John Fairbairn1

(9 June 1812 - 3 April 1896)
FatherWalter Fairbairn1,2 (cir. 1784 - Jan 1859)
MotherAgnes Robinson (cir. 1786 - Apr 1863); relationship assumed (since Jan 1999, as spouse/mother not stated on John's death cert.), but now, Apr 2011, officially confirmed3,2
Relationship3rd great-uncle of Lorna Henderson
Military discharge (1864) John s/o Walter FAIRBAIRN & Agnes ROBINSON
(editted from orignal to place entry immediately below headings)

BMDB data

     John Fairbairn was born on 9 Jun 1812 ROX, SCT, (place from Civil War pension application, date from tombstone and FAIRBAIRN bible.)4,5
     John Fairbairn married Elisabeth Miller, daughter of Francis Miller and Mary Kerr, on 13 Jan 1841 Bovina, Delaware Co., NY, USA.6
     John Fairbairn died on 3 Apr 1896 Seager, Hardenburg, Ulster Co., NY, USA, at age 83; mother's name 'not known' on death cert, father given as Walter (Year on cem. transcript is 1895, Ed says 1896, results of re-check yet to be advised, but can add pension card index says 3 Apr 1896.)1,7,8,9 He was buried Lake Hill Cem., Slade Rd, off Dry Brook Rd, nr Arkville, Delaware Co., NY, USA, John Jun 9, 1812 - Apr 3 1895; Jane H 1847-1925; Jarvis B 1846-1926.10

Migration

     John Fairbairn left from Liverpool on the "Fairfield" arriving New York on 16 May 1840 the manifest showing John Fairbern (or possibly Fairburn), as 28, labourer. Others also travelling in steerage, with Scottish Borders sounding names, included: MURRAY, HALL, INGLIS.11,12,13

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     John Fairbairn settled Bovina, Delaware Co., NY, USA, Bovina being settled largely by Scots from the Border counties, particularly Roxburghshire, between 1800 and 1850. John seems to be the only FAIRBAIRN (not counting any invisible married females).4 By 1849 John and Elisabeth Fairbairn were living New Kingston, Middletown, Delaware Co., NY, USA, when son James born (the previous son, Jarvis, having been born 1846 "on the Atlantic Ocean", according to the family bible, en route to Texas for some reason or other.)14,4
     Fr 1850 - 1862 John and Elisabeth Fairbairn were living Shandaken, Ulster Co., NY, USA, Ed states that they were living in the part of the Town of Shandaken that would later become the Town of Hardenburgh, namely in the Dry Brook and Millbrook Valleys (the implication is they didn't move, the placenames changed). The FAIRBAIRN bible shows John F 1852, Nelson G 1854 and George G 1856 as being born Shandaken and William H 1862 as Hardenburgh. Ed adds, now the site of the current Kingdon Gould estate.15,4
     John Fairbairn appeared on the census of 3 Oct 1850 Shandaken, Ulster Co., NY, with Elisabeth Fairbairn, enumerated as FAIRBURN (might be FAIRBAIRN): John 38, Elizabeth 28, (assumed sons) Walter 9 all b SCT; Francis 6, Jarvin 5, James 2 all b NY.16
     John Fairburn appeared on the census of 2 Aug 1860 nr Margaretville PO (Del Co), Hardenburg, Ulster Co., NY, USA, with Elizabeth Fairburn, enumerated as FAIRBURN: John 47 farmer $800 real estate/$400 personal, b SCT; Elisabeth 40 b SCT; Assumed children: Jarvin B 14 birthplace unknown; James 11, John F 8, Nelson 6, George D all b NY.17
     The census of Aug 1870 showed John with his wife Betsey, their sons Jarvis, James, George, William, Walter, John and Nelson Hardenburg, Ulster Co., NY, USA, household enumerated as FARBIN (#29): John 50 farming $2000/650 b SCT; Betsey 45 b NY; Watson (hard pushed to turn the entry into Walter, but that's who it is) 26; Jarvin 24; James 22; Francis 19; George 14; Nelson 17; William 7 All b NY (living next door to Nelson's future wife and her parents). Then again, later in the same film as:
FARBARN (#112): John 63 farming 800/400; (wife) Betsey 53; (Children): Jarvin (sic) 23, James 21, George 13, Willie 8 all b NY.
How can we ever expect to get our ancestors' lives right! Both were enumerated in Aug, but as you can see, with wildly varying ages and wealth for John and Betsy, and with different sets of children, including once with son Nelson, once with Nelson on the next page with a Kelly family.)18,19 Nearby in the census of Aug 1870 were Abraham Delameter and Lydia Delameter and their dtr Emma, a future dtr in law.20
     The census of 1880 showed John with his wife Elizabeth, their sons Jarvis, William, George and James, their dtr-in-law Mary , Frank a son nearby Hardenburg, Ulster Co., NY, nearby was Anna M UnknownSurname (?Delameter?) and Ernest Utter household enumerated as FARBORN: John 68 wife Elyzabeth 60, both b SCT; Children: Jarven (sic) 34, William H 17, George 23 all laborer b NY F/M b SCT; James 30 F/M b SCT, Mary 24 wife F/M b NY, both at home b NY; Rachel 5 dtr b NY F/M b NY; Francis 3, Nelson 1.
Near neighbour, son John Francis as Frank.
Prev. hsehold (all b. NY F/M b. NY):
UTTER: John 61 laborer; wife Phebe 56; Sons: Samuel 15 laborer, Ernest 9; Stepsons: DILIMATTER: John 14, George 12; Grddtrs: DILIMATTER: Phebe J 7, Anna M 4 (who looks to be William H's 2nd wife.)21,22 Nearby in the census of 21 Jun 1880 were Samuel M Seager and Ada Seager son Frank's wife Lila's parents.23

