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Elizabeth (Fairbairn) Wiggins (abt. 1849 - 1918)

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Elizabeth Wiggins formerly Fairbairn
Born about in Lower Canada (Quebec)map
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married in Ottawa, Carelton Co., Ontario, Canadamap
Died in Ottawa, Carleton Co., Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Apr 2015
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Name: Elizabeth /Fairbairn/


Date abt 1849
Place: Lower Canada (Quebec)
Notes - an inventive lady about her age. She appears with her parents as aged 5 in the 1851/2 census.
1861 shows her as 12 and 13 (two versions exist, one with father, t'other with parents)
1871 still consistent, 22, with parents
1881 is where the deception starts showing :) "aged 27" in hsehold of widowed father
1882 marriage she's still "27"
1911 census with husband 55 instead of 62
1918 Death "aged 68", so her past caught up with her again.Henderson-2297 22:30, 14 April 2015 (EDT)


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  • Fairbairn-726 was created by William Rielly through the import of rielly2015.GED on Apr 10, 2015.

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On 15 Apr 2015 at 01:58 GMT Lorna Henderson wrote:

Cracked it William.

Definitely two Elizabeths both related. This exercise solved a mystery for me. Elizabeth's 1882 marriage to Thomas WIGGINS is indexed in the Ontario marriages as HIGGINS, and I never could find her after 1882 in census data as a result. Looking at the image again it still looks like HIGGINS when comparing other Hs on the page! Also doesn't help that her 1918 death in Ottawa has her with the wrong father - given as John FAIRBAIRN instead of Archibald. Suggest I add another Elizabeth to George and Eleanor and we shift William JOHNSTON to that spouse, removing the one married to WIGGINS from George and Eleanor and she can then be added to Archibald and Eliza O'Hara instead

On 15 Apr 2015 at 01:26 GMT Lorna Henderson wrote:

From the 1901 census the Elizabeth married to Thomas WIGGINS and mother of Gourlay, Arthur and George (also Burness and Lawrence) was born 1 Apr 1861, so older than the Elizabeth married to JOHNSTON.

Which leads me to believe there are two Elizabeths here, from different families If you need help untangling, just ask. Lorna

On 15 Apr 2015 at 00:55 GMT Lorna Henderson wrote:

Are you sure about the marriage to Wiggins?

The Elizabeth married to JOHNSON is the dtr of George and Eleanor (MULLEN) FAIRBAIRN and is with them in 1881 and 1891 as FAIRBAIRN 1911 census JOHNSTON: William 46 b May 1864 Irish, farmer; wife Elizabeth 42 b May 1868, Scotch; Children (Irish): Albrick (Alderick on ancestry) 18 b Sep 1892, school teaching; Viola 16 b Oct 1894; Rebeca 14 b Nov 1896; Frank 9 b Oct 1901; All Canadian, Methodist, b QUE

Elizabeth is 25 degrees from George Bush, 24 degrees from Rick San Soucie and 26 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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