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John Fariburn - Family History

John Fairburn Signature 1846.jpg

Elizabeth Mitchell

(Died 1830 Aged 43)

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(m 15-Sep-1807)

St Martin in the Field

John Fairburn

(b abt 1787)

(Died SepQ 1854 aged 67)

Islington 1b 160

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(m 1831)

Susanna Thomas?

(Died MarQ1878 Aged 73)

Islington 1b 175

 

Samuel Fairburn

(Chr 1813)

Susanna Mary Fairburn

(Chr 1832)

 

Ann Butler Fairburn

(Chr 1816)

Edward Abel Fairburn

(Chr 1833)

 

Elizabeth Lawrence Fairburn

(Chr 1820)

Henry Charles Fairburn

(Chr 1837)

 

 

Ellen Fairburn

(Chr 1839)

 

 

 

William Lawrence Fairburn

(Chr 1841)

 

 

 

 

John Fairburn

(Chr 1844)

 

 

 

 

Fanny Maria Fairburn

(Chr 1846)

 

 

 

 

Frederic George Fairburn

(Chr 1849)

 

 

John Fairburn was an old-established publisher and known employer of the Cruickshank family.

He didn’t produce any toy theatre plays himself, but he did do a very stylish series of portraits in the 1830s. The plates of which passed to WS Johnson and eventually to the Webb family, who used them for tinselling.

  

The origins of John Fairburn are unknown. The name Fairburn is Scottish in origin, but in the 1841 Census there were many Fairburns in Yorkshire, with only two or three Fairburn families in London.

 

Following the birth of his third child in 1820, through to 1839, John Fairburn lived in around the Minories. Sometime between 1839 and 1841 the family moved to Holloway.

 

Although a publisher all his life, he appears to have left the theatrical publishing business before 1841.

 

The London Commercial Directory for 1829 finds John Fairburn, bookseller at 110 Minories. However a second John Fairburn, also a Bookseller, is also listed, living at 13 Broadway, Ludgate Hill.

 

Census Extract 1841

HO107-665-14 Folio 14 - Page 22

Bedford Terrace, Finsbury, Islington.

Name

Age

Occupation

Born in County

John Fairburn

50

Bookseller

Yes

Susannah Fairburn

35

No

Ann Fairburn

20

 

Yes

Elizabeth Fairburn

20

 

Yes

Susan Fairburn

9

 

Yes

Edw’d Abel Fairburn

7

 

Yes

Henry Fairburn

4

 

Yes

Ellen Fairburn

2

 

Yes

 

Although John Fairburn moved out of 110 Minories before the 1841 census was taken, there was a John Fairburn listed as living at 110 Minories. This second John Fairburn was not John Fairburn’s son, but presumably a close relation, as he too was in the book business.

 

Census Extract 1841

HO107-725-6 Folio 46 - Page 16

110 Minories, St Botolph, Aldgate.

Name

Age

Occupation

Born in County

John Fairburn

30

Bookseller

Yes

Sarah Fairburn

30

No

Ann Fairburn

5

 

Yes

 

By the time of the 1851 Census, John Fairburn, was still at Bedford Terrace, with a somewhat large family.

 

Census Extract 1851

HO107-1500 - Folio 555 - Page 22 - Schedule 91

12 Bedford Terrace, Finsbury, Islington

Name

R to Head

Age

Occupation

Place of Birth

John Fairburn

Head

63

Printer & Publisher (employing 2 men)

City, London

Susanna Fairburn

Wife

46

Bishop Frome Hereford

Ann Fairburn

Dau

34

Teacher of Music

City, London

Susanna Fairburn

Dau

18

 

City, London

Edward Fairburn

Son

17

Merchants Clerk

City, London

Henry Fairburn

Son

14

 

City, London

Ellen Fairburn

Dau

11

Scholar at Home

City, London

William Fairburn

Son

9

Scholar at Home

Upper Holloway

John Fairburn

Son

6

Scholar at Home

Upper Holloway

Fanny Fairburn

Dau

5

Scholar at Home

Upper Holloway

Frederick Fairburn

Son

1

 

Upper Holloway

Ann Fairburn

G Dau

15

 

Mile End

John Fairburn

G Son

13

Errand Boy

Mile End

 

 John Fairburn died in the September quarter of 1854 at the age of 67, in Islington. He was buried at Islington Parish Church on 20th September 1854, with his abode given quite simply as Holloway.

 

By the time of the 1861 Census, most of his family had spread their wings, but a few remained to aid their mother.

 

Census Extract 1861

Rg9-  - Folio 39 - Page 7 - Schedule 24

12 Bedford Terrace, Finsbury, Islington

Name

R to Head

Age

Occupation

Place of Birth

Susannah Fairburn

Widower

56

Proprietress of Houses

Frome Bishop

Ellen Fairburn

Dau

21

Daily Governess

Middx, London

John Fairburn

Son

16

Booksellers Clerk

Middx, Islington

Alfred Fairburn

G Son

19

Corn Merchants Clerk

Middx, London

Thomas? Connor

G Son

8

Scholar

Surrey, Camberwell

Sarah Wright

Serv

20

General Servant

Bucks