David Harper Maxwell

26 December 1860–8 April 1953 (Age 92)
Carleton, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada

The Life of David Harper

When David Harper Maxwell was born on 26 December 1860, his father, William J. Maxwell, was 44 and his mother, Eleanor Moore, was 37. He married Matilda Jane Summerville on 29 November 1888, in Lancaster, Saint John, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. He lived in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada in 1901 and New Brunswick, Canada in 1911. He died on 8 April 1953, in Lancaster, Saint John, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, at the age of 92.

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Family Time Line

David Harper Maxwell
Matilda Jane Summerville
Marriage: 29 November 1888
William John Maxwell
Mary Elizabeth Maxwell
Ella Beatrice Maxwell
Violet L. Maxwell
Hazel M. Maxwell
Lena May Maxwell

Spouse and Children

29 November 1888
Lancaster, Saint John, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada


    William John Maxwell


    Mary Elizabeth Maxwell


    Ella Beatrice Maxwell


    Violet L. Maxwell


    Hazel M. Maxwell


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    William J. Maxwell


    Eleanor Moore




    Catherine Maxwell


    Alexander Maxwell



    Thomas Maxwell


    Samuel Maxwell


+4 More Children

World Events (4)

1867 · British North America Act

Age 7

The British North America Act or Constitution Act of 1867 caused three British colonies, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada to be united as one under the name Canada. Until this point New Brunswick had been the British crown colony.

Age 9

1901 · Hartland Covered Bridge

Age 41

July 4, 1901, the Hartland covered bridge was finished. It spans across the Saint John River, making it the longest covered bridge. Until it was built, the only way across the river was by ferry.

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)

  • Daria Maxwell, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • David Maxwell in entry for Lena May Maxwell, "Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920"
  • David Maxwell in entry for Maxwell Lena May, "New Brunswick, Provincial Returns of Births and Late Registrations, 1810-1906"

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