Irwin Tie-in Verified

Subject: Irwin Tie-in Verified
Date: 1999-07-27 18:49:20
Dear Joseph and Dutton Cousins,
    Joseph has  found  in the Walker Co. AL census records Thomas and Lovey 
Irwin Brown living near James and Mary Irwin Dutton as some verification of 
their family connections.  Below is a copy of a transcription from the 
Memoirs of William Irwin, Jr., s/o William Irwin, Sr. and brother to Mary and 
Lovey Irwin.  It begins with William, Sr.'s service in the War of 1812 while 
the family was living in Cumberland (now Clinton Co.) KY, shows his migration 
from KY first to Lawrence Co. AL and places the date at 1822/23 (he later 
migrated to Walker Co. - date placed at 1839/1830) and ends with some family 
and sibling information that is also verification of James Dutton's wife and 
Thomas Brown's wife being sisters and their maiden names correctly placed in 
this Irwin family.  The transcription is from the handwritten documents that 
are in the family of Dan Chandler and his sister Betty Haywood, descendants 
of William Irwin, through James A. Lollar md Martha J. Irwin, dau. of Wm. 
Irwin, Jr.  Dan and another of the Irwin group, Carla worked together on the 
follow transcription.  I thought the Duttons would be interested in this 
original document that verifies the Dutton/Irwin connection.


 In the fall of 1813 he volunteered to go under Governor Shelby to retake 
Malden.  While thus engaged in the service of his country he crossed Lake 
Erie.  The British having scouted Malden,  General Harrison determined to 
pursue them accordingly, he took up his march with Shelby and his 
indefatigable Kentuckians and Col. R. M.  Johnson and his swift footed horse 
who soon overtook them and here amid the roar of guns and whistling of 
bullets & the yell of Tecumseh's invincible warriors for one hour and a 
quarter he beheld all horrors of war and bloodshed while freemen contended 
for liberty against the encroachments of tyrants.
    It was here that the savage hero of the north fell a victim to the 
invincible hand of Johnson which put a period to the war in that quarter and 
      (114)                                                    (3)     
                                          Chapter 1     
 the Millitia privilege to return to their home laden with the honors of war 
and applause of their country–
     About three years after father's return from Canada, I was born on the  
5th Oct. 1816.  
    Some 6 or 7 years after this economical saving father accumulated some 
few hundred dollars which he deposited in the Commonwealth Bank at Birkville 
the bank (like most banking systems) fell through.
        The money of this institution being more in a state of depreciation 
he drew out a fraction of his money and laid it out on young cattle and drove 
them to Alabama.  The country being fresh & the range good he hoped to raise 
and dispose of his stock to save his sinking funds but to his sad 
disappointment they took the muran and chiefly all died.  
    When Father left Kentucky he intended to return after raising and 
disposing of his stock to his old home but his cattle scattering and dying 
and he, in trying to save them spent full well all of his available means him 
determined not to return  until he had gained at least a part of his 
exhausted fortune- Consequently he bought him a small home in what was called 
the Poplar Log Cove (Lawrence County, AL) where he lived about seven years 
after which time he sold out there with an intention  of moving to Missouri 
but he abandoned that idea and bought 80 acres four miles southeast of 
Oakville on the county line between Lawrence and Morgan. Seven years after 
this he again sold his  land, moved to Walker County Ala. 55 miles north of 
Tuscaloosa.  It was here that my dear old Mother departed this life on the 15 
of Nov.
1844 aged ---- years-----
        She was the second daughter of Cap. Robert Forester and born in S.C. 
and named Elizabeth Forester.  She early obtained a comfortable hope in 
Christ. . .  
     (4)                        Memoirs of Wm Irwin                     (115)
which grew brighter as the lamp of life declined until the light of life 
became -? and the glorious light of eternity burst upon her enraptured soul 
and Angelic choirs wafted her spirit home to the chimes of immortal glory-
    She was an faithful wife Affectionate mother and kind neigbour and was 
the mother of 4 daughters, Mary, Lovey, Margaret (who died in Ken. .)  and 
Elizabeth.  Mary married a gentleman by the name of Dutton who was an honest 
hardworking man.  Lovey married a Mr. Brown who made a good living - Eliz. 
never married.  She was also the mother of 8 sons. viz. Francis Cunningham, 
John Williams, Alexander Heart**, Simeon Bramlet, Thomas Wood, Robert 
Forester and George Washington.  F. C. married a Miss  Beams & A.H. married a 
Miss  Brown.*  The other boys are all single (Jan. 3, 1845) but myself which 
will be detailed in a future chapter.
*This is Ellen ("Nettie") Brown
**Correct spelling is Hart

Later,  Eula

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