Friday, April 24, 2009


James C. Maxwell born Dec 17 1829 Tazewell Co, VA died May 16 1925 at his home in Harrison County, Fox Creek township, buried Cat Creek Cemetery, Brimson, MO
he had a blacksmith in Tazewell County, VA, according to family legend, it was burnt during or after the war. He served in the Civil War joining in 1862 and serving until the end of the war. Company A 45th VA infantry. JC was a farmer. After the war, he went to an aunt in Iowa, and then on to north Missouri the fall of 1866, the oldest of 3 boys and 2 girls, and the only one of his family who came to Missouri. His father died at age 96 after an accident.
One room of his house was logs, hewn & put up by him about 1868.

"Harrison County Post Offices" by W.A. Woodward p. 70 "James C.Maxwell, April 1886 signed form asking to establish a post office at Taggart, MO" he and second wife Harriet Hughes Harrison operated this in their home.

James C. Maxwell married Minerva Creswell Aug. 8 1868 Harrison County, MO. she was born in VA 1838. she died Feb. 26 1878 & is buried in Cat Creek Cemetery. She died giving birth to twins who didn't survive.

Harrison County MO Census 1860
Creswell, John age 45 male born VA
Cintha 42 female VA
Minerva 21 female VA
Causby 19 female VA
Ballard 16 male VA
Louise 15 female MO
Sophonia 13 female MO
Erastus W. 10 male MO
Emily 8 female MO
Patrick H. 6 male MO
Griffin 4 male MO
Whitt, Griffin 25 male VA

Minerva Brown has been told that the Creswell family left the state to stake claims~possibly in Arkansas~and that JC & Minerva had planned to go with them, but after Minerva's death JC stayed in Missouri.

JC & Minerva Maxwell's Children:
1.John Henry Maxwell born Oct 1 1869 died Feb. 25 1848 KC, MO buried
Springer Cemetery, Brimson, MO. married Josephine Quigley March 27 1899.
she was born 1868.
a. James Franklin "Frank" Maxwell born Aug 4 1903 died sept 29 1952
in a car wreck by Gilman City, MO. buried Springer Cemetery. he had
been married but had no children.
b? I also found this child in Cat Creek Cemetery, Brimson Mo
"infant Maxwell dau of J & JM 1900"
2.Cynthia Alice MAxwell born June 12 1870 died 1873 buried Cat Creek Cemetery
3.Thomas Witten Maxwell born June 7 1873 Taggart, MO northwest of Brimson
died March 16 1959 at his home in Trenton, MO burial Cat Creek Cemetery
married Gilly Mae Higdon April 15 1900 at her parents home
Gilly born Oct 4 1883 Harrison Co, MO
died May 16 1961 Wright Memorial Hospital, Trenton, MO
burial Cat Creek Cemetery
children under Higdon-Maxwell
4.Emily Mary "Emma" Maxwell born Sept 29 1876 died April 5 1963 buried Cat Creek
Cemetery. married John William "Bart" Utterback March 17 1901
Bart born Oct 22 1870 Putnam Co, Indiana; died April 1 1961 at home in Trenton,
MO buried Cat Creek Cemetery
Emma taught school a few years before her marriage, her mother died when she was a
baby, her father & brothers kept house until he married Harriett Harrison March
4 1881. Bart moved from Indiana to Harrison Co. with her father John Newton
Utterback in 1898. Bart was a banker and operated a general merchandise store in
Brimson for many years. He later farmed in the community until he moved to
children under Maxwell-Utterback.

JC Maxwell married Harriett Hughes Harrison of Fox Creek township March 4 1881, she was born Aug 29 1829 VA and died Feg. 2 1911, buried Cat Creek Cemetery. She was an old-time school teacher and the widow of Alexander Perry Harrison, who was killed in the Civil War and is buried in the St Louis, MO area. They were married Jan 11 1857 in Harrison County.
1. Laura S. Harrison born Aug 26 1858 drowned June 1 1867 in Cat Creek with her cousin Syria (or Nevada) Hill & buried Cat Creek Cemetery.
2. Erastus Harris Harrison born Dec 31 1861 died Jan 8 1862 buried Cat Creek Cemetery
3. Mary Electa Harrison married Charles F. Towns Cec 21 1879
a. William A. Towns died in infancy
b. Perry H. Towns died in infancy
c. Lillan Clair Towns died age 2
d. Eva Gladys Towns died age 7
e. Lida Louise Tripp Aug 10 1888-March 9 1952 Edinburg Cemetery
f. Francis Lorin Towns Nov 17 1893-July 14 1976 buried Resthaven, Trenton, MO
g. Charles Raymond Towns May 30 1900-Macy 27 1925 Mitchell Cemetery, Melborne, MO
you have to feel for this poor woman, she buried a lot of children.
4. Alexander Perry Harrison Feb 10 1860-March 27 1925 Mitchell Cemetery,Melborne, MO

1860 Harrison County MO census Sugar Creek twp.
Harrison , Alexander age 31 male born VA
Harriett 30 female VA
Laura S. 1 female MO
Alex P. 3/12 male MO
Griffin 22 male VA

Civil War Pensioners Harrison County 1888
certificate # 47, 685 Harriett Harrison
cause for which pensioned "Widow"
date of original allowance blank
monthly rate $8

William Harrison, Tazewell County, VA 1802-1871 married Shone Whitt, half Cherokee
1. Alexander married Harriett Hughes Harrison Maxwell
2. Griffey
3. Austin
4. Thomas
5. Jerry
6. James Crockett

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