The following will likely give you a headache, and I find this family more than usually contradictory. Even it's name is sometimes Lair, sometimes Laird and I suspect there are versions I cannot find. In theory, they should be in St. Martins Parish, Saint John Co., NB in 1851, or at least in NB, but I cannot find them.
Even it it is confusing, it may give you a start. I think John's name should be John Aiton Lair.
Walker's Settlement is in Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB. This may be significant as it is near Albert Co., and families tend to go back and forth a bit. It is also relatively near the City of Saint John. Looking specifically at Kings Co., one family is:
GEORGE HENRY LAIRD (s/o James and Jane (Bennett) Laird) b. Bennett Lake (Shepody Road), Alma Parish, Albert Co., NB ca. 1869-70, d. Lang Settlement, Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB 2JAN1934 age 64 years, buried Sussex Corner, Sussex Parish, Kings Co., NB, m. Westmorland Co., NB 28OCT1928 GEORGINA BERNICE McFARLAND (b. Cole's Island, Queens Co., NB (or Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB) ca. 1889-90; m. 2nd 4JUL1945 C. Frank Howe), d/o Robert and Margaret (Anderson) McFarland.
Georgina lived in the City of Saint John in 1946.
George's father, James Laird, was born in St. Martin's Parish, Saint John Co., NB. or in Kings Co., NB (depending on which record you believe.) Georgina's father, Robert McFarland, was from Ireland.
Frank Howe, Georgina's 2nd husband, was b. North Devon, St. Mary's Parish, York Co., NB ca. 1886. He was a widower and a 'policeman' in the Lancaster hospital. His parents were John Howe (b. PEI 1JAN1835) and John's 2nd wife, Mary Ann McIntyre (b. ca. 1851.) John Howe was a prominent member of the Black community in the Fredericton area. His home, on Howe St., named after him, is one of Canada's Historic Places.
1. PERCY EGBERT LAIRD b. Walker Settlement, Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB 17FEB1908, m. Moncton, Westmorland Co., NB 27APR1931 LAURA MAGEE
2. JAMES WESLEY LAIRD b. Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB 17MAY1909, m. Moncton, Westmorland Co., NB 25NOV1930 GRETA LeFURGEY, d/o John and Lottie Elizabeth (Laird-Lair) LeFurgey
3. ANN VIOLA LAIRD b. Walker Settlement, Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB 4AUG1913.
4. GEORGE HENRY LAIRD b. Sussex Parish, Kings Co., NB ca. 1918, m. Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 2APR1940 ERMA JEAN LEWIS
All of this leads me to the 1911 census of Waterford Parish. Supposedly, from the above, George and Georgina should have been in that parish in that census. I could not find them, but now knowing where to look, I found the "Lair" family. George "Lair" (FEB1873) and E. John "Lair" (APR1883.) With George and family was a brother, James (JUL1883) and James' wife, "Mable". In spite of the fact that James and E. John are supposedly born the same year, I would assume the three were brothers. Between the families is a McFarland family, likely Georgina's kin. With E. John's family is a his mother, Jane (JUN1850) and stepfather, Sanford (OCT1841) as well as a brother, W. Robert (OCT1887) and a pair of nieces. Some census enumerators had the bad habit of writing surname-middle initial-forename, so Robert and John should be John E. Laird and Robert W. Laird. This theory is a bit punctured by Robert's burial record which gives him as W. Robert Laird, s/o James and Jane (Bennett) Laird. The 1911 census sort of looks like:
Lair E. John M Head M Apr 1883
Lair Mary F Wife M Jun 1890
Lair Ellen F Daughter S Aug 1910
Lair Jane F Mother M Jun 1850
Lair Sanford M Stepfather M Oct 1841
Lair Stella F Niece S Apr 1899
Lair W. Robert M Brother M Oct 1887
Lair Annie F Niece S Apr 1909
From this I begin to get a family:
JAMES LAIR (LAIRD) b. St. Martin's Parish, Saint John Co., NB, or in Kings Co., NB ca. 1835-6, m. JANE ISABELLA BENNETT (b. 5JUN1853 (18FEB1842, JUN1850 in 1911, ca. 1856 in 1891, ca. 1850 in 1881); m. 2nd Sanford Laird?)
