Ralph Fairbairn1

(circa 1810 - 17 May 1886)


     Ralph Fairbairn was born circa 1810 SCT.1
     Ralph Fairbairn married Elizabeth Price say 26 Sep 1833 St Mary's Bryanston Sq, St Marylebone, MDX, ENG, assumed to be this St Mary's Bryanston Sq cert: Ralph FAIRBAIRN, Elizabeth PRICE, both of parish of St Mary, St Marylebone, MDX; both signed; Wit: James ?RYEND?, Sophia WALKER.1,2
     Ralph Fairbairn married Ellen UnknownSurname bet. Jun 1856 - Sep 1856 reg. Dist of Aston, WAR, ENG, Bride's name taken from census info, but this 1856 Aston marr. of Ralph shows him to be a widower, baker, aged 46, the son of a John Fairbairn, farmer rather than James, and the bride a Jane PRICE, aged 42, dtr of John PRICE, farmer, not an Ellen.
There is a marriage entry in 1856 for an Ellen but that is in the next quarter, so doesn't match Ralph's entry!3,4,5
     Ralph Fairbairn died on 17 May 1886 7 Rifle Cres, Aston Manor, Dist of Aston, WAR, ENG.6,7,8
A Ralph of this birth date (abt 1810) was assumed to be the Ralph born 1810 in Dalkeith to James & Isabel (Tait) FAIRBAIRN. But his 1856 marriage cert. says otherwise.
Can anyone shed any light on this?
The FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA project would love to hear from a direct male line descendant of this Birmingham baker to see if they were a good match to the representative of this Ralph's family, and indicate that the certificates were being economical with the truth.9


     Ralph Fairbairn and Elizabeth Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Upper Hospital St, Par. of St George, Birmingham, WAR, ENG, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Ralph 30 baker b SCT; Elizabeth 30 ; Assumed children: Emma 6, William 5, Elizabeth 7m, all b cty.10
     Ralph Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1851 150 New John St West, Birmingham, Par. of St George, WAR, ENG, with Elizabeth enumerated as FAIRBURN: Ralph 41 baker b SCT; wife Elizabeth 44 b ENG; Children: Emma 15, William 14, Elizabeth 10, John 4, Anabela 2, all b Birmingham.1
     Ralph Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1861 Bustary? St, Par. of St Silas, Dist of Aston, WAR, ENG, with Ellen enumerated as FAIRBURN: Ralph 51 baker b SCT; wife Ellen 47 b ENG; Son John 14 b Birmingham.5
     Ralph Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1871 on Lockmore Row, Walsall Rd, Cannock, STS, ENG, with Ellen enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Ralph 60 retired baker b SCT; wife Ellen 58 b Cannock, STS; Niece Emma 8 scholar b Kings Norton, WOR.11
     Ralph Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1881 7 Rifle Cres, Aston Manor, Dist of Aston, WAR, ENG, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Ralph 72 widr retired baker b SCT; Grddtr Elizabeth MARTIN unm 23 b Selly Oak, WOR.6

DNA Info

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Elizabeth Price (circa 1807 - bet. Jan 1856 - Mar 1856)
  • William Fairbairn1 (circa 1834 - Nov 1906)
  • Emma Fairbairn10 (circa 1835 - aft. 1861)
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn10 (circa Dec 1840 - aft. 1841)
  • John Fairbairn1 (bet. Mar 1847 - Jun 1847 - aft. 1901)
  • Anabella Fairbairn1 (circa 1849 - aft. 1851)
ChartsRalph & Elizabeth (PRICE) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited1 Apr 2012


  1. [S202] 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Sub Dist St George, Dist Birmingham, WAR HO107/2058 ED 15 F 377 Pg 2 Sched 1, hsehold of Ralph and Elizabeth FAIRBURN, extracted Apr 2009.
  2. [S2916] London Metropolitan Archives: Birth death marriage (filmed originals): , Marr. 1833 Ralph FAIRBAIRN & Elizabeth PRICE, from Saint Mary, Bryanston Square, Register of marriages, P89/MRY2, Item 056, extracted Sep 2010.
  3. [S1595] Www FreeBMD ENG online at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Marr. 1856 Q3 Ellen Esther BAYLEY, reg. Aston, WAR 6d/356, extracted Sep 2010.
  4. [S1595] Www FreeBMD ENG online at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Marr. 1856 Q2 Ralph FAIRBAIRN, reg. Aston, WAR 6d/246, extracted, from image, Sep 2010.
  5. [S204] 1861 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Civil Par. of Aston, Par. St Silas, Sub Dist Erdington Dist Aston, WAR RG9/ 2182 Ed 4 F 88 Pg 28 Sched 165, hsehold of Ralph & Ellen FAIRBURN, extracted Sep 2010.
  6. [S208] 1881 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Aston Manor, Dist Aston, WAR RG11/3040 ED 22 F 92 Pg 43 Sched 242, hsehold of Ralph FAIRBAIRN, extracted Nov 2010.
  7. [S1595] Www FreeBMD ENG online at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl, Dth 1886 Q2 Ralph FAIRBAIRN, aged 77, reg. Aston, WAR 6d/236, extracted Sep 2010.
  8. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Dth 17 May Probate 28 Jun 1886 Ralph FAIRBAIRN, 7 Rifle Cres, Victoria Rd, Par. of Aston, from England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941, extracted Nov 2010.
  9. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Dec 2010.
  10. [S200] 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Par. of St George, Birmingham, WAR HO107/1141 Bk 8 Ed 23 F 40 Pg 4, hsehold of Ralph (Rapph) & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, extracted Sep 2010.
  11. [S206] 1871 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Cannock, Dist Penkridge, STS RG10/2924 ED 1 F 19 Pg 34 Sched 166, hsehold of Ralph & Ellen FAIRBAIRN, extracted Nov 2010.
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