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John M. Maxson, Sr.

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Birthplace: Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
Death: Died in Westerly, Kings, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: Old Hopkinton Cemetery, Hopkinton, Kings, Rhode Island, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Maxson, Sr. and Rebecca Maxson (Marbury)
Husband of Mary Maxson
Father of Rev. John M. Maxson, Jr.; Rev. Joseph Maxson; Clark Maxson; Mary Maxson; Jonathan Maxson and 5 others
Brother of Lydia Maxson; Rebecca Moshier; Richard Maxson Jr. and Joseph Maxson

Occupation: Reverend, First Sabbatarian Church, Westerly, RI, Founded SDB church Westerly, TI, Born after father killed by Indians
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About Rev. John Maxson, Sr.

  1. Note: Founded Seventh-day Baptist church, Westerly, RI in 1708 and was it's pastor until his death in 1720. He was succeded by his son, John. Newport Historical Society, He lost his brother Richard, and father who were attacked and killed by the indians. Mrs. Maxson escaped in a shallop to Acquetneck and her son was born soon after the landing in the spring of 1638 before the purchase of the island from the indians. He was the first white child born on the island of Rhode Island.' Be this as it may in 1639 Richard Maxson was one of the 14 men who signed their names 15 others making their marks to the following: 'We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge legal subjects of his majesty, King Charles and his name do bind ourselves into a civil body polotike unto his laws according to matters of justice.' The 29 men were of the settlement which later was called Acquetneck (RI records, Vol. I, p. 70). Richard's widow, goodwife, deeded away her property in 1644. There is mention of one Maxson family, and only one has been found in the records of Mass. and RI. before the time of John Maxson and family. Richard Maxson was admitted to the church in Boston Aug 2, 1634, a journeyman and blacksmith employed by James Everell who was a shoemaker and had a tanyard. Dec 7, 1638 complaints were made against one Richard Maxson at Portsmouth charging oppression in the way of his trade (Blacksmith). He promised amendment and satisfaction. parents with others from England attempted a settlement at Throg's Point, sometimes called Maxson's Point, about the beginning of the Pequot in a shallop. The next day Richard Maxson and his son Richard, said to have been 13 years old, and other men landed again to get goods and food when all were massacred by the indians. Mrs. Maxson and others left on the boat escaped and after a trying voyage landed on the island of Rhode Island where her son John was born in the spring of 1638. purchasing and settling a tract of land called by the Indians Misuuamcutwhich now comprises Westerly, Charlestown, and Hopkinton, RI. He was married about 1665 and was made freeman at Westerly Oct. 29, 1668. He served as deputy to the general assembly from Westerly 1670, 1686, 1690 and 1705. He was overseer of the poor 1687. The colony of Westerly had connected itself as a branch to the Newport Seventh-day Baptist church of which William Hiscox was pastor. John was a member of this branch before 1692. In 1708 the Westerly branch was made a separate church. Sept. 20,1708 John Maxson Sr. was ordained to the office of Elder (pastor) to the congregation in and about Westerly, now called the First Hopkinton SDBC at Ashway, RI. He was buried in the Clark burying ground near the Paytucket river whereon a slate stone was the following inscription: of his life'. The early ministers of the First Hopkinton church have been reinterred on the spot where the church stood and a monument has been erected to their memory. See p. 58 Brown-Hakes and Allied Families)
  2. Burial: 1899 Hopkinton, Kings Co., Rhode Island
  3. Note: HP022, 1st Hopkinton Cemetery

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John made his will 1/22/1716 which was probated 2/16/1721 He is buried in the Clarke burying ground near the Pawtucket River where on a slate stone was the following inscription: "Here lieth the body of John Maxson, died Dec. 17, 1720 in the 82nd year of his life," The early ministers of the First Hopkinton Church have been reinterred on the spot where the Church stood and a monument has been erected to their memory.

ref: "A Genealogy Dictionary of First Settlers of New England" by James Savage rew " New England Marriages Prior to 1700" ___________________________________________

from "A Brief History of a few Early Settlers of Rhode Island and some of their Descendants" by Mary S. Andrews Farina, Illinois, 1910

Introductory

In preparing the following history I am indebted to "Seventh Day Baptists" in Europe and America, the "Seventh Day Baptist Memorial", and the friends who have sent extracts from Rhode Island histories and from family records. On nearly every point, more than one authority has been consulted and no important difference found, which indicates that these records following may be relied on for accuracy. Great care has been used in copying to avoid mistakes. It is a matter of regret that in some instances more complete records could not be obtained.

The First Baptist Church in America

The Pilgrims landed from the Mayflower December 20,1620, upon a rock of granite, on the shore of what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. This marks the date of the founding of Christianity on American soil. Roger Williams, son of William Williams, was born in Wales in 1606. With his wife Mary, he came from England and landed in Boston, February 5,1631. In 1635 Roger was banished from the Plymouth colony where he had been assistant pastor to Ralph Smith, because of difference in religious belief. With some followers he made a settlement in what is now Rhode Island, in 1636, and called it Providence. In March 1639 they organized a church, the first Baptist Church in America. It is still in existence, and is now known as the First Baptist Church of Providence. This church was organized with 12 members.

The Second Baptist Church in America

Dr. William Clarke was born at Westhorpe, Suffolk County, England, October 8,1609 and died at Newport, RI, April 20, 1676. He was a physician in London, educated at Cambridge University. He arrived at Boston, with his wife, Elizabeth Harges, in November of 1637. He was soon allowed to leave the Boston colony because of his religious beliefs. After some time he went to Providence, and with the help of Roger Williams he and his followers purchased island of Aquidneck, later called Rhode Island, for their future home. The first settlement was made in 1638 at Pocasset, later called Portsmounth, and Dr. Clarke began preaching for them. In 1639 members of the colony took steps to make a settlement at Newport. In 1644 he founded at Newport, the Second Baptist Church in America, and became its pastor. In 1648 this church had but 15 members, including Dr. John Clarke, pastor, Thomas Clarke, Joseph Clarke and Samuel Hubbard.

The First Seventh Day Baptist Church in America

In 1664, or probably in 1665, new style, Stephen Mumford and his wife came from England to Newport, probably sent as Missionaries. They were members of the Belle Lane S.D.B. Church of London. Through his efforts several members of John Clarke's church at Newport embraced the Sabbath, the first convent to the Sabbath in America being Tacy (Cooper) Hubbard.

Samuel Hubbard was born at Mendelsham, Eighty miles northwest of London, in Suffolk Co., in 1610, the youngest of seven children. He came from Trekesbury in 1633, and settled at Salem, Massachusetts. In the autumn of 1635 he removed in a company of settlers, to the Valley of the Connecticut River. In the spring of 1636 he married Tacy Cooper, who was also of the company of settlers. Samuel and Tacy settled at Weathersfield and later moved to Newport. Before removing with her parents, to the valley of the Connecticut River, Tacy Cooper lived at Dorchester, and was a member of the church at Dorchester. After their removal to Newport, Samuel and Tacy joined Dr. John Clarke's church.

The following is taken from Samuel Hubbard's Journal, (old style calendar): "My Wife took up keeping of the Lord's holy 7th day, April, 1665: Our daughter Ruth, October 25, 1666: Rachel, January 15, 1666: Bethiah, February, 1666: our son Joseph Clarke, February 23, 1666." Their daughter, Rachel Langworthy was the third convert, Samuel Hubbard having embraced the sabbathe three weeks after his wife embraced it. Roger Baster followed. Then William Hiscox, both in 1666. These five all lived at Newport and were members of Dr. John Clarke's church in which, for some years, they continued their membership. With Stephen Mumford and wife, these five organized at Newport the first S.D.B Church in America. December 23, 1671, old style calendar, or January 3, 1672, new style. Samuel Hubbard made the following entry in his journal: "We entered into a church covenant the 23rd day of December, 1671. Wm. Hiscox, Stephen Mumford, Samuel Hubbard, Roger Baster, Sister Hubbard, Sister Mumford, Sister Rachel Langworthy." Joseph Clarke. Sr., and his wife Bethiah Hubbard, and Robert Burdick and his wife Ruth, who was also Samuel Hubbard's daughter, and Mrs. John Maxson Sr. all of whom were living in Misquanicut: Joseph and Bethiah Clarke soon following. The first pastor or leading elder of the Newport church was Wm. Hiscox, who was born in 1638. He served as pastor 33 years. In his journal, Samuel Hubbard states that Stephen Mumford returned to England and brought Return to America with him, Wm. Gibson who came from the Belle Lane church, with his wife and two children, in 1675, Wm. Gibson was second pastor of the Newport church, serving from 1704 - 1717. The third pastor was Joseph Crandall, a convert to the Sabbath, of Westerly, son of Elder John Crandall of Westerly, who was the first minister converted to the Sabbath in America. His wife (John's) was the first S.D.B. to die in America. Elder John Crandall was an elder in Dr. John Clarke's church at the time of his conversion to the Sabbath.

