Robert Fairbairn1

(circa Jul 1789 - bet. Jun 1841 - Sep 1843)
Father-AssmdJohn Fairburn (say 1750 - say 1834); The John & Ann (ARROWSMITH) FAIRBURN, parents of William Thomas baptized at Deptford in 1795, are assumed to also be the John & Ann FEARBURN, parents of a/this Robert baptized at St Georges, Gravesend n 17892,3
Mother-AssmdAnne Arrowsmith2 (say 1750 - May 1813)

BDMs

     Robert Fairbairn was born circa Jul 1789 Gravesend, KEN, ENG, this date assuming that he is the Robert bap. to John & Ann FEARBURN, St George's, Gravesend, 26 Jul 1789. This does match his age in 1841, and the 1841 information from that census that Robert was not born in Surrey.1,2
     Robert Fairbairn married Elizabeth Ann Cotton or Cotte on 31 Jan 1815 Strood nr Rochester, KEN, ENG, Elizabeth indexed as both COTTE and COTTON.1,4,5
     Robert Fairbairn died bet. Jun 1841 - Sep 1843 ?Bermondsey, Southwark Borough, SRY, ENG; Shown as dec'd on son Henry's 1843 baptism but not immediately obvious in deaths.1,6
Shown as a mariner on son George's 1855 marriage certificate, waterman in census; The Thames watermen records showing a Robert of the right age and place being bound to master Jonathan Seabrook in 1804, and a Robert Jnr being bound to Master Robert Snr in 1835. Both would have been about 14 at the time.

The known children of Robert & Elizabeth, and the now assumed Scottish origins (DNA matches, Aug 2013), indicate that his father might be a Robert (Scottish naming pattern).

However the current working assumption is that John & Ann (ARROWSMITH) FAIRBURN, parents of a William Thomas baptized 1795 at Deptford, are the same John & Ann FEARBURN baptizing a son Robert at St Georges, Gravesend in 1789, and that this is this Robert.

This John was a ship builder in Deptford, and married Ann ARROWSMITH in Durham in 1773, an area where a number of Scottish FAIRBAIRNs may be found, often having become FAIRBURNs in the process.7,8,9,10

Census

     Robert Fairbairn and Elizabeth Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1841 East Lane, Par. of Bermondsey, Southwark Borough, SRY, ENG, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as FAIRBAIRN (indexed as FAIRBANKS): Robert 52 waterman, Elizabeth 48; Robert 23 waterman, Daniel 18 waterman ap, Susannah 15, William 13, George 10, Henry 7, none born county.1

DNA Info

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

Researcher(s)

     Robert Fairbairn is the ancestor of researcher David Geoffrey Fairbairn (F-56). Email: Geoff.11

Family

Elizabeth Ann Cotton or Cotte (circa 1792 - aft. 1851)
Children
  • Robert Fairbairn1,12 (circa Feb 1818 - aft. 1851)
  • David Fairbairn1 (circa 1823 - )
  • Susannah Fairbairn1 (circa 1826 - aft. 1851)
  • William Fairbairn1,13 (circa 1827 - aft. 1881)
  • George Fairbairn1,9 (circa 1831 - aft. 1891)
  • Henry Fairbairn1,14 (Sep 1833 - )
ChartsLineage 1a: Robert & Elizabeth Ann (COTTON) FAIRBAIRN
John & Ann (ARROWSMITH) FAIRBURN
Last Edited12 Aug 2013

Citations

  1. [S200] 1841 Census images, England & Wales, via Ancestry.com, Hundred Brixton (Eastern Division) Sub Dist St James Dist Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, SRY HO107/1048 Bk 4 ED 9 F 13 Pg 8, hsehold of Robert & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN (indexed as FAIRBANKS), extracted Jan 2010.
  2. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Bap. 26 Jul 1789 Robert s/o John & Ann FEARBURN, St George's, Gravesend, KEN, from England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 batch I08650-9 film 992465, extracted Oct 2011.
  3. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Aug 2013.
  4. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Marr. 31 Jan 1815 Robert FAIRBAIRN (indexed as FAIRBAVIN) & Elizabeth Anne COTTE, Strood nr Rochester, KEN, from England Marriages, 1538–1973 batch M13132-2 film 992463, extracted Oct 2011.
  5. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/, Marr. 15 Jan 1815 Robert FAIRBAIRN (indexed as FAIRBAIVN) & Elizabeth Ann COTTON, Strood, KEN, from England Marriages, 1538–1973 batch I02218-6 film 992463, extracted Oct 2011.
  6. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Birth 2 Sep 1833 Henry s/o Robert (dec'd) & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, of St John Southwark, from London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Day book of baptisms, P71/MMG, Item 050, extracted Jan 2010.
  7. [S1599] Findmypast online at http://www.findmypast.com, 2 Feb 1804 to 16 May 1811 Robert FAIRBAIRN bound to master Jonathan SEABROOK Milton next Gravesend, from Thames watermen and lightermen 1688-2010, Transcriptions © Rob Cottrell, Trueflare Limited, extracted from index May 2013.
  8. [S1599] Findmypast online at http://www.findmypast.com, 12 Nov 1835 to 13 Jul 1848 Robert FAIRBAIRN Jr bound to master Robert FAIRBAIRN Sr, Bermondsey, from Thames watermen and lightermen 1688-2010, Transcriptions © Rob Cottrell, Trueflare Limited, extracted from index May 2013.
  9. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Marr. 19 Dec 1855 George (clerk) s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN (mariner) & Mary Ann BEESON, from London Metropolitan Archives, Saint John Horselydown, Register of marriages, P71/JN, Item 024, extracted Jan 2010.
  10. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", May 2013, updated Aug 2013.
  11. [S14] FAIRBAIRN Surname DNA Project online at http://worldfamilies.net/surnames/fairbairn/results.html, David Geoffrey FAIRBAIRN (F-56), Y-DNA12 results, rcvd May 2013.
  12. [S2916] London Metropolitan Archives: Birth death marriage (filmed originals): , Marr. 7 Aug 1844 Robert s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN (both watermen); Harriatt Martha d/o John KENNEY (waterman) , from Holy Trinity, Newington, Register of marriages, P92/TRI, Item 020, extracted Jan 2011.
  13. [S2916] London Metropolitan Archives: Birth death marriage (filmed originals): , Marr. 30 Oct 1853 William s/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Sarah d/o NOLAN, from Saint John The Evangelist, Lambeth, Register of marriages, P85/JNA3, Item 049, extracted Sep 2011.
  14. [S5] Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Birth 2 Sep 1833 Bap. 29 Sep 1843 Henry s/o Robert (dec'd) & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, of St John Southwark, from London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, Day book of baptisms, P71/MMG, Item 050, extracted Jan 2010.
 
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