The four children of Joseph & Mary (Polly) Fairbanks
who came to Utah in 1847
Click to go to David's page.
David Fairbanks
1810 - 1895
Click to go to John Boylston's page.
John Boylston Fairbanks
1817 - 1875
Click to go to Harriet's Page
Harriet Fairbanks Doremus
1819 - 1880
Click to go to Henry's page.
Henry Fairbanks
1826 - 1902


Joseph and Polly Fairbanks lived in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, and New Jersey. They had 13 children, three of whom died in childhood. In March 1843, while they were living in New Jersey, they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with five of their children, David, John, Harriet, Nathaniel, and Henry. In September 1844, those who had joined the church left for Nauvoo, Illinois, where John built a home (David, John, and Harriet were married). Due to persecutions, they were forced to leave Nauvoo in April 1846, and went to Winter Quarters (now Florence), Nebraska. In July 1846, son Henry, age 19, joined the Mormon Battalion, which made a grueling 2,000 mile march, arriving in California in January 1847. On 28 February 1847, the patriarch of the family, Joseph, died in Winter Quarters at age 68. Son Nathaniel, age 23, joined Brigham Young's Pioneer Company, leaving Winter Quarters on 14 April 1847, and arriving in the Salt Lake Valley between 21-24 July 1847. On 19 June 1847, the rest of the family left Winter Quarters, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on 6 October 1847. Nathaniel died at age 28 in California, never having married. Henry returned to Salt Lake City after his battalion trek and then relocated back to Iowa where he married and raised a family. He remained in the midwest states. Harriet and her family resided in Salt Lake City. David and John settled in Payson, Utah, where they built identical homes across the street from each other. Their mother, Polly, also lived in Payson with David. John's home was relocated in 1981 to "This Is The Place Heritage Park" in Salt Lake City. Our yearly reunions are held next door to the home in the Social Hall at the end of July.

The Fairbanks Family in the West is an organization begun in 1907 to honor family members who traveled west in the Mormon pioneer migration. The pioneer stories told here reflect the determination, courage, faith, and inspiration necessary to embark on such a journey.

Today we can emulate and learn from our ancestors as we forge trails of honesty, integrity and perseverance for our posterity to follow. Anyone who has an interest in the Fairbanks Family and the contributions they made in settling the West is invited to join our organization. This is the official source of the Fairbanks Family in the West, sponsored by the family organization.

The photos above are of four children of Joseph and Mary Polly (Brooks) Fairbanks who went West. It is their descendants that we are trying to locate and include in the family tree database.

Feature Articles

Family Reunion This year, the reunion will be Saturday, August 1, 2015, at This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. More details to come!

Membership Application Join our Fairbanks Family in the West organization. Learn how!

Fairbanks House Read about the John Boylston Fairbanks house which was moved during 1980-1981 from Payson to This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. Thanks to your generous contributions, it has been stuccoed to preserve the decaying adobe, which will keep it beautiful for years to come.

Names Index This index contains those in our database who are not living. Click here to see if there are people you are related to. Then register to see more!

Gift Shop Items available for purchase. Artwork, books, keepsakes! Perfect for gift giving.

Family Group Worksheet Not in the family tree yet? Click to add your family! Must be descended from David, John, Harriett, or Henry. Must be logged in.

feature 1 Wall of Honor - US View those from our family who have served or are currently serving their country. Add your soldier! Log in to view.

feature 2 About the Website We are excited about our family website. Read about it here!

feature 3 Connections Newsletters and colorful pages to add life events and photos. Births, deaths, Military Wall of Honor, weddings, anniversaries, and surprise someone for their birthday! You must be logged in to view the pages and add events.

feature 4 Our Family Organization Learn about our Fairbanks Family in the West family organization and how you can join us.

Helps to Use This Website Learn how to get around the genealogy portion of the website.

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