Joseph Maxfield married as his first wife at Longbridge Deverill on 5 June 1836 MARTHA WHITE (Eng M), who was born at Longbridge Deverill about 1816 (1851 census). The 1841 census (12:17:16) reported Joseph and Martha Maxfield, both age 25, at Foxhole, Longbridge Deverill, with two children, Thomas, 4, and Clara, 1. Joseph was an agricultural laborer. The 1851 census (318:16) reported the family on Sand Street, Longbridge Deverill, consisting of Joseph, 34, Martha, 34, Thomas, 13, William, 6, and Varena, nine months. All were born at Longbridge Deverill. Joseph was described as an agricultural laborer - carter; Thomas was also an agricultural laborer; William was a scholar. Daughter Clara Maxfield (312:4) was living with her grandmother, Grace White, on Church Street, Longbridge Deverill. Grace, widow, 68, was listed as a pauper; Clara, 11, was a scholar.
Martha Maxfield died at the Warminster district of Wiltshire during the fourth quarter of 1852 (Eng D). Joseph Maxfield soon remarried, at Longbridge Deverill on 25 February 1853, to ELIZABETH GIBBS. She was born at England in August 1826 (1900 census).
Joseph and Martha Maxfield had six children. Three died in infancy. Thomas Maxfield married Sarah about 1859, was living in London in 1861 (Census 51:10), and had recently moved back to Longbridge Deverill in 1871. Clara Maxfield married at Longbridge Deverill on 8 January 1861 Joseph White (Eng M). William Maxfield was the probable immigrant who enlisted in a New Jersey unit of the Union Army in 1864.
Joseph and Elizabeth emmigrated to America some time after the baptism of their second child in England on 31 May 1857, and before the birth of their next child in New Jersey on 28 April 1859. The 1860 census reported this family at Pequannock Township (Boonton Post Office), Morris County, New Jersey, as follows:
|Sarah A. Maxfield||3||F||England|
|John Maxfield||6/12||M||Morris Co., NJ|
Joseph Maxfield enlisted as a Private in Company Battery B, 1st Light Artillery Regiment New Jersey on 03 September 1861. He received a disability discharge at Philadelphia on 4 June 1862 (Civ W Sol).
Following Joseph's discharge, the Maxfield family experienced the deaths of several children. Sarah Ann died on 8 November, 1862. Joseph, aged four years, died on 10 August 1866. Mary, aged four months, died the following day. John, aged eight years, died in 1867. Of their first five children, Joseph and Elizabeth lost four in childhood. They soon had three more, who survived. The 1870 census (877:1:22B) reported the family at Boonton Township, Morris County, consisting of Joseph, 56, Elizabeth, 42, Ann, 16, Samuel, 3, and Harry, born December 1869. Joseph was a laborer; he, Elizabeth and Ann were born at England, Samuel and Harry at New Jersey.
The 1880 census (780:567A) reported Joseph and Elizabeth Maxfield, ages 66 and 56 respectively, both born at England, residing at Livingston Township, Essex County, New Jersey. I have not found a record of their children in that census. The 1890 Veterans' Census reported Joseph Maxfield, who served in Company B, First New Jersey Infantry, 3 September 1861 to 4 June 1862, residing at Livingston Township. The 1895 New Jersey census (NJ Cen 65:32) reported the family of Joseph and Elizabeth Maxfield living at Livingston Township. Joseph and Elizabeth were over 60, with them was George Maxfield, age between 20 and 60.
The 1900 census (987:15A) reported Joseph and Elizabeth Maxfield on Main Street, Boonton. According to this record, Joseph was born at England on August 1813, and Elizabeth there on August 1826. They came to America in 1856. Elizabeth had nine children, five of whom were living. This record contains questionable information. The baptismal records in England indicate Joseph was probably born in 1815, perhaps August. They probably immigrated in 1858, as indicated above. This record indicates one more child for Elizabeth than I have knowledge of, and this one survived.
Joseph Maxfield died at Boonton on 3 June 1904 (McAvoy). Elizabeth was still living in 1910 (Census 883:2:9B), on Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston Township, with her daughter and son-in-law, Anna and George Collins.
Joseph Maxfield and his first wife Martha White had the following children (Eng Bp; Eng M; Eng D):
George C. Maxfield, Essex County Hospital, Cedar Grove, Essex Co., NJ
age 45 b. 27 Mar 1873 white, native born, insane patient
rel: Margaret Maxfield, wife, c/o Nellie Cowan, RFD 1 Chatman, NJ
Maxfield, George C. patient male white 55 married b. NJ, parents b. England England, occ.: none
stamp: Sep 25, 1916 NJ, Essex Co.
Margaret Maxfield b. Rathmullen, Donegal Co., Ireland 22 Oct 1887
husband res. U.S.A. 44 yrs, 1872-1916 at Newark, NJ is a citizen and native of U.S.A.
I am wife, resident in U.S.A. 13 years from 1904 to 1916 at Newark, NJ
res. 69 Sterling St., East Orange, NJ; housekeeper
will return within 1 year going to Ireland - to take care of my brother who has been wounded in the war and is now an invalid
leave New York on "California" Sep 30, 1916
age 29 4' 8" narrow forehead, blue eyes, medium nose, medium mouth, long chin, dark brown hair, fair complexion, long face
statement, Livingston, NJ, Sep 22, 1916
To whom it may concern,
I Emily J. DeCamp (widow) and of Livingston, New Jersey, do make the following statement as to the birth of George Maxfield son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Maxfield, deceased. That shortly after my marriage to my late husband Benjamin DeCamp, deceased, I did in the year 1871 commence keeping house in a 2 family house situated on Mount Pleasant Ave. in Livingston, NJ, said house belonging at that time to R. Harrison. That I resided there for 3 years. That during that period of 3 years Joseph Maxfield and Elizabeth his wife occupied a portion of said house. That about in 1872 or 3 they had a son born that they named George, and that I was present at the time he was born. That I have known him since and that he is still living.
Emily J. DeCamp
Livingston, NJ Sept 22nd, 1916
To whom it may concern,
I William Van Zee of Livingston, Essex County, NJ, do make the following statement, viz.
That I have resided on Mount Pleasant Ave. Livingston since the year 1870, Five hundred feet east of a dwelling situated on the same street and belonging to R. F. Harrison. That Mr and Mrs. Joseph Maxfield, was in the year residing in the said Harrison House. That in or about the year 1872 or 3 they had a son born who was christened George Maxfield, that I have known him ever since. That he has resided in the county of Essex ever since and is still living.
William Van Zee
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