Maxey, James

Born: 1791-11-17 Prince Edward County, Virginia

Died: 1878 Springfield, Illinois

Flourished: 1834-1878 Springfield, Illinois

Alternate name: Maxcy

Maxey grew up in Kentucky and from there, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Upon returning home, he married Maria C. Cook in December 1813. They had four children, including James M. Maxey, before moving to Springfield, Illinois, in 1834. Maxey spent the next 26 years filling various public offices in Springfield, including city marshal and deputy sheriff. P0litically, Maxey was a Whig. He was also a Mason, and helped to organize the Masonic Lodge No. 4 in Springfield in 1839.

Proceedings of Whig Convention at Pekin, Illinois regarding Candidates for Congress; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 484-85; History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 141, 621; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.