John Fairbarnes (m. Margaret CROMBY/CROMEY)1,2

(say 1710 - 9 Jun 1768)


     John Fairbarnes was born say 1710 ?DUR, ENG, wife born 1715. The excellent DNA match to Lineage 2b may mean origins in Scotland.3,4
     John Fairbarnes married Margaret Cromby on 17 Dec 1743 St Mary, Whickham, DUR, ENG.1,2
     John Fairbarnes died on 9 Jun 1768 Swalwell (Crowley Factory), Dist of Gateshead, DUR, ENG.3,5 He was buried in 1768 Gateshead, DUR, ENG, of Swalwell (Crowley Factory.)5
CJF has scanned and sent me the bible frontespiece (printed 1779), nameplate "John Fairbairn Winlaton 1783" (from which I've assumed he, John born 1753, is the writer of most of the early names/dates recorded), and the 2 pages of family information included.
Tucked inside the bible was a family chart with crest, for Sir William, latest date 1870, and his crest - both accurate - which may have some significance in that the DNA project is now showing that the descendant of Sir William's uncle William, and the descendant of John born 1753, are an excellent match (66/67).
What information from the bible pages that I've checked against parish registers all tallies, and has been supplemented here.
NB there's also a William FAIRBARN/FAIRBAIRN/FAIRBARNE of Winlaton who may be connected. He is recorded as having written a will 15 Sep 1765 (probated in 1766) and was buried 18th Sep 1765.
Until 1832 Winlaton was part of Ryton Parish. There are not many FAIRBAIRNs recorded at Ryton on FindMyPast, FamilySearch or Durham Registers Online, with what looks like two contempory families, that of a Robert and another of the above William.
Other children listed for John & Margaret, the earliest couple listed in the bible, are: Mary born Oct 15 1745, died Sep 25th 180?; Grace Mar 19 1748; Margt Dec 11 1749; Ann Jan 19 1752 Died Apr ??18??.6,7,8


     In 1768 his surname was recorded as Fairbairn Although the family bible clearly spells his surname as FAIRBAIRN, marriage and burial record transcripts show him as FAIRBARNES.3

DNA Info

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


     John Fairbarnes (m. Margaret CROMBY/CROMEY) is the ancestor of researcher CJ Fairbairn (F-54). His Durham/Yorkshire family bible details the family of John FB Margt CROMBY/CROMEY who married in 1743 Email: CJ.9


Margaret Cromby (Jan 1715 - Jan 1799)
ChartsLineage 2b1a: John & Margaret (CROMBY) FAIRBARNES
Last Edited11 Mar 2013


  1. [S3003] C J FAIRBAIRN, "EM FAIRBAIRN, C J," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 15 Oct 1745 Dth 25 Sep 180[9?] Mary d/o John FAIRBAIRN & Margt CROMBY, from Family Bible, scanned copy rcvd Mar 2011.
  2. [S1599] Findmypast online at, Marr. 17 Dec 1743 John FAIRBARNES & Margaret CROMEY, Whickham, St Mary, Durham, from Parish Records Collection - marriage, Northumberland & Durham Family History Society, extracted Mar 2011.
  3. [S3003] C J FAIRBAIRN, "EM FAIRBAIRN, C J," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth 9 Jun 1768 John FAIRBAIRN h/o Margt CROMBY, from Family Bible, scanned copy rcvd Mar 2011.
  4. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Mar 2011, updated Dec 2012.
  5. [S2340] Durham Records Online online at, Bur. 1768 John FAIRBARNES, of Swalwell (Crowley's Factory), at Gateshead, extracted Dec 2012.
  6. [S3003] C J FAIRBAIRN, "EM FAIRBAIRN, C J," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Bible, printed 1779, nameplate "JOHN FAIRBAIRN WINLATON 1783", with crest/family tree of Sir William (c. 1870) tucked in side, scanned copy rcvd Mar 2011.
  7. [S1597] FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Bap. 22 Mar 1748 Grace d/o John FAIRBAIRNS, Swalwell & Wickham, DUR, from England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8) record set RG4_0591, extracted Dec 2012.
  8. [S3229] Durham University Library online at, Will 15 Sep 1765 Probate 1766 William FAIRBARN/FAIRBAIRN/FAIRBARNE, of Winlaton, DUR, extracted Dec 2012.
  9. [S3003] C J FAIRBAIRN, "EM FAIRBAIRN, C J," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 1839 William Henry FAIRBAIRN, Houghton le Spring, DUR, great grandfather, rcvd Jan 2009.
  10. [S3003] C J FAIRBAIRN, "EM FAIRBAIRN, C J," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 9 Dec 1753 Dth 20 Mar John s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Margt CROMBY, from Family Bible, scanned copy rcvd Mar 2011.
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