When John Anderson Maxwell was born in June 1856, in Illinois, United States, his father, Thomas Clark Maxwell, was 34 and his mother, Jane Caudle, was 25. He married Caroline Wolford on 12 December 1878, in Vernon Township, Clark, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Randolph, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Drywood Township, Vernon, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. He died on 7 February 1891, in Vernon, Missouri, United States, at the age of 34, and was buried in Nevada, Vernon, Missouri, United States.
Scottish: habitational name from a place in Kelso, near Melrose in Roxburghshire, the name of a salmon pool on the Tweed near Kelso Bridge. The placename is first recorded in 1144 in the form Mackeswell ‘Mack's spring or stream’ (Old English well(a)).
Irish: adopted for Ó Meisceall, see Miskell . This surname is common in Ulster.
Jewish: arbitrary adoption of the Scottish name, or Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.