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Update on Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City

Posted By on February 1, 2016

On 13 November 2015, Who was Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City? was presented in a blog post here.  Within a few days, a comprehensive summary was received from Debby Rudy, a regular research contributor who lives in the Lykens Valley area.  Her response answers many of the questions asked in the first blog post, but, as with all research, presents additional unanswered questions.  The e-mail she sent is presented here.

Comments are invited.



What fun! Here’s what I found. With all the misspellings of his first and last name it’s no wonder his info is buried. Spelled as Inglis, Teiglie, Englis, Engits, etc. Misspellings on every census.

His wife lists herself as a widow in the directories in Illinois during the years he is in Tower City. It appears that he returns after she dies in 1901 and is living with his daughter, Agnes before and after she married B.F. Lumley (who had been married to a sister of Agnes).

See my timeline below from Ancestry census, Newspapers.com, FamilySearch etc.  I’ve also corrected info on Findagrave for him and sent links to the memorial owners for his family. This should fill in some of the blanks on his whereabouts, though not what made him leave Illinois for Central Pennsylvania. Did he go to Pennsylvania to find work as a carpenter building houses or to escape a disagreeable wife or was he just a scoundrel who deserted his family and then returned after 20 years away?





My Timeline: Inglis Fairbairn

1843:  Born in Edinborough, Scotland 1843

1850 Census:  Inglis is living in Salisbury, LaSalle County, Illinois with parents,  John Fairbairn (a baker) and Agnes Valentine Fairbairn [Note:  Ancestry spells his name as: Inghs Fiubrum].

1860 Census:  Inglis is 17 and living with father John Fairbairn (now a farmer) in Wheatland, Illinois and grandmother Jeanette Valentine (the source for his middle name of V.)

His mother Agnes Valentine Fairbairn and grandfather Valentine are not on the census and are presumed dead.

The next door farm is owned by Thomas Varley & Martha Varley (spelled incorrectly in census as Barley) whose daughter Margaret Varley, 17, later becomes Inglis’ bride.

1865 Discharge:  Discharged for Disability, 22 May 1865 at Newton (?) U.S ._____ Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.  Source:  U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 for Teiglie W. Fairbairn [Ancestry transcribers are horrid!].  Englis V. Fairburn in the U.S. Returns from Regular Army Infantry Regiments, 1821-1916.

1865:  Marriage to Margaret Varney.  Name: Maggie Varley.   Gender: Female Marriage Date: 15 August 1865 Marriage Place: Will County, Illinois, Spouse Name: Inglis V. Fairbairn.

1870 Census:  Inglis is living in Plainfield, Will County, Illinois, with wife and 3 children: Inglis Fairbairn, 27, Farmer, born in Scotland; wife Margaret Fairbairn, 27, born in England.  Children-Thomas Fairbairn, 4; Agnes Fairbairn, 3; Anna Fairbairn, 2.

1880 Census – Inglis is living in Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, as a boarder, working as a house carpenter, listed as married.  Margaret Varney Fairbairn is living in Wheatland, Illinois, is listed as married, keeping house, living with her sister Martha and the children Margaret had with Inglis:

Margaret Fairbairn, 34; Thomas Fairbairn, 13; Agness F. Fairbairn, 12; Hannah L. Fairbairn, 11; John A. Fairbairn, 9; Martha E. Fairbairn, 5; Martha E. Varley, 16 (Margaret’s sister)

1890 Census:  Inglis in on the Veterans’ schedule living in Tower City, Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

1891 Directory:  Margaret Varney Fairbairn is listed in Joliet, Illinois, directory as “widow Ingalls”

1895 Directory:  Margaret Fairbairn is listed in Joliet, Illinois, directory as “widow Ingalls”

Name: Margaret Fairbairn. Gender: Female. Residence Year: 1895. Street address: 105 Dickens. Residence Place: Joliet, Illinois, USA. Spouse: Ingalls Fairbairn.  Publication Title: Joliet, Illinois, City Directory, 1895

1899 Directory:  Name:  Margaret Fairbairn.  Gender:  female.  Residence Year:  1899.  Street Address:  601 N. Chicago. Residence Place:  Joliet, Illinois, USA.  Spouse:  Ingalls V. Fairbairn.

1901 Directory:  Margaret Fairbairn is listed at same address, 601 Chicago Ave, Joliet as “widow Eugene”

1901:  Wife Margaret dies, is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet, Illinois.

1899:  Inglis collected a $6.00 pension in June 1899 in Tower City, Pennsylvania, according to the Harrisburg Star Independent (Newspapers.com)

1900 Census:  Tower City, Schuylkill County, Inglis is living alone, married 35 years, working as a carpenter, renting a residence. He is living next door to Ann Wilson from Wales and her 2 children who were born in Scotland.

