John Fairbairn *

(cir. 1772 - Jul 1824)
FatherJames Fairbairn * (cir. Jan 1722 - Oct 1808); relationship now considered proven: both through the connection to Hallyburton, and through the FAIRBAIRN cousinships untangled from son John's obituary; Unlike the other contenders for John's parents, a Patrick and Margaret (Purves) (See Burkes Peerage), there is evidence that a couple by the name of James and Elizabeth (Purves) Fairbairn did exist
MotherElizabeth Purves (1732 - 1808)
Alternate fatherPatrick Fairbairn (say 1750 - )
Alternate motherMargaret Purves (say 1750 - )
Recruit(AnotherWanted)The project would like to recruit another representative of this line.
How does this family relate to the others?
Descendants seem to have populated, or at least travelled to, many parts of the world: the Rev Patrick's extended family could be found in British Guiana, Canada, Africa and New Zealand (at least); George's in Australia, South Africa and England; John a Minister in Greenlaw, Berwickshire.
We now have a representative from the line of the Rev. Patrick FAIRBAIRN, however another from one of his brothers would be very useful in order to get a good confirmation of John's dna signature. Candidates do seem a little in short supply however, as most branches appear to have "daughtered out".
BirthJohn Fairbairn * was born cir. 1772. 
MarriageHe married Jessie Johnston, daughter of Patrick Johnston and Margaret Johnston, 9 Dec 1802 Edrom, Berwickshire, Scotland, IGI has 27 Nov (Greenlaw), 9 Dec (Edrom); The Edrom entry reads: John Fairbairn in the Parish of Greenlaw and Jessy Johnston in this Parish were married. 
DeathJohn Fairbairn * died 25 Jul 1824 Hallyburton, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland
BurialHe was buried 28 Jul 1824 Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland, Entry for 28th July: "Mr John Fairbairn, Halliburton" (Greenlaw headstone shows John as tenant in Hallyburton died 25.7.1824 aged 52 years, Jessie Johnston, relict of John Fairbairn tenant in Hallyburton died 24.9.1861 aged 80 years, although this latter is one month out, her death being 24th August and registered 28th August at Greenlaw.
Note(ParentAlternate)Patrick Fairbairn is an alternate father for John Fairbairn *
An uncorroborated extract from Burke's Colonial Gentry, (1970) shows John's parents as Patrick and Margaret (Purves) Fairbairn, which I strongly suspect is a mixture of Jessie's parents and John's, given Jessie's death cert. shows hers as a Patrick and Margaret (Johnston) Johnston, and his look more likely to be James and Elizabeth (Purves) Fairbairn, particularly given the cousinships stated in the Rev John's 1895 obituary. 
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Last Edited9 Apr 2012


Jessie Johnston (cir. 1782 - )
  • James Fairbairn (1804 - 1863)
  • Rev Patrick Fairbairn (Jan 1805 - Sep 1874)
  • John Fairbairn (1808 - Apr 1895)
  • George Fairbairn (Apr 1816 - Jul 1895)