Was the son of Francis James Maxwell and Phoebe Jane Parks. He came from a very large family which included Wellington, Alberta, James, Walter, William, Mary Archie, Edward, Thomas, Eliza, Annie, Irving and Charlotte.
The Maxwell family were early settlers in Bancroft and active in their faith. They resided in the area known as Maxwell Settlement and their home was opened for the first meeting of the Plymouth Brethren or Open Brethren Lakeview Assembly in 1885. Tom Maxwell in 1902 had the first meetings of the Bancroft Assembly above his harness shop.
Over the years the Maxwell have had many businesses. Ed had a garage and gas station where the dairy Queen is now located. It was later established where Price Ford is now. Price’s bought the business from Norm Maxwell. The Maxwell family have had keen interest in cars over the years. They have bought and sold them, fixed them, and gassed them up.
Edward started as a General Motors dealer. Ed had the first Chevrolet sedan which was considered a luxury car compared to the old touring model. His sons Wilfred and Gordon followed him into the business. His grandson Norman followed suit. The Maxwell house now owned by Hing Lum, has been a fixture on Hastings Street since before the turn of the last century.