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Southwell 1 branch

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This page sets out information that we have found about the Southwell 1 branch of Fairholm in England.

So far, we have 215 people on this tree. 

We have used 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 William and Mary Fairholm. We do not know who William's parents were, but we suspect that he was the brother of George Fairholm who heads the Southwell 2 branch. They were both wheelwrights and it seems unlikely that two wheelwrights called Fairholm would both set up business in such a small village without being related. Mary's maiden name was Adamson. William and Mary had nine children. At first they were living at Radcliffe-on-Trent, on the opposite side of the river Trent to Nottingham. They moved to Southwell by 1820.

William and several of his male descendants were wheelwrights.

We only have present day descendants for William and Elizabeth's youngest sons, William Adamson and John. The most recent information we have is that their descendants are living in Nottinghamshire.

William Fairholm - death & inquest

William Fairholm, head of this branch, was killed in 1843 when he was removing a tree from a field.  The inquest was reported in the Nottingham Mecury:

"A most serious and fatal accident happened at this place on Saturday afternoon last, to Mr. Wm. Fairholm of Westhorpe, wheelwright and publican; the deceased was assisting, with his father and others, in leading wood from a field in Park Lane, Southwell; and in the falling one of them struck the deceased and killed him dead on the spot."

None of the newspaper reports state the name of his father.

Elizabeth, his wife, carried on the businesses that William had run until at least 1849 - there is a reference to her as wheelwright and retailer of beer in the Kelly’s Directory for that year. 


Southwell (pronounced Suv-ell) is a village to the west of Newark in Nottinghamshire.

The fairly poor quality map from 1884 shows the part of Southwell where members of the Southwell branches lived from at least 1828.

They lived on Westgate from the 1840s onwards.  The two old postcards show the street.  The second card was issued circa 1907.

OS Map 1884. Image produced from the www.old-maps.co.uk service with permission of Landmark Information Group Ltd. and Ordnance Survey

Reproduced with permission of Reflections of a Bygone Age from their book
Southwell on old picture postcards (ISBN 0 946245 61 4) - one of the books in their 'Yesterday's Nottinghamshire' series.