To Emily D. Dobbins
I would like to thank you very much for your reply of Dec. 18, 2000 re: Knox family. I have no idea if there is any family relationsihp here, as I never was given much information or I never listened when my parents talked of the family.
I have learned my grandfather, a James Fairley was born in Glasgow, Scotland, June 1870 and had three sisters, Bella (Mrs. Burt) Maggie and Christina. Christina had two daughters Marion and Margaret. James Fairley married Isabel Sharp Crawford. They lived in a district of Glasgow called Partick and resided at 733 Dumbarton Rd.
He was a stone mason and emigrated to Western Canada 1906 - 10. His wife and three children - daughter Janet born 1900, son James born 1898 and John born 1902 (my father) came in 1912.
As I have a cousin that was a very good singer, studied in Toronto and New York, my parents often talked of the musical gene in the family. I always thought the name of the great singers was "Fairley".
The story I had always heard was of two brothers, both tenors, toured the world in the middle of 1800's and settled in Australia. Is this just a myth or are these the same brothers as the Knox's in United States.
Recently I learned a cousin was given a newspaper clipping about this singer and I finally received a copy. It was a letter or note on the stationery of one Alec Knox which was undated but believed to be between 1910 - 1919. I believe this note was to my grandfather. A statement in the note is "it is a pleasure to know that the boys raise my name oncce in a while". My grandfather enjoyed drinking. We think the note is signed by Archie Cav.
The letterhead is for "Alec Knox", Baritone Vocalist
Manager, James Knox.
There was also a newspaper clipping about Saida Knox.
I would appreciate any information on where the Fairley and Knox families have a connection or anything you couldd tell us of Alec or Jamess Knox and lives in USA or in Scotland.
I can be reached at 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
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