Mary Catherine Fairbairn1

(17 September 1855 - after 1930)
FatherWilliam Fairbairn2 (cir. 1822 - Dec 1912)
MotherCatharine Morgan2 (Apr 1830 - Nov 1905)
Relationship2nd cousin 3 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Mary Catherine Fairbairn was born on 17 Sep 1855 Richmond, Bathurst Dist, ONT, CAN.2 She was baptized on 24 Oct 1855 Richmond, Bathurst Dist, ONT.2
     Mary Catherine Fairbairn married Peter Nelson Keller say 1878 ?Napanee, Lennox & Addington Co., ONT, CAN.1
     Mary Catherine Fairbairn died aft. 1930 ?Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, USA; Poss. the Mary KELLER registered as dying at age 82 on     18 Sep 1935, reg. San Bernardino, California, USA?3,4
     Mary Catherine Fairbairn and Mary Fairbairn is/are sometimes/often confused. Both were born in Ontario around 1855/6.
Mary Catherine dtr of William & Catharine (MORGAN) FAIRBAIRN being shown in the Methodist baptisms for Richmond
Mary dtr of Elliot & Mary (HOBKIRK) FAIRBAIRN being shown in her marriage record to John PEPPER as born Stanley abt 1856 (15 Apr 1856 by death cert. and 1901 census)
Mary Catherine's marriage to Peter KELLER/KELLAR has not yet been found, but they continued to live near her folks at Richmond for a while, and she is consistently shown in census data with her parents as Mary C or Mary Catherine.
Mary, later PEPPER, living with her family at Tuckersmith, dying at Clinton (Huron Co.) in 1921 with her death cert. clearly showing her parents as Elliott FAIRBAIRN and Mary HOBKIRK.5,6,2,7


     Mary Catherine Fairbairn and Peter Nelson Keller are shown travelling Detroit, Wayne Co., MI, USA, arriving 24 Nov 1915 passenger card shows Mary KELLER as 60, b. Richmond, ONT, Irish, married, could read/write; relative whence came son Archie KELLER, 212 Vaughan St, Winnipeg, MAN; had been in the US from 1899 to 1904; Passage paid by husband; Joining daughter Mrs Charles KENNEDY, 1396 12th St, Detroit; 5'7", med. complexion, gr hair, Bl eyes; Last permanent resid. Winnipeg, MAN.8

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     Mary Catherine Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1861 Richmond, Lennox & Addington Co., ONT, CAN, in the household of William Fairbairn and Catharine Morgan.9 Mary Catherine Fairbairn appeared on the census of 1871 Richmond, Lennox Co., ONT, CAN, in the household of William Fairbairn and Catharine Morgan.10 Mary Catherine Fairbairn was likely to be in 1881.
     Mary Catherine Fairbairn appeared on the census of Apr 1891 4 1/4, Camden, Addington Co., ONT, CAN, with Peter Nelson Keller, enumerated as KELLAR (all b ONT, Meth.): Peter Nils 36 F/M b ONT hse carpenter; wife Mary 35 F b SCT M b ONT; Children: Mabel 11, Arch G 8, Ida May 7, Anna Melia? 3, William F 2, Albert K 5/12.11
     Mary Catherine Fairbairn appeared on the census of May 1901 Newburgh Village, Addington Co., ONT, CAN, with Peter Nelson Keller, enumerated as KELLAR (all b ONT): Peter Nelson 46 carpenter b 16 Feb 1855 Dutch; wife Mary Catherine 45 b 17 Sep 1855 Scotch; Children: Archibald Goodson 18 apprentice carpenter b 27 Oct 1882; Ida May 17 dressmaker b 15 Mar 1884; Ann Amelia 13 b 17 May 1887; William F 12 b 16 Sep 1888; Kenneth Albert 10 b 24 Oct 1890; Aleta Maria 3 b 12 Oct 1897 all Dutch.1
     Mary Catherine Keller appeared on the census of 1906 Maryland St (417), Ward 3, Winnipeg, MAN, CAN, with Peter Nelson Keller, enumerated as KELLER: Peter K (sic) 51; wife Mary 51 ; Children: Anna 19, William 19, Kenneth 16, ?Maneta? 9, all b. ONT; Boarders (TURNER): James wid. 25, Agnes unm, 20, both b. ONT.12 Mary Catherine Fairbairn lived in Oct 1915 Enterprise, ONT, CAN.13 She and Peter Nelson Keller lived cir. 1928 48th Ave (1429), Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, USA.14 Mary Catherine Keller appeared on the census of 9 Apr 1930 at 47th Ave (2166) Brooklyn Twp, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, USA, in the household of Charles Edgar Kennedy and Ida May Kellar as mother-in-law of Charles Edgar Kennedy.15


