Biography of Leonard E. Maxim
Adams County, NE Biographies





Leander E. Maxim engaged in carpentering in henesaw for a number of years and his excellent workmanship and good business ability enabled him to gain a gratifying measure of success. For twenty years before his removal to Kenesaw he followed farming in Kearney county and his well directed labors as a farmer also yielded him good financial returns. He was born in Somerset county, Maine, on the 3d of February, 1837, of the marriage of Jesse and Louisa (Pease) Maxim. The father, who was born in Plymouth county, Massachusetts, in 1807, was a direct descendant of Mayflower ancestry. In 1811, when but four years of age, he was taken by his parents to Maine and there resided until his death.

Leander E. Maxim received what was considered a fair education in those days, but as he was the eldest child and the family were in only moderate circumstances he had to begin work while still a boy. He aided in the cultivation of the home farm and also worked as a hired hand, being so employed until the 5th of November, 1861, when he enlisted in the Union army, becoming a member of Company D, Thirteenth Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry. During, much of his service he was employed in guarding trains and commissary stores but he took part in considerable fighting, including the Red River campaign. He was mustered out in January, 1863, and returned to Maine, where he followed the carpenter's trade until 1866. In that year he removed to Lewiston and for two years worked in the cotton mills there. He then again turned his attention to the carpenter's trade, which he followed in the east until 1876. That year witnessed his removal to Wisconsin and in 1878 he went to Kearney county, Nebraska. He homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land there and for twenty years followed agricultural pursuits, but at length sold his farm and removed to Kenesaw, where he worked at the carpenter's trade until he retired from active life.

Mr. Maxim was married on the 14th of September, 1868, to Miss Cornelia A. Jones, who died in 1874. To them were born two children, Alma and Hervey U., both of whom are deceased. Mr. Maxim is independent in politics and takes a commendable interest in public affairs. His religious faith is that of the Free Baptist church and he is identified with the Grand Army of the Republic. He is eligible to the Sons of the American Revolution and has proved worthy of his Mayflower ancestry, standing firmly at all times for what he believes to be the right and manifesting a spirit of enterprise and self reliance.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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