John Fairbairn (James)1,2,3

(23 October 1853 - 14 December 1922)
FatherJohn Fairbairn2 (Sep 1816 - Dec 1890)
MotherJessie Douglas2 (Jun 1820 - Aug 1876)
Relationship2nd cousin 3 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     John Fairbairn (James) was born on 23 Oct 1853 Melrose, ROX, SCT, day/mth (23 Oct) from Susan McL. which differs from the 17th Oct from Liz H. Chr. 1853 Melrose as James F s/o John F/Jessie DOUGLAS.3,2,4,5
     John Fairbairn (James) married Christina Cockburn, daughter of Adam Cockburn and Mary Spence Murray, on 4 Jun 1880 Maltbarns, Par. of Channelkirk, BEW, SCT, date/place from Susan McL who supplied transcr. of marr. cert. Dist 729 #3: married at Maltbarns, Channelkirk, John FAIRBAIRN (James), usual resid. Galashiels, mason's labourer, batchelor, 27, b 23 Oct 1853, s/o John F, joiner (journeyman) and Jessie m.s. DOUGLAS, dec, mar. 18 Jun 1847 and Christina COCKBURN, usu. resid. Maltbarns, ag lab, spinster, 32 b 12 May 1848, d/o Adam COCKBURN, gamekeeper and Mary m.s. MURRAY. Wit: R ROBERTSON, M COCKBURN (assumed to be Christina's sister Maggie). Reg. Oxton 8 Jun 1880 by H LIDDELL.
(The actual cert. doesn't show James as a name.)3,6,7
     John Fairbairn (James) died on 14 Dec 1922 261 Halliburton Pl, Galashiels, SEL, SCT, at age 69; cert. shows John as ploughman, h/o Christina COCKBURN; 67 s/o John FAIRBAIRN cabinetmaker and Jessie m.s. DOUGLAS, both dec'd; d. 9am of arterio sclerosis and myocardiac degeneration; Inf. dtr Margaret FAIRBAIRN, reg. Dec 14th.8,9,10
     John or James?
Christine COCKBURN's marriage cert. shows her husband as John, as do all subsequent census records, and John's death cert.
His age at marriage, and the 1881 census makes him of an age with the James born to John & Jessie (DOUGLAS) FAIRBAIRN in 1853.
John & Jessie's son John wasnt born until 1856, and he appears, with James, in the 1861 census, so both survived at least that long.
Is John actually James?
What happened to the younger John?11

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     John Fairbairn (James) appeared on the census of 1861 Abbotsford, ROX, SCT, in the household of John Fairbairn and Jessie Douglas.12,13 John Fairbairn (James) was mason's labourer in Jun 1880 Galashiels, SEL, SCT.2 He appeared on the census of 3 Apr 1881 Maltbarns, Par. of Channelkirk, BEW, SCT, in the household of Adam Cockburn and Mary Spence Murray.3
     John Fairbairn (James) appeared on the census of 1891 Faldonside, Par. of Melrose, ROX, SCT, with Christina Cockburn, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John 35 ag lab b Melrose, ROX; wife Christina 40 b Dirtybog (sic!), ROX; Children: Mary A 10 b Maltbarns, BEW; Jessie 8, Maggie 6 both scholars b Cowbraehill, Borthwick (as transcr); John 4 b Collielaw, BEW; Christina 2 b Lewinshope, SEL.14,15
     John Fairbairn (James) appeared on the census of 1901 Kilnknowe Cottage, Wood St, Galashiels, SEL, SCT, with Christina Cockburn, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: John, 46 ploughman b Melrose ROX; wife Christina, 52 b Melrose, ROX; Mary A, 20 farm servant b Channelkirk, BEW; Jessie, 18, Margaret, 16 both farm serv b Borthwick MLN; John 14 farm serv b Channelkirk BEW; Christina, 12 scholar b Yarrow SEL; Annie D 10 scholar b Channelkirk; Elizabeth 5 scholar b Caddonfoot SEL.16,17,18 John Fairbairn (James) and Christina Fairbairn lived in Aug 1912 Lauder, Par. of Lauder, BEW, SCT.9

