Descendants of John Fairley of Argyllshire, Scotland

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Generation #2

John (1John) Fairley, Sr. of Richmond Co NC

John Fairley was born 1763 in Argyllshire, Scotland. In 1770 John's family immigrated aboard the ship Edinburgh to Wilmington NC. Exactly why the family migrated is not known; but when they arrived in North Carolina, they settled among descendants of other Scottish immigrants.

Sometime before 1790 in Richmond Co NC, John married Katherine Fairley (possibly McCall) b. 1773 in Scotland. John is first found enumerated in the 1785 Richmond Co NC Tax List along with his father. John is next found in his father's home in the 1790 Richmond Co NC Census. John is not regularly found in tax or land records; as he lived with his father who was regularly documented.

Although no proof is found as yet, John's father most probably distributed a portion of his wealth to the other sons and daughters. With his father's death in 1798, John inherited his father's remaining lands and property.

In 1800 and 1810, John is found as head of household. Next, John is found in 1818 where he deeded to his brother, Alexander Fairley, 100 acres of land in Richmond County. Perhaps, this marks John's migration to Mississippi.

John is next found recorded in the 1820 Jackson Co MS Census. Living next door is Daniel Taylor who married Mary Fairly. Unfortunately, there is no documentation to prove that this John Fairley is Mary's father. This is inferred by combining oral history and their proximity in the 1820 Census.

With the change in county boundaries before 1830, John Fairley is found in Perry Co MS and Daniel Taylor is found in Greene Co MS. Proof that these are the same families comes from the almost exact match of family members enumerated in each separate census.

John lived the remainder of his life in Perry Co MS, outliving many of his children. John died in 1854, but his place of burial is not known.

Males Born
After
# Fairley Females # Fairley
18+   2 John
John (son)

All

 1

Katherine
17- 1778 0  
Males  Born
After
# Fairleigh  Females Born
After
# Fairleigh
45+   45+  
25-44 1755 1 John 25-44 1755 1 Katherine
18-25 1775 0   18-25 1775 0
10-15 1785 0   10-15 1785 0
to-10 1790 3 Unknown
Unknown
Peter
to-10 1790 2 Unknown
Mary
Males  Born
After
# Fairley  Females Born
After
# Fairley
45+   1 John 45+  
25-44 1765 0 25-44 1765 1 Katherine
16-25 1785 0 16-25 1785 1 Unknown
10-15 1795 1 Peter 10-15 1795 2 Mary
Unknown
to-10 1800 2 Archibald
Christian
to-10 1800 5 Nancy
Catherine
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
In 1818 John Fairley deeded to Alexander Fairley 100 acres of land in Richmond County.
John Fairley was granted land on the west side of Black Creek in 1819.
Males Born After

#

Fairley

Females Born After #

Fairley

45+   1 John 45+   1 Katherine
25-44 1775  0   25-44 1775  0  
18-25 1795  3 Peter
Archibald
Christian
16-25 1795  0  
16-18 1802  0  
10-15 1805  0   10-15 1805  2 Nancy
Catherine
to 10 1810  0 John, Jr. ? to 10 1810  5 Barbara
Effie
Flora
Jennette
Sarah
Males Born After # Fairley Females Born After # Fairley
100+       100+      
to 100 1730     to 100 1730    
to 90 1740     to 90 1740    
to 80 1750     to 80 1750    
to 70 1760 1 John to 70 1760    
to 60 1770 0   to 60 1770  1 Katherine
to 50 1780 0   to 50 1780  0  
to 40 1790 0   to 40 1790  0  
to 30 1800 2 Archibald
Christian
to 30 1800  4 Nancy
Catherine
Barbara
Unknown
to 20 1810 0   to 20 1810  2 Effie
Flora
to 15 1815 1 John, Jr. to 15 1815  2 Jennette
Sarah
to 10 1820 0   to 10 1820  0  
to 5 1825 0   to 5 1825  0  
Red Hill Cemetery, Perry Co MS
FAIRLEY, Katherine
Age 65; Died July 31,1838
Males Born After

#

Fairley

Females Born After # Fairley
100+ 100+
to 100 1740 to 100 1740
to 90 1750 to 90 1750
to 80 1760 1 John to 80 1760
to 70 1770 0 to 70 1770
to 60 1780 0 to 60 1780
to 50 1790 0 to 50 1790
to 40 1800 1 Christian to 40 1800
to 30 1810 1 John, Jr. to 30 1810 8 Nancy
Catherine
Barbara
Unknown
Effie
Flora
Jennette
Sarah
to 20 1820 0 to 20 1820 0
to 15 1825 0 to 15 1825 0
to 10 1830 0 to 10 1830 0
to 5 1835 0 to 5 1835 0
1850 Federal Census: Perry County, Mississippi, p. 388
HN   FN  LAST   FIRST       AGE  SEX  OCCUP.   BIRTH
========================================================
215  215 Fairly John, Sr.   87   M    Farmer   Scotland
                Nancy       45   F             NC
                Catherine   43   F             "
                Christian   41   M             "
                Effy        37   F             "
                Flora       35   F             "
                Jannette    28   F             "
                Sarah       28   F             "

    Children

    1 - 3. Two unknown sons and one unknown daughter

    4. Mary Fairley b. 10/22/1794 Richmond Co NC

    5. Peter Fairley

1850 Federal Census: Perry County, Mississippi
HN   FN   LAST    FIRST     AGE  SEX  OCCUP.   BIRTH
=====================================================
214  214  Fairley Peter     51   M    Farmer   NC
                  Mellissa  29   F             MS
                  Benjamin   3   M             "
                  Catherine  1   F             "
                  John      1/12 M             "
          Green   Thomas    18   M   Farmer    "
                  Ebenezer  12   M             "
                  William   10   M             "

    6. Archibald Fairley

1850 Federal Census: Perry County, Mississippi
HN   FN   LAST    FIRST      AGE  SEX  OCCUP.   BIRTH
======================================================
216  216  Fairley Archibald  49   M    Farmer   NC
                  Sarah      32   F             MS
                  Peter      13   M             "
                  John       12   M             "
                  Abell      10   M             "
                  Alexander   8   M             "
                  William     5   M             "
                  Catherine   3   F             "
                  Evander   2/12  M             "

    7. Nancy Fairley

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Fran FAIRLEY   Self   S   Female   W   28   MS   Keeping House   NC   MS 
 [Nancy] FAIRLEY   Aunt   S   Female      75   NC      SCOT   SCOT 

    8. Catherine Fairley

    9. Christian Fairley

    10 - 12. Three unknown daughters

    13. Barbara Fairly

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 James PEARCE   Self   M   Male   W   66   MS   Miller   GA   GA 
 Barbra PEARCE   Wife   M   Female   W   69   NC   Keeping House   SCOTLAND   NC 

    14. Abigail "Effie" Fairley

    15. Flora Fairley

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Fran FAIRLEY   Self   S   Female   W   28   MS   Keeping House   NC   MS 
 Flora FAIRLEY   Aunt   S   Female      67   NC      SCOT   SCOT 

    16. John Fairley, Jr.

1850 Federal Census: Perry County, Mississippi
HN   FN  LAST   FIRST      AGE  SEX  OCCUP.   BIRTH
====================================================
215  215 Fairly John       35   M    Farmer   NC
                Clarrisa   25   F             MS
                Susan       6   F             "
                Catherine   4   F             "
                William     2   M             "
         Thomas Susana     16   F             "
At the September term of court, in the year A.D. 1857, on Wednesday of the term, it being the 16th day of the month, James Copeland was taken to the bar of the court and arraigned upon an indictment, found by the following Grand Jury at the March term, 1857, to wit: 
Grand Jury: John Fairley, Foreman

    17. Jennette Fairley

 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Fran FAIRLEY   Self   S   Female   W   28   MS   Keeping House   NC   MS 
 Jinny FAIRLEY   Aunt   S   Female   W   64   NC      SCOT   SCOT 

    18. Sarah Fairley

Generation #3

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