been such an influx of newcomers everything had been sold. James Hanna and his daughter Lee and George Maxfield and Emily decided to go up to Mankato and prepare a place for their families. They took a steamboat up the Minnesota (sky-tinted water) the Indian name for the river--to Mankato where they arrived in May, 1853. When their boat arrived there were only 15 white people in Blue Earth County. There were quite a number on the boat. . . .
The family that arrived in Minnesota consisted of George (42) and Sarah (40), and children Wesley (19), Emily Jame (17), Laura Elizabeth (15), Kinsey (10), George (7), and Nancy Malinda (2). Eldest son James stayed in Ohio; three children had died in 1851.

The 1860 census (Mn 1:118-119) reported this family at Mankato:

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. P.E. Birthplace Other
George Maxfield 49 M gentleman $1000 $200 VA
Emily I. Maxfield 23 F OH
Laura Maxfield 18 F OH school
Kinsii Maxfield 17 M OH school
George Maxfield 13 M OH school
Charles Maxfield 11 M OH
Nancy M. Maxfield 9 F OH school
Charles F. Maxfield 5 M MN
Aronna M. Maxfield 2 F MN

I cannot explain the absence of wife Sarah or the presence of a Charles age 11. Westley Maxfield, carriage maker, age 26, was in the immediately preceeding household, of Andrew Hanna.

The Maxfield men fought in the Civil War (Civ W Sol).

I cannot find this family in the 1870 census. In 1880 they were reported at Mankato (615:445C)

Name Related MS Sex Race Age B Occupation FB MB
George Maxfield self M M W 70 VA dealer in stone Ireland MD
Sarah Maxfield wife M F W 68 PA keeping house Ireland PA
George Maxfield son D M W 33 OH stone cutter VA PA
Charles Maxfield son S M W 23 MN bookkeeper VA PA
Anna Maxfield daughter S F W 22 MN at home VA PA
George Maxfield grandson S M W 7 MN at school OH MN

The household also included one unrelated person. Grandson George was the son of divorced son George. The 1885 Minnesota census (MN Census 1885 21:583) reported George and sarah Maxfield at Blue Earth with son George, daughter Anna, and grandson George.

Sarah Borden Maxfield died at Mankato on 13 June 1893 (Hasseltine). George's death at Mankato on 21 December 1893 was reported in the Saint Paul Daily News (19th Cent News, St Paul News, 22 Dec 1893, p. 3):

