Ancestral Notes

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Tombstone Tuesday – Memorial Marker Mistakes

This is a perfect example of misinformation on gravestones. It is a Memorial to Fleming Wesley Hines, born 1897 – died 1916. At least they got the country that he died in right.

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Remembrance Day – “Yield Not To Difficulties”

I was going to write a memorial post about my Grand-uncle, Stanley Fairbairn, but I didn’t know much about him, my mother hadn’t seen him since he left Essex County. I didn’t think it would do him justice, so I asked his daughter, Judy, if she would like to write something about him so this is her Remembrance Day post:

My Father Stanley Gerald Fairbairn was in WW11. He enlisted in the Canada’s Armed Forces 27 Jul 1940 at North Bay, Ontario, Canada. Stanley’s army number was #B.54545. He was sent to Shiloh, Manitoba, Canada to do training. He was in the Military Police promoted to LP Captain. He was trained for mechanics of trucks and war machinery and had his Class 111 Track and Class 111 Wheel. Father was transferred to Balwood,Newfoundland 19 Oct 1942 for hernia surgery.

He left Canada 9 May 1944 from Debert, Nova Scotia belonging to the Algonquin Regiment and had reverted to private at his own request to go overseas.

After disembarking in England by ship, he was merged to the Scottish Essex Regiment 15 Aug 1944. The D-Day invasion 6 June 1944 on the shores of France left almost every man dead. My Father was in the second wave shipped to France by boat 17 Jul 1944. The assignment was to try to fight their way inland. On 26 Aug 1944 at Elobef, France tanks were crossing a clearing when the Nazi’s started firing at the tanks. My father managed to get out of the tank along with a buddy, they ran for a trench and dove in . Exploding mortar fragments hit the back of the trench killing Father’s friend and leaving Father in very serious condition.

He had a penetrating wound in left chest with shrapnel, part of his left hand was missing fingers, his arms were mangled , his face was cut, his lips were shredded and shrapnel had went into the left side of his neck. He was rescued and flown back to England. There were no drugs to ease the pain on that flight, my father was conscious the whole time, not expected to live.

In England he was listed with the Black Watch. at Leavesden Military Hospital on 26 Aug 1944, amputations of both arms: the left arm below the elbow and his right hand. He ran raging temperatures. They sent cables home to Canada, notices of serious wounds.

Black Watch # 54545 PTE Fairbairn Stanley Gerald,
diagnosis..DANGEROUS 27 Aug 44, Cable No. to Ottawa 341A, sent 6 Sep 1944.

Gas gangrene set in, they sent my Father back to surgery 21 Sep 1944, this time they amputated the left arm just below the shoulder leaving a small stump.

Note on 1 Oct 1944 right stump … graft did not take; 12 Oct 1944 the right arm was amputated just below the elbow bend. His temperature raged. The English Hospital discharged him 5 Nov 1944, “fit to travel” home to Canada by ship. 25 Nov 1944 on Voyage 1 from Liverpool to disembarking at Hailfax, Canada on 11 Dec 1944.The whole crossing he had raging temperatures.from Essex Free Press, Essex, ON

The Department of Veteran’s Affairs sent him by train to Toronto to recuperate. The war wives were told to not be shocked by what they would see. How could they not be shocked? They sent healthy husbands off to war and mangled men came back. The official date of discharge from
the army was 17 Feb 1945. Stanley was 29 years old 4 months.

My Father was fitted with a hook on his right arm and had to learn to use it instead of a hand. Father learned to feed himself, drive a car and a boat and to write all using a hook. Stanley took great pleasure in fishing and hunting and raised his four children to enjoy country life.

It took great strength of character to learn to live his new life. Father never talked about the war, I learned about the double amputations of both arms after his death. This Remembrance Day 2009 I will share my Father’s wisdom with you. He said remember you are a Fairbairn …

“Yield Not To Difficulties”

On this Remembrance Day I challenge every family member to do something worth writing about to make this family proud. May my words help you to understand the price our family paid for freedom.

