Name: Margaret Irwin
Born: ca. 1762
Died: 30 Jul 1830
Place: Butler Co., OH
Place: Collinsville Cememtery
To my knowledge, no primary record mentioning James Hogue's wife by name
has surfaced. The closest thing to it is the cemetery record, transcribed
here as found in Butler County, Ohio Cemetery
Hogue, Polly d. 30 July 1830, ae 68 yrs wife of James.
Polly, of course, was the common nickname for Mary. Was she James's
second wife or was Margaret Irwin really Mary Irwin? Much of what is known
about this couple, the marriage in particular, appears to have come down to
us from Margaret (McQuiston) Milne (1859-1930), their great-grand daughter.
The question, naturally, is whether Milne had primary documentation
available to her or whether she was relying on stories passed down through
the family. Could it be that we're not finding evidence of Margaret Irwin's
parents because we should be looking for Mary Irwin? Nevertheless, "Mrs
Hogue" is traditionally known as Margaret and that's how I'll refer to her
until anything different is proven.
There was a large family of Irwins in Butler County, some of whom had
emigrated from Cumberland county PA, where James Hogue is said to have
resided. I have often wondered if Margaret might have been a sister of the
James Irwin who died in Butler county, Ohio, 10 Feb 1847, age 88 years, 5
months and 24 days. (Revolutionary War pension claim S.9743.) He had a son
named Robert Irwin, born 19 Mar 1795. Margaret's son, John Hogue, had sons
James Irwin Hogue (1827-1838) and Robert Irwin Hogue (1846-1929).
The following is from Kathy Edgington's genforum post Re: Robert born 1795 to Butler co Ohio...
James Irwin was born October 16, 1758 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
His parents have not been identified. James Irwin and his wife, Agnes, were
married in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania on February 2, 1786. Agnes'
maiden name has not been found. Their children as listed in "The Irvines and
Their Kin" by L. Boyd in 1908 page 303-304 were:
Ann Irwin born November 1, 1786
John Irwin born February 18, 1788
Mary Irwin born April 9, 1789
Jane Irwin born May 19, 1791
James Irwin born March 12, 1793
Robert Irwin born March 19, 1795
William Irwin born October 19, 1797
Nancy Irwin born November 25, 1799
David S. Irwin born January 7, 1802
George Irwin born October 11, 1805
James Irwin and his son Robert Irwin moved to Warren County, Ohio and then
to Bulter County, Ohio in 1798. It appears that the rest of the family came
to Bulter County at this same time.
Kathy later posted the following to the same board:
James Irwin participated in the Revolutionary War and his pension claim,
S.9743 tells of his service: "While a resident of Cumberland County,
Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the autumn of 1777 and served two months as a
private in Captain William Graham's Pennsylvania Company. He enlisted in July
1778, and served two months as a private in Captain David Boal's
Pennsylvania Company. He was allowed pension on his application executed
October 18, 1832, while a resident of Bulter County, Ohio. Robert Irwin, a
resident of Butler County, Ohio, appeared in support of the claim in 1832,
relationship not stated. There are no family data included."
The October, 1832, deposition sworn by Robert Irwin was that James Irwin was
on a tour of duty in 1780 or 1781 under Captain Boles. Robert Irwin had been
in the same company and they had been stationed in the Cusecoquilla Valley.
A November, 1833, deposition states that Robert Irwin, now deceased, was a
citizen of good character for truth and veracity.
And then this, posted to the same thread:
Posted by: Joan Christopher
Date: July 04, 2006 01:13AM
John Irwin, yeoman, late of Milford Township; will dated 7 February 1771;
proven 10 October 1771. Wife Mary; sons: Robert (under 21), Thomas (under
18), James. Daughters: Mary Irwin, Elizabeth Irwin, Margaret Irwin, Catharine
Irwin (youngest). Holds land with William McClay on Shearer's Creek.
Executors: my wife, Samuel Mitchell and Thomas Elliot.
Witnesses: James Irwin and Thomas Beal.
(Source: Cumberland County, PA Wills; pages 150-152, probably in Will Book
James Irwin born 16 Oct 1758 in Cumberland County, PA; died 10 Feb 1847 and
is buried at Pisgah Prebyterian Cemetery in West Chester Township, Bulter
County, OH. This would have made him 13 years old when John Irwin died, his
father unless another James Irwin is referred to as being witness to the
Even if it can be shown that Margaret (c1762-1830) and James (1758-1847)
were siblings, we have no leads on their parentage.
James McBride's history of Butler County, Ohio, includes a long
biographical article on Thomas Irwin, born in Lancaster County, PA in
1768.2 He was a military man, rising to the rank of Colonel. He
was elected to the State Legislature. His memoirs, apparently, were
published. He died in Lemon township 3 October 1847. I have found nothing
to connect him to the other Irwins.
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