Jonathan Fairbanks

Jonathan Fairbanks

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Jonathan Fairbanks
Born in Sowerby, Halifax, York, England
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in England
Died in Dedham, Suffolk, Mass. Bay Colony
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Place: Old Village Cemetery, Dedham, Massachusetts

No headstone is extant, unfortunately.

He was born in England, before the year 1600.[1] He married Grace Lee Smith on 20 May 1617 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.[2][3]He came to Boston with his family in 1633, and they remained there about three years, and then settled in Dedham. He was one of the earliest Pioneers. He with others signed the Covenant when the town was established and named. He died in Dedham, Dec. 5, 1668,[4][5] and was buried in the Old Village Cemetery, although no stone is now extant. She died 28th 10 mo. 1673, or 19: 3: 1676. (Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family)


Dated 01 JUN 1668

In the yeare of our Lord one thousand sixe hundred sixty and eight, the first day of the fourth month, com'only called June; I Jonathan ffarbanke of dedham in the Countie of Suffolke, Senior, Being sicke and weake, And expecting that the day of my desolution is drawing neere doe in the name alad feare of God ordaine and make this my Last will & Testamt for the disposelng and settling of the things of this life, with which the Lord hath at prsent Intrusted me in manner & forme as followeth; viz first I commit my soule to God that gave it, Trusting in the alone Righteousnes & mediation of Jesus Christ my Redemet & aduocate, & my body to the earth whence it was taken, to be after my decease Desently buried therein in christian buriall at the discretion of my Executor. In prims I give & bequeath vnto grace my Deere & well beloved wife, All and Every prt & pfcell of my whole moueable Estate whatsoeuer as well within dores as without, namely all my household stuffe, of all & Euery sort & kinde as allso all my cattell of all kinds all my corne cartes ploughs workeing tooles & vtensils of husbandrye all debts due to me & whatsoeuer Ells come within the denomination of moueable Estate & all this I giue and Bequeath to my said wife, to despose of when And to whom shee shall at any time see meete. And more I giue to grace my said wife an Annuitie of Eight pounds pr Annm to be paid to her or her assignee to her vse yearely & euery yeare, in two equall prts. * *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 tho6e 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. * * * And I glue & bequeath to my daughter Mary the wife of Christopher Smith the sume of sixteene pounds, which sixteene pounds I glue to my said daughter in prticuler, And distinct from her husbans Estate & to be allwayes at her dispose, this sixteen pounds to be payed in two equall (sum'es ?) of Eight pounds. * * * Item More I giue to my said daughter Mary Three pounds to purchase her a suite of aparrell to be paid within the space of three months next after my decease. Item. I giue and bequeath to Jonas ffarbanke my third sonne & his heyers for euer the like sume of sixtene pounds to be allso payed in two equal sumes. * * * Item I giue & bequeath to Jonathan ffarebanke my yongest sonne & to his heighers the like sume of sixteene pounds, to be paid allso in two Equal Sum'es. * * * Item I giue and bequeath to Sarah the Eldest daughter of my sonne John flarebanks one young beast betwixt one and two yeares of age, & more three pounds to be payed by my Executor when she shall attaine lawfull age, the young beast before mentioned I Reserue out of the cattell bequeathed to Grace my wife; Item I giue & bequeath to my sonne in lawe Ralph Daye ffourty shillings to be payed within six monthes after my wives decease; Item. I giue & bequeath to each of the foure Children of the said Ralph which he had by my daughter Susan his late wife the sum'e of flourtie shillings to be payd them seuerally as they shall attaine lawfull age pruided all my other Legacies to my three sonnes & my daughter be first payed in manner as is aboue Expressed; Item my mind ~ my will is that all these my legacies aboue bequeathed, the specie or kind of payment whereof is not named shall be all payed in current Contreypayment at price then Currant In ded (ham I glue ~ bequeath) To John ffarebanke my Eldest sonne all my houses &-' lands whatsouer, not being foremerly aboue (mentioned ? togeth)er with all my common Rightes & towne pruiliges whatsoeuer, to haue posses &' injoy the same ( .... ) & his heyers to enter vpon all my lands forthwith after my decease; and all my houses and yardes at the end of foure mo'nthes n(ext followin)g the same; Item I doe nominate apoiht and ordayne John Fairebancke my afforesaid Eldest Sonne, To be my sole Executor to whom I coremitt all nessary trust d~' power Requisite for the due and full prformeance & Execution of this my last will as it belongs or is necessary for an Executor to doe in all & euery prt as is aboue expressed; Item I allso name & intreate my very loueing friends Eleazer Lusher & Petter Woodward Sene to be ouerseers to the performance of this my present will & to be assisting to my aboue named Executor therin as themselues shall see cause, & I doe hereby reueoke & make null & voide all other or former wills whatsouer by me formerly made; & doe auouch & decleare this prsent wrighting, as is aboue herein entered, to be & contayne my true onely & last will & testemant. In wittnss whereof I the said Jonathan ffarebanke Sene haue herevnto subscribed my hand & affixed my seale the day & yeare first aboue written. This a true copy of the will of Jonathan Fayerbank senyore. as attest Daniell filsher. Wiliam Avery.

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  • Source: S158 Title: Dedham, MA, VRs 1635-1845, Record Info: ISBN #0-89725-307-8 Editor: Hanson, Robert B. Publication: Picton Press, Camden, ME, 1997
  • Source: S528 Title: Richards Family [Also Metcalf, Aldis, Stratton, Wiswall, Barrett, Kidder, Peck, Crane, Monfort, and Carman families, all ancestral to Jeremiah Richards, b. 1844, and his wife Susan Adrianna Monfort Author: [Blank] Publication: New York, NY?, 190? Repository: #R104 Call Number: call #G RIC 815
  • Repository: R104 Name: NEHGS Address: City: Boston State: Massachusetts
  • Source: S670 Title: Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America 1633-1897 Author: Fairbanks, Lorenzo Sayles Publication: pub. by the author [American Printing & Egraving Co.], Boston, MA, 1897.
  • Source: S858 Title: Some Descendants of Rev. Leonard Metcalf of Tatterford Parish, Norfolk, England, Mostly those of his son Michael the emigrant to Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1637 Author: Metcalfe, Howard Hurtig Publication: Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 2002

  1. Source: #S670 p. 31
  2. Source: #S528 p. 3
  3. Source: #S670
  4. Source: #S670 p. 31
  5. Source: #S158 p. 388, death record


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On June 28, 2013 Bobbie Hall wrote:

As I child, I lived in Dedham, and the annual school trip to the Fairbanks House was a favorite. The house is beautifully maintained, and authentically furnished. Out of this house, and family stories that we descended from them, grew my interest in genealogy.

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