Maxwell Name Study

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Maxwell Name Study has changed over to the new format of multiple pages for your personal research, teams etc @ 2 Aug 2020. Would be great if you link any Maxwell research pages you have on WT below.


About the Project

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Maxwell worldwide. The hope is that other researchers like your good self will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

How to Join

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  • Contact the project leader Maria,
  • Add your name and research interests to the list below.
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This profile is part of the Maxwell Name Study.

The project warmly welcomes new members as the number of Maxwell researchers on WikiTree is steadily growing. We have 208 Wikitreers following Maxwell at May 2022.

Good luck with your research - give me a shout if you think I could help !! Maria

Participants - (feel free to add your name and area of interest here )

Individual and Teams - Research Pages

Maxwells Worldwide

I invite all WikiTree Maxwell researchers to join the study and add your research here.

Maxwells in Australia

Joe Maxwell was awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia in the Great War. More about him here:

Maxwells in Canada

In the 1911 census, Surname Maxwell occurs in the following provinces: Alberta (165) British Columbia (158) Manitoba (165) New Brunswick (323) Nova Scotia (179) Ontario (912) Prince Edward Island (2) Quebec (201) Saskatchewan (142) Yukon Territory (2) All (2249)

  • New Brunswick

Several Maxwell lines came to Canada during various mass migrations.

With the New England Planters in 1762, William Maxwell was an early participant in establishing the Township of Sackville, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, later Westmoreland County, New Brunswick, in 1762. In 1776, William sided with the Americans and was deported to Maine. However one son Gershom Maxwell and one daughter Pheobe Maxwell Wry stayed behind and their descendants are numerous in the area and around the world.

  • Thomas Maxwell immigrated to Moncton, Westmorland County in 1906 from Fermanagh, Ireland.

3 separate Maxwell families settled early in Charlotte County. These weren't the only Maxwell immigrants to the area. Between them, this is the largest concentration of Maxwells in New Brunswick.

  • James Maxwell born 1762 in Ireland, immigrated to New England in 1768 and then to Shelburne Nova Scotia with the Loyalists in 1783. He came to New Brunswick in 1784 and settled in St Stephen, Charlotte County.
  • James Maxwell immigrated to Charlotte County from northern Scotland probably around 1820.
  • Andrew Maxwell immigrated to St. George, Charlotte County from Ireland in 1846.

An early (1845) resident of Barnesville, Kings County, New Brunswick was James Maxwell born 1814 in Donegal, Ireland.

Other immigrants to New Brunswick are gathered here:

New Brunswick Vital Records has several hundred Maxwell records.

Profile to watch: William Sutherland Maxwell son of Scottish immigrants, brother of the famous architect:

Maxwells in USA

1650 - Alexander Maxie aged 17 at the time was removed from Scotland on the ship "Unity" with a group or prisoners from the Battle of Dunbar. It's likely that his name was Maxwell, but that he took the short form for his own. Several descendants switched back to Maxwell.

1711 - Dr. Anthony Maxwell of New Jersey. Lived at Pahaquarry, where he was part owner in the "Old Dutch Mines".

1730 - Hugh Maxwell immigrated from Tyrone, Ireland to Heath, MA. Although he died in 1759, several of his sons went on to distinguish themselves in the French Indian Wars and later the War of Independence. Descendants are numerous in the US and Canada.

1740- John Maxwell immigrated from County Down, Ireland to Philadelphia before moving on to Orange County, Virginia. He was active in the War of Independence as were several descendants.

1747- William Maxwell immigrated with parents from Ulster, Ireland to New Jersey. Became a General in Washington's Army. He never married and left no children.

1835 - Thomas George Maxwell Medical Doctor from Massachusetts, migrated to Santa Barbara, California. Ancestor of the founder of Microsoft.

1800s - John Maxwell born in Scotland, settled in Maine. Had at least 1 son and several descendants in the US and Canada.

Famous Maxwells

Gavin Maxwell- author of Ring of Bright Water

Horatio St John Maxwell - Governor of Manipur (now part of India)

Vice Admiral John Robert Maxwell, John Maxwell (-1791) British sailor and Governor of The Bahamas - He arrived to take up governorship of the Bahamas in 1780 and was there through the tumultuous times of the Spanish occupation of Nassau (1782), the restoration of the islands (1783) and then the onslaught of refugees from America.

This is a good article. Follow the link for more information. Page semi-protected

James Clerk Maxwell - Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics.

Lois Maxwell - Canadian Actress who played Miss Moneypenny in the first 14 James Bond movies.

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Very impressive set up. It's giving me many ideas to improve my own studies. I'm recommending this to the ONS group as an example for others.
posted by Kevin Ireland
Hi Kevin, this is the general format that is suggested and approved by the ONS Project. Maria has indeed done a great job setting this page up!
posted by Steven Harris
Wow!! I am so impressed!! This profile is amazing.. great job!
posted by Laurie Lowman
Thanks Laurie, glad you like it !!
posted by Maria Maxwell
edited by Maria Maxwell
Maria, Is this strictly a Maxwell study, or are any of the Maxwell cepts appropriate to be included? Either way, I find this to be a very interesting subject.
posted by Brian Lange
I have ancestors from Scotland whose last name is Maxwell. I also found out that one of Catharine Lowe's children - Mary G. Lowe- married Timothy Maloney, son of James Maloney and Margarette Neyland.
posted by Tanya Kasim