Saturday, January 21, 2012

Surname Saturday - Maxson

This past Tombstone Tuesday, I blogged about my ancestors, Elias and Joannah (Smith) Maxson.

Elias C. Maxson (sometimes spelled Maxon) is a descendant of an old Rhode Island family.  I confess to not doing research beyond Elias's parents, Elias Maxson and Hannah Coons or Kunz.

Elias and Joannah were likely living in Town of Bennington, Wyoming County, New York when they married.  New York vital records, especially in the 1800's, are notoriously difficult to locate.  Using research of their children and census records, I learned they married about 1843 and were the parents of seven known daughters:

Susannah,   m Porter Roswell Root
Hannah Joanna,  m Frank Philo Williams
Mary Jane,  m John Henry Moyer
Laura Ann,  m Milan E. Frederick
Emeline A.,  m James Moyer, George Haskill
Alice A.,  m Francis Nathaniel Williams

The marriages were to local men in either Locke Township, Ingham County or neighboring Conway Township, Livingston County, Michigan.

The Maxson's were one of the earliest families, settling in Locke Township before 1860. Elias's sister Nancy married Garrett Tuttle and also lived in Locke Township.

Goals: learn Joannah Smith's parentage and see photos of this couple.

If you are related or have any clues, please contact me!