Enoch Ira Maxson and Mary Ann (Barber) Maxson
Submitted by PHGS member, Dan Maxson 
 

Enoch Ira Maxson
ENOCH MAXSON Of Olean, who was 100 years old on Sunday, January 15
Former Ceres Man - 100 Years Old
(Article appeared in the Bolivar Breeze on 1/19/1922. Bolivar is in Allegany County, NY)
Enoch Maxson of Olean celebrated the event on Sunday. Born in Rhode Island
From the "Shinglehouse Mail"

While in Olean Saturday the editor of the Mail called at the home of Mrs. Don Freeman and had a short visit with her and her family and also her father, Uncle Enoch Maxson, whom we have known for about 35 years and who for many years was a constant reader of the "Mail." We found the old gentleman up and about the home and in fairly good bodily health. He remembers things that happened back 70 or 80 years ago better than those of today. The day was not celebrated as Mrs. Freeman and family were just getting over the grippe.

He was born in Truxton, R.I. 100 years ago Sunday, January 15, 1822, and came to Main Settlement with his parents with ox-team and cart when he was a lad 9 years old. There he grew to manhood, married and settled on a farm on the southside of the Oswayo creek in what is known as Barbertown, Ceres township and where he resided and worked at farming and lumbering which most of the people of this section did in the early days. He made many trips down the Allegahny river on lumber rafts during the spring floods, going to Warren, Pittsburg and Cincinnati. In the early days the men used to walk back from Warren and Pittsburg. It was hard work but such men as the Maxsons, Barbers, Crandalls, Smiths, Packards, Lackeys and many others were used to it and made light of those strenuous days on the river and in the pine woods.

Besides the daughter with whom he has lived since 1903, there are two sons, Anson Maxson of Ceres, and Erwin E. Maxson of Horse Run, 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

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Mary Ann Barber
Wife of Enoch Ira Maxson

Mary Ann was born in Providence, RI, on October 27, 1824, the daughter of Samuel Andrew Barber and Nancy Irene Crandall.

She removed from Rhode Island to Barbertown, Ceres Township, McKean County, PA, with her family by 1837. According to family tradition, a panther was stalking her younger siblings. She attracted the pantherís attention and held it until her father could dispatch the dreaded predator, saving the life of at least one of her younger siblings.

On July 3, 1845, Mary Ann and Enoch Ira were united in marriage. They settled in Barbertown, where they farmed and raised seven children. Their descendants now reside throughout the United States and in Japan and Holland.

Mary Ann passed away on February 22, 1905, and was interred in the East Portville Cemetery, Main Settlement, Cattaraugus County, NY.

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ENOCH MAXON,
Oldest Resident, Passes Away
Olean Times Herald
Apr 8, 1922

Centenarian In Falling Health For Some Time Dies At home of Daughter In This City

Enoch Maxson, 100 years old, Olean's oldest resident, passed away this afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ada Freeman, No. 120 Riverside Avenue. He had been in failing health for some time.

He was born in Truxton, R.I., 100 years ago, January 15, 1822, and went to Main Settlement with his parents with ox-team and cart when he was a lad of 9 years old. There he grew to manhood, married and settled on a farm on the south side of Oswayo creek in what is known as Barbertown, Ceres township and where he resided and worked at farming and lumbering which most of the people did in the early days. He made many trips down the Allegaheny river on lumber rafts during the spring floods, going to Warren, Pittsburg and Cincinnati. In the early days the men used to walk back from Warren and Pittsburg.

Beside the daughter with whom he had lived since 1903, there are two sons, Anson Maxson of Ceres, and Edwin E. Maxson of Horse Run, 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Prayer Services will be held at the house Monday afternoon at 1:30 0'oclock and at the church in Main Settlement at 3 o'clock, Rev. G.G. Williamson (?) officiating.

Burial will be made in the family plot in the Main Settlement cemetery.

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Died At Age of Over 100 Years
Bolivar Breeze 
April 13, 1922

Enoch Maxson, Brother of Edwin E. Maxson of Bolivar Township, Passed Away at Olean, Saturday

Enoch Maxson, more than 100 years old, passed away Saturday afternoon, April 8, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ada Freeman, No. 120 Riverside avenue, Olean. He had been in failing health for some time.

He was born in Truxton, R.I., 100 years ago, January 15, 1822, and went to Main Settlement with his parents with ox-team and cart when he was a lad of 9 years old. There he grew to manhood, married and settled on a farm on the south side of Oswayo creek in what is known as Barbertown, Ceres township, and where he resided and worked at farming and lumbering which most of the people of that section did in the early days. He made many trips down the Allegheny river on lumber rafts during the spring floods, going to Warren, Pittsburg and Cincinnati. In the early days the men used to walk back from Warren and Pittsburg.

Besides the daughter with whom he had lived since 1903, there are two sons, Anson Maxson of Ceres, and Edwin E. Maxson of Horse Run, town of Bolivar, 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

The funeral and burial took place at Main Settlement on Monday afternoon.

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