Thomas S. Maxwell

3 December 1813–22 November 1877 (Age 63)
South Carolina, United States

The Life of Thomas S.

When Thomas S. Maxwell was born on 3 December 1813, in South Carolina, United States, his father, Thomas Maxwell Jr., was 18 and his mother, Lydia A Cooper, was 19. He married Dorcas Tacket on 31 December 1835, in Perry, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Perry, Pike, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Perry, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 22 November 1877, at the age of 63, and was buried in Swanwick, Perry, Illinois, United States.

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Thomas S. Maxwell
Dorcas Tacket
Marriage: 31 December 1835
Isaac William Maxwell
Enoch R Maxwell

Spouse and Children


    Dorcas Tacket


31 December 1835
Perry, Illinois, United States


    Isaac William Maxwell


    Enoch R Maxwell


Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Maxwell Jr.


    Lydia A Cooper




    Solomon C Maxwell


    Margaret Maxwell



    Ruth Maxwell


    Ruth A. Maxwell


+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 5

Illinois is the 21st state.
1822 · Slave Rebellion

Age 9

"On June 16, 1822, Denmark Vesey a free and self-educated African American leads a slave rebellion called ""the rising."" The interesting thing about this rebellion is that it does not really happen. The only thing the judges have to go on is the testimony of people that witness it."
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 19

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: habitational name from a place near Melrose in Roxburghshire. The place name is first recorded in 1144 in the form Mackeswell ‘Mack's spring or stream (Old English well(a))’.2 Irish: this surname is common in Ulster, where it has sometimes been adopted as an alternative to Miskell .3 Jewish: arbitrary adoption of the Scottish name, or Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Maxwell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Thos S Maxwell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Thomas S Maxwell, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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