Can anyone claim, or shed any light on, the Robert H FAIRBURN/FAIRBAIRN I've found in the 1860 and 1870 Wisconsin census records? 1860: at Weyauwega, Waupaca, WI Robert H FAIRBURN (indexed as Robert W), 22 Meth Clergyman born Canada; Lucy E 17 b NY 1870: at Brooklyn, Green Lake, WI R H (indexed as B H) FAIRBAIRN 31 Congregational clergyman b Canada; Lucy E 27 b NY with children Lewis D 9 born NY and Robert 2 b Wisconsin.
This may or may not be the same Robert: 1880 at Bradford, Nashua, Chickasaw Iowa Robert H attorney b CAN parents both b Scotland; wife Sarah C 28 b Wisonsion Father b England Mother b NY; with dtrs Rena H and Ora W 1897 thru 1920 New Hampton, Chickasaw, Iowa where he has turned into an editor and a newspaper publisher, and once says born Oct 1840, consistently states Canada as birthplace, and one census does say it is his second marriage. Later data shows Rena H is more often shown as Bird N, who marries a Clyde BIGELOW.Ora marries a Verne Percy KIRK.
1875 Hennepin Minnesota Robert and Sarah have a 15 yr old David with them born Wisonsin, Father b Canada Mother b Wisconsin (ie not Lucy's New York, but I've seen some wonderful variants for parents' birthplaces to not discount this for that reason).
The Chickasaw Robert seems to have died 1 Oct 1923 at New Hampton.
My interest is trying to figure out if he is Robert son of David FAIRBAIRN and Jane HERD. I'm pinning my hopes on one census which says the clergyman chap emigrated to the States in 1848, which is when David and family moved to Wisconsin, and show up there at Clayton, Winnebago. The occupation seems a bit out of the ordinary for my FAIRBAIRNs however, so I have my doubts, but cannot as yet prove this one way or the other.