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Maxon, Thomas V., was born in Petersburg, Rensselaer county, March 16, 1823. His father, Joseph S. Maxon, was also a native of Rensselaer county, where his father, Asa Maxon, was among the pioneer settlers. He was born in 1750 in Rhode Island and wounded in the battle of Bennington in the Revolutionary war, and came to the town of Adams in 1835. Joseph S. Maxon married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Vars, and through life followed farming; he died in 1836. Thomas V. Maxon was educated in the common schools and followed fanning; he formed a partnership with J. M. Cleveland and they bought a few bushels of seed peas and beans and started an industry that reached into the thousands of dollars. In 1849 he married Alma A., daughter of Benjamin A. Hull; she died in 1869, leaving two daughters, Maria E. and Helen H., and Mr. Maxon afterwards married Carrie, daughter of Jonathan Benham, and she died in 1894. Mr. Maxon was one of the progressive farmers of his town, making a specialty of small fruits and breeding Jersey cattle and horses. He was conservative in character, of sterling integrity and ever advanced the best interests of his town and its people. He died October 31 1887. The first Maxon of which we have record was a land owner in Portsmouth, R. I., in 1634. T. V. Maxon was the eighth generation from him. Elizabeth (Vars) Maxon was the sixth generation from John De Vars, who caine to Rhode Island from France in 1650. John De Vars's ancestors were of the French nobility and can be traced back for seven hundred years in France.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898