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Solomon VanBuren Maynard
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Birth: Jan. 19, 1836
Granville
Washington County
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 22, 1931
Westfield
Plymouth County
Iowa, USA

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ANCESTRY:
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These Maynards are the direct descendants of John Maynard of Sudbury, Massachusetts. John Maynard was born in about 1630, in Cambridge, England; and, died in 1711, in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
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Various localities and communities by the name of MAYNARD (for example: Maynard, Massachusetts; and, Maynard, Minnesota, etc.), are named in honor of descendants of John Maynard, of Sudbury, Massachusetts.
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Newspaper: LeMars "Globe-Post".
Official Plymouth County [Iowa] Newspaper
Volume 49, Number 95.
Publication Date: Thursday, November 26, 1931.
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OBITUARY:
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SOLOMON MAYNARD, OLDEST WESTFIELD MAN, SUCCUMBS.
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Westfield, Iowa: Solomon Maynard, nearly 96 years old, the oldest person in Westfield, and one of the earliest pioneers of Union County, South Dakota, died [Sunday morning, November 22, 1931] at his Westfield home.
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Mr. Maynard was born in 1836 in New York state. He was one of a family of 10 children. When he was a small lad the family moved to Wisconsin, and later to Minnesota, so he was a pioneer in three states. While living in Minnesota, he enlisted and served in the Civil War and in 1868 he arrived in Union County [Dakota Territory] and homesteaded two miles north of Richland. This was his home for 46 years, until his [1914] removal to Westfield [Plymouth County, Iowa], 17 years ago when he purchased a home there. A son still farms the homestead.
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When Mr. Maynard arrived in Union County he was already married, but his wife [Mary Arvilla Crane Maynard], her father, [Chauncey Ellis Crane], and a niece were drowned when attempting to cross the Sioux River in 1877. A few years before that his 5 year old son [Sidney Champ Maynard, 1866-1869] had been shot and killed by a neighbor boy. Many tragedies and adventures marked his long life. About four years ago four robbers tortured him and his daughter and stole $2,500. The daughter never has been able to speak since. Blizzards, floods, drought, grasshoppers, prairie fires and mining and logging in early day Deadwood were some of the events of his earlier life, and up to the past few years he traveled extensively, spending his winters in the south. He is survived by four children and 17 grandchildren.
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*NOTE # 1: Solomon Maynard was the son of Rufus Maynard & Chloe Wheat. Rufus Maynard was the son of Reuben Maynard(1752-1829) and Mary Edwards.

