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Name: Maxwell, Noble, Captain (1792-1887)

Historical Note:

Captain Noble Maxwell, son of James Maxwell and Margaret Patten, was born in Bowdoinham, Sagadahoc County, Maine on April 9, 1792. His father, James Maxwell, was born on August 13, 1849 in Scarborough (now Portland). Noble's father, James Maxwell, and James' brother George, ventured up the Kennebec River and settled in the town of Bowdoinham. On November 27, 1777, James Maxwell married Margaret Patten, the daughter of John Patten. As son-in-law to John Patten, James partnered with the Patten family shipbuilding business becoming shipmaster of their schooner, Industry.

The money he gained from this venture made it possible for him to purchase land and take up farming. From there, James and Margaret raised nine children, 6 sons and 3 daughters. James Maxwell died on July 26, 1831.

Noble’s siblings were sisters Mary, Betsy and Peggy and brothers James, Robert, William, Actor and John. Noble had a simple education going to sea as a youngster and saw some action during the War of 1812.  Noble Maxwell was a very private man and kept personal matters to himself making his early years as a seaman not well known. He died peacefully at the Vendome Hotel in Boston on September 13, 1887, at age ninety-six.


1. Martin, Kenneth R. and Ralph Linwood Snow. The Pattens of Bath: a seafaring dynasty. 1st. Bath: Maine Maritime Museum and Patten Free Library, 1996.

2. "Charles Maxwell." Biographical Review: Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Sagadahoc, Linocln, Knox, and Waldo Counties Maine. XX  Boston: Biographical Review Publication Company, 1896.

3. Decker, Wilbur F. "Notable career of Noble Maxwell whose wealth reached seven figures." Bath Independent 21/11/1935, pg. 1.

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