John Fairbairn1

(circa Apr 1827 - bet. 1880 - 1900)
FatherStephen Fairbairn1 (Apr 1802 - aft. 1861)
MotherJane Jackson1 (circa 1806 - aft. 1861)


     With US data (John's 1848 Emigration, and dth of dtr Florence) stating John was born Newcastle, England, the 1841 census has been checked for likely alternates to John s/o Stephen and Jane - so far, all are accounted for still in England in later years, so the id of John's parents is looking good, particularly as Oscar's middle name was Jackson.2


     John Fairbairn was born circa Apr 1827 Bukely, St John Lee, NBL, ENG, Although baptism data shows St John Lee (a parish including Hexham and Acomb), most later records simply show Newcastle upon Tyne as John's birthplace.1,3,4,5 He was baptized on 15 Apr 1827 St John Lee, Dist of Hexham, NBL, ENG.3
     John Fairbairn married Elizabeth Hubbard say 1849 ?NY, USA.6,4
     John Fairbairn died bet. 1880 - 1900 ?Erie, Erie Co., PA, USA.1,7


     John Fairbairn appeared on the census of 7 Jun 1841 on Back ?Eldon? St, Newcastle upon Tyne, Par. of St Andrew, NBL, ENG, in the household of Stephen Fairbairn and Jane Fairbairn and is assumed to be a son.1
     John Fairbairn appeared on the census of 14 Aug 1850 East Ward, Erie, Erie Co., PA, USA, with Elizabeth Fairbairn, enumerated as FAIRBARN (sic): John 24 moulder b ENG; Elizth 19 b NY; Love (f) 1(?)/12 b NY (later census indicates this might be Jane, but definitely reads Love here.)4
     John Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 19 Jul 1860 Erie, Erie Co., PA, with Elizabeth enumerated as FAIRBURN: John 33 laborer b ENG; Elizabeth 30 b NY; Jane 10, Ann 8, Frank 6, Blance (sic) 4, John 2, Eliza 2/12 all b PA; Domestic Sarah BARNS? 33 b NY.6
     John Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 1870 Ward 3, Erie Co., PA, USA, with Elizabeth enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John 44 car wheel manufr b ENG, both parents of foreign birth $7300 real est. $20215 personal; Elizabeth 40 keeping hse b NY (parents not of foreign birth); Assumed children: Ann 18, Frank 16, Blanche 14, John 12, Florence 10, Oscar 3, all at home b Penn, father of foreign birth; HUBBARD: Amelia 74 b Mass, parents not foreign born.8
     John Fairbairn was shown as the head of the household in the census of 9 Jun 1880 on Cascade St, Erie, Erie Co., PA, USA, with Elizabeth enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John 53 iron manufacturer b ENG F/M b ENG; wife Elizabeth 50 keeping hse b NY F b Mass M b Conn; Children: Anna 28 at home, Florance 19 school teacher, Oscar 13 at school; All b PA F b ENG M b NY; Mother-in-law: Ann HUBBARD 85 b Conn; F b Conn M b Mass; Sister-in-law: L A CASE 60 b Mass F b Mass M b Conn; Next schedule: Jno C 22 wks at car wks b Penn F b ENG M b NY; Miriam 20 wife keeping house b WI F/M b NY.9 John Fairbairn appeared on the census of 9 Jun 1880 Erie, Erie Co., PA, as neighbour of John C Fairbairn and Miriam E Helms.10

DNA Info

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Elizabeth Hubbard (circa 1830 - aft. 1900)
  • Jane Fairbairn6 (circa 1850 - )
  • Ann Fairbairn6 (circa 1852 - )
  • Frank Fairbairn6,11 (Mar 1854 - Oct 1917)
  • Blanche Fairbairn6 (circa 1856 - )
  • John C Fairbairn6 (May 1858 - aft. 1900)
  • Florence Fairbairn8,5 (circa 1860 - Jan 1933)
  • Eliza Fairbairn6 (May 1860 - )
  • Oscar Jackson Fairbairn9 (May 1868 - Aug 1941)
ChartsRobert FAIRBAIRN of Ponteland/Stamfordham (NBL)
Last Edited10 Apr 2012


  1. [S2844] Deb JOHANSEN, "EM FAIRBAIRN, Stephen ex Deb J," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, 1841 Census: Newcastle on Tyne, Par. of St Andrews, NBL HO107/847/5 Pg 30, hsehold of Stephen & Jane FAIRBAIRN, rcvd May 2009.
  2. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Aug 2011.
  3. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Bap. 15 Apr 1827 John s/o Stephen (labourer, resid. Bukely) & Jane FAIRBAIRN, St John Lee, NBL from Northumberland and Durham FHS, extracted May 2009.
  4. [S808] Census images, USA, 1850 Erie East Ward, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_777; Page: 206; Image: 410, hsehold of John & Elizabeth FAIRBARN (sic), extracted May 2009.
  5. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Dth 23 Jan 1933 Florence F BURT d/o John FAIRBAIRN (born Newcastle) & Elizabeth HUBBARD (born NY), Salisbury NH, born 5 Jul 1859, Erie, PA,bur. Detroit, 27th from New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947 film 2026080 dig. folder 4242327 image 2466, extracted from cert. Aug 2011.
  6. [S808] Census images, USA, 1860 Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1107; Page: 337; Image: 347, hsehold of John & Elizabeth FAIRBURN (sic), extracted May 2009.
  7. [S808] Census images, USA, 1900 Erie Ward 3, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: T623_1408 Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 87, hsehold of Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2009.
  8. [S808] Census images, USA, 1870 Erie Ward 3, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1340; Page: 406B; Image: 267; Family History Library Film: 552839, hsehold of John & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, extracted Aug 2011.
  9. [S808] Census images, USA, 1880 Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: T9_1127; Family History Film: 1255127; Page: 268.3000; Enumeration District: 151; Image: 0544, hsehold of John & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2009.
  10. [S808] Census images, USA, 1880 Erie, Erie, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1127; Family History Film: 1255127; Page: 268C; Enumeration District: 151; Image: 0544, hsehold of John C & Miriam FAIRBAIRN, extracted Aug 2011.
  11. [S5] online at, Marr. 25 Dec 1876 Frank s/o John FAIRBURN & Elizabeth HUBBARD to Anna D d/o Dwyht CROWELL & Frances E ?DEVER?, Belleville, Hastings Co., ONT, from Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928, extracted Aug 2011.
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