Descendants of John Maxfield
of Salisbury, Massachusetts
Second Generation


JOHN2 MAXFIELD (John 1 ) was born at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, on 23 October 1680, a son of John Maxfield and his wife Elizabeth Hammond .[1] He died some time after writing his will at Salisbury on 2 September, 1751, and before it was proved 2 March, 1752.[2] He married SARAH ORDAWAY of Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, after they published their intentions to marry at Salisbury on 13 November, 1708.[3] Sarah was born at Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, on 20 January, 1681, a daughter of Edward Ordaway and his wife Abigail Bond.[4] She died at Salisbury, on 25 July, 1730.[5]

John was twenty-three years old when his father died. That same year, 1703, he was recorded as a soldier in Salisbury.[6]. He married five years later, shorthly after his mother's remarriage, at which time he would have received an inheritance from his father.

John Maxfield bought and sold the following land parcels:

John Maxfield was called a resident of Salisbury, Massachusetts, in all records, although he acquired land in Kingston and Chester, New Hampshire. His will also refered to land in Middleton, Connecticut. His first three children did not survive him. John Maxfield wrote his will at Salisbury on 2 September, 1751. For the full text of his will, see below.

John Maxfield and his wife Sarah Ordaway had the following children:

  1. JOHN3 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 27 December 1709;[15] d. before wife's second marriage in 1738; m. at Haverhill, Essex Co., MA, on 27 February 1733/4 ANN DOW,[16] b. at Haverhill on 7 May 1715,[17] d. aft. birth of child on 21 Auguat 1746 and bef. second husband's remarriage on 14 July 1748, child of John Dow and his wife Sarah Browne. Ann (Dow) Maxfield m. as her second husband at Haverhill on 21 September 1738 ABIEL BARKER,[18] who was b. at Andover, Essex Co., on 15 July 1697.[19] He had previously m. on 28 September 1732 HANNAH STILES, who d. at Andover on 6 June 1737. After Ann's death Abiel m. as his third wife, at Andover on 14 July 1748 JANE LUNIGER.[20]
  2. (a son)3 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 2 July 1711;[21] d. Salisbury at on 25 August 1711.[22]
  3. OBADIAH3 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 4 September 1712;[23] d. prob. bef. 1751, as he is not mentioned in his father's will.
  4. SAMUEL3 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 12 April 1714.
  5. MICHAEL3 MAXFIELD b. about 1715/6.
  6. ELIZABETH3 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 30 April 1716;[24] d. bet. 1774 and 1794;[25] m. at Hampton, NH, on 27 March 1738 STEPHEN COLBY,[26] b. in 1712, d. at Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in 1745.[27]

WILL OF JOHN MAXFIELD
(Essex County Probate 330:340-341)

In the name of God. Amen. The second day of September A. D. 1751, I John Maxfield of Salisbury in the County of Essex in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, yeoman, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament, that is to say: Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God, who gave it, and my body I commend unto the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor, Nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again through the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly goods or estate, which it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of ye same in the following manner:
Imprimis: I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel and to his heirs and assigns forever, ye one half of my eighty acre lot of land in Chester in ye Province of New Hampshire, to be divided crossway ye lot and according to quantity and quality, and also ye one half of my part or share of land in Middleton in Connecticut Colony and also my lot of marsh in Hoals--farm by Walton's mill, he my said son Samuel paying unto my daughter Elizabeth Colby fifty-three shillings and four pence in one year after my decease.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Michael and to his heirs and assigns forever, all my homestead lands, buildings, and appurtenances, in Salisbury, also my land in Cains Brook Division, and ye other half of my eighty acre lot of land in Chester, also the other half of my part or share of land at Middleton in Connecticut Colony. Also all my right in Kingstown , both in land and in the saw mill, also my marsh in Higglede Pigledey which I had of Joshua Rivinton and my pew in ye meeting house, he my said son Michael paying unto my daughter Elizabeth Colby ten pounds thirteen shillings and four pence in four year after my decease--that is to say, to pay her three and fifty shillings and four pence a year, yearly, on every year, four year after my decease. And I do hereby constitute, appoint and ordain my said son Michael my sole executor to this my last will and testament.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my grandson Samuel Colby son of my daughter Elizabeth Colby--twenty acres of land at Chester which I am to have of Phillip Griffin.
Lastly, all other of my goods or estate unbequeathed I do give to my executor and I do hereby revoke all former wills and bequeaths by me made and do rattify this and no other to be my last will and testament which my hand and seal ye day and year above written.
John Maxfield . . .


NOTES

1 Vital Records of Salisbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1915), 151.
2Essex County, Massachusetts, Probate Records, 308, 340-41.
3 Vital Records of Salisbury, 416.
4 "Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850," database, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (americanancestors.org: accessed 9 September 2012), Vital Records of Ipswich, MA, 1:278.
5 Vital Records of Salisbury, 586.
6 Hoyt David W., The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982), 242. 7Essex County, Massachusetts, Land Records, 19:30, accessed 3 July 2013; Essex County Courthouse, Salem, MA (familysearch.org).
8Ibid., 32:268-69
9Ibid., 58:163-64
10Ibid., 87:217-18
11Deeds, 25:505; digital images, Rockingham County Registry of Deeds (nhdeeds/rockingham : accessed 28 August 2012).
12Essex County, Massachusetts, Land Records, 58:91-92.
13 Deeds, 29:295-96, digital images, Rockingham County Registry of Deeds.
14Essex County, Massachusetts, Land Records, 89:238.
15 Vital Records of Salisbury, 152.
16"Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850," American Ancestors, Vital Records of Haverhill, MA 2:217.
17Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1910), 1:93.
18"Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850," American Ancestors, Vital Records of Haverhill, MA 2:217.
19"Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850," American Ancestors, Vital Records of Andover, MA 1:52.
20 "Barker Family," Essex Antiquarian, 6 (1902): 63.
21 Vital Records of Salisbury, 152.
22 Ibid., 586.
23 Ibid., 153.
24 Ibid., 153.
25Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, 660.
26Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1913), 418.
27Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, 660.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Barker Family." Essex Antiquarian 6 (1902): 60-72.

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Hoyt David W. The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982.

Massachusetts. Essex County. Land Records. Essex County Courthouse, Salem, MA (familysearch.org).

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