Sanford Lair, Jane's 2nd husband, is likely Sanford Lair of Saint John Co., who m. 1867 Grace Aiton of Kings Co., NB. Grace's maiden name may be the source of John Eaton Lair's middle name. She d. 19AUG1896, was from Upham Parish, Kings Co., NB, and had brothers David and Andrew Aiton. Andrew (ca. 1846) and David (ca. 1847) were sons of A. and Mary Aiton in Sussex Parish, Kings Co., NB in 1851.
He is likely the Sanford Lair (b. ca. 1836) of St. Martins Parish, Saint John Co., NB in 1891, with a wife, Janet (ca. 1841) born in Scotland. Children of Sanford and Janet were Jessie (ca. 1873), Lottie (ca. 1874) and John (ca. 1880.) Lodgers were Amur (?) Lounsbury (ca. 1870) and Byron Lounsbury (ca. 1869.)
In Upham Parish, Kings Co., NB in 1901, the family is also given as 'Lair' and appears as:
Lair Jane F Head W Jun 5 1853
Lair George M Son M Feb 1 1873
Lair Mary F Daughter in Law M Apr 10 1872
Lair John M Son S Apr 11 1880
Lair James M Son S Jul 3 1881
Lair Wesley M Son S Oct 26 1884
Lair Bazel M Grandson S Mar 31 1897
Lair Sanford M Grandson S Feb 25 1900
This suggests that the stepfather, Sanford, in 1911 may not have been Jane's 2nd husband, but that has yet to be sorted out. This also tells me the family used both Lair and Laird. To make things confusing, the family seems to also appear in St. Martins Parish, Saint John Co., NB as:
Lair ? George M Head M Apr 7 1872
Lair Mary A F Wife M Mar 29 1872
Lair Bazel M Son S Jun 30 1896
Lair Sanford B M Son S Mar 2 1900
Lair John S. M Brother S Apr 7 1878
Lair James H M Brother S Jul 3 1880
Lair Wesley R M Brother S Oct 26 1884
Lair James, Mrs. F Mother W Feb 18 1842
Lair John Jr M Cousin S Mar 18 1878
In this case, Jane, in Upham Parish, is specifically Mrs. James Lair as the two, separate listings are obviously the same family. However, the information contradicts much of what I have seen so far. I have no trouble with the fact that the birth-dates are so different as sometimes I think the enumerators just made them up. Mary, George's wife, may have been Margaret 'Marrey' in their marriage registration. For example, she may have been Margaret Mary ____, and the recorder assumed 'Mary' was her maiden name. John Lair, Jr. indicates that James Lair had a brother, also named John. However, also in St. Martin's Parish, in 1901, is the family:
Lair Sanford M Head W Oct 1 1836
Lair John A. M Son S Jun 1 1878
Lair Annie E. F Niece S Feb 25 1887
Lair Amanda F Niece S Jan 6 1882
Lair Gracy F Niece S May 3 1900 1 Mon
and I cannot help but feel that John (18MAR1878) and John A. (1JUN1878) are the same person, Sanford's son, John (ca. 1880) in 1891. This would mean that Jane (Bennett) Lair probably married her husband's brother, Sanford. John may be the John Laird b. ca. 1880 who died St. Martins Parish 16JUN1915 age 35 years.
Lottie Lair (ca. 1874) appears to be the Lottie Elizabeth Lair who m. 17JUN1891 John W. Lefurgey. "Saniford Leghe" (?) was a witness. Amanda Lair (b. ca. 1879) was likely Amanda (6JAN1882) in 1901. She married 11APR1904 John Bain (ca. 1854) and gave her parents as Mrs. and Mrs. George Lair. This suggests that Sanford (and James) had another brother, George. This is likely George Henry Laird who m. Martha Elizabeth Duggan (b. ca. 1876), d/o Andrew and Ruby (O'Dell) Dougan. Martha m. 2nd 12FEB1915 Percy George Barth. John W. LeFurgey may be the same who m. St. Martins Parish 30OCT884 Gracy H. Lair.
