Descendants of John Maxfield
of Salisbury, Massachusetts
Fifth Generation


ENOCH5 MAXFIELD (John4, Michael3, John2-1) was born at Chichester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, on 22 September 1794[1] a son of John N. Maxfield and his wife Rhoda French. He died at Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire, on 25 April 1882.[2] He married at Upper Gilmanton Parish, Gilmanton, on 31 March 1825 SARAH THOMPSON.[3] Often called "Sally," Sarah was born at Gilmanton about 1801/2,[4] and died probably some time before the 1870 census, in which she does not appear.

On 18 Ocrober 1817 Enoch Maxfield of Chichester, yeoman, purchased from James Sanborn of Chichester, cordwainer, for $75, 9 acres and 40 rods of land in Chichester, part of lot #61 in 9th range, 4th division.[5] The marriage of Enoch Maxfield of Chichester to Sally Thompson of Gilmanton took place at Upper Gilmanton Parish, New Hampshire, which place later became the town of Belmont. The Enoch Maxfield family was reported at Gilmanton in the 1830 census, and every census thereafter. In every census that reported occupation, he was described as a farmer.

Censuses before 1850 only reported the numbers in a household in various age and sex categories. However, the information from other sources can account for all of the numbers reported for the Enoch Maxfield household:[6]

1830
male 30-39 Enoch, 35
female 20-29 Sally, 28
male 5-9 Oliver, 5
male 0-4 Benjamin, 2
female 0-4 Cleansy
female 0-4 Laura, 0
1840
male 40-49 Enoch, 45
female 30-39 Sally, 38
male 15-19 Oliver, 15
male 10-14 Benjamin, 12
female 10-14 Laura, 10
male 5-9 Charles, 9
male 5-9 Hiram, 7
female 5-9 Betsey, 4
female 0-4 Rachel, 3
male 0-4 John, 0

"Cleansy" is mentioned only on the list of children in the notes of Henry Dana French, in the second place on the list, with the notation she died unmarried. If she is correctly placed on the 1830 list here, she probably died before 1840. The list above is correct if we assume the census taker slightly over-estimated Betsey's age.

The 1850 census demonstrated that the family kept growing, even as the older children left home:[7]

Line Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
13. Enoch Maxfield 56 M farmer $2500 NH
14. Sarah Maxfield 48 F NH
15. Hiram Maxfield 17 M farmer NH school
16. Betsy J. Maxfield 14 F NH school
17. Rachel Maxfield 13 F NH school
18. John E. Maxfield 10 M NH school
19. Edwin Maxfield 7 M NH school
20. Sarah A. Maxfield 3 F NH

By 1850 son Oliver had married and was farming in Chichester. Benjamin was farming, living in the household of Mary French of Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Laura was living alone in the city of Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, and Charles was a farmer, living in the farm home of Jonathan and Olive Clough at Loudon.

The 1860 census reported the Enoch Maxfield household of Gilmanton consisting of Enoch, 65, farmer, Sally, 58, Charles, 28, Rachel, 23, John, 20, farmer, Enoch E., 16, and Abigail, 13. Enoch and Abigail were still in school. Charles had his own personal estate of $800.[8]

The decade of the 1860s was one of great change for this family. While the country was going through Civil War, the children of Enoch and Sally were marrying and setting up their own households. Betsey married in 1861; Laura and John married in 1862; Benjamin and Rachel married in 1863; Charles and Edwin married in 1865. Daughter Sarah Abigail died in 1867, and the mother, Sarah, probably died some time in this decade, as she does not appear in the next census.

The 1870 census reported Enoch Maxfield, farmer, 76, at Gilmanton, with his son, Edwin E., 26, working on the farm, and his daughter Laura, 28, keeping house.[9] Laura was also reported as Laura Jones with her husband Cyrus Jones at their home in Gilmanton.

