George Fairbairn1,2

(10 Aug 1832 - aft. 1891)
FatherJohn Fairbairn (circa Aug 1799 - Dec 1848); George's brother James and his wife Mary Ann were witnesses to George's marriage to Sarah, and George with brother Andrew in 18513,4,2
MotherJane Waddell5,2 (bet. 1796 - 1801 - aft. 1841)


     Another son of John & Jane (WADDELL) FAIRBAIRN has now been identified.
The id was made from the West Yorkshire Marriages and Banns (now available on ancestry) showing that George's father was a John, carrier, and the witnesses being a James and Mary Ann FAIRBAIRN. James and George are definitely siblings, both in Bradford, both born Scotland, with father John a carrier - which occupation fits with their brother Andrew's baptism details.5


     George Fairbairn was born on 10 Aug 1832 Smailholm, ROX, SCT, Place given variously as Smailholm (1851) or Kelso (1891) with military record showing born "at Smailholm nr Kelso". Exact date derived from service record showing George as under age to 9 Aug '49, reckoning his service from the 10th, and age at discharge being 21 yrs 64 days on 12 Oct 1852 - might be the 9th!1,6,7,4
     George Fairbairn married Sarah Burgess, daughter of Thomas Burgess, on 3 Nov 1853 Cathedral, Bradford, WRY, ENG, cert. shows George as 22, gardner, s/o John FAIRBAIRN carrier; Sarah as 25 servant d/o Thomas BURGESS saddler; George signed, Sarah her mark; Both resid. Bradford; Wit: James & Mary Ann FAIRBAIRN.1,8,3
     George Fairbairn died aft. 1891 ?Berry Brow, Dist of Huddersfield, YKS, ENG.1


     George Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 Old Quarry Houses, Coldstream, BEW, SCT, in the household of John Fairbairn and Jane Fairbairn and is assumed to be a son.2
     George Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1851 at the Royal Artillery Cavalry Barracks, Leeds, WRY, ENG, with Andrew Fairbairn, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Andrew 20, George 19, both Gunner R I Horse Artillery, labourer, scholar, b Smailholm (assumed to be brothers, children of John & Jane (WADDELL) FAIRBAIRN.)4,9
     George Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1861 6 Wilson St, Manningham, Dist of Bradford, YKS, ENG, with Sarah Fairbairn, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: George 29 gardener b SCT; wife Sarah 38 b Thirsk, YKS; Dtr Mary Jane 1 b Bradford, YKS.10
     George Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1871 382 Blackburn's Row, Berry Brow, Dist of Huddersfield, YKS, ENG, with Sarah Fairbairn, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: George 39 coachman b SCT; wife Sarah 46 b Thirsk, YKS; Children: Mary Jane 11, Charles Robert 9, Nelly 5 all scholars b Bradford, YKS; Visitor: Hellen 26 b America; son John 3 scholar b America; Harleertey? (assumed to be Arlington d. 1870?) 9 mos b Almondsbury, YKS.1
     The census of 1881 showed George with his wife Sarah, their dtr Mary 382 Bridge St, Berry Brow, Dist of Huddersfield, YKS, ENG, household enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: George 49 coachman (dom) b SCT; wife Sarah 58 b Thirsk, YKS; Children: Mary Jane 21 dressmaker, Charles R 19 warehouseman both b Bradford, YKS.11
     George Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1891 on Birch Rd, Berry Brow, Dist of Huddersfield, YKS, ENG, with Sarah Fairbairn, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: George 59 dom servant, coachman (groom) added later, b Kelso, SCT; wife Sarah 64 b Thirsk, YKS; Dtr Mary J 30 dressmaker b Bradford, YKS.6


Sarah Burgess (circa 1823 - aft. 1891)
  • Mary Jane Fairbairn10 (circa 1860 - )
  • Charles Robert Fairbairn1 (bet. Jun 1861 - Sep 1861 - aft. 1911)
  • Nelly Fairbairn1 (bet. Jan 1864 - Mar 1864 - aft. 1871)
ChartsLineage 1b4b: Robert and Elizabeth (CROSBIE) Fairbairn
Last Edited9 Jul 2013


  1. [S206] 1871 Census images, England & Wales, via, Berry Brow, Civil Par. Armitage Bridge, Almondsbury, Huddersfield, YKS RG10/4358 ED 11d F 88 Pg 21, sched 116, hsehold of George & Sarah FAIRBAIRN, extracted Dec 2008.
  2. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Coldstream, BEW Par. 733 ED 1 Pg 17 hsehold of John & Jane FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2010.
  3. [S5] online at, 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.
  4. [S1599] Findmypast online at, 1851: Leeds, Yorkshire (West Riding), HO107/2320 Leeds Cavalry Barracks, F 1186 Pg 18, extracted Nov 2011.
  5. [S1] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Sep 2011.
  6. [S211] 1891 Census images, England & Wales, via, Berry Brow, Dist of Huddersfield, YKS RG12/3563 ED 16 F 121 Pg 7 Sched 38, hsehold of George & Sarah FAIRBAIRN, extracted Mar 2009.
  7. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Service record 10 Jan 1849 (Coldstream) 12 Oct 1852 (Woolwich) Gunner & Driver George FAIRBAIRN Royal Horse Artillery, born Smailholm, from British Army Service Records 1760-1915, extracted Nov 2011.
  8. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Marr. 1853 Q4 George FAIRBAIRN & Sarah BURGESS, reg. Bradford, YKS 9b/72, extracted Sep 2011.
  9. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Nov 2011.
  10. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via, Manningham, Dist Bradford, YKS RG9/3333 ED 40 F 111 Pg 18 Sched 74, hsehold of George & Sarah FAIRBAIRN, extracted Mar 2009.
  11. [S208] 1881 Census images, England & Wales, via, Berry Brow, Civil Par./Sub Dist Almondsbury, Dist Huddersfield, YKS RG11/4377 ED 16 F 96 Pg 22 Sched 120, hsehold of George & Sarah FAIRBURN, extracted Apr 2009.
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