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James Irwin
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Birth: 1705, Ireland
Death: 1778
Franklin County
Pennsylvania, USA

James Irwin and his two brothers immigrated to the U.S. from Ulster, Ireland in the early part of the 1700s.

In about the 1730s, James Irwin and his wife Jane/Jean McDowell, and their several children, joined a colony in Cumberland (now Franklin) County, PA. With his two brothers he first settled in the lower end of the Cumberland Valley, eight miles west of the Susquehanna River, on a winding, crooked, mountain stream, Conodoguinet Creek.

James Irwin was a blacksmith and a farmer, and later, a distiller. He was also a devout Presbyterian. He brought up a large family of sons and daughters, influential citizens, loyal to their country and to the church of their Fathers.

Among his many children:
His third son, Archibald, served in the Indian Wars and in the Revolution.

About 1758, Martha, fourth daughter of James Irwin married George Paull, a young Virginian of Scottish ancestry.

Joseph and James, who inherited equal shares of the home tract

James, the bachelor son, was willed the "Waggon, Team Still, and Still vessals".

In 1778, James Irwin the pioneer, closed his eyes upon a comfortable home, in the presence of his "beloved wife Jean", and his sons and daughters. He was buried in the White Stone graveyard at Church Hill.
--information gathered from "Paull-Irwin: a family sketch" By Elisabeth Maxwell Paull; 1915 
Family links: 
  Robert Irvine (1655 - 1729)
  Margaret Wylie Irvine (1660 - ____)
  Jean McDowell Irwin (1705 - 1781)*
  Margaret Irwin Patton (1730 - 1780)*
  Elizabeth Irwin Torrence (1732 - ____)*
  Martha Irwin Paull (1733 - 1802)*
  Archibald Irwin (1734 - 1799)*
  Margaret Irvine McDowell (1674 - 1728)*
  Mary Irvine McDowell (1684 - 1782)*
  William Irvine (1691 - 1767)*
  Robert Irvine (1698 - ____)*
  John Irvine (1700 - 1788)*
  James Irwin (1705 - 1778)
*Calculated relationship
Church Hill Graveyard
Franklin County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Katie
Record added: Oct 18, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78674494
James Irwin
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- Joyce Rinehart
 Added: Jun. 29, 2015

- Phyllis Golla
 Added: Feb. 16, 2015
Thank you great grand uncle RIP
- Kathy Gilmore
 Added: Apr. 19, 2014
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