Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America, 1633-1897, by Lorenzo Sayles Fairbanks, A. M. (Washington, 1897). 880 pages, plus a ninety-one page index and fifty interleaved images. Digital Edition on CD-ROM © October 2001.
Inhabitants of this genealogy consist of the immigrant ancestor, Jonathan, and his descendants through ten (and sometimes eleven) additional generations. Jonathan, a native of Sowerby, Yorkshire, settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1633. In 1636, he removed to Dedham, where he built Old Fairbanks House, "which is still standing as an ancient landmark, the oldest dwelling house in New England that, for the same period of time [1636-1897] has been continuously owned and occupied by the builder and his lineal descendants." Jonathan and his wife, Grace had six children -- two daughters and four sons (John, George, Jonas, and Jonathan). Descendants include those of the name "Fairbanks," as well as those who dropped the "s" to become "Fairbank."
Among the illustrious members of the family, the Fairbanks of Saint Johnsbury, Vermont -- the brothers, sisters, and grand-children of Thaddeus, who invented the platform scale -- are especially noteworthy, not only for their technical achievements and business acumen, but also for their prominence in, and beneficence toward, Saint Johnsbury.
In addition to the history of Jonathan and his progeny, the volume features an examination of the orthography of the name; a brief account of Richard Fairbanks and his children (Richard, thought to have been Jonathan's brother, also came to Boston in 1633, but had only two children: Zacheus, who died without progeny at age 13, and Constance, who married Samuel Mattock), lists of Fairbanks who participated in colonial wars or were members of colonial militias; sketches of persons named Fairbanks (or Fairbank) whose lineage had not been traced; a list of persons whose names had been changed (other than by marriage) to or from Fairbanks; and an account of the Old Fairbanks House and its rescue, more than a hundred years ago, from almost certain destruction.
Prominent collateral families include ADAMS, ALLEN, BROWN, CARPENTER, CLARK(E), COLE, DANIEL(S), DAVIS, DEAN(E), ELLIS, FISHER, GATES, GREEN(E), HALL, HILL, HOLBROOK, HOLT, HOWARD, HOWE(S), JOHNSON, JONES, KENDALL, METCALF, MORSE, NICHOLS, PIERCE, REED, RICE, RICHARDSON, RUSSELL, SAWYER, SMITH, STONE, TAYLOR, WHITNEY, WILDER, WILSON, and WOOD(S). For a complete list of families named in the index, see the Name List.
The Digital Edition: Complete, with four text files (4.0 Mb) and fifty-two images (4.9 Mb).
Enhancements: Generation-jumping hyperlinks, hyperlinks to and from errata and addenda, and hyperlinks to images. The "War Rolls" and indexes are published in separate files to facilitate side-by-side comparison with the text file. A small Addendum contains information from the marginal pen-and-ink "corrections" and made by a previous owner of the volume used in the production of the digital edition.
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Another publication of interest to Fairbanks researchers: The Town of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
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