William and John Maxfield
of Brooklyn, New York
and Their Descendants
Second Generation

JOHN G.2 MAXFIELD (William1) was born in England about 1813 (1812-3 in 1850, 1880 censuses, 1814/5 in 1860, 1870 censuses), a child of William Maxfield.

John G. Maxfield came to America in 1835 (Tom Maxfield), and soon after married MARY ELIZABETH GUION, who was born in New York about 1821 (1820/1 in the 1850 census, 1821/2 in 1870 and 1880 censuses, 1824/5 in 1860 census)

The John Maxfield family was counted in the 1850 Census in the Seventh Ward of Brooklyn, New York, as follows:

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. Birthplace Other
John Maxfield 37 M carpenter $3000 England
Mary E. Maxfield 29 F NY
Charles W. Maxfield 11 M NY school
John Maxfield, Jr. 9 M NY school
Juliet G. Maxfield 8 F NY school
Joseph B. Maxfield 6 M NY school
Eliza W. Maxfield 2 F NY
William Maxfield 69 M carpenter England

The John Maxfield family appeared again in the 1860 Census, in District 3 of Ward 11 of Brooklyn, without the elder William, but with several more children (NY 32:665):

Name Age Sex Occupation R.E. P.E. Birthplace
John Maxfield 45 M clerk $7500 $ 500 England
Mary Maxfield 35 F NY
Charles Maxfield 21 M accountant NY
John Maxfield 18 M clerk NY
Julius Maxfield 17 M clerk NY
Joseph Maxfield 14 M NY
Eliza Maxfield 12 F NY
Adam Maxfield 5 M NY
Jane Maxfield 4/12 F NY
John U. Payne 23 M jeweler England
Mary A. Payne 19 F NY

The 1870 census (860:1:64B) reported this family at Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey. The family consisted of John, age 55, born in England, a fruit dealer, Mary C., 48, John F., 29, a fruit dealer, Joseph D., 27, clerk in a bank, Eliza W., 22, no occupation, Adam T., 14, at school, and Jennie M. age 10, at school. All the children were born in New York except Jennie, born in New Jersey, which suggests that they moved to new Jersey in 1860, after the census.

The 1880 census (780:391A) reported John and Mary living at Bloomfield, with Jennie the only child still at home. John G. Maxfield continued to work as a fruit merchant.

John and Mary Maxfield had the following children:

  1. CHARLES W.3 MAXFIELD b. at New York in January 1839
  2. JOHN FOWLER3 MAXFIELD b. at Westchester County, NY, on September 1840
    • b. at New York in 1842 (1850, 1860 Censuses)
  4. JOSEPH B.3 MAXFIELD b. at New York in September 1843
    • b. in New York about 1847/8 (1850, 1860 Censuses)
    • b. in New York abt 1854/5 (1860 Census)
    • d. on 12 July 1879 (NY Post 15 July 1879)
      • Ad. T. Maxfield, s. John G. and Mary E., 25 y; parents of Bloomfield, NJ
  7. JANE3 MAXFIELD "Jennie"
    • b. in New Jersey about February 1860 (1860 Census--New York, but New Jersey in 1870, 1880 censuses)


Sources abbreviated above include:

NY Post
Deaths in New York Evening Post, 1801-90. NewEnglandAncestors.org
Tom Maxfield
Maxfield, Tom, to Charles Maxfield. E-mail. 31 March 2002.

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