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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - John Maxwell

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


JOHN MAXWELL. Is a native of Tennessee, and is the oldest child of Jonathan and Johanna (STERLING) MAXWELL, and was born February 8th, 1812. When about two years old his parents removed to Kentucky, where they remained about two years. Then they went to Indiana, where they remained some fifteen years. Then they moved to Illinois, and were among the earliest settlers of Champaign county. His youth was passed much the same as most boys of that time. He managed, by hard work, to get the rudiments of an education. When twenty-two years of age, he commenced farming for himself, occasionally engaging in other pursuits.

In 1835, he married Miss Nancy BRADY. She lived but a short time after their marriage, and died after a brief illness.

In 1836, he married Miss Mercy HOR. They had three children, two of whom are now living---Cynthia Ann, who married Charles BLANCHARD, and William F.

In 1845, Mr. MAXWELL suffered a triple loss in the deaths of his wife, father and brother.

In 1846, he married Miss Nancy FOSTER. By this union they had one child, who married Samuel MINEAR.

In politics, he is a Republican, and has a strong and abiding faith in the perpetuity of Republican institutions. Himself and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which he has been a member for forty years.

He passed his life in agricultural pursuits, paying little attention to politics or public life further than supporting good men for office and enunciating the principles proclaimed by his party. He is a man of warm heart and generous impulses; one who is always ready and willing to assist everybody to the extent of his ability, and even beyond it. His life has been one of busy industry, and he has witnessed the remarkable growth and development of Champaign county, from a poor and sparsely settled community to one of the foremost in the State.

He is one of the few men, who, after a long life in a community, is spoken well of by everybody; one who has assumed and sustained the character of a Christian and a gentleman, and he has the satisfaction, in his declining years, of knowing that he has wronged no man, and he has endeavored, by a consistent Christian life, to fulfill his duty to his Maker and his fellow-men.

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