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Burton Joyce branch

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This page sets out information that we have found about the Burton Joyce 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

Photo by Pierre Bamin on Unsplash
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, a grandson of William and Mary, 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.


At least four of the ten children of William Fairholme and Mary Slater died within two or three months of being born.  Mary died in 1840, aged 36.  William had a least three children to look after, including Emily (aged 12), John (aged 9) and William (aged 4).  In such situations, a widower would often re-marry, but William had not done so before he died following an accident in March 1842.  He had been moving corn for a Mr Stroon when he fell from the waggon as it passed into a barn.  A surgeon attended, but William died three days later.

There is no record of what happened to Emily at that point, but John and William had to seek help from the local poor union - the fore-runner of the welfare state.  At the time, there were two forms of assistance to those unable to support themselves or their families - entry into the local workhouse and payments in money or in kind (known as out relief).  The regime in the workhouses was designed to be harsh and so deter the poor from seeking entry.  They were the last resort of desperate people.  The following in relation to John and William is included at the end of a document that is attached to a letter from William Ashton, the former clerk to the Commissioners of the Basford Poor Law Union:

"The Board are desirous to know whether 3/ [3 shillings]...unclear word...week out door relief will be sanctioned by the Commss to be paid out of the Union.  They have an Uncle and Aunt at Hoveringham who will take and keep them for that sum provided that it can be allowed."

There is no record of the outcome of the request and it has not been possible to identify the Uncle and Aunt at Hoveringham.  By the time of the 1851 census William is a domestic servant and John is a plumber and glazier, living in the same household as Lucy Cook, who he marries two years later.  Emily seems to be a house servant.  All three of them are living in Nottingham at separate locations.

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