MAXWELL FAMILY of Delaware to Chester Co, Pa. ca 1766

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  • ID: I28738
  • Name: James Maxwell , Rev of Omagh 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1660 in Died age 89
  • Death: 1750 in Omagh,Ireland
  • Note:
    From Frank Collins May 2013 ORIGINAL in The Tyrone Consttiution (newspaper) article entitled "A Review of the last Century" dated Nov 1955.
    Copy from Donald Maxwell MD, 18700 Wolf Creek Dr., Edmond, Oklahoma 73012 <>

    First Omagh Presbyterian Church
    On the 28 December 1698, Mr James Maxwell. one of the three sons of Lord Maxwell of Scotland who came to Ireland, was licence to preach the Gospel by the Lurgan Presbytery, and early next year received a call to Omagh, which was accepted. There was some delay however in completing formalities with the result that the ordination did not take place till 8th November 1699. The stipend then promised was £40 a year in cash with 40 barrels of oats. Mr Maxwell had a very successful ministry for more than fifty years, during which he never missed one Sunday in the pulpit. He became the head of the great Maxwell family which flourished in Omagh during the eighteenth century, and half of the nineteenth century, and who were singularly successful in professional life and in educational attainments.
    Tyrone County Hospital
    The first Omagh hospital, known throughout its existence as Tyrone Infirmary, was opened in Market Street, Omagh, about 1770 in the premises now occupied by Omagh Y.M.C.A a bank and garage premises. The first surgeon appointed was Dr. James Maxwell, (at £100 per year), grandson of Rev. James Maxwell, who had been minister of Omagh Presbyterian Church, and to whom reference is made in the history of First Omagh Church.


    From Frank Collins May 2013 ORIGINAL in The Tyrone Consttiution (newspaper) article entitled "A Review of the last Century" dated Nov 1955.
    Copy from Donald Maxwell MD, 18700 Wolf Creek Dr., Edmond, Oklahoma 73012 <>

    An illustrious Tyrone Family of the past

    Man who built Education system of New York

    In the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were numerous families residing in Omagh and throughout County Tyrone who left their mark on the. history of the county, but have long since disappeared to enrich the United states, the British Colonies and other countries. One such family was that of the Maxwell's, descendants of Rev. James Maxwell, minister of Omagh Presbyterian Church, 1688-1750.

    A Big Family. The Maxwell family at one time were both numerous and highly influential. One member of the family, James Maxwell, a medical doctor and son of the minister already referred to, had a family of twenty-four sons and daughters, of whom thirteen grew to young manhood and 'Womanhood. Dr. James Maxwell's ,wife was named Cryton or Creighton. The first of the Maxwell family to settle in Ireland were three sons of Lord John Maxwell of Scotland, who, in some of the internal wars of that country, forfeited his estates. All the three sons referred to were educated for the Church, and when they came to Ireland appeared to have some means. as they soon afterwards acquired landed' ,property. One son settled in County Derry, but his family is believed to have become extinct, The youngest of the three settled on the borders of Connaught and Munster and joined the Church of England and. was made Bishop and ennobled, and from him descended the family of Lord' Farnham of Cavan.

    Minister of Omagh. The third member of the family was the minister of Omagh and his wife was named Stewart, daughter of the first Stewart of∑ Killymoon, Cookstown. Of the number of his family there is not any present day record; but one daughter, Jean Maxwell, became the bride of Rev. Andrew Welsh, Ardstraw, the great grandson of Rev. Josias Welsh, of Templepatrick; who was the grandson of John Knox, the Scottish reformer. Rev. Andrew Welsh was buried in the old Abbey' graveyard at Ardstraw,
    Great Wealth and Influence; Dr. James Maxwell, son of Rev. 'James Maxwell, became a man of great wealth and: influence, a member of County Tyrone Grand Jury and an outstanding. personality in the life of the community in those far distant days. When he died he was exceedingly wealthy in money and property and he left good fortunes to his surviving daughters and entailed his property to his surviving sons. One of .the latter. Dr. James Maxwell, became the. first doctor of Omagh Infirmary, erected in Market street now the premises of Omagh Y.M.C.A a bank and 'a private residence and motor works. This son left no family. Another son, Marshall Maxwell, had two sons. William became an officer in the Tyrone Militia, and James, who also became an officer in the army, died with his regiment in America, A daughter, Rebecca Maxwell, became the wife of Dr. McConkey of Omagh, whose daughters, Margaret Sophia and Ellen, married cousins in Australia. Another. daughter of Marshal Maxwell, married Captain' Goldsberry of the revenue Police, and two other daughters, Mary and Sally died unmarried.