     On 2 Oct 1915 Mary Catherine Fairbairn was named as next of kin for Albert Kenneth Keller MAN?, CAN; Attestation papers show Albert Kenneth as an optician, single, b. Oct 24th 1890 at Croydon, Ont., nok Mrs P N KELLER living Enterprise, ONT; oath sworn at ??oncliffe (Winnipeg crossed out); 5'5" fair complexion blue eyes, lt brown hair, Wesleyan Methodist.13


     Mary Catherine Fairbairn was also known as Mary Fairbairn.2

All the other info

     Mary Catherine Fairbairn appears in the photo of William Fairbairn and Catharine Morgan say 1890 ?Napanee, Lennox & Addington Co., ONT, CAN; L to R: Back row: Robert, Emily, Archibald, Mary, Deborah, Lisa (assumed to be Eliz Jane)
Front: Libby (assumed to be Elizabeth), William (Snr), Catherine Jane, William, Louella (assumed to be Louisa)
Seated at front: Ida, Margaret (Maggie)
Missing: Wellington.3

External links

     Click here to see Mary's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.16


Peter Nelson Keller (Feb 1855 - bet. Apr 1929 - 1930)
  • Mabel Irene Keller1 (Feb 1880 - 1950)
  • Archibald Goodson Kellar1,17 (Oct 1882 - Apr 1956)
  • Ida May Kellar1 (Mar 1884 - Nov 1945)
  • Ann Amelia Kellar1 (May 1887 - aft. 1901)
  • William Kellar1 (Sep 1888 - aft. 1901)
  • Albert Kenneth Keller1 (Oct 1890 - Oct 1966)
  • Aleta Maria Kellar1 (Oct 1897 - aft. 1915)
Last Edited13 Feb 2017


  1. Census image, Canada, via, 1901 Newburgh (Village), Addington, Ontario. Page 10, Family No: 107, hsehold of Peter Nelson & Mary Catharine KELLAR, extracted Aug 2009.
  2. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) Birth 17 Sep / bap. 24 Oct 1855 Mary d/o William and Catharine FAIRBAIRN, Richmond Twp, Bathurst Dist, ONT, Vol 1 pg 241, from Methodist Baptisms, found at…, extracted Jul 2008.
  3. John MOXNESS, "EMails FAIRBAIRN/MORGAN ex John M," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Family Group Photo William & Katherine (MORGAN) FAIRBAIRN, rcvd Sep 2008.
  4. Index of births, marriages and deaths, Dth 18 Sep 1935 Mary KELLER, aged 82, reg. San Bernardino, CA, extracted Jan 2015.
  5. Lorna Henderson, "FAIRBAIRN Analysis", Jan 2015.
  6. (Ancestry/Family Search), Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928: Marr. 16 Apr 1879 Mary d/o Elliot & Julia Mary FAIRBURN (sic); Roger John PEPPER s/o John PEPPER & Elizabeth SANDERS, Exeter, Huron Co., ONT, extracted from image Jan 2015.
  7. 1901 Census images, Canada, via Ancestry, Tuckersmith, Huron (south/sud), Ontario; Page: 4; Family No: 43, hsehold of Roger J & Mary PEPPER, extracted Feb 2017.
  8. USA Immigration Records ex Ancestry 24 Nov 1915 Peter & Mary KELLER & Marie, arr Detroit, MI, from Detroit Border Crossings and Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1963, extracted Dec 2014.
  9. Census image, Canada, via, 1861 Richmond, Lennox and Addington, Ontario; Roll: C-1047-1048, hsehold of Wm & Catherine FAIRBURN (Pg 52 ctd on pg 51 !), extracted Aug 2009.
  10. Census image, Canada, via, 1871 Richmond, Lennox, Ontario; Roll: C-9995; Family No: 200, hsehold of William & Catherine FAIRBURN, extracted Jul 2009.
  11. 1891 Census images, Canada, via Ancestry, Camden, Addington, Ontario. Roll: T-6322, Family No: 82, hshold of Peter Nils & Mary KELLAR, extracted Aug 2009.
  12. Census image, Canada, via, 1906 Area 3C, Ward 3 Winnipeg, MAN, Page: 97; Family No: 640, hsehold of Peter N & Mary KELLER, extracted Dec 2014.
  13. online at, Attestation 2 Oct 1915 Albert Kenneth KELLER, from Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918, extracted Jan 2015.
  14. Www FAIRBAIRN searches and miscellaneous correspondence by LornaHen (1) 1928 Peter N & Mary KELLER, 1429 48th Ave, Oakland, Alameda, CA, from
    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, extracted Dec 2014.
  15. 1930 Census images,, Oakland, Alameda, California; Roll: 107; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0161; Image: 187.0; FHL microfilm: 2339842, hsehold of Charles & Ida KENNEDY, extracted Dec 2014.
  16. WikiTree online at, Mar 2013.
  17. Index of births, marriages and deaths, Dth 1 Apr 1956 Archibald G KELLER, s/o KELLER & FAIRBAIRN, b. 27 Oct 1882 CAN, SSN 558443811, extracted Dec 2014.

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