History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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JOHN IRWIN, a practical and progressive citizen of Bristol, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, is a worthy representative of that class of men bon in foreign countries, who, upon their settlement in the town of their adoption, become loyal and zealous citizens and are active in promoting all measures that conduce to the general welfare.  He is a native of Kings Court, county Cavan, Ireland, born April 5, 1866, a son of John and Margaret (SIMPSON) IRWIN.  John IRWIN (father) came to the United States from his home in Ireland when a boy, but after a residence of ten years in the new world returned to his native isle, where he spent the remainder of his days.  He was largely interested in the livery business in Kings Court, Ireland, this proving a remunerative means of livelihood.  About the year 1860 he married Margaret SIMPSON and eleven children were born to them, eight of whom are living at the present time (1904).  Mr. IRWIN died in 1898; his wife passed away in 1891.

            The national school at Kings Court, Ireland, afforded John IRWIN an opportunity for acquiring a good English education.  In 1888, when twenty-two years of age, he emigrated to the United States, and his first position in the land of his adoption was that of clerk in a hotel in the city of Philadelphia, where he remained one year.  In April, 1889, he served as coachman for D. Landreth & Sons, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, remaining in their employ five years.  He was then engaged for a short period of time in the wholesale grocery establishment of B. S. Janney, Jr. & Co., of Philadelphia.  From 1894 to 1900 he was engaged in the business of baker, becoming the proprietor of two establishments, through which he conducted an extensive and lucrative trade.  After disposing of this business to advantage he became proprietor of the livery stable in connection with the Closson House, Bristol, and for several years he has received the largest patronage in this line of any man in the town.  He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and his political affiliations are with the Republican party.  His strict integrity and energy are known and fully appreciated by the many who came in business contact with him.  Mr. IRWIN married, June 6, 1894, Mary McLEES, of Bristol, daughter of Thomas and Rose McLEES.  Their children are: Margaret Elizabeth, born September 13, 1893;Rose Thompson, born July 26, 1897; George John, born August 17, 1900, and Lillian Frances, born March 25, 1904



Text taken from page 689 of: 


Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed January 2007 by Joan Lollis as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

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