• Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

    Abraham Lincoln
  • My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

    Cary Grant
  • Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.

    E. B. White
  • I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.

    e. e. cummings
  • What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.

    — Saint Augustine
  • Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

    Mark Twain
  • If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

    Henry David Thoreau
  • If two things look the same, look for differences. If they look different, look for similarities.

    John Cardinal
  • In theory, there is no difference. In practice, there is.

    — Anonymous
  • Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.

    John Adams
  • People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.

    Abraham Lincoln
  • History - what never happened described by someone who wasn't there

    — ?Santayana?
  • What's a "trice"? It's like a jiffy but with three wheels

    — Last of the Summer Wine
  • Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened

    — Terry Pratchett
  • I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.

    — Terry Pratchett
  • .. we were trained to meet any new situation by reorganising; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illuson of progress

    — Petronius (210 BC)
  • The time we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains

    — Proust
  • You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

    William J. H. Boetcker
  • Only a genealogist thinks taking a step backwards is progress

    — Lorna 1992
  • No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.

    — George Bernard Shaw
  • A TV remote is female: It easily gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying.

    — Anon
  • Hammers are male: Because in the last 5000 years they've hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.

    — Anon
  • The right thing to do is to do nothing, the place to do it is in a place of concealment and the time to do it is as often as possible.

    — Tony Cook "The Biology of Terrestrial Molluscs"
a waterman at Gravesend/Bermondsey (marr. 1815)
A descendant has a 37/37 match (so far) to the Cockburnspath FAIRBAIRNs.
A Robert FEARBURN was baptized at Gravesend in 1781 which is of an age matching Robert's entry in the 1841 census.
Is there any connection between this John & Ann FEARBURN and John & Ann (ARROWSMITH) FAIRBURN who married in Durham, but shfted to Deptford around the late 1770s, where John is a ship builder?
Any direct male line FAIRBAIRNs from a line other than Robert's son David willing to corroborate this line's DNA signature?
Or even better, a descendant of William Thomas FAIRBURN of Deptford (NZ missionary) able to corroborate the tentative id of Robert's baptism at Gravesend?
Charts only show those I have researched, only descendants still with the surname FAIRBAIRN, and their spouses, and usually only deceased FAIRBAIRN family members. Exceptions include direct lines down to researchers included elsewhere on the site, or for DNA project participants who have agreed to be shown in the latter project. Should you wish to be included in your relevant chart, please contact the webmistress, using the link in the page footer.
So, in general, charts are by no means complete. Please refer further queries to the researcher(s) listed for the line.
Where there is doubt, conflicting evidence for relationships, or additional published information exists, this is usually discussed on the appropriate person's page, follow the link and make up your mind from the information and sources shown.

DNA tested line
  • Robert0 Fairbairn (circa Jul 1789 - bet. Jun 1841 - Sep 1843)
    • Elizabeth A. Cotton or Cotte (circa 1792 - aft. 1851)
      • Robert1 Fairbairn (circa Feb 1818 - aft. 1851)
        • Harriatt M. Kenney (circa 1817 - )
      • David1 Fairbairn (circa 1823 - )
        • Sarah A. Warren (circa 1829 - )
          • David2 Fairbairn (circa 1853 - aft. 1871)
          • William2 Fairbairn (circa 1855 - aft. 1861)
          • Henry G.2 Fairbairn (circa 1857 - aft. 1871)
          • Robert2 Fairbairn (circa 1859 - aft. 1871)
          • George2 Fairbairn (circa Dec 1860 - aft. 1861)
          • Louisa E.2 Fairbairn (circa 1865 - aft. 1871)
        • Jane R. Brown (circa 1852 - aft. 1891)
          • William J.2 Fairbairn (circa 1870 - Aug 1935)
            • Angela Steers (circa 1869 - )
              • Frederick3 Fairbairn (circa 1891 - aft. 1901)
              • Caroline3 Fairbairn (circa 1895 - aft. 1901)
              • William3 Fairbairn (circa 1897 - aft. 1901)
              • Harry3 Fairbairn (circa 1899 - aft. 1901)
              • Robert3 Fairbairn (circa May 1900 - aft. 1901)
              • Eliza3 Fairbairn (circa 1902 - )
              • David3 Fairbairn (1903 - )
              • David3 Fairbairn (circa 1904 - )
          • Alice J.2 Fairbairn (circa 1872 - aft. 1881)
          • Harry2 Fairbairn (circa 1881 - aft. 1891)
          • George2 Fairbairn (circa 1884 - aft. 1891)
          • Rose2 Fairbairn (circa 1886 - aft. 1891)
      • Susannah1 Fairbairn (circa 1826 - aft. 1851)
      • William1 Fairbairn (circa 1827 - aft. 1881)
        • Sarah Nolan (circa 1830 - )
          • Emily2 Fairbairn (circa 1860 - )
          • Henry2 Fairbairn (circa 1866 - )
          • Robert2 Fairbairn (circa Jun 1870 - )
          • George2 Fairbairn (circa 1873 - )
      • George1 Fairbairn (circa 1831 - aft. 1891)
        • Mary A. Beeson (circa 1828 - bet. Jun 1862 - Sep 1862)
          • James R.2 Fairbairn (May 1858 - bet. Mar 1877 - Jun 1877)
        • Susannah Bayley (circa 1840 - bet. Jun 1893 - Sep 1893)
          • George R.2 Fairbairn (bet. Jan 1872 - Mar 1872 - bet. Jun 1904 - Sep 1904)
            • Mabel J. Taylor (circa 1874 - aft. 1914)
              • Edward G.3 Fairbairn (bet. Sep 1894 - Dec 1894 - Apr 1937)
              • William R.3 Fairbairn (circa 1900 - aft. 1911)
          • Albert J.2 Fairbairn (circa 1880 - aft. 1881)
      • Henry1 Fairbairn (Sep 1833 - )
DNA tested line