Alvin Fairbrother's obituary is posted at this link: http://iagenweb.org/boards/jackson/obituaries/index.cgi?revi...
His 1879 biography provides almost identical information:
ALVIN FAIRBROTHER, bee-raiser, Sec. 26; P.O. Maquoketa; is a native of Windham Co., Vt.; born May 20, 1813; he grew to manhood there, then removed to Essex Co., N.Y. While living there, in May, 1832, he married Miss Polly Estabrook, of Essex Co., N.Y. July 18, 1838, they started for the West, and came by wagon; they came to Iowa and to Jackson Co., and arrived where Maquoketa is now located Sept. 10; his wife and her sister were probably the first ladies that passed a night in Maquoketa; Mr. Fairbrother used to hunt and trap, and afterward engaged in farming; having a taste for bee culture, he has for many years been one of the largest and most successful bee-raisers in this section of the State; there are very few more practical bee-keepers in the State; he has 150 stands of bees; he extracts most of his honey from the comb, and sells mostly in the home market. They have three children - James E., Laura (now Mrs. Henry Taubman, of Maquoketa), Harriet (now Mrs. McCrary, living in Kansas); they lost three daughters. - 1879 History of Jackson County, Iowa, pg 644