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 William John Irwin

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William John Irwin

Birth
New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death
12 Mar 1925 (aged 77–78)
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial
Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Plot
12A-CP/WS, Plot 50, Grave ??
Memorial ID
48066721 View Source

William was the only known child of Leslie Irwin and Elizabeth McPherson, both Scots-Irish immigrants. According to family lore, he was born in an area called the duPont banks. His father died when he was young and he was raised by his widowed mother.

He fought in the Civil War (enlisting in 1864 after concealing his true age), was present at Lee's surrender at Appamatox, re-enlisted in the Army and served at Fort Sanders, Wyoming Territory, until 1869. An unconfirmed story in the family claims he was present at the driving of the golden spike uniting the two railroads at Provo, UT in 1869 [his Army discharge document indicates this would have been possible]. He returned to Wilmington and was living there in 1874.

William married Catharine Slavin 8 Jul 1877 in St. Peter's RC Church, Wilmington, DE and had 7 children, 2 of whom died at an early age. Though born a Presbyterian, he converted to Catholicism and was baptized shortly before his death by his youngest son, Rev. Joseph H. Irwin. He was in the leather business for many years and later, for a short while, operated small cigar shop on French Street behind St. Patrick's Church. Had vision problems and became totally blind 3 years before his death.

His wife and five of his children are buried in Cathedral Cemetery as well.

[He called "Pop-pop" by his grandchildren]

William was the only known child of Leslie Irwin and Elizabeth McPherson, both Scots-Irish immigrants. According to family lore, he was born in an area called the duPont banks. His father died when he was young and he was raised by his widowed mother.

He fought in the Civil War (enlisting in 1864 after concealing his true age), was present at Lee's surrender at Appamatox, re-enlisted in the Army and served at Fort Sanders, Wyoming Territory, until 1869. An unconfirmed story in the family claims he was present at the driving of the golden spike uniting the two railroads at Provo, UT in 1869 [his Army discharge document indicates this would have been possible]. He returned to Wilmington and was living there in 1874.

William married Catharine Slavin 8 Jul 1877 in St. Peter's RC Church, Wilmington, DE and had 7 children, 2 of whom died at an early age. Though born a Presbyterian, he converted to Catholicism and was baptized shortly before his death by his youngest son, Rev. Joseph H. Irwin. He was in the leather business for many years and later, for a short while, operated small cigar shop on French Street behind St. Patrick's Church. Had vision problems and became totally blind 3 years before his death.

His wife and five of his children are buried in Cathedral Cemetery as well.

[He called "Pop-pop" by his grandchildren]


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