:"Grandma Viele" wrote that her "grandmother Joan Forsythe died when father (John b 1832) was quite young and a step mother came into the picture. " Henderson-2297 06:53, 7 December 2017 (EST)
10 Dec 1794
Haughead, Par. of Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotland
the entry in the Gateshaw Records reads: Decr 10th Baptized James Son to Archibald Fairbairn & Alison Croser in Grahamslaw, Parish of Eckford (Eckford is a neighbouring parish to Morebattle, as are Yetholm, Linton, Hounam and Northumberland. According to Groomes, Morebattle can claim the oldest Secession congregation in the South of Scotland (first Minister ordained in 1739), the original meeting house standing at Gateshaw Brae or Corbet, and the present one was built in 1866, so Archibald and Alison travelled to get their children baptised away from their nearest church, which was of the wrong persuasion for them)
between 1851 and 1854
poss. at Lantonhall, Roxburghshire, Scotland
in 1851 census, not obvious in 1855+ deaths on ScotlandsPeople
18 May 1817
Yarrow, Selkirkshire, Scotland
26 Apr 1844
Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland
entry reads: "James Fairbairn at Melrose bridge bar and Elizabeth Laidlaw in the Parish of Ettrrick and married 26 April 1844" (having been "booked for Marriage on 12 April), Melrose Bridge bar being where James' dtr Alison was when she married her William Scott
WikiTree profile Fairbairn-36 created through the import of HENDERSONLornaAncestorsPlus1Desc4WikiTree.ged on Oct 18, 2011 by L Henderson.
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