1910 Census:  Inglis is not found in a census for Pennsylvania or Illinois as yet, but may turn up under yet another misspelling.  He is not living with daughter Agnes yet;  she is found in 1910 living with her sister Anna and Anna’s husband B.F. Lumley and working in his grocery store. When Anna dies, Agnes marries her sister’s husband..

1912 Directory:  Inglis is back in Illinois working at B.F. Lumley with his, as yet, unmarried daughter Agnes Fairbairn – who marries her deceased sister’s husband B.F. Lumley before next census.

Name: Inglis V. Fairbairn.   Residence Year: 1912. Street Address: 608 Stirling Av.  Residence Place: Joliet, Illinois, USA.  Occupation: Works Publication. Title: Joliet, Illinois, City Directory, 1912.

1920 Directory: In Illinois, working as a clerk in Joliet.  His name misspelled yet another new way:  Engits V. Fairburn.

1920 Directory: Name:  Ingles V. Fairbairn.  Street address: 303 Hebberd.  Residence Place: Joliet, Illinois, USA.  Occupation: Clerk.  Publication Title: Joliet, Illinois, City Directory, 1920

1920 Census: Living with now married daughter Agnes Fairbairn Lumley‘s family in Joliet, Illinois, 77 years old.

1921 – Illinois Death Index:

Name: Ingles Fairbairn.  Birth Date: 10 July 1842.  Birth Place: Scotland.   Death Date: 2 July 1921. Death Place: Joliet, Will County, Illinois.   Burial Date: 5 July 1921.  Burial Place: Joliet.  Death Age: 78.  Occupation: Carpenter. Race: White.  Marital Status: Widowed.  Gender: Male. Father Name: John T. Fairbairn. Father Birth Place: Scotland. Spouse Name: Margaret Fairbairn.

and finally, FROM:  http://www.colfab.org

National Park Service:  Detailed Soldier Record. www.civilwar.nps.gov

Inglie V. Fairbairn – Company F – 18 United States Infantry
Film Number M233, Roll 27

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War:      www.suvcwdb.org
Grave Registration: Fairbairn, Ingles
18 US Federal Infantry. Died:  2 July 1821; Buried:  Oakwood [Joliet] Will County, Illinois

1890 Veterans’ Schedules:  www.ancestry.com

(Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania):
Inglis V. Fairbairn – Pvt – Co F – 18 US Inf
Enlistment – 28 March 1862; Discharge:  23Aug1865; Length of service:  3 years, 6 months, 5 days.
Disability incurred:  Andersonville 10 months, “Wounded in foot shot”

Andersonville Prisoners of War:   www.ancestry.com
Inglis V. Fairbairn

Private – Company F – 18th United States Infantry.  Location of Capture:  Resaca, Georgia; Date
of Capture:  14 May 1864; Code – 49527  Paroled, 24 February 1865, Northeast Ferry, North Carolina;
Died, 2 July 1921.

Published Obituaries:

Joliet Sunday Herald-News – Sunday, 3 July 1921, Front Page

Almost on the eve of Independence Day, Ingalls V. Fairbairn, veteran of the Civil War and a resident of Will County for nearly 75 years, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Benjamin Lumley, 303 Hebbard Street. Mr. Fairbairn would have celebrated his seventy-ninth birthday, July 10.  He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and came to America as a boy, removing to Plainfield where resided until 11 years ago.  He was a prominent farmer of Plainfield and has taken an active part in G.A.R. work.  During the Civil War he served with Company F. 18th United States Infantry, and was a member of Bartleson  Post. G.A.R. who will attend the funeral.  Surviving him are two sons, Thomas Fairbairn and John Fairbairn of Joliet and two daughters, Mrs. Lumley and Mrs. Elvis Johnson of Joliet.  Mr. Fairbairn has been ill about six weeks.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Lumley home, the Rev. J. B.Brown, pastor of the Ridgewood Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery with G.A.R. rites.

Joliet Sunday Herald – 3 July 1921 – Page 14

Fairbairn Ingalls V., Company F. 18th United States Infantry, died at 11:30 a.m., July 2, 1921, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Benjamin Lumley, 303 Hebbard St.  Survived by two sons, Thomas Fairbairn and John Fairbairn, and two daughters, Mrs. B. Lumley and Mrs. Elvis Johnston of Joliet.  Funeral from the home of his daughter, Tuesday, 10 a.m.  Burial in Oakwood.  Comrades of the G.A.R. are requested to attend.  By request of E. W. Willard, Commander of Post 6.


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