Bio: Maynard, George E. (History - 1841)

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----Source: History of Clark & Jackson Counties 1891


George E. Maynard (b. 1841)

George E. Maynard, of section 20, Hixon Township, Clark County, was born in Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont, January 25, 1841, the son of John and Persis (Murray) Maynard, the former a native of Ticonderoga, New York, and the latter of Sudbury, Vermont. The father, a son of Abner Maynard, a soldier in the War of 1812, was a descendant on the maternal side of the noted Ethan Allen, of Revolutionary fame. The parents had three children: George E., J. Edgar and Warren M. Edgar now lives in Kingston, Green Lake County, and Warren works on the railroad and has no regular home. George E. came with his parents to Green Lake County, Wisconsin, in 1855, settling on a farm in Kingston, Green Lake County, where he lived until 1861. He then enlisted in Company A, Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served until August 21, 1861, having been wounded at the first battle of Bull Run. He re-enlisted in the fall of 1862, in Company B, First United States Sharp Shooters, Colonel Berdan's Regiment, and was discharged in May 1863, by order of General Hooker, on account of disability. He assisted in rescuing Burnside's Artillery from the mud on the Rappahannock River, and was in the battles of Fredericksburg and many others. He again re-enlisted, in August 1864, in Company H, First Wisconsin Cavalry, and served until the close of the war, participating in the battles of Franklin, Pulaski, Nashville, and many raids and skirmishes.

After the war Mr. Maynard went to Marquette County, Wisconsin, where he followed farming three years. In 1868 he went to Osage County, Kansas, setting in Burlinggame, where he worked in the coal mines, but in 1872 returned to Wisconsin, and worked in the woods one season. In 1873 he came to this county and settled in Greenwood, where he lived until 1879, and in that year he settled on his present farm. He first homesteaded 40 acres, built a log house 18 x 24 feet, and in 1880 the floods drove the family out of the house. He then bought sixty acres more on higher ground, built a frame house 18 x 24, one and a half stories high, with an L 16 x 24 feet, one story, and he now owns 100 acres, thirty-five of which is cleared.

Mr. Maynard was married in May, 1863, to Adaline E. Marshall, a daughter of Thomas (deceased) and Phoebe (Worth) Marshall. Mr. and Mrs. Maynard have six children, namely: Frank E., Charles E., Phoebe P., John T., Warren M., and George O. Mr. Maynard has been Justice of the Peace, Health Commissioner and School Clerk. Both he and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and the former is a Republican politically.




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