William Fairbairn1

(13 Jul 1762 - 12 Feb 1843)
FatherWilliam Fairbairn2 (circa Aug 1708 - 1789)
MotherAnn Cranston2 (circa May 1720 - 1778)


     William Fairbairn was born on 13 Jul 1762 Cross Flats, Par. of St Boswells, ROX, SCT, supposedly to William and Ann (CRANSTON) FAIRBAIRN (no extant baptisms to William and Ann have yet been found. Original information from grandson Henry's biography shows Ann as born 1700, family notes from Henry's wife show "abt 1710, Crailing", with Ann as daughter of a Robert and Isabella CRAINSTON. At 1700, she would be too old to have William in 1762, but a Crailing baptism in 1720 of an Ann to Robert CRANSTOUNE & Isobel HERD would fit the bill nicely, given Williams' age has been confirmed by his death recorded in NY. The handwritten notes also clarify the puzzling Cron Flats, which could indeed be interpreted as Cron Flats, but also as Cross Flats, which latter has the advantage of appearing on maps.2,1,3,4,5,6,7
     William Fairbairn married Mary Mott say 1815 ?NY or ?PA, USA.1,8
     William Fairbairn died on 12 Feb 1843 Manhattan, New York, NY, USA, at age 80; family say 18th. NY dth entry indexed as FAIRBAINE, newspaper extract shows a notice on Monday Feb 13th reporting: FAIRBAIRN, William in 81yr.9,6,10
Extracts from the obit of William's grandson, Dr Henry Arnold FAIRBAIRN, a physician and surgeon Brooklyn, NY for "well nigh to half a century"; s/o Robert Brinckerhoff F. and Juliet nee Arnold; Born Catskill, NY; Father held two doctors degrees (law & divinity), professor mathematics St Stephens College, Annandale, NY, later warden of the college; Family of Fairbairn
Line of Dr Henry A F. traced back to John F. born Nenthorn, ROX 1714, who married Helen Anderson of Cralny, and died Galashiels 1796. Their son Andrew born Smailholme 10 Feb 1758, d. Jan 14, 1844, married Dec 12, 1783 Margaret Henderson of Jedburgh. "And it is to these two male members of the Roxburghshire family that the direct line of Dr Henry A Fairbairn was doubtless closely related." (which connection would be interesting to find out)
Great great grandfather of Dr Fairbairn was George Fairbairn, born at St Boswells Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland, in 1670, died there, married Jenett Craile, born in 1763 in the same parish.
Thier son William born 1709 St Boswell's Parish ROX d. there 1789; married Ann Cranston, born 1700, d. 1778 in Crasting (sic) Par. ROX d/o Robert & Isabella Cranston.
Their son William (2), born at Cron (?) Flats, Bothwell Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland, July 13, 1762, (when mother would be 62! There are no immediately obvious children of any date/place to William and Ann yet found) died Feb 18, 1843, came in 1796 to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.. a printer and book publisher, "published an edition of Burn's poems in America at the same time that they were published in England for the benefit of the poet's family," .. marr. Mary Mott, born Poughkeepsie NY De 23 1776, d. NY City Feb 1 1840, d/o Henry Mott born c. 1746 and Elizabeth nee Newcomb. Their son Robert Brinckerhoff was the father of Dr Fairbairn.
Rev Dr Fairbairn married Juliet d/o Anson and Sally (Gardener) Arnold, born Troy NY Jun 3, 1822, d. Aug 1893 Annandale, NY, "descended from a very ancient family which had its origin among the princes of Wales, having been traced back to Ynir, King of Gwentland, who flourished in the middle of the twelfth century and was descended from Ynir, the second son of Cadwalder, King of the Britons." .. line recorded in the college of arms, Juliet was in the 24th generation, a direct descendant of Ynir, King of Gwentland.
Henry A .. Married Feb 7 1888 Alice LeFevre, d/o Peter Edward & Mary Ann (Mount) LeFevre descendant of an old family...11,5

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Mary Mott (Dec 1776 - Feb 1840)
ChartsWilliam & Mary (MOTT) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited16 Dec 2015


  1. [S2195] Www Rootsweb online at http://wc.rootsweb.com/, Robert (1818-1899/1900) s/o William FAIRBAIN & Mary d/o Henry MOTT & Elizabeth NEWCOMB, from db rkwest of Rosemary, last updated Aug 2008, extracted Sep 2008.
  2. [S3325] Bill THATCHER, "FAIRBAIRN/CRANSTON corres.," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 13 Jul 1762 Cross Flat, St Boswells William s/o William FAIRBAIRN (1709 - 1789 Ellesadden, St Boswells) & Ann CRIANSTON (abt 1710 - 1778 Crailing Parish), handwritten family notes from Alice Lefevre FAIRBAIRN, copy rcvd Feb 2014.
  3. [S2800] FHL Film 1425557 FAIRBAIRN, Henry A (1855- ) - Biography, Birth 13 Jul 1762 William s/o William & Ann (CRANSTON) FAIRBAIRN, Cron? Flats, Bothwell Par, ROX, pg 219 extracted Dec 2008.
  4. [S1596] Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 13 Jul 1762 William s/o William FAIRBAIRN & Ann Cranston FAIRBAIRN, Film 178097 Pg 527 Ref 20269, Bothwell Parrish, ROX, extracted Dec 2008.
  5. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Dec 2008.
  6. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Dth 12 Feb 1843 William FAIRBAIRNE, Manhattan, NY, aged 80, b SCT, from New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952 batch B05581-8 film 447550, extracted Apr 2012.
  7. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 6 Jul 1745 William FREEBAIRN & Ann CRANSTON, Sprouston, ROX, 807/00 0010 0265, copy d/loaded Dec 2008.
  8. [S3120] GenealogyBank Newspapers online at http://GenealogyBank.com, 1807 William FAIRBAIRN, publisher, Philadelphia Directory (James ROBINSON), extracted Apr 2012.
  9. [S2800] FHL Film 1425557 FAIRBAIRN, Henry A (1855- ) - Biography, Dth 18 Feb 1843 William FAIRBAIRN, pg 219 extracted Dec 2008.
  10. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Dth notice 13 Feb 1843 William FAIRBAIRN, in 81 yr, from New York, Death Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890 (Barber Collection), either the NY Evening Post or the Brooklyn Eagle, extracted Apr 2012.
  11. [S2800] FHL Film 1425557 FAIRBAIRN, Henry A (1855- ) - Biography, Pp 219-23, extracted Dec 2008.
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