An American Family History

James Maxwell, the Younger

Maryland was established with religious freedom for Catholics. The colonial economy was based on tobacco cultivated by Africans who had been enslaved.

James Maxwell, the Younger, was born about 1713 in a part of Baltimore County that is now in Harford County, Maryland. His parents were Colonel James Maxwell and Anne Groome.

The General Assembly granted James Maxwell the younger, owner of the plot of land upon which the courthouse had been built, permisson to establish and maintain a ferry across the one mile of water separating Stoney Barr in Joppa Town from the Widow Adam’s landing at Sim’s Choice.

In 1720 Anne (Groome) Felkes (or Phelks) left him some of her personal property.

When his father died in 1727, he inherited a plantation on Waterton's Creek including a plantation seated by his brother, James the Elder.

He died in 1741.



Children of James Maxwell and Mary Harmer:
  • James, the Elder, Maxwell
  • Eliza Ann Maxwell Ricketts

  • Children of James Maxwell and Anne Groome:
  • Ashael Maxwell
  • Elizabeth Maxwell
  • James, the Younger, Maxwell
  • Ann Maxwell Matthews


    Gunpowder Neck, was in Baltimore, County but is now in Harford County, Maryland. Joppa was a major seaport and the county seat of Baltimore County from 1712 to 1769. St. John's Parish was in Joppa, but later moved to Kingsville, Maryland. Robins Point, Rickett Point Road, Maxwell Point Road, and Ford Point are south of the current Joppatowne on Gunpowder Neck. Spry Shoal is just off Rickett Point.

    James Maxwell 18.163 A BA £187.1.0 May 7 1741
    Payments to:
    executor of John March (of Kent County) for suit by James Greenwood (guardian of only living child (unnamed) of Johanah Dehaus against Gideon Pearce),
    James Greenwood for legacy left by John March to only living child (unnamed) of Johannah Dehaus against Philip Kennard & Gideon Pearce,
    James Greenwood, James Maxwell for neglect in recovery of bond due from Capt. John Stokes & neglect in covering roof of St. John's Church (in Joppa),
    John Matthews who married Ann,
    John Hall who married Hannah,
    Daniel Dulany, Esq. paid to William Dallam,
    William Smith,
    William Dallam,
    Daniel Dulany, Esq.
    William Cumming.
    Mentions: minor (unnamed, aged 18, due legacy from estate of Dr. March).
    Administrator: William Savory [James' step-father].



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