95. James IRWIN
*1,40,41,42 was born about 1700 in Glencoe, Antrim, Ulster, Northern
Ireland. He was a blacksmith and farmer. He signed a
will on 26 May 1776. He died before 28 Apr 1778 in Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
He had his estate probated on 28 Apr 1778. He was a 7th great grandfather
Will of James Irwin:
In the name of God Amen. I James Irwin of Peters Township in the County of Cumberland
and Province of Pennyslvania blacksmith being very weak in body but of sound
and disposeable mind and memory thanks be to God for the same.
Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for
all once to die do this twenty sixth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and seventy six make and ordain this my last will & Testament
that is to say principally and first I give and recommend my Soul into the hands
of God who gave it and my Body to be decently buried at the discretion of my
Executors hereafter named, and as Touching such wordly Estate as it hath pleased
God to bless me with in this life I will Devise and Dispose of them in manner
Namely First I allow all my just debts and funeral Expenses to be paid out of
my personal Estate Iem I will and devise unto my sons Joseph Irwin and James
their heirs and assigns the plantation I now dwell to be equally divided as to
quantity and as it may best suit the Improvements allowing Joseph the side whereon
he now lives and James the other half including my old improvements the said
James paying unto my beloved wife Jean Ten pounds Yearly together with her maintenance
and the full use of the house I now live in during her natural life, also I give
and devise unto my son James my waggon and Team still and still vessals.
Likewise I give and Devise unto my beloved wife Jean the third of all the remainder
of all my personal Estate Exclusive of her mare and saddle Bed and Furniture
Likewise I give devis and bequeath unto my son Archibald Irwin his heirs and
assigns all my right Title and Interest in or to the plantation I purchased from
Andrew Simpson adjoining the tract I now dwell on
Also I will that the plantation whereon my son in law Aaron Tarrens & daughter
Elizabeth now lives on be sold at the discretion of my Executors the one third
of the Value thereof be Given to my daughter Elizabeth her heirs or assigns and
the remainder to be Equally Divided amongst the children of ther the said Elizabeth
Born to William McConnel Decd.
also I will and devise unto my two Grand Children Phineas Porter and Jean Porter
their heirs and assigns a tract of land in Fannet Township for which I obtained
an order of Survey Likewise Iallow my plantation in Air Township (called the
Cove settlement) for which I obtained an order of survey for in the name of Joseph
Irwin, to be sold and Divided amongst the rest of my children in manner following
Unto my son John Irwin his heirs & assigns the sum of Ten pounds Pennsylvania
Currency and unto my daughter Jean Boggs the sum of twenty pounds and to my daughter
Lidia Porter Ten pounds & to my son Joseph and my daughter Martha Pawl five
shillings Sterling Each
Likewise I will and devise unto my son Archibald Irwin his Heirs or Assigns a
Tract of Land in Awhick (sic) which I bought of Mr. Croghan & for which I
obtained and Order of Survey out of the land Office he paying to my son in law
& Daughter Thomas & Margaret Patton their heirs or assigns the sum of
Twenty pounds Currency out of said Plantation when recovered
and it is also my will that what remains of the Price of the plantation in the
Cove and my personal Estate after all Just Debts and Legacys above mentioned
be discharged shall be to the use and behoof of my son James afsd. his heirs
and assigns and
lastly I do hereby ordain and appoint my son James together with my son in law
William Nesbit to be Executors to this my Last will and Testament to see that
the same be Executed according to the true Intent and meaning thereof.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal the year & Day
above written. The words Thomas & Margaret Patton Interlined before signing.
James Irwin Signed Sealed and Acknowledged by said James Irwin as his Last Will
and Testament in presence of J. Mazwell Wm. Lowery Robt. Vance
Also, from Elson Irwin's Index (another researcher):
NOTES ON JAMES IRWIN FAMILY
Family tradition says that the Irwin family is descended from the John Irwin
who received a manor in Ireland in Cromwell's time. They came to Pennslyvania
about 1727-9, supposedly landing in Wilmington, Delaware. The family came to
the West Conococheague settlement in Peters Township then in Cumberland County,
Pennsylvania., and now in Franklin county. Their land was about four miles south
James Irwin and his sons had numerous land warrants in this area. At the time
of his death James Irwin, he owned six different tracts of land near the Conodoguinet
Creek. His home became known as Irwinton Mills. He was a farmer and a
The family were devout Presbyterians and belonged to the West Conococheague congregation
which in 1738 built its first log church building at a place called Church Hill.
This building, enlarged twice, served the congregation until 1820 when a stone
building was erected. In 1855 the congregation abandoned this structure and from
then on worshipped in Mercersburg. The Irwins are buried at the site of the original
church at Church Hill.
Like many others James Irwin was a distiller which did not seem to interfere
with his or his family's devotion to Presbyterianism.
He brought up a large family of sons and daughters who were influential citizens,
loyal to both country and church. One son, Archibald, served in the French and
Indian Wars and the Revolution, and was commissioned an ensign in April 1756.
A fine stone house, a gristmill, and a sawmill were built by James Irwin and
added to greatly after his death by his son, Archibald. The house, unusual for
its day, continues to merit admiration.
James Irwin died about April in 1778 and was buried in Church Hill. His wife
died in 1781. James Irwin and his wife were great great grandparents to Benjamin
HARRISON, twenty third President
of the United States.
There were ten children mentioned in the will of James Irwin, which was probated
21 April 1778 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
James IRWIN * and Jean (IRWIN) were married in 1720 in Coleraine, Derry, Northern
Ireland. Jean (IRWIN)43 was born in 1700 in Coleraine, Derry, Northern Ireland.
She died in 1781. She was buried at Church Hill Cemetery, Church
Hill, Chester, Pennsylvania. James IRWIN * and Jean (IRWIN) had the