James was born about 1832. 
James was Postmaster at Bowmanville, Ontario from Feb 1, 1857 - Sept 4, 1906 upon his death. He succeeded his father Robert Fairbairn as Postmaster.
He authored a book about the Darlington & Bowmanville area. Here is the link 
District 50 West Durham Township of Bowmanville page 34 Line 10
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