Military

     John Fairbairn began military service on 4 Jan 1864 Elmira, Chemung Co., NY, USA, Pension application attests he was mustered at Elmira, and became ill with typhoid fever from having to sleep on a cold floor without bedding, and subsequently lost an eye to that illness. He had dark complexion and eyes. The army attests he was discharged as he said he was 40 when he enlisted but was actually over 50. Pension application shows he was living at Belleayre, (Hardenburgh, Ulster Co) at the time. A record of soldiers enlisted since 1863 and "credited to other places" however shows he enlisted Kingston and was discharged at Elmira.
Footnote's "Civil War and Later Pensions Index" shows the John FAIRBAIRN who enlisted at 4 Jan 1864 was in an unk(nown) Coy. of the 80th NY Inf., pension application"class invalid" (as opposed to widow, minor) 358496, filed 14 Apr 1880, "died Apr 3, 1896".24,25,9 He ended military service on 29 Apr 1864 Elmira, Chemung Co., NY, the entry showing that John was born 9 Jun 1812, Scotland, to Walter FAIRBAIRN, farmer, and Agnes ROBINSON; "Discharged from service on account of over age", P O ?Wen? Shandaken Ulster Co, NY.25

External links

     John 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

Elisabeth Miller (Dec 1818 - 1891)
Children
  • Walter E Fairbairn26 (Mar 1842 - Oct 1906)
  • Frank Miller Fairbairn26 (May 1844 - Dec 1856)
  • Jarvis Barrett Fairbairn26 (May 1846 - Jul 1926)
  • James E Fairbairn+26 (Jan 1849 - Feb 1922)
  • John Francis Fairbairn26 (Jan 1852 - aft. 1930)
  • Nelson G Fairbairn26 (Sep 1854 - 1940)
  • George G Fairbairn26 (Aug 1856 - aft. 1900)
  • William H Fairbairn26 (Sep 1862 - Jun 1945)
ChartsFAIRBAIRN
John & Bessie (FFLINT) FAIRBAIRN
Ancestors & siblings of Les Henderson
Last Edited29 Apr 2016

Citations

  1. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth 1896 John s/o Walter FAIRBAIRN, rcvd Jan 1999.
  2. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 9 Jun 1812 John (of Hardenburgh) s/o Walter (farmer) FAIRBAIRN & Agnes ROBINSON, Scotland, from Record of Soldiers & Officers In the Military Service, enlisted since July 1863 and credited to other places, image ex Town Clerk, rcvd Apr 2011.
  3. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Conclusions", Jan 2008, updated May 2009.
  4. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Jan 1999.
  5. Delaware County, NY Genealogy & History Site online at http://www.dcnyhistory.org/, Lake Hill Cemetery, FAIRBAIRN, David & family, extracted Oct 2007.
  6. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 13 Jan 1841 John FAIRBAIRN & Elisabeth MILLER, Bovina, NY, rcvd Jan 1999.
  7. Delaware County, NY Genealogy & History Site online at http://www.dcnyhistory.org/, Lake Hill Cemetery, John, Jane H and Jarvis B FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2007,.
  8. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Dth 3 Apr 1896 John FAIRBAIRN, Seager, Hardenburgh, Ulster Co, NY, from http://www.dcnyhistory.org/pdfs/tree-miller-james.pdf, extracted Apr 2009.
  9. Footnote online at http://www.footnote.com, Dth 3 Apr 1896 John FAIRBAIRN, mustered 4 Jan 1864, 80th NY Inf Coy, pension applic. 14 Apr 1880 #358496 (as invalid), from Civil War and Later Pension Index, extracted Jun 2011.
  10. Delaware County, NY Genealogy & History Site online at http://www.dcnyhistory.org/, Lake Hill Cemetery, John, Jane H and Jarvis B FAIRBAIRN, extracted Oct 2007.
  11. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, "Fairfield" 1840 John FAIRBAIRN, Liverpool to New York, rcvd Jan 1999.
  12. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, John FAIRBAIRN, from http://www.dcnyhistory.org/pdfs/tree-miller-james.pdf, extracted Apr 2009.
  13. Ancestry.com online at http://search.ancestry.com, Arr. 16 May 1840 John FAIRBERN, NY, from Liverpool, M'film roll M237_41 List 263 Line 31, from New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, extracted May 2009.
  14. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Apr 2001.
  15. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, From http://www.dcnyhistory.org/pdfs/tree-miller-james.pdf, extracted Apr 2009.
  16. Census images, USA, 1850 Shandaken, Ulster, New York; Roll M432_608 Pg 222; Image 448, hsehold of John & Elizabeth FAIRBURN, extracted Oct 2007.
  17. Census images, USA, 2 Aug 1860 Hardenburgh, Ulster, New York; Roll: M653_872; Page: 135; Image: 348, hsehold of John & Elizabeth FAIRBURN, extracted Sep 2008.
  18. Census images, USA, 1870 Hardenbergh, Ulster, New York; Roll M593_1105; Pg 107; Image 214; hsehold of John & Betsey FAIRBARN, extracted Oct 2007.
  19. Census images, USA, 1870 Hardenbergh, Ulster, New York; Roll: M593_1105; Pg: 103; Image: 205, hsehold of John and Bestey FARBIN, extracted Apr 2009.
  20. Census images, USA, 1870 Hardenbergh, Ulster, New York; Roll: M593_1105; Page: 103; Image: 205, hsehold of Abram & Lydia A DELAMATER, extracted Apr 2009.
  21. 1880 Census images, USA, Hardenbergh, Ulster, New York; Roll T9_939;FHL Film 1254939 Pg 94.2000; ED 121; Image 0191; hsehold of John & Elyzabeth FARBORN, extracted Oct 2007.
  22. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Apr 2016.
  23. 1880 Census images, USA, Hardenbergh, Ulster, New York; Roll: T9_939; Family History Film: 1254939; Page: 94.2000; Enumeration District: 121; Image: 0191, hsehold of S M & Ada SEAGER, extracted Apr 2009.
  24. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, John FAIRBAIRN, Pension application, Belleayre, Ulster Co, NY, from http://www.dcnyhistory.org/pdfs/tree-miller-james.pdf, extracted Apr 2009.
  25. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Enlistment 4 Jan 1864 (Kingston) Discharge 29 Apr 1864 (Elmira) John FAIRBAIRN, (of Hardenburgh, born Scotland) , from Record of Soldiers & Officers In the Military Service, enlisted since July 1863 and credited to other places, image ex Town Clerk, rcvd Apr 2011.
  26. Edward STEWART (18124), "EM FAIRBAIRN, John ex Ed S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Family of John FAIRBAIRN & Elisabeth MILLER, rcvd Jan 1999.

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