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Dr. Jonathan Fairbanks


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Dr. Jonathan Fairbanks

  • Born: 1 May 1662, Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts
  • Marriage: Sarah Medway? in 1684 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  • Died: 18 Dec 1719, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts at age 57

bullet  General Notes:

(3), George II, Jonathan I.
Born May 1, 1662. Resided in Sherborn (afterward Medway) probably in the old stone house near Bogestow Pond. Was the first physician in Sherborn, a selectman for several years, and town clerk. He was drowned Dec. 19, 1719, by falling through the ice while attempting to cross the river, from Medfield, in the night.

He married I, Sarah -----, who died July 9, 1713.
Married II, Annie -----.
*Called "of Sherborn" by Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, page 135. (Savage: Boston 1860)

*Stephen A. Lawson: First Physician at Sherborn; selectman 1695-1701; Town clerk 1699-1701. Drowned while returning from Medfield to Sherborn across ice of Bogestow Pond. 

*my-gedcom_hutt shows the birth at Medway, 

*as does file: fam00404.htm. 

*Doug Bingham shows birth as at Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts (understanding that Dedham is now in Norfolk, but at that time still in Suffolk County). 

*Cameron F. Hutt also shows death as 18 Dec 1719, lists wife as Sarah, and only child Benjamin followed by marriage to Annie and six children, (he obviously reversed the marriages) and the following note: He was know as Dr. Jonathan Fairbanks and was the first physician in the town of Sherborn and later resided in Medway probably in the old stone house near Bogastow Pond. He served as Selectman and Town Clerk. He served as a soldier in the Colonial Wars. He died in 1719 of drowning when he fell through the ice while crossing a river at night.

*Colonial Families of the United States of America, vol. 2, page 258:

DR. JONATHAN FAIRBANKS, b. 1st May, 1662, d. 18th Dec. 1719; was the first physician of Sherborn; served as a soldier during the Colonial Wars; m. Sarah.

Note: Sherborn Township was relatively large, and subsequently subdivided into Sherborn and Medfield, later called Medway when it too was subdivided. So the name confusion names the same place.

Dr. Jonathan Fairbanks was son of Captain George Fairbanks (b. 26 Nov 1619, Sowerby, Halifax Parish, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, chr. 28 Nov 1619, Halifax Parish, d. 10 Jan 1682/1683 Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts) Mary Adams (b. 1628, d. 11 Oct 1711 Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts) who married 
16 Oct 1646 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America, 1633-1897, pages 31 37-39:
3. CAPT. GEORGE FAIRBANKS, of Dedham and Medway, Mass.
(1) second son of Jonathan I.
Came with his father from England and resided in Dedham until about 1647, when he removed to the southern part of Sherborn (afterward Medway, now Millis.) He was the first settler there, and was an esteemed citizen and one of the selectmen, and a member of the Artillery Company (Ancient and Honorable). He was drowned Jan. 10, 1682. See previous biographical sketch.

He married, "the 26 of the 8 mo., 1646," Mary Adams of Dedham, who died Aug. 11, 1711, in Mendon, Mass., probably at the home of her son-in-law, William Holbrook.


Jonathan married Sarah Medway? in 1684 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts. (Sarah Medway? was born in 1666 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts and died on 9 Jul 1713 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.)

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