For some time the church at Newport had no official name, it was sometimes called The Church of Rhode Island and Westerly. Sometimes The Church. In November 1887 the Historical Society moved the Church to a safer location, fearing fires.

Thomas Hubbard of England was the grand father of Samuel Hubbard, is not known to have been a Sabbath keeper, but for the truth's sake he was burned at the stake March 26, 1555, in the reign of Bloody Mary, Queen of England. The father of Samuel Hubbard was James Hubbard. The father of James Hubbard was Thomas Hubbard, Samuel's mother was Naomi, daughter of Thomas Cocke, England, Thomas Cocke had a Testament, printed in 1549, which was afterward owned by Samuel Hubbard.

The Second S.D.B. Church in America

A tract of land, called Misquanicut, meaning Salmon, extending about fifteen miles northward from the ocean, and ten miles eastward from Pawcatuck river, was purchased of Sosa, and Indian captain of the Narragansetts in 1661, by a company formed at Newport. Robert Burdick, Tobias Saunders and Joseph Clarke Sr., were the first settlers in 1661.

John Maxson soon followed. He married Mary Mosher, Daughter of Hogh Mosher who was one of the Purchasers of Misquanicut. Elder John Crandall soon followed. These all soon embraced the Sabbath, and joined the church at Newport. The first settlers of Misquanicut found it a thin, sandy and stony soil, covered with dense forests, without roads, inhabited by wild and ravenous beasts, such as bears, wolves and wild cats. Indians troubled them for twenty years. They made clearings and built one room log cabins, some of them half buried in the earth, usually near springs of running water. They had wide fireplaces, and rough homemade furniture and homespun clothes. After a little time their farms were surrounded and subdivided with stone walls.

Massachusetts and Connecticut both claimed Misquamicut. Tobias Saunders and Robert Burdick were arrested, and carried to Boston and committed to jail for probably more than a year. Joseph Clarke was also imprisoned in Hartford, Connecticut. Elder John Crandall, whose wife was Elizabeth, daughter of the famous Samuel Gorton, was persecuted and imprisoned in Boston for his Baptist beliefs. He was one of the purchasers and first settlers of Misquamicut. Died about 1676. Question of ownership was not permanently settled for more than forty years.

Arnold's history of R.I. in speaking of the above mentioned Saunders, Burdick and Clarke, says "Had it not been for the steadfast fight of these men, Rhode Island would not have held the territory." It would in the event, have belonged to Massachusetts or Connecticut instead of RI. "the state that bears distinction of being the first to establish religious liberty."

In May 1669, the name Misqumicut was changed to Westerly, when it was incorporated as a town (township) the fifth in the colony, (or state) with only twenty four freemen.

The Seventh Day Baptists in Westerly, though having a meeting house in Westerly, kept their membership in the Newport church until set off as a separate church in 1708. The church records state that "The church at the General Meeting held September 28, 1708 (new style) in the old Westerly meeting house, passed an act making two churches." after being considered one church for nearly forty years. Just previous to this date a business meeting was held at the home of Elder John Maxson, Jr. "to hear and consider the letter received from the Newport church in regard to permitting the members at Westerly to separate from the Mother Church."

Both sides agreed to the proposition, at that meeting. The Westerly church is usually considered the Second S.D.B Church in America, though not organized as a separate church until September 28, 1708. At the division, the Newport church retained forty one members: the Westerly church Seventy two, including John Maxson, Sr., and Joseph Clarke Jr., and Joseph Maxson.

The first six pastors of this church were first chosen deacons, then elders, then leading elders (or pastors). It was expected that a deacon would become an elder. John Maxson Sr. was the first pastor, after the organization. He was seventy years old at the time of his ordination, and served twelve years, until his death in 1720. Of his ordination Samuel Hubbard says in his journal: "The 20th of said month our beloved brother John Maxson Sr., was ordained to the place and office of an elder of the congregation in and about Westerly by fasting and prayer and laying on of hands." In 1712, Joseph Clarke Jr., was ordained elder to be his assistant.

The first eight pastors of these churches were called "leading Elders"; beginning with the ninth, Daniel Coon, they were called pastors. The pastorates of the early pastors, or leading elders were as follows: John Maxson, Pastor for 12 years from 1708 to 1720 John Maxson Jr., Pastor for 27 years from 1720 to 1747 Joseph Maxson, Pastor for 3 years from 1747 to 1750 Thomas Hiscox, Pastor for 23 years from 1750 to 1773 Josuha Clarke, pastor for 20 years from 1773 to 1793 John Burdick, Pastor for 9 years from 1793 to 1802 Abram Coon, Pastor for 11 years from 1802 to 1813 Mathew Stillman, Pastor for 25 years from 1813 to 1838 Daniel Coon, Pastor for 14 years from 1838 to 1853

The ministers' Monument in the old cemetery of this church was dedicated August 28, 1899. It marks the spot where the meeting house stood from 1680 to 1852. As well as memorializing the pastors who served the church from 1708 to 1852. It is made of Westerly granite and is twenty five feet high.

It was erected largely through the generosity of the misses Maria L. and Harriet W. Potter, though for some years the church had planned the erection of such a monument. Upon its north face is the following inscription: "1680 - 1899

This Monument is a memorial to the early pastors of the Second Seventh Day Baptist Church in America. Whose remains lie buried with in the enclosing circle. They were stalwart men and sound preachers. They fought a good fight and kept the faith. Upon this spot stood the house of worship from 1680 to 1852"

Upon the West face is the following: "Thomas Hiscox, 1686-1773 John Burdick, 1732-1802 Joseph Maxson, 1672-1750 Abram Coon, 1763-1813 Mathew Stillman, 1770-1838 Daniel Coon, 1792-1858" Upon the east face the following: "Joseph Clarke Jr., 1670-1719 John Maxson, 1638-1720 John Maxson Jr., 1666-1747 Thomas Clarke, 1686-1767 Joshua Clarke, 1717-1793."

Each grave has a marker bearing the initial letters for the respective names upon the monument. The pastors' wives buried here are as follows: Mary, wife of John Maxson, 1640-1718 Hannah, wife of Joshua Clarke, 1718-1808 Prudence, wife of Abram Coon, 1762-1821 Elizabeth, wife of Matthew Stillman, 1775- 1855

The remains of these early pastors were originally buried at various places, those of Thomas Hiscox could not be found, but the others were, and were removed to the "Circle" in 1883, and in June 1884 those of Joseph Clarke Jr., John Maxson and Mary his wife, John Maxson Jr., Joseph Maxson, and others were brought from an old burying ground on the south side of the Pawcatuck river, about three quarters of a mile above the meeting house bridge. Others were brought from other parts of this somae cemetery and placed in the "Circle". ________________________________________________

The Maxson Family

The name in the old country was probably spelled Maxtone or Maxton, as many families of that name are found in England and Scotland: Some also spell it in the American way. Dr. E. R. of Syracuse, N. Y., believes, as do many others, that the Maxson originally came from Scotland. He visited Scotland in 1867, and a gentleman there insisted on spelling his name Maxton. There is a village in Scotland, a few miles from the Tweed river, called Maxton. Tradition says the Maxsons are of royal descent. There is a Macson Coat of arms on which is the picture of a bee, with the Latin inscription "Ptoviders esto", Be Provident.

(1) Richard Maxson and his wife, who came from England, were the ancestors of all the Seventh-Day Baptist Maxsons in this country. His wife's Christian name was Goodwife, her surname now unknown in Boston in 1634, where he was a blacksmith and worked for James Everill. He is shown by the R.I. Colonial Records to have a resident of the town of Portsmouth, R.I. as early as 1638. He was amongst the list of freemen who settled Newport, at the south end of the island, the same year, getting in the original division of the land. 36 acres, as the deeds show. In 1643 his wife is mentioned as "Goodwife Maxson, widow of Richard Maxson." It is supposed that he and his son Richard were killed by Indians, that his widow escaped, with others, in an open boat, and that her son John was born soon afterward, in 1638. Several authorities state that he was the first white child born on the island of Rhode Island. In 1661 John joined a company formed at Newport for the purchase and Settlement of the tract of land called Misquanicut.

(2) John Maxson, born in 1638. Married Mary, the daughter of Hugh Mosher, who was also one of the purchasers of Misquanicut. She was born in 1640. Soon after settling in Mesquanicut, John and Mary Maxson embraced the Sabbath, and joined the church at Newport. When the Westerly congregation was set off as a separate church he was ordained to be its first pastor and served until his death, December 17, 1720. His wife died February 2, 1718. They had seven children, Tacy, John Jr., Joseph, and Jonathan, Dorothy, Mary, and Hannah.

