Mary Barbara <I>Steelsmith</I> Fair

Mary Barbara Steelsmith Fair

New Jersey, USA
Death 7 Jul 1870 (aged 90)
Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Cowansville, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 30386887 · View Source
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Mary Barbara Steelsmith was born on 24 June 1780 in New Jersey and died in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania on 7 July 1870 at the age of 90 years and 13 days. (The birth date was calculated based on the inscription on her grave marker that she died 7 July 1870 at the age of 90 years and 13 days. The birthplace was given as New Jersey in the 1850 Federal Census) Mary B. Steelsmith married Michael Fair. Michael Fair was born 10 November 1775. (The birth date was calculated by the data in his grave marker that says that he died on 10 August 1860 at 84 years and 9 months. However, in a legal document filed by his grandsons, the death date was 10 August 1861. Michael Fair is the son of John and Barbara Fair/Fahr/Fehr. John Fair died August 1808 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Michael Fair was said to have gone to western Pennsylvania with the Jacob Steelsmith (Stahlschmidt) Family. Based on their ages, he and Mary Steelsmith may have met in Westmoreland County. They were probably married 1798/1799, as their first child, Sarah, was born in 1800. In the 1800 Census Index for Butler County, Pennsylvania, Michael Fair is listed on page 333 with one male 16-26, 1 female under 10, and 1 female 16-26. There is a John Fair, possibly his brother, also listed on page 33 with 1 male under 10, 1 male 16-26, and 1 female 16-26. In the 1803 Tax List of Butler County, Michael Fair and John Fair are both listed with 400 acres of land. The History of Butler County (1833), p. 275, refers to Michael Fair and John Fair being there early, lived on a farm of P. P. Bricker, but moved away.

Children of Michael and Mary:

1. Sarah Fair, born 1800, married Peter Fair, son of a John Fair born 1770.
*2. Elizabeth Fair was born in 1802. She died in 1891. John Ellenberger's family were early settlers in Armstrong County. Pennsylvania. John was the son of Charles/Carl Ellenberger and Elizabeth Detter. Charles/Carl went to Armstrong County with his mother, Barbara, and his stepfather, Leonard Trees.
3. Johannes "John" Fair was born in April 1807 and baptized on 2 October 1808, the son of Michael Fehr, that is Fehr/Fair, and Maria. (Vol. II. German Church Records) John married in 1828 Mary Christman, the daughter of John Christman.
4. Isaac Fair was born in 1811. In 1832, he married first Catharin Staufer. Isaac married second, on 24 May 1874, Elizabeth Early, the daughter of Andrew Early and the widow of Mathia Wolfe.
5. Simon Fair was born on 28 June 1813. He married Catharin Booher.
6. Eli Fair was born in 1818. He married Anna Christman in 1836. Eli was listed in the Pittsburgh Synod-Lutheran Church, and later in the Allegheny Synod. In the 1860s, he was listed as living in Stevenson County, Illinois.

I am bound to them, though I cannot see their eyes or hear their voices. I honor their history. I cherish their lives. I will tell their story. I will remember them.
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Mary B. Wife of Michael Fair Died July 7, 1870 Aged 90 Years & 13 D.

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  • Maintained by: Jerry Fair
  • Originally Created by: Todd Walker
  • Added: 6 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30386887
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Barbara Steelsmith Fair (24 Jun 1780–7 Jul 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30386887, citing Fair Cemetery, Cowansville, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Jerry Fair (contributor 47065935) .