John Milton Irvine
Last Change: 30 July 2018
John Irvine, I - Gen 1
George Irvine - Gen 2
Margaret (Reed) Irvine - Gen 2
John Irvine, II (1801 - 1881)
2. John’s birth: 17/9 December 1801 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
John’s death: Died there 16 October 1881 (age 79 years, 10 months) at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, John Irvine was interred at Liberty Corners Cemetery with his first two wives, but Marian Biles could not find the stone, and she found notes that made her think the story wasn’t true.
3a. John’s 1st marriage:
a. To whom: Martha Arnout.
Born 27 August 1808, daughter of George and Mary (Campbell) Arnout. Died 19 March 1834 (age 26), just 6 days after the birth of her daughter, Martha (who died the same day?); interred Riverside Cemetery, Towanda (where her married surname was spelled “Ervine.”
b. Marriage date & location: 25 December 1828.
(1. Mary Ann/Anne Irvine (also seen: Maryan Irvine): Born 4 January 1830 at Asylum Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 1884. When 8 years old moved across the Susquehanna River with his parents to Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County. Married Milton Homet (French origin; pronounced “O-met”), son of Charles Homet, on Thursday, 17 November 1853 and resided at Homets Ferry. Appears Milton was a judge or attorney; he went to Towanda every day during the weeks that court was in session. Mary kept a diary, which provides a revealing look into life in early Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Mary and Milton had the following children: (order uncertain)
(a. Irvine Homet: (photos) Born 29 April 1859. Died 10/19 June 1897. Never married.
(b. Theresa “Tess” Homet: (more info) Married Peter Patterson and resided at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
(2. Washington Irvine: (photos)
Born 9 January 1832 at Asylum Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 27 July 1908. When 8 years old moved across the Susquehanna River with his parents to Homet’s Ferry, Wyalusing Township, locating where his half brother, John Milton Irvine, subsequently resided. Spent his youth assisting in clearing and cultivating the land during the summer and attending school at the Fairbanks school house during the winter months. Remained with his father on the old homestead until he was 33 years old, when he moved to a place of his own – an old frame house with about 15 acres of cleared land, which he improved tremendously over the years.
Married Lucy A. Dowd (photos) (b. 16 Jan 1844, d. 24 Mar 1903, age 59), oldest daughter of Thomas and Juliet (French) Dowd of Franklindale, Bradford County, Pennsylvania (also sister of Eliza (Dowd) Biles, who married George Melvin “Mel” Biles, Para. 4.C.12.c. of the Alexander Patterson Biles page), on 25 December 1864 and had the following children:
(a. Alice “Allie” Irvine: (photos) Born 11 October 1865. Died 16 September 1935. Married (1st) Stephen Douglas Eilenberger “Douglas” of Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and had the following children: (order uncertain)
(1) Leah Eilenberger: (photos) (more info) Born 29 October 1884 at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 27 November 1966, age 82, in the Charlotte, North Carolina Community Hospital. In 1902/03 graduated from Towanda High School, Towanda, Bradford County. That fall began teaching school at Homets Ferry, followed by other country schools and the Third Ward School in Towanda, Bradford County. Married William D./E. Hooper of North Carolina; no children.
(2) Fred Eilenberger: Born 18 November 1886. Married Helen Loubechke in April 1917 and had the following children:
(a) Alice Eilenberger: Born 16 February 1918.
(b) Virginia Eilenberger: Born 26 June 1919.
(c) Frederick Eilenberger: Born 1 August 1920.
(3) Virginia Eilenberger: (photos) Born 7 July 1888. Died 20 December 1923. Married Samuel "Jack" Morse on 21 October 1914 and had the following children:
(a) LeRoy Morse: (photos) Born 28 February 1916. Died September 1980, age 65. Resided at 128 Hort Street, Painted Post, New York 14870. Worked on Morse family history.
(b) Douglas Morse: (photos) Born 6 December 1916.
(c) Alice Morse: (photos) Born 26 March 1919.
(d) Donald Morse: (photos) Born 16 July 1920.
(4) Lucy Eilenberger: (photos) (more info) Born 23 September 1892 at Towanda, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 14 February 1957, age 64, at Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Bradford County; interred Tioga Point Cemetery. Married Arthur C. Shoemaker on 25 December 1918 and moved to Sayre. Resided most of their lives at 709 Church Street, Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Lucy and Arthur had the following children:
(a) Ruth Shoemaker: (photos) Born 1933. Married Gordon Evans and resided in New York.
(b) Harold Shoemaker: (photos) Resided in New York.
