Cornelius MAXWELL

Cornelius MAXWELL

Male 1866 - 1938  (71 years)

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  • Name Cornelius MAXWELL 
    Nickname Nelie 
    Born 6 Dec 1866  Engine Row, Govanhill, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census (1871/1881/1891/1920)  1920 Us Federal Census For Coatesville, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration 1895  Glasgow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Coal Miner and then Minister/Foreman of Steel Mill in USA 
    • Coal Miner and then Minister/Foreman of Steel Mill in USA
    Died 1938  Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Date of death supplied by Bill Maxwell.
    Person ID I715  Genealogy
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2017 

    Father Cornelius MAXWELL,   b. 8 Mar 1828, Govan Colliery, Gorbals, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1885, School Square, Cathcart Street, Govanhill, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Mother Ann (Annie) TAYLOR,   b. 29 Jan 1830, Larbert, Stirling Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1907, 11 Haningshaw Row, Mount Florida, Glasgow, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 4 Mar 1849  Strathbungo, Govan, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • See cert from Scotlands People
    Family ID F171  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Isabella AITKEN,   b. 22 Jul 1866, Aldershot, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1944, Pennyslvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 31 Dec 1890  Oatlands Hall, Silverfir Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cornelius was living at 8 Grahams Square, Govanhill when he got married.

      Marriage cert, 1890 31st Dec at Oatlands Hall Silverfir St Glasgow after banns
      according to the forms of the Evangelical Union Church - Cornelius Maxwell labourer bachelor age 24yrs of
      8 Grahams Sq Govanhill - parents Cornelius & Ann Maxwell m/s Taylor to Isabella Aitken domestic servant
      age 24yrs of 188 Wolsley St Glasgow - parents Andrew & Rose Ann Aitken m/s Cameron - by Wm Forsyth
      EU minister - witnesses Wm Carswell & Janet Naismith
    Children 10 children 
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2008 
    Family ID F340  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsEmigration - Age: 31y - 1895 - Glasgow, Lanarkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1938 - Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Cornelius Maxwell
1866-1938
    Cornelius Maxwell 1866-1938
    Son of Cornelius Maxwell & Ann Taylor.
    Husband of Isabella Aitken
    Andrew Aitken Maxwell
1892-1952
    Andrew Aitken Maxwell 1892-1952
    Son of Cornelius Maxwell and Isabella Aitken.
    Husband of Myrtle Evans
    Anne Murdock Maxwell
1903-1964
    Anne Murdock Maxwell 1903-1964
    Dtr. of Cornelius Maxwell & Isabella Aitken.
    Wife of Charles Eby
    Cornelius John Maxwell
1893-1966
    Cornelius John Maxwell 1893-1966
    Son of Cornelius Maxwell & Isabella Aitken.
    Husband of Florence M. Stoner
    Richard Livingston Maxwell
1896-1974
    Richard Livingston Maxwell 1896-1974
    Son of Cornelius Maxwell & Isabella Aitken.
    Husband of Emma Verna Fox
    George Theodore Maxwell
1908-1995
    George Theodore Maxwell 1908-1995
    Son of Cornelius Maxwell & Isabella Aitken.
    Husband of Ann Arment
    Samuel Garrett Maxwell
born 1898 Pennsylvania, USA
    Samuel Garrett Maxwell born 1898 Pennsylvania, USA
    Son of Cornelius Maxwell & Isabella Aitken.
    Husband of Eleanor Inez Barnes.
    Joseph Gallop Maxwell
b. 1900
    Joseph Gallop Maxwell b. 1900
    Son of Cornelius Maxwell & Isabella Aitken
    William Francis Mason Maxwell
1902-1982
    William Francis Mason Maxwell 1902-1982
    Son of Cornelius Maxwell & Isabella Aitken.

  • Notes 
    • Cornelius was living at 8 Grahams Square, Govanhill when he married Isabell Aitken.
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      1871 Census shows for Govan Lanarkshire
      Living School Square
      Cornelius Maxwell, Head, Mar, age 42, Coalminer, b. Glasgow, Lanarkshire
      Ann Maxwell, Wife, Mar, age 40, b. Falkirk, Stirlingshire
      John Maxwell, Son, unmar, age 19, Coalminer, b. Glasgow, Lanarkshire
      Christina Maxwell, Dtr, unmar, age 14 Powerloom Weaver, b. Glasgow, Lanarkshire
      Margaret Maxwell, Dtr. unmar, age 12, Scholar, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
      Jane Maxwell, Dtr. unmar, age 9, Scholar, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
      Archibald Maxwell, son, unmar, age 6, Glasgow, Lanarkshire
      Cornelius Maxwell, son, unmar, age 4 Glasgow, Lanarkshire
      Annie Maxwell, dtr, unmar, age 1 Glasgow, Lanarkshire
      Margaret Taylor, mother-in-law, Widow, age 79, b. Falkirk, Stirlingshire
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      1881 Census shows:
      Dwelling: School Square
      Census Place:Govan, Lanark, Scotland
      Source:FHL Film 0203677 GRO Ref Volume 644-12 EnumDist 96 Page 19
      Marr Age Sex Birthplace
      Cornelius MAXWELL M 53 M Govan, Lanark, Scotland
      Rel: Head
      Occ: Coal Miner
      Ann MAXWELL M 50 F Larbert, Stirling, Scotland
      Rel: Wife
      Jane MAXWELL U 19 of Govan, Lanark, Scotland
      Rel: Daur
      Archibald MAXWELL U 16 M Govan, Lanark, Scotland
      Rel: Son
      Occ: Coal Miner
      Cornelius MAXWELL U 14 M Govan, Lanark, Scotland
      Rel: Son
      Annie MAXWELL U 11 of Govan, Lanark, Scotland
      Rel: Daur
      Occ: Scholar
      Lizzie MAXWELL U 8 of Govan, Lanark, Scotland
      Rel: Daur
      Occ: Scholar
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      1891 Census Details:
      Census Place: Hutchesontown, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
      Source: GRO Ref, Volume 644-11, EnumDist 93, Page 6.
      Dwelling: 188 Wolesley Street, Hutchesontown.
      Andrew AITKEN, Head, Mar, 50, Insurance Agent, Paisley, Renfrewshire.
      Isabella AITKEN, Wife, Mar, 50, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
      George AITKEN, Son, Unm, 25, Insurance Agent, Gibraltar, British.
      Ellen AITKEN, Daur, Unm, 16, Machinist, Malta, British.
      Andrew AITKEN, Son, Unm, 14, Baker's Apprentice, Malta, British.
      Isabella MAXWELL, Daur, Mar, 24, England.
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      1891 Census Details:
      Census Place: Hutchesontown, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
      Source: GRO Ref, Volume 644-11, EnumDist 93, Page 6.
      Dwelling: 188 Wolesley Street, Hutchesontown.
      Andrew AITKEN, Head, Mar, 50, Insurance Agent, Paisley, Renfrewshire.
      Isabella AITKEN, Wife, Mar, 50, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.
      George AITKEN, Son, Unm, 25, Insurance Agent, Gibraltar, British.
      Ellen AITKEN, Daur, Unm, 16, Machinist, Malta, British.
      Andrew AITKEN, Son, Unm, 14, Baker's Apprentice, Malta, British.
      Isabella MAXWELL, Daur, Mar, 24, England.
      Cornelius MAXWELL, SLaw, Mar, 24, General Labourer, Govan, Renfrewshire.
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      Archibald (brother), Annie (Sister) and Cornelius went to America with his wife and two children Andrew and Cornelius
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      He is also recorded in the 1920 US Federal Census
      Following entry information from Bill Maxwell's family manuscript.

      Cornelius emigrated to America in 1895 with his wife Isabell Aitken.

      The following is an extract from the manuscript of Bill Maxwell:

      In his youth he had ,we presume,various occupations. It was learned he worked as a coal miner so this might account for the listing on the marriage document as a laborer. He was Married at age 24.

