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Juan "John" Ignacio Maximillian

Male 1782 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Juan "John" Ignacio Maximillian  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Nickname John 
    Born Jul 1782  Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • Kathy Casagranda, in her annotated 1850 census of Sabine Parish, Louisiana, shows him as a son of Maximillian ARZE and Francesa LARENARDIERE.

      William Scott, on his "Bill's Roots II" tree posted on RootWeb's WorldConnect Project in August, 2004, shows that Juan/John's parents were Juan DeARZE, born ca 1762 in Algerzia, Spain and Francesca RENAUDIERE, a daughter of Charles RENAUDIERE and Marie Jeanne Del Rio LA RIVIERE of Natchitoches, Louisiana. He shows Juan as being born July 4, 1782 in Natchitoches, and dying in July 1856 in Shelby County, Texas. This date of death is not correct, as Juan and Claire can still be found in Sabine Parish, LA at the time of the 1860 Federal census (unless the census was recorded incorrectly versus that date of death).

      Bill's tree can be found here:

      http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2583124

      Juan/John Maximillian's first wife, and mother of his children, is usually shown by his descendants as Anastacia Sims/Simms/Simes.  William Scott shows her as Anastacia Sims, a daughter of Richard Sims and Maria Conception Perez, and that she was born ca 1793 in San Augustine and died ca 1827 in Sabine County. An article in the November 15, 1972 Beaumont Enterprise, titled "Tiny Geneva To Take a Place in History" indicates that her maiden name of John Sr.'s wife may have instead been "Larendaudiere (French)...being related to his mother."

      He later married a younger woman named Claire, born ca 1810-1812 in Louisiana (census records from 1835, 1850 and 1860). Death date shown as circa 1866 by some.

      At the time of the 1835 Sabine District, Texas census, John and his sons were living with his young wife, Clarie, and eight "servants" (slaves), ranging in age from 51 to 1 years of age. (Schluter, 1835 Census, p15).

      Said to have participated in the Battle of Nacogdoches on 2 August 1832, "Armed with nothing more than shotguns and various types of hunting weapons, the national militia of Nacogdoches, aided by militias from Ayres, Teneha, Sabine, Bevil, Settlement, and San Augustine, fired the opening guns of the Texas Revolution during the Battle of Nacogdoches on August 2, 1832. Colonel Jose de las Piedras commanded his 300 member Mexican garrison from the Old Red House situated on this site. Piedras lost 47 men, with 40-60 wounded. Victory at the Battle of Nacogdoches enabled people of Texas to organize the Texas Revolution without Mexican military intervention." His name, John Maxmillian,  is one of 80 inscribed on the Historical Marker commerating this battle. There were 253 total participants, most of whose identities have been lost. Some descendants show that it was his namesake son, and not John Sr., who actually fought in the battle and is memoralized.

      Shown on the 1835 census as having three son, John, Joseph and Antonio. Subsequent census records can be found for John and Joseph, but not for Antonio. However, an
      A. Maximillian is listed on the "Louisiana, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865", in the Twenty-sixth Infantry (Event Year 1862. Pub. # M320, Film #338).

      John Maximillian Sr was also shown by William Scott to be the father of daughter Marie Louisa, born Feb 1816, and who married Donald McDonald before 1830.

      John was said to have "lived about a mile from the Camino Real and his uncle Pefermo reportedly constructed the Chabana Road, which led to the Sabine River. John owned a ranch, which he sold to Mathew Earl. By 1836, John sold all he owned in Texas to Willis H. Landrum for $5,000 and moved to the Bayou Scie area of Sabine Parish. The article about Geneva, referenced above, shows that sale was actually to W. C. Duffield, who later sold it the Walt and Prudence Strother, and this little Spanish Pueblo became known as Geneva. It appears that John and Clara are listed inthe 1860 census for the Parish. This surname again went through a change from 1850 to 1860. After the 1850 census the surname for this family is listed as Maxey. Both cemetery and census records are found with this change." (Kathy Casagranda, Annotated Sabine Parish 1850 Census, 70).