John Maxson, Sr., represented Westerly in the Colonial Assembly in 1670, 1686, 1687, 1688, 1689, 1690, 1693, 1705. He and his wife were buried in the Clarke burying ground, near the old meeting house. His grave was marked with a blue slate stone, upon which was the following inscription: "Here lieth the body of John Maxson, died Dec. ye 17, 1720, in the 82nd year of his age." In 1884 their remains were removed to the "Circle".

(3) John Maxson, Jr. was born in 1666, and was married in 1687 to Judith, the daughter of Joseph and Bethiah (Hubbard) Clarke. John and Judith were baptized and joined the Newport S.D.B. church July 31, 1692. August 21, 1712 he was ordained deacon in the Westerly church, as they were members of that church after it was set off from the Newport church. At the time he was ordained deacon Joseph Clarke, Jr., was ordained Elder to be an assistant to John Maxson, Sr. July 5, 1719, he was ordained elder in the Westerly meeting house by Elder Joseph Crandall who lived in Westerly and was pastor of the Newport church. At the ordination, the laying on of hands was done by Joseph Crandall, Joseph Clarke, Sr., and Peter Barker.

In 1720 he became pastor of the Westerly church, following his father. he served as pastor for twenty seven years, until his death in July 1747. In 1739 his brother Joseph was ordained Elder to assist him. John, Jr., was an extensive land holder in Westerly. He represented Westerly in the Colonial Assembly in 1742, 1743, and 1744. He had ten children: Judith born in 1689 Mary born in 1691 Bethiah born in 1693 Elizabeth born in November 7, 1695 Joseph born in 1709 Hannah born in 1698 John born in 1701 Dorothy born in 1703 Susan born in 1706 Avis born in 1712

Elizabeth, daughter of John Maxson, Jr. Married Elder John Davis whose father, Elder Wm. Davis, came from Wales. They had nine children, Elizabeth, William, Martha, John, Joseph, Anna, Judith, Experience, Mary. Mary was called Molly, and married Elisha, son of Geo. Stillman II.

(5) In the Revolutionary War David Maxson was appointed Deputy by the General assembly to procure ammunition for the colony of R.I. He was Deputy from 1781 to 1783. He made bullets. In 1777 was in the alarm list. Made bullets 1775 to 1776.

David Maxson was born at Westerly, July 24, 1729. he married Abigail Greenman, daughter of Edward and Sarah (Clark) Greenman. He had ten children, born at Westerly: Silas born December 29, 1750, married Sarah Clarke. Asa born March 6, 1752, married Lois Stillman Elizabeth born July 14, 1754, married Joseph Stillman Paul born August 2, 1757, married Susannah Stillman Chloe born October 15, 1759 married Samuel Clarke Wealthy born March 9, 1762 married Wait Stillman b. 1758 d. 1839 Sarah born December 223, 1763, married Geo. Stillman David born August 29, 1766, married Sarah Greenman Elanor born 1769, married Joshua Vincent Abigail born

David Maxson and his wife Abigail, were baptized and joined the Westerly S.D.B. church August 4, 1753. Their daughter Elizabeth joined in 1771. Chloe in 1779, Wealthy in 1780, Elanor and Abigail March 25, 1886. Paul and David April 8, 1786.

David Maxson represented Westerly in the Colonial Assembly in 1765, 1781, and 1783. He was a farmer, and has been said to have been buried on his farm near Westerly. He died about 1786. His wife died March 5, 1812 and is buried in the village cemetery neat Petersburg, N.Y.

The town of Westerly, "April 17, 1776 - Voted that Mr. David Maxson be paid 32 shillings for bringing the Powder and Lead from the town of Providence.

June 4, 1776, - Voted that the store of Lead now in this town be run into bullets for firearms of several sizes, and Mr. David Maxson is appointed to run the same as soon as may be.

Asa Maxson, son of David was 92 years old when he died, was buried in the Union Cemetery at Adams Center, N.Y. where his son David is also buried, as was a soldier of the American Revolution and his grave is marked with an Rev. Shield. Such as is used to mark and honor the graves of soldiers that served in that war. Asa's son David had a son Lorenzo, who lived at Farina, IL. And a son, E.R. Maxson who lives with his son E.S. at Syracuse , N.Y. Asa's daughter Polly married a Whitford, and had a son, Asa Maxson Whitford, and a son Edward M. Whitford, both of whom lived at Farina.

Wealthy Maxson, Daughter of David, married Wait Stillman and had a son Ephrian, who had a daughter, Mary (Stillman) Watson.

(6) Elizabeth, daughter of David Maxson, married Joseph Stillman, their daughter Betsy married Aaron Coon, and had a daughter, Almeda, who married Daniel Andrews, the father of T.P. Andrews.

Daniel Scranton Andrews was born at Westerly R.I. November 10, 1807, died December 11, 1887. He was married at Petersburg N.Y. to Almeda Coon, February 1833. She was born July 6, 1811 and died February 7, 1888.

They had eight children: Almerion Daniel, born at Petersburg in 1834, died 1853. William Fisher, born at Adams, April 9, 1836. Torner Philetus, born at Adams, January 23, 1839, died May 5, 1912. Marion a daughter born at Adams 1841 and Manford a daughter born at Adams 1841 both died 1843, they were twins. Charles Henry, born at Watson, March 8, 1846, died April 22, 1903 married Marinda Almeda who died September 17, 1899. Hezikiah, who died October 30, 1860. (6) Elanor, daughter of David Maxson, married Joshua Vincent, and had a son David, whose Daughter, Elanor Vincent married T.P. Andrews.

In 1661 John Maxson with others formed a company at Newport for purchasing and settling a tract of land called by the Indians Misquamcut which now comprises Westerly, Charlestown, and Hopkinton, R.I. He was married about 1665 and was made freeman at Westerly Oct. 29, 1668. He served as deputy to the general assembly from Westerly 1670, 1686, 1690, and 1705. He was overseer of the poor in 1687. The colony of Westerly had connected itself as a branch to the Nowport Seventh Day Baptist Church of which William Hiscox was pastor. John Maxson was a member of this branch church before 1692. In 1708 the Westerly branch was made a separate church. Sept. 20, 1708 John Maxson Sr. was ordained to the office of Elder (pastor) to the congregation in and about Westerly, now called the First Hopkinton S.D.B.C. at Ashway, R.I.

John Maxson made his will Jan. 22, 1716 which was probated Feb. 16, 1721. He was buried in the Clark burying ground near the Paytucket River where on a slate stone was the following inscription: "Here lieth the body of John Maxson, died Dec. 17, 1720 in the 82nd year of his life." The early ministers of the First Hopkinton church have been reinterred on the spot where the church stood and a monument has been erected to their memory.

John was the first Caucasian child born in Aquetneck, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. -------------------- First white child born on the island of Rhode Island.

Settled in Newport, RI, later circa 1665 in Westerly, RI.

1686, 1690- Deputy to the Rhode Island General Assembly from Westerly, RI.

1708, September 20- Ordained an Elder in the Sabbatarian Church of Westerly, RI.

Sibling: Rebecca born 1630, England.

John Maxon is buried in the Clark family plot in Westerly, RI on the left bank of the Pawcatuck River, above Meeting House Bridge and a few rods east of the Pound Road.

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  Reverand John Maxson was born in March 1639 at Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island. He was the son of Richard Maxson  and Rebecca (?). Reverand John Maxson married Mary Mosher, daughter of Nicholas Mosher and Lydia Maxson, in March 1665 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.  Reverand John Maxson died on 17 December 1720 at Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, at age 81.
    Reverand John Maxson was pastor of the Seventh Day Baptist Church. The residents of Rhode Island believed in freedom of religion much to the dismay of the Puritans of Massachusetts. Cotton Mather called the colony "a cesspool" of religious practice. He wrote that it held Antinomians, Familists, Anabaptists, Anti-sabbatarians, Arminians, Socinians, Quakers, Ranters ---everything in the world but Roman Catholics and real Christians.

There is a monument in the Hopkinton, Rhode Island Cemetery that is dedicated to the early ministers of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of that town, which began as part of the Westerly settlement. The monument stands on the site of the original Seventh Day Baptist church building. The names of John Maxson, (1638/39-1720), his sons, Rev. John, Jr. (1666-1748) and Rev. Joseph Maxson, (1672-1750), are among those carved on the granite obelisk. Read more at the Maxson Family Association http://www.maxson2000.net/janehm2.htm -------------------- http://www.citereh.com/p8.htm#i310

John Maxson (M) b. 1638, d. 17 December 1720, #310

    John Maxson was the son of Richard Maxson and Rebecca (?). John Maxson was born in 1638; Several authorities state that he was the first white child born on the island of Aquidneck, but another family also makes this claim. In 1661 John joined a company formed at Newport for the purchase and settlement of the tract of land called Misquamicut. It is now Westerly, R.I. He was a Seventh Day Baptist minister in the Hopkinton/Westerly SDB Church.1 He married Mary Mosher, daughter of Nicholas Mosher and Lydia Maxson. John Maxson died on 17 December 1720.  