Stephen and Alice (Irvine) Eilenberger were divorced in the summer of 1934. Alice married (2nd) her 1st cousin, Burton Owlette, which prompted her father to “turn her out.” As a result, Burton and Alice (Irvine) (Eilenberger) Burton moved to a location near Buffalo, New York. After his divorce from Alice, Stephen moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and eventually became President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
(b. Margaret "Maggie" Irvine: (photos) Born 15 September 1870. Died 8 September 1908. Attended the Susquehanna Collegiate Institute at Towanda, Bradford county, Pennsylvania. Married John W. Coe and had the following children: (order uncertain)
(1) Eugenia (Coe) Roberts: Born 4 April 1904. Died early March 1946; interred Osceola, Pennsylvania. After the death of her mother (perhaps both parents), was adopted by her Aunt Bertha J. (Irvine) Roberts. Graduated from Towanda High School in 1923 and in 1925 from Meeker’s Business Institute, Elmira, New York. Married Elwyn F. Spoor of Niagara Falls, New York on 11 September 1926 and resided at 575 Post Street, Elmira, New York. In 1984 Eugenia resided at 704 8th Street, Apt 6, Niagara Falls, New York 14301. Both were employed there by the American Salesbook Company. Elwyn was Service Engineer.
(2) Harlan (Coe) Roberts: After the death of his mother (perhaps both parents), was adopted by his Aunt Bertha J. (Irvine) Roberts. Became a tree surgeon and was employed by at Davy’s Tree Expert Company, Inc., Kent, Ohio, working his way up to Foreman.
(3) Mildred Coe: Born 11 May 1908. Died 29 June 1908; interred Biles Cemetery above Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
(c. Bertha J. Irvine: (photos) Born 2 September 1871/72. Died 1958. Married Cameron Edwin Roberts (photos) (b. 1883, d. 17 Jan 1928) of Niagara Falls, New York on 2 February 1907 at Waverly, Tioga County, New York with Reverend George A. Briggs officiating (witnessed by Mr. & Mrs. Grant A. Neiley; no children. At the death of her sister, Margaret, Bertha and Cameron adopted Margaret’s two children. In later life Bertha resided with her adopted daughter, Eugenia, and Eugenia’s husband at 575 Post Street, Elmira, New York. By March 1946 Bertha had had several incapacitating strokes.
(3. Martha Irvine: Born 13 March 1834 in Pennsylvania. Died 18 August 1912; interred Spring Hill Cemetery, Spring Hill, Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Married the Honorable Archibald B. Sumner (b. 23 Mar 1836 in PA, d. 13 Jan 1917; interred Spring Hill Cem.) of Spring Hill on 3 July 1862 and had the following children:
(a. Gertrude Sumner: Born 6 June 1863 at Spring Hill, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died there 9 May 1901, age 38, about 5 days after her daughter, Gertrude, was born; interred there in Spring Hill Cemetery.
1900 US Census: Manville M. Shumway, age 38 (b. Jul 1861 in PA; father b. PA; mother b. CT) and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The household also included his wife of 11 years, Gertrude Shumway, age 36 (b. Jun 1863 in PA; parents b. PA), who had had 2 children, both still alive; daughter, Edna I. Shumway, age 7 (b. Apr 1893 in PA); son, Harold L. Shumway, age 2 (b. Mar 1898 in PA); and servant, Charles W. Dewitt, age 29 (b. Sep 1870 in PA; parents b. PA), single, and employed as a farm laborer. Of interest, the household headed by his father, Hiram Shumway, age 75 (b. Apr 1825 in PA; parents b. PA), was enumerated next door.
1910 US Census: Manville M. Shumway, age 49 (b. PA) and employed as , was heading a household on Indian Hill Road in Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. He had been married twice. The household also included his wife of 7 years, Nellie Shumway, age 39 (b. PA), who had been married once and had had 1 child, still alive; son, Harry L. Shumway, age 12 (b. PA); son, Roland M. Shumway, age 3 (b. PA); and father, Hiram Shumway, age 85 (b. PA).
1930 US Census: Manville M. Shumway, age 68 (b. PA; parents b. PA) and employed as a carpenter, was heading a household at 406 East Edward Street in the Village of Endicott (Union District), Broome County, New York. He married 1st at age 26, and his residence was valued at $5,000. The household also included his wife, Nellie Shumway, age 58 (b. PA; parents b. PA) and employed as a waitress in a dining hall, who married 1st at age 32; and son, Rolland M. Shumway, age 22 (b. PA; parents b. PA), single, and not employed.
At age 24 Gertrude Sumner married, as his 1st wife, Manville Martin Shumway (b. 2 Jul 1861 at Spring Hill, Bradford Co., PA, d. there 1939; interred Spring Hill Cem. (shares gravestone with 2nd wife, Nellie), age 27, son of Hiram and Sally (Lyon) Shumway, on 20 November 1888 (license issued same day) at Merryall, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and had the following children:
(1) Edna Iona Shumway: Born April 1893 at Spring Hill, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. At age 21 married Ernest Calvin Cobb (b. Wilkes-Barre, PA, d. shortly after his 2nd marriage), age 22, son of D. C. (b. Opposition, PA) and Ella (McLaud) Cobb (b. S. Auburn, PA), on 6 June 1914 at Spring Hill, Bradford County, New York and subsequently resided on a farm near Greene, Chenango County, New York. Edna and Ernest had the following children:
(a) Gertrude Cobb: Married Donald Seeley, and in 1972 resided at Sheds, Madison County, New York.
(b) Howard Cobb: Graduated from Cornell University. After college took over operation of the family farm near Greene, Chenango County, New York. Resided at Greene in 1972. Subsequently moved south. Married Ruth (?) and had children.
(c) Virginia Cobb: Married Almon White and in 1972 resided in New York.
(d) Ernest Calvin Cobb "Calvin": Born 1925. Died 2008. In 1972 resided in Virginia.
(e) Charlotte Cobb: Employed as an airline stewardess. Moved to Hawaii.
(f) Kenneth H. Cobb: Born 1940.
Following Edna's death, Ernest Cobb married (2nd) his sister-in-law, Marjorie (Barns) Cobb (See Para. 4.C.14.c.(4. of the Alexander Patterson Biles page.)
(2) Harold "Harry" Lynton Shumway: Born 25 March 1898 in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Died 23 March 1923 at Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; interred Spring Hill Cemetery, Tuscarora Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Married Ruth Basehore (b. 13 Jan 1893 at Detroit, Dickinson Co., KS, d. 23 Oct 1983 at Dallas, Dallas Co., TX).
(3) Gertrude Shumway: Born 4 May 1901 at Spring Hill, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, about 5 days before her mother died. Died there 29 August 1901, age 3 months; interred with her mother in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Following Gertrude's death, Manville M. Shumway, age 41, married (2nd) Nellie Van Nest (b. 1871, d. 1939; interred with Manville), age 31 and a resident of Elmira, New York, daughter of David and Emily A. (?) Van Nest, on 8 April 1903 at Spring Hill, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and had the following son:
(4) Roland M. Shumway: Born about 1907 in Pennsylvania.
(b. Florence Sumner: (photos) Born 24 August 1878. Resided at Springhill.
3b. John’s 2nd marriage:
a. To whom: Patience Merritt
Born 18 November 1803; perhaps daughter of Gilbert Merritt (drowned 8 May 1834, age 60). Died 6 August 1849; interred in the Old Frenchtown Cemetery.
b. Marriage date & location: 15 November 1835; no children.
c. No children.
3c. John’s 3rd marriage:
Born 25 February 1818 in Standing Stone Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in an old house up a little “run”, not too far outside the village of Standing Stone (off route 6 between Rummerfield and Wysox), on the right when traveling toward that village. Died 17/16 April 1907 (age 89) at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Pennsylvania. She resided in the “big log house” at Asylum when she was 4 years old. Later resided with her parents, Seth and Polly (Lee) (?) Stevens, at Laddsburg; that house burned down about 1941.
Emma married (1st) Jacob S. Place (d. from typhoid fever in 1849), son of James and Susannah (DePew) Place, in 1839. She died 16/17 April 1907 (age 89) at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Pennsylvania. Emma would not be interred with John’s other two wives, so she is in the Biles Cemetery (above Homets Ferry) with her son, John Milton Irvine. Of interest, Emma also left John’s first two wives out of her Bible record of family happenings (someone else wrote them in after her death).
1850 US Census: Emma’s first husband was dead, and she resided with her eldest son. Her two children by that first marriage were listed after those of her husband and his first wife.
b. Marriage date & location: 10 May 1857 (also seen: m. 19 Feb)
(2) Ada Lucy Irvine: (photos)
Born 14 May 1860. Died 26 November 1943/44, age 83, while residing at Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania; interred there in the Biles Cemetery. Never married. Taught school at the Homets Ferry School in the 1880s. Was employed as Town Clerk and Post Mistress for many years at Homets Ferry.
Liked to travel and was adventurous. For instance, at age 80 took an airplane ride with a visiting “barnstormer.” Also attended the 1940 World’s fair in New York City.
(3) Susie Irvine: Born 1862. Died April 1863 from a severe fever. Interred in an old (since-plowed-over) cemetery at Homets Ferry (same place Samuel Strunk (b. 2 May 1829, d. 22 Nov 1830) was interred).
4. Other biographical notes on John:
a. At age 12 moved with his parents from Northumberland County, Pennsylvania to the wilderness of Monroe Township, Pennsylvania, the area now known as Liberty Corners. Unlike many young boys, John Irvine spent his spare moments reading books on science, history, and biography. He considered reading novels as so much time thrown away, and worse. Though his formal schooling was very limited, few young men were so well informed.
b. In starting out on his own, John Purchased a brick house between Spring Lake and Towanda in Asylum Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Then in the spring of 1840/38 he moved across the Susquehanna River to Homets Ferry, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania and purchased the farm where he lived the remainder of his years. John also built the first general store at Homets Ferry, which later became the Ennis Store.
c. Used to say to his ancestors: "My grandfather was born in Scotland, educated in Ireland, and died in America."
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