Ellen Fairbairn1,2

(25 Jan 1795 - 7 Aug 1866)
FatherAndrew Fairbairn3 (Feb 1758 - Jan 1844)
MotherMargaret Henderson3 (say 1760 - Jan 1820)


     Ellen Fairbairn was born on 25 Jan 1795 Kelso, ROX, SCT.3,4
     Ellen Fairbairn married Hugh Aird Smith on 25 Oct 1830 St John's, Manchester, LAN, ENG, entry shows Hugh Aird SMITH and Ellen FAIRBAIRN marr. by license; both single, o.t.p. and town of Manchester; Both signed; Wit: Andw FAIRBAIRN, M(att?) SMITH.5,6
     Helen Smith died on 7 Aug 1866 8 Mary Pl, Edinburgh, Dist of St George, MLN, SCT, at age 71; cert. shows Helen as 71, widow of Hugh Aird SMITH, Civil Engineer; d/o Andrew FAIRBAIRN surveyor of roads & Margaret m.s. HENDERSON, both dec'd; d. 11am of chill ?in?sitative Fever and Exhaustion 4 days; Inf. son-in-law Geo H FAIRBAIRN, Portobello ; Reg. 14th Aug.4,7
The SMITH connection: Helen/Ellen's sister Jane was found in two censuses with then unidentifiied SMITH relations with her.
1851 in Newcastle, a niece Elizabeth SMITH born Manchester, 1861 in Edinburgh with a boarder Helen SMITH born Kelso;
In addition, two sons of John & Sarah (MORRIS) FAIRBAIRN married SMITHs, one Jane, the other Eliza, whose death certificates didn't indicate a connection, but it looked like there had to be one, given that one had a son named after the other's father!
Recent (May 2013) research indicates that they were sisters, despite their death certifictes showing different parents.
We have convinced ourselves that they are both daughters of Ellen FAIRBAIRN & Hugh Aird SMITH, and thus both married their 2nd cousins.5,8,9,10


     Ellen Smith appeared on the census of 1851 80 Prince Edwin St, Everton, Liverpool, LAN, ENG, with Hugh Aird Smith, enumerated as SMITH, Hugh A Head 52 Engineer (Journeyman) b Kelso, Scotland; wife Ellen (indexed as Ellenor) 54 no birth place shown; Children: Robert Unmarried 19 Engineer (Journeyman) b Little Bolton, Manchester, LAN; Jane 14 Scholar b Little Bolton, LAN.1
     Helen appeared on the census of 1861 8 Mary Pl, Edinburgh St George, Dist of St George, MLN, SCT, as a boarder with Jane Fairbairn enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Jane 74 head b Kelso, ROX; Boarder Helen SMITH 66 b Kelso; Serv. Jemima MURRAY 17 b Path, Edin.4


     As of 1851, Ellen was also known as Ellenor (a mistranscription on fmp.)1


Hugh Aird Smith (circa 1799 - bet. Jan 1857 - Mar 1857)
  • Robert Smith1 (circa 1832 - )
  • Margaret Smith11 (circa Aug 1833 - )
  • Eliza Smith+12 (Aug 1834 - Mar 1927)
  • Jane Smith5,2 (Sep 1836 - Oct 1898)
ChartsLineage 2b1: John & Helen (ANDERSON) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited18 May 2013


  1. [S1599] Findmypast online at http://www.findmypast.com, 1851 Municipal Borough: Liverpool, Civil Par. Everton, Dist West Derby, Liverpool, LAN, HO107 Piece: 2189 Folio: 243 Page: 39, hsehold of Hugh A & Ellen (indexed as Ellenor) SMITH, extracted from image May 2013.
  2. [S3264] Lancashire OPC Database by Online Parish Clerks online at http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/, Birth 3rd Bap. 8th Sep 1836 Jane d/o Hugh & Ellen SMITH, Little Bolton, LAN, from Baptisms 1814 - 1837, Page 114, Entry 897 LDS Film 560877, extracted May 2013.
  3. [S110] Scotlands People Index, "OPR Roxburghshire, Scotland, FAIRBAIRN Births 1538-1854", Birth 25 Jan 1795 Helen to Andew FAIRBAIRN & Margaret HENDERSON, Kelso, ROX Dist 793, index searched Mar 2008.
  4. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Edinburgh St George, Dist St George, MLN Reg. 685/1 ED 83 Pg 12 Sched 71, hsehold of Jane FAIRBAIRN, extracted Sep 2010.
  5. [S3254] Rosemary PHILIP, "EM FAIRBAIRN/ANDERSON ex Rosemary P," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 1860 George Henry (s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Eliza SMITH) FAIRBAIRN & Jane d/o Hugh Aird SMITH & Helen FAIRBAIRN, 2nd cousins, extract rcvd May 2013.
  6. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Marr. 25 Oct 1830 Ellen FAIRBAIRN & Hugh Aird SMITH, St John's, Manchester, LAN, from Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930, extracted from image May 2013.
  7. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 7 Aug 1866 Helen SMITH wid/o Hugh Aird SMITH, d/o Andrew FAIRBAIRN & Margaret HENDERSON, Dist of St George, Edin. City, MLN, 685/01 #731, copy d/loaded May 2013.
  8. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", May 2013.
  9. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 13 Oct 1898 Jane FAIRBAIRN, wid/o George Henry FAIRBAIRN, d/o Hugh Aird SMTH & Helen FAIRBAIRN, reg. Dist of St Andrew, Edin., MLN, 685/02 #643, copy d/loaded May 2013.
  10. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 31 Mar 1927 Eliza FAIRBAIRN nee SMITH, [ITAL:d/o James SMITH & Eliza FAIRBAIRN, wid/o James FAIRBAIRN, reg. ]Dist of St Andrew, Edin 685/2 #55, copy d/loaded Sep 2010.
  11. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Bap. 6 Aug 1833 Margaret d/o Hugh Aird & Ellen SMITH, from Manchester, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1901 (Cathedral), extracted from index (image wouldn't load) May 2013.
  12. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Birth 29 Aug 1834 Bap. 17 May 1835 Elizabeth d/o Hugh SMITH & Ellen FAIRBAIRN, St Peter's Presb. Scotch National, Manchester, LAN, from England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, extracted from index May 2013.
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