Biography - N Maxey

N. B. MAXEY, attorney at law, Jonesboro, was born July 15, 1853, in Smith County, Tenn. His ancestors came from Wales. His great grandfather was William Maxey, whose son, Nathaniel, was born in Buckingham County, Va., and came to his death by a boiler explosion, in 1834, on the Mississippi River. He married Mildred Taylor, born in Virginia. She died in Smith County, Tenn. She was the mother of eight children, of whom Thomas J., the father of our subject, was the third son. Four of his brothers were soldiers in the late war, one of them, William T., being killed at the battle of Shiloh. Thomas J. Maxey was born November 30, 1828, in Smith County, Tenn., where he married Mary B. Day, born 1829, in Smith County, Tenn., where she died in July, 1878. She was the mother of six children now living, viz., Virginia T., Napoleon B., John D., Thomas J., Jr., Mollie B. and Maggie. While in Tennessee, the occupation of our subject was that of a farmer. He came to Union County in 1875. Here he received a common school education. In 1877, he was a student in the University of Chicago. In 1879, he commenced the study of law with W. S. Day, then State's Attorney, and was admitted to the bar March 1, 1882, at Mount Vernon, Ill. Since then he has followed his profession in Jonesboro, Ill. He taught seven terms of school in Union County, Ill. Mr. Maxey was married, December 25, 1881, in Jonesboro, to Miss Augusta C. Miller, born February 29, 1856, in this county. She was formerly a teacher in this county. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Maxey is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Jonesboro Lodge, No. 111, and Egyptian Chapter, No. 45, Anna, Ill. He was formerly City Attorney, and was again elected in 1883. He is a Democrat.

Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 106-107.

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