History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois
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|Marshall Twp. -
MARTIN V. B. IRWIN, farmer, P. O.
Marshall, is a native of Lancaster County, Pa., and was born
May 19, 1830. He is the fifth of a family of seven
children of Archibald and Catharine Irwin.
The father was born in Southeastern Pennsylvania, in 1798,
but when young he went into Virginia, where he grew to
manhood, returning to Pennsylvania when about twenty-two
years old. He was married in Pennsylvania (Lancaster
County), about 1820, to Miss Catharine Rhodes.
She is also a native of Lancaster County, Penn., and was
born Oct. 20 1794. She still survives and lives in
Marshall Township of this county. This family came to
this county and settled in Marshall Township in 1838, where
Archibald Irwin died June 12, 1880. Martin
Irwin was married in Clark County on the 4th of July,
1856, to Miss Martha Comstock, daughter of Nathan
Comstock. Her mother's name was Mary Sandridge.
Mrs. Irwin was born in this county Jan. 28, 1832.
Her father Nathan Comstock, was born in Kentucky, but
principally raised in Perry County, Ind., where the mother
was born and where they were married. Nathan
Comstock died at his residence in this county, and the
mother died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Irwin,
in June, 1859. they had a family of ten children,
Mrs. Martha Irwin being the third. The family of
Martin Irwin consists of three children, of whom one
is deceased - Martha J. Irwin - born Apr. 16, 1857,
and died Sept. 25, 1859; Simon W. Irwin, was born
Apr. 20, 1863; Samuel T. Irwin, was born Sept. 30,
1864. They are members of the Protestant Methodist
Church at Auburn. Mr. Irwin owns a farm of
fifty-seven acres of land in Sections 29 and 32 of Marshall
Township. IN 1879, he sustained a serious loss, by
fire, of a good frame house and the entire contents.
Source: History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois
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