To theIrwin family heritage page
a focus upon the Irwin Genealogy
listed has been
compiled by Charles Delma Irwin, with the help of:
Irwin, Ruth Irwin, Hilma Irwin Christy
(of Murray, Kentucky), Steve Lee (of the Andrew Oliver Davis line) and
In Ireland, Irwin means "vine".
and so grows the vine
the modern day.
The ending of the
Irwin, "win" comes from the Anglo Saxon word "wine" which interprets to
origin of the
name Irwin comes from "Eorforwