The Irwin's of Fairfield, Franklin County, Indiana

John Irwin and his sons, Morton and John, lived near Darrtown, Butler County, Ohio. Several of their descendants moved across the state line into Franklin and Union counties in Indiana.

Robert L. Irwin, the youngest son of Morton and Anna Crawford Irwin, was a merchant in the village of Fairfield. His first wife was Kate Sims, who was a daughter of pioneer resident, John Sims. They were the parents of two sons, George and Lewis. After Kate's death, Robert married Margaret Burke. They had one daughter, Katie. Following Margaret's death, Robert married his third wife, Marilla Buckley. They were the parents of four children, Lucy, Anna, Anson , and Robert (my ancestor). The family usually lived near Fairfield, but sometimes near College Corner, Billingsville, and Bath. Robert and Marilla and family moved to Moundville, Vernon County, Missouri in 1903. Robert died there in 1905.

An early daguerrotype photo of Robert L. Irwin

This tin-type is unidentified. However, I have no doubt that the man is Robert L. Irwin. The lady has to be one of his first wives. So I assume that this is the marriage photo of Robert and Kate Sims.

Robert L. Irwin, a few years later

Robert L. Irwin, ca. 1900

Marilla Buckley Irwin

Lyndon Irwin, Esther Wadleigh Ross, and Donald Irwin at the graves of Robert L. and Marilla Irwin, Deepwood Cemetery, Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri. Donald is a grandson of Robert and Marilla. Esther is a granddaughter of Robert and his first wife, Kate Sims. Lyndon is a great grandson of Robert and Marilla.

For those of you who use GPS, the coordinates for the Irwin grave are

N 37° 49.776 W 094° 21.250 .

George Irwin, eldest son of Robert and Kate Sims Irwin

Katherine (Kate) Irwin, daughter of Robert and Margaret Burke Irwin

Lucy Irwin, daughter of Robert and Marilla Irwin

Lewis Irwin (front left), son of Robert and Kate Sims Irwin

Anna and Anson Irwin, children of Robert and Marilla Irwin, students at Miami University, Oxford, OH

 Robert Lucas Irwin, youngest child of Robert and Marilla Irwin

Other Irwins who lived in northern Franklin county were Robert's brothers, Thomas Irwin, and James C. Irwin; and also Robert's cousins, Azariah T. Irwin and John Reily Irwin.

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The music playing is "Hilarity Rag" by James Scott, 1910.

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