Descendants of John Maxfield
of Salisbury, Massachusetts
Fifth Generation


ELLIOT5 MAXFIELD (Robert4, Michael3, John2-1) was born at North Yarmouth, Cumberland County, District of Maine, on 1 November 1798[1] a son of Robert Carr Maxfield and his wife Tabitha Clough. He died on 12 August 1846.[2] He married at Cumberland, Cumberland County, on 25 December 1821 ESTHER LEIGHTON.[3] She was born about 1801 and died on 31 August 1882.[4] She married second at North Yarmouth on 2 September 1849 BENJAMIN SAWYER, who was born about 1794/5.[5]

Elliot Maxfield grew up in North Yarmouth and lived his adult life in the adjoining town of Cumberland.

The census records for 1830 and 1840 list the numbers in a household by age and sex; the Elliot Maxfield household reports could be explained as follows:[6]

1830
male 30-39 Elliot, 31
female 20-29 Esther, 29
female 5-9 Elizabeth, 7
female 5-9 Sarah, 5
male 0-4 Robert, 3
male 0-4 Allyn, 1
1840
male 40-49 Elliot, 41
female 30-39 Esther, 39
female 10-15 Sarah, 15
male 10-15 Robert, 13
male 10-15 Allyn, 11
female 5-9 Francis, 9
female 0-4 Phebe, 2

The name Francis/Frances could be male or female, and is often spelled insensitive to the gender. According to the birth record, Francis was male, but in the 1840 census was female. It is possible that the census taker, being given the name, assumed the gender. On the other hand, if Frances is female, she could be the Frances E. Maxfield reported in the 1850 census age 19 in Cumberland, and the Frances E. Maxfield who married Edward Bisbee on 5 July 1854 at Yarmouth. The evidence is insufficuent to say.

Elliot Maxfield died at the age of 47, on 12 August 1846, and was buried at the Congregational Church Cemetery in Cumberland.[7]

Esther (Leighton) Maxfield married again, at the age of 48, at North Yarmouth on 2 September 1849 to Benjamin Sawyer.[8] He was born about 1854/5 at Maine, and had married Lydia Field at Deering, Cumberland County, on 27 January 1825.[9] She died on at Durham, Cumberland County, on 17 September 1848,[10] at the age of 47.

The 1850 census reported the Benjamin Sawyer family at New Gloucester, Cumberland County, consisting of Benjamin, 55, farmer, Esther, 48, and Melissa, a child from his first marriage, 6.[11]

Benjamin and Esther Sawyer were reported as an empty-nest couple at New Gloucester in the 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses.[12] Esther (Leighton) (Maxfield) Sawyer died on 31 August 1882 and was buried at the Congregational Church Cemetery in Cumberland under the name of Esther Maxfield.[13]

Elliot Maxfield and his wife Esther Leighton had the following children:

  1. ELIZABETH ALLEN6 MAXFIELD b. at Cumberland on 28 October 1822.[14]
  2. SARAH6 CLOUGH MAXFIELD b. at Cumberland on 11 June 1824;[15] m. at North Yarmouth on 19 March 1849 DAVID SPEAR 2d,[16] b. on 17 October 1818.[17]
  3. ROBERT C.6 MAXFIELD b. at Cumberland on 14 June 1826.
  4. ALLYN CLOUGH6 MAXFIELD b. at Cumberland on 13 January 1829;[18] d. at Biddeford, York Co., on 26 January 1899;[19] m. bef. 1860 (married in census) HANNAH KEAY, b. at Maine abt. 1836, child of Lewis Keay.[20] Hannah m. (2) at Rochester, Strafford Co., NH, on 14 November 1881 VALENTINE FREE,[21] who was born about 1822/3. The 1860 census reported a household at Biddeford consisting of Allen C. Maxfield, 30, operative, real estate of $300, personal estate of $200; Hannah E. Maxfield, 23, operative, and 5 other young women, all operatives.[22] The 1870 census reported at Biddeford Allen C. Maxfield, 40, and Hanneh E. 33, both retail fancy goods dealers, and also Nellie L. Jellison, 21, who did housework.[23] The 1880 census reported at Biddeford Hannah E. Maxfield, 43, widow, tailoress, boarding in the home of Solomon H. and Harriet E. Pillsbury.[24]
  5. FRANCIS KNIGHT6 MAXFIELD b. at Cumberland on 16 April 1831.[25]
  6. PHEBE JANE6 MAXFIELD b. at Cumberland on 6 February 1838.[26]


NOTES

1"Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900," database, Family Search (familysearch.org : accessed 2012)
2"Congregational Cemetery, Cumberland Center, Cumberland Co., ME," database, Find a Grave (findagrave.com : accessed 2012), .
3"Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, Family Search (familysearch.org : accessed 2012), .
4"Congregational Cemetery, Cumberland Center, Cumberland Co., ME."
5"Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, Family Search.
6Fifth Census of the United States: 1830, population, Cumberland, Cumberland Co., ME, 46:142; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2012); Sixth Census of the United States: 1840, population, Cumberland, Cumberland Co., ME, 139:491; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2012).
7"Congregational Cemetery, Cumberland Center, Cumberland Co., ME."
8"Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, Family Search.
9Ibid.
10"Maine, Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910," Family Search (familysearch.org : accessed 2014), .
11Seventh Census of the United States: 1850, population, New Gloucester, Cumberland Co., ME, 250:70A, 103; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2014).
12Eighth Census of the United States: 1860, population, New Gloucester, Cumberland Co., ME, 437:37, 309; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2014); Ninth Census of the United States: 1870, population, New Gloucester, Cumberland Co., ME, 540:402B, 293; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2014); Tenth Census of the United States: 1880, population, New Gloucester, Cumberland Co., ME, (roll 478) enumeration district (ED) 40:399A, 152, ; digital images, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2014).
13"Congregational Cemetery, Cumberland Center, Cumberland Co., ME."
14"Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900."
15Ibid.
16"Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," database, Family Search.
17Eugene Howard Maxfield, "Miscellaneous Maxfield info," database, Maxfield Genealogy (www.users.fast.net/~max: accessed 2013), no longer on line.
18"Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900."
19"Maine, Death Records, 1617-1922," images of index, Ancestry (ancestry.com : accessed 2014); "Cemetery Transcriptions from the New England Historic Genealogical Society Manuscript Collections," database, American Ancestors (americanancestors.org : accessed 2012), Greenwood Cemetery, Biddeford, York Co., ME.
201836/7 in 1860, 1870, 1880 census records.
21New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947; Index and images, Family Search (familysearch.org : accessed 2013).
221860 Census, Biddeford, York Co., ME, 450:171, 166.
231870 Census, Biddeford, York Co., ME, 564:97A, 615.
241880 Census, Biddeford, York Co., ME, (roll 491) ED 185:134D, 114.
25"Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900."
26Ibid.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

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

"Congregational Cemetery, Cumberland Center, Cumberland Co., ME." Database. Find a Grave. findagrave.com : 2012

"Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900." Database. Family Search. familysearch.org : 2012.

"Maine, Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910." Family Search. familysearch.org : 2014.

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Maxfield, Eugene Howard. "Miscellaneous Maxfield info." Database. Maxfield Genealogy. www.users.fast.net/~max: 2013. No longer on line.

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