Samuel Maxfield married JEANETTE LERNA probably before 1836 (birth of their first child). Jeanette's maiden name was found on the record of the second marriage of son Samuel. She was born at Salisbury, Connecticut, on February 1815. The place comes from the birth records of sons Robert and Frederick. The birth month and year, as reported on the 1900 census, corresponds roughly to the years implied on other census records. (The birth record of son Wesley stated his mother was born at Washington. Whether this was a reference to the Town of Mount Washington in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, or the county in New York, is not clear).
The records of the First Church of Christ [Congregational] of Sharon, Connecticut, reported that Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Maxfield were baptized and received into membership on 5 May 1839. Samuel was excommunicated on 20 May 1840 (Sharon Chh Rec)
The 1840 census (25:285) reported this family at Sharon, Connecticut, as follows:
The occupation of the one male adult was classified as agriculturalist. The two adults would be Samuel and Jeanette; the three children under five would probably be Samuel, James and Betsie. I cannot identify the two older children.
The residence of this family is unclear. The first three children appear to have been born in New York; after 1840 most, but not all, records point to Massachusetts, with some reference to Connecticut. Son Wesley was born in Tyringham, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in 1850. I have not found a record of this family in the 1850 census. However that census (306:117A:12-20) reported a family of John and Mary Maxfield at Tyringham, consisting of John (40), Mary (37), John (20), William (18), Samuel (12), James (11), Cordelia (8), George (6), and Charles (4). I find no prior nor further record of this John Maxfield family. This is curious. The ages of John and Mary are within a couple of years of what Samuel and Jeanette would have been. Samuel and James, likewise are close in age to the similarly named children of Samuel and Jeanette. The names and sequence of George and Charles coincides, although the ages do not. Could this be Samuel's family?
The 1860 census (488:424:10-15) reported this family at the Town of Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Van Dusen Post Office:
|10. Samuel Maxfield||53||M||laborer||NY|
|11. Jane Maxfield||45||F||wife||CT|
|12. George Maxfield||13||M||CT||school|
|13. John Maxfield||12||M||MA||school|
|14. Wesly Maxfield||9||M||MA||school|
|15. Robert Maxfield||6||M||MA||school|
Three members of this family fought in the Civil War. Son Samuel fought in a Massachusetts unit, son James, who had moved to Wisconsin, fought in a unit from that state; finally, Samuel, the father, joined a New York unit. He enlisted on 6 November 1862 as a Private. He claimed to be forty-four years old (He was 54). He served in Company E, 12th Cavalry regiment of New York, from 31 March 1863 to 17 June 1865, when he was discharged at Troy, New York (Civ War Sol).
The 1870 census (602:658A:30-35) reported this family at Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Hartsville Post Office, under the name "Maxwell":
|30. Maxwell, Samuel||62||M||W||farm laborer||NY||cannot read or write|
|31. Maxwell, Janette||57||F||W||keeping house||CT||cannot read or write|
|32. Maxwell, John||23||M||W||farm laborer||MA|
|33. Maxwell, Wesley||20||M||W||farm laborer||MA|
|34. Maxwell, Robert||15||M||W||farm laborer||MA||school|
|35. Maxwell, Frederick||9||M||W||at home||MA||school|
The 1880 census (103:356C) found them at Meriden, Connecticut:
|18. Sam Maxfield||W||M||72||---||M||laborer||NY||NY||CT|
|19. Genette Maxfield||W||F||65||wife||M||keeping house||CT||NY||NY|
|20. Westle C. Maxfield||W||M||30||son||W/D||silver plater||MA||NY||NY|
|21. Fred K. Maxfield||W||M||19||son||S||MA||NY||NY|
|22. Wm. Maxfield||W||M||6||grandson||S||school||MA||NY||NY|
|23. Clara Cittendon||W||F||32||boarder||S||packer||MA||MA||MA|
The record also indicated that Sam and Genette were illiterate. The column for "widowed or divorced" was checked for Wesley, however his wife was living at the Massachusetts State Alms house in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and they would have one more child in 1882. William was a child of Wesley.
Samuel and Jeanette Maxfield moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where daughter Betsie and son John had moved. Samuel Maxfield died at Brooklyn, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on 25 December 1887 (OH D; Cuy Pro D).
The 1890 veterans' census (ancestry.com) reported Annette Maxfield, widow of Samuel of the 12th New York Cavalry, at Brooklyn, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The 1900 census (1260:1:300) reported Jeanette Maxfield, widow, born February 1815, at 19 Selzer Street, Cleveland, living with her daughter, Betsie Woodine, and family. Jeanette Maxfield died on April 1908 at the age of 93 (Denison Cem)
Samuel Maxfield and his wife Jeanette Lerna had the following children:
Stephen Johns of West Stockbridge, 23, farmer, b. West Stockbridge to Elija Johns, 1st
Catharine C. Maxfield of Great Barrington, 17, b. Tyringham to Samuel Maxfield, 1st
by Nathan Shaw, West Stockbridge minister
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