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Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Maxims

I would be very interested to hear about any information you may have on the Maxims I am doing a One Name Study on the name Maxim and am a member of the Guild of One Name Studies. Maxim appears in my husband's ancestry and what started out as just a bit of family history has just growed!

I am sure the Suffolk Maxims must be related to the Essex ones, but as yet, haven't had much success.

I was given the link to your site and think it's absolutely marvellous. I have done a search on the name Maxim and have come up with a lot of newspaper entries. All I've got to do now is fit the people in the news items with the names in my One Name Study. The war time ones were very poignant.

Posted by Tricia Campbell

I would like to comment on the Maxim family.

My great great grandfather was William Maxim, born in Foxearth in 1802. He
found his way to London around 1840 when he and two sons became cab drivers.
He died in St Pancras workhouse in about 1885.

I presume that he was barely literate and probably had a strong dialect
accent because by the time he gets to London his surname has become Maxam
and his place of birth Foxith.

One grandson Harry Maxam became a music hall artiste of at least moderate
ability as the 1901 census shows him in theatrical digs in Manchester.

With regard to the Essex/Suffolk branches, it seems to me that they are one
and the same as they come for the most part from areas that straddle the
county boundaries.

I will be delighted to exchange the rather fuller details I have to anyone
interested and likewise would like to hear other news of the Maxims. In
particular, I would like to know of any emigration to New England and
possible connection to Hiram Maxim born in Sangerville Maine in 1840,
knigted by Queen Victoria for inventing the machine gun, the steam driven
aeroplane, the carbon electric light filament and a patent hair

posted by Brian Johnson


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Granmother Edith b1900 Stoke by Nayland was a Maxim.I have traced her mother Laura b1873 Stoke by Nayland.My Granmother`s father George b1867 in Hartest.") When George was 14 years old he worked with his brother Walter aged 19 at Cooks Farm Hartest with their uncle who was Spencer Albon his wifeAnne V Albon

29 January 2006 at 14:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are currently tracing Pearson family history and Maxim ties in as being my Great Grandmother - Mary Ann Maxim b 1835 in Belchamp Otten married John Pearson in 1855. They had 8 children, Thomas who was the 6th was my Grandfather. If you want to share further info please email me, Gerald Pearson, on

31 January 2006 at 16:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am working on maxim family tree for my grandchildren fred maxim from foxearth married to a rosalindknown daughter armorel she had several sisters anyone on some linage get in touch

1 April 2006 at 10:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tricia.

I have a Mary Maxim born 1788 at Glemsford Suffolk and William Elcock born 1785 at Fobbing Essex, my GGGGrandparents.
They married at Gillingham Kent in 1812 and their first child was born at Glemsford in 1813.
By 1816 William and Mary had moved to Prittlewell Essex where they had three more children.

If you would like any further information to help in your one name study and the search for the missing Suffolk/Essex link then please feel free to contact me at

9 September 2006 at 16:28  
Blogger hannah said...

my grandmother winnifred was fred and rosalind's daughter and sister of armorel.edith was the third sister and they had a brother called fred.feel free to get in touch my email address is

29 March 2007 at 22:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi All

My gggg grandmother was called Elizabeth Maxim. I believe she ws born at Shimpling around 1791. She married James Crick of Cockfield. I wondered if Elizabeth was in any of your family trees as I know nothing else about her or her family.

All the best


6 May 2007 at 14:21  
Blogger Unknown said...

My maternal Great Great Great Grandfather was David Maxam, born in Foxearth in 1813. We have linked up all his descendants who it seems were based in North London but it would be nice to go a bit farther back. In 1881 he was living in Hornsey, North London where he had sort of started a small dynasty!
Contact me on if you can help or we can help you!

21 December 2007 at 16:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fred maxim brn 1878 foxearth/married rosalind gibbons brn 1883 liston//freds father robert maxim brn 1835 wife anne/rosalinds father alfred gibbons brn foxearth 1845/married to harriet edey brn 1845/alfreds father charles gibbons 1824 wife mary///robert maxims father thomas maxim 1799foxearth married susanna 1802 brn pentlow

18 June 2008 at 09:15  
Blogger rivercarp said...

I have traced my wifes family Maxam back to William Maxam b.Foxearth 1802 and have 85 Maxams in my tree. I understand from reading Brian Johnson's post that Maxam is a mispelling of Maxim.
Can anyone help with William Maxam's(Maxim)parents and brothers or sisters.
I will be pleased to pass on any information I have. Please contact me at

posted by derek Burnhope

8 September 2008 at 22:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been chasing my wife's family tree for some years and it originates in Foxearth with William Gibbons b.1795.
I have a large section of the family tree which derives from William and would be happy to share with anyone interested.

3 January 2009 at 12:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am working on the Maxim Line from Foxearth, Essex. It originates with a John and Sarah MAxam who had Thomas (1799), Newman and Caroline. Thomas had a son, Robert - he was my great grandfather. I live in New Zealand so many miles away from where they lived and now lie. Please send any info, comments and stories to

I would very much appreciate hearing from you if you have any news.


Esther Maxim

1 August 2010 at 02:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Mother was Caroline Racster Maxam
My Grandfather Henry Richard Maxam
Gr Grandfather Charles Maxam
Gt Gt Grandfather William Maxam married Hannah Harding They lived 39 Devoshire Street Marylebone.
Henry Edward (Harry) Maxam was a Music hall Artist and cousin to my Grandfather.

25 October 2011 at 10:28  
Anonymous Josie said...

My Great Great Grandmother was Sarah Maxam born c.1799 in Foxearth. She married John Bruce on 20/12/1829 in Marylebone London.
They lived in Highgate.
On 1841 census Sarah was visited by David Maxam and the wedding was witnessed by Charlotte Maxam possibly David's wife. The record office looked in the Foxearth baptism records and could not find her but found Thomas 5/1/1800.
If anyone knows anything about Sarah, I should be glad to know.

26 April 2012 at 17:08  
Anonymous David Maxim said...

Hello my name is David Lee Maxim Jr and I've been searching the internet in hopes to gain more insight on my family line. This website has been the most informative so far, if anyone has any relevant info you can reach me at thank you.

11 September 2012 at 07:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am following Racster family. Any idea why Caroline Racster Maxam was given this middle name?

4 September 2013 at 00:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caroline Racster left money to her great friend Caroline Phillips whose Mother Sarah Raggett lived at stratfield Mortimer where Caroline Racster was nurse to the Rev Gould and his family

14 January 2014 at 22:41  
Blogger Unknown said...

David Racster email have family tree if you are intrested

4 July 2015 at 17:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would have been her Maiden name Have Racster tree if you would like my email

4 July 2015 at 17:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Racster email have family tree if you are intrested

4 July 2015 at 17:21  

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