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John Fairbairn

Male Abt 1799 - 1848  (~ 49 years)


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  • Name John Fairbairn  [1, 2
    WebHighlight 1790  [2, 3, 4, 5
    • With an eldest known son Robert, it had been suggested that John marr. to Jane WADDELL, may be the 1799 John son of Robert & Elizabeth (Crosbie) Fairbairn, although this identification puts John slightly on the young side to have married in 1817, and is rather later than the 1795-ish date we now (Apr 2014) have.
      Against this identification was the death/burial of a John FAIRBAIRN of East Third in 1832, two entries after assumed father Robert's.

      Another suggestion has been the John baptised Smailholm to Robert and Agnes (WRIGHT) Fairbairn.
      However, that John was baptised in 1782, which is a bit far the other way from the age given in the 1841 census (assuming a correct identification, and accurate age of course!)

      Although we have not (yet?) found yDNA evidence to (dis)prove the id, we do have some, admittedly circumtantial, autosomal DNA matches to aid the identification, sufficiently for Robert and Elizabeth's family to be revised and John marr. to Jane WADDELL included.

      Wonder who the John buried in 1832 was?

      The DNA connections:
      John and Jane had a dtr Christian Nisbet Fairbairn who marries James Fairbairn (not yet found to be related).
      A descendant has a predicted 3rd cousin match with a descendant of Isabella (marr. to George Walker), dtr of Robert and Elizabeth (Crosbie) Fairbairn's son James.
      But the DNA matches would be 5th cousins, and share too much DNA for that to be likely.

      ========== (below to be reviewed for relevance)
      Coldstream features in the families below.

      The John married to Jane WADDELL had sons Robert (1818, Eckford), John (1824, Linton) and Andrew (1828, Smailholm) about whom nothing further was postively known.
      Andrew is now fully believed to have married Eliza CLARKE (Plumstead 1853), which id has been further confirmed after finding a better 1851 census for him showing his birth place as Smailholm, rather than the Woolwich barracks Andrew who was recorded as born Church Hill, Berwickshire.

      In addition a potential candidate has now (Nov 2011) been found for son John, also in the military. He is assumed to have married Helen ROSS (Coldstream 1842).
      Circumstantial evidence for the prosecution includes the 1841 census which has likely candidates for both Andrew and John in Eccles, Andrew at Stable Birgham and John, as FREEBAIRN, with future wife Ellen/Helen at Cloverhall.

      By 1851 Andrew is with brother George in the Royal Artillery Barracks in Leeds, but John yet to be found.
      There is also a likely "cousin" marriage between descendants of John & Helen's sons John and James.

      With daughter Christian Nisbet FAIRBAIRN also marrying a FAIRBAIRN (James, son of Ralph FAIRBAIRN & Helen CROW), perhaps there is a connection to that family?

      As always, we would love to solve such puzzles if at all possible by calling on DNA evidence.
      The best option is to find a willing direct male line FAIRBAIRN to to join the Fairbairn Surname DNA Project and undertake at least a Y-DNA37 test (but preferably Y-DNA67 for consistency with other project members).
      The other option, less direct, but all helping piece together families more accurately, would be for autosomal dna testing of any descendants, this being the FamilyFinder test which can also be ordered via the project.
    Born Abt Aug 1799  ROX?, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 6
    • The 1841 census, if accurate, tells us that John was not born in Berwickshire, and theoretically between 1796 and 1801. The burial record assumed to be John in Coldstream, gives us abt 1795, and the now assumed to be correct baptism is Aug 1799, Smailholm
    Christened 25 Aug 1799  Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Gender Male 
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    Occupation Oct 1828  Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    a carter 
    Died 15 Dec 1848  Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6, 9
    Buried 16 Dec 1848  Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 9, 10
    • Although his headstone, erected "By Christina Fairbairn, Coldstream" for "her father John Fairbairn Dec 1849, 51 years. Her mother Jane Waddel" shows 1849, it is likely that the headstone was erected later as a burial in Coldstream showing "John Fairbairn 53" as dying 15th, buried 16th Dec, cost 1/-, seems too much of a coincidence.
    Occupation Jan 1853  [11
    a corn dealer 
    Occupation 1885  [12
    a town scavenger, dec'd (dtr Christian's dth cert) 
    Occupation 1900  [13
    a goods carrier, dec'd (son William's dth cert) 
    Reference Number 35321 
    Person ID I35321  FairbairnRobertCrosbie
    Last Modified 8 Sep 2017 

