Ebenezer Maxwell


Personal and Family Information

Ebenezer was born on 18 SEP 1803 in Anderson County, South Carolina, the son of unknown parents.

He died on 27 AUG 1872. The place is not known.

His wife was Martha Jane Griffin, who he married on 9 AUG 1825 in Marion County, Tennessee. Their six known children were Michael Burkhalter (1830-1895), Ozias Denton (1834-1915), Irena Carless (1838-1910), Andrew Jackson (1840-1918), Martha Jane (1842-1899) and Jeremiah (1847-?).


Birth18 SEP 1803
Place: Anderson County, South Carolina
Death27 AUG 1872
Address: ancestry.tress has Cass County, Texas
Census22 AUG 1850
Place: Marion County, Tennessee
Age: 47
Address: District 3, dwelling 31, family 31 Ebenezer Maxwel, age 47 m, born Georgia Martha “ age 47 born South Carolina Michael “ 20 m Tenn Calvin “ 19 m Tenn Mary “ 17 f Tenn Osiah D “, 16 m Tenn Daniel “ 14 m Tenn Arrena “ 12 f Tenn Andrew “ 10m Tenn Jane “ 8 f Tenn Jeremiah 3 m Tenn
Census18 JUL 1860
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 57 born Georgia
Address: Prairie Twp, Trotts Mill PO dwelling 729, family 723 Ebenezer Maxwell 57 Georgia, farmer Martha 58 SC, Andrew 20 Tenn, Jeremiah 13 Tenn Emelina 29 Tenn, George 6 Ark, Temperance 2 Ark
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Age: 67 born Georgia
Address: Sugar Creek Twp, dwelling 7 Thomas Maxwell 23, Evenezer 67, Martha 68, Garlen John 9, Angelina 7
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Old Rogers Cemetery new marker with wife findagrave.com/memorial/22097705


Note 1

Goodspeed History Arkansas, NW Counties 1889 pages 867-868

Michael Burkhalter Maxwell, farmer and ex-county surveyor of Benton County, Ark., is the oldest of six surviving members of a family of twelve children born to Ebenezer and Martha (Griffin) Maxwell, and was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1830.

The father was of German descent, born in Georgia in 1803, and was a blacksmith, gun-smith and farmer by occupation. When a young man he went to Tennessee with his parents, Thomas and Mary (Campbell) Maxwell, and was married in that State. In 1852 he became a citizen of Benton County, Ark., and entered about 600 acres of land near the county seat. His death occurred about 1871 or 1872.

His wife was of English descent, born in South Carolina in 1802, and died in 1874. About the time of her marriage she was living in Greene County.Tenn. Her son, Michael B., was educated at Sam Houston Academy, at Jasper, Tenn., and the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville, but did not graduate at the latter institution owing to failing health. A portion of the time durinq his academic and collegiate course he was engaged in teaching school, and in 1852 he came to Benton County, and began clerking for James A. Dickson, general merchant, of Bentonville, remaining with him two years.

In 1853 he was elected county surveyor to fill a vacancy, and in 1854 was re-elected. He declined a re-nomination in 1856, but was again elected t o the office in 1858, and also in 1860 and 1862. From 1866 to 1886 he has held the office with the exception of but a few years. In 1857 he was married to Miss America J. Woods, a daughter of William H. and Mary (Dickson) Woods.

Mrs. Maxwell was horn in Benton County, Ark., in 1839, and is the mother of nine children: Robert 8.; Martha I., widow of George Bone; Mary E., wife of J. R. Woods;John H., Sarah J.,Margaret C., Emma M., William C. and Myrtie M.

Mr Maxwell owns 448 acres of land, and has resided on his present farm since 1873. He is very conservative in politics, and has voted both the Republican and Democratic tickets. He is a strong Prohibitionist, and intends [September, 1888,] voting that ticket during the presidential election of 1888. He and his wife have long been members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and all the children are members with the exception of the youngest.