David Fairbairn1,2

(circa February 1800 - 21 April 1872)
FatherArchibald Fairbairn (say 1760 - bet. 1800 - 1841); the connection between the David baptised to Archibald and Alison and the one married to Jane HERD and in Canada and America being made by naming pattern of children, that David and Jane's dtr Janet was baptised Swinton & Simprim, where my Walter was also from, and the family knowledge that he had a brother James (descendants inter-married) also with the correct naming pattern for his children1,3,4,5
MotherAlison Crosser1,5 (say 1760 - bet. 1800 - 1841)
Relationship4th great-uncle of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     David Fairbairn was born cir. Feb 1800 Cavers, Par. of Eckford, ROX, SCT, (my initial interpretation of the place in the baptism record was a rather doubtful "Greenes"?, closer inspection shows it as more likely to be Cavers.)5,6,7,8,1 He was baptized on 23 Feb 1800 at the Gateshaw Assoc. Session, Morebattle, ROX, SCT; entry in the records of Gateshaw Session shows David as son of Archd Fairbairn and Allison Crosser of Cavers, Parish of Eckford and baptised at Morebattle.5,1
     David Fairbairn married Jane Herd say 1823 probably in the ?Par. of Swinton & Simprim, BEW, SCT.7,8,3
     David Fairbairn died on 21 Apr 1872 prob. at ?Mt Morris, Waushara Co., WI, USA; (several ancestry trees give 22 Apr 1873 as the date, but the headstone reads 21st Apr 1872.)9,10,11 He was buried Oakwood Cem., Berlin, Green Lake Co., WI, USA, H/stone: David Fairbairn Died Apr 21 1872 AE 71 yrs 1 mo. & 25 ds (plus unreadable verse). Which makes a birth date of abt 27 Feb 1801 to compare with a bap. date of 23 Feb 1800. Close LIH.9

Migration

     David and Jane Fairbairn emigrated from Scotland bet. 1832 - 1835 to Perth Co., ONT, CAN, (I was initially unsure if all the children actually made it to Canada, or how many there actually were for that matter, but it looks like 5 children accompanied them to Canada, ranging in age from Jane born c 1825, through Archibald James, Elsie, Mary to Janet born 1832. The next known child, David, was born 1835 in Ontario, which pinpoints the move from Scotland to Ontario.)12,13,14
     David Fairbairn and Jane Fairbairn migrated to WI, USA, in Aug 1848; from Napanee, Ontario, this date being borne out by dtr Esther's obit, son Robert's 1900 census data, and the family's appearance in the 1850 Wisconsin census. Now (Jul 2012) verified from David's naturalization index card.
Jane's 1900 census however pushes this back to 1846.15,7,16,17,18

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     David Fairburn appeared on the census of 3 Jul 1850 Clayton, Winnebago Co., WI, USA, with Jane Fairburn, enumerated as FAIRBURN: David 49 farmer $800; Jane 47 both b SCT; David 13, Robert 11, Esther 9, Wm 8, all b Canada, Elsia 22 b SCT Jane 5 b CAN.19
     In 1855 David was indexed in the census Mt Morris, Waushara Co., WI, USA, (perhaps this index only lists heads of household? the only Fairb* name listed in Waushara Co is David Fairban (sic), no other info from index, but this does show they were at Mt Morris by 1855.)20
     David Fairburn appeared on the census of 9 Jul 1860 Mt Morris, Waushara Co., WI, with Jane Fairburn, enumerated as FAIRBURN: David 59 farmer $2000/$660; Jane 58, both b SCT; Assumed children: Esther 20, William 17 farmer both b CAN.21 David Fairbairn appeared on the census of 9 Jul 1860 Mt Morris, Waushara Co., WI, as neighbour of Caleb Richardson and Jennette Richardson.22
     David Fairbairn appeared on the census of 25 Jun 1870 Mt Morris, Waushara Co., WI, with Jane Fairbairn, enumerated as FAIRBAIRN: David 69; Jane 69 both b SCT; William 28 b CAN; Kate 16 b WI (4 schedules down was dtr Esther with hubby Peter LEE and family.)8

