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Henry F. Maxell

Henry F. Maxell, a well-known miller of Emmitsburg District No. 5, son of Samuel and Jane (Furgueson) Maxell, was born at the Maxell Mill property, Emmitsburg District, Frederick County, Md., January 5, 1850.

Samuel Maxell, father of Henry F. Maxell, was born near Waynesboro, Pa., December 17, 1809. He was a miller and spent his life in that business. This mill, which was over one hundred years old, was in the Maxell family for sixty-one years. It was built by Mr. Crabbs, and passed through many different hands. The executors of Samuel Maxell sold it to his son, Samuel, who sold it in 1895, to the Charlotte Milling Company, which was succeeded by the firm of Stonesipher and Stansbury. 

The property next passed into the hands of George C. Naylor, from whom it was purchased by Howard K. Martin, the present owner. The change from the old burr process to modern machinery was made nineteen years ago. Samuel Maxell left Pennsylvania in 1837, and removed to Frederick County, Md. where he bought Crabbs Mill which has since borne his name. He was the third Republican in Emmitsburg District; his two comrades were Richard Gilsin and David Gamble.

Mr. Maxell was a stanch Abolitionist, and these three men were very influential in changing the sentiments of the people with regard to slavery. Samuel Maxell was a strong man physically and mentally, and was highly esteemed in the county.

He was married, in or near Waynesboro, Pa., to Jane M. Fergueson, who was born November 27, 1811. Their children are: 1, Henry, died in youth; 2. William, died in youth; 3, Ann Eliza (Mrs. Charles Rowe), of Emmitsburg; 4, Samuel J., a member of Cole’s Cavalry during the Civil War, married Miss Fleming, of West Virginia, died in West Virginia; 4, Jane Maria (Mrs. John Duckwall), removed to Ohio, where she died 5. Francis A., married Miss White, of Greencastle Pa., died in York, Pa.; 6, Thaddeus Augustus a member of Cole’s Cavalry and was considered the bravest boy in the considered the bravest boy in the command; killed by a sharpshooter at Piedmont, Va.; 7, Margaret (Mrs. Ezra Zimmerman), died in Emmitsburg, Md.; 8, Albert H., of Charlestown, W. Va.. married Columbia Hockensmith; 9. Henry F., 10. Mary A., married first to John Sumwalt, and afterwards to Cronon Stausbury, of Emmitsburg, Md.; 11, Julia M. (Mrs. Robert Hockensmith), died in Emmitsburg. Mr. Maxell was a member of the Lutheran Church in Emmitsburg, and had served the congregation several times as deacon and as elder. He died at Maxell Mill, November 4, 1882; his widow died December 1, 1886.

Henry F. Maxell entered the Krise, now the Ridge school, under Henry Six, when he was six years of age. He continued his studies until he was twenty under the guidance of Mr. Eby and his brother, James W. Troxell, Joseph Davidson, Joseph Golding, now Congressman from the State of New York, Mr. Zimmermen. and Mr. Damuth. During vacations he took his share of farm work, and remained on the home farm, caring for his parents until the time of their death. He learned milling, as did all of his brothers, except the one, who was killed in the Civil War. Mr. Maxell is a Republican, active in public affairs, and highly esteemed in the community. In 1887 he was elected county commissioner, and served for the full term. He has served as judge of elections, and was registrar of Emmitsburg for ten years.

Henry F. Maxell was married, May 27, 1875, to Jemima, daughter of Nicholas and Amelia Stausbury, who was born August 22, 1850. Their children are: 1, Thaddeus Augustus, born June 14. 1876, resides in Emmitsburg, married Miss Grace Baker; 2, Maud Amelia (Mrs. George Macbeth Neely), of Fairfield, Pa., has one child, George Macbeth, Jr.; 3. Roy F., at home, born September 30, 1883; 4, Frank Phillip, born September 17, 1898, died in infancy. Mr. Maxell is a member of the Lutheran Church in Emmitsburg, in which he is an elder.

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