James Goddard Fairbanks

Male16 June 1826–April 1897

Brief Life History of James Goddard

When James Goddard Fairbanks was born on 16 June 1826, in Madrid, St. Lawrence, New York, United States, his father, James Fairbank, was 38 and his mother, Mary Pearce, was 36. He married Catharine Guist on 19 October 1851, in Harrison, Kootenai, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in California, United States in 1870 and Nez Perce, Idaho, United States in 1880. He died in April 1897, in Harrison, Kootenai, Idaho, United States, at the age of 70.

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James Goddard Fairbanks
Ellen Smith
Marriage: 28 October 1857
Emma Fairbanks
Eva Fairbanks
Robert B. Fairbanks
Delos Fairbanks
Hattie Fairbanks (triplet)
Jennie Eva Fairbanks
Hannah Fairbanks
Thomas Fairbanks
George Fairbanks
Grace Fairbanks
Minnie C Fairbanks

Sources (21)

  • James G Fairbank, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James G. Fairbanks, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Jas Fairbanks in entry for Grant W Morris and Minnie C Fairbanks, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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  • Marriage
    28 October 1857Kane, Illinois, United States
  • Children (11)

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    World Events (8)

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 1

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 4

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    1848 · The California Gold Rush

    Age 22

    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

    Name Meaning

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

    variant of Fairbank , with post-medieval excrescent -s.


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

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