All the other info

     John Fairbairn was considered as a potential duplicate of David Fairbairn, but this has been discounted; one the son of Archibald & Alison (Crosser) FAIRBAIRN, the other the brother of the William who married Jean Wanless (which David is sometimes shown as John, sometimes as David)
Both David and James, sons of Archibald and Alison (Crosser) FAIRBAIRN have now been found, it is clear that these two Davids are separate people, reinforced by dna evidence showing that although the families are among the more closely related Lineage 1a FAIRBAIRNs, they each belong to separate sub branches.23
     Another voyage of discovery. David has been sitting in my database, his fate and family undiscovered for many years, with no likely sightings other than a very tentative, and now known to be spurious, id of his being the one married to Jane Williamson and living in Quebec. Until Betsy came along. Her famiy information linked her ancestor James to a brother David, and both turned out to have children of the right naming patterns, sons Archibald and daughters Elsie/Alison. A lot more digging and piecing together of clues and families has uncovered some 200 years of missing Fairbairn history in the space of a few short weeks (Jun 2008).
Patron submissions on the IGI show 9 children for this couple, all born Cambden St Mary's Perth Ontario, which is not totally correct, but provided a good starting point. Two baptisms were found in Scotland (Mary and Janet), David McDougal (wherever did that second forename come from?) was documented by descendants, and of the remaining 6, all bar James have now been found in Canada and the States. A 10th child, Martha, was temporarily added to the family from assorted circumstantial evidence but has now been removed again. As she married a George Tracy, brother of the Jane who married Archibald, and they were also found in Mt Morris it was looking a good id, until Joan came up with George's obit that showed her to be nee Junor and not Fairborn as shown on the patron submission on the IGI. Apart from Archibald who died St Marys Ontario, and James whom we can find no further trace of, all seem to have migrated from Ontario to Wisconsin in 1848.24
     On 15 Dec 1855 David Fairbairn was recorded as having property Lot 2 Sec 29 Twp 19 Nth of Range 11 East, Waushara Co., WI, USA, US Land records show David FAIRBAIRN as depositing certificate of purchase #3813 at the Stevens Point land office for "35 acres and twenty eight hundredths of an acre."25 Also on 1 Sep 1857 Lot 1 Sec 29 Twp 19 N Range11 E Meridian 4th PM - 1831 MN/WI, Waushara Co., WI, USA, US Land records show David FAIRBAIRN as depositing certificate of purchase #8857 at the Stevens Point land office for "20 acres and twenty eight hundredths of an acre."26
     David Fairbairn was naturalized on 7 Oct 1856 at the Cir. Court, Wautoma, Waushara Co., WI, USA; card F616 shows David FAIRBURN as b. SCT 1801, filed declaration of intent in Waushara Co., WI Aug 16, 1852. Arr. USA Port Amon, MI, Aug 1848; Witnesses L M LEACH, James BRUCE, both of Waushara Co.17
     David Fairbairn and Kate Fairbairn Mt Morris, Waushara Co., WI, USA, in 1870 were possibly related ?grdfather/dtr? Kate is of an age to be a grdchild, but I've not found her before or since this 1870 census - yet.27

External links

     Click here to see David's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.28
     David Fairbairn belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.

Family

Jane Herd (cir. 1802 - aft. 1885)
Children
  • Jane Fairbairn29 (cir. 1824 - bet. 1880 - 1900)
  • Archibald James Fairbairn+30,31 (Jul 1825 - May 1851)
  • Elsie Fairbairn7 (Nov 1827 - Nov 1906)
  • Mary Fairbairn+32,33 (Jan 1830 - bet. 1900 - 1905)
  • Janet Fairbairn3 (Apr 1832 - aft. 1910)
  • David McDougal Fairbairn7 (Oct 1835 - Oct 1915)
  • Robert Herd Fairbairn+7,34,16 (cir. Oct 1838 - Oct 1923)
  • Esther Fairbairn7 (Jun 1840 - Mar 1916)
  • William B Fairbairn8,7 (May 1842 - Oct 1919)
  • James Fairbairn35 (cir. 1843 - bef. 1906)
ChartsFAIRBAIRN
John & Bessie (FFLINT) FAIRBAIRN
Ancestors & siblings of Les Henderson
Last Edited5 Jul 2016

