Robert William Fairbairn1

(circa Jan 1816 - Aug 1877)
FatherRobert Fairbairn2,3,4 (circa 1785 - Apr 1843)
MotherSarah Wadham2,3,4 (circa 1783 - say 1856)


     Robert William Fairbairn was born circa Jan 1816 Kensington, LND, ENG.1,5,6,3,4 He was baptized on 28 Jan 1816 St Mary Abbots Ch, Kensington, MDX, ENG; entry shows Robert William as son of Robert, nurseryman, & Sarah FAIRBAIRN of High St.4,7
     Robert William Fairbairn married Anne Eliza Noakes on 31 Jul 1836 St Marys, Newington, SRY, ENG, Robert FAIRBAIRN & Ann NOAKES BOTP Wit Edward Frederick FAIRBAIRN, Sarah Elizabeth NOAKES.8,9
     Robert William Fairbairn died in Aug 1877 at the Hope Tavern, Wandsworth Common, Par. of Battersea, SRY, ENG; aged 61.1 He was buried on 21 Aug 1877 in the Par. of Battersea, SRY, ENG.1


     Robert William Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 on Windmill Lane, Ealing, Dist of Brentford, MDX, ENG, as Robert FAIRBURN, 25 A.L. b Cty, not sure whose hse he's in (wife and children with her parents in Lambeth) (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)10
     The census of 1851 showed Robert with his wife Anne, their sons Richard, James and Henry, their dtrs Gertrude and Frances Yoxford, Dist of Blything, SFK, ENG, household enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: Robert 36 gardener b Kensington, MDX; wife Ann 36 b Twickenham, MDX; Children: Richard , James, both 10, twins, scholars b Clapham, SRY; Gertrude 8 b Brentford, MDX; Henry 6, Fanny 4 both b Yoxford, SFK.11
     Robert William Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1861 Grove Cottage, Bow Rd, Bow, Dist of Poplar, MDX, ENG, with Anne Eliza Fairbairn, enumerated as NORDEN: Richard 33 publican, retired b Colchester, ESS; wife Susannah 33 b Rivenhoe, ESS; son Charles; Vis. Robert FAIRBAIRN marr. 45 beerseller retired b Kensington, MDX; wife Ann 45 b Twickenham, MDX; Visitor Frances (FAIRBAIRN) 15 (no birthplace); Servant PROST.8 Robert William Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1871 at 1 Osborne Villas, Ramsgate, Dist of Thanet, KEN, ENG, in the household of Louis George Osborne and Frances Osborne as father-in-law of Louis George Osborne.5


     As of Jun 1866, Robert was also known as Robert Richard Fairbairn on the marriage cert. of son James Joseph - the only place this version of Robert's name has been found.12

DNA Info

     Robert William belongs to a tested line in the FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project. Follow this link for supplementary DNA information.


Anne Eliza Noakes (circa 1816 - aft. 1871)
  • Richard Robert Fairbairn11 (Oct 1840 - 1914)
  • James Joseph Fairbairn11 (Oct 1840 - aft. 1911)
  • Gertrude Fairbairn11 (circa 1843 - )
  • Henry Noakes Fairbairn11 (circa Nov 1844 - bet. Jun 1883 - Sep 1883)
  • Frances Fairbairn13 (circa 1846 - aft. 1871)
ChartsLineage 1b4a3: James & Elizabeth (ASHENDEN) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited10 Jun 2012


  1. [S5] online at, Bur. 21 Aug 1877 Robert William FAIRBAIRN, Hope Tavern, Wandsworth Common, Par. of Battersea, SRY, from London, England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, extracted Nov 2009.
  2. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", May 2010.
  3. [S5] online at, Birth 10 Jul Bap. 15 Aug 1817 Alfred 2nd s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Sarah WADHAM, Clapham Surrey, (despite what ancestry says was the source!) from London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Leonard, Streatham, Register of baptisms, P95/LEN, Item 065, extracted Jan 2010.
  4. [S2916] London Metropolitan Archives: Birth death marriage (filmed originals): , Bap. 28 Jan 1816 Robert William s/o Robert, nurseryman, & Sarah FAIRBAIRN of High St, from Saint Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, Kensington and Chelsea, Parish Registers, DL/T/471, extracted from image Jun 2012.
  5. [S206] 1871 Census images, England & Wales, via, Ramsgate, Dist Thanet, KEN RG10/996 ED 18 F 88 Pg 3 Sched 9, hsehold of George & Francis OSBORNE, extracted Nov 2009.
  6. [S2881] Sue C, "FAIRBAIRN: Clapham nurserymen ex Sue," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Family of Robert William FAIRBAIRN, rcvd Jan 2010.
  7. [S2881] Sue C, "FAIRBAIRN: Clapham nurserymen ex Sue," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Bap. 28 Jan 1816 Robert s/o Robert & Sarah FAIRBAIRN, St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington Page 42 entry 671, transcr. rcvd Jun 2012.
  8. [S204] 1861 Census images, England & Wales, via, Bow, Dist Poplar, MDX RG9/303 ED 35 F 97 Pg 11 Sched 45, hsedhold of Richard & Susnnah NORDEN, extracted Nov 2009.
  9. [S2916] London Metropolitan Archives: Birth death marriage (filmed originals): , Marr. 31 Jul 1836 Robert FAIRBAIRN & Ann NOAKES, St Mary Newington, SRY, from Saint Mary, Newington, Register of marriages, P92/MRY, Item 074, extracted Nov 2009.
  10. [S200] 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via, Ealing, Ossulstone Hundred (Kensington Div), Dist of Brentford, MDX HO107/689 Bk 7 ED 10 F 28 Pg 9, extracted Nov 2009.
  11. [S202] 1851 Census images, England & Wales, via, Yoxford, Dist of Blything, SFK HO107/1803 ED 8b F 209 Pg 16 Sched 67, hsehold of Robert & Ann FAIRBAIRN, extracted Nov 2009.
  12. [S2916] London Metropolitan Archives: Birth death marriage (filmed originals): , Marr. 24 Jun 1866 James Joseph s/o Robert Richard FAIRBAIRN, (gardener); Ann Eliza d/o John WADE (smith), from Saint Paul, Westminster Bridge Road, Register of marriages, P92/PAU2, Item 011, extracted Nov 2010.
  13. [S5] online at, Marr. 6 Feb 1864 Frances FAIRBAIRN & Louis George OSBORN, Par. Ch, Clapham SRY, from London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, extracted Nov 2009.
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