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[S137] Maxson Family Association, online http://www.maxson2000.net.

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Title: Rev. Name: John M. MAXSON Given Name: John M. Surname: Maxson 1 Sex: M

Birth: 24 MAR 1638 in Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island Death: 17 DEC 1720 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island Burial: 1720 Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island

Note: WY056 Religion: Seventh-day Baptist Note: Founded Seventh-day Baptist church, Westerly, RI in 1708 and was it's pastor until his death in 1720. He was succeded by his son, John. Newport Historical Society, He lost his brother Richard, and father who were attacked and killed by the indians. Mrs. Maxson escaped in a shallop to Acquetneck and her son was born soon after the landing in the spring of 1638 before the purchase of the island from the indians. He was the first white child born on the island of Rhode Island.' Be this as it may in 1639 Richard Maxson was one of the 14 men who signed their names 15 others making their marks to the following: 'We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge legal subjects of his majesty, King Charles and his name do bind ourselves into a civil body polotike unto his laws according to matters of justice.' The 29 men were of the settlement which later was called Acquetneck (RI records, Vol. I, p. 70). Richard's widow, goodwife, deeded away her property in 1644. There is mention of one Maxson family, and only one has been found in the records of Mass. and RI. before the time of John Maxson and family. Richard Maxson was admitted to the church in Boston Aug 2, 1634, a journeyman and blacksmith employed by James Everell who was a shoemaker and had a tanyard. Dec 7, 1638 complaints were made against one Richard Maxson at Portsmouth charging oppression in the way of his trade (Blacksmith). He promised amendment and satisfaction. parents with others from England attempted a settlement at Throg's Point, sometimes called Maxson's Point, about the beginning of the Pequot in a shallop. The next day Richard Maxson and his son Richard, said to have been 13 years old, and other men landed again to get goods and food when all were massacred by the indians. Mrs. Maxson and others left on the boat escaped and after a trying voyage landed on the island of Rhode Island where her son John was born in the spring of 1638. purchasing and settling a tract of land called by the Indians Misuuamcutwhich now comprises Westerly, Charlestown, and Hopkinton, RI. He was married about 1665 and was made freeman at Westerly Oct. 29, 1668. He served as deputy to the general assembly from Westerly 1670, 1686, 1690 and 1705. He was overseer of the poor 1687. The colony of Westerly had connected itself as a branch to the Newport Seventh-day Baptist church of which William Hiscox was pastor. John was a member of this branch before 1692. In 1708 the Westerly branch was made a separate church. Sept. 20,1708 John Maxson Sr. was ordained to the office of Elder (pastor) to the congregation in and about Westerly, now called the First Hopkinton SDBC at Ashway, RI. He was buried in the Clark burying ground near the Paytucket river whereon a slate stone was the following inscription: of his life'. The early ministers of the First Hopkinton church have been reinterred on the spot where the church stood and a monument has been erected to their memory. See p. 58 Brown-Hakes and Allied Families) Burial: 1899 Hopkinton, Kings Co., Rhode Island Note: HP022, 1st Hopkinton Cemetery

Father: Richard Magglson MAXSON b: ABT 1602 in England Mother: Rebecca Ann HUTCHINSON b: ABT 1615 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island

Marriage 1 Mary MOSHER b: 1640/41 in Portsmouth, Newport Co., Rhode Island Married: 1665 in Misquamicutt, Kings Co., Rhode Island Children

John M. MAXSON II b: 12 OCT 1666 in Misquamicutt, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Dorothy MAXSON b: 1670 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Joseph MAXSON Sr. b: 1672 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Mary MAXSON b: ABT 1678 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Jonathan MAXSON b: 1680 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island
Hannah MAXSON b: ABT 1682 in Westerly, Kings Co., Rhode Island

Sources: Title: The Maxson Family, Descendants of John Maxson and wife Mary Mosher of Westerly, Rhode Island Author: Walter LeRoy Brown Publication: Eddy Printing Co., Albion, N. Y, 1954 Page: 1

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           Husband: John Maxson    
              Born: ca 1639              in   1
              Died: Dec-17-1720          in   2
            Father: Richard Magessen 
              Wife: Mary Mosher     
           Married: 1665                 in   1
              Born: ca 1641              in   1
              Died: 1718                 in   1
            Father:
            Mother:
         M Child 1: John Maxson, Jr.      
              Born: 1666                 in   1
              Died: Oct-28-1748          in   1
         M Child 2: Joseph Maxson      
              Born: 1672                 in   3
              Died: 1750                 in   3

Sources: (1) Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged), p. 341. (2) Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged), He was buried in the Clarke burying ground near the Paytucket River where on a slate stone was the following inscription: "Here lieth the body of John Maxson, died Dec 17 1720 in the 82nd year of his life." The early ministers of the First Hopkinton Church have been reinterred on the spont where the Church stood, and a monument has been erected to their memory. p. 341. (3) Susie Davis Nicholson, Davis - The Settlers of Salem, West Virginia, Gordon Printing Co, Strasburg OH, 1979 (Revised & Enlarged), p. 342.

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Seventh Day Baptists and Maxson Connections

  The residents of Rhode Island believed in freedom of religion much to the dismay of the Puritans of Massachusetts. Cotton Mather called the colony "a cesspool" of religious practice. He wrote that it held Antinomians, Familists, Anabaptists, Anti-sabbatarians, Arminians, Socinians, Quakers, Ranters----everything in the world but Roman Catholics and real Christians.
    
  There is a monument in the Hopkinton, Rhode Island Cemetery that is dedicated to the early ministers of the Seventh Day Baptist Church of that town, which began as part of the Westerly settlement. The monument stands on the site of the original Seventh Day Baptist church building. The names of John Maxson, 1638/39-1720, his sons, Rev. John, Jr. 1666-1748 and Rev. Joseph Maxson, 1672-1750 are among those carved on the granite obelisk. The remains of these men and their wives have been re-buried in a circle around the stone.
  John Clark founded the Baptist Church in Newport in 1644. The distinction between Baptists and the Church of England was their rejection of infant baptism. They believed instead in believers¹ baptism. A Baptist became a member of a covenanted community by a profession of faith, not simply by being born into a Christian family.
  The Seventh Day Baptists, or Sabbatarians, began as Baptists "In the age when scriptures were being constantly reexamined, it is not surprising that a person or church should conclude that keeping the Sabbath (or seventh day) was an inescapable requirement of Biblical Christianity." In 1665 some of the Baptists began to worship on the seventh day. The two groups shared the same church until they separated in 1671, "though not in haste or without consultation with others" and the first Seventh Day Baptist Church was organized.
  John Maxson was one of the early settlers of *Misquamicut in 1661. In 1669 there were twenty-four freemen listed as living in Westerly. John Maxson was among them. In his book Westerly and Its Witnesses, published in 1878, Rev. Frederick Denison writes about the ministers of the early churches in the settlement. Of the Seventh Day Baptists he says, "They were Baptists save for their Sabbatarianism. They were the first to organize a church in this town. The first meeting house is believed to have been built about the year 1680." At that time it was considered a part of the Newport church.
   "The [Westerly] organization was formed when the the town numbered but 580 inhabitants, in 1708 under Rev. John Maxson, Sen. as pastor and is still existing as the First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church. . . This being the first church on this border of the colony, it became a large and influential body. For a whole generation no church was formed within ten miles of it and it numbered members in adjoining towns." The first three ministers were the first John Maxson and his sons.
  
