Monday, October 25, 2010

25th: Twig added to George and Jane (LAW)

The Patriarchs page has been updated to include another twig on the line of George and Jane (LAW) FAIRBAIRN of Nenthorn ++.
That of a son Andrew - or at least I believe he was their son, despite his 1899 death cert. saying his father was an Andrew married to a Jane LAW.
Still looking for a representative for this George/Jane line.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Forgot to mention..

.. that the Notables index now has Robert FAIRBAIRN, I.S.O., R.M. included, with a selection from some of the newspaper snippets about his life in Western Australia, and a chart included to show his family.

Cheap at twice the price?

"Collected one shilling & five pence this day James Fairbairn wright in E Gordon Compeared in the place of public Repentance before the Congregation and was Rebuked for fornication with his now married wife before marriage and so dismissed"

This was from a cash book entry dated 9th Nov 1783 in the Gordon, Berwickshire OPRs.
Son Andrew's baptism was recorded on the 13th.
Not yet sure who James the wright was married to, but can add that the James, shoemaker in Gordon at the time, was married to Betsy/Elizabeth ALLISON and accounts for most of the other contemporary baptisms.

PS using Measuring worth, which starts 1830, 1/5d is either L5.35 by retail price index, or L58.70 by average earnings - a most definite "ouch" of a fine if the latter is more appropriate.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stornoway to Victoria

Notes added to the pedigree of Peter, son of John & Helen (ANDERSON) FAIRBAIRN.
Peter and Jane (PAXTON)'s son William and family emigrated to Victoria in 1853.

Any surviving direct male line FAIRBAIRN descendants still out there willing to help piece together the FAIRBAIRN jigsaw?
Check out the information about testing, and join the project, preferably using a Y-DNA67 test, as that is proving the most useful for this project.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Stub added to results summary

Results page updated to include a link from our new participant (F-38) to his paper trail, the family of James and Isabel (TAIT) of Legerwood.
With a John documented as being at Moriston in 1784, and James and Isabel's eldest known son being a John, my conclusion is that the 1784 John is James' father.
In addition, but rather more speculatively, based on the rather tenuous links that descendants of James and Isabel were millers (in Dalkeith), there may be a leap of not to much faith to this John/James father/son being the John of Mellerstain Mill 1763-6, including a son James baptised in 1765.
John may, or may not, be the one married to Agnes GIBSON 1749, Legerwood - only evidence being James 2nd known daughter being an Agnes. But if so, the rather confusing stone in Earlstoun for the family may be relevant - oh for a wonderfully clear close up photograph of it to see if any of the blanks and puzzling dates/relationships can be clarified.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More patriarch page tweaks

Added another twig or two to the the Stitchel/Maxton family of James and Christian (JERDAN) FAIRBAIRN after one of those serendipitous occurrences - research on the Stow family of James and Maitland (BIRD), and stumbling across the family of Robert and Jane (GRAY) in New York with daughter Maitland (or Matilda).
Joining up the dots, particularly after finding that a Charles was a witness to Robert and Jane's Kelso marriage in 1837, leads me to place James as son of James and Christian.
Not looking good for dna candidates at the moment however.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A few Patriarch tweaks

The Patriarchs Page has been updated with a few tweaks to the outline descendant charts for:
James & Isabel (TAIT) FAIRBAIRN of West Morriston, Legerwood and Dalkeith, Midlothian
and for
John & Magdalen (BO) FAIRBAIRN of Lidgatehead.

It is not beyond the bounds of possibility that James is the son of John and Magdalen.

Friday, October 1, 2010

West Morriston and Carrolside Mill James

The Patriarchs page has been updated to expand on the outline tree for the James FAIRBAIRNs of Legerwood.
Further investigation, and a lead from a Wikipedia article on the educator and financier John FAIRBAIRN of Cape Town showed that they had to be separate James.
The Wikipedia article quoted John's biography as saying his parents were James and Agnes (BLACK) FAIRBAIRN, and that John was born 1794, Carrolside Mill, Legerwood.
Which led me to the marriage in Lauder (banns also Westruther) of James of Westruther, and Agnes BRACK of Lauder, and also a couple more children for their family, including a William in 1802, so the families of the James of Carrolside and the James & Isabel (TAIT) of West Morriston did overlap after all.
Representatives of both lines wanted, although, it does rather look like John of Cape Town's line has "daughtered out".