East Providence, Aug 16, 1876Ellen was born at Providence (marriage record) about 1858 (1920 Census; 1858/9 on 1880 Census, marriage record), a child of Henry S. Dodge and hus wife Phebe A. Tarp.
James Arthur Maxfield of East Providence, 27, white, painter, b. Fairhaven, Ma., to James S. Maxfield and Louisa J. Tripp, 1st;
Ellen Stanley Dodge of East Providence, 17, white, b. Providence to Henry S. Dodge and Phebe A. Tarp, 1st;
by Robert W. Paine
James Maxfield of East Providence was described as a painter, artist, and decorative painter on various records throughout his life.
The 1880 Census (1214:239A) reported this family in East Providence:
|James A. Maxfield||self||M||M||W||31||MA||artist||MA||MA|
|Ellen S. Maxfield||wife||M||F||W||21||RI||keeping house||RI||RI|
|Clara L. Maxfield||daughter||S||F||W||6 mo||RI||MA||MA|
|Louisa J. Maxfield||mother||W||F||W||52||MA||nurse||MA||ME|
|Albert B. Maxfield||nephew||S||M||W||13||MA||at school||MA||MA|
James included his widowed mother and orphaned nephew in his young family.
The 1910 census (1439:248B) reported the family at 12 Highland Avenue, East Providence, including James, 61, Ellen, 51, Nellie, 28, C. Josephine, 19, and James E., 15. James A. was a sign painter with his own shop, Nellie was a dress maker of ladies garments, and C. Josephine was a stenographer.
James and Ellen Maxfield had at least seven children. At the time of the 1920 Census (1672:18A) the youngest child remained in the home at 22 Highland Avenue, East Providence:
|Maxfield, James A.||head||M||W||71||M||MA||MA||MA||decorative painter|
|Maxfield, Ellen S.||wife||F||W||61||M||RI||RI||RI||none|
|Maxfield, James E.||son||M||W||25||S||RI||MA||RI||carpenter, house|
The 1930 census (2170:10A) found this family at New Shoreham (Block Island). James, the father, age 81, described himself as an independent artist; his wife Ellen was age 71; daughter Ellen, 48 and single, was proprietor of a tea room; son James, 36 and single, was a farmer.
Ellen Maxfield died at East Providence on 31 October 1940 (RI D).
A newspaper reporter in 1946 found James Maxfield to be a still active artist on Block Island at the age of 98 (Nashua Tel 20 Dec 1946, p. 21):
Up and Down New England, by Tom HorganJames Maxfield died at New Shoreham on 3 April 1947 (RI D).
. . . Still at his easel, marine painter James A. Maxfield, one of Rhode Island's oldest residents, recently observed his 98th birthday at his home on Block Island. A native of New Bedford, Maxfield took an early interest in marine subjects but his murals and decorations also are found in many Rhode Island churches. His excellent health permitted him to till a one acre garden last summer.
James Arthur Maxfield and his wife Ellen Stanley Dodge had the following children:
Artist, 73, to Marry Pupil, 27
Providence, March 10
J. Nelson Arnold, RI portrait painter, age 73 engaged to Miss Clara L. Maxfield, 27 yr old artist, his pupil . . . to marry March 20 . . . romance of 4 years; friendship began when she was 16
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