|1860 Census (jail)||NY||1839/40|
|1860 Census (home)||MA||1837/8|
|second marriage||Cincinnati, OH||1838|
|1900 Census||MA||March 1839|
The 1850 census (306:121) reported Lewis Maxfield, age 13, living in a household of 60 unrelated persons at Tyringham, Massachusetts. The 1860 census reported James Maxfield twice at Oconto County, Wisconsin. He was reported in jail (1424:256:15) at Oconto on assault and battery charges. He was also reported at home at Peshtigo (1424:288:6-8):
|6. James L Maxfield||22||M||laborer||MA|
|7. Eliza Maxfield||15||F||WI|
|8. Idella Maxfield||2/12||F||WI|
James Lewis Maxfield had married ELIZA TOURTELLOTT probably around 1859, probably at Wisconsin. The young bride was born at Oconto, Wisconsin on 11 August 1845 (1900 census, place from second marriage record), a child of Thomas and Josephine Tourtellott.
James L. Maxfield enlisted on 22 October 1861, and was soon (November 5) transferred from Company F to Company H of the Wisconsin 12th Infantry Regiment. He served throughout the Civil War, but was reported Absent WithOut Leave on 16 July 1865 (Civ War Sol).
James never returned to Wisconsin. Within five months, he married at Virginia MARTHA WASHINGTON JOHNSON. The record states (Russell Co. M):
On 9 Dec 1865 James L. Maxfield, age 27, single, b. Cincinnati, Oh., son of Samuel and Genett MaxfieldThis is the only record on which James claimed to be born in Ohio, and the only record that names his parents. The illegality of the marriage could explain why James might manufacture an original birth place; for this reason, the identity of his parents remains questionable. Martha was born at Virginia about 1841 (census records), the child of William Johnson and his wife Margaret "Peggy" Fuller.
married Martha Johnson, age 25, single, b. Russell Co., Va., daughter of William and Margaret Johnson
- by E. D. Kernan
James and his new family appeared in the 1870 census (1677:1:448B) at New Garden, Russell County, Virginia, in the household of William (62) and Margaret (58) Johnson. The family included James, 31, a farm hand, Martha, 28, Samuel, 3, and Hugh, 1. James appears to have been working on his father-in-law's farm. The 1880 census (1389:72.2:23-28) reported the growing family at New Garden:
|23. Maxfield, James L.||W||M||41||----||M||laborer||CT||CT||CT|
|24. Maxfield, Martha||W||F||39||wife||M||keeping house||VA||VA||VA|
|25. Maxfield, Samuel||W||M||14||son||S||at home||VA||VA||VA|
|26. Maxfield, Hugh||W||M||12||son||S||at home||VA||VA||VA|
|27. Maxfield, Henry||W||M||9||son||S||VA||VA||VA|
|28. Maxfield, Margaret||W||F||7||daughter||S||VA||VA||VA|
By the time of the 1900 census (1727:1:176) James and Martha had an almost empty nest at Honaker, Russell County, Virginia:
|Maxfield, John||head||W||M||Mar 1839||M||CT||NY||NY||miller|
|Maxfield, Maria W.||wife||W||F||1841||M||VA||VA||VA|
|Maxfield, Sylva||granddaughter||W||F||May 1890||S||VA||VA||VA||at achool|
In spite of the variation in name, this appears to be James and Martha. Sylvia was also reported with her father and step-mother, Hugh and Annie Maxfield. The record also indicated that this couple had been married 34 years, and the wife had four children, two of whom were still living. In 1920, James and Martha Maxfield, aged 82 and 80, were reported with their son Samuel at Dickenson County, Virginia.
James L. Maxfield died at Russell County, Virginia, on 7 June 1924; Martha died there on 16 November 1924. Martha died at the Poor Farm at Lebanon, Virginia (Russell Co D 1924).
Meanwhile, back in Wisconsin:
When James Maxfield, enlisted, he left behind his 16 year old wife, a daughter of 19 months, and a son of 6 months. For almost four years she awaited his return; then she assumed he was dead. Great-granddaughter Audrey Roser reported about Eliza (Roser):
. . . in 1915 she applied for a land grant from the government. I'm sure she was surprised to find out that her husband J. Maxfield was not lost on Shermans march to the Sea he was in Va.Eliza and family moved to Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan, where she married on July 1870 A. C. POMEROY. The marriage record gives the following information (MI M 1:211:1):
Delta Co., Jul 1870 Escanaba, N E Pierson, clergyBy 1880 (1440:330C) Eliza Pomeroy was a widow, living at Oconto, and working as a washer woman. In her household were sons James Maxfield, 17, saw mill worker, and Samuel Pomeroy, 9, also her father and mother, Thomas and Josephine Tourtillotte, 67 and 60, and her siblings, John, Annie, and Rosa, aged 23, 19, and 16, blacksmith, domenstic, and washer woman, respectively.
A C Pomeroy of Escanaba, 24, b. N Y, lumberman
Eliza Maxfield of Escanaba, 23, b. Oconto WI
In 1900 (1808:4B:84-90) Eliza Pomeroy was living with her mother, Josephine Tourtillott, at Second Street, Oconto. This census record listed actual birth dates. Eliza was born 11 August 1845, and had three children, of whom two were still living. Her son Samuel Pomeroy was born at Wisconsin on July 7, 1871 and worked as a teamster on an ice wagon. The household included four nephews of Eliza (grandsons of her mother).
The 1910 census (1729:12A:11-13) reported Eliza Pomeroy at 130 Adams Street, Oconto. She was not employed. The household included two nephews. The last reference I have to her is the above quoted message board message, which states she applied for a land grant in 1915.
James Louis Maxfield and his first wife Eliza Tourtellot had the following children:
James Louis Maxfield and his second wife Martha Washington Johnson had the following children:
Eliza Tourtellott and her second husband A. C. Pomeroy had the following child:
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