Jalah Sinna Fairbairn1

(circa 1809 - 19 Feb 1888)
FatherRobert Fairbairn2 (say 1776 - bet. 1821 - 1841)
MotherMargaret Elliot2 (Dec 1778 - Jun 1821)


     Jalah Sinna Fairbairn was born circa 1809 Melrose, ROX, SCT, As sister Agnes was stated as born 1810 (baptized 1811) and Jalah Sinna with her assorted names is shown in census and death information as abou 1809/1810, I've assumed nearer 1809.2,3,4
     Jalah Sinna Fairbairn married Peter Dodds on 4 Jun 1830 Stichill, ROX, SCT, entry shows "Peter Dods of this Parish (Stichill & Hume) and Jalah Sinna Fairbairn of the Parish of Roxburgh after proclamation of Banns were married 4th June 1830."1,2
     Seenie Fairbairn died on 19 Feb 1888 Main Cottage, Bowmont St, Kelso, ROX, SCT; cert. shows Seenie DODDS as 79, widow of Peter DODDS, farm servant; Dtr of Robert FAIRBAIRN, farm servant, & Margaret m.s. ELLIOT; Died 7am of broncho pneumonia; Inf. grandson James DODDS, present; Reg. 21st Feb.2
What a wonderful name.
Anyone have any idea of the origins?
Father Robert was a hynd around Roxburghshire.4


     Jalah Sinna Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1851 Stitchell, ROX, SCT, with Peter Dodds, enumerated as DODDS: Peter 48 ag lab b. Greenlaw, BEW; wife Seany 41 b. Melrose, ROX; Children: Margaret 19 ag lab, Jane 7 both b. Stitchil, ROX.3
     Jalah Sinna Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1861 Stitchel, ROX, SCT, with Peter Dodds, enumerated as DODDS (indexed as DADDS): Peter 58 ; wife Seany (indexed as Leany) 52 b. Melrose, ROX; Dtr Jane 17 b. Stitchel, ROX.5
     Jalah Sinna Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1871 Eastfield, Par. of Stitchel, ROX, SCT, enumerated as DODDS: Sena 62 b. Melrose, ROX (FMP adds "widow"); Dtr Jane 27 dressmaker b. Stitchill, ROX.6


     Jalah was also known as Sinnah / Seany / Saney which are just some of the other variants recorded.
ChartsRobert and Margaret (ELLIOT) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited4 Apr 2018


  1. [S55] Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 4 Jun 1830 Peter DODS (Stichill & Hume) & Jalah Sinna FAIRBAIRN (Par. of Roxburgh), Stichill & Hume, 808/ 30 #130, copy d/loaded Apr 2018.
  2. [S56] Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 19 Feb 1888 Seenie DODDS, d/o Robert FAIRBAIRN & Margaret ELLIOT, aged 79, reg. Kelso, ROX, 793 #9, copy d/loaded Apr 2018.
  3. [S203] 1851 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Stitchil, ROX, Par. 808 ED: 1; Page: 5; Sched 21, hsehold of Peter & Seany DODDS, extracted Mar 2018.
  4. [S2] Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Apr 2018.
  5. [S205] 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Stitchill, ROX, Reg. 808 ED 1 Sched 10, hsehold of Peter & Seany DODDS (indexed as DADDS), extracted Mar 2018.
  6. [S207] 1871 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Eastfield, Stitchill, ROX, Reg. 808 ED: 1; Page: 6; Sched. 20, hsehold of Sena DODDS, extracted Mar 2018.
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