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Burton Joyce branch

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This page sets out information that we have found about the Derby branch of Fairholm in England - which extended to the United States of America in the early part of the 20th century.

So far, we have 158 people on this tree.

We have use the following abbreviations on the tree:

b : birth
c : christening or baptism
m : marriage
d : death
bu : burial.

The early family

This branch is headed by John and Elizabeth Fairholm. We do not know who John's parents were. Elizabeth's maiden name might have been Wooton, in which case they were married in 1793. John and Elizabeth had five children, but we only have descendants for the middle child, William, who married Mary Slater in 1822. William and Mary had ten children.

The spelling of the surname was highly variable for this first few generations. It included Fairholm, Fairholme, Fairham, Fearholm, Fearholme and Fareholme. It eventually settled down as Fairholm.

Over to the United States of America

John Thomas Fairholm, emigrated to Utah, USA by 1894 and married Almira Eveline Williams. The most recent information we have is that their descendants were living in various parts of the USA, although our records are far from complete and we have been unable to verify all of our information so far. Other members of this branch remained in England, but we have no information about them after World War 2.

Norman Fairholm (1916 - 1943) - sailor

This photograph was shared by Tony Martin. His friend, Tony Chapman, was the telegrapher aboard the ship.

Norman was the son of William Claude Fairholm and Martha (nee McConnell), who lived in the Manchester area.

Norman Fairholm served in the navy during World War II and died on 24 October 1943 during an engagement between his patrol and a group of E-boats which was attempting to attack a convoy in the North Sea off East Anglia. The ship rammed one of the E-boats and in the process was crippled. The photograph shows the crew a month earlier, but we don't know which of them is Norman.

Burton Joyce

Burton Joyce is a village to the east of Nottingham.  Members of the family lived here from at least 1794 to at least 1842. The map shows Burton Joyce in 1835. At the time the population of the village and the nearby hamlet of Bulcote (which is partially obscured by the two folds in the map) was around 660.

The old postcard shows the Main Street - with cows!  The modern photograph was taken in January 2003.

Part of the Sanderson Map of 1835 reproduced from a copy held by Nottinghamshire City Library

Reproduced with permission of Reflections of a Bygone Age from their book Burton Joyce on old picture postcards (ISBN 0 900138 25 5) - one of the books in their 'Yesterday's Nottinghamshire' series.