When Researching — Tragedy Somehow Shows Up- Fair Family- Watson’s Corners

When Researching  — Tragedy Somehow Shows Up- Fair Family- Watson’s Corners

Died, at Watson’s Corners on Sunday, Feb. 7, the beloved wife of George Fair, aged 51.

When Marion Agnes Craig was born in 1845 in Lanark, Ontario, her father, Alexander, was 30, and her mother, Agnes, was 24. She married George Fair on August 26, 1870, in her hometown. She died on February 4, 1897, in Lanark, Ontario, at the age of 52, and was buried in Watsons Corners, Ontario. Agnes Craig married George Fair in Lanark, Ontario, on August 26, 1870, when she was 25 years old.

Perth Courier, Feb. 19, 1897

Watson’s Corners:  It becomes our sad duty this week to record the death of Mrs. George Fair which took place at her late home on Sabbath morning, 7th inst. After suffering intensely from cancer for months.  On December 15 the deceased underwent an operation and had what was supposed to be at the time all the cancer removed but as time went on it was found that her system was full of cancer which eventually caused her death.  

Deceased, whose maiden name was Agnes Craig, was born in Dalhousie 51 years ago.  Twenty six years ago she married George Fair who survives her and came to live in our village where she has resided ever since with the exception of a few years she spent in Michigan.  The deceased was of a kind and loving disposition and made friends with all with whom she came into contact. 

 During her illness her sufferings were such as pen would fail to describe.  Some time previous to the end she called her loved ones to her bedside and bade them a loving farewell telling them she was going to the home prepared for God’s children where there would be no more pain or sorrow.  

The funeral on Tuesday was very large the church literally packed while many had to remain outside.  Rev. J.A. Leitch preached a very appropriate sermon after which the remains were conveyed to the cemetery and deposited in their last resting place to await the resurrection morning.  Deceased was a member of Zion Church, the Ladies Aid Society and Christian Endeavor Society and also a teacher in the Sabbath School.

Name:Mrs George Fair ( Marion Agnes Craig)
Birth Date:abt 1846
Birth Place:Dalhousie
Death Date:4 Feb 1897
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Cancer

Her husband George Fair was born on October 25, 1830, in New York, USA. He married Agnes Craig on August 26, 1870, in Lanark, Ontario. He died on October 30, 1913, in Palmerston, Ontario, having lived a long life of 83 years, and was buried in Watsons Corners, Ontario.

Her youngest son was accidentally killed in 1901.

The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
21 Oct 1901, Mon  •  Page 5
Name:George Levi Fair
Birth Date:abt 1886
Birth Place:Dalhousie
Death Date:18 Oct 1901
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:Accidentally Shot Died Instanlty

When George Levi Fair was born on April 22, 1886, in Lanark, Ontario, his father, George, was 55 and his mother, Marion Agnes, was 40. He had four siblings. He died as a teenager on October 18, 1901, in Watsons Corners, Ontario, and was buried there.


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