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William Fairfax papers

William Fairfax papers, 1736-1784
William Fairfax papers
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Papers, 1736-1749, of William Fairfax concerning accounts relating to property in the Northern Neck of Virginia, including Northumberland County, Virginia. Also includes a division, 1784, of the estate of John Zachary Lewis of Spotsylvania County, Virginia
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William Fairfax was probably born in Yorkshire, England, where he was baptized on 30 October 1691. He was educated in Yorkshire, then later "went to sea" and also served in the Army. In 1716, he was at St. Helena in the South Atlantic, but returned to England in 1717. At some point Fairfax married, but his wife's name is unknown and there were no known children. In 1718, he went to the Bahamas as assistant to the governor and soon thereafter he was appointed secretary of state for the colony. With his first wife presumably dead, Fairfax married Sarah Walker (d. 1731) on 27 March 1723, and they had three children. In the late 1720s, Fairfax moved to Salem, Massachusetts and on 15 March 1731, he was appointed collector and deputy naval officer of the ports of Salem and Marblehead, Massachusetts. He married Deborah Clark (d. 1742) on 25 September 1731 and they had three or four children. In 1733, Thomas, Lord Fairfax appointed Fairfax as agent for the Northern Neck Proprietary, and Fairfax moved to Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was appointed to the Westmoreland Court in 1734, to the King George Court in 1737, and to the Prince William Court in 1741. Fairfax was elected to the House of Burgesses for Prince William County in 1741, the same year that he moved to Belvoir in what became Fairfax County in 1742. When Fairfax County was formed, he was appointed to its court. In 1749, Fairfax was an original trustee of the town of Alexandria. Appointed to the Governor's Council in 1744, he served as acting governor while president of the council in March 1757. Fairfax died at Belvoir 2 September 1757.
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William Fairfax papers
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