Michael Burkhalter Maxwell


Personal and Family Information

Michael was born on 22 FEB 1830 in Marion County, Tennessee, the son of Ebenezer Maxwell and Martha Jane Griffin.

He died on 19 SEP 1895 in Benton County, Arkansas.

His wife was America Jane Woods, who he married in 1857 in Benton County, Arkansas. Their nine known children were Robert Samuel (1857-1892), Martha Isabella (1860-?), Mary Elizabeth (1862-1942), John H. (1866-1928), Sarah (1869-1892), Margaret C. (1873-1893), Emma (1875-1901), William Carnaham (1877-1950) and Myrtie May (1882-1956).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Michael Burkhalter Maxwell


Ebenezer Maxwell


Martha Jane Griffin



Birth22 FEB 1830
Place: Marion County, Tennessee
Address: Goodspeed History Arkansas, NW Counties pages 867-868
Death19 SEP 1895
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Census11 JUN 1860
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp, dwelling 231, family 231 M.B. Maxwell age 30 m w surveyor, $800, $500 born Tenn Jane “ age 21 f born Ark Robert “ age 2 born Ark
Census25 JUN 1870
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp dwelling 243 family 241 Maxwell, Michel age 36 mw farmer $2000, $500 born Tenn __ America age 31 fw keepen house, born Ark __ Robert age 12 mw Ark Marthie age 10 fw Ark Mary age 7 fw Ark John age 3 mw Ark Sarah age 1 Fw Ark Bell, Charles age 18 mw, laborer born Georgia
Census10 JUN 1880
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Osage Twp, dwelling 143, family 143 Maxwell, Michael wm 50 married, County Surveyor born Tenn, f Georgia, m Tenn “ America J Wf 41 wife married, housekeeper born Ark, f&m Tenn “ Robert wm 22 single school teacher born Ark f Tenn, m Ark “ Mary wf 17 daughter single born Ark f Tenn, m Ark “ John wf 13 son single born Ark f Tenn, m Ark “ Sary wf 11, daughter single born Ark f Tenn, m Ark “ Margarett wf 7 daughter single born Ark f Tenn, m Ark “ Emma wf 4 daughter born Ark f Tenn, m Ark “ William wm 2 son single born Ark f Tenn, m Ark Stokes, Marsh, wm 22, servant, single, born Ark f Tenn, m Ark
BurialSEP 1895
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: Mount Eden/Maxwell Cemetery, Bentonville, with wife findagrave MEMORIAL ID 15673912
Will25 OCT 1895
Place: Benton County, Arkansas
Address: pages 403 to 409 will records witness 16 March 1895 Per Carnahan and John Allison
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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.