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.
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);
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).
either he is a bit younger (there's already a 1783/1785/1787 set of siblings) to fit after George in 1787,
he has to fit somewhere else in the overall extended family of John and Bessie (Flint) Fairbairn
date assumes married shortly before birth of stated oldest child Elizabeth
Jane (may not belong here)
James / Archie
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
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:
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 Ancestry.com,
Source: S809 CAN: Census via Ancestry Repository: #R121
Repository: R121 Ancestry.com
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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Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: