• 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"
emigrated to Pawtucket, RI from Glasgow (marr. 1832)
Any direct male line FAIRBAIRN descendant out there willing to join the Fairbairn DNA project to see if this family match any of those already in the project?
Robert, a cloth finisher, was born somewhere other than Lanarkshire (1841 census)
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 (Aug 1816 - 1890)
    • Jean R. Urquhart (circa 1817 - aft. 1880)
      • William U.1 Fairbairn (Sep 1834 - aft. 1910)
        • Draxanna Austen (circa 1828 - aft. 1910)
          • William U.2 Fairbairn (Jul 1862 - bet. 1920 - 1930)
            • Burnette M. Miller (say 1863 - bet. Aug 1891 - 1900)
            • Mary F. Curran (circa 1880 - )
              • Thaddeus A.3 Fairbairn (circa 1911 - aft. 1930)
              • William F.3 Fairbairn (circa 1913 - aft. 1930)
              • Maude L.3 Fairbairn (Jan 1915 - Apr 2002)
                • Harold W. MacDonald (circa 1912 - )
          • Maud2 Fairbairn (circa 1864 - )
            • William H. Coburn (Apr 1858 - bet. 1900 - 1910)
          • John T.2 Fairbairn (Feb 1866 - bet. 1920 - 1930)
            • Annie E. Hart (circa 1877 - )
              • Margaret M.3 Fairbairn (Feb 1906 - say 1976)
            • Enid L. Grey (Feb 1889 - Jun 1976)
              • Robert A.3 Fairbairn (Jun 1917 - Sep 1995)
                • Patricia Pope (Aug 1916 - Jun 2001)
      • John1 Fairbairn (circa 1840 - aft. 1860)
      • Margaret1 Fairbairn (circa 1844 - aft. 1860)
      • Robert B.1 Fairbairn (Jun 1847 - Mar 1907)
        • Harriet L. Sears (circa 1854 - Apr 1890)
        • Edith B. Alexander (Jul 1864 - aft. 1900)
      • Jennie R.1 Fairbairn (circa Feb 1850 - Apr 1933)
      • Charles N.1 Fairbairn (May 1855 - Mar 1925)
      • Florence N.1 Fairbairn (Jul 1858 - Jul 1940)
DNA Tested line