John Fairbairn1,2

(circa 1795 - 15 Dec 1848)

BDMs

     John Fairbairn was born circa 1795 in ROX?, SCT, 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 1795.2,1,3 He married Jane Waddell on 23 Nov 1817 at Smailholm, ROX, SCT.1,2
     John Fairbairn died on 15 Dec 1848 at Coldstream, BEW, SCT.2,4,3 He was buried on 16 Dec 1848 at Coldstream, Berwickshire, 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.3,4,5
With an eldest known son Robert, it has 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 is 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!)

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.6,7,2,8

Census

     John Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 at Old Quarry Houses, Coldstream, BEW, SCT, with Jane Fairbairn, as FAIRBAIRN: John 40 ag lab b SCT; Jane 40 b BEW; Assumed children: Wm 15, Geo 9, Jesse (male) 7 all b SCT (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5).2

DNA Info

     John's line needs a/another participant in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Check out the Wanted! page for further information.

Links

     Click here to see John's page on WikiTree, a collaborative on-line tree with an easily navigable range of charts.9

Family

Jane Waddell (bet. 1796 - 1801 - aft. 1841)
Children
  • Robert Fairbairn1 (Sep 1818 - )
  • Christian Nesbit Fairbairn1,10 (Feb 1819 - Jun 1885)
  • James W Fairbairn11 (circa 1821 - Jul 1870)
  • John Fairbairn+1 (Jan 1824 - bet. Jan 1866 - Mar 1866)
  • William Fairbairn1,2 (May 1826 - Mar 1900)
  • Andrew William Fairbairn+12,1,7 (Oct 1828 - bet. Jun 1891 - Sep 1891)
  • George Fairbairn+ (Aug 1832 - aft. 1891); George's brother James and his wife Mary Ann were witnesses to George's marriage to Sarah, and George with brother Andrew in 185113,7,2
  • Jesse Fairbairn2 (circa 1834 - bet. Sep 1893 - Dec 1893)
ChartsJohn and Jane (Waddell) Fairbairn
Wanted: John and Jane (Waddell) Fairbairn
Last Edited25 Apr 2014

Citations

  1. [S1961] Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) FAIRBAIRN/WADDELL, ex RootsWeb Roxburghshire Msge Board, posted Jun 2003, extracted Sep 2003.
  2. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Coldstream, BEW Par. 733 ED 1 Pg 17 hsehold of John & Jane FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2010.
  3. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 15th Bur. 16th Dec 1848 John FAIRBAIRN, Coldstream, BEW, 733/00 0040 0390, copy d/loaded Apr 2014.
  4. [S2978] David RICHARDSON, "EM FAIRBAIRN: BEW ex David R," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, H/stone John FAIRBAIRN (d. Dec 1849) & Jane WADDELL, Coldstream, erected by dtr Christina, transcr. rcvd Apr 2014.
  5. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Apr 2014.
  6. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Sep and Nov 2011.
  7. [S1599] Findmypast online at http://www.findmypast.com, 1851: Leeds, Yorkshire (West Riding), HO107/2320 Leeds Cavalry Barracks, F 1186 Pg 18, extracted Nov 2011.
  8. [S110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Roxburghshire, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Birth/Bap.? 6 Jan 1782 John s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Agnes WRIGHT, Smailholm, ROX, 805/ 0010 0108, extracted from index May 2012.
  9. [S3217] WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Jun-13.
  10. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 29 Jun 1885 Christina d/o John FAIRBAIRN & Jane WADDELL, w/o James FAIRBAIRN, Coldsream, BEW 733 #22, copy d/loaded Nov 2011.
  11. [S2153] Various, BDM Certified copy, Marr. 10 Jun 1844 James s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Mary Ann d/o Thomas BAINES, Sheffield, YKS, copy rcvd Nov 2010.
  12. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.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.
  13. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Marr. 3 Nov 1853 George (22) s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Sarah (25) d/o Thomas BURGESS, Bradford St Peters (Bradford Cathedral), from West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: 40D90/1/3/44; New Reference Number: BDP14, extracted Sep 2011.
 
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