Silence Fairbanks

26 February 1727–14 November 1804 (Age 77)
Medway, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Silence

When Silence Fairbanks was born on 26 February 1727, in Medway, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, George Fairbanks, was 32 and her mother, Sarah Harding, was 31. She married Elisha Barber on 8 June 1751, in Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 14 November 1804, in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Elisha Barber
Silence Fairbanks
Marriage: 8 June 1751
Zachariah P. Barber
Zechariah Barber
Lucy Barber
Deborah Barber
Sarah Barber
Elisha Barber
George Barber
George Barber
Oliver Barber
Silence Barber

Spouse and Children

8 June 1751
Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (4)


Age 49

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 49

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1788 · The First Presidential Election

Age 61

The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Fair Banks in Derbyshire or any of various other minor places so called.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Silence Fairbank, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Silence Fairbank, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Silence Fairbanks in entry for Zacharyah Barbur, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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