William R. Irwin Sr.

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William R. Irwin Sr.

Death 22 Jan 1858 (aged 79)
Burial Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 17756313 · View Source
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Soldier of the War of 1812.

(Excerpted from History of Ross & Highland Counties, Ohio 1880)

"William Irwin and his wife, Margaret McCormick, whom he had then just married, came from Ireland to America in 1798, and after remaining for two years near the seaboard, pushed their way westward, and finally chose a location in Buckskin township, of Ross county.

They had only a hundred and fity dollars, or rather its equivalent in guineas, when they arrived in the United States, and but little more than that sum when they came to Ohio. Mr. Irwin gave seventy-five dollars for fifty acres of land in Buckskin, and after remaining there until 1811, removed to Paint township. of the same county, and purchased one hundred and seven acres of land for the same amount of money he had expended in his first purchase.

In 1817 he removed from Paint to Madison township, Highland County, and this time purchased two hundred and sixty-four acres of land for seventy-five dollars, the same being the farm on which his son John now resides. He lived at this farm until his death, in 1857, in the eighty-fourth year of his age, he having been born in 1773. His wife died September 9, 1855. He was a genuine Irishman, energetic, impetuous, and gallant, fond of anecdote and sotry, witty and rollicking. He was a man at once of excellent character and of very peculiar characteristics.

Although he did not accumulate, through his industry, a large property, he still had sufficient to enable him to give each of his children a small farm.

He was married in 1798, his wife being as we have already said, Margaret McCormick. They were the parents of ten children who grew to maturity and one who died as an infant. Their names were Eliza (Mrs. Noah McVey), John, Susan (Mrs. James Gusten), William, Nancy (Mrs. John McMullen), Robert, Sally (Mrs. Patterson Coffee), Alfred, Margaret (Mrs. Simeon Taylor), and Thomas. All are now deceased except John, Nancy, who resides in Illinois, and Margaret, who lives in Paint towhship, Ross county."

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William R. Irwin, Sr.

Gravesite Details Aged 79 years, 5 months and 3 days; birthdate approximate



  • Created by: Linda Jean Limes Ellis
  • Added: 30 Jan 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 17756313
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William R. Irwin Sr. (19 Aug 1778–22 Jan 1858), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17756313, citing Sheep Pen Cemetery, Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Linda Jean Limes Ellis (contributor 46864930) .