He was born in Ireland May 22, 1835. Came to America in the fall of 1852. Lived one year in St. Louis and one year in Rock Island. Was traveling most of the time until his marriage with .Mary J. Baker, born February 11, 1845, daughter of William Baker, of Swedona, in this county, who was a native of Pennsylvania, which event occurred January 1, 1867. He then established himself in mercantile business in Swedona.

Two years later, when the railroad was completed to New Windsor, he removed to the latter place and continued the business until November, 1875, when he sold his store to C. Cole, who conducts it at the present time. Mr. Maxwell was raised on a farm until eighteen years of age, and owns a farm of 160 acres, . the S. E. of Sec. 8, in Rivoli township. They have three children : James B. (born July 1, 1870), Flora J. (born December 1, 1873), and Grace G. (born October 16, 1876). Politically republican.



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