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John Fairbairn (abt. 1819 - 1876)

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John Fairbairn
Born about in Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
Father of
Died in Hastings Co., Ontario, Canadamap
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Categories: Erie County, New York | Lancaster, New York | Lancaster, New York, 1850.


John Fairbairn wife of Isabela Fairbairn (1825 - 1854) birth name unknown. [1]

Born 5 Aug 1819 Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland [2]

Immigrated Arr. 25 Jun 1850 New York, USA

FAIRBAIRN: John 28 gardener; Isabella 26 ; Isabella 52 ; John 5, all Scotch, contracted to land NY
But if this is John s/o John and Janet (HENDERSON), which data it certainly fits, who is the 52 yr old Isabella?
later son John T's bio say his parents emig 1853

Marriage 1:

7 Jan 1843 Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland

Husband: John Fairbairn
Wife: Isabella[3] Brockie [4]
OPR shows John Fairbairn as residing at Yarlside and Isabella Brockie residing at Earlston gave in their names for proclamation 7th January 1843[5]
NB son John Thomas Fairbairn's 1883 marriage to Agnes HOUSTON states that his mother is an Agnes SAGETER but the History of Sacramento Co. states John was the son of John Fairbairn and Isabella BRACKIE
John Snr would be hard pushed to fit in a wife between the death of Isabella nee BROCKIE in 1854 and his 1855 census entry showing him as married to Hellen (TAYLOR)

Marriage 2: abt 1855 Prob. in Erie Co., New York, USA

Husband: John Fairbairn
Wife: Hellen TAYLOR [6]


1841 Yarlside, Earlston, Berwickshire, Scotland

John FAIRBAIRN, ag lab 20 b BEW; also William SHILLINGLAW, 15 ag lab b BEW (SHELLINGTON on ancestry) next door to parents John & Janet
FAIRBAIRN: John, farmer, Janet assumed to be wife, both 50. Assumed children: Helen, ag fem lab, 15; Andrew ag lab, 15; Jessie 12, Robert 10, Anne 8; Same farm, next entry as separate "hsehold" John FAIRBAIRN 20 ag lab, William SHILLINGLAW 15 ag lab. All b Cty [7]

28 Jun 1855 Lancaster, Erie Co., New York USA

FAIRBANKS (sic): John 29 laborer resid. 5 yrs b. SCT (alien); wife Hellen 23 born Canada, resid. 1 month; Child John 3 resid 3 yrs [8]

1861 Grey, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada

FAIRBAIRN: John 32 (surname repeated in occupation col) b SCT; wife Ellin 28 b U.C. John 9, Robert 3 both b U.C. All F.C. [9]


John's page in the Fairbairn One Name Study


  1. #S1
  2. Birth 5 Aug 1819 John s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Janet HENDERSON, patron submission, batch 7027208 sheet 2 film 0538628
  3. #S1
  4. Source #S1: Dth 3 Sep 1854 Isabella BROCKIE, wife of John FAIRBAIRN; aged 29; also Isabella DINWOODIE 25 Aug 1854 aged 69 with cem. note: "Died; Mrs. Henderson Aug 25, 1854, mother of Mrs. Fairbairn", Memorial 131153899
  5. Source #S55: Marr. proclamation 7 Jan 1843 John FAIRBIARN & Isabella BROCKIE, Earlston, Berwickshire, 736/00 0020 0175
  6. #S2: 1855 NY State Census, hsehold of John & Hellen FAIRBANKS (sic), Lancaster, Erie Co., NY
  7. Source #S820: 1841 census: Yarlside, Earlston, BEW 736/00 003/00 pg 20 Farm of John & Janet FAIRBAIRN, copy held
  8. #S2: 1855 NY State Census, hsehold of John & Hellen FAIRBANKS (sic), Lancaster, Erie Co., NY
  9. Source #S403: 1861 Grey, Huron, Ontario; Roll: C-1035-1036, hsehold of John & Ellin FAIRBAIRN

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