James Willard "J.W." Maxwell Sr

8 September 1864–2 April 1951 (Age 86)
Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of James Willard "J.W."

When James Willard "J.W." Maxwell Sr was born on 8 September 1864, in Iowa, United States, his father, Dr. Thomas George Maxwell, was 29 and his mother, Louisa Maria Woodworth, was 22. He married Belle Oakley on 23 October 1889, in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States in 1880. He died on 2 April 1951, in Seattle, King, Washington, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Seattle, King, Washington, United States.

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James Willard "J.W." Maxwell Sr
Belle Oakley
Marriage: 23 October 1889
Oakley Maxwell
James Willard Maxwell Jr

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World Events (8)

Age 1
Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House
Age 3
The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1889 · Washington Becomes a State
Age 25
On November 11, 1889, Washington Territory became Washington State the 42nd state to enter the Union. The state was named in honor of George Washington.

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 (21)

  • James Maxwell in household of Jane Kirkham, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James W Maxwell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Willard Maxwell in household of George Maxwell, "United States Census, 1870"

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