Names

     John Fairbairn (James) was also known as James Fairbairn.4

Family

Christina Cockburn (May 1848 - aft. 1901)
Children
  • Mary Ann Fairbairn3 (Oct 1880 - aft. 1901)
  • Jessie Fairbairn17 (Oct 1882 - aft. 1901)
  • Margaret Fairbairn17 (Aug 1884 - aft. 1922)
  • John Fairbairn17 (Sep 1886 - aft. 1901)
  • Christina Fairbairn17 (Nov 1888 - aft. 1901)
  • Annie Douglas Fairbairn17 (Jun 1891 - aft. 1901)
  • Elizabeth Fairbairn17 (Jul 1895 - Jan 1977)
ChartsFAIRBAIRN
John & Bessie (FFLINT) FAIRBAIRN
Last Edited12 Aug 2013

Citations

  1. Chr. as James, marr. as "John (James)". Birth date matches John's 1881 census age.
  2. Susan A McLEOD (30189), "EM FAIRBAIRN/COCKBURN ex Susan McL," e-mail to (1), Apr 2002 ex mar. cert John (James) F. to Christina COCKBURN.
  3. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224029 GRO Ref Volume 729 EnumDist 2 Page 11.
  4. FAIRBAIRN, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Batch C100091 extracted Apr 2002.
  5. Liz Hardie (37610), "EM FAIRBAIRN/COCKBURN ex Liz H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd Feb 2004.
  6. Susan A McLEOD (30189), "EM FAIRBAIRN/COCKBURN ex Susan McL," e-mail to (1), Marr. cert 1880 John FAIRBAIRN to Christina COCKBURN, rcvd Apr 2002.
  7. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 4 Jun 1880 John s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Jessie DOUGLAS; Christina d/o Adam COCKBURN & Mary MURRAY, Maltbarns, Channelkirk, BEW, 729 #3, copy d/loaded Aug 2013.
  8. Census index, Scotland, http://ScotlandsPeople.gov.uk, 1901 Census FAIRBAIRN ROX Index Dist 775/14 page #26 searched Mar 2002.
  9. Liz Hardie (37610), "EM FAIRBAIRN/COCKBURN ex Liz H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Rcvd Feb 2004 (extracted from her Hardies Web site http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/hardiehistory/FamilyHistory/…)).
  10. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 14 Dec 1922 John s/o John FAIRBAIRN & Jessie DOUGLAS, h/o Christina COCKBURN, reg. Galashiels, SEL 775 pg 58 #174, copy d/loaded Apr 2009.
  11. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jun 2013.
  12. Susan A McLEOD (30189), "EM FAIRBAIRN/COCKBURN ex Susan McL," e-mail to (1), May 2002 ex 1861 ROX census.
  13. 1861 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Abbotsford, Melrose, ROX, Reg. 799/1 ED 3 Sched 9, hsehold of John & Jessy FAIRBAIRN, rechecked Jun 2013.
  14. 1891 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Faldonside, Melrose, ROX Reg 799 ED 4 Pg 10 Sched 38, hsehold of John & Christina FAIRBAIRN, extracted Dec 2007.
  15. GenCircles online at http://www.gencircles.com/, Extracted from database of Liz HARDIE (e-mail address) Feb 2004.
  16. 1901 Census transcripts, Scotland, via http://Ancestry.com, Galashiels, SEL Reg 775 ED 14 Pg 26 Sched 140 hsehold of John & Christina FAIRBAIRN, extracted Dec 2007.
  17. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, 1901 Census FAIRBAIRN ROX Index Dist 775/14 page #26 searched Mar 2002.
  18. GenCircles online at http://www.gencircles.com/, Place details extracted from database of Liz HARDIE (e-mail address) Feb 2004.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.