Richard Dunwell Maxfield

5 May 1831–10 July 1916 (Age 85)
Bedeque, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

The Life Summary of Richard Dunwell

When Richard Dunwell Maxfield was born on 5 May 1831, in Bedeque, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada, his father, John Ellison Maxfield, was 30 and his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Baker, was 19. He married Artemissa Ann Harris on 31 October 1854, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in South Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1885 and Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1910. He died on 10 July 1916, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Murray Cemetery, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard Dunwell Maxfield
Ellen Diadamia Thompson
Marriage: 5 April 1862
Sarah Ellen Maxfield
George Spaulding Maxfield
Elijah Ozro Maxfield
Lewis Bedeque Maxfield
Joseph Clinton Maxfield
Laura Vilate Maxfield
Edah Eveline Maxfield
Archibald Obed Maxfield
Jessie Earl Maxfield

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 April 1862Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 1
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
    1834 · Zion's Camp
    Age 3
    Joseph Smith, Jr. and a group of 200 volunteers departed Kirkland, Ohio, to aid scattered Latter-day Saints. The group known as Zion's Camp arrived to the Fishing River on June 19. A mob had gathered to attack and disjoin the group. A storm swept through the area and the river rose over 30 feet, which caused the mob to scatter.
    Age 32
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from Macclesfield in Cheshire. The placename derives from an Old English personal name Maccel (genitive Macceles) + Old English feld ‘open country’.

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

    Story Highlight

    Immigrant Research Essay- One page of an ancestor who immigrated to the US

    Richard Dunwell Maxfield immigrated from Prince Edward Island, Canada. During his schooling in Canada he became proficient in math and science, which helped him in the lumber business. He worked with …

    Sources (63)

    • Richard Maxfield in household of John Maxfield, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Richard Maxfield in entry for Sarah Ellen Maxfield Irving, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Richard Maxfield, "United States Census, 1870"

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