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George Fairbanks

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Capt. George Fairbanks
Born in Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England [uncertain]
Husband of — married in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
Died in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
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George Fairbanks was baptized 28 Nov 1619 in Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England. [1]

He was named in his father's will, dated 01 Jun 1668, as his second son.[2]

Came with his father from England and resided in Dedham until about 1657, when he moved to the south part of Sherborn, afterward Medway, and the Millis. He was the first settler there and was an esteemed citizen, a selectman, and a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. he was drowned Jan. 10, 1682.{{citation needed]]

On 26 Oct 1646, George married Mary Addams in Dedham, Suffolk County, Mass. Bay Colony.[3] She died August 11, 1711 in Mendon.[citation needed]

He died 10 Jan 1682/3 possibly in Medway, and was buried in Old South Cemetery, Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.[4]

"Captain George Fairbanks, son of Jonathan Fairbanks, came from England with his parents, and resided at Dedham until 1657, when he removed to the south part of the new town of Sherborn, afterwards the town of Medway, and now Millis. He was the first settler in the vicinity, and he became a prominent and highly esteemed citizen. He was selectman of Sherborn, and belonged to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston. The homestead passed down through four George Fairbanks in succession, then two Silas Fairbanks, and went out of the hands of the family about 1820. His was the famous stone house on the northern border of Bogistow Pond, in the eastern part of the town, now in Millis. That which has been more recently known as the Fairbanks farm was the southern part of his large landed estate. The stone house was originally the garrison house built by the residents of Bogistow farms as a place of refuge from the Indians. It was 65 by 70 feet long, two stories high, made of flat stones laid in clay mortar, with a double row of portholes on all sides, and was lined with heavy oak plank. The stones have all been carried away, and there is no trace of the house. In 1662 George Fairbanks signed the first petition for the incorporation of the town of Sherborn. He signed also the second and successful petition in 1674, and he had land granted in Sherborn. He was selectman four years, and on the committee to engage the first minister. He was a man of sterling character. His descendants are widely scattered throughout this country, Canada and Nova Scotia. He married, October 26, 1646, Mary Adams, of Dedham, who died August 11, 1711, at Mendon, probably at the home of her son-in-law, William Holbrook."[5]


(from #6 on, born Medway)[6]

  1. Mary, born November 10, 1647; married August 11, 1665, Deacon Joseph Daniels.
  2. George, born May 26, 1650.
  3. Samuel, born October 28, 1652; died November 20, 1676.
  4. Eliesur, born June 8, 1655.
  5. Jonas, born February 23, 1656/7; died November 28, 1676.
  6. Jonathan, born May 1, 1662; died December 18, 1719.
  7. Margaret, born June 27, 1664; married William Holbrook, of Mendon.


  1. Ruth Fairbanks Joseph and James Swan Landberg, "Jonathan Fairbank of Dedham, Massachusetts, and his family in the West Riding of Yorkshire," NEHGS Register, Vol. 166 (July 2012), p. 165
  2. Lorenzo Sayles Fairbanks, Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America 1633-1897 (Boston, MA: pub. by the author [American Printing & Egraving Co.], 1897), pp. 32-33 *Ite I glue & bequeath to George (ffarbanke my secon)d sonne & to his heyers for euer, sixteene pounds the one halle whereof shall be payed to him within the space of one ( .... ) yeare next ensueing after the decease of my said wife; And whereas I haue allready giuen and doe herby confirme to my said sonne George all that my prt in the generaIl deuident (dividend ?) already laid out thro Meadfield & some workinge tooles & such like small things, my will & my mind is, That the said percell of lande and those tooles and other small thing soe giuen shall be all indifferently & Equally aprized and if they shall together amount to the value of eight pounds then it shall be accounted for his first payment.
  3. Don Gleason Hill, compiler, The Record of Baptisms, Marriages & Deaths ... Town of Dedham, MA, 1638-1845 (Dedham, MA: Town of Dedham, 1886), p. 22 "[1646] George Fairebanck & Mary Addams was married the 26 of the 8 mo."
  4., online Memorial #29941598, citing the Medway Historical Society and an account that George was buried with three of his children in this cemetery.
  5. Ellery Bicknell Crane, Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity (N.Y. & Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1907), Vol. 4, p. 192
  6. Ellery Bicknell Crane, Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity (N.Y. & Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1907), Vol. 4, p. 192


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On August 15, 2013 at 13:00GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

really nice work to whoever did the initial citations. Lovely!