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Robert Fairbairn (abt. 1789 - aft. 1851)

Robert Fairbairn
Born about in Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1815 in Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 62 in Richmond, Lennox Co, Ontario, Canadamap [uncertain]
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Robert Fairbairn [1]

Born abt 1789 Scotland

although the 1851/2 census implies abt 1786 [2]

see research notes for other family which is assumed to make this 1786 date unlikely Henderson-2297 23:50, 28 December 2018 (UTC)

Died after 1851 probably at Richmond, Lennox Co, Ontario, Canada[3]

Research Notes

The relationship between Robert and his parents was solely on rather circumstantial evidence.
Here's my rationale: (further info available on Lorna's web pages
Robert emigrated to Ontario c 1828 and settled in Lennox Co. Archibald & Alison's son David and wife Jane Herd also emigrated to Ontario (abt 1834), and two of their children are documented as born at Napanee in Lennox Co (Robert 1838, Esther 1840).
The children of Robert and Kate look like they will fit the Scottish naming pattern as the 2nd dtr is an Alison (or was until I shoe-horned Jane in there!), and it rather looks as if the first son was also known as Archie. However, as both William and James/Archie's ages vary wildly in assorted records, it isn't clear if William or James/Archie is the eldest son.[4][5][6][7]
Robert's entry in Scottish Emigration to Canada pre-Confederation reads: FAIRBAIRN: Robert b ca 1786. To ONT ca 1828; stld nr Selby, Lennox & Addington Co ch incl: William, James, Robert, Elizabeth, Jane, Alison qv OGF15,115 (where qv refers to Alison marrying David FITCHETT);

However IF Robert's age in 1851/2 census is accurate, we have a bit of a problem as he'd be hard pushed to fit in between presumed siblings Walter (baptized May 1785) and George (baptized Mar 1787). So, either he is a bit younger (there's already a 1783/1785/1787 set of siblings) to fit after George in 1787, OR he has to fit somewhere else in the overall extended family of John and Bessie (Flint) Fairbairn


Husband: Robert Fairbairn
Wife: Kate Scott

Married abt 1815 Scotland

date assumes married shortly before birth of stated oldest child Elizabeth[8][9]


Jane (may not belong here)
James / Archie


1851 Richmond Twp, Lennox Co, Ontario, Canada

FAIRBAIRN: Robt labourer 22 Sr (sic); Robt Jr (sic) gentleman 65; Esther 22 All b Scotland; Robt 11 b USA; Archd b C West 9 All Presby;
(these are neighbouring entries, conjecture as to how they relate to each other):
The immediate previous entry is the family of Robert's dtr Elizabeth with husband William Grieve and family (Esther 7, Geo 5, Robt 3, Minto 2); It does rather look like they are all living in the Grieve's tavern as the next building listed is the frame house of the carriage maker, Abraham Fraser. A prior entry is that of William and Catherine (Morgan) Fairbairn, who looks likely to be the William known to exist as a son of Robert[10][11]


Autosomal DNA matches look to have come up trumps to help corroborate Robert's suspected place in this FAIRBAIRN tree.
We now have a triangulated FamilyFinder matches between:
It would still be fantastic to prove this link via Y-DNA though - any direct male FAIRBAIRN line descendants out there?


  1. Source: #S809 1851 Richmond, Lennox Co, ONT, hsehold of Robt FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jun 2008
  2. Source: #S809 1851 Richmond, Lennox Co, ONT, hsehold of Robt FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jun 2008
  3. Source: #S809 1851 Richmond, Lennox Co, ONT, hsehold of Robt FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jun 2008
  4. Source: #S2 Jul 2008 Note: (relationship on very circumstantial evidence however)
  5. Source: #S1961 "History of Chickasaw and Howard Counties" by Robert Herd FAIRBAIRN, pub. 1919 Synopsis of pages 497-9, as shown on IAGenWeb (, extracted Jun 2008
  6. Source: #S5 Obit 8 Mar 1916 Esther LEE nee FAIRBURN, "Waushara Argus", from tree of miket6m4n8u, extracted May 2008
  7. Source: #S1596 1881 Census: Napanee Town, Lennox, ONT, FHL Film 1375872 NA Film C-13236 Dist117 Sub-dist G Pg 57 Hsehold 280, Wm GREIVE (sic), extracted Jul 2008
  8. Source: #S2337 : Robert FAIRBAIRN, 1828, Scottish Emigration to Canada pre-Confederation, rcvd Jul 2008
  9. Source: #S2285 Family of William GRIEVE and Elizabeth (Bessie) FAIRBAIRN, Richmond, ONT, posted Aug 2000 by Bonnie HURSH
  10. Source: #S809 1851 Richmond, Lennox Co, ONT, hsehold of Robt FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jun 2008
  11. Source: #S2 Page: Jul 2008
  • Source: S1596 IGI: Online searches assorted surnames Note: citations without an "extracted MMM YYYY" are generally pre 1999 Repository: #R149
  • Repository: R149 Family Search (LDS)
  • Source: S1961 www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence Author: LornaHen (1)
  • Source: S2 FAIRBAIRN Analysis Author: Lorna Henderson Repository: #R155
  • Repository: R155 Fairbairn OneNameStudy
  • Source: S2285 : GenForum,
  • Source: S2333 Rootsweb Msge Board, Url: Abbreviation: Rootsweb Msge Board
  • Source: S2337 EM FAIRBAIRN/SINTON Yetholm ex Scott F, Recipient: L Henderson (1), found via BEW Rootsweb list and GenForum FAIRBAIRN list, Aug 2005
  • Source: S5,
  • Source: S809 CAN: Census via Ancestry Repository: #R121
  • Repository: R121
  • WikiTree profile Fairbairn-204 created by L Henderson and merged with Fairbairn-50 after the import of FAIRBAIRNRobertSCOTTKate4WikiTreePlaceUpdated.ged on Mar 25, 2013. (Reference: 55645)

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