George Maxfield Dead.
Mankato, Minn., Dec 21.--(Special)-- George Maxfield died today, aged eighty-five years. He came to Mankato in 1853, and has resided here since that time. He held the offices of mayor, councilman and city treasurer. His wife died in June at the age of eighty-two, since which time he has been very melancholy. They had lived together sixty-two years. He leaves eight children. Kinzie and Charles Maxfield of Minneapolis are sons of deceased. He instituted the Masonic lodge of Mankato in the fifties, and was a Knight Templar. The Masons will have charge of the funeral.
George Maxfield and his wife Sarah Borden had the following children:
    • b. at Ohio abt 1832
    • military from 1863 to 1865 (see above)
  2. WESLEY3 MAXFIELD b. at Ohio on 13 May 1834
    • at Ohio on 15 May 1836
    • d. at Roswell, Canyon Co., ID, on 10 January 1915 (ID D)
        Name: Emily J. Hanna
        Death date 10 Jan 1915
        Death place Roswell, Canyon, Idaho
        Gender Female
        Race White
        Age in years 79
        Birth date 15 May 1836
        Birth place Ohio
        Marital status Widowed
        Father name Geo. Maxfield
        Father birth place W. Va.
        Mother name Sarah Boden
        Mother birth place Penn.
        Occupation Housewife
        Burial date 12 Jan 1914
    • m. ________ HANNA
    • b. at Ohio abt 1837/8
    • d. on 21 January 1851, age 12, meningitis (Rooney, 3)
    • b. at Ohio abt 1841
    • m. at Blue Earth Co., MN, on 1864 J. R. BEATTY (His MN Val, 552)
      • b. at Westmoreland Co., PA, on 5 November 1831
    • b. at Etna Twp., Licking Co., OH, on February 1843 (census records)
    • military. 1862-1865 (see above)
    • census 1885 (MN census 1885: 28:208) in boarding house at Minneaplis: Kansey Maxfield 41 M W OH
    • census: 1890 veteran's census: MN, Hennepin Co., Minneapolis: Kinsey Maxfield Priv 9th MN vol, nasal Catarrh 25 yrs, Windsor Hotel
    • census 1895. 215 9th St., Minneapolis, MN (MN census 1895: 66:18)
      • Maxfield, Kinsey 52 M W OH res of state 42 res of location 2 yr grain dealer vet. soldier
      • Maxfield, Alice 40 F W Canada
    • census 1900. 215 1st Ave, Minneapolis (767:2:30)
      • Maxfield, Kinsey head W M b. Feb 1843, age 57 Married 6 yrs b. OH parents b. WV PA, grain dealer
      • Maxfield, Alice L. wife W F b. Sep 1862, age 37 Married 6 yrs 0 children, b. Canada (English) parents b. Canada (English) Ireland
      • Louck, Mrs. W. C. mother-in-law W F b. Mar 1824, age 76, Widow, 12 children, 7 living, b. Ireland, parents b. Ireland Ireland imm 1880
    • census 1910. 537 Newton Ave, Minneapolis (701:2:153A)
      • Maxfield, Kensey head M W age 67, married 1, 16 yrs, b. OH, parents b. VA PA, broker, grain + stock
      • Maxfield, Alice L. wife F W age 52 married 1, 16 yrs, 0 children, b. Canada, parents b. Canada Canada imm. 1889 occ.: none
    • census 1920. 507 Newton Ave., Minneapolis (833:9B)
      • Maxfield, Kinsey head M W age 76 married b. OH, parents b. VA PA, grain buyer, self-employed
      • Maxfield, Alice L. wife F W age 65 married, imm 1890 naturalized 1895, b. Canada parents b. Canada Ireland occ.: none
    • d. at Hennepin Co., MN, on 23 February 1923
    • biography. from History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest; Chicago-Minneapolis, The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923; Edited by: Rev. Marion Daniel Shutter, D.D., LL.D.; 3:517-518
        Kinsey Maxfield, who came to Minneapolis as state grain inspector in 1883 and continued a resident of this city throughout the remaining four decades of his life, was actively engaged in the grain commission business for a number of years as senior member of the firm of Maxfield & Herrick and was also one of the original incorporators of the Chamber of Commerce. He had attained the venerable age of eighty years when called to his final rest on the 23d of February, 1923, his birth having occurred in Etna, Ohio, February 10, 1843. When a lad of eleven he accompanied his parents, George and Sarah (Borden) Maxfield, on their removal to Mankato, Minnesota, where his father and mother spent the remainder of their lives and where he attended private school. He was a young man of nineteen years when on the 10th of August, 1862, he enlisted in the Union army as a member of Company E, Ninth Minnesota Infantry, with which he served for three years and four months, participating in eleven battles and twenty-three skirmishes. An in­teresting letter dated August 28, 1915, giving a detailed account of one of his most exciting military experiences, was printed by the Daily Review and is as follows:
        "Having recently read a story in one of the Minneapolis dailies headed, 'Indian Gazes Upon Grandsire's Skull,' which although a good story, contains too much fiction for good history, I thought I would venture to give the facts as I know them. Company E, Ninth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, was stationed at Hutchinson, Minnesota, during part of the summer of 1863, of which I was a member. Near midnight on the night of July 3, Chauncy Lampson came to our quarters out of breath and nearly naked with his skin scratched with briers so that he was blood all over, and asked us to go to a place near their farm to get the body of his father, who he said had been killed by the Indians. A number of our company, I think about nine, including myself, started from Hutchinson as soon as possible in our government wagon with young Lampson as guide and reached the farm shortly before daylight, but the fog was so thick that we could not see the lead mules and thought it best to wait until the fog lifted before going farther. As soon as we could see a reasonable distance, we started again, but Lampson refused to go any farther, telling us that his father's body was about a mile farther on near a little lake where they were hunting for deer, which were very plentiful, so we went forward without him with scouts ahead to prevent surprise. Upon going over a little hill we came upon a dead Indian in the wagon road near a bunch of hazel brush and raspberry bushes, and after scouting around we found tracks of one Indian leading to where a pony had been tied, and we trailed him for several miles through the heavy grass and sloughs until we lost the trail on the high ground. We then loaded the body on the wagon and returned to Hutchinson, where it was recognized by a number of old settlers as being that of Little Crow, the identification being positive because of his extremely fine hair for an Indian, and having both wrists broken and out of place and his breast being badly scarred in a fight with a bear near Hutchinson a number of years before. Our assistant surgeon, Dr. R. W. Twitchell, who was from Hastings, I think, was at Hutchinson at the time and wanted the body, so we gave it to him. He put the body in an Indian canoe with a lot of strong lye and after the bones were bleached, wired the skeleton together and kept it for a number of years. I heard some time afterwards that he had sold the skull to someone in New York city, but I never heard what disposition was made of the balance of the anatomy. The facts of the fight by the elder Lampson and his son Chauncy with Little Crow and his son were substantially as follows: Lampson had a farm about six miles from Hutchinson in the edge of the Big Woods, on which Lampson and his son were working on July 3, 1863, and about four o'clock in the afternoon they thought they would kill a deer to take home with them. In going up a small hill on the wagon road they heard voices, and crawling carefully up to the tip saw two Indians picking and eating wild raspberries. After talking it over Mr. Lampson said he would crawl down through the grass to a tree near where the Indians were and rest his gun against the tree and make a sure shot at the larger Indian, while Chauncy was to fire at the smaller Indian. So Lampson got to his position, and aiming steadily at the big Indian's heart, fired and hit him through the hips. Both Indians dropped immediately and Lampson crawled back to where Chauncy was and as he was going over the top of the hill the big Indian fired at him, the bullet cutting the skin on his back. Chauncy at the same time fired at the Indian, hitting him just below the heart. Lampson then told Chauncy that he had a mortal wound through the body, and for him to go to Hutchinson as quick as he could and get the soldiers to bring his body. After Chauncy left, Lampson crawled into a thick patch of hazel brush near the road, and soon after Little Crow's son carried his father to a wide place in the road within ten feet of where Lampson was hiding, and talked with his father until after midnight, when Little Crow died. The son after putting new moccasins on his father and straightening him out, took the pony and started north. Little Crow's son was some time later captured near Devils Lake and brought back to Fort Snelling. Lampson later told us that he had a large sized Colt's revolver and had aimed over a dozen times at the young Indian, but before he could pull the trigger the revolver wiggled so bad that he was afraid to shoot, so he let the young Indian go. Lampson afterward received three or four hundred dollars bounty from the state and the thanks of the legislature for killing Little Crow. If the skull of Little Crow, in the State Historical rooms, is bullet shattered, it is a pure fake."