Citations

  1. Ann COSSAR, "EM FAIRBAIRN/CROS(I)ER ex Ann C," e-mail to L McIntosh (1), Mar 1996 ex OPR index.
  2. Douglas BROWN (29659), "EM FAIRBAIRN, David ex Douglas B," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Aug 2002.
  3. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 7 Bap 22 Apr 1832 Janet d/o David FAIRBAIRN & Janet HERD, Swinton & Simprim, BEW Dist 755, copy d/loaded Jun 2008.
  4. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jul 2008.
  5. Morebattle, ROX: Gateshaw Associate Session & Free Church Records: Item 4 (Gateshaw 1775-1907) & 8 (Free Church 1847-52), Bap. (at Morebattle) 23 Feb 1800 David s/o Archd FAIRBAIRN & Allison CROSSER, of Cavers, Par. of Eckford, ROX, extracted Jul 2008.
  6. Betsy SCHMITT, "Corres. re FAIRBAIRN/SAFELY between Betsy S & LornaHen," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, David FAIRBURN, Winnebago, WI, rcvd May 2008.
  7. Census images, USA, 1850 Clayton, Winnebago, WI Roll: M432_1009 Pg 493 Image 509 hsehold of David & Jane FAIRBURN, extracted May 2008.
  8. Census images, USA, 1870 MT Morris, Waushara, WI Roll: MS593_1744 Pg 275 Image 551, hsehold of David & Jane FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2008.
  9. Find A Grave online at http://findagrave.com, Dth 21 Apr 1872 (aged 71y 1m 25d) David FAIRBAIRN, Bur. Oakwood Cem. Berlin, Green Lake Co., WI, photo on memorial 129562390, extracted Jun 2016.
  10. 1870 Census images, USA, Mt Morris, Waushara, WI Roll: MS593_1744 Pg 275 Image 551, hsehold of David & Jane FAIRBAIRN, extracted May 2008.
  11. 1880 Census images, USA, Richford, Waushara, WI Roll: T9_1452 FHL Film 1255452 Pg 284.2000 ED 186 hsehold of Mark & Ada RICHARDSON, extracted May 2008.
  12. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jun 2008.
  13. Betsy SCHMITT, "Corres. re FAIRBAIRN/SAFELY between Betsy S & LornaHen," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Mary FAIRBAIRN/Walter LILLY, rcvd Jun 2008.
  14. Betsy SCHMITT, "Corres. re FAIRBAIRN/SAFELY between Betsy S & LornaHen," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Martha FAIRBAIRN/George TRACY, rcvd Jun 2008.
  15. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Obit 8 Mar 1916 Esther LEE nee FAIRBURN, "Waushara Argus", from tree of miket6m4n8u, extracted May 2008.
  16. Census images, USA, 1900 New Hampton, Chickasaw, IA Roll T623_424 Pg 7B ED 38, hsehold of Robert H & Sarah C FAIRBAIRN, extracted Jun 2008.
  17. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Naturalization 7 Oct 1856 David FAIRBURN, b. SCT 1801, emig. USA Aug 1848, from Administration U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project), extracted Jul 2012.
  18. 1900 Census images, USA, Farmington, Washington, Wisconsin; Roll: 1821; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0108; FHL microfilm: 1241821, hsehold of James & Jennie MYERS, extracted Dec 2014.
  19. 1850 Census images, USA, Clayton, Winnebago, WI Roll: M432_1009 Pg 493 Image 509 hsehold of David & Jane FAIRBURN, extracted May 2008.
  20. USA census images, Various, 1855 Mt Morris, Waushara Co, WI, David FAIRBAN (sic), from State Census Index, extracted Jul 2008.
  21. Census images, USA, 1860 Mt Morris, Waushara, WI Roll: MS653_1435 Pg 863 Image 110 hsehold of David & Jane FAIRBURN, extracted May 2008.
  22. Census images, USA, 1860 Mt Morris, Waushara, WI Roll: MS653_1435 Pg 863 Image 110 hsehold of Caleb & Jennette RICHARDSON, extracted May 2008.
  23. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Mar 2008, updated Jun 2008.
  24. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Jun & Jul 2008.
  25. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Land purchase 15 Dec 1855 David FAIRBAIRN, Lot 2 Sec 29 Twp 19 Nth of Range 11 East, Meridian 4th PM - 1831 MN/WI, Waushara Co., WI, from U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907, accession um. WI3280__.093, copy d/loaded Jul 2012.
  26. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Land purchase 1 Sep 1857 David FAIRBAIRN, Lot 1 Sec 29 Twp 19 Nth of Range 11 East, Meridian 4th PM - 1831 MN/WI, Waushara Co., WI, from U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907, accession um. WI3370__.368, copy d/loaded Jul 2012.
  27. "Lorna's Family History Musings", May 2008.
  28. WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Oct 2011.
  29. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth c 1825 Jane d/o David M FAIRBAIRN & Jane HERD, Cambden St Marys, Perth, ONT, post 1991 patron submission, extracted Jun 2008.
  30. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth c 1827 Archibald s/o David M FAIRBAIRN & Jane HERD, Cambden St Marys, Perth, ONT, post 1991 patron submission, extracted Jun 2008.
  31. Scottish BMDB entries (to 1854), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 6th Bap. 31st July 1825 Archibald s/o David FAIRBAIRN & Jean HEARD of Eccles Shiells, in Church, Eccles, copy d/loaded May 2009.
  32. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth c 1831 Mary d/o David M FAIRBAIRN & Jane HERD, Cambden St Marys, Perth, ONT, post 1991 patron submission, extracted Jun 2008.
  33. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Bap. 21 Feb 1830 Mary d/o David FAIRBAIRN & Jean HEARD, batch C117464, Ladykirk, BEW, extracted Jun 2008.
  34. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) "Faces of Chickasaw County", Robert Hurd FAIRBAIRN, from IAGenWeb (http://iagenweb.org/chickasaw/biographies/faces1919f.htm), extracted Jun 2008.
  35. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth c 1843 James s/o David M FAIRBAIRN & Jane HERD, Cambden St Marys, Perth, ONT, post 1991 patron submission, extracted Jun 2008.

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