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Robert Irwin, General

Birthplace: Carlisle, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Died in Steele Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Irwin and Elander Irwin (Brewster)
Husband of Mary Irwin
Father of Mary Polly Gross; Margaret McDowell; Sarah Irwin; William Irwin and Eleanor Irwin
Brother of Alexander Irwin; Ann Irwin; Francis Irwin; Mary Jane Blackstock (Irwin); John Irwin, Captain and 9 others

Managed by: Richard Arthur Neary
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About Robert Irwin, General

William Irwin was one of the early Scotch-Irish settlers in West Pennsborough, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, a few miles southeast of Carlisle. His son, Robert, the eighth of thirteen children, was born August 26, 1740, and was reared with few advantages on his native homestead. When his father died, not long prior to May, 1763, the farm of one hundred acres was purchased of the heirs at 15 pounds each, by their elder brother, John Irwin, and with this Robert Irwin commenced life and wended his way to the Steele Creek settlement in Mecklenburg. He was soon after united in marriage with Mary Alexander, daughter of Zebulon Alexander, an early emigrant from Pennsylvania. About the period of 1767, Robert Irwin was one of the first bench of elders of Steele Creek Church. He was one of the members of the Mecklenburg Convention in May, 1775, and thenceforward proved himself one of the active leaders of the Mecklenburg people during the war... After having served as a member of the North Carolina Provincial Congress in April and May, 1776, he engaged in General Rutherford's campaign against the Cherokees during the summer and autumn of that year... On the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Phifer, he succeeded him in 1777 as second in command of the Mecklenburg militia.

General Irwin died at his residence in the Steele Creek settlement, in Mecklenburg Co., December 23, 1800, in his 61st year, and was interred in the Steele Creek burial ground, his wife's remains occupying the same grave. On his tombstone is engraved this beautiful and truthful delineation of his character, "Great, noble, generous, good and brave."



Brigadier General Robert Robert Irwin, the son of William Irwin, was born in Pennsylvania (Lancaster County) during 1738.

[AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR LEADERS: A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY: P. 194] -------------------- Signer of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence

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Robert Irwin, General's Timeline

August 26, 1740
Carlisle, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Age 29
October 25, 1771
Age 31
Steele Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
Age 33
Steele Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
February 16, 1775
Age 34
Steele Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
March 17, 1775
Age 34
Steele Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
September 18, 1775
Age 35
Augusta, Virginia, USA
December 23, 1800
Age 60
Steele Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA