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Margaret Herbert Fairfax
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Birth: 1785
Death: Mar. 7, 1858

1850 Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia hh 1027
Margarett Fairfax 65
Eugenia Hyde 38
Amilia Fairfax 25
Elizabeth Harbert 22
Upton H Harbert 25
some others living here but hard to read

Children of Margaret Herbert and Thomas Fairfax

Eugenia Fairfax2
Aurelia Fairfax2
Monimia Fairfax2
Albert Fairfax+2 b. 15 Apr 1802, d. 9 May 1835
Henry Fairfax+2 b. 4 May 1804, d. 14 Aug 1847
Orlando Fairfax+2 b. 1806, d. 1882
Commander Reginald Fairfax2 b. 1822, d. Jul 1862
On the death of Robert Fairfax, 7th Lord Fairfax in 1793, Sally's sister Elizabeth's husband- Bryan Fairfax - succeeded to the baronial title. However, since both Elizabeth was dead as was Sally's own husband, George Fairfax, Sally must have been pleased that one day her nephew, Thomas, would become the 9th Lord Fairfax.
Interestingly enough, this Thomas took to wife none other than Margaret Herbert, the grandaughter of Sarah Fairfax Carlyle. I'd like to think that this decision to marry a colored relative came from some sense of moral indignation over the scandalous treatment that his black cousins had been given eleven years earlier. Perhaps, too, he felt that his spiritual obligation, as head of the family, was to insure a haven of racial harmony, at least within the increasingly larger circles of its extended membership. He was certainly aware of what he was doing. The letter of Sally's discussing her husband's trip to prove to his Uncle in England that
he was not a Negroe's son
had, in point of fact, been written to him. I would also like to believe, therefore, that God was pleased to accept this act or, preferably, this sacrament of racial reconciliation, for he blessed it and made it fruitful. Today, the 14th Lord Fairfax and a great many of the country's historical Southern names are descended from either this marriage or from those of other Carlyle, Herbert and Whiting members of the bride's family. 
Family links: 
  William Herbert (1745 - 1818)
  Sarah Fairfax Carlyle Herbert (1757 - 1827)
  Thomas Fairfax (1762 - 1846)*
  Orlando Fairfax (1806 - 1882)*
  Monimia Fairfax Cary (1821 - 1875)*
  Reginald Fairfax (1822 - 1862)*
*Calculated relationship
Ivy Hill Cemetery
Alexandria City
Virginia, USA
Created by: Carolyn Whitaker
Record added: Sep 23, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97666866
Margaret <i>Herbert</i> Fairfax
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