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Grace Fairbanks (Smith)

Birthplace: Warley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: October 28, 1673 (73)
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Samuel Smith and Grace Platts Gawkroger
Wife of Jonathan Fairbanks, Sr.
Mother of John Fairbanks, II; Capt. George Fairbanks; Ruth Field; Mary Smith; Jonathan Fairbanks, Jr. and 6 others
Sister of Henry Smith and Lt Samuel Smith

Occupation: death also reported 19 Jun 1676 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusets
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About Grace Fairbanks

Her death is listed here as given in the Fairbanks records. Stephen M. Lawson states that she died either 28 Oct 1673 or 3 Mar 1676 at Dedham, Ma. another lists death as 28 Dec 1673. Bingham lists death 28 Oct 1673/1676. Bingham gives REFN of FKKN-L7, and lists marriage as at Sowerby. He also lists George among the siblings twice, both with same death date, differing birth dates. He lists Mary out of order, and fails to list Sarah, James and Martha. He gives in the notes the following: Formerly Grace Smith/Lee. [could Lee be prior marriage surname?] Also gives the following reference: Grace Smith.

Grace Smith Female, #262, (about 1599 - 28 December 1673)

    Crane (1907) gives her last name as Lee, but is in error.1,2 Grace Smith was born about 1599 in Warley, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England.3 She was the daughter of Samuel Smith and Grace Gawkroger.3 On 20 May 1617 Grace, married Jonathan Fairebanke, son of John Fairebanke and Isabel Stancliffe, in Sowerby, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England.4,1,5,6,7 Grace Smith and Jonathan Fairebanke emigrated in 1633 from Sowerby, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire, England, He settled in Dedham, Massachusetts where he built a home that is still standing. It is known as the "Fairbanks House."2,5,6 On 1 June 1668 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Grace Smith was mentioned in the will of Jonathan Fairebanke.1,8 Grace Smith died on Thursday, 28 December 1673 in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Her death date was recorded as 28 (10) 1673.1,2


   Ancestry of Robert Roy
   Ancestry of Beverly Burnett

Children of Grace Smith and Jonathan Fairebanke

   John Fairbanks+1,2,6 (15 Feb 1618 - 13 Nov 1684)
   Capt. George Fairbanks+1,2,6 (28 Nov 1619 - 10 Jan 1682)
   Mary Fairbanks+1,2,6 (3 Feb 1621/22 - 10 Mar 1676)
   Jonas Fairbanks+1,2,6 (6 Mar 1624/25 - 10 Feb 1676)
   Susan Fairbanks+1,2,6 (23 Dec 1627 - 8 Jul 1659)
   Jonathan Fairbanks+1,2,6 (a 1629 - 28 Jan 1711/12)


   Lawson, Stephen M.. "Fairbanks Ancestory of Stephen Lawson. Online Printout dated 12 March 1998.
   Crane, Ellery Bicknell. Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts. New York: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1907.
   Ancestral File. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, 1994.
   Torrey, Clarence Almon. "The English Ancestry of Jonathan Fairbanks of Dedham, Massachusetts", The American Genealogist volume XXXVII (1961).
   Fairbanks, Hiram Francis. "Fairbanks Marriages in the Parish of Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England From 1538 to 1624", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume LXX (April 1906).
   MacKenzie, George Norbury. Colonial Families of the United States of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1966.
   Joseph, Ruth Fairbanks and and James Swan Landberg. "New England Historical and Genealogical Register", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume 116 (July 2012).
   Trask, William B.. "Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record and on the Files in the County of Suffolk, Mass.", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume XIX (1865).



"...he (Jonathan Fairbanks) came from the parish of Halifax in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where he had married Grace Smith on 20 May 1617. The baptisms of four of their six children are also recorded in Halifax: John on 8 Feb 1617/8, George on 28 Nov 1619, Mary in Feb 1621/2, and Jonas on 6 Mar 1624/5. The register entry indicates that at the time of the marriage, Grace Smith was living in Warley, a township within Halifax... New England records show that Jonathan and Grace had two younger children, Susan and Jonathan. Susan was probably the child baptized in Thornton in Craven, Yorkshire, 10 Dec 1627 (the entry is difficult to read.) No baptism for the son Jonathan has been found in Yorkshire."<ref>Ruth Fairbanks Joseph and James Swan Landberg, Jonathan Fairbank of Dedham, Massachusetts, and his family inthe West Riding of Yorkshire, NEHGR Vol. 166 (July 2012), p. 165, citing West Yorkshire Archive Service, West Yorkshire, England: Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812, Halifax, St. John the Baptist, online database on For 1538-1593 see also E.W. Crossley, the Parish Registers of Halifax, co.York, 2 vols., Publicationsof the Yorkshire Parish Register Society, vols. 37 and 45 (Wakefield,Yorkshire, 1910-14).</ref>

