Person:Jonathan Fairbanks (5)

m. 6 Aug 1593
  1. Jonathan Fairbanksest 1594 - 1668
  • HJonathan Fairbanksest 1594 - 1668
  • WGrace Smithest 1597 - 1673
m. 20 May 1617
  1. John Fairbanks1617/18 - 1684
  2. George Fairbanks1619 - 1682/83
  3. Mary Fairbanks1621/22 - 1684
  4. Jonas Fairbanks1625 - 1675/76
  5. Susan Fairbanks1627 - 1659
  6. Jonathan Fairbanksest 1629 - 1711/12
Facts and Events
Name[1][2] Jonathan Fairbanks
Alt Name[1] Jonathan Fairbank
Gender Male
Birth[1] est 1594 Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (probably)Estimate based on date of birth of sibling.
Marriage 20 May 1617 Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandto Grace Smith
Emigration[1] est 1636
Reference Number? Q6273072?
Will[2] 1 Jun 1668 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Death[2][3] 5 Dec 1668 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Probate[2] 26 Jan 1668/69 Will proved.
Burial[4] Old Village Cemetery, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

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Jonathan Fairbanks (1594 – December 5, 1668) was an English colonist born in Heptonstall, Halifax, Yorkshire, England who immigrated to New England in 1633. Around 1636 Fairbanks built the Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts which is today the oldest surviving wood framed house in North America.

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Fairbanks, Alaska was named after his descendant U.S. vice president Charles Warren Fairbanks.


Reprinted in NEHGR, 19:32 (1865).

On record at Suffolk County, Mass, June 1, 1668.

I, Jonathan Farebanck, of Dedham, in the Countie of Suffolke, senior, being sick and weake, and expecting that the day of my dissolution is drawing nigh, make this my last will.

I Give unto Grace my wife, all and Every part and parcell of my whole moveable Estate whatsoever....All unto my said wife, to dispose of when and to whome shee shall at any time see meete. I Give to my said wife, an annuety of £28 p' ann. to bee paid to her or her assignes to her vse yearely, in two equall parts...during her life. ...

To George Farebanck, my second son, and his heires, forever, £16, the one halfe to bee paid him within the yeare next Ensuing after the decease of my wife. [Describes land and shop already given]

And then my mind is, that my dau. Mary, shall have her first payment within the first yeare of my wives decease, otherwise she is to tarry til the second year. I give my dau. Mary, the wife of Christopher Smith the sum of £16, which I give to my said dau. distinct from her husband's estate... [explains terms are to be same as George's]

To Jonas Farebanck my third sonn, and to his heires forever, the like sum of £16...

Unto Jonathan Farebanck, my youngest sonne, and his heires, the like sum of £16... [same terms as above, all are to be paid in order each year]

I give to Sarah, the eldest dau. of my son John Farebanck one yong beast between one and 2 years of age. And more, three points to be paid by my Executor when she shall attain Lawfull Age.

To my sonn in Law, Ralph Day, 40s., to bee paid within six monthes after my wives decease. I give to Each of the fowre Children of the said Ralph, which he had by my dau. Susan, his late wife, 40s., to be paid them severally, as they shall attain Lawfull Age, provided all my other Legacies to my Three sonns and my dau. bee first paid, in manner as is above exprest.

To John Farebanck, my Eldest sonn, all my Houses and Lands whatsoever and not being formerly above in this my will disposed of, together with my Common Rights and Towne privileges whatsoever, to him and his heirs forever, to enter upon all my Lands forthwith after my decease....

I ordain John Farebanck, my Eldest sonn, to bee my sole Executor. I entreat my very Loving friends Mr. Eliazer Lusher and Peter Woodward senior to be Overseers.

Witnesses deposed Jan. 26, 1668[9]. Inventory taken 16:10:1668.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Joseph, Ruth Fairbanks, and James Swan Landberg. Jonathan Fairbank of Dedham, Massachusetts: and His Family in the West Riding of Yorkshire. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Jul 2012), 166:178.

    "Child of JohnA Fairbank and possibly his first wife or, more likely, his second wife Isabella Staincliffe: … Jonathan1 Fairbank, b. either ca. 1592 to the first wife ─ or to Isabella Staincliffe before or after 18 May 1595, when her daughter Susan was baptized. He m. Halifax 20 May 1617 Grace Smith of Warley. They immigrated to New England probably in 1636 (before 23 March 1636/7) with their six children."

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jonathan Fairbanks, in Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 2:136.

    "Jonathan (Fairbanks), Dedham, the progenit. I presume, of all this fam. name now in N. E. came with w. Grace and prob. all his six ch. bef. 1641, d. 5 Dec. 1668. His will of 1 June in that yr. pro. 26 Jan. foll. provides for or ment. w. Grace, eldest s. John; sec. George; Mary, w. of Christopher Smith; third s. Jonas; and Jonathan, the youngest; Sarah, eldest d. of s. John; s.-in-law Ralph Day, and ea. of the four ch. he had by my d. Susan, his late w. and largest portion to s. John. He was prob. from the W. riding of Yorksh. as the will of his uncle George calls him of Sowerby in that part of Eng."

  3. Hill, Don Gleason, Editor. The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and Intentions of Marriage: in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, Volumes 1 & 2. 1635-1845 With an Appendix Containing Records of Marriages Before 1800, Returned from Other Towns, Under the Statute of 1857. (Dedham, Mass.: Town of Dedham, 1886), 11.

    "Jonath. Fairebanck, deceased 5 Dec., 1668."

  4. Jonathan Fairbanks, Sr, in Find A Grave.