A death record that is intriguing is that of Hannah Lair who d. St. Martin's Parish 12JUN1892 age 82 years. Since is is beginning to seem likely that brothers, James (ca. 1835-6), George, John? and Sanford (1OCT1836), originated in St. Martin's Parish, it would also seem likely that Hannah (b. ca. 1810) was their mother.
James and Jane Lair were in Alma Parish, Albert Co., NB in the 1891 census. They lived next to the family of Nelson Bennett (b. ca. 1841), probably Jane's brother. He may be William N. Bennett b. ca. 1842 of Harvey Parish in 1851, s/o Benjamin (ca. 1802) and Elizabeth (ca. 1800) Bennett. Alma Parish was part of Harvey Parish until 1855.
In 1881 they were James and "Isabell" Lair.
1. MARGARET LAIR b. ca. 1871.
Possibly the Maggie Lair who m. OCT1892 Samuel S. Knowlin.
2. GEORGE HENRY (HENRY G.) LAIRD (s/o James and Jane (Bennett) Laird) b. Bennett Lake (Shepody Road), Alma Parish, Albert Co., NB 1FEB1873 (7APR1872, ca. 1869-73, FEB1873 in 1911), d. Lang Settlement, Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB 2JAN1934 age 64 years, buried Sussex Corner, Sussex Parish, Kings Co., NB, m. 1st Albert Co., NB 2AUG1895 MARGARET MARREY, d/o John and Sarah Marrey; m. 2nd Westmorland Co., NB 28OCT1928 GEORGINA BERNICE McFARLAND (b. Cole's Island, Queens Co., NB (or Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB) ca. 1889-90; m. 2nd 4JUL1945 C. Frank Howe), d/o Robert and Margaret (Anderson) McFarland.
3. HOWARD LAIR b. ca. 1874
4. FRANK LAIR b. ca. 1875
5. HANNAH LAIR b. ca. 1875.
Frank (in 1891) and Hannah (in 1881) are both b. 1875 and may be the same person but so far I have no way of being sure.
6. JOHN EATON (AITON, ATON, EDGEHERT, EDGEBURT) LAIRD b. Shepody Road, Alma Parish, Albert Co., NB 7APR1878 (11APR1880 in 1901, APR1883 in 1911, ca. 1877 in 1891), d. City Hospital, Moncton, Westmorland Co., NB 30JAN1931 age 53 years, 9 months and 25 days, m. 1st? Kings Co., NB 11MAY1907 MARY ANN McFARLAND (b. JUN1890), d/o Robert and Margaret (Anderson) McFarland; m. 2nd? ANNIE ETHEL LAIR; m. 3rd? REBECCA McFARLANE.
John 'Edghert' Laird lived in Georgetown in Moncton when he died and was a boiler maker's helper for the C. N. R. He had lived there for 8 months. His wife was Rebecca McFarlane, and his parents were James and J, Isabella (Bennett) Laird of Albert Co. This certainly seems to make him the brother of George Henry Laird, and apparently the 'E. John Lair' in 1911.
61. GRETA MAY LAIR b. Walker Settlement, Waterford Parish, Kings Co., NB 6MAR1913, m. _____ CARNELL.
Greta May Carnell lived in East River, NS when she got her birth registered in 1977.
7. CATHERINE LAIR b. ca. 1878-80
8. JAMES HENRY (HAMILTON) LAIRD b. Alma Parish, Westmorland Co., NB 3JUL1881 (3JUL1880, JUL1883 in 1911), m. 1st MABEL _____; m. 2nd Moncton, Westmorland Co., NB 26JUL1932 ISABELLA (JANET) (LeFURGEY) GOODALL (b. ca. 1888; m. 1st Frank Clayton Goodall), d/o John and Grace (Mary Janet?) (Lair) LeFurgey.
9. ROBERT WESLEY (W. ROBERT) LAIRD b. Albert Co., NB 26OCT1884 (ca. 1881-3, OCT1887 in 1911), d. 29 Adelaide St., Saint John, Saint John Co., NB 29JUL1941 age 60 years, buried Cedar Hill Cemetery, Saint John, Saint John Co., NB, m. 1st? FLORENCE LeFURGEY; m. 2nd? RENA _____
J. ANNIE LAIR b. ca. 1885.
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