    Father Robert Fairbairn,   b. Est 1765, ?Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1832, Overtown, Par. of Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Crosbie,   b. Abt 1766, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Sep 1829, Overtown, Par. of Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1790  Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15, 16
    • Entry for 24 Jan reads: Robert Fairbairn to Elisabeth Crosbie.
      Shows on igi as Robert FAIRBAIRN to Elizabeth CORSBIE (and on Sct People index - writing could easily be turned into CROSBIE)
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Waddell,   b. Between 1796 and 1801, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1841, ?Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1817  Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Census 1841  Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • FAIRBAIRN: John 40 ag lab b Scotland; Jane 40 b BEW; Assumed children: Wm 15, Geo 9, Jesse (male) 7 all b Scotland
    Children 
     1. Robert Fairbairn,   b. 20 Sep 1818, Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Christian Nesbit Fairbairn,   b. 26 Feb 1819, Cessford, Par. of Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1885, Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +3. James W Fairbairn,   b. Abt 1821, Cessford, Par. of Eckford, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1870, Wyke, Dist of Bradford, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    +4. John Fairbairn,   b. 27 Jan 1824, Frogden, Par. of Linton, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Jan 1866 and Mar 1866, Woolwich, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    +5. William Fairbairn,   b. 23 May 1826, Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1900, Glasgow, Dist of Kelvin, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +6. Andrew William Fairbairn,   b. 04 Oct 1828, Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Jun 1891 and Sep 1891, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +7. George Fairbairn,   b. 10 Aug 1832, Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1891, ?Berry Brow, Dist of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 60 years)
    +8. Jesse Fairbairn,   b. Abt 1834, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between Sep 1893 and Dec 1893, Dist of Salford, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Aug 1799 - ROX?, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 25 Aug 1799 - Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Nov 1817 - Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a carter - Oct 1828 - Smailholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1841 - Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Dec 1848 - Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 16 Dec 1848 - Coldstream, Berwickshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Sources 
    1. [S1961] www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence, LornaHen (1), FAIRBAIRN/WADDELL, ex RootsWeb Roxburghshire Msge Board, posted Jun 2003, extracted Sep 2003.

    2. [S201] Census: 1841 Scotland via Ancestry, (1841), Coldstream, BEW Par. 733 ED 1 Pg 17 hsehold of John & Jane FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2010.

    3. [S2] FAIRBAIRN Analysis, Lorna Henderson, Sep and Nov 2011.

    4. [S1599] findmypast, 1851: Leeds, Yorkshire (West Riding), HO107/2320 Leeds Cavalry Barracks, F 1186 Pg 18, extracted Nov 2011.

    5. [S110] OPR Roxburghshire, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854, Scotlands People Index, (1538-1854), Birth/Bap.? 6 Jan 1782 John s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Agnes WRIGHT, Smailholm, Roxburghshire, 805/ 0010 0108, extracted from index May 2012.

    6. [S55] BDM: Scotlands People entries to 1854, Dth 15th Bur. 16th Dec 1848 John FAIRBAIRN, Coldstream, Berwickshire, 733/00 0040 0390, copy d/loaded Apr 2014.

    7. [S1596] IGI: Online searches, FAIRBAIRN/CROSBIE, batch C118052 1648 - 1820 1067951, 0102302 Film 6901560, extracted Sep 2003.

    8. [S3217] WikiTree, Jun-13.

    9. [S2978] EMails re FAIRBAIRN: BEW ex David R, Recipient: Lorna Henderson, Address: UK, H/stone John FAIRBAIRN (d. Dec 1849) & Jane WADDELL, Coldstream, erected by dtr Christina, transcr. rcvd Apr 2014.

    10. [S2] FAIRBAIRN Analysis, Lorna Henderson, Apr 2014.

    11. [S5] Ancestry.com, Marr. 23 Jan 1853 Andrew s/o John FAIRBAIRN; Eliza d/o Wm CLARKE, Par. Ch, Plumstead, KEN, from London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Nicholas, Plumstead, Register of marriages, P97/NIC, Item 026, extracted Apr 2010.

    12. [S56] BDM: Scotlands People certs from 1855, Dth 29 Jun 1885 Christina d/o John FAIRBAIRN & Jane WADDELL, w/o James FAIRBAIRN, Coldsream, BEW 733 #22, copy d/loaded Nov 2011.

    13. [S56] BDM: Scotlands People certs from 1855, Dth 22 Mar 1900 William h/o Agnes TURNER; s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Jane WADDELL, reg. Kelvin, LKS 644/09 0469, copy d/loaded Oct 2010.

    14. [S1961] www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence, LornaHen (1), Dth 1861 Andrew FAIRBAIRN, ex RootsWeb Roxburghshire Msge Board, posted Jun 2003, extracted Sep 2003.

    15. [S888] FAIRBAIRN IGI extract 1993/4, (1993 & 1994 addenda), FAIRBAIRN/CROSBIE, batch M118052-?-1067951, extracted Sep 2003.

    16. [S55] BDM: Scotlands People entries to 1854, Marr. 24 Jan 1790 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Elisabeth CROSBIE (or CORSBIE), Smailholm, ROX 805/0010 0173, copy d/loaded (for Agnes FAIRBAIRN/Robert TURNBUL) Mar 2009.