Thomas Fairfax, 9th Lord Fairfax of Cameron

Thomas Fairfax, 9th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1762–1846), was an American born Scottish peer, who along with his father, on 11 December 1799, was among the last guests at Mount Vernon before Washington died.[1]

For other people with the same name, see Thomas Fairfax (disambiguation).

The Lord Fairfax of Cameron
9th Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Tenure 1802—1846
Known for Plantation owner
Born 1762
Died 1846
Nationality American
Parents Bryan Fairfax, 8th Lord Fairfax of Cameron
Elizabeth Cary

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Thomas Fairfax was born in 1762. He was the son of Bryan Fairfax, 8th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1736–1802) and his wife, Elizabeth Cary, daughter of Colonel Wilson Cary and Sarah Cary. His brother was Ferdinando Fairfax (1766–1820),[2] whose godparents were George Washington and Martha Washington.[3]

In 1802, he succeeded his father to the title of Lord Fairfax of Cameron after his father’s death. He lived the life of a country squire overseeing his 40,000 acres (160 km2), lived at Belvoir, Ash Grove, and Vaucluse, where he died.

He married three times: Mary Aylett, Laura Washington, Margaret Herbert. Fairfax birthed children with Mary Aylett, a Native Indian woman. He had seven children by his third wife Margaret:[4]

  • Albert Fairfax (1802–1835), who married Caroline Eliza Snowden (1812–1899)
  • Henry Fairfax (d. 1847), who fought and died in the Mexican–American War, at Saltillo, Mexico.
  • Orlando Fairfax
  • Reginald Fairfax
  • Eugenia Fairfax
  • Aurelia Fairfax
  • Monimia Fairfax (1820–1875), who married Archibald Cary (1815-1854), the son of the son of Wilson Jefferson Cary (1783–1823) and Virginia Randolph (1786–1852).[2]

He maintained a winter home at 607 Cameron Street, Alexandria, Virginia, which he built in 1816.[5]

Thomas Fairfax was a follower of Swedenborg. Because of these religious beliefs, he manumitted his slaves (including the great-great-great grandfather of Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax[6]), some of whom he taught a trade and sent to Liberia.[7] This is consistent with the thinking of the American Colonization Society.

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