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Thomas Fairbairn (1828 - 1893)

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Thomas Fairbairn
Born in Brockville, Ontario, Canadamap
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Husband of — married in Teeswater, Bruce County, Ontario, Canadamap
[children unknown]
Died in Buffalo, Erie, New York, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Oct 2017
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Thomas was born in 1828. He passed away in 1893. [1]

Died 1 Nov 1893 Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, USA [2]

“Thomas Fairbairn MEMORIAM “The changes that the passing years bring with them, are in nothing more marked than by the absence of the old familiar faces that used to traverse our streets or make one in the gatherings and assemblages of our fellow citizens. New faces, or the faces of those who in a not very remote past were the children, now grown to maturer years, are those whom we see today in all public places, working out the future of our town and in a larger sense the destiny of our country.

Another of the old residents who had been until the last few years a familiar figure on our streets, has passed away in the person of THOMAS FAIRBAIRN, who died in Buffalo on the 1st of November. Deceased was born in the beautiful town of Brockville in the Co. of Leeds, on the 4th of September 1828, and received what was then considered quite a liberal education at the Public and Grammar Schools of that place. Though a healthy strong lad, he was always of a quiet and studious habit, delighting in books rather than in sports, and grew up possessed of more than ordinary acquaintance with books, and much general information.

He continued to reside in Brockville and vicinity until about the year 1856 when he removed with his family to where the town of Teeswater now stands in the centre of a well populated district, but which was at that time the heart of a great forest in the distant West. Here he encountered the usual difficulties and hardships incidental to the settlement of a new country, but Teeswater, like the rest of the country, was settled by men and women made of the timber that heroes are made of, and with united hearts and hands they contested the possession of the country, acre by acre, with the forest, and won.

As time went on mills, stores, shops, churches and schools ministered to the needs of the people. Mr. Fairbairn, with others, labored for the prosperity of their chosen home, and with a view to promoting a community of interest issued early in the history of the place a small sheet known as the News Boy, which has grown into the Teeswater News of today.

He married early in life Martha B. Normile, of Albany, who died some years after their settlement in Teeswater, leaving a family of seven young children, the eldest being only about 10 years of age. This seemed to necessitate a remarriage, and accordingly he married the second time Enretta McDonald, of Priceville, who lived but four years after the marriage.

The third time he married the widow of the late James Sclanders, Esq., who survives him together with two sons and two daughters, issue of the marriage.

Of the first family, one son and two daughters preceded their father to the grave. About four years ago, he decided to remove to Buffalo, where Mrs. Fairbairn has a brother residing, Mr. Jas. Lutted, and he had been very successful in building up a business there, but death, that unfaltering pursuer who overtakes us all someday, overtook him on the first of the present month, and he now rests in the cemetery there. When quite young, he was converted and united with the Methodist church, and throughout a life that had its full share of shadow as well as sunshine, he remained a sincere and devout follower of Christ.” [3]


1861 Culross, Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada

FAIRBAIRN: Thos 33 land agent b W Canada marr. 1852 (crossed out, col. headed "Married during year"; (wife) M B 29 b IRL; Assumed children: Lucinda 9, Maud 7, Lucia 5, Hedley Vicars 3, Dudley ?Lyng? 3, all b U Canada; [4]

1871 Culross, Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada

FAIRBAIRN: Thomas 43 township clark widowed; Assumed Children: Lucinda 17, Maude 15, Lucia 14, Dudley 12 tel. operator, Hedley 12, Grace 10 All b ONT, I Meth E, Scotch [5]

1881 Teeswater, Bruce Sth, Ontario, Canada

FAIRBAIRN: Thomas 52 printer publisher b ONT Meth E, Scotch; wife Elizabeth Stewart 45 b SCT C Presb; Assumed children: Lutted T 9, Gertrude 7, Rupert A 5, Louise B 3 all b ONT, Meth E, Scotch; Also SCLANDUS, LANDES & BOOTH [6]


  1. Source #S1: as entered by Anonymous-1389 Oct 2017
  2. Obit "newspaper clipping I found in my (Maureen's) g.grandmother’s Bible": transcript received by Lorna, Jul 2011
  3. Obit "newspaper clipping I found in my (Maureen's) g.grandmother’s Bible": transcript received by Lorna, Jul 2011
  4. Source #S2: 1861 Culross, Bruce, Canada West; Roll: C-1010-1011; Page: 14, hsehold of Thomas & M B FAIRBAIRN
  5. Source #S2: 1871 Culross, Bruce South, Ontario; Roll: C-9934; Family No: 43, hsehold of Thomas FAIRBAIRN
  6. Source #S2: 1881 Teeswater, Bruce South, Ontario. Roll: C_13275, Page 31, Family No: 176, hsehold of Thomas & Elizabeth Stewart FAIRBAIRN
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