"We're from the same shoot, the same family tree...." My Family Genealogy
(family names: Maxfield, Akers, Carr, Estes,
Foster, Fowler, Brothertown Indians, Gifford, Smith, Varney,
Partridge, Wescott, Livingston, Abell, Otis, Riley, Strong, Patterson,
Hyde, Tracy, Tuttle, and learning of more all the time.
For my husband's family, we have Davies and King, so far)
In Loving Memory of my father, Cyrus Edgar Maxfield
December 11, 1913 - January 23, 2006
Dad and me on his 92nd birthday, December 11, 2005
Many families in this country can trace their genealogy only through a few generations. They would like to know the origin of their ancestors, but the knowledge of it is lost, as the history of it was never written on stone or in books. As time goes by, we find that we set a higher value on a knowledge of our ancestors, and we not only raise a marble monument to their memory, but keep an exact history of them. It's not enough to know the names of our ancestors through successive generations; we want to know their traits of their character, their worthy deeds and their influence on society, that we, and those who come after us, may be benefited by their example. Through this record of genealogy and photos, I hope to preserve a written record for my children, grandchildren, and beyond.
I have been doing genealogy research for many years and have learned that my father's family, the Maxfields were among the earliest settlers of Maine, and are mentioned in many of the history books about that State. Something else that has helped in compiling these records, is that many of my ancestors were Quakers, who were great record keepers, but by far most of the information you will find on these pages, has come from my searches on the internet, where I have met many long-lost cousins. One source that has been invaluable to me, has been my cousin, Max Maxfield, whom I found several years ago, while looking for Maxfields on the Maine Gen Web. We discovered that our great grandfathers were brothers, and have since located photographs of them taken together in 1889.
Max has an award-winning Maxfield genealogy web site, and it includes data involving Maxfields from all over the world, even if they can't be linked to our direct family. Maybe someday we will find the connection to them too. In November 1998, Max and his wife Judy, drove four hours from their home in Pennsylvania to meet my cousin, Sharon Kennedy, and myself. (photo) We were visiting Sharon's son at his home in upstate New York and we spent a whole afternoon and evening sharing family stories, genealogies, and photographs of our ancestors and the places they lived. We all felt like we had always known each other. Call it genetics, or family feeling or whatever you like. We all felt it. It impressed on me, once more, how powerful our connections are to our past, and to our ancestry.
Because of its effect on the lives and thoughts of most of our ancestors, a brief resume of Quakerism has been included. The great majority of the emigrant ancestors left their homes abroad and settled in the American wilderness because of persecutions brought on by adherence to this creed. While we may not sympathize with the ideas and customs of the early Friends, we must admire the steadfast, stubborn devotion to their faith which brought them to this country. Furthermore Quakerism shaped the spiritual life and determined the thinking of all these people.
I was stuck researching the family of one of my great grandmothers, Frances Fowler, so I sent for her death certificate, where I learned her father's name, and her marriage certificate. She was married in 1880, so there was no guarantee that I would get that information, but I did! At that time, I learned that she was half Indian, which sent me on another search for what tribe, and what else I could find. I kept finding clues that led me to Brothertown Wisconsin, where a lot of her Fowler relatives had lived in the 1800's. From there, I learned that there was actually a tribe of Brothertown Indians, of whom the Fowlers were a prominent family. That information is on the Brothertown Indian pages.
Some famous and infamous people, and even royalty, show up in this genealogy, and some are direct ancestors, and some are cousins, or aunts and uncles. Through the Estes line, I found Lydia (Estes) Pinkham, a fourth cousin of my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Anne Estes. Lydia Pinkham was famous for her "medicinal compound for women's ailments". Through the Wescott line I found Benedict Arnold, a third cousin to my 4th great grandmother, Mary Wescott. Aaron Burr, Jr., Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson, and who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, is a 5th cousin to me, through the Tuttle family. Roger Conant, the founder of Salem Massachussetts, is my 9th great grandfather. Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th President of the United States is a distant 4th cousin, through the Abell family. Nathan Hale, is a cousin in the Strong family line of my mother, as is Diana Spencer, the late Princess of Wales.
A first cousin (three times removed) was a famous astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley. His name was Dr. R. Tracy Crawford. Dr. Crawford is still remembered at Berkeley, as he definitely left his mark. And there is a room in Alta Bates Hospital, at Berkeley, named for him.
Edward III is "often described as the ancestor of the British upper middle class" (Steve Jones' estimate, Burkes Press). It has been quoted that 80% of the population of England is descended from King Edward III, many of them descended from his son, John of Gaunt, who had many illegitimate and legitimate children. Jones' book "In the Blood: God, Genes, & Destiny" 1996, estimates that 25% of the population of Britain is descended from William the Conqueror. Consider you need two parents, four grandparents, etc. Assuming an average of about 25 years per generation, you only need go back to 1200, quite within historical times, to need more separate ancestors than the population of the world.
Therefore we all must descend from cousin marriages, many times over, even within the last few hundred years. Davenport claimed "no people of English descent are more distantly related than 30th cousins". So if you go back in time far enough, nearly everyone with English ancestry is going to find some bits of royalty, so I am not unusual, in that regard. It seems I am a direct descendant of the Plantagenet, King John of England (my 21st great grandfather), the one who signed the Magna Carta, under threat of death, and who was the brother of Richard the Lionhearted. John is also famous for being Prince John at the time of the Robin Hood tales. So.....another "not so good guy". I can also claim King Henry II and his wife Eleanor of Aquitane (parents of John and Richard), William the Conqueror (famous for defeating King Harold at the Battle of Hastings and was my 25th great grandfather), as well as the ancient Celtic warrior-kings of Britain, like Cerdic who was born in 455, Egbert born in 775, Aethelred II, born 968, etc, all of whom have descendants in current royal houses of Europe. Queen Victoria was a 14th cousin of mine, and the current Queen of England, Elizabeth II, is my 18th cousin, so not a close relationship.
Closer to our time, I can claim Frank Gifford, the former football player, and who is perhaps more famous now for being the husband of Kathie Lee, and father of Cody. Frank is a 6th cousin, through my grandmother Mattie (Akers) Maxfield's ancestry.
Some occupations from "olden days".
I hope you enjoy the following pages. On the genealogy reports, and descendant trees, my line will be purple, and people of interest will be in blue. I have thousands of names in my records, so to save space on the genealogy reports and descendant trees, and to make them much easier to follow, and to read, I am eliminating some large families that don't directly link with my family. I welcome all feedback.
Your tombstone stands among the rest
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
So many years ago,
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
Someday I would find this spot
And come to visit you.
|The gravestone for Josiah
and Nancy (Partridge) Maxfield
Quaker Ridge Road, Casco Maine
|Joseph Maxfield, son of
Josiah and Nancy,
Quaker Ridge Road, Casco Maine