    On "Victory" With Nelson. William Maxwell, another son of Dr. James Maxwell, also became a doctor and resided in a house at the corner of Church Street and the Diamond. Omagh. This Dr. William Maxwell married the daughter of Rev. Benjamin Holmes. minister of the old Presbyterian Church, Donoughmore, Co. Donegal and they had four sons and one daughter: One of the latter, Ben Maxwell, a doctor in the Navy, was assistant surgeon on the "Victory" with Lord !Nelson. On being promoted full surgeon to the 30th Regiment, he was on his way to America, for Britain then owned the American Colonies, when the vessel was wrecked and he and others were exposed on a raft for several days. They were picked up by another vessel proceeding to America. but by that time Dr: Ben Maxwell's condition was so serious that he died soon afterwards,

    Another son was Dr. William Henry Maxwell, who joined the 72nd Highlanders as lieutenant and was a prominent figure in those years. He married his cousin, Miss Margaret 'Rebecca Rodgers, of Hillhead, Ballynahatty, daughter of Mir. John Rodgers and his wife, Jean Maxwell. One of their sons, John Maxwell, became a Presbyterian minister, and practically the whole of his ministerial life was spent in the congregation of Brigh, Stewartstown.
    Modernised Educational System. Mr. William H. Maxwell, son of Rev. John Maxwell, of Brigh, emigrated to United States in 1874. and for a time engaged in journalism. He was however, a brilliant educationalist, possessing all those distinctive traits of character and scholarliness which had characterised the Maxwell family for generations. His high qualifications secured for him the position of Superintendent of Public Schools of Brooklyn and later of Greater New York, positions which he filled with unrivalled success for thirty five years. He completely modernised the whole education system, which up to then was on an exceedingly low grade, and so great an impression did he make that his Work was regarded as a standard for the whole of America. Indeed, most of the other States took the education system of New York as their example, and many were the glowing tributes paid to Mr. Maxwell's. splendid services. He retired in 1909, and died five years later, The citizens of New York paid a glowing tribute to his memory by erecting a magnificent memorial in the Education Hall, School Service Buildings, which takes the form of an impressive seated figure of heroic size of Mr. Maxwell, cast in green bronze and raised on a solid pedestal about five feet high. Beside the statue and forming part of the memorial, there is engraved in marble the following inscription:- ; What greater or better gift can we offer the Republic than' to teach and refine our. youth. -Cicero. The purpose of schools is to furnish the succeeding age with men qualified to serve the public.- Franklin. It is the teachers great privilege to bring Light, and leading into the child's life, and who can say how far that light and Leading may extend. Maxwell.

    An Impressive Tribute. The memorial stands .as another Impressive silent- tribute to what the great Republic of America owes to a distinguished Ulster man. Mr. William Henry Maxwell was educated principally at Queens College, Galway, which was at that period a: great seat of learning' for Ulstermen, and at Queens College (now Queen's University Belfast.) Another son of Lieutenant Maxwell's, also named: William Henry Maxwell, emigrated with other members of the family to, Australia and William Henry became the Governor of Castlemaine Prison. Victoria. It is somewhat remarkable that of this highly intellectual and influential family there have been no descendants whatever in County Tyrone for a lengthy period, probably sixty or seventy years-but there are still relatives residing in other parts of Ulster.

    Father: William Maxwell , of Newlands f\o Rev b: ABT 1630 in on hearth roll 1666

    Marriage 1 Unknown Boyd
      1. Has Children John Maxwell , Rev. b: 1700 in probably Omagh, Tyrone, North Ireland
      2. Has Children Jane Jean Maxwell b: ABT 1703
      3. Has Children James Maxwell , M.D. b: ABT 1705

      1. Title: Notes and Queries by Oxford Journal pg 76
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