I am a descendant of the elder Nathan Maxson by his son Nathan (1836-1883). Hazel Borgnis discussed the elder Nathan's family with me. Her records showed him marrying Susanna DICKS 18 Jul 1815 in Harrison County, OH and then marrying Ann Elizabeth NORTON sometime after 1824. I am presently picking through my records and trying to tidy things up. But to your question: I have not yet matched all of the elder Nathan's kids with their respective mothers. Should it be Nathan and Susanna: Alfred, Lydia, Priscilla (Mrs. McCormic), Sarah (Mrs. Perviance) and Almira (Mrs. Sloanacre) ........ then Nathan and Eliza: Angeline, Nathan and William? Further information:
U.S. Federal Census, 1850 Hocking County, Ohio - Laurel Township (District 51) dwelling 280, household 288; page 02 enumerated 01 August 1850 by L.S. Bort, Ass’t Marshal
There is a tragic story handed down through the years which makes Lydia's life all the more sad. It is said that Lydia at age 29 was delivered of a child conceived in incest - the father being her brother William. This story was being told in Kansas by brother Nathan's descendants in the 1960's. Apparently without access to the census or other records which would eliminate William from consideration as being too young. Supposedly there was an elder brother named Alfred. Could he have been the father? In 1880, Nathan (the son above) is listed with his family as follows:
U.S. Federal Census, 1880 Labette County, Kansas - Elm Grove Township Supervisor’s District 1, Enumeration District 106 dwelling 94, household 98; page 11 [stamped page #270] enumerated 15 June 1880 by C.M. Keeler, Ass’t Marshal
John Shofe is listed as an "idiot" (mentally retarded). The story goes that Lydia hung herself after he was born. I wonder whether Lydia was mentally unhealthy BEFORE her child came along. But I have nothing more to offer than this gossip as to Lydia's life - I suspect it may be a bit inaccurate (obviously brother William is not the father of John Shofe!)
Very interested in your information on this family group. I have Hazel Borgnis' data backward from the elder Nathan to the earlier Maxsons and can post that or send it if you like.