John Fairfield, of Wenham

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John Fairfield

Birthplace: Copford Green, Essex, England
Death: December 22, 1646 (31-40)
Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Fairchild and Mary Fairfield
Husband of Elizabeth Palfrey
Father of Walter Fairfield, Sr.; John Fairfield, Jr. and Benjamin Fairfield
Brother of Frances Hawes and Ellin Hibbert

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About John Fairfield, of Wenham

Born in Copford Green, England on 1600 to Daniel Fairfield and Elizabeth. John married Elizabeth Knight and had 3 children. He passed away on 1646 in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts


John Fairfield was born in 1612 in England. He married Elizabeth Knight [SIC: unknown] 7 Jun 1632 in England. John died 22 Dec 1646 ‎(Age 34)‎ Wenham, Essex Mass. Elizabeth Knight Fairfield married again after John Fairfield’s death. Her second husband was Peter Palfrey. There was some litigation between the children of John and Elizabeth and Peter Palfey over John’s estate after the death of their mother Elizabeth.

10 Sep 1645: “brother Fairfield” presented nuncupative will of Frances, then wife of Robert Hawes. Frances was almost certainly John’s sister, as her child Robert Edwards (from her first marriage) later refers to John as “Uncle.” An additional sibling relationship to Frances (and thus to John, as well) is inferred by the reference in her will to “Elin Hilles, her sister in owlde England.”

John Fairfield had land in Charlestown in 1638 by which others (including George Bunker) bounded their property in the Charlestown Book of possessions (Boston Record Commissioners* Report, Volume III, pp. 3-4, -26, 28, and 40), although his own land was not recorded, probably because before the registration was completed in 1639 he had moved to Salem and sold the Charlestown property to some one else who registered it in his own name. Had liberty from the town to buy John Baker’s house, 1638, Tradition in some branches of the family says that he came over-to Massa­chusetts in 1635; this is so far undocumented. Salem Court Record of July 16, 1639, says: “John FFairefeild desires accommodation” and on Dec. . 23t 1639, he was granted land, 80 acres for a farm, “10 acres of which to be meadow”. He later bought 18 acres from William Fisk, and had “house (and) ground” in co-partnership with [our ancestor] Joseph BATCHELDER. Admitted to Salem Church, August 25, 1639; freeman, May 13, 1640.- the Enon area in which his land was situated was set apart as the town of Wenham on “ye tenth day of ‘ ye third month anno 1643” (May 10, 1643 old style); On a later survey, part of his eighty acres proved to be in the part of Ipswich known as Ipswich Hamlet, now called Hamilton.

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John Fairfield, of Wenham's Timeline

Copford Green, Essex, England
December 21, 1631
Copford Parish, Essex, England (United Kingdom)
June 27, 1641
Hopkinton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
December 22, 1646
Age 36
Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts
December 1646
Age 36
Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Wenham, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States