NOTE # 2: Solomon Maynard did not remarry after his beloved wife, Mary Arvilla (Crane) Maynard, died so tragically in 1877, while fording the Big Sioux River with other family members. So many decades later, Solomon and Mary are reunited; and, are buried near one another in the Richland Cemetery, in Union County, South Dakota. [NOTE: The cemetery is located few miles North of Elk Point, South Dakota].
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[Obituary transcribed by Cathy Porter-Maynard].
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BIOGRAPHY OF SOLOMON MAYNARD:
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MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
of Turner, Lincoln, Union and Clay Counties, South Dakota.
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Containing Biographical Sketches of Hundreds of Prominent Old Settlers and Representative Citizens, with a Review of their Life Work; their Identity with the Growth and Development of these Counties; Reminiscences of Personal History and Pioneer Life; and other Interesting and Valuable Matter which should be Preserved in History.
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ILLUSTRATED
CHICAGO.
Author: George A. Ogle & Companyt (1897).
Publishers, Engravers and Book Manufacturers.
1897.
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BIOGRAPHY INDEX:
Maynard, Salmon. [Pages 243-244].
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SALMON MAYNARD, who is engaged in the pursuit of agriculture near Richland, Union county, located on the property where he now lives in 1869, having previously decided on settling on the land where the Centennial mill now stands, but did not file on it, after which he entered 200 acres which is his present home.
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Mr. Maynard was born in Granville, Washington county, N. Y., in 1836, a son of Rufus and Cloey (Wheat) Maynard, the former a native of Massachusetts and the latter probably from Vermont. *Samuel Maynard [ERROR. PLEASE SEE NOTE# 1, ATTACHED BELOW*], the grandfather of our subject, was a native of the "old Bay state," and served during the Revolutionary war participating in the celebrated battle of Bunker Hill. The Maynard family are English descent, four brothers having emigrated to this country in early colonial times. Rufus Maynard in 1847 moved to Walworth county, Wis., settling near Geneva; there he bought land and lived till his family were grown, when he came to Winona county, Minn., and settled near St. Charles. His death occurred while residing there about 1882, Mrs. Maynard having died in Wisconsin. He served for a time during the war of 1812, and was on the battlefield of Plattsburg just after the engagement closed, his regiment having been marched seventy miles to take part in this battle.
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He was a pensioner on the rolls of the government for the part he took in this war. He and his wife were the parents of fifteen children, only four of whom still survive, viz.: Porter Samuel, Salmon, Caroline and Betsy O.
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Salmon Maynard's boyhood after he was ten years of age, was passed in Wisconsin, where he received an education in the common schools. While in Minnesota he enlisted in the Third Minnesota battery, this being in 1865, and was transferred to the frontier of Minnesota and northern Dakota to keep the Indians quiet. In this service he remained a little over a year. After the war he returned to Minnesota, where he lived till his settlement in Union county, Dak. , as above stated. He erected a small frame house at first which is yet standing, and is still occupied as a part of his dwelling. At present his farm consists of 280 acres of very fine land, all lying along the bottom of the Sioux river. He has held many of the offices of the township, and is interested in all that pertains to the welfare of the community.
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Mr. Maynard was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Crane, in Minnesota, who has borne him seven children, viz.: Rufus, Oranous, Elthina, Lillie, Chauncy, Otis and Champ. The latter was accidentally shot by a playmate when he was five years old, from the effects of which he died. Mr. Maynard is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Elk Point lodge, Master degree, and a Republican in politics.
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*NOTE/CORRECTION # 1: Solomon Maynard was the son of Rufus Maynard & Chloe Wheat; and, the GRANDSON of Reuben Maynard(1752-1829), and Mary Edwards.

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[MEMORIAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD of Solomon Maynard: Transcribed by Cathy Porter-Maynard].
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 Parents:
  Rufus Maynard (1790 - 1871)
  Chloe E. Wheat Maynard (1795 - 1846)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Arvilla Crane Maynard (1839 - 1877)
 
 Children:
  Rufus W. Maynard (1859 - 1913)*
  Oranous W Maynard (1862 - 1910)*
  Sidney Champ Maynard (1865 - 1869)*
  Elthina Maynard (1865 - 1933)*
  Lillie Viola Maynard Cook (1870 - 1962)*
  Chauncey Claud Maynard (1871 - 1947)*
  Otis Rollo Maynard (1876 - 1972)*
 
 Siblings:
  Reuben Edward Maynard (1815 - 1893)*
  Norman Alanson Maynard (1819 - 1861)*
  Mary Lestina Maynard Buell (1827 - 1855)*
  Samuel Porter Maynard (1828 - 1909)*
  Nathan Champe Maynard (1831 - 1857)*
  Solomon VanBuren Maynard (1836 - 1931)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Richland Cemetery
Richland
Union County
South Dakota, USA
 
Created by: Cathy Porter-Maynard
Record added: Nov 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61324031
Solomon VanBuren Maynard
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Solomon VanBuren Maynard
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ANCESTRY: The Maynards in this family are the direct descendants of John Maynard of Sudbury, Massachusetts.
-Anonymous
 Added: Oct. 19, 2015
Remembering Solomon Maynard, an early Dakota Territory (Union County, S.D.), PIONEER; and, his family (and, descendants). The Maynards were and will always be, a "Salt of the Earth" family who, with unwavering courage, stood strong for all that is 'right ...(Read more)
-Anonymous
 Added: Apr. 19, 2015

- Tom Mauer
 Added: Dec. 7, 2011
 
 
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