              Rev. John Maxson, 1st
  On the organization of the Sabbatarian church in Westerly in 1708, John Maxson was ordained to the place and office of elder. "He was then an elder indeed, being seventy years of age." In 1710 at his request, the church invited John Maxson 2nd and five other men to assist him in public ministrations. The venerable pastor "sank peacefully to his rest on the 17th of December, 1720, aged eighty two years."
              Rev. John Maxson 2nd
  Rev. John Maxson 2nd, son of the first pastor was born in 1666, and in 1687 married Judith Clarke. He was ordained a deacon in August 1712 and proposed as an elder in 1719.  He succeeded his father in the pastorate. In 1739 his brother Joseph Maxson was appointed an elder to assist the senior elder. John Maxson 2nd died in July 1747 in the eighty first year of his age.
              Rev. Joseph Maxson
  Reverend Joseph Maxson, son of the first and brother of the second pastor was born in 1672. In 1732, Mr. Maxson was ordained an evangelist or traveling minister. In 1739, Mr. Maxson was appointed for ordination as an elder to assist his brother in the pastorate. On the death of his brother, he succeeded to the pastorate office, though he was seventy-five years of age. His pastorate was short and he died in September 1750 in the seventy eighth year of his age.
  The first John Maxson had a son, Jonathan, whose son, John was called from Westerly  to become pastor of the Newport church. His pastorate began in 1754 with the start of the French and Indian War and ended in 1778, when the outcome of the Revolution was in doubt. During the British occupation of Newport, his congregation was scattered. Rev. Maxson went from house to house throughout the  city encouraging  all, regardless of their church affiliation to stand firm.
   The Seventh Day Baptists joined the westward migration. A group of Sabbatarians, which included Joseph, 1692- 1747 and Bethiah, 1693-1747 (Maxson) Maxson and some of their children sailed to Shrewsbury, N.J. where a church had been established. Later members traveled to New York, settling first in Madison County, then, as the trails opened, moving to Allegany County.
  In each town that these Seventh Day Baptists settled, they established a church. In some towns academies were begun, several of them turning into colleges and universities. Of the latter, Salem (now Salem-Teikyo) College in West Virginia, Alfred University in New York and Albion College in Wisconsin were all founded by Sabbatarian congregations.
  The Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church  still holds services each Saturday in the village of Ashaway, R.I. If you have a Hiscox, Burdick, Coon or Stillman in your family tree, chances are that your ancestors ministered in this congregation along with the early Maxson men.
                                                                                                                                               Jane Hoxie Maxson
  • Note: The Misquamicut purchase included the present day towns of Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond and Westerly.

_________________________________ "Conscience Taken Captive, a Short History of Seventh Day Baptists", by Don A. Sanford, Seventh Day Historical Society, Janesville, Wisconsin, 1991 "Newport History, Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society, Entering Into Covenant: The History of Seventh Day Baptists in Newport", by Don A. Sanford, Newport Historical Society, 1994. "Westerly (Rhode Island) and Its Witnesses For Two Hundred and Fifty Years". 1626-1876. by Rev. Frederick Denison, A. M. Providence, 1878

[Fluence Spurgeon Hinter attended Salem College (now Salem International University) in West Virginia to receive the training needed for employment as a school teacher. She was employed as a school teacher for a few years before she was married and had children. -- DKH ]

