Jesse Maze, miller and farmer, section 14, Denver Township, is a son of Lancelot and Mary Maze, natives of Ireland and Pennsylvania, respectively, the former of Irish and the latter of Scotch descent; and he was born in Summit Co., Ohio, May 30, 1811.
When he was three years old his parents moved to Madison Co., Ohio, and located on a farm, and thence to Delaware County, afterwards to Union County, both in the same State, where his father died, when he was in his 13th year. He was thus, at that early age, left to take care of his widowed mother, who soon after moved to Delaware County, where they lived four years, and finally removed to Medina County, where, April 1, 1833, he married Miss Lydia Davis. She was a native of Ohio, and was born Sept. 22, 1813, and died Feb. 16, 1852, in DeKalb Co., Ind. having seven children, four girls and three boys.
In the meantime, Mr. Maze was engaged in milling through various portions of the country, and in 1848 moved to Indiana, where he still followed his trade. April 2, 1856, he married, for a second wife, Mrs. Mary D. (Brown) Peck, daughter of Herman and Mary A. (Gaylord) Brown, who was born in Summit Co., Ohio, Aug. 25, 1824. They have by this union one child, Willie H., born Feb. 18, 1857.
In May, 1860, Mr. Maze moved to Newaygo County, this state, where he operated saw and grist mills until 1864, then returned to Ohio, and in 1858 removed to Illinois, where he lived until 1878, when he again came to this county, settling in Denver Township, where he is now leading a quiet life on 40 acres of land. In politics he is a zealous Republican, and himself and wife belong to the Free Methodist Church.