B. M. MAXEY, merchant, Xenia, was born in Johnsonville, Wayne Co., Ill., November 25, 1856, and is a son of Joshua C. and Elvira A. (Galbraith) Maxey. The father was born in Jefferson County, Ill., where the Maxey family was one of the earliest to settle. His occupation was that of a farmer. At the breaking-out of the civil war, he was one of the first to answer to his country's call, and enlisted in Company I, Forty-eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served for three years. March 11, 1861, after he had re-enlisted and was on his return to his regiment, he was killed at Louisville, Ky., through the mistake of a guard. His widow, our subject's mother, was born in Marion County, Ill., and is now a resident of Xenia, Ill. She is the mother of three children living, viz., Belle, wife of W. T. Sanders, of DuQuoin, Ill., B. M. and Mattie C. Our subject's life, till he reached the age of seventeen years, was spent at Johnsonville, Ill. He then removed to Xenia with his mother. He attended the common schools of the country, and then the normal and business college at Valparaiso, Ind., completing the teachers' course in 1878. During his life, he has been engaged in teaching for seven years; but in the spring of 1881 he engaged in the drug business in Xenia, and has since added general merchandise, and now carries a stock of goods averaging about $3,500, with annual sales of about $15,000. September 7, 1879, he was married in Xenia, Ill., to Miss Rose Tully, daughter of John and Sarah (Elston) Tully. The father is of an old and prominent family of Marion County, Ill., and the mother is the daughter of Thomas Elston, an Englishman by birth, but who was an early and prominent settler in Albion, Ill., and also a resident in later years of Salem and Xenia. Mr. and Mrs. Maxey are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a member of the Xenia Lodge of I. O. O. F. In politics, he is an active Republican, and has held different offices of trust in the township and village.
Source: 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 162.