The Family Fairbanks

The Fairbanks house is still standing in Dedham, Mass. even though Indians burned the
house next door.

The name is sometimes spelled Fayerbanke.

The house is open and maintained by the Dedham Historical Society.

Hundreds of visitors go every summer to see the old house, but there are many more, living, too, within easy distance from it, who know nothing at all of its history, or think that it has any more claim for consideration than any house not half its age. It stands, nestling cozily in a grassy dell, just at the corner of East Street and the short road across the meadows that lie between East Street and Dedham, known as the "Willow Road," because for more than half its way it is fringed on both sides by luxuriant willow growths. This road is a "modern convenience," and its construction was frowned upon by the three old ladies who, twenty years ago, lived together in the family homestead.  It made the road to the village shorter by half than the old way, but that had no weight with the inflexible women, who had inherited all the decision and firmness of a long line of Puritan ancestors. They protested against the building of the road, but when it was built, in spite of their protests, it is said that they declared they never would use it, and they kept their word. Constant attendants of the old Congregational Church in Dedham, they went persistently the longest way round, rather than, even for their own convenience, show any toleration for what they so honestly opposed. "Set in their ways," the neighbors called them and so they were, "for conscience sake." There will be more to tell about them later on.

The house is surrounded by old Elm trees that have for years guarded it and shielded it from the too scorching sun of summer and the too searching winds of winter; the branches of these venerable trees interlace over the mossy roof and make a most perfect shade. It is a sunny corner, and in the winter, when the leaves are off the trees and shrubs, every corner is filled with brightness.

The builder of this house, Jonathan Fairbanks, came from Sowerby, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, in 1633. The family was an old one even then, and among the treasures still preserved in the old house are pieces of china and furniture that were old when they crossed the sea with Jonathan Fairbanks, thirteen years after the Mayflower found its way to the New England shores. This founder of the Fairbanks family in America settled first in Boston. He lived in that town for three years, and at the end of that time he went to Dedham and built him a house, the one that, standing still after a lapse of two hundred  and fifty years, (at the time of this writing) is the subject of this sketch. The town which the Puritan Fairbanks had chosen for a home was settled in the year 1635, and was called Contentment. The grant of land which it then comprised embraced the present towns of Medfield, Wrentham, Needham, Bellingham, Walpole, Norfolk, Franklin, Dover, Natick, Norwood and parts of Sherborn and Hyde Park. It was incorporated on the 8th of Sep.,  1636, and named from Dedham in Essex County, England, the name Contentment not suiting the residents. It was in this year, the year that saw the incorporation of the Norfolk County town, that Jonathan Fairbanks built his house. The windows and furnishings came from England, the frame was of solid oak, and the house was built in the thorough fashion that is now almost unknown. The windows had the same lozenge-shaped glass set in lead frames that we see in old English houses to-day. These windows were long ago replaced by wooden ones, but the original windows are still preserved, although some of them are quite badly broken; still enough remains to give an idea of the quaint look which they gave to the house. Jonathan Fairbanks lived to a ripe old age and died in 1668, leaving six children, of whom the eldest, John, was in possession of the old homestead.

John Fairbanks is mentioned in the early history of Dedham as being sent by the selectman in 1663, in company with another Dedham pioneer , whose descendants still live in the town, Daniel Fisher, to examine the land at Deerfield, the called Petumtuck. From him the homestead descended to his son Joseph. The family has always been well-known and highly respected in the town, and the name often occurs in the town annals. There has been little modernizing of the interior of the house; it remains in the form and finish very much as it was when it was when it was first built. It has an ancient gambrel roof, and the sides and roof are both moss grown, showing extreme old age. There is the old "lean-to," as it was called, the roof of which, extending from the roof of the house, reaches nearly to the ground. In the "lean-to" was the dairy. It looks toward the west, has low, latticed windows, and across one side are the heavy oaken shelves which used to hold the pans of milk. Here is the old cheese press, which did yeoman service for many years, standing in the same corner in which it has always stood, although it is many a long year since it has been used. The house is filled with old furniture and crockery that would tempt the purse of any lover of the antique. Even the Fairbanks' cats drink their milk out of ancient blue saucers that would drive a collector wild with envy and desire. Oh! the cupboards and chests and boxes in that house! They are a very El Dorado of delight to the fortunate one who is privileged to look through them, under Miss Rebecca's careful and loving guidance.

