James Fairbairn *

(Dec 1788 - Jan 1873)
Assumed fatherGeorge Fairbairn ** (say 1745 - ); naming pattern fits, James (marr. Helen Goodfellow)'s age in census records fits the 1788 birth of a James to George and Janet, even though James' dth cert doesn't name his parents
Assumed motherJanet Murray (say 1745 - )
WebIntroAs of Oct 2011, the analysis below would seem to be redundant.
John (marr. Helen ANDERSON) appears to belong to haplogroup R1b1 instead of the I1 all of the tested lines mentioned below belong to.
Some trees assign the George who married Janet Murray to the family of John and Helen (Anderson) Fairbairn, whose son George was born Nenthorn, 1750.
The date is possible (George would be 19 at the birth of his first child), naming pattern, although completely fallible, would however indicate parents named James and Janet. There aren't any immediatlely obvious records surviving for a couple of this name in the right timeframe and place, although there are two in Gordon who married in 1718

Some assign George to Robert F. and Margaret Paterson.
Assuming there was only one couple of that name around this time, they married 1778, so seem unlikely, although
Patrick (F-8), the representative in the DNA project for the family of Thomas (marr. Elspeth REDPATH), which Thomas is often assumed to belong to Robert & Margaret (PATERSON) FAIRBAIRN, is a slightly more distant match, but still within a subbroup of the DNA project having marker 570 = 18.

Many also state George, father of James m. Helen Goodfellow, was born 1770 or 1774 and died Duns.
Bear in mind that James' siblings were born 1769 thru 1784, or at the very least 1774 up, which discounts a 1770ish birth for George.

Does anyone know the sources supporting any of the more likely identifications?

If however, there was a missing first daughter Elizabeth for George and Janet, his parents could just possibly be James and Elizabeth (Purves) Fairbairn, which would tie in nicely with a father James being a brother to John (marr. Helen Anderson), as many trees claim this is where James married to Elizabeth (Purves) fits - apart from the fact that there is a reasonably solid paper trail back to James and Elizabeth from John (F-17), who is much nearer the Lineage 1 modal than the descendants of George & Janet (Murray) Fairbairn.

DNA evidence that shows a descendant of George ( Doug (F-6)) has an exact match to LE(F-31) whose ancestors look likely to be John & Christian (Wood) Fairbairn, some of whose children were born Nenthorn.
BirthJames Fairbairn * was born 15 Dec 1788 Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland
RelationshipHe had a relationship with Agnes Ramsay cir. Sep 1812 Rutherford, Par. of Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland
MarriageJames Fairbairn * married Helen Goodfellow Mar 1813 Maxton, Roxburghshire, Scotland, (8 children all b SCT.) 
DeathJames Fairbairn * died 12 Jan 1873 Edwardsburgh, Leeds & Grenville, Ontario, Canada, at age 84. 
WebLinkClick here to see further information on James and his/her family in the One Name Study. 
Researcher(Progenitor)James's line is being researched by Doug Fairbairn (F-6)
ChartsLineage 1 DNA Theoretical Overall Signature
Last Edited27 Oct 2011

Family 1

Agnes Ramsay (Nov 1779 - 1861)
  • Robert Fairbairn (Jun 1813 - 1897)

Family 2

Helen Goodfellow
  • George Fairbairn (May 1816 - 1904)
  • Andrew Fairbairn (Jun 1828 - )