Name: Robert Maxwell
Birth: ABT 1731 in Scotland
Death: 30 DEC 1791 in East Nottingham Twp., Chester Co., Pa. 1
DNA evidence JUL 2002 Distant (22/25 alleles) match with des of Thomas Maxwell d 1785 shown here as brother!
Abstract of Will of Robert Maxwell
Chester County, Pennsylvania Archives Probate File 4257 Will was signed 30
December 1791 and proved 13 November 1792 (thereby establishing a year of death
as probably 1792)
Robert Maxwell of East Nottingham Township [legatees in the order mentioned with principal bequeaths)
My beloved wife Elizabeth house next to Robert Hilless (?) With five acres of land
45 £ Pennsylvania currency, choice cow, three sheep, household goods,
wheat in the ground
Son Jon Maxwell - 10 £ Pennsylvania currency
Son James Maxwell 20 5 Pennsylvania currency
Son Robert Maxwell 60 £ Pennsylvania currency in lieu of 100 acres I promised him
Son Thomas Maxwell - 50 £ Pennsylvama currency with case of drawers
Daughter Eleanor Montgomery -20 £
Daughter Ester Denny -20 £
Granddaughter Agnes McCullagh -20 £
Grandson Robert Maxwell, son of Robert Maxwell - 10 £
Grandson Robert Maxwell, son of Thomas Maxwell - 10 £
Thomas Maxwell and my cousin James Cooper to be executors Robert Thompson and John Cooper, witnesses
1st wife unknown. 7/24/1776 mentioned as Pvt. in Capt. James McDowell's Co., 4th Battalion, Chester Co. Militia. Seven months in the Artillery. Listed as having received depreciation pay after the War. Will dated 12/30/1791 & probated 11/13/1792 mentions son, Thomas.
Reference: PA Archives, 5th Series; Vol. V. page 592; Vol. III, page 1028; & Vol. IV, page 219.
COOPER FAMILY QUESTIONS (could James Cooper BELOW be a "cousin [in law]" then Andrew Maxwell Sr and Robert be Uncle and nephew or???
DM march 2016
I have another link to the Maxwell Family. My Adam Cooper, Jr. of Chester County, Pa. moved to Buncombe County, Pa. before the Revolutionary War. He was a patriot and served under Isaac Shelby with the Overmountain Men from that area of the mountains against the British. Adam Cooper Jr., had a son, James Cooper of Fairview, Buncombe County, North Carolina ( b. October 9, 1806 , d. August 15, 1872.) This James Cooper married Elizabeth Maxwell( b. Abt. 1801). Elizabeth Maxwell was the daughter of Andrew Maxwell (b. June 26, 1770, and d. April 4, 1843) and Jane B. Green(b. 1778 d. Dec. 11, 1817 in Henderson County, N. C.) Andrew Maxwell, Sr. and Jane B. Green were married Dec. 20 1793. After the death of Jane B. Green Andrew Maxwell, Sr. married Hannah Wilson.The information I have states that the parents of Andrew Maxwell, Sr. were Andrew James Maxwell and Anna Williams.
Now, my question to you...are these Maxwell families linked?? I know that groups of people often migrated to new locations with neighbors and relatives....Do you have any information about this North Carolina branch of the Maxwell Family?
Hope I didn't confuse things too much.
Margie Clayton Klein
Oct 3, 2005
Robert Maxwell died 1792 in East Nottingham Twp., Chester Co., PA. had a
GRAND DAUGHTER NAMED AGNES McCULLAGH[daughter of which child?].
The following is from the book "The Cline's". It was supposed to have been gathered from the Ohio State Geneological Library, Columbus, OH, and from information furnished by Mrs. Cecil Maxwell of Cardington.
The ancient House of Maxwell was conspicuously connected with the history of Scotland. It is believed to have been founded by Maccus, son of Undwin, the the 12th century. Maccuswell, meaning Macus' well or pool became in the course of time Maxwell. Undwin was said to be the son of Aulaf, king of Northumbria, 940 ad. and the descendant of Maccus. With fourteen other families he returned to Scotland when England submitted to William the Conqueror in 1066. Later some returned to England, others scattered to England, America, Australia and India.
In history, the Maxwell name first appeared about the middle of the 10th century. Some of the family crossed into England where the name was written Max, followed by either "well" or "ville". There were Maxwells among the Jamestown settlers and some of the earliest Connecticut settlers were Maxwells. Before the revolution the family was scattered from Massachusettes to South Carolina and a far west as anyone lived then. Robert Maxwell was of the Harrison County, WV Maxwells, who were Scots, while another branch of Maxwells in the Shenandoah Valley were believed to be of English origin. The Harrison County Maxwells came into what is now West Virginia from Pennsylvania about 1800.
The following is taken from "Genealogical and Personal History of the Upper Monongahela Valley West Virginia":
"... there is every reason to believe that in its origin the race is Saxon rather than Celtic, the ancestor being Maccus, son of Anlaf, King of Northumberland in the middle of the tenth century. On the downfall of the Saxon monarchy and the accession of William of Normandy, in 1066, many of the prominent Saxons fled across the border into Scotland with Edgar Atheling the heir of the old Saxon royal house. In the new home they were protected and favored, and under Wallace and the Bruces, the Maxwells greatly distinguished themselves. The earldoms of Farnham, Dirletoun and Nithsdale (all now dormant through attainder or failure of issue) as well as numerous baronies and lordships have been theirs. Loyal to the Stuart kings in prosperity or defeat, one of the family, Thomas Maxwell, served in King James' army in the Irish revolt of 1691 and remained in Ireland, settling in Tyrone. A descendant of his, John Maxwell, came to New Jersey and located in Warren County in 1747. He was the father of Brigadier-General William Maxwell of revolutionary fame, and tradition further says that the West Virginia Maxwells sprang from the same source. Documentary verification of this belief has not been obtainable, but there is no reason to question it."
The following is from "Maxwell History & Genealogy", written by .......... in 1916:
"The Maxwells in West Virginia cannot be traced to a single ancestor. At least two distinct branches have representatives here. Robert Maxwell came from the Shenandoah Valley, through Hampshire County into Randolph County, more than twenty years before the coming of the branch that settled in Harrison County, and it is not known that any relationship existed between them. The Shenandoah Maxwells seem to have been English, the Harrison County family were Scotch. The latter came into what is now West Virginia from Pennsylvania by way of the Monongahela River about the year 1800. The ancestors of this branch cannot be traced very far in the past.
Father: Samuel (not proven) Maxwell b: 1697 in Ireland
Mother: Anna (not proven) Maxwell b: 1701 in Ireland
Elizabeth (not proven) Ann Blackman b: ABT 1735 in possibly East Nottingham Township, Chester co. Pa.
in Chester Co. (?), PA
- John Maxwell b: ABT 1761 in East Nottingham, Chester Co., Pa
- James Maxwell b: BET 1764 AND 1766
- Robert Maxwell b: ABT 1761
- Eleanor Maxwell b: BEF 1766
- Esther Maxwell b: BEF 1766
- Thomas Maxwell b: 17 JUL 1767 in East Nottingham, Chester Co., Pa.
- daughter Maxwell b: UNKNOWN
- Nathaniel Maxwell
- Title: from Ancestry.com New World Ancestry tree of davestan_1 dated as of Aug 2012