-------------------- http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/ancestorsearchresults.asp?indid=&spouse_id=&color=&juris1orig2=&juris1orig3=All+Countries&juris1orig4=All+States&LDS=99&date_range_index=2&juris1index=0&juris2index=0&juris1friendly=All+Countries&juris2friendly=&first_name=john&last_name=maxson&event_index=1&from_date=1639&date_range=2&juris1=90&juris2=&submit= -------------------- From findagrave.com: Birth: 1638, Westerly, Washington Co, RI, USA Death: Dec 17 1720, Westerly, Washington Co, RI, USA Son of Richard Maxson & Rebecca Husband of Mary Mosher Burial: 1st Hopkinton Cem, Hopkinton, Kings Co, RI, USA 7th-Day Baptist Memorial Vol 1 NY, Apr, 1852. No 2 Biographical Dept Copied from original copy of Vol 1, No 2, Apr, 1852, p 49-58, of 7th-Day Baptist Memorial, qrterly magazine, devoted to biography, history, & statistics. Published in NY, by 7th-Day Baptist Pub Soc, No 9 Spruce St. Transcribed by Sheila Smith Submitted By Dan Maxon John Maxson Sr Advocates of true Sabbath look w/dignified pride to example of great & good men who have sustained banner of truth, thru trials & sufferings, from generation to generation, till time when faith was planted on shores of Am. Beginning coeval w/establishment of civilization on this continent, they were made partakers of many hardships & perils, to which they, as founders of their church organization here, were peculiarly exposed. They were nevertheless earnest, practical, God-fearing men; no mad enthusiasts, crazed w/new doctrines, & following in misguided zeal each ignis fatuus that flickered in religious atmosphere. For, having been thought liberality by persecution, & steadfastness by suffering, they were at once good citizens & exalted Christians. Amg them was subj of present sketch, 1st leading Elder of 7th-Day Baptist Church, Westerly, RI. His parents came from Eng, & were amg earliest settlers of New Eng, & also amg 1st who attempted landing on shores of CT. Party w/which they were connected made temporary settlement, it is supposed, near Throg’s Neck, hence for some time aft called Maxson’s Pt. They carried on trade w/Indians, & prospered, until abt time of breaking out of Pequod War, in 1637, when Indians who surrounded them, instigated prob by emissaries from Pequods, suddenly abstained from intercourse w/[p 50]settlers. Upon their sending to natives to inquire why they did not come in as usual to trade, they recd answer, they feared their dogs, which they allowed to go unconfined, but if they would shut them up, they would come in again. Unsuspecting colonists, blinded by their apparent good will, complied w/condition; & their watchful sentinels once confined, savages made attack upon settlement, & drove whites to their shallop. Portion of them landing in boat next day, to procure more provisions & produce from their gardens, were again attacked, & Mr Maxson & son Richard were killed. Mrs Maxson escaped w/survivors in shallop, & aft long & tedious passage, landed on island of Aquetneck, nearest place on coast at that time free from danger of hostile Indians; where, soon aft landing, John was born. This was spring 1638; & as island was purchased of Sachems Miantonimoh & Canonicus 24 Mar of that yr, & settled by Eng immediately thereafter, Mrs Maxson remained there, & devoted herself to support & education of her son. Mr Maxson, thus has distinction of being 1st white child born on island of RI, or Aquetneck as it was then called. This is substance of family traditions, ...[page 51] In 1661, Mr Maxson, then 23 yrs old, joined company which was formed at Newport for purchase & settlement of portion of Narragansett country, called by Indians Misquamicut, as appears from records of company. Articles of agreement were signed 22 Mar 1661, & Mr Maxson soon aft removed to new settlement, which thence became scene of his labors. He m Mary Mosher, dtr or sis of Hugh Mosher, 1 of purchasers of Misquamicut, whose name is amg those recorded in RI Hist Soc’s Collection. We have no other info respecting Mr Maxson until 1692. In mean time colony had generally embraced views of 7th-Day Baptists, & had connected themselves w/church in Newport, of which William Hiscox was pastor; & John Crandall, who bef that time was elder of 1st Baptist Church, became colleague, residing in Westerly. Mtgs were held wkly at Westerly, & church mtgs were alternately held there & at Newport. Yrly or "genl Mtgs" were also established, & were attended in alternation at Westerly & Newport. It is not known precisely at what time Mr Maxson became mbr of this church. 1st entry in existing book of church records is under date Jul 3 1692, & next is Jul 30, at which John Maxson Jr & wife Judith, were admitted to mbrship of church. His dtr Tacy was added 24 Sep following. 24 Jan 1694, Joseph was baptized; & 23 Jul 1710, Jonathan submitted to ordinance. He was prob youngest son of Elder, being b c1680, d 1732. Mr Maxson took active interest in church, & was often appointed to act as messenger to delinquent mbrs or distant brethren...His brethren, recognizing value of his labors, desired to call him to office of church; & at church mtg held at his house 15 Sep 1703, "Mr Maxson was desired by the church to officiate in the dispensing of the ordinance of breaking bread in Bro Gibson’s absence, which he did accept." In 1708 church was divided, & mbrs residing in & abt Westerly were formed into separate church, when according to records of new church, "... it is agreed and desired, that our aged brother John Maxson, Sr, be the person." & by another paragraph we are informed "on the 20th of the same month our beloved brother John Maxson, Sr, was ordained to the place and office of an elder to the congregation in & about Westerly, by fasting & prayer & laying on of hands." Mr Maxson was then at advanced age of 70 yrs, an elder indeed, ripe in judgment & good works, tried & found worthy, not mere book-taught ecclesiastic, but practical leader of church militant. He continued, even at this great age, to perform duties of elder...But the infirmities of age could not be resisted entirely, even by his zealous spirit. Voice that had proclaimed lessons of wisdom to children of God, was beginning to falter; & on 26 Jun 1712, Elder Maxson requested congregation to make choice of person from amg them to take place of elder of church, alledging [sic] his age & consequent inability to serve congregation as he formerly had done. Church selected Joseph Clarke Jr as candidate for sacred office, & appointed mtg for 9 Aug to determine choice. At this mtg, Mr Clarke having consented, church appointed 21 Aug for ordination, when he was ordained elder & colleague of Eld Maxson. John Maxson Jr was at same time ordained deacon. Church at this time consisted of abt 130 mbrs. In 1716, Eld Maxson proposed to church to resign his office, on acct of his age; but church not considering office revokable, or that they had power to release him for that reason, refused to accept his resignation. They however proposed to appoint colleague, & addl number of deacons, in order to relieve him from as much of burden as might be. Eld Joseph Clarke, his colleague, d Jun 5 1719, when they proposed John Maxson Jr as elder to take chrg as sr elder, & nominated William Tanner, Jos Maxson, & Benj Burdick, as deacons. These brethren declined office of deacon, on ground that none ought to be appointed deacons who had not gifts for elder, which they considered themselves not to have. Whereupon Thomas Hiscox was appointed to office of deacon, which he accepted, & in 1719 was chosen elder, making at this time 3 elders, viz John Maxson Sr, John Maxson Jr, & Thomas Hiscox. Mr Maxson lost venerable partner of his life’s journey 2 Feb 1718 in her 78th yr. For abt 1/2 cent they had traveled hand in hand, & fulfillment of all promises to righteous had been theirs; & when old man, surrounded by children of their joy, followed her to tomb, for short separation, we will not believe the so near approach of death chilled 1 degree more his blood; but now, in twilight of life, as earth darkened around him, heaven grew brighter & more desirable; & as day passes into night, he also sank peacefully to rest 17 Dec 1720, age 82 yrs. He was buried in Clarke Burying Grnd, near Pawcatuck Riv, in view of old site of Hopkinton mtg-house, where, upon blue slate-stone, is following inscription: "Here lieth the body of John Maxson, died Dec ye 17, 1720, in the 82nd year of his age." Copied from original copy of Vol 1, No 2, Apr 1852, p 49-58, of 7th-Day Baptist Memorial, qrterly magazine, devoted to biography, history, & statistics. Pub NY, by 7th-Day Baptist Pub Soc, No 9 Spruce St. Brief History of few Early Settlers of RI & Some of Their Descendants, by Mary S Andrews, Farina, IL, 1910, Copyist-Daisy (Vincent) Schrader, Jun 5 1926 Milton Junction, WI Introductory: In preparing following history I am indebted to "7th-Day Baptists" in Europe & Am, "7th-Day Baptist Memorial", & friends who have sent extracts from RI histories & from family records. On nearly every point, more than 1 authority has been consulted & no important difference found, which indicates these records following may be relied on for accuracy. Great care has been used in copying to avoid mistakes. It is matter of regret that in some instances more complete records could not be obtained. Mary S Andrews, Florina, IL, Aug 17 1910 1st Baptist Church in Am: Pilgrims landed from Mayflower Dec 20 1620, upon rock of granite, on shore of what is now Plymouth, MA. This marks date of founding of Christianity on Am soil. Roger Williams, son of William Williams, b Wales 1606. W/wife Mary, he came from Eng & landed in Boston, Feb 5 1631. In 1635 Roger was banished from Plymouth Colony where he had been asst pastor to Ralph Smith, because of difference in religious belief. W/some followers he made settlement in what is now RI, in 1636, & called it Providence. Mar 1639 they organized church, 1st Baptist Church in Am. It is still in existence, & is now known as 1st Baptist Church of Providence. This church was organized w/12 mbrs. 2nd Baptist Church in Am: Dr William Clarke b Westhorpe, Suffolk Co, Eng, Oct 8 1609 & d Newport, RI, Apr 20 1676. He was physician in London, educated at Cambridge Univ. He arrived at Boston, w/wife, Elizabeth Harges, Nov 1637. He was soon allowed to leave Boston Colony because of his religious beliefs. Aft some time he went to Providence, & w/help of Roger Williams he & his followers purchased island of Aquidneck, later called RI, for their future home. 1st settlement was made in 1638 at Pocasset, later called Portsmounth, & Dr Clarke began preaching for them. In 1639 mbrs of colony took steps to make settlement at Newport. In 1644 he founded at Newport, 2nd Baptist Church in Am, & became its pastor. In 1648 this church had but 15 mbrs, including Dr John Clarke, pastor, Thomas Clarke, Joseph Clarke & Samuel Hubbard. 