John H.Fairbanks: (b.1798, Champlain, N.Y. - d.1880, White Earth, Mn.)
In the spring of 1818 John, along with Samuel Ashmun went to Montreal where they were hired by Wm.W.Mathews as American Fur Co. clerks for 5 years. They spent those five years in AFC's Fond du Lac Dept. beginning that first winter at Leech Lake. He met the Gov.Cass expedition when they arrived at Sandy Lake in the summer of 1820. Not long after that he married Mary Sayer (Saganoshequa) at Mackinac, she was probably the daughter of former Fond du Lac trader John Sayer. John & Mary's children were: William B.; Robert (1825-1901)(m.Catherine Beaulieu); George (1827-1849); John Jr.(1830-1848); Benjamin (b.abt.1832); Albert (b.abt.1836); Jane (1838-1865); Albert (b.abt.1840) & James (1841-1869). His list of winter posts include Lake Winipec(1825-26); Cass Lake(1826-27) & Red Lake(1836). In 1840 his residence was at Lapointe and by 1844 he resided at Crow Wing (he can be found in the 1860 census as a farmer in Crow Wing Co., Mn. In 1848 John was sent by Clement H.Beaulieu, who was in charge of the Fond du Lac Dept.(Northern Outfit), with Paul H.Beaulieu & Jacques Courrier by dog train to obtain a winter supply of meat. They found a buffalo herd wintering on todays White Earth Reservation and together with a party that arrived from Red Lake had a successful hunt. During the 1860's & 1870's much of the Fairbanks family took up residence on the newly formed White Earth Reservation.