The 1880 census reported widower Enoch Maxfield, 85, farmer, at Gilmanton, listed on the census immediately after his son Hiram Maxfield. His household included his son Charles, farmer, Charles' wife Mariah, and their four children.[10]

Enoch Maxfield died at Gilmanton on 25 April, 1882, age 87 years, from old age.[11]

Enoch Maxfield and his wife Sarah Thompson had the following children:

  1. OLIVER6 MAXFIELD b. at Gilmanton on 3 June 1824.
  2. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN6 MAXFIELD b. at Gilmanton on 21 March 1828.
  3. CLEANSY6 MAXFIELD b. perhaps bet. 1825 and 1830, died unmarried. Mentioned only in genealogical papers by Henry Dana French.[12]
  4. LAURA A.6 MAXFIELD b. at New Hampshire abt. 1829/30;[13] d. on 7 November 1877;[14] m. at Concord, Merrimack Co., on 5 November 1862 CYRUS JONES,[15] b. at Gilmanton on 1820,[16] d. at Gilmanton on 26 April 1892,[17] child of David and Abigail Jones. Laura Maxfield was reported in the 1850 census age 20 living alone at Manchester.[18] The 1860 census reported her in the household of Mrs. Mary A. Lasher, at Pittsfield, Merrimack Co. Laura was age 28 years, working as a domestic, with a personl estate of $25.[19]
  5. CHARLES H.6 MAXFIELD b. at Gilmanton on 5 December 1830.
  6. HIRAM B.6 MAXFIELD b. at Gilmanton on 1833;[20] d. at Gilmanton on 1 June 1894;[21] m, (1) at Upper Gilmanton Parish on 10 November 1857 ELIZABETH B. FLANDERS,[22] b. at New Hampshire abt. 1841/2,[23] d. on 22 August 1871;[24] m. (2) at Gilmanton on 25 May 1878 MARY J. PAGE,[25] b. at Gilmanton abt. 1844/5,[26] d. bet. 27 May, 1892 (will) and 18 October 1892 (probate),[27] child of Jesse L. and Betsey F. Page. For further information on Mary J. Page see explanation below. The 1860 census reported Hiram B. Maxfield, 26, farmer, with real estate of $1300 and a personal estate of $300, living at Gilmanton with his wife Elizabeth S., age 18.[28] The 1870 census reported Hiram Maxfield, 36, farmer, with his wife Lizzie, 28, also Mary A. Gilman, 27, and Mary Gilman, four months.[29] The 1880 census reported Hiram B. Maxfield, 45, farmer, at Gilmanton, with his second wife Mary J. Maxfield, 35.[30]
  7. BETSEY6 JENNIE MAXFIELD b. at Gilmanton about 1836;[31] living at time of husband's death, 1913; m. at Salem, Essex Co., MA, on 24 August 1861 THOMAS TAIT,[32] b. at Wallace, Nova Scotia, on 26 May 1833, d. at Rockport, Essex Co., on 23 June 1913, child of Robert Tait and Mary Cairnes.[33]
  8. RACHEL CARTER6 MAXFIELD b. at Gilmanton on 25 June 1837;[34] d. on 21 March 1922;[35] m. at Rockport on 21 January 1863 ANDREW BURNHAM,[36] b. at Essex, Essex Co., on 27 December 1820,[37] d. at Essex on 21 August 1882,[38] child of Michael and Patience Burnham. He had previously m. at Ipswich, Essex Co., on 24 November 1844 CHARLOTTE AUGUSTA KINSMAN[39] b. at Ipswich on April 1824, d. at Essex on 10 February 1861, child of William Kinsman and Sarah Beason.[40]
  9. JOHN A.6 MAXFIELD b. at Gilmanton on 14 January 1840.
  10. EDWIN ENOCH6 MAXFIELD[41] b. at Gilmanton on 16 July 1843;[42] d. at Gilmanton on 12 August 1898;[43] m. at Loudon on 15 March 1865 LAURA E, SANBORN,[44] b. at Loudon on 19 August 1846,[45] d. at Waltham, Middlesex Co., MA, on 11 February 1842,[46] child of Jeremiah Sanborn and Nancy Ann Sinclair Pickering. Edwin E. Maxfield was a soldier in the Civil War. At age 21 he enlisted in Company H, New Hampshire 18th Infantry Regiment on 22 February 1865. He was mustered out on 1 July 1865.[47] This regiment fought in the Appomatox campaign of 28 March to 5 April, and from 20-26 April had guard duty in Washington, D.C. during the trial of President Lincoln's assasins.[48] How he got back to New Hampshire in that time to get married, I cannot explain. The 1880 census reported Edwin E. Maxfield, 36, farmer, and his wife Laura E., 37, living at Gilmanton.[49] The 1890 veteran's census also reported him at Gilmanton.[50] The 1900 census reported widow Laura G. Maxfield, 58, farming at Gilmanton. Her household included her grand-nephew Harry W. Maxfield, 12[51] (grandson of Enoch's brother Charles, son of Walter). In 1910 Laura E. Maxfield, 65, was a servant in the household of Samuel and Ann Carter of Loudon.[52] The 1920 census found widow Laura A. Maxfield, 74, boarding in the home of Lewis Morrill and his mother, at Loudon. [53] In 1930, at age 83, she was boarding with Alden and Emily Green at Loudon.[54] In 1935 she was at Pittsfield. The 1940 census reported her at 21 Centre Street, Watertown, Middlesex Co., living with her single neice, Alice M. Sanborn. Alice was 56, Laura 98.[55] Laura died at the age of 100 years.
  11. SARAH ABIGAIL6 MAXFIELD b. at Gilmanton on 3 January 1848;[56] d. at Rockport on 25 February 1867.[57]