Every piece has its history, every article its story of association. The old kitchen, facing to the south, and looking out over the meadows that, in the summer, are one streak of green,  is the room in which most of the interest seems to centre. The ceilings are low -- so low that a tall person can hardly stand upright in it. The beams of solid oak, blackened by the smoke of years, give a somber look to the room. The old fireplace has been closed up, and a modern cook-stove has been introduced, but on hooks across the beams still rests the old flintlock, which was brought from England by Jonathan Fairbanks. Generation after generation, as they passed away, instructed their successors to keep the old family gun in the iron rests put into the beam for it by its original owner. The fact that the gun hung in its place until recently, shows how carefully the injunction has been obeyed. It is a contrast to the rifles used to-day, but it has, no doubt, served its purpose well, and been used as a defense against savages and wild beasts. It is six feet and four inches long, and is too heavy to be lifted easily, or carried comfortably. (*) The old iron

lamp still hangs here. It is a sort of boat, which, when it was used, was filled with lard oil. The wick was coiled about in the oil, the end projecting slightly above a small spout at one side. The light that it emits is about equal to the glimmer of a glow-worm, but it was accounted sufficient in those days, when, in addition to its light, there was the glow from the roaring wood fire in the wide old fireplace, the light from which illuminated every corner of the room, and made dancing shadows on the low walls. People in those days did not use light in the lavish fashion which we do; they kept early hours. For all the needs of that time, the lone dip was quite sufficient. This lamp hangs on a support, which admits of its being raised or lowered at will, and it could be adjusted to any height or position desired. In the daytime, it was raised so as to hang against the beam. There are the hooks where the crooked-necked squashes and the bunches of herbs used to hang. One can fancy the old kitchen festooned with these, and with links of sausage and horns and strings of dried apples. The heavy old oaken chairs still stand in this room, and the oaken tables and settle.



IN THE "KEEPING-ROOM” or parlor is the closet where the old china is kept. Here is one piece of '1old Dutch delft,'1 that is literally worth more than its weight in gold. It has been broken, but was carefully mended, so that not a piece is lost, and it still retains its quaint shape, unmarred by nick. It is in the shape of a nautilus shell, is pure white, with a raised shell-like design about the edge, and it is very delicate in texture. These dishes are very rare. It is believed there are but three in this country. One is in possession of John Quincy Adams; another, it is supposed, has become the property of a collector, and this one at the Fairbanks house, which will probably go, when Miss Rebecca is ready, to the Art Museum in Boston. In this closet are the pewter platters and salvers which were once the delight of the housekeeper's heart. One of them is very old, and bears upon it the crest of King Richard III. There is a set of blue and white plate, queer blue figures on a white ground, supposed to be floral, but looking very fat and funny, quite unlike anything that is found in any botany. There are other pieces of old blue ware, that show less white, and the ground is a deep bright blue with a high glaze. There is a set of hand-painted china that is said to be very old, and some green ware that is older still. Decanters of various sizes are reminders of the time when "spirits" were as commonly seen as tea and coffee are now; and there are quaint little wine glasses with rather abortive attempts at engraving on them, which were accounted "marvelous fine and pretty" in their day, and which are among the earliest specimens of engraved glass in this country. The tall japanned coffeepot, with the initials of Jonathan Fairbanks oh the side, keeps watch over all this closet full of quaint old china, and, by its side, fat and comfortable, nestles the old pewter tea-pot. In vain have collectors tried to purchase even one piece of this precious china; money was no temptation; it could not be bought, but, if the house is sold, the china must go, too, and it will not be long, probably, before it is sold. A great deal of it will go to the Vermont branch of the Fairbanks family, and so will much of the furniture, but there will be then TREASURE TROVE FOR COLLECTORS.


