• 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"
with a number of sons in the military
Love to hear from a male FAIRBAIRN descendant willing to help us by joining the Fairbairn DNA project to investigate the possible connection to Robert (marr. Elizabeth CROSBIE), or to Ralph FAIRBAIRN of Coldstream.
And to prove, if possible, that John married Helen ROSS, does indeed belong here.
These Wanted! charts may only show direct male line FAIRBAIRNs (plus their spouses) either known to have male descendants, or hoped to have. Only direct father/son FAIRBAIRN males carry the yDNA needed for participation in the yDNA portion of the FAIRBAIRN DNA project.
Any descendant of any Fairbairn line who has tested their autosomal DNA (atDNA), e.g. FamilyTreeDNA's FamilyFinder test, or the only tests offered by MyHeritage, Ancestry and 23andme do please upload your DNA file from your testing company to GEDMatch.com (free) as your DNA may of course hold a vital clue as to a previously unknown connection.
Those who tested on FamilyTreeDNA are also welcome to join the FAIRBAIRN project there. We have an internal "activity feed" for the project available to protect members only, and if sufficient data is available, the DNASurnames project pages can be updated to include an atDNA section for your line.
DNA Tested line
  • John0 Fairbairn (circa Aug 1799 - Dec 1848)
    • Jane Waddell (bet. 1796 - 1801 - aft. 1841)
      • Christian N.1 Fairbairn (Feb 1819 - Jun 1885)
        • James Fairbairn (circa 1817 - Sep 1904)
          • Ralph2 Fairbairn (Sep 1848 - aft. 1911)
            • Elizabeth Laws (circa 1850 - aft. 1911)
              • Jesse A.3 Fairbairn (bet. Mar 1876 - Jun 1876 - Jan 1939)
                • Esther Birkett (circa 1876 - bet. Jun 1951 - Sep 1951)
                  • Ralph4 Fairbairn (Dec 1896 - bet. Mar 1976 - Jun 1976)
              • John J.3 Fairbairn (bet. Jun 1884 - Sep 1884 - aft. 1910)
                • Mary Gilroy (say 1885 - )
      • William1 Fairbairn (May 1826 - Mar 1900)
        • Agnes Turner (circa 1821 - Aug 1891)
      • Andrew W.1 Fairbairn (Oct 1828 - bet. Jun 1891 - Sep 1891)
        • Eliza Clarke (circa 1833 - aft. 1891)
          • William H. Y.2 Fairbairn (bet. Jun 1861 - Sep 1861 - Mar 1923)
            • Frances E. West (circa 1864 - bet. Mar 1904 - Jun 1904)
              • Henry B.3 Fairbairn (Aug 1889 - Oct 1954)
                • Francis A. Carpenter (say 1890 - aft. 1954)
                  • Henry L.4 Fairbairn (Nov 1917 - Nov 1991)
              • Charles S.3 Fairbairn (Jun 1891 - Nov 1988)
                • Mary E. Shorney
              • J G.3 Fairbairn (say 1895 - )
          • Edward E.2 Fairbairn (bet. Sep 1864 - Dec 1864 - aft. 1911)
            • Ellen L. West (circa 1866 - aft. 1911)
DNA Tested line