Note on Mary Page and her daughter Elvira

Lucy L. Page, 19, and Mary J. Page, 15, were listed among eight children of Jesse L. and Betsey F. Page at Gilmanton Iron Works on the 1860 census.[58] The 1870 census contained the following entry:[59]

Line Name Age Sex Race Occupation R.E. P.E. Birth
23. Price, Moses S. 50 M W farmer $300 $250 NH
24. Price, Lucy S. 29 F W keeping house NH
25. Paige, Mary 25 F W domestic servant NH
26. Paige, Elvira 11/12 F W NH

Lucy Page had married Moses Price, but her sister had a child, and was living with Moses and Lucy as a domestic servant.

The 1880 census reported Mary Paige as Mary Maxfield, with her husband Hiram Maxfield, but it reported her sister's family as follows:[60]

Line Name Race Sex Age Related MS Occupation B FB MB
9. Price, Moses S. W M 59 M farmer NH NH NH
10. Price, Lucy S. W F 39 wife M keeping house NH NH NH
11. Price, Elvira W F 10 daughter S NH NH NH

Elvira Page in 1870 had become Elvira Price in 1880, and was being treated a a daughter of Moses and Lucy.

Elvira Price of Hooksett, Merrimack County,, 22, married John W. Prescott of Hooksett, 65, on 29 September 1891 at Chichester. On the marriage record, Elvira indicated that her parents were Moses Price and Mary Maxfield,[61] using her mother's married name at the time of Elvira's marriage. So Moses Price had a child by his wife's sister, and all four were living together in 1870. When Mary married, and left that home, Elvira remained with her father and had taken her father's surname.

Mary (Page) Maxfield wrote her will on 27 May 1892 and it was proved in Belknap County on 18 October 1892. In the will, she left one dollar "to my daughter Alvina Prescott, wife of John W. Prescott," and the remainder to her husband Hiram B. Maxfield.[62]


