Elizabeth Fairbairn1

(circa 1805 - 30 Sep 1874)


     Elizabeth Fairbairn was born circa 1805 Smailholm, ROX, SCT.2,1
     Elizabeth Fairbairn married William Wilson say 1825 ?Channelkirk, BEW, SCT, not immediately obvious BEW or ROX as Betsy/Elisabeth/Elizabeth F*R*B*RN.3
     Elizabeth Wilson died on 30 Sep 1874 Greenleaf, Sanilac Co., MI, USA; entry #53 shows Elizabeth WILSON as marr. 69, resid. Greenleaf, farmeress; cod dropsy; born Scotland to Robert & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN; reg. 19th May 1875.4,1
With census data, and a death cert. that show Elizabeth as born Smailholm abt 1805, to a Robert and Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, the obvious conclusion is that she is the Elizabeth, daughter to Robert and Elizabeth (CROSBIE) FAIRBAIRN

A descendant of Elizabeth's has a good atDNA match to several descendants of Archibald FAIRBAIRN and Alsion CROSSER, so from the latters' viewpoint is a bit of DNA that has to have come to them from Archibald and Alison.
Whether or not we can ever prove that it is the FAIRBAIRN line of this match remains to be seen.
But there is also another match on the same segment who descends from a Robert FAIRBAIRN, mariner in New York by 1800 (at least).5


     Elizabeth Wilson appeared on the census of 1841 Ugston, Par. of Channelkirk, BEW, SCT, with William Wilson, as WILSON: William 30 ag lab b. BEW; Elisabeth 30 b. SCT; Assumed children (all b. BEW): Elisabeth 12, Mary 10, Agnes 8, Robert 5, Janet 3, Helen 9 Mo ; (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)6
     Elizabeth Wilson appeared on the census of 1851 Whitehill, Par. of Nenthorn, BEW, SCT, with William Wilson, enumerated as WILSON: Willm 45 ag lab b. Kirkhill, BEW; wife Elisabeth 46 b. Smailholm, ROX; Children: Mary 19 ag lab b. Channelkirk, BEW; Robert 15 ag lab b. Oxton BEW (Anc.), Coxton BEW (fmp) most likely Ugston without seeing the original);, Janet 13, Helen 10, Euphaemia 7, all b. (Oxton / Coxton / Ugston as per Robert), Andrew 4 b. Kirkhill, BEW; James 1 b. Nenthorn.2
     Elizabeth Wilson appeared on the census of 1870 Greenleaf, Sanilac Co., MI, USA, with William Wilson, enumerated as WILSON: William 68 farmer 1000/400 ; Elizabeth 69 keeping house, both b. SCT; Prior hsehold James 21 farmer 600/150 b. SCT; Sarah ?M/H? 16 keeping house b. Canada W; Elizabeth 0/12 (b. May) b. MI; Two further prior: Andrew 23 farmer 800/250 b. SCT; Susanna 19 keeping hse b. Canada W; Emily E 2, William J 1 both b. MI.7


William Wilson (circa 1806 - Sep 1889)
  • William Wilson8 (Aug 1827 - Jan 1903)
  • Elisabeth Wilson6,9 (May 1829 - aft. 1841)
  • Mary Wilson6 (circa Jun 1831 - aft. 1851)
  • Agnes Wilson6 (circa Mar 1833 - aft. 1841)
  • Robert Wilson6 (circa Aug 1835 - aft. 1851)
  • Janet Wilson6 (circa 1838 - aft. 1851)
  • Helen Wilson6 (Aug 1840 - aft. 1851)
  • Euphemia Wilson10 (May 1843 - aft. 1851)
  • Andrew Wilson11 (Sep 1846 - aft. 1895)
  • James Wilson12 (May 1848 - aft. 1851)
Last Edited13 Feb 2017


  1. [S3421] Karen HELM, "Corres. re DNA Match via FAIRBAIRN/DAVIDSON," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, BIrth 1805 (SCT) Dth 30 Sep 1874 (Greenleaf, Sanilac, MI), from 23andme family tree/and email, extracted/rcvd Oct 2014.
  2. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Whitehill, Par. of Nenthorn, BEW, Reg. 753 ED 1 Pg 13 Sched. 42, hsehold of Willm & Elisabeth WILSON, extracted Oct 2014.
  3. [S3421] Karen HELM, "Corres. re DNA Match via FAIRBAIRN/DAVIDSON," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, BIrth 1802 (Hawick, ROX) Dth 1889 (Lexington, Sanilac, MI), from 23andme family tree/and email, extracted/rcvd Oct 2014.
  4. [S3422] Utah, USA, Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897, (images): Dth 30 Sep 1874 Elizabeth WILSON, aged 69, d/o Robert & Elizabeth FAIRBIARN, at Greenleaf, Sanilac Co., MI, from https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N36R-XLH film 2363453 folder 004207883 ref. Reference ID: p 90 rn 53 images 1356/7, extracted Oct 2014.
  5. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jun 2016.
  6. [S201] 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Ugston, Channelkirk, BEW, Par. 729 Channelkirk; ED: 1; Page: 9; hsehold of William & Elisabeth WILSON, extracted Sep 2014.
  7. [S304] 1870 Census images, USA, Greenleaf, Sanilac Co., MI, hsehold of William & Elizabeth WILSON (++), from https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHCV-38M film 000552202, extracted Oct 2014.
  8. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 4 Aug Bap. 2 Sep 1827 William s/o William (labourer, Woodheads) WILSON & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, Lauder, BEW, 748/00 0030 0036, copy d/loaded Oct 2014.
  9. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 6 May Bap. 7 Jun 1829 Elisabeth d/o William (hind, Hillhouse) WILSON & Elisabeth FAIRBAIRN, Channelkirk, BEW, 729/00 0030 0023, copy d/loaded Oct 2014.
  10. [S1640] Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Birth/Bap.? Euphemia d/o William WILSON & Elisabeth FAIRBAIRN, Channelkirk, BEW 729/00 0030 0046, extracted Oct 2014 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  11. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 11th Bap. 2oth Sep 1846 Andrew s/o William (labourer, resid. Corbies) WILSON & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, Legerwood, BEW, 749/00 0020 0023, copy d/loaded Oct 2014.
  12. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 9 May Bap. 26 Jul 1848 James s/o William (hind, Blinkbonny) WILSON & Elizabeth FAIRBAIRN, Nenthorn, BEW 753/00 0020 0053, copy d/loaded Oct 2014.
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