John Maxfeild

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John Maxfeild
Person John Maxfeild
First name John
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Last name Maxfeild
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Occupation Scrivener
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Training Not apprentice
Is apprentice of
Was apprentice of Robert Earle
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Language skills English language
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Res parish Saint Edmunds the King and Martyr in Lombard Street
Res town London
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Res country England
Birth year 1629
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Deposition start page(s) HCA 13/63 f.467v Annotate, HCA 13/72 f.21r Annotate
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Deposition date(s) Nov 16 1650, Apr 8 1657
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Silver Ship litigation in 1650s
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Biographical synthesis

John Maxfeild (; d.?). Scrivener.

Resident as an apprentice to scrivener Robert Earle in Saint Dunstans in the East in 1650. The precise address may have been Tower Street, which ran through Saint Dunstans in the East, since a genealogical source mentions the payment of a debt by Ephriam Childe to Elizabeth Foote "at or in the now house of Robert Earle Scr(ivener) in Towerstreete London".[1] M. A. Greenwood (1930) identifies "Robert Earle, scrivener in Tower Street" in 1641, when he took on as apprentice Richard Minors, son of the Company of Drapers Under-beadle, Richard Minors.[2]

Later, in 1657, John Maxfeild worked as a scrivener in the parish of Saint Edmund the King and Martyr in Lombard Street.

Evidence from High Court of Admiralty

John Maxfeild appears first in the High Court of Admiralty as a twenty-one year old apprentice scrivener in a deposition dated November 16th 1650. His name is recorded by the notary public as 'Johannes Maxfeild', and he is described as '"Famulus Robert Earle", that is servant to Robert Earle, and his profession is that of "scriptoris" or scrivener. His residence as an apprentice was in the parish of Saint Dunstans in the East. He gave evidence in the case of "ffreer con Harris".[3]

He next apppears in the High Court of Admiralty, aged twenty-seven year, working independently as a scrivener and located in the parish of Saint Edmund the King and Martyr in Lombard Street. He deposed on April 9th 1657 in the High Court of Admiralty and was examined on an allegation on behalf of James Cowse in the case of "Cowse against Leone."[4]

The case concerned a dispute over a charterparty made between James Cowse and Edward Keene, which Maxfeild, as a scrivener, had drawn up for the two men.

Comment on sources

"London hearth tax, 1666: St Edmund the King and Martyr: Cock Alley: John Maxfeild 3 hearths"[5]

An online source identifies the marriage of John Maxfeild to Ann Purse, July 18th 1654, Worplesdon, Surrey, but gives no evidence for the reference, no proof that this relates to Maxfeild the scrivener.[6]
  1. D.L.Jacobus, The American Genealogist, vols.62-63 (XXXX, 1987), p.22
  2. M. A. Greenwood, The ancient plate of the Drapers' Company (Oxford, 1930), p.43
  3. HCA 13/63 f.467v
  4. HCA 13/72 f.21r
  5. 'Hearth Tax: City of London 1666: St Edmund the King and Martyr ', London Hearth Tax: City of London and Middlesex, 1666 (2011), viewed 07/08/2016
  6. Wikitree, 'John Maxfeild', viewed 07/08/2016