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19thc. Fairweathers in RUSSIA AUSTRALIA AND CANADA
Posted by: Mark Fabian (ID *****7288) Date: June 28, 2004 at 08:39:39
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Here is some info aboutthe descendants of a John Fairweather, born in Tannadice, Forfar, in 1799. Parents are believed to have been Alexander Fairweather and Mary Murison (?Morrison); his siblings David (b. ca 1796), Elisabeth (b. ca. 1801 and another David (b. ca 1803). Nothing known about these individuals and their identification as John's siblings is uncertain.

John Fairweather went to Russia prbably in the early 1830s as he married there (in 1836) Isabella MacLaren who had been born in St Petersburg in 1813. She was from a small group of Scottish families who had been working in Russia, often for the royal family, for a couple of generations or more. John Fairweather bacme a manager for a Scottish textile concern in St Petersburg called Thorntons.

John and Isabella Fairweather had nine children who survived to maturity, all born in St Petersburg, where the family remained until forced to leave Russia at the start of the Crimean War in 1855:

Alexander F b 1837. Returned to Russia in latter part of 19th c. and died there. No known descendants

John F 1837-1905. Return to Russia with his twin brother. Died in Hastings, England. No known descendants

Mary F 1839-1925. Married James Angus in Manchester, England in 1868. My great grandparents. Many descendants notably in western CANADA.

Henry F (b 1840) and george F (b 1842). Emigrated to AUSTRALIA, likely in the 1870s or 1880s. No information

Margaret F (1845-19114). Married Arthur Crush, settled in western CANADA. Two daughters, Bertha and Ethel, married Jack Proctor and J Mitchell respectively

Isabella (1850-1937), Jane (1851-1921) and Lucy (1854-1933), all maiden sisters who returned to Russia with their two eldest brothers, Jane died in England, Isabella and Lucy in Victoria, British Columbia where they had joined their eldest sister Mary.

When John and Isabella Fairweather left Russia in 1855, he continued in the textile bsuiness in the Manchester area. She died in 1859, he in 1863, and the business continued for a while under the direction of the twin sons. By 1881, it had closed.

Note: There is a book called "The Fairweathers of Menmuir Parish, Forfarshire" by an Alexander Fairweather written in about 1874. A copy is at the Signet LIbrary, Edinburgh. Most of the data in this book is too general to be helpful for research purposes, especially as a great many Fairweathers had the sames forenames: Alexander, George, James and John on the male side and Elizabeth, Jean (or Jane)and Margaret on the female side.

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