Next to this closet, the most fascinating places in the house are two chambers upstairs, where a great many queer old things are preserved. In one room, the room in which all the Fairbanks children, for generations, were born, is the little wooden cradle in which they were all rocked. It is by no means the luxurious affair of to-day, but it is strong, and, like everything else, is made of white oak. In this room is the old mahogany writing-desk, and in one of the pigeon-holes is a veritable ink-horn, with the old quill pen and the receptacle for ink underneath, which could be closely covered and carried in the pocket. This is a veritable curiosity to most persons, for they are not often seen nowadays. In the old chest are old laces and embroideries, old dresses made in the queer fashions of one hundred and one hundred and fifty years ago. Here, too, are the samplers wrought in cross-stitch, with all the letters of the alphabet, queer figures of impossible flower pots, with most improbable plants and blossoms growing out of them, and a highly moral verse of four lines in one corner. Rolls of old rewards of merit, printed in quaint letters, with an eagle at the top, announce that Nancy and Sally Fairbanks are commended for "good and amiable scholarship." These bear the dates of eighty years ago, and they were treasured most carefully by the little girls who won them, who afterwards grew up to be the inflexible women who would not go to meeting over the new Willow Road. But, in spite of this, they kept their reputation for amiability, and were great favorites with the young people, who used to visit them, to hear the stories of the olden time. And they had a fund of them at their command, which they never wearied of telling to their young visitors and friends. There is in this same chest



A WONDERFUL ROLL, which Nancy exhibited on one of the school public days, as a proof of her penmanship. It has the alphabet in various kinds of letters, in van-colored inks; there is ornamental work of all kinds, that was taught as a part of penmanship in those days; there are old maxims and chronicled historical events--all these form an elaborate border for the centre, which was a copy of the then celebrated poem of "Edwin and Angelina," written in script that, although quaint and old fashioned in style, is none the less as clear as print. Miss Rebecca is going to have it framed by and by, as the most treasured relic of the past which she possesses. Nancy Fairbanks was accounted a fine scholar, and very accomplished for the time in which she lived, and, since her death, it has transpired that she would have had "literary aspirations," had such things been the fashion in her day. She did write verses, but the only relative to whom she confided the fact begged her to keep them to herself, else "folks would think she was weakening." The relative told Miss Rebecca of this after her aunt's death, and she looked in vain for the poetry. The dear old lady must have destroyed it after her rebuff by the unappreciative relative. The old bandboxes, which would appall the belle of today, if she was obliged to carry them about with her, are filled with old fashioned bonnets, queer enough, but of such straw as no one sees the like of nowadays, and thick ribbons that are beautiful even in their age, heavier and richer than any that could be bought nowadays at any price. The other room is a veritable museum. Here is an old covered oaken chest of the time of Elizabeth, that came over with Jonathan Fairbanks, filled with English goods; here are the old four-post mahogany bedsteads with canopied tops, the ox saddle, the funny old fire-irons, the grain shovels, cut by hand out of one solid piece of oak, the brass warming-pans with elaborate engraving on the covers, the foot-stoves, which used to be filled with hot coals and carried to meeting to keep the feet warm during the two hours' service in the barren meeting-house, guiltless of fire. It is a queer mixture, old England and New England together, and it is a real matter of regret that they are all to be separated from the old house and from each other, after so many years of association. It is a genuine museum of curiosities, and every object has an association with a past that is full of interest.


To the Editor of the Transcript:

That famous old landmark of the Colonial and Revolutionary days, the old Fairbanks House in Dedham, is doomed to destruction. It is of historic interest as being one of the oldest houses in America. Built in 1636 by Jonathan Fairbanks, the founder of the Fairbanks family in America, ninety-six years before Washington was born and but sixteen years after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, its quaint gables and picturesque architecture, as well as the magnificent elms surrounding it, mark it as one of the most delightful of the old landmarks of New England. Thus it stands today in a state of good preservation, with its ancient furniture intact, having withstood the vicissitudes of war and the ravages of time for more than two hundred and sixty-one years. During this whole period it has always been owned and occupied by the same family. It has a most interesting history. The frame was brought from Yorkshire, England, in 1633, at which time Jonathan Fairbanks, with his wife and six children, came to America. There being no roads at that time, there is little doubt that they sailed up the beautiful Charles River, and, attracted by the resemblance of the country to the English parks, chose the site of the house on which to build their home in the New World. The homestead has always been the property of their descendants, one of whom, Ebenezer, Jr., was a member of the Minute Men of 1776, and a man of considerable note. The house was left to his children, and descended finally to Miss Rebecca Fairbanks, who was obliged to sell it two years ago to John Crowley, a real estate dealer in Dedham.


