Descendants of Ichabod Maxfield
of Litchfield, Connecticut, and
Stanford, New York
Fifth Generation


Ichabod Maxfield appeared in the 1790 census in Litchfield, Connecticut, in the 1800 and 1810 censuses in Stanford, New York. The second marriage record of the younger Ichabod identified his parents as Ichabod and Rachel. The death record of Isaac identified his parents as Ichabod and Rachel. Samuel's death record identified his parents as John and Rachel; however, he was born at Stanford, New York, about 1808, and the only Maxfield in Stanford in the preceeding and following censuses was Ichabod.

This is the core of the information I have on Ichabod. Where did he come from? Who were his parents? I do not know. The choice of first names (Ichabod and Samuel) suggest that they could come from the line of Clement of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Dutchess County, New York, did receive many settlers from the vicinity of Bristol, Rhode Island. So it is possible that this Ichabod could come from that line, perhaps a grandson of Ichabod3 (Samuel2, Clement1). So I have arbitrarily labeled Ichabod as fifth-generation American. But I cannot prove anything about his parentage.

ICHABOD5 MAXFIELD was born before 1755 (1800 census). He may have served in the Revolution, and is probably the person referrred to in the following record (MSSRW 10:366):

Maxfield, Ichabod. Private, Capt. John Spoor's co., Col. John Ashley Jr.'s regt.; enlisted Oct. 12 1781; discharged Oct. 23, 1781; serving 11 days; company ordered to march to Barnes Heights in Stillwater on an alarm.
The 1790 census (1:401) reported Ichabod Manfield in Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut, head of a household of two persons, a male over 16 and a female. The 1800 census (21:129) reported Ichabod Maxwell at Stanford, Dutchess County, New York. The household consisted of a male over 45 (therefore born before 1755) a female between 16 and 26 (therefore born between 1774 and 1784) and five females under the age of ten. If the older female is his wife RACHEL ______ their ages are indicated by this census. I have no idea who the five girls were.

The 1810 census (30:255) reported Ich. Maxfield at Stanford with the following family:

age male female
45+ 1 0
26-44 0 1
16-25 0 2
10-15 0 1
0-9 2 3

The ages of the parents are congruent with the ages given in 1800. The five girls under 10 in 1800 could include the three girls between 10 and 25 in 1810. The two boys under ten could be Samuel and Ichabod. There are three new girls.

I have found no further information on Ichabod and Rachel beyond the 1810 census.

Ichabod and Rachel Maxfield had at least the following children:

  1. probably SAMUEL MAXFIELD b. at Stanford about 1807/8
  2. ICHABOD MAXFIELD b. at Stanford about 1809/10
  3. ISAAC MAXFIELD b. at Dutchess County on 6 June 1813


REFERENCES

Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
MSSRW
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of the Secretary, ed. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War. Boston: Wright L. Potter, 1902.

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