David Elwell Maxwell was born in the city of Tallahassee, Florida, February 25th, 1843. He was the son of William M. and Rebecca F. Maxwell. His father came to Florida from Georgia, when the former was a territory. He was educated in or near Tallahassee, until 1857, when he attended school in Cambridge, Massachusetts until 1860.
Cooper, John C.
"In Memoriam: David Elwell Maxwell,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 1:
4, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol1/iss4/5