Grace was provided for in her husband's will, dated 01 Jun 1668, proved Jan 26, 1669: "And more I giue to grace my said wife an Annuitie of Eight pounds prAnnm to be paid to her or her assignee to her vse yearely & euery yeare, in two equall prts."<ref>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</ref> Grace died either "28th 10th mo., 1673", or "19:3:1676." One death record is for the wife of Jonathan, the other for her granddaughter, daughter of Jonathan Fairbanks and his wife Deborah. It is unclear which record is for which woman. Perhaps further study of her husband's probate file might resolve this question.

From the Dedham Vital records: [1656] Grace, the Daughter of Jonathan & Deborah Fairebanck, was bornethe 16 of the 8 mo. <ref>Robert B. Hanson, editor, Dedham, MA, VRs 1635-1845 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1997, p. 6</ref> [1673, Deaths] Grace Fairebanck, deceased 28th:10 mo. <ref>Robert B. Hanson, editor, Dedham, MA, VRs 1635-1845 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1997, p. 13</ref> [1676, Deaths] Grace Fairebanck, deceased 19:3:76 <ref>Robert B. Hanson, editor, Dedham, MA, VRs 1635-1845 (Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1997, p. 15</ref> No headstone or memorial exists in Dedham's Old Village Cemetery, any stone which had been placed now probably destroyed by time.

Name: Grace SMITH Death: 28 DEC 1673 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts 1 Marriage 1 Jonathan FAIRBANKS b: ABT 1595 in of Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, England Married: 20 MAY 1617 in Warley, Halifax, Yorkshire, England 3 4


John FAIRBANKS c: 15 FEB 1618 in Warley, Halifax, Yorkshire, England George FAIRBANKS c: 28 NOV 1619 in Shelf, Halifax, Yorkshire, EnglandMary FAIRBANKS c: 23 FEB 1621/1622 in Shelf, Halifax, Yorkshire, England Jonas FAIRBANKS c: 6 MAR 1624 in Warley, Halifax, Yorkshire, EnglandSusan FAIRBANKS c: 23 DEC 1627 in Thornton in Craven, Yorkshire, England Jonathan FAIRBANKS b: ABT 1628


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  • Don Gleason Hill, The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths and Intentions of Marriage in the Town of Dedham Publication: Dedham: Dedham Transcript, 1886, Page: 13, But p. 15 has the death of Grace Fairebanck 19:3:76. [This is probably the daughter of Jonathan & Deborah born 1656.]
  • William B. Trask, Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record and on the Files in the County of Suffolk, Mass., "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" Vol. 19(1865):32-33, Named as wife Grace in her husband's will.
  • Thaddeus Fairbanks, Fairbanks Family Publication: St. Johnsbury,Vt.: the author, 1892, Page: 7
  • Rev. Hiram Francis Fairbanks, Fairbanks Marriages in the Parish ofHalifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. from 1538 to 1624 "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" Vol. 60 (1906):153.
  • Coombs, Jan Gregoire. Coombs Family History (Janet Pulvermacher, Middleton, Wisconsin, 2013) Page 18
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Grace Fairbanks's Timeline

December 2, 1593
Halifax, Yorkshire, England
June 6, 1600
Warley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
February 15, 1618
Age 17
Sowerby, Parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, England
November 26, 1619
Age 19
Sowerby, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
April 18, 1622
Age 21
Sowerby, West Yorkshire, England
Age 21
Age 22
Sowerby, Yorkshire, England
March 6, 1625
Age 24
Sowerby, Parish of Halifax, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
December 23, 1627
Age 27
Thorne, Thorneton, Yorkshire, England