William Benjamin Irwin MD

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William Benjamin Irwin, MD

Also Known As: "Irving Irvin Ervin Erwin"
Birthplace: Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: March 21, 1870 (38-39)
Rockford, Floyd County, Iowa, United States
Place of Burial: Rockford, Floyd County, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Irwin and Mary Jane Irwin
Husband of Margaret "Cathie" Irwin (Griffin) and Sophia Unger
Father of Robert Payne Irwin and William Benjamin 'Will' Irwin
Brother of Rachel Miller

Occupation: Medical Doctor
Managed by: William Owen "Bill" Irwin - On a...
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About William Benjamin Irwin MD

William Benjamin was a Doctor and Pharmacist. The family history suggests he was born in Scotland moved to Ireland then The United States, back to England for a few years and finally to Rockford, Floyd, Iowa, United States. I have questions as to his place of birth.

  • Dr William Irwin Find A Grave Memorial# 131272395
  • Inscription on his Tomb Store "Gone from our home but not from our heart".
  • Riverside Cemetery Also known as: Rockford Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, Floyd County, Iowa, USA, Find A Grave

Dr. Irwin's First Wife Margaret Irwin (Born Griffin), died of complications from childbirth from their son, Robert Payne Irwin, Sometime after Margaret's death Dr. Irwin married her sister, Sophia Unger (Born Griffin), Their Son William Benjamin Irwin, is my Grandfather

Mattie Dwyer (Irwin) Recollections April 3-20-2013 ... Dr. Irwin’s Granddaughter.

Benjamin Griffin - - Page 913

One of the representative citizens of Rockford, Ia., was born in Hampsted, near London, England, May 4, 1814. He was married in London in 1833, to Anna Payne, who was born in that city in 1813. Three children blessed this union – William, born in 1834, was killed by a kick to the breast from a horse; Margaret, born in 1835, died in 1862, and Sophia, born in 1843, married Dr. Irwin, now of Rockford. They have two sons – R. P., who is a partner in the drug store, and William. Mr. Griffin came with his family to America, landed at New York, and from there went to Newburg; stopped one month, thence to Albany, where he engaged in the butcher business two years, then came West, locating in Quincy, Ill., in 1837. One year later he removed to Tulla, Mo., where he embarked in the pork and beef packing business until 1842, and in that year returned to his native country. He remained in England ten years, and while there, in 1851, attended the World’s Fair at London. In 1852 he returned to the United States, and located near Madison, Wis., where he farmed four years, and in 1862 came to Floyd County, Ia. He spent one year in Charles City, prior to locating in Rockford. Since his residence here he has engaged in the drug business, and has been fairly successful. He formed a partnership with his son-in-law, Dr. Irwin, who died, and his son is now the partner. He is thoroughly versed in pharmacy, and is a skillful and reliable druggist. In his political view he is a Republican, and is a member of the Church of England.


Rockford Public Library
Box 496, 202 W. Main
Rockford, IA 50468

From my sister Paula 3/28/2016

According to Cousin Robert(Great Uncle Robert’s son) he was born in County Antrim, Ireland of Scottish descent. Side note on that fact- County Antrim is one of the regions that was part of the Plantations system(not sure about the name) That was a region where Scots moved back and forth from the same region of Scotland to that region of Ireland many times over the decades.

We also know that he immigrated to the States when he was around 16 years old with an older brother (name unknown). According to Cousin Robert) the last name was Irving until immigrating, was changed when they landed in Philadelphia.

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William Benjamin Irwin MD's Timeline

Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
October 24, 1861
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States
August 7, 1865
Age 34
Madison, WI, United States
November 15, 1869
Rockford, Floyd County, Iowa, United States
March 21, 1870
Age 39
Rockford, Floyd County, Iowa, United States
March 21, 1870
Age 39
Riverside Cemetery, Rockford, Floyd County, Iowa, United States