1st 7th-Day Baptist Church in Am: In 1664, or prob in 1665, new style, Stephen Mumford & wife came from England to Newport, prob sent as Missionaries. They were mbrs of Belle Lane SDB Church of London. Thru his efforts several mbrs of John Clarke's church at Newport embraced Sabbath, 1st convert to Sabbath in Am being Tacy (Cooper) Hubbard. Samuel Hubbard b Mendelsham, 80 mi NW of London, in Suffolk Co, in 1610, youngest of 7 children. He came from Trekesbury in 1633, & settled at Salem, MA. In autumn 1635 he removed in company of settlers, to Valley of CT Riv. Spring 1636 he m Tacy Cooper, who was also of company of settlers. Samuel & Tacy settled at Weathersfield & later moved to Newport. Bef removing w/her parents, to valley of CT Riv, Tacy Cooper lived at Dorchester, & was mbr of church at Dorchester. Aft their removal to Newport, Samuel & Tacy joined Dr John Clarke's church. Following is taken from Samuel Hubbard's Jrnl, (old style calendar): "My Wife took up keeping of the Lord's holy 7th day, Apr, 1665: Our daughter Ruth, Oct 25 1666: Rachel, Jan 15 1666: Bethiah, Feb 1666: our son Joseph Clarke, Feb 23 1666." Their dtr, Rachel Langworthy was 3rd convert, Samuel Hubbard having embraced sabbathe 3 wks aft his wife embraced it. Roger Baster followed. Then William Hiscox, both in 1666. These 5 all lived at Newport & were mbrs of Dr John Clarke's church in which, for some yrs, they continued their mbrship. W/Stephen Mumford & wife, these 5 organized at Newport 1st SDB Church in Am. Dec 23 1671, old style calendar, or Jan 3 1672, new style. Samuel Hubbard made following entry in his jrnl: "We entered into a church covenant the 23rd day of Dec 1671. Wm Hiscox, Stephen Mumford, Samuel Hubbard, Roger Baster, Sister Hubbard, Sister Mumford, Sister Rachel Langworthy." Joseph Clarke, Sr, & wife Bethiah Hubbard, & Robert Burdick & wife Ruth, who was also Samuel Hubbard's dtr, & Mrs John Maxson Sr all of whom were living in Misquanicut: Joseph & Bethiah Clarke soon following. 1st pastor or leading elder of Newport church was Wm Hiscox, b 1638. He served as pastor 33 yrs. In his jrnl, Samuel Hubbard states Stephen Mumford returned to Eng & brought Return to Am w/him, Wm Gibson who came from Belle Lane church, w/wife & 2 children, in 1675, Wm Gibson was 2nd pastor of Newport church, serving 1704-1717. 3rd pastor was Joseph Crandall, convert to Sabbath, of Westerly, son of Elder John Crandall of Westerly, who was 1st minister converted to Sabbath in Am. His wife (John's) was 1st SDB to die in Am. Elder John Crandall was elder in Dr John Clarke's church at time of his conversion to Sabbath. For some time church at Newport had no official name, it was sometimes called Church of RI & Westerly. Sometimes The Church. Nov 1887 Historical Society moved Church to safer location, fearing fires. Thomas Hubbard of Eng was grand father of Samuel Hubbard, is not known to have been Sabbath keeper, but for truth's sake he was burned at stake Mar 26 1555, in reign of Bloody Mary, Queen of Eng. Father of Samuel Hubbard was James Hubbard. Father of James Hubbard was Thomas Hubbard, Samuel's mother was Naomi, dtr of Thomas Cocke, Eng, Thomas Cocke had Testament, printed in 1549, which was aftward owned by Samuel Hubbard. 2nd SDB Church in Am: Tract of land, called Misquanicut, meaning Salmon, extending abt 15 mi northward from ocean, & 10 mi eastward from Pawcatuck Riv, was purchased of Sosa, & Indian capt of Narragansetts in 1661, by company formed at Newport. Robert Burdick, Tobias Saunders & Joseph Clarke Sr were 1st settlers in 1661. John Maxson soon followed. He m Mary Mosher, dtr of Hogh Mosher who was 1 of Purchasers of Misquanicut. Elder John Crandall soon followed. These all soon embraced Sabbath, & joined church at Newport. 1st settlers of Misquanicut found thin, sandy & stony soil, covered w/dense forests, w/out roads, inhabited by wild & ravenous beasts, such as bears, wolves & wild cats. Indians troubled them for 20 yrs. They made clearings & built 1 room log cabins, some of them 1/2 buried in earth, usually near springs of running water. They had wide fireplaces, & rough homemade furniture & homespun clothes. Aft little time their farms were surrounded & subdivided w/stone walls. MA & CT both claimed Misquamicut. Tobias Saunders & Robert Burdick were arrested, & carried to Boston & committed to jail for proby more than yr. Joseph Clarke was also imprisoned in Hartford, CT. Elder John Crandall, whose wife was Elizabeth, dtr of famous Samuel Gorton, was persecuted & imprisoned in Boston for his Baptist beliefs. He was 1 of purchasers & 1st settlers of Misquamicut. Died c1676. Question of ownership was not permanently settled for more than 40 yrs. Arnold's history of RI in speaking of above mentioned Saunders, Burdick & Clarke, says "Had it not been for the steadfast fight of these men, RI would not have held the territory." It would in the event, have belonged to MA or CT instead of RI. "State that bears distinction of being the 1st to establish religious liberty." In May 1669, name Misqumicut chged to Westerly, when it was incorporated as town (twp) 5th in colony, (or state) w/only 24 freemen. 7th-Day Baptists in Westerly, though having meeting house in Westerly, kept their mbrship in Newport church until set off as separate church in 1708. Church records state "The church at the Genl Mtg held Sep 28 1708 (new style) in the old Westerly meeting house, passed an act making 2 churches." Aft being considered 1 church for nearly 40 yrs. Just previous to this date business mtg was held at home of Elder John Maxson Jr "to hear & consider the letter recd from the Newport church in regard to permitting the mbrs at Westerly to separate from the Mother Church." Both sides agreed to proposition, at that mtg. Westerly church is usually considered 2nd SDB Church in Am, though not organized as separate church until Sep 28 1708. At division Newport Church retained 41 mbrs: Westerly Church 72, including John Maxson Sr & Joseph Clarke Jr & Joseph Maxson. 1st 6 pastors of this church were 1st chosen deacons, then elders, then leading elders (or pastors). It was expected deacon would become elder. John Maxson Sr was 1st pastor aft organization. He was 70 yrs old at time of his ordination, & served 12 yrs, until death in 1720. Of his ordination Samuel Hubbard says in his jrnl: "The 20th of said month our beloved brother John Maxson Sr was ordained to the place & office of an elder of the congregation in & about Westerly by fasting & prayer & laying on of hands." In 1712, Joseph Clarke Jr was ordained elder to be his asst. 1st 8 pastors of these churches were called "leading Elders"; beginning w/9th, Daniel Coon, they were called pastors. Pastorates of early pastors, or leading elders were as follows: John Maxson, Pastor 12 yrs 1708-1720 John Maxson Jr, Pastor 27 yrs 1720-1747 Joseph Maxson, Pastor 3 yrs 1747-1750 Thomas Hiscox, Pastor 23 yrs 1750-1773 Josuha Clarke, Pastor 20 yrs 1773-1793 John Burdick, Pastor 9 yrs 1793-1802 Abram Coon, Pastor 11 yrs 1802-1813 Mathew Stillman, Pastor 25 yrs 1813-1838 Daniel Coon, Pastor 14 yrs 1838-1853 Ministers' Monument in old cem of this church was dedicated Aug 28 1899. It marks spot where mtg house stood 1680-1852, as well as memorializing pastors who served church 1708-1852. It is made of Westerly granite & is 25 ft high. It was erected largely thru generosity of Misses Maria L & Harriet W Potter, though for some yrs church had planned erection of such monument. Upon its north face is following inscription: "1680-1899 This Monument is a memorial to the early pastors of the 2nd 7th Day Baptist Church in America. Whose remains lie buried with in the enclosing circle. They were stalwart men & sound preachers. They fought a good fight & kept the faith. Upon this spot stood the house of worship from 1680 to 1852." Upon west face is the following: Thomas Hiscox, 1686-1773 John Burdick, 1732-1802 Joseph Maxson, 1672-1750 Abram Coon, 1763-1813 Mathew Stillman, 1770-1838 Daniel Coon, 1792-1858 Upon east face the following: Joseph Clarke Jr, 1670-1719 John Maxson, 1638-1720 John Maxson Jr, 1666-1747 Thomas Clarke, 1686-1767 Joshua Clarke, 1717-1793 Each grave has marker bearing initial letters for respective names upon monument. Pastors' wives buried here as follows: Mary, wife of John Maxson, 1640-1718 Hannah, wife of Joshua Clarke, 1718-1808 Prudence, wife of Abram Coon, 1762-1821 Elizabeth, wife of Matthew Stillman, 1775- 1855 Remains of these early pastors were originally buried at various places, those of Thomas Hiscox could not be found, but others were & were removed to "Circle" in 1883, & in Jun 1884 those of Joseph Clarke Jr, John Maxson & Mary his wife, John Maxson Jr, Joseph Maxson, & others were brought from old burying ground on south side of Pawcatuck Riv, abt 3/4 mi above mtg house bridge. Others were brought from other parts of this same cem & placed in "Circle". Maxson Pedigree 1. Richard Maxson 2. John Maxson Sr 3. John Maxson Jr 4. John Maxson 5. David Maxson (6) Elanor (Maxson) Vincint & (6) Elizabeth (Maxson) Stillman 7. David Vincint 7. Betsy (Stillman)Coon 8. Elanor (Vincint) Andrews 8. Almeda (Coon) Andrews 9. Mary Andrews 9. T P Andrews 10. Mary Andrews Maxson Family: Name in old country was prob spelled Maxtone or Maxton, as many families of that name are found in Eng & Scotland: Some also spell it Am way. Dr E R of Syracuse, NY, believes, as do many others, Maxson originally came from Scotland. He visited Scotland in 1867, & gentleman there insisted on spelling his name Maxton. There is village in Scotland, few mi from Tweed Riv, called Maxton. Tradition says Maxsons are of royal descent. There is Macson coat of arms on which is picture of bee, w/Latin inscription "Ptoviders esto", Be Provident. 1) Richard Maxson & wife, who came from Eng, were ancestors of all 7th-Day Baptist Maxsons in this country. His wife's Christian name was Goodwife, her surname now unknown in Boston in 1634, where he was blacksmith & worked for James Everill. He is shown by the RI Colonial Records to have resident of town of Portsmouth, RI as early as 1638. He was amg list of freemen who settled Newport, at south end of island, same yr, getting in original division of land. 36 acres, as deeds show. In 1643 his wife is mentioned as "Goodwife Maxson, widow of Richard Maxson." It is supposed he & son Richard were killed by Indians, his widow escaped, w/others, in open boat, & her son John was born soon aftward, in 1638. Several authorities state he was 1st white child born on island of RI. In 1661 John joined company formed at Newport for purchase & settlement of tract of land called Misquanicut. 