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

SAMUEL6 MAXFIELD (probably Ichabod5) was born in Stanford, Dutchess County, New York (birth record of son Robert; birth record of son Wesley said Columbia County, New York; most other records, including census records said New York, although his death record gave his birth place as Connecticut). His birth date, as implied by his age in various records, including census records, was about 1807/8. According to his death record, his parents were John and Rachel Maxfield. However, the only Maxfield in Stanford in the 1800 and 1810 censuses was Ichabod, whose wife was named Rachel. So I am suggesting that Samuel was probably a son of Ichabod and Rachel Maxfield.

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:

age male female
30-39 1 0
20-29 0 1
10-14 0 1
5-9 1 0
0-4 2 1

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:

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. P.E. Birthplace Other
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":

Name Age Sex Race Occupation R.E. P.E. Birth Other
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:

Name Race Sex Age Related MS Occupation B FB MB
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 ( 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:

  1. SAMUEL A.7 MAXFIELD b. at Hyde Park, Dutchess Co., NY, on July 1836
  2. perhaps JAMES LOUIS7 MAXFIELD b. at Massachusetts about March 1839
    • b. at New York on March 1840
    • census. 1900 at 19 Selzer Ave., Cleveland, OH (1260:1:300)
      • Woodine, James head white male b.Jun 1859, age 41 married 21 yrs., b. MA, parents b. MA MA, foreman
      • Woodine, Betsie wife white female b. Mar 1840, age 60 married 21 yrs 0 children b. NY, parents b. NY NY
      • Woodine, Lula daughter white female b. Apr 1884, age 16 single b. OH, parents b. MA NY, at school
      • Maxfield, Jeanette mother-in-law white female b. Feb 1815, Widow, 1 child, 1 child living, b. CT, parents b. NY NY
    • m. about 1878/9 JAMES WOODINE
      • b. at Massachusetts on June 1859
    • b. at Tyringham, MA, about 1840/1
    • m. at West Stockbridge, MA, on 14 August 1858 STEPHEN JOHNS (VR MA 117:63)
        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
      • b. at West Stockbridge, MA, about 1834/5
    • b. at Connecticut about 1846/7
    • living. 1860 census
    • b. at Massachusetts about 1847
    • d. at Cleveland, OH, on 23 November 1889 (OH D; Cuy Pro D)
  7. CHARLES WESLEY7 MAXFIELD b. at Tyringham, Mass., on 3 April, 1850
  8. ROBERT A.7 MAXFIELD b. at Great Barrington, Mass, on 14 July, 1855
    • b. at Great Barrington, on 3 May, 1861 (VR GB 39:34)
      • male, to Samuel and Jenette Maxfield, he laborer b. Stamford, NY; she b. Salisbury, Ct.
    • living. 1880 census


Information on this family is found in:

Other sources abbreviated above include:
Civ War Sol
American Civil War Soldiers.
Cuy Pro D
Cuyahoga County - Index to Probate Court Records of Death, 1867-1890.
Denison Cem
Denison Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH.
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1907, 1953-1997.
Sharon Chh Rec
Connecticut Church Records. State Library Index, Hartford, Connecticut. Sharon: First Church of Christ, 1755-1879
Vital Records of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850. Boston: NEHGS, 1904.
Division of Vital Statistics, State House, Boston, Ma. Massachusetts Vital Records. Microfilm, Genealogical Society, Salt Lake City, Ut.

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