        After leaving the army Mr; Maxfield located at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was identified with the Millers Association for a few years. As above stated, it was in 1883 that he came to Minneapolis as state grain inspector, in which capacity he continued for several years. Subsequently he formed a partnership with Roy D. Herrick for the conduct of a grain commission business, develop­ing an extensive and profitable enterprise of this character under the firm name of Maxfield & Herrick. During the period of the World war his health became impaired and he therefore retired from business, spending the remainder of his life in well earned rest.
        In 1893 Mr. Maxfield was united in marriage to Miss Alice Loucks, a daughter of William J. and Anna (York) Loucks and a descendant of the Langfords of Lanchester, Ireland. Politically Mr. Maxfield was a lifelong democrat but not bit­terly partisan. He was one of the organizers and prominent members of the Min­neapolis Chamber of Commerce and maintained pleasant relations with his old army comrades through his membership in John A. Rawlins Post, G. A. R. Fraternally he was identified with the Masons, belonging to Hennepin Lodge No. 4, A. F. & A. M., and Darius Commandery, K. T. He attended the services of Westminster church. In his passing Minneapolis lost one of her honored and representative citizens and one who will long be missed. His widow, who continues her residence at No. 507 Newton avenue North, is also well known and highly esteemed throughout the city.
    • m. at Kane Co., IL, on 29 August 1893 V. Alice Loucks (IL M) at residence of her brother
      • b. at Canada on September 1862
      • imm. 1890 (1920 census)
      • citizenship. United States 1895 (1920 census)
      • d. at Hennepin Co., MN, on 24 April 1936 (MN D)
  7. GEORGE3 MAXFIELD b. at Ohio on 10 January 1846
    • b. at Ohio abt 1848/9
    • d. on April 1851 ruptured blood vessel in lung when had whooping cough (Rooney, 3)
    • b. abt 1850/1
    • d. 13 July 1851 fell out of a little wagon backwards injuring her spine (Rooney, 3)
    • b. at Ohio abt 1850/1
    • m. at Blue Earth Co., MN, on 11 November 1873 CHARLES H. OTTO (Blue Earth VR) (Nettie M. Maxfield)
    • b. at Minnesota abt 1855
    • occupation. deputy grain inspector, Minneapolis, 1895 (St Paul Daily News, 14 Aug 1889, 19th Cent News)
    • census 1895 at 20 1/2 nicolet Ave., Minneapolis (boarding house) (MN Census 1895 65:289)
      • Maxfield, C. F. 39 M W --- res at location 4 yr grain inspector
    • census 1910. Duluth, St Louis Co., MN (724:40B)
      • Maxfield, Charles F. lodger M W age 54, single, b. MN, parents b. VA OH, inspector, grain
    • census 1920. 89 S 4th St., Minneapolis, MN (834:15B)
      • Maxfield, Charles F. lodger M W age 64, single b. MN, parents b. VA OH
    • b. at Mankato on 21 March 1858
    • d. at Caldwell, Canyon Co., ID, on 15 October 1928 (ID D)
        Name Anna M. Robinson
        Death date 15 Oct 1928
        Death place Calwell, Canyon, Idaho
        Gender Female
        Race White
        Age in years 70
        Birth date 21 Mar 1858
        Birth place Mankato, Minn.
        Marital status Widowed
        Spouse name H. W. Robinson
        Father name Geo. Maxfield
        Father birth place Virginia
        Mother name Sarah Boden
        Mother birth place Pennsylvania
        Occupation Home
        Street address 1402 Dearborn
        Residence Caldwell, Canyon, Idaho
        Burial place Boise, Idaho
        Burial date 17 Oct 1928
    • m. at Blue Earth Co., MN, on 7 October 1885 HENRY W. ROBINSON (IGI)


Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
19th Cent News
Nineteenth Century U. S. Newspapers. Accessed through New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Blue Earth VR
Vital Records, ca. 1865-1927. Minnesota District Court (Blue Earth County). International Genealogical Index.
Civ W Sol
American Civil War Soldiers.
Hesseltine, Jeff "Descendants of John Hesseltine" Updated 28 Sep 2000. Ancestry World Tree.
Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937.
International Genealogical Index.
Illinois State Archives. Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900.
MN Census 1885
Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses 1849-1905: 1885 Census.
Minnesota Death Index 1908-2002.
Oh Statesman
Daily Ohio Statesman, Columbus, OH. Nineteenth Century U. S. Newspapers.

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