At long last, mainly thanks to the 1851 & 1841 census', I have made a breakthrough with my search and now have a whopping 8 generations of James Fairbairn's all originating from around the Kelso/Jedburgh area! What I have now starts with James Fairbairn & his wife Isabella Fairbairn. Their son James 2, was born 1/12/1825 and died 15/4/1864. He married first Elisabeth Laidlaw in 1849, and had a son James 3 in 1850. Presumably then Elisabeth died died somepoint in next decade, as he then remairried a Mary Brydon and had two sons John (1861-1940, married Agnes Allison, and had at least 1 son, John Young Fairbairn), and Robert (1863-1925, who married Mary Ann Robertson, then Margaret Blackie, and they had at least one son, James). James 2 died in 1864, Mary went to live with her in-laws (and later re-married a John Young) with John & Robert. Meanwhile my my James (3) went off to live with his mothers family the Laidlaws, never to mention Mary or the half-brothers again. I'm directly decended from his line and my son is the 8th generation of 1st born James' (what an original lot we Fairbairn's are!).
I need help on a number of lines of enquiry:
1/ When did Elisabeth Laidlaw die?
2/ Any info about James 1 and Isabella Campbell (all I have is their names) and I would assume they were born around 1790 to 1805 in the Kelso/Jedburgh areas
3/ Any info on John Fairbairn & Robert Fairbairn and their decendants (the sons of James Fairbairn & Mary Brydon
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