NOTES

1State of New Hampshire. Bureau of Vital Statistics, Concord, NH, Index of Births to 1900;Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.
2State of New Hampshire. Bureau of Vital Statistics, Concord, NH, Index of Deaths to 1900;Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; "Deaths," Independent Statesman, 4 May 1882, p. 248; 19th Century U.S. Newspapers (infotrac.galegroup.com : accessed 2012).
3State of New Hampshire. Bureau of Vital Statistics, Concord, NH, Index to Marriages Up to 1900;Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.
4based on age in 1850, 1860 census records; place from a child's death record.
5Deeds, 215:438; digital images, Rockingham County Registry of Deeds (nhdeeds/rockingham : accessed 2012).
6Fifth Census of the United States: 1830, population, Gilmanton, Strafford Co., NH, 78:268; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2012); Sixth Census of the United States: 1840, population, Gilmanton, Strafford Co., NH, 246:415; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2012).
7Seventh Census of the United States: 1850, population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, 425:115A, 216; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2012).
8Eighth Census of the United States: 1860, population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, 666:266, 475; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2012).
9Ninth Census of the United States: 1870, population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, 836:111B, 53; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
10Tenth Census of the United States: 1880, population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, (roll 760) enumeration district (ED) 7:89B, 216; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
11New Hampshire Index of Deaths to 1900.
12French, Harry Dana. Descendants of John Maxfield of Salisbury, Mass., New Hampshire Historical Society Library, Concord, NH, about 1952.
13about 1829/30 from age in 1850 Census, about 1831/2 from 1860 Census.
14French, Harry Dana. Descendants of John Maxfield of Salisbury, Mass.
15New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947; Index and images, Family Search (familysearch.org : accessed 2013).
16French, Harry Dana. Descendants of John Maxfield of Salisbury, Mass.
17New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, NH, New Hampshire, Death Records, 1654-1947; digital images, Family Search (familysearch.org : accessed 2011).
18Seventh Census of the United States: 1850, Population, Manchester, Hillsboro Co., NH, 432:134B, 886.
19Eighth Census of the United States: 1860, Population, Pittsfield, Merrimack Co., NH, 677:556, 259.
20French, Harry Dana. Descendants of John Maxfield of Salisbury, Mass.; 1832/3 in 1850 Census; 1833/4 in 1860 and 1870 censuses; 1834/5 in 1880 Census.
21New Hampshire Index of Deaths to 1900.
22New Hampshire Index to Marriages Up to 1900.
231860, 1870 censuses; Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, database, Find a Grave (findagrave.com : accessed 2012), .
24Smith Meeting House Cemetery
25New Hampshire Index to Marriages Up to 1900.
261870, 1880 censuses; place from marriage record.
27Belknap County, New Hampshire, Wills: 22:190; New England Historic Genealogical Society (microfilm), Boston, MA.
28Eighth Census of the United States: 1860, Population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, 666:265, 470.
29Ninth Census of the United States: 1870, Population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, 836:111A, 49.
30Tenth Census of the United States: 1880, Population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, ED 7, 760:89B, 215.
311835/6 on 1850 census; 1837/8 on marriage record.
32Vital Records of Massachusetts. Division of Vital Statistics, State House, Boston, MA, 144: 218:143
33Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911-1915; digital images, American Ancestors (americanancestors.org : accessed 2014).
34Spring Street Cemetery, Essex, Essex Co., MA, Find a Grave, digital images (findagrave.com : accessed 2012), .
35Ibid.
36Rockport, Massachusetts, "Massachusetts Vital Records: Rockport," Marriages, 178, 1; Holbrook, Jay Mack, ed., Oxford, MA: Holbrook Research Institute.
37Spring Street Cemetery, Essex, Essex Co., MA, Find a Grave.
38Ibid.
39Vital Records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, MA: Essex Institute, 1910), 2:72.
40"Vital Records of Massachusetts, 1841-1910," digital images, American Ancestors; Spring Street Cemetery, Essex, Essex Co., MA, Find a Grave.
41picture from Historical Data Systems, comp., "U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865," database, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
42Smith Meeting House Cemetery, database, Find a Grave.
43New Hampshire Index of Deaths to 1900; Smith Meeting House Cemetery, database, Find a Grave.
44New Hampshire Index to Marriages Up to 1900.
45Smith Meeting House Cemetery, database, Find a Grave.
46Ibid.
47"U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865," database, Ancestry.
48Mike Northway, The Civil War Archive (civilwararchive.com : accessed 2014).
49Tenth Census of the United States: 1880, Population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, (roll 760) ED 7:89C, 228.
50Eleventh Census of the United States: 1890, union veterans and widows, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, enumeration district (ED) 7, 1, 17; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
51Twelth Census of the United States: 1900, population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, (roll 944) enumeration district (ED) 6:9A, 111; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
52Thirteenth Census of the United States: 1910, population, Loudon, Merrimack Co., NH, (roll 865) enumeration district (ED) 220:6A, 117; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
53Fourteenth Census of the United States: 1920, population, Loudon, Merrimack Co., NH, (roll 1012) enumeration district (ED) 96:3A, 52; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
54Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930, population, Loudon, Merrimack Co., NH, (roll 1304) enumeration district (ED) 44:5B, 134; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
55Sixteenth Census of the United States: 1940, population, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA, (roll 1620) enumeration district (ED) 9-586:9A, 158; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2013).
561850, 1860 censuses; place from death record.
57Rockport, Massachusetts "Massachusetts Vital Records: Rockport," Deaths, 231, 11.
58Eighth Census of the United States: 1860, Population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co., NH, 666:236, 189.
59Ninth Census of the United States: 1870, Population, Gelmanton, Belknap Co., NH, 836:116B, 157.
60Tenth Census of the United States: 1880, Population, Gilmanton, Belknap Co, NH, (roll 760) ED 7:82D, 41.
61New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947 FamilySearch.
62Belknap County, New Hampshire, Wills: 22:190.


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