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William Maxson (1837-1922)
Born in Orleans, Jefferson Co., N.Y. Farm in Hampton Twp.

1883 biography - Added May, 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


William Maxson was born in Orleans, Jefferson Co., N. Y. His parents removed to Michigan in 1816, where they bought land and engaged in farming. Mr. Maxon is also a farmer, and lives in Hampton, Bay Co. He enlisted in the Tenth Michigan Cavalry in the early part of the war and served until the close. He has been a highway commissioner for twelve years, school superintendent, six years, and is now acting as one of the superintendents of the poor for Bay County. He was married to Mary J. Woods, of Akron, Ohio, in 1859. They have had a family of seven children, five of whom are now living.

1892 biography. Added July, 2010.

History of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan 1892


The fertile lands of Hampton Township, Bay County, are especially adapted for market gardening, finding accessible and good home markets in the flourishing towns of West Bay City, Bay City and Essexville, and water ways to larger cities by river, lake and railroad. One of the most successful of these market gardeners is the gentle whose name is at the head of this sketch. He owns thirty five acres of fertile and highly-cultivated land which is put under the most scientific tests as to productiveness.

Mr. Maxson was born in Jefferson County, N. Y., September 6, 1837. He came with his parents to Lower Saginaw at the age of ten years and there resided until 1858. His parents, Charles and Permelia (Wood) Maxson, were natives of Rhode Island. The former was a son of Jedediah Maxson, a native of the first naval State of the Union, and an old Revolutionary solider while his son, our subject's father, was in the War of 1812. William Maxson, our subject, enlisted in the Civil War in 1863, joining Company D. Tenth Michigan Cavalry, being detailed to duty with the army of the Cumberland with which he was in active service until the close of the war.

Mr. Maxson was married in 1858 to Mary J., daughter of John Woods, a resident of Cuyahoga, Ohio. Unto them have been born ten children of whom seven are still living. Our subject has been Highway Commissioner for eleven years and is now serving his twelfth term. He has also been Superintendent of the Poor of the county for nine years, and when his present term expires it will have extended over twelve years. He is a man of superior business qualifications and ability, and is as conscientious and quick in working for the advantage of the general good as for his private interests.

Additional Note.

    Buried at Pine Ridge Cemetery with family (inside circle, n.e. area)

    1850 - Census: Hampton Twp., Saginaw Co., Mich.
    Before Bay Co. was organized in 1857.

  • Maxson, Charles - age 53,
  • Parmela - age 49, b. NY, laborer
  • Charles - age 23, b. Canada
  • Ann - age 18, b. NY
  • William - age 13, b. NY
  • Harrison - age 9, b. NY
  • Clarissa - age 6, b. Canada

    Michigan Births:Hampton Twp., Bay County.

  • 1879 Jun 13: Robert Maxson, Hampton Twp., Bay, parents William & Mary Maxson
  • 1881 Dec 27: Grace Maxson, Hampton Twp., Bay, parents William J. Mary Maxson.
  • 1886 Jun 13: Guy Maxson, Hampton Twp., Bay, parents William & Mary J. Maxson.

    Michigan Deaths: Hampton Twp., Bay County.

  • Date: Sep. 11, 1879, Hampton, Bay.
  • Delbert Maxon, age 3 months, 2 days, parents: William and Mary J. Maxon.

    Michigan Marriages. Bay City, Mich.

  • Date: Dec. 6, 1888, Bay City, Bay.
  • Groom: Walter J. Uberhorst, b. 1869, Canada; parents: Warner J. Uberhorst & Kate Stinson.
  • Bride: Annie Maxson, b. 1870, Mich.; parents: William Maxon & Mary Jane Woods.

    Date: Oct. 23, Essexville, Bay.

  • Groom: John Maxon, b. 1865, Hampton Twp., Bay; William Maxon & Mary J. Woods.
  • Bride: Sarah Mclarin, b. 1873, Tuscola Co.; parents: H. Mclarin & Unk.

    Date: Oct. 15, 1895, Hampton Twp., Bay

  • Groom: Henry E. Maxson, b. 1874, Hampton, Bay; parents: Wm. Maxson & Mary J. Wood.
  • Bride: Anna B. Purlell, b. 1872, unk.; parents: Joseph Purlell & Lucy Kemptn.

    Date: Mar. 7, 1889, Bay City, Bay.

  • Groom: George Lyons, b. 1868 Illinois; parents: Wm. R. Lyons & Elizabeth Reinharde.
  • Bride: Emma Maxon, b. 1872, Mich.; parents: Wm. Maxon & Mary J. Woods.

    Civil War records.
    10th Michigan Cavalry, Company D:

  • Maxson, Harrison, age 24, Hampton twp. Bay Co.
  • Maxson, William, age 27, Hampton twp. Bay Co.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Bay Co. Civil War
Bay Co. Poor Farm
Pine Ridge Cemetery
People Referenced
Kemptn, Lucy
Lyons, George
Lyons, William R.
Maxson, Anne (sis)
Maxson, Charles (father)
Maxson, Charles Jr. (bro)
Maxson, Clarissa (sis)
Maxson, Delbert
Maxson, Emma
Maxson, Grace (dau)
Maxson, Guy (son)
Maxson, Harrison (bro)
Maxson, Henry (son)
Maxson, Jedediah (g-father)
Maxson, John (son)
Maxson, Robert (son)
Maxson, William (subject)
Mclarin, H.
Mclarin, Sarah
Purlell, Anna B.
Purlell, Joseph
Reinharde, Elizabeth
Uberhorst, Walter J.
Uberhorts, Warner J.
Wood, Permelia (mother)
Woods, John (fatherinlaw)
Woods, Mary J. (wife)
Subjects Referenced
10th MI Inf., Co. D
Akron, OH
Bay City, MI
Bay Co., MI
Bay Co. Poor Farm
Cuyhoga, OH
Essexville, MI
Hampton Twp., Bay
Jefferson Co., NY
Lower Saginaw, MI
Orleans, NY
Pine Ridge Cemetery
Rhode Island
Revoluntionary War
Tuscola Co., MI
War of 1812
West Bay City, MI
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