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Re: William PHAIR, b. ca. 1847 IRELAND, d. 1900/1910 NJ
Posted by: William French (ID *****6428) Date: April 02, 2008 at 07:12:05
In Reply to: Re: William PHAIR, b. ca. 1847 IRELAND, d. 1900/1910 NJ by George Speer of 164


Hugh Phair (08 Apr 1813 Ireland? - 14 May 1907 Winnipeg, Canada), m. Jane (nee), (b. abt. 1815) children:

Robert, 17 Jun 1839 (Country Tyrone, Ireland) - 11 Nov 1931 (San Diego, CA, USA) m. 1) Martha North b. 15 Dec 1840 (Ireland); m. 2) Louisa Richardson.

Children of Robert & Martha: Dr. William R. G. Phair, Agnes Elizabeth Phair, Emily Moffet Phair, Victoria Evangeline Phair, & Rev. Ernest E.M. Phair.

Robert is the Archdeacon Phair. Brother may be Rev. Robin Phair, missionary in the Orient, per Robert's obit.

Nephew is H.E.W. Phair, manager of the Winnipeg branch of the Imperial Life Assurance Company.
Anne Jane 12 Feb 1848 (County Tyrone, Ireland - 18 Dec 1906 (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), m. John Robert Spencer abt. 1873(?)
Anne's children: Robert John, Edith Churchill, Anne Ellen, Mabel, Emma Maud, & Effie Fortescue

As to my connections to the Sinclairs, Anne Jane Phair married John Robert Spencer, son of John Hodges Spencer that married Anne Sinclair, my 3rd great-grandmother and daughter to William Sinclair & Nahovway (my 4th greats). William, b. 1766, East On Quay, Harray, Orkneys, Scotland, d. 20 Apr 1818, York Factory, MB, Canada.

William Sinclair of Orkney, a descendant of the first William Sinclair of Roslin and of Henry Sinclair, Earl of Orkney, was born in 1766 in Harray Parish, Orkney Islands, a chain of islands which has played a major role in the Sinclair family since the 13th century. He came to Rupert's Land, Canada with the Hudson's Bay Company in 1792.

William Sinclair from East-on-Quay in Harray on the Mainland of Orkney joined the Hudson's Bay Company in 1792, and was shipped to York Factory on the north coast of North America.

Soon after establishing his first outpost at Nestoowyan, William married a local girl, Nahovway - whose Cree name is now written Nahoway. They had a large family, and their descendants have spread round the world.

William Sinclair worked for the Hudson's Bay Company the rest of his life, rising to chief factor. Most of Nahoway and William's daughters married company men.

"West of the Mountains" by D. Geneva Lent
"A Londoner in Rupert's Land" by Denis Bayley

That is my connection to the Sinclairs and am happy to be part of their history!

Bill French

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