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Series V : fourth generation, children of William P. Fairbanks, 1865-1953.
Fairbanks family.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  MSC 136:12-47  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 


Personal Author : Fairbanks family.
Title : Series V : fourth generation, children of William P. Fairbanks, 1865-1953.
Physical Description : 3 linear ft.
General Note : Continued in MSC 137-139:1-15, MS Size C & D.
Summary :

The series contains material relating to the fourth generation of the Fairbanks family of Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. It is organized in four subseries: A. Joseph Fairbanks (1881-1964); B. Luella Merrill Fairbanks (1878-1965), wife of Joseph; C. Merrill Family; D. Mabel Fairbanks Robinson (b. 1871).

The collection includes many wartime (1917-1918) letters exchanged by Joseph and his mother, Rebecca, as well as correspondence between Joseph and Luella, prior to the family's move from St. Johnsbury to Washington, D. C. Joseph saved business letters and memos from the period 1917 to 1920 and continued to collect publications and clippings into the 1950s. The collection also includes three of Joseph's diaries, including one which he wrote while attending Yale University and one dating from 1900 which describes a trip to Europe, as well as diaries written by Luella during the years 1908 to 1916. There is a small group of letters written by Merrill family members. Also included are two folders of letters written by Mabel Fairbanks Robinson to her mother and brother.

Biographical or historical data :

Joseph Fairbanks (1881-1964), the youngest child of William P. and Rebecca Fairbanks, was educated at St. Johnsbury Academy, Yale (class of 1903), and Harvard Law School (class of 1906). He practiced law in St. Johnsbury and, in 1917, volunteered for duty in World War I. He was given a lieutenant's commission and promoted to rank of major, and eventually to colonel, serving in the Judge Advocate and War Departments. After his discharge in 1919, he became an attorney for the War Claims Board until 1920, and for the U.S. Shipping Board until 1923. He then entered private practice in Washington, D.C., where he and his family had resided since 1919. In 1908, Joseph married Luella Merrill, a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Their children were: Edward Joseph (1910-1979) and Philip Merrill (1913-1997).

Mabel Fairbanks, his older sister, was born August 14, 1871. She married Birney A. Robinson of Proctor, Vermont.

Source : Forms part of: Fairbanks family papers, 1798-1953.
Personal Subject : Fairbanks, Joseph, 1881-1964.
Fairbanks, Rebecca Pike, 1841-1921.
Fairbanks, Luella Merrill, 1878-1965.
Merrill family.
Corporate Subject : St. Johnsbury Academy Saint Johnsbury, Vt.
Yale University Students.
Sphinx Club Saint Johnsbury, Vt.
Subject Term : Practice of law Vermont Saint Johnsbury.
World War, 1914-1918 Personal narratives, American.
Women Diaries.
Geographic Term : Saint Johnsbury (Vt.) Archival resources.
Europe Description and travel.
Genre/Form : Letters correspondence.
Diaries.
Scrapbooks.
Postcards.
Added Author : Fairbanks, Joseph, 1881-1964.
Fairbanks, Rebecca Pike, 1841-1921.
Fairbanks, Luella Merrill, 1878-1965.
Robinson, Mabel Fairbanks.
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