The picturesque old house is too well known to need further description here. Its sloping roof reaching nearly to the ground, the low doorways, and the whole effect of the house set among the trees, is exceedingly picturesque. During the summer throngs of visitors from Maine to California visit this famous dwelling. The adjoining property has been laid out into "Fairbanks Park," and this old house will soon be doomed to destruction, as it stands on a valuable corner lot containing 38,000 square feet of land. Mr. Crowley offers to sell the property for just what he paid for it, $4,500, if an effort can be made to save it from destruction.


The purpose of this appeal is to try to arouse in the members of the patriotic societies here in Massachusetts a sense of the duty which they owe to themselves and to their country to try to preserve for Massachusetts this interesting relic of the Colonial days. There are 5,000 members of the patriotic societies alone in Massachusetts. If each would contribute a little, the preservation of this famous old landmark would be assured. Miss Rebecca Fairbanks leaves the house on May 1. If the house can be preserved she will leave in it the ancient furniture and relics identified with its history. Will the "Sons" and "Daughters" of Massachusetts allow this famous old house to be destroyed?


If the preservation of the house can be assured, a chapter of the Society of the Daughters of the Revolution, which is incorporated under the laws of the [Image for Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family ] Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will be responsible for the care of the house, or a board of trustees may be chosen from members of the different patriotic societies. It is hoped that this appeal will find an echo in the hearts of those to whom the history of their country is dear, and that a generous response will be made to help save to Massachusetts this famous relic of the Colonial days.


All patriotic citizens of Massachusetts are asked to contribute, and the names of the donors will be preserved for future reference in the old house.


Any questions will be cheerfully answered and subscriptions, however small, will be received and acknowledged in the Transcript by -



Mrs. NELSON V. TITUS, Treasurer Fund for Preservation Fairbanks House.




Boston, April 3, 1897.


To the Editor of the Transcript:

It is with much satisfaction that I write to say that the preservation of the "old Fairbanks House" in Dedham is assured, thanks to the patriotism and generosity of two ladies, members of the Society of the Daughters of the Revolution. In response to my appeal in the Transcript of Saturday, the mail of Monday morning brought me not only the offer from Mrs. J. Amory Codman and her daughter, Miss Martha C. Codman, of the entire amount of the purchase money, $4,500, but also checks to the amount of nearly $1,000 more.


The latter will be returned to the donors with many thanks. The preservation of the "old Fairbanks House" is now assured, and Miss Fairbanks may be permitted to occupy it if she so desires.


Thanking the ladies and gentlemen who so nobly responded to my appeal to save this famous old landmark, and the Transcript for its cordial endorsement of this patriotic work.




BOSTON, April 8, 1897.





On April 12, 1897, the Fairbanks Chapter of Dedham, of the Society of the Daughters of the Revolution was organized in the Old Fairbanks House, by Miss Sarah E. Hunt, Regent of the State Society of Massachusetts, assisted by Mrs. W. H. Emery, Vice-Regent. Mrs. Charles H. Fisher of Hyde Park, Mass., was appointed Regent of the new Chapter. Mrs. J. Amory Codman and her daughter Miss Martha C. Codman, whose patriotism and generosity saved the old house were present, besides other Regents of the different Chapters of the society, throughout the State, and many Dedham ladies with invited guests. The Fairbanks Chapter expects to hold monthly meetings in the old house.


(*)This gun is now in the possession of Rev. Henry Fairbanks, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., who secured it that it might be more carefully preserved than it could be in the old house. 



Modified Register for Jonathan or Juthen FAIRBANKS 


First Generation


1. Jonathan or Juthen FAIRBANKS was born about 1590 in Sowerby, West Riding, York, England. He died on 5 Dec 1668 in Dedham, Mass..

The Fairbanks house is still standing in Dedham, Mass. even though Indians burned the
house next door.

His name is sometimes spelled Fayerbanke.

Some documents say he was born in Halifax. I am not sure yet which is correct.

Jonathan died by drowning in Sherborn or Dedham, Mass.

He immagrated to Boston, America in 1633.

Admitted a freeman in 1642.

Jonathan married Grace LEE in 1615 in England. Grace was born in England. She died on 28 Oct 1673.