      In a biography, written by Madge Lois Tipton Strickland, and published in a Daughters of Republic of Texas  publication instead indicated that "he was a native of Austria, but had been visiting his sister, Marie Antoinette, at Versailles, so came from France, and made his home with Juan Ignacio Pifermo at Labonilla Hacienda in Sabine County."
    • (Research):
      Census Listings:

      1835 Census
      Sabine District, Texas
      Name Relationship Marital Status Religion Occupation Age
      John Maxamilion, [Head], Married, Catholic, Farmer, 50
      Clarie, his wife,",",---,25
      John, son, Single, Catholic, Farmer, 22
      Joseph,",",",---,15
      Antonio,son,---,",---,14
      John,Servant,Married,[Religion blank],[Occupation blank],51
      Judy,wife,Servant,Married,",",35
      Manwill,her son,Servant,",",12
      Lucarea,her son,Servant,",",10
      Frank,her son,Servant,",",9
      Susan,her girl,Servant,",",5
      Charles,her son,Servant,",",2
      George, her son,Servant,",",1

      1850 Census
      Louisiana, Sabine Parish
      Enumerated 7 Sept 1850
      225-227
      John Maximillian 72 M Farmer 1800 Louisiana
      Clary Maximillian 48 F La
      226-228
      Joseph Maximillian 30 M Farmer 800 La
      Martha Maximillian 30 F Tenn
      Mary Maximillian 4 La
      227-229
      Edmund Hilder family
      228-230
      Martine Bow family
      229-231
      John Maximillian 37 M Farmer 1000 Tx
      Anna Maximillian 24 F La
      John Maximillian 10 M Tx
      Louisa Maximillian 8 F La
      Margaretta Maximillian 8 F La
      Joseph Maximillian 6 M La
      Ellen Maximillian 5 F La
      Anna Maximillian 4 F La
      Catharine Maximillian 2 F La
      Mary Maximillian 5/12 F La

      1860 Census
      Louisiana, Sabine Parish, PO Many
      Enumerated 5 Jun 1860
      16-16
      John Maxey 47 M Farmer 2100 510 Tx
      Ama Maxey 42 F La
      Louisa Maxey 21 F La
      Joseph Maxey 16 M F L La
      Ellen Maxey 14 F La
      C Maxey 12 F La
      M Maxey 11 F La
      R Maxey 7 F La
      T Maxey 4 M La
      F Maxey 7/12 F La
      17-17
      John Maxey Sr 78 M Farmer 2500 600 La
      C Maxey 55 F La
      18-18
      Jo S Maxey 43 M Farmer 1500 300 La
      M. Mary Rhodus 14 F La
      John Maxey 23 M FL Tx (Appears to be nephew, son of his brother older brother John)
    Person ID I18356  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Family ID F13211  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anastacia "Ana" Sims,   b. Abt 1793, San Augustine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1827, Sabine County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Married Bef 1813 
    Children 
     1. John "Juan" Maximillian, Jr.,   b. Abt 1813, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Joseph "Jose" Maximillian,   b. Abt 1820, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F6727  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S416] Casagranda, Kathy "Sabine Parish The 1850 Census with added Family Information" (May, 1999: P.O. Box 2195, Palmer, Alaska 99645), p 70 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S350] Schluter, Helen Gomer "1835 Sabine District, Texas Census" c. 1983 Distributed by Ericson Books, p 15 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S144] 1850 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1850 United States Federal Census, the Seventh Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age as of the census day, sex, color; birthplace, occupation of males over age fifteen, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1850 Federal Census.), Louisiana, Sabine Parish Enumerated 7 Sept 1850 225-227 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S98] 1860 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004., (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1860 United States Federal Census, the Eighth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age as of the census day, sex, color; birthplace, occupation of males over age fifteen, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1860 Federal Census.), Louisiana, Sabine Parish, PO Many Enumerated 5 Jun 1860 17-17 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S667] RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project, (The WorldConnect Project is a set of tools, which allow users to upload, modify, link, and display their family trees as a means to share their genealogy with other researchers. The program used to day has a genealogy of its own. RootsWeb announced the launch of the World Connect Project on November 10, 1999 after staff members and users submitted 5.5 million records during a four-week beta-testing period. The WorldConnect Project continues to grow, and as of January 2004 had more than 312 million records. GEDCOM is an acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications. It is a file format developed by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It provides a flexible and uniform format for exchanging computerized genealogical data, and allows you to share files with other researchers who may not use the same genealogy program.), http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2583124 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S144] 1850 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1850. M432, 1,009 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1850 United States Federal Census, the Seventh Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, age as of the census day, sex, color; birthplace, occupation of males over age fifteen, and more. No relationships were shown between members of a household. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1850 Federal Census.), Louisiana, Sabine Parish Enumerated 7 Sept 1850 225-227 Shown as age 72, born ca 1778 (Reliability: 3).