Descendants of John Maxfield
of Salisbury, Massachusetts
Third Generation


MICHAEL3 MAXFIELD (John 2-1) was born probably at Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts about 1715/6, a son of John Maxfield and his wife Sarah Ordaway. He died at Chichester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, on July 1800[1]. He married at Salisbury on 8 April 1752 SUSANNAH CARR[2]. She was born at Salisbury on 25 October 1731[3], a daughter of Robert and Hannah (Eliot) Carr. She died at Salisbury on February 1776[4].

No record of Michael's birth has been found, however his father's will clearly stated that Michael was the son of John. Michael's gravestone states that he died in July 1800, at the age of eighty years. This would place his birth between July 1715 and July 1716. As his sister, Elizabeth, was born in that time period, 30 April 1716, Elizabeth Wright speculated thet he was "possibly a twin of Elizabeth."[5] Other researchers have followed that speculation.

At the time of their marriage, Michael was 36, Susannah 20. They lived at Salisbury. They had at least nine children, of whom four sons and two daughters are known to have survived to adulthood. Susannah died at the age of 44, probably related to childbirth; the Revolutionary War had begun in New England, although independence had not yet been declared. Three of the four sons fought in the Revolution, for extended terms of service.

Michael Maxfield owned property at Salisbury, in addition to what he inherited from his father in 1752:

Susannah Maxfield was received into the membership of Second Church (Congregational), Salisbury, in 1754[11]. Husband Michael, daughter Sarah, and son John were baptized there on 19 January 1756[12].

Following the close of the Revolution, the four sons of Michael Maxfield moved to Chichester. Michael, now a widower, soon joined them. In a deed of 25 December 1783, Michael Maxfield of Salisbury, yeoman for £ 100 sold to John Maxfield of Chichester, husbandman, "all my homestead land with my house and barns containing about 16 acres, in Salisbury . . . also a parcel in Cains Brook Division, partly in Salisbury and partly in that district which was formerly South Hampton, NH, about 15 acres, also a piece of saltmarsh in the lower Higgletypiglety, so called, in Salisbury, containing 2 acres."[13] This deed of 1783 was recorded at Rockingham County, New Hampshire, on 26 January 1804, several years after Michael's death, and recorded at Salisbury on 20 February 1811.

Michael Maxfield was buried at Maxfield-Perkins Cemetery, Chichester, also called Pleasant Street Cemetery[14].

Michael Maxfield and his wife Susannah Carr had the following children:

  1. SARAH4 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 27 April 1753[15]; bp. at Second Church, Salisbury, on 19 January 1756[16].
  2. JOHN N.4 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 25 March 1755.
  3. ROBERT CARR4 MAXFIELD bp. at Second Church, Salisbury on 3 April 1757[17]; d. before birth of another child given same name in 1771.
  4. BETTY4 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 8 August 1759[18]; bp. at Second Church, Salisbury on 30 November 1760[19]; m. at Upper Gilmanton Parish, Gilmanton, Strafford Co., NH on 22 January 1784 SAMUEL DOW[20] (she of Chichester, he of Bow, Rockingham Co.).
  5. ROBERT CARR4 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 20 October 1761.
  6. RICHARD4 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 20 September 1763.
  7. SAMUEL4 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 20 May 1767.
  8. SUSANNAH4 MAXFIELD b. at Salisbury on 27 May 1769[21]; m. at Amesbury, Essex Co., on 17 January 1792 WILLIAN WALTON Jr.[22], b. at Salisbury on 23 May 1767[23].
  9. (infant child)4 MAXFIELD d. at Salisbury on February 1776[24].


NOTES

1"Cemetery Transcriptions from the New England Historic Genealogical Society Manuscript Collections," database, American Ancestors (americanancestors.org : accessed 2012), Perkins-Maxfield Cemetery, Pleasant Street, Chichester, Merrimack Co., NH; Mrs. Charles Carpenter Goss, compiler, Colonial Graveside Inscriptions in the State of New Hampshire (Dover, NH: Clearfield Co., 1942), 36, Pleasant Street Cem., Chichester, NH. Reprint, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1974, 1997. Digital images at ancestry.com. Accessed 2008; "Pleasant Street Cemetery, Chichester, Merrimack Co., NH," database, Find a Grave (findagrave.com : accessed 2012).
2Vital Records of Salisbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1915), 416.
3Ibid., 44.
4Ibid., 586.
5Elizabeth Wright, "John Maxfield of Salisbury, Massachusetts, 1652, and Some of His Descendants," The Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record (19281930): 8:21.
6Essex County, Massachusetts, Land Records, 88:272, accessed 3 July 2013; Essex County Courthouse, Salem, MA (familysearch.org).
7Ibid., 95:131-32.
8Ibid., 128:5.
9Ibid., 212:85.
10Ibid., 128:49.
11Hoyt David W., The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982), 424.
12Ibid., 445-46.
13Deeds, 166:287; digital images, Rockingham County Registry of Deeds (nhdeeds/rockingham : accessed 2012); Essex County, Massachusetts, Land Records, 191:233.
14See Note #1.
15Vital Records of Salisbury, 152.
16The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, 445.
17Ibid., 446.
18Vital Records of Salisbury, 151.
19The Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, 447.
20Bureau of Vital Statistics, State of New Hampshire, Concord, NH. .Bride's Index, 1640-1900
21Vital Records of Salisbury, 152.
22Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1913), 418.
23Vital Records of Salisbury, 247.
24Ibid., 586.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Cemetery Transcriptions from the New England Historic Genealogical Society Manuscript Collections." Database. American Ancestors. americanancestors.org : 2012.

French, Harry Dana. Descendants of John Maxfield of Salisbury, Mass. New Hampshire Historical Society Library, Concord, NH, about 1952.

Goss, Mrs. Charles Carpenter, compiler. Colonial Graveside Inscriptions in the State of New Hampshire. Dover, NH: Clearfield Co., 1942.

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).

New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Concord, NH. Vital Records: Bride's Index, 1640-1900. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

"Pleasant Street Cemetery, Chichester, Merrimack Co., NH." Database. Find a Grave. findagrave.com : 2012.

Rockingham County Registry of Deeds. "Land Records." Digital images. Rockingham County Registry of Deeds. nhdeeds/rockingham : 2012.

Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. Topsfield, MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1913.

Vital Records of Salisbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849. Topsfield, MA: Topsfield Historical Society, 1915.

Wright, Elizabeth. "John Maxfield of Salisbury, Massachusetts, 1652, and Some of His Descendants." The Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record (19281930): 6:52-56; 7:20-24, 42-47, 61-71, 87-96; 8:15-22.


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