They had the following children:

+ 2 M i. Capt. George FAIRBANKS was born estimated 1625. He died on 10 Jan 1682/1683.

+ 3 M ii. John FAIRBANKS was born about 1616. He died on 13 Nov 1684.

4 F iii. Mary FAIRBANKS was born on 18 Apr 1622 in England.
Mary married (1) Michael METCALF on 2 Feb 1643/1644. Michael died before 1654.
Mary married (2) Christopher SMITH on 2 Jun 1654.

immagrated to America 1633 at Boston.

5 F iv. Susan FAIRBANKS was born in England. She died on 8 Jul 1659.
Susan married Ralph DAY on 12 Aug 1647. Ralph was born in Dedham, Mass..

immagrated 1633 at Boston.

6 M v. Jonas FAIRBANKS was born in England. He died on 12 Feb 1675/1676.

Immagrated 1633 at Boston, Mass. His date of death suggests that it may have been
King Phillip's War.

Jonas married Lydia PRESCOTT on 28 May 1658.

7 M vi. Jonathan FAIRBANKS was born in England. He died on 28 Jan 1711/1712.

Immagrated in 1633 to Boston.

Jonathan married Deborah SHEPARD in 1653.

Second Generation

2. Capt. George FAIRBANKS (Jonathan or Juthen) was born estimated 1625. He died on 10 Jan 1682/1683.

Immigrated in 1633 to Boston, Mass.

George married Mary ADAMS daughter of Henry ADAMS on 26 Sep 1646 in Dedham, Mass.. Mary was born on 26 Aug 1626 in Somersetshire, England. She died on 11 Aug 1711 in Worcester, Mass..

They had the following children:

+ 8 M i. Eleaser FAIRBANKS was born on 8 Apr 1655.

3. John FAIRBANKS (Jonathan or Juthen) was born about 1616 in Sowerby, West Riding, York, England. He died on 13 Nov 1684.

John immagrated 1633 to Boston, Mass.
Signed covenant and admitted Townsman of Dedham, Mass by 1642.

John married Sarah FISKE in 1641. Sarah died on 26 Sep 1683.

They had the following children:

9 M i. Joshua FAIRBANKS was born on 26 Mar 1642. He died on 5 Dec 1643 in Dedham, Mass..

10 M ii. John FAIRBANKS was born on 7 Dec 1643.

11 F iii. Srah FAIRBANKS was born on 9 Oct 1645.
Srah married ??? SAWYER on 26 Jun 1688.

12 M iv. Jonathan FAIRBANKS was born on 10 Sep 1648 in Dedham, Mass.. He died on 3 Jan 1661/1662.

13 F v. Mary FAIRBANKS was born on 25 Oct 1650 in Dedham, Mass.. She died on 31 Oct 1650 in Dedham, Mass..

14 F vi. Martha FAIRBANKS was born on 25 Oct 1650.

+ 15 M vii. Joseph B. FAIRBANKS was born on 3 Oct 1656. He died on 14 Jun 1734.

16 F viii. Hannah FAIRBANKS was born on 10 Dec 1657.
Hannah married Samuel DEERING on 26 Jun 1688. Samuel was born in Milton, Mass..

17 M ix. Benjamin FAIRBANKS was born on 17 Dec 1661.

Third Generation

8. Eleaser FAIRBANKS (George, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 8 Apr 1655.

Eleaser's wifes name was Martha.

Eleaser had the following children:

+ 18 M i. Capt. Eleasur FAIRBANKS was born on 29 Dec 1690. He died about 19 Sep 1741.

15. Joseph B. FAIRBANKS (John, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 3 Oct 1656 in Dedham, Mass.. He died on 14 Jun 1734.

He married Dorcas in 1683. Dorcas died Jan 9, 1737/8. He was made a freeman of
Dedham in May 1678 at age 22. The Francestown book says he died in Jan 1734.

Joseph had the following children:

19 F i. Dorcas FAIRBANKS was born on 14 Jan 1685/1686 in Dedham, Mass..
Dorcas married (1) James HUMPHRYS on 20 May 1714. James was born in Wrentham, Mass.. He died before 1735.
Dorcas married (2) William WOODWARD on 9 Jul 1735. William was born in Dedham, Mass.. He died before 1751.
Dorcas married (3) Andrew BLAKE on 7 Aug 1751. Andrew was born in Wrentham, Mass..