Author: Judith Lynn Fairbairn-McGinnis
Dedicated to the Memory of Stanley Gerald Fairbairn

Name: Stanley Gerald Fairbairn
Birth: 7 Oct 1915
Birth Place: Essex,Ontario, Canada
Death: 27 Nov 1984
Place: Sudbury,Ontario,Canada
Burial: Park Lawn Cemetery
Tier 1A,Veterans
Place: Sudbury, Ontario,Canada

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Follow Friday – Cape Cod Gravestones

If you’re ancestors were first families in and around Plymouth Colony, chances are that you will find their names on 17th, 18th & 19th Century Cape Cod Gravestones. There is an index to all of the cemeteries in Cape Cod, and if you are lucky, there may be a photo of the markers. I found quite a few photos of ancestors graves, here are some examples:

Ebenezer Nickerson 1768

Joshua Doane

From the website:

Mission Statement

A major goal is to photograph and display the most interesting old gravestones in Barnstable County before they are lost to the ravages of time. A related goal is to provide reasonably complete gravestone records from the earliest in 1683 up to 1880 or later for all Barnstable County cemeteries. Information about the gravestone carvers and gravestone styles is included. Reference sources for cemetery surveys done over the last one hundred years are provided for further research.

Search Suggestion

If you want to search for a specific name on this large web site, go to the Google search engine at In the search box enter capecodgravestones+name. There should be no space before or after the + sign. For example, if you are searching for Marcy Freeman, enter in the search box capecodgravestones+Marcy+Freeman. The search result will be a listing of links to Marcy Freeman. To search for all the Mulfords, enter capecodgravestones+Mulford in the Google search box. Click on the link “Repeat the search with the omitted results included” to display all the links. Most links go directly to sections of this web site but some links go to other web sites which link back to this web site. In limited tests this search procedure works well with Google! The procedure does not work with some other search engines.

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Treasure Thursday – Doane Collection

I found this book at a yard sale, “Searching For Your Ancestors” written by Gilbert H. Doane. There is a lot of great information in it for amateur genealogists about how to research your family, where to look, what to look for, etc. It is the third edition printed in 1960. The first edition was printed in 1937. If anyone knows of a first edition available, I’m interested in getting a copy.
As for the Doan’s Pills tin, I bought it from eBay a few years ago for a couple of dollars. James Doan invented the pills while working as a druggist in Kingsville, Ontario.

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Tombstone Tuesday – My Queen Relations

My immigrant ancestors from Port Patrick, Wigtown, Scotland- Anthony Queen and wife, Mercy Stuart.
My 3rd Greatgrandparents

Their son, Robert Queen and wife Sarah Stevenson.
My 2nd greatgrandparents.

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Carnival of Graveyard Rabbits – Funeral Cards

Here is my submission for the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival- Isabella Taylor was my 3rd great-grandmother’s brother’s wife. This is an image of her Memorial Card.

Isabella Gabella (Gilboe) Taylor

from- A Family Record
embracing a sketch of the history of the Scratch, Wigle, Fox, Friend, Wilkinson, Shepley, McCormick, Malotte, Coatsworth and Iler families and other early settlers of the County of Essex by Mrs. Mary J. Burch

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Wordless Wednesday – First Day Of School

My grandson’s first day of Junior Kindergarten.

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Smile For The Camera #17 – School Days

Here is my kindergarten picture, taken in 1963. I was wearing my favourite dress that my mom made, I called it my “beef stew” dress. It was brown, white and orange plaid. I was also wearing my Stanhope Cross with the Lord’s Prayer in it.

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Wordless Wednesday -Jane Fairbairn Kendrick

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Wordless Wednesday – The George Fairbairn Family

Here is a picture of my great-great-grandparents, George and Jane McDowell Fairbairn and their family. We are having a family reunion next weekend and descendants of this family will be getting together for the first time.

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January 2021