Sheila searches through records for her ancestry

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A Tynedale woman has traced her family tree back more than three centuries after becoming interested in the roots of her Allendale-based family name, Fairlamb.

A deed dating back to 1650 shows that a Nicholas Fairlamb bought land next to his property, Low Bishopside Farm (sic). Sheila Bell searched through record offices at York, Durham, Carlisle and Hexham to draw a line from her generation way back to the 17th century. Her half-cousin Jared filled in the blanks for her with internet research.

The early Fairlambs farmed their land until Nicholas Fairlamb who lived from 1704 to 1771 moved into town. The family underwent a career change when his son (sic) Nicholas, who was born in 1773 and lived at Delph House in Allendale Town, became a joiner.

The pattern continued when his eldest son Nicholas followed in his footsteps.Then the chain of calling the eldest son Nicholas was broken when Thomas was born.

Sheila's grandfather (sic), William, was born in that generation and became the postmaster at Allendale. His eldest son Llewellyn also became a postmaster. Then Sheila's father Lancelot was born into the next generation of Fairlambs.He was one of six brothers - Maurice, William, Basil, Dennis and Noel.

The spelling of the surname has varied throughout the years from Fairlam and Farlamb and Farlam to Ferlam, but the family line has remained constant.Sheila said, ‘The history has been put together quite quickly. The family never left Allendale so it has been quite easy for me’.

The information will now be used by Sheila and Jared who are planning to put together a booklet before May next year when about 40 members of the Fairlamb family will get together for a reunion.

Hexham Courant - Friday 31 December 1999, p13


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