+ 20 M ii. Joseph FAIRBANKS was born on 26 Apr 1687. He died before 1756.

Fourth Generation

18. Capt. Eleasur FAIRBANKS (Eleaser, George, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 29 Dec 1690 in Sherborn, Mass.. He died about 19 Sep 1741 in Sherborn, Mass..

Capt. married Martha BULLARD daughter of Capt. Samuel BULLARD.. Martha was born estimated 1691.

They had the following children:

+ 21 F i. Deborah FAIRBANKS was born on 12 Nov 1719. She died on 12 Sep 1775.

20. Joseph FAIRBANKS (Joseph B., John, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 26 Apr 1687 in Dedham, Mass.. He died before 1756.

he did after 1751

Joseph married Abigail DEANE daughter of John DEANE on 5 Mar 1715/1716. Abigail was born on 12 Jun 1694 in Dedham, Mass.. She died on 31 Dec 1750.

They had the following children:

22 M i. Joseph FAIRBANKS was born on 21 May 1717. He died on 27 Nov 1794 in Winthop, ME.
Joseph married Francis ESTIE . Francis was born in Stoughton.

23 M ii. John FAIRBANKS was born on 9 Dec 1718.
John married Mary LEWIS on 30 Nov 1753.

24 F iii. Abigail FAIRBANKS was born on 9 Mar 1720/1721. She died on 20 Sep 1798.

+ 25 M iv. Isreal FAIRBANKS was born on 28 May 1723. He died on 25 Feb 1809.

26 F v. Sarah FAIRBANKS was born on 4 Jun 1726 in Dedham, Mass.. She died on 11 Sep 1749.

27 M vi. Samuel FAIRBANKS was born on 14 Sep 1728 in Dedham, Mass.. He died on 28 Mar 1812.
Samuel married Mary DRAPER on 15 May 1752.

28 M vii. Ebenezer FAIRBANKS was born on 22 Sep 1732. He died on 11 Feb 1812.
Ebenezer married Prudence FARRINGTON on 16 Dec 1756.

29 M viii. Benjamin FAIRBANKS was born on 17 Aug 1739 in Dedham, Mass..
Benjamin married Sarah KINGSBURY on 9 Sep 1762.

Fifth Generation

21. Deborah FAIRBANKS (Capt. Eleasur, Eleaser, George, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 12 Nov 1719 in Sherborn, Mass.. She died on 12 Sep 1775.

Her will was made and probated on 12 Dec 1711.

Deborah married Capt. Joseph twitchell son of Joseph twitchell and Elizabeth HOLBROOK on 28 Jun 1739. Joseph was born on 13 Feb 1718 in Sherborn, Mass.. He died on 12 Mar 1792.

Joseph was a Capt in militia in 1776. He was at one time a Magistrate, Town Clerk and a

Joseph and Deborah had the following children:

+ 30 F i. Martha twitchell was born on 16 Dec 1747. She died on 14 Mar 1822.

25. Isreal FAIRBANKS (Joseph, Joseph B., John, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 28 May 1723. He died on 25 Feb 1809 in Dedham, Mass..

Isreal married Elizabeth WHITING daughter of Zachariah WHITING and Elizabeth PHILIPS on 30 May 1751 in Francestown, NH.

They had the following children:

31 F i. Mary FAIRBANKS was born on 30 Mar 1752.

32 M ii. Isreal FAIRBANKS was born on 10 Jan 1755.

33 F iii. Sarah FAIRBANKS was born on 23 Aug 1757. She died on 21 Aug 1775.

+ 34 M iv. Elias FAIRBANKS was born on 8 Jul 1760. He died on 17 Apr 1818.

35 F v. Elizabeth FAIRBANKS was born on 20 Dec 1763. She died on 4 Dec 1784.

36 F vi. Catherine FAIRBANKS was born on 29 Aug 1767. She died on 28 Aug 1775.

37 M vii. Gerry FAIRBANKS was born on 11 Sep 1769. He died on 14 Aug 1775.

Sixth Generation

30. Martha twitchell (Deborah FAIRBANKS, Capt. Eleasur, Eleaser, George, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 16 Dec 1747. She died on 14 Mar 1822 in Keene, NH.

Martha married Rev. Nathan BIXBY son of Joseph BIXBY and Mehitable RUGG on 3 Oct 1771 in Sherborn, Mass.. Nathan was born on 14 Oct 1746 in Framingham, Mass.. He died on 15 Sep 1818 in Keene, NH.

Nathan served in the revolution. see p177 vol II Bixby Genealogy. A private in Capt. Gardner Co. Mass.
Malitia 1776.

Nathan and Martha had the following children:

+ 38 F i. Julia BIXBY was born on 17 May 1782. She died on 7 Feb 1874.

34. Elias FAIRBANKS (Isreal, Joseph, Joseph B., John, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 8 Jul 1760. He died on 17 Apr 1818 in Francestown, NH. He was buried in Francestown, NH.

He was known as Deacon Elias being Deacon of the Congregational Church from
1799 to 1813. He was Town Clerk of Francestown, NH several times and elected
Selectman many times. He was in the Revolutionary War and, at 17, witnessed the
surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga.

Elias married Elizabeth BILLING daughter of Roger BILLING and Susanna WISWELL on 8 Feb 1787. Elizabeth was born on 24 Aug 1761 in Canton, Mass.. She died on 10 Dec 1816 in Francestown, NH. She was buried in Francestown, NH.

They had the following children:

39 M i. Jabez FAIRBANKS was born on 24 Feb 1788 in Francestown, NH. He died on 10 May 1874 in Newport, NH.
Jabez married (1) Sally BIXBY on 2 Jan 1840. Sally died before 1840.
Jabez married (2) Polly BIXBY on 17 Nov 1840.

40 F ii. Elizabeth FAIRBANKS was born on 30 Aug 1789 in Francestown, NH. She died on 18 Jul 1852 in Francestown, NH.
Elizabeth married Alexander WILSON son of James WILSON and Mary EATON on 27 Apr 1813 in Francestown, NH. Alexander was born on 9 Jul 1788 in Windham, NH. He died on 12 Aug 1860 in Francestown, NH. He was buried in Francestown, NH.

41 F iii. Sally FAIRBANKS was born on 3 May 1791. She died on 2 Apr 1876 in Francestown, NH.
Sally married Anda WALLACE in Feb 1838. Anda was born in Francestown, NH.

42 M iv. Joel FAIRBANKS was born on 27 Jan 1793. He died on 16 Dec 1878 in

Cameron, NY.
Joel married Sally DICKEY on 20 Mar 1824. Sally was born in Francestown, NH.

43 F v. Susan FAIRBANKS was born on 9 May 1795. She died on 22 Feb 1861 in Francestown, NH.
Susan married Merrick ROPER on 18 Nov 1817. Merrick was born in Francestown, NH.

44 F vi. Polly FAIRBANKS was born on 1 May 1800. She died in 1833 in Londonderry, VT.
Polly married Samuel TEMPLE .

Seventh Generation

38. Julia BIXBY (Martha twitchell, Deborah FAIRBANKS, Capt. Eleasur, Eleaser, George, Jonathan or Juthen) was born on 17 May 1782 in Dublin N. H. She died on 7 Feb 1874 in Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York.


Julia married (Edward?) Alexander MILLIKEN son of William MILLIKEN and Esther TAGGERT on 28 Oct 1804. (Edward?) was born on 8 Sep 1778 in Peterboro, NH. He died on 13 May 1854 in Keene, NH.

Alex lived in Keene, NH where he was constable, auctioneer, and active in Washingtonian movement.

(Edward?) and Julia had the following children:

+ 45 M i. Mortimer Delville MILLIKEN was born on 11 May 1805. He died on 5 Feb 1900.

+ 46 F ii. Emily Maria MILLIKEN was born on 9 May 1807. She died on 13 Feb 1841.

47 M iii. Joseph Bixby MILLIKEN was born on 28 Sep 1809.

+ 48 M iv. Edward Alexander MILLIKEN was born on 13 Jun 1813. He died on 5 Feb 1899.

+ 49 M v. Nathan James MILLIKEN was born on 27 Sep 1821. He died on 26 Nov 1902.

"...there is no king who has not had a slave among his

ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his."


-  Helen Keller


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