2) John Maxson, b 1638, m Mary, dtr of Hugh Mosher, who was also 1 of purchasers of Misquanicut. She b 1640. Soon aft settling in Mesquanicut, John & Mary Maxson embraced Sabbath, & joined church at Newport. When Westerly congregation was set off as separate church he was ordained to be its 1st pastor & served until his death, Dec 17 1720. His wife d Feb 2 1718. They had 7 children, Tacy, John Jr, Joseph, & Jonathan, Dorothy, Mary, & Hannah. John Maxson Sr, represented Westerly in Colonial Assembly 1670, 1686, 1687, 1688, 1689, 1690, 1693, 1705. He & wife were buried in Clarke burying ground, near old mtg house. His grave was marked w/blue slate stone, upon which was following inscription: "Here lieth the body of John Maxson, died Dec ye 17 1720, in the 82nd year of his age." In 1884 their remains were removed to "Circle". 3) John Maxson Jr b 1666, m 1687 Judith, dtr of Joseph & Bethiah (Hubbard) Clarke. John & Judith were baptized & joined Newport SDB church Jul 31 1692. Aug 21 1712 he was ordained deacon in Westerly church, as they were mbrs of that church aft it was set off from Newport church. At time he was ordained deacon Joseph Clarke, Jr, was ordained Elder to be asst to John Maxson Sr. Jul 5 1719, he was ordained elder in Westerly mtg house by Elder Joseph Crandall who lived in Westerly & was pastor of Newport church. At ordination, laying on of hands was done by Joseph Crandall, Joseph Clarke Sr, & Peter Barker. In 1720 he became pastor of Westerly church, following his father. He served as pastor for 27 yrs, until death Jul 1747. In 1739 his bro Joseph was ordained Elder to assist him. John Jr, was extensive land holder in Westerly. He represented Westerly in Colonial Assembly 1742, 1743, & 1744. He had 10 children: Judith b 1689 Mary b 1691 Bethiah b 1693 Elizabeth b Nov 7 1695 Joseph b 1709 Hannah b 1698 John b 1701 Dorothy b 1703 Susan b 1706 Avis b 1712 Elizabeth, dtr of John Maxson Jr, m Elder John Davis whose father, Elder Wm Davis, came from Wales. They had 9 children, Elizabeth, William, Martha, John, Joseph, Anna, Judith, Experience, Mary. Mary was called Molly, m Elisha, son of Geo Stillman II. 5) In Rev War David Maxson was appointed Deputy by Genl Assembly to procure ammunition for colony of RI. He was Deputy 1781-1783. He made bullets. In 1777 was in alarm list. Made bullets 1775-1776. David Maxson b Westerly, Jul 24 1729, m Abigail Greenman, dtr of Edward & Sarah (Clark) Greenman. He had 10 children, born at Westerly: Silas b Dec 29 1750, m Sarah Clarke. Asa b Mar 6 1752, m Lois Stillman Elizabeth b Jul 14 1754, m Joseph Stillman Paul b Aug 2 1757, m Susannah Stillman Chloe b Oct 15 1759, m Samuel Clarke Wealthy b Mar 9 1762, m Wait Stillman b 1758 d 1839 Sarah b Dec 23 1763, m Geo Stillman David b Aug 29 1766, m Sarah Greenman Elanor b 1769, m Joshua Vincent Abigail b? David Maxson & wife Abigail, were baptized & joined Westerly SDB church Aug 4 1753. Their dtr Elizabeth joined in 1771. Chloe in 1779, Wealthy in 1780, Elanor & Abigail Mar 25 1886. Paul & David Apr 8 1786. David Maxson represented Westerly in Colonial Assembly 1765, 1781, & 1783. He was farmer, & has been said to have been buried on his farm near Westerly. He d c1786. His wife d Mar 5 1812 & is buried in village cem near Petersburg, NY. Town of Westerly, "Apr 17, 1776-Voted that Mr David Maxson be paid 32 shillings for bringing the Powder & Lead from the town of Providence. Jun 4 1776,-Voted that the store of Lead now in this town be run into bullets for firearms of several sizes, & Mr David Maxson is appointed to run the same as soon as may be. Asa Maxson, son of David was 92 yrs old when he died, was buried in Union Cem at Adams Ctr, NY where his son David is also buried, as was soldier of Am Rev & his grave is marked with Rev Shield, as is used to mark & honor graves of soldiers that served in that war. Asa's son David had son Lorenzo, who lived at Farina, IL, & son, E R Maxson who lives w/son E S at Syracuse, NY. Asa's dtr Polly m Whitford, & had son, Asa Maxson Whitford, & son Edward M Whitford, both of whom lived at Farina. Wealthy Maxson, dtr of David, m Wait Stillman & had son Ephrian, who had dtr, Mary (Stillman) Watson. 6) Elizabeth, dtr of David Maxson, m Joseph Stillman, their dtr Betsy m Aaron Coon, & had dtr, Almeda, who m Daniel Andrews, father of T P Andrews. Daniel Scranton Andrews b Westerly RI Nov 10 1807, d D 11 1887. He m at Petersburg NY to Almeda Coon, Feb 1833. She b Jul 6 1811, d Feb 7 1888. They had 8 children: Almerion Daniel, b Petersburg 1834, d 1853 William Fisher, b Adams Apr 9 1836 Torner Philetus, b Adams Jan 23 1839, d May 5 1912 Marion, dtr b Adams 1841, d 1843, twin Manford, dtr b Adams 1841 both died 1843, twin Charles Henry, b Watson Mar 8 1846, d Apr 22 1903, m Marinda Almeda who d Sep 17 1899 Hezikiah, d Oct 30 1860. 6) Elanor, dtr of David Maxson, m Joshua Vincent, & had son David, whose dtr, Elanor Vincent m T P Andrews. MAXSON FAMILY: Maxson & Maxon family records point to RI & converge to John Maxson Sr & wife Mary Mosher of Newport & Westerly, RI. Mary (Mosher) Maxson was dtr of Hugh Mosher. She d Feb 2 1718. Hugh Mosher came to Salem, MA, in 1632. Later he was 1 of 5 who owned twp of Westerly, RI. John Maxson was native of RI & was of 2nd generation in Am. No descendants of his parents, other than descendants of John Maxson, have been discovered; accordingly records which follow, though tracing Return to parents of John Maxson, emigrant family, are usually indicated as originating w/John Maxson Sr & wife Mary (Mosher) Maxson. There is tradition recorded in diary of G H Richardson, now in collections of Newport Hist Soc, which reads: "Today, Dec 20 1720, died John Maxson Sr, age 82 yrs. He lost his father & brother Richard who were attacked & killed by Indians. Mrs Maxson escaped in shallop to Acquetneck & her son was born soon aft landing in spring of 1638 bef purchase of island from Indians. He was 1st white child born on island of RI." Be this as it may in 1639 Richard Maxson was 1 of 14 men who signed their names, 15 others making their marks to following: "We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge legal subjects of his majesty, King Charles & in his name do bind ourselves into a civil body polotike unto his laws according to matters of justice." 29 men were of settlement which later was called Acquetneck (RI Records, Vol I, p 70). Mar 6 1640 ownership of 36 acres was recorded to Richard Maxson of Acquetneck. Richard's widow, Goodwife, deeded away her property in 1644. There is mention of 1 Maxson family, & only 1 has been found in records of MA & RI bef time of John Maxson & family. Richard Maggsen was admitted to church in Boston Aug 2 1634, journeyman blacksmith employed by James Everell who was "shoemaker" & had tanyard. Dec 7 1638 complaints were made against 1 Richard Maxson at Portsmouth charging oppression in way of his trade (blacksmith). He promised amendment & satisfaction. From various sources tradition is persistent that John Maxson's parents w/others from Eng attempted settlement at Throg's Pt, sometimes called Maxson's Pt, abt beginning of Pequoit War. They were driven from their homes by Indians & took refuge in shallop. Next day Richard Maxson & son Richard, said to have been 13 yrs old, & other men landed again to get goods & food when all were massacred by Indians. Mrs Maxson & others left on boat escaped & aft trying voyage landed on island of RI where son John was born spring 1638. 3 + John Maxson Sr (Richard1) & Mary Mosher. Ch: Maxson: 4 + Rev John Jr 1666-Oct 28 1748, m Jan 19 1687 Judith Clarke, b Oct 12 1667, dtr of Joseph Clarke & Bethia Hubbard (Samuel). See p 83, Hubbard, & p 84, Clarke, Brown-Hakes Records. 5 + Rev Joseph, 1672-1750, m Tacy Burdick, dtr of Robert Burdick & Ruth Hubbard (Samuel). 6 Dorothy, d bef Jan 22 1715, m Jan 5 1692 Joseph Clarke (bro to Judith, above). They had ch: Clarke; Bethia; Dorothy; Elizabeth; Experience; Freegift, m. John Saunders; John; Joseph; Joshua; Mary; Samuel; Sarah; Susanna; Thomas; & William. 7 + Jonathan, d Nov 20 1732, m May 1 1707 Content Rogers 1688-1768, dtr of Jonathan Rogers (James of New London) & Naomi Burdick. See James Rogers genealogy. Homer Rogers, Box A, Pendleton, OR, is collecting data to bring Rogers data to date. 8 + Hannah d 1752, m Hubbard Burdick (Robert & Ruth Hubbard). 9 Mary, m Daniel Lewis (John). Daniel Lewis was 1st settler of Hopkinton, RI, moving there c1707. He was fuller by trade. His will was dated Feb 1 1718, & he d that yr, age abt 50. His wife d 1721. See S S Griswold Hist of Hopkinton, RI. Note for No 4: John Maxson Jr was extensive landholder in Westerly: Vol I, p 144, Town Records: Granted to John Maxson Jr of Westerly, 100 acres of land falling by lot in No 12 on south side of great river to him, his heirs & assigns, Mar 28 1692. He had portion of Maxson purchase of 2684 acres. Mar 30 1709 he was granted extra 100 acres. From Town Records: Feb 13 1690 admitted freeman Jul 2 1694 chosen surveyor 1695-1698 Councilman Oct 3 1698 chosen w/James Babcock to make list of people of town & males bet ages 16-60 1699 chosen deputy to Genl Assembly at Newport Aug 18 1699 chosen Grand Juryman Jul 25 1700 chosen 2nd Constable Jun 29 1700 Fence Viewer Oct 14 1700 1st Deputy to Genl Assembly at Providence Oct 21 1703 2nd Deputy to Genl Assembly at Warwick Jun 28 1704 Town Councilman (here called Ensign) Jun 28 1708 2nd Rate Maker 1713 Moderator 1715 Councilman 1716 Councilman 1718 Moderator but declined to serve, claiming mtg was illegal (mtg was dissolved) Jul 5 1719 ordained to place (Westerly) of Elder (pastor) by Joseph Crandall of Newport. Last act recorded of Elder Maxson Jr was his assisting bro Joseph at ordination of Elder John Davis of Shrewsbury, NJ (p 78, Brown-Hakes & Allied Families)

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Rev. John Maxson, Sr.'s Timeline

1637
March 24, 1637
Westerly, Washington, RI
1638
March 24, 1638
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island
1665
March 1665
Age 26
Westerly, Kings, Rhode Island, USA
1666
October 28, 1666
Age 28
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island
1670
1670
Age 31
Westerly, Kings (now Washington Co.), RI
1672
March 10, 1672
Age 33
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA
1673
1673
Age 34
Rhode Island, United States
1675
1675
Age 36
Near, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA
1675
Age 36
Westerly, Washington, Ri
1678
January 13, 1678
Age 39
Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, USA