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Maxwell, Alfred S. (Alfred Skolfield) (1858-1924) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Maxwell, Alfred S. (Alfred Skolfield) (1858-1924)

Historical Note:

Alfred S. Maxwell was born in Bowdoinham, Sagadahoc County, Maine in 1858 as is marked on his tombstone. However, 1910 census records his birth date as 1854. He is the son of William Kilburn Maxwell and grandson of Robert and Abigail Maxwell. Robert Maxwell was the brother of Capt. Noble Maxwell. There is very little known of Alfred S. Maxwell other than what United States Census records provide which states that in 1880, at the age of 22, he was at sea as was his brother Edgar at the same time. Alfred Maxwell left his seafaring life to make his fortune in California. California Voter Registers report that in 1892 Alfred Skolfield Maxwell, from Maine was registered as a capitalist and in 1894 involved in mining. In 1895, he met and married Grace L. (Williams) Maxwell while in California and had one daughter, Alice E. [Eleanor], born on December in 1896. By 1910, Alfred had moved back to Bowdoinham, Maine with his wife. However, his daughter is not listed as living with them in the 1910 census. Alice Eleanor may have stayed with Grace's mother Frances E. Williams in California, while Alfred worked to establish himself and a home for his family. United States Federal census records for 1910 and 1920 show Alfred's occupation as farmer. Alice E. Maxwell must have moved back after 1910 and she is listed as living with her parents in the 1920 census.

Alfred S. Maxwell died in 1924 and his wife Grace L. (Williams) Maxwell died in 1959. Their daughter, Alice E. Maxwell, who never married, died on November 28, 1979.

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