CHARLES H. MAXSON, one of the most prominent and influential citizens of De Ruyter, where he has been a resident for many years, was born in the town of Hopkinton, R.I., February 28, 1816. The founder of the Maxson family in America was Richard Maxson, a native of England, who, early joining the tide of emigration to Massachusetts, first settled in Boston, and from there in 1638 removed to Portsmouth, R.I., making his permanent home in that State. John Maxson, son of Richard, who was born in 1639 and died December 17, 1720, married Mary Mosher, daughter of Hugh Mosher, who was born in 1639, and whose death took place February 2, 1718. Jonathan Maxson, son of John, was born in Westerly, R.I., in 1680, and died November 20, 1732. He married Content, daughter of Jonathan and Naomi (Burdick) Rogers, and had a son John, who was born in
Westerly, March 2, 1714, and who became a preacher of the Seventh-day Baptists, and spent his life in Rhode Island. Rev. John Maxson married Tacy Rogers, of Waterford, Conn., and was the father of Caleb Maxson, who was born in Newport, R.I., November 2, 1752.
Caleb Maxson, father of the subject of this sketch, followed the trade of a weaver, working at a hand-loom in his native State till 1825, when, acompanied (sic) by his wife and one child, he came, via Long Island Sound and the Hudson River, to Albany, thence by canal to Jordan, Onondaga County, and from there
by team to Homer, where he joined one of his elder sons, who had preceded him. Eleven years later he took up his abode in De Ruyter, where he died April 6, 1841. He had been twice married. His first wife, Mary, daughter of Elder William Bliss, was born in Rhode Island in 1757. She died March 16, 1798. His second wife, another Mary Bliss, daughter of Henry Bliss, was born in Rhode Island, March 6, 1770, and died July 6, 1852.
The early boyhood of Charles H. Maxson was passed in Rhode Island, where he received his first schooling. Coming to New York at the age of about ten years, he attended school in Homer during two terms. In 1831, a lad of fifteen, he entered the office of the
Protestant Sentinel, to learn the printer's trade, at which he continued to work for the next six or seven years, going to Schenectady
in 1834, on the removal of the office to that place, and to De Ruyter in 1836, when he became half-owner of the business and a partner of his brother John, the founder of the paper. The following year, selling out his interest in the printing-office, he opened a wagon-shop, and did business there till 1855, when he moved on to the farm of his father-in-law. For the next thirty years he was
engaged in farming. In 1885 he came to De Ruyter, where he has since lived, exempt from active toil.
September 24, 1839, he married Sena Ann Enos, who was born in De Ruyter, February 17, 1818, a daughter of Benjamin Enos, who was born in Richmond, R.I., February 13, 1788. Her grandfather, Joseph Enos, the second of that name, and his father, an earlier Benjamin, are supposed also to have been natives of that State, within whose borders was probably the home of Joseph Enos, Ist, father of the last-named Benjamin, of whose history nothing is known. Joseph Enos, 2d, grandfather of Mrs. Maxson, was a son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Parks) Enos, natives of Rhode Island. He came from that State in 1789, and settled for life in Stephentown, Rensselaer County. The maiden name of his wife was Thankful Coon. Benjamin Enos, son of Joseph Enos, 2d, and father of Mrs. Maxson, was very well educated in the schools of Stephentown, and became a teacher. Coming to De Ruyter in 1813, he bought a tract of partly improved land, and, clearing a farm,
made his home here, with the exception of four years passed at Homer, until his death, February 4, 1868. He was prominent in public affairs, and served as State Treasurer one term, as Canal Commissioner three terms, and three terms as Member of the Assembly. April 8, 1810, he married Sarah Doty, a native of Canaan, Columbia County, who was born September 21,1788.
Mrs. Enos was a direct descendant of Edward Doty, who was born in England in 1600, and came to America in the "Mayflower" on her first voyage. He died at Plymouth, Mass., in 1655. His son, Joseph Doty, was born at Plymouth, April 30, 1651, and lived to be over eighty years of age. John Doty, a son of Joseph, was born at Rochester, Plymouth County, Mass., March 1, 1688, and, as far as known, spent his entire life there. Simeon Duty, a son of John, who was born in 1727, moved in 1747 to Sharon, Conn., and in 1760 came to Canaan, Columbia County,
N.Y., where he died in 1807. A son of Simeon Doty, Samuel, a mechanic, who was born June 4, 1756, four years before his parents moved to Canaan, henceforth to be his home, married Anna Shepard, and was the father of Sarah Doty, who became the wife of Benjamin Enos. Mrs. Maxson had one brother, Samuel Doty Enos, Esq., who was educated at Hamilton College, and became a member of the bar. He died in 1854, aged thirty-three years. At the time of his death he was a clerk in the office of the State Comptroller at Albany, N. Y.
Of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Maxson two grew to manhood--Charles B.
and Henry Doty. The first-named was born November 10, 1850, and is President of the Babcock Printing Press Manufacturing Company of New London, Conn. He married
Julia A. Wells, and has two children--Charles D. and Julia W. The second, Rev.
Henry Doty Maxson, who died November 23, 1891, was born September 6,1852. A student from his early years, although doing his part on the home farm, he was graduated successively from the De Ruyter Institute and Amherst College, Massachusetts, where he was valedictorian and class orator in 1811. After graduation he taught school for some years, first in Milton College, Wisconsin, the institution being known as the Seventh-day Baptist College, then in Markham Academy, Milwaukee, and later at the State Normal School at White Water, Wis. He was brought up as a Seventh-day Baptist, but began to break away from that faith while studying in a denominational school at Alfred University, Allegany County, New York. Eventually becoming a Unitarian, he was ordained to the ministry, now indeed having found his true calling, and continued active in his work during the brief remainder of his earthly life. He was a valued member of the Board of
Directors of the Western Unitarian Conference. His sudden and early death while
pastor of a Unitarian church at Menomonee, Wis., was deeply and widely mourned. He married Ada A. Wells, who with one daughter, Julia W., still survives, and resides at Menomonee, Wis.
Mr. Maxson has always been a Democrat in politics, and has filled various positions of public trust. He has served four terms as Supervisor, and as Deputy Clerk in the Assembly three sessions. He is a Notary Public, was Justice of the Peace eight years, Town Clerk one year, and Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue. He was for some years a member of the State militia, and has a commission as Ensign, signed by William H. Seward, Governor. He has also for some time been an active member of the Board of Education, of which he is now President.
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