Name: Jonathan Sr. FAIRBANKS
Birth: 1594 in Sowerby, Vicr. of Halifax, Yorkshire, Eng.
Death: 5 DEC 1668 in Dedham, Mass
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Title: Fairbanks home
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Change Date: 27 AUG 2015
Name was originally Fayrebanke in England.
Jonathan Fairebanke came from Sowerby Bridge in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to New England in 1633. He had 6 children in Soweby before leaving for America.
d Dec 5, 1668. Sailing in the vessel "Speedwell," [not proven] they arrived in Boston in 1633 and in 1636 he settled at Dedham, Mass.
In 1636/7 he built a house in Dedham (at 511 East St), near Boston, which is said to be the oldest inhabited dwelling house in the United States. It was built with timbers brought from England and may well be the oldest frame house in America. It now belongs to the Fairbanks Family Association.
These 2 web pages have a pictures of his home:
[This second site has daugther Mary married to a Daniels, while everyone else has her married to Michael Metcalf.]
In the book "American Architecture: A History" (2003, by L.M. Roth) is this quote about the Fairbanks house (page 50):
"By the latter half of the seventeenth century the Massachusetts Bay colonists had developed a unique house type, based on the traditional heavy hewn or sawn frame construction of English houses, but adapted to the New England climate. The oldest surviving example in New England is the core of the Jonathan Fairbanks (Fayerbankes) house, in Dedham, Massachusetts, erected in about 1637-38, but added to several times later so that the original unit is obscured."
He signed the Dedham Covenant in 1636. See:
Below is a quote from the above link:
Jonathan Fairbanks had "long stood off from the church upon some scruples about public profession of faith and the covenant, yet after divers loving conferences..., [In 1646] he made such a declaration of his faith and conversion to God and profession of subjection to the ordinances of Christ in the church that he was readily and gladly received by the whole church." Fairbanks became a member of the First Church in Dedham, which espoused a Reformed theology (Calvinist) in the seventeenth century.
See more information on him at:
He died Dec 5, 1668 in Dedham. The value of his house and lands was 100 lb, his clothes, one hat and boots were 5 lb.
Jonathan Fairbanks Sr. was an ancestor of president George W. Bush, through his son Jonathan Jr. 1629-1722, m Deborah Shepard, then to -
1) Jeremiah Fairbank, b Nov 30, 1674, Dedham, MA; m Mary Penfold
2) Mary Fairbank, b Aug 22, 1699; m Richard Bush (1701-48)
3) Timothy Bush, 1735-1815; m Deborah House (1742-1819)
4) Timothy Bush II, 1766-1850; m Lydia Newcomb (1763-1835)
5) Obadiah Newcomb Bush, 1797-1851; m Harriet Smith (1800-1867)
6) Rev. James Smith Bush, 1825-1889; m Harriet Eleanor Fay (1829-1924)
7) Samuel Prescott Bush, 1863-1945; m Flora Sheldon (1872-1920)
8) Prescott Sheldon Bush, 1895-1972; m Dorothy Walker (1901-1992)
9) President George Herbert Walker Bush, b 1924; m Barbara Pierce
10) President George Walker Bush; m Laura
[My line is is through Jonathan Sr's daughter Mary Fairbanks Metcalf--making President Bush my 10th cousin, once removed]
No gravestone, but he was buried at Old Village Cemetery, Dedham, Mass.
Find A Grave Memorial# 65298844
Father: John FAIRBANKE b: 6 MAY 1547 in Thaighe, England
Mother: Isabel STANCLIFFE b: 8 MAY 1556
Grace Lee SMITH b: 6 JUN 1599 in Waverly, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, Eng
20 MAY 1617
in Waverly, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, Eng.
- John Sr. FAIRBANKS b: 15 FEB 1617 in Sowerby, England
- George (Capt.) FAIRBANKS b: 28 NOV 1619 in Sowerby, England
- Mary FAIRBANKS b: 18 APR 1622 in Sowerby, Yorkshire, England
- Jonas Sr. FAIRBANKS b: 6 MAR 1624 in Sowerby, England
- Susan FAIRBANKS b: 23 DEC 1627 in Sowerby, England
- Jonathan Jr. FAIRBANKS b: 1629 in Sowerby, England