      In Scotland he had become discouraged with the low wages. He was quite intelligent and ambitious and of course goal oriented. He knew the time had come for some changes in his life..
      Cornelius knew some friends in the United States who had emigrated previously.
      The couple saved their money for several years and finally made the decision to make the big move.
      The family now consisted of Cornelius , Isabella, sons Andrew Aitken and Cornelius John.
      They left the homeland,accompanied by his brother Archibald and sister Annie and arrived late in the year 1895 with the hopes of a bright future as their friends had arranged for employment in Patterson N.J.
      Archibald and Annie moved to western Pa. in an area round Donora .
      Cornelius' first job was working in a nail mill in the Patterson area. He was thankful for the opportunity to work in the new country.
      This was short lived as the desire to move took the family to Munhall Pa. to work in the steel mill which was a branch of U.S. Steel Corp. It is assumed the thought came to Cornelius that a fellow Scotsman named Andrew Carnegie was successful in the steel business so he might as well start on the ground floor .
      He did that literally as the first job was in construction/maintenance.(brick & masonry). The entry into that position was made a little easier due in large part to his experience in Scotland with construction. (Bridge building and housing repairs.)

      The old adage of a new house brings a new child came true as Richard Livingston Maxwell was born in 1896.
      1898 brought another move to Homestead, Pa.to work in the steel mill, and of course another child,Samuel Garrett Maxwell .
      Two years later ,1900, brought another job and another child, Joseph Gallup Maxwell in Whittaker Pa.
      The Scottish word of mouth communication brought some information about a job opening in Sharon Pa.(This is now known as Farrell). Each move convinced him he was bettering himself and providing for his family.
      Another job and another son,William Francis Mason Maxwell was born in 1902 and daughter Anne Murdock was born in 1903.
      The year 1905 brought about another job in Clarion Pa.and another daughter,Jeanette. She died in the same year.
      Late 1906 or early 1907 the family moved, for what would be the last time, to Coatesville, Pa. Work was available with the Midvale Steel Co. in South Coatesville.

      1908 brought another child to the family, George Theodore Maxwell. as they were living in Rock Run a small community north of Coatesville along the Brandywine Creek. The subsequent moves into Coatesville took them to 430 Valley Road in the West End, to a South First Ave home owned by Lukens Steel Co. The final move came as they purchased a home in the city at 215 Walnut Street as well as the house at 213 next door.
      In Midvale Steel Co. Cornelius was advanced to the position of foreman of the Construction/Maintenance department.
      This was ideal for him as it was in his line of work,construction of buildings,roads,bridges and tunnels.
      Legend has it he was involved with the building of a tunnel over the roadway in the area of what is now known as Newlinville road, South First Avenue and Spruces community. Currently First Ave is called Buck Run Road.
      The tunnel was built over the roadway to support a road to be used by the "slag" dump trucks traveling from the Open Hearth south to the dump.
      The tunnel became the victim of progress and poor maintenance and was torn down in the 1980's. Cornelius worked for the steel mill until the 1920's.
      It was in this period of his life he had the opportunity to run for public office. He was elected Alderman in the Third Ward of the City of Coatesville. He served for twelve years and was highly respected for being stern but fair.
      This foray into politics opened an opportunity to serve as a county committeeman.
      During his political career a "friend" encouraged him to invest in a business of selling a new car being manufactured, The" Near" car. This was a three wheeled vehicle. Unfortunately the business failed and he suffered quite a financial loss
      and he had to sell the family homes at 213 and 215 Walnut Street to cover his debts. The family continued living there as renters.
      Register Report for Cornelius Maxwell

      It was a difficult period in Cornelius' life after that and perhaps contributed to his death in 1938.

      Some other interesting facts to now finish the life of the Patriarch of the Maxwell Family in America:
      In Scotland his passion was playing soccer. In school and after school as he played on a professional team .
      When he came to Coatesville he was involved with a form of a youth league. His coaching, playing, refereeing as well as his community involvement in addition to his work ethic was symbolic of the drive and determination that brought him to America to fulfill the dream of success.
      Spirituality did not escape him as his wife encouraged him to accompany her to church. As in everything in life when involved, he did his very best to excel.
      He had a photographic memory and in reading the scriptures he remembered every passage. When he went to Sunday School he enjoyed sparring with the teacher when there was a question to be resolved.
      He and most of his sons belonged to the Iron Rose Bible of which He was a charter member.
      His death in 1938 did not end the Maxwell influence in the area as his descendants remained and became quite active in many civic organizations. ,churches, fraternal associations,fire companies,and a host of other activities.
      The family jested about their claim to fame was the now extinct car ,The Maxwell, first manufactured in 1905. It was in a class by itself as is the Maxwell Family.


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