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Series IV : third generation, sons of Erastus, Thaddeus and Joseph P. Fairbanks, 1837-1920.
Fairbanks family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSC 134:16-48  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Fairbanks family.
Title : Series IV : third generation, sons of Erastus, Thaddeus and Joseph P. Fairbanks, 1837-1920.
Physical Description : 2 linear ft.
General Note : Continued in MSC 135-136:1-11, XMSC 63:1-2, MS Size D & C.
Summary :

The series contains material relating to the third generation of the Fairbanks family of Saint Johnsbury, Vermont and is organized in three subseries: A. Sons of Erastus Fairbanks; B. Son of Thaddeus Fairbanks; C. Sons of Joseph P. Fairbanks. It includes school papers, memorial booklets, governor's proclamations, a diary, and business and family correspondence. The bulk of the material is contained in Subseries C., Sons of Joseph P. Fairbanks.

Edward T. Fairbanks (1836-1919) is represented in the papers in a series of witty and affectionate letters to his younger brother, "Willie" (William P. Fairbanks), when one, or both, was at private school or college between 1853 and 1865. A typescript transcription of the letters contains penciled annotations by William's son, Joseph. Most of the letters are related to student life at Andover Theological Seminary, Yale, and Heidelburg, but Edward also accompanied his father on an 1855 business trip to Chicago.

William P. and Rebecca Pike Fairbanks' letters occupy approximately 1.5 linear feet. Most of it is in the form of business letters to William as treasurer of the E. & T. Fairbanks & Co., a position he held until he left St. Johnsbury in 1888 to become a partner in Fairbanks & Company in New York City. Glimpses of his personal life can be seen however, in a few letters to his family and in his 1884 to 1888 letter copybooks. William's copybook correspondence reveals the care he took in furnishing his mansion, Brantview, his 1886 decision not to seek further political office, and his displeasure by 1888 with his business situation. The collection also contains Rebecca Pike Fairbank's diary for the year 1900, when she and her son traveled in Europe, and letters written to her son, Joseph and his wife, Luella Fairbanks.

Biographical or historical data :

George Fairbanks (1819-1843) was the oldest son of Erastus Fairbanks. He was born January 21, 1819 and died April 20, 1843.

Horace Fairbanks (1820-1888), son of Erastus, became president of the E. & T. Fairbanks & Co. after his father's death. He was governor of Vermont from 1876-1878. He gave the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (1871) and Art Gallery (1873) as well as the North Congregational Church (1878) to the town of St. Johnsbury.

Charles Fairbanks (b. 1821), son of Erastus, was a memher of E & T Fairbanks & Co. in their New York office. He married Laura Woodworth on January 2, 1850. They had three children: George, Walter, and Frederick Charles.

Franklin Fairbanks (1828-1895), son of Erastus, was vice president and manager of E. & T. Fairbanks & Co. He was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1870 to 1872 and was speaker of the House in 1872. He married Frances A. Clapp on December 8, 1852. They had four children: Alfred, Mary Florence, Margaret, and Ellen Henrietta.

Edward Taylor Fairbanks (1836-1919) son of Joseph P., and a graduate of Yale and Andover Theological Seminary, was pastor of the St. Johnsbury Center Church (1868-1874) and the South Congregational Church (1874-1902). He was librarian of the Athenaeum from 1902-1918. He was the author of The Town of St. Johnsbury, Vt., a review of one hundred and twenty five years. He married Emma C. Taplin on July 9, 1862. They had one child, Cornelia.

William Paddock Fairbanks (1840-1895), son of Joseph P., was secretary and treasurer of the E. & T. Fairbanks & Co. until 1888 when he moved to New York City. He married Rebecca Pike (1841-1928) on April 18, 1861. Their mansion, Brantview, built in 1884, is now part of St. Johnsbury Academy. The three children from the marriage were, Almira Taylor, Mabel, and Joseph. Sometime after 1888 William divorced Rebecca and married Flora Sylvester. There were no children from this marriage.

Source : Forms part of: Fairbanks family papers, 1798-1953.
Personal Subject : Fairbanks, William P. (William Paddock), 1840-1895.
Fairbanks, Franklin, 1828-1895.
Fairbanks, Joseph, 1881-1964.
Fairbanks, Luella Merrill, 1878-1965.
Corporate Subject : E. & T. Fairbanks & Co.
St. Johnsbury Academy Saint Johnsbury, Vt.
Brantview Saint Johnsbury, Vt.
Yale University Students.
Andover Theological Seminary Students.
Subject Term : Students Vermont Saint Johnsbury.
Airplanes Vermont Saint Johnsbury.
Women Diaries.
Geographic Term : Vermont Politics and government 19th century.
Saint Johnsbury (Vt.) Archival resources.
Europe Description and travel.
Genre/Form : Letters correspondence.
Commercial correspondence.
Letter books.
Added Author : Fairbanks, George, 1819-1848.
Fairbanks, Horace, 1820-1888.
Fairbanks, Charles, b. 1821.
Fairbanks, Henry, 1830-1918.
Fairbanks, Edward T. (Edward Taylor), 1836-1919
Fairbanks, William P. (William Paddock), 1840-1895.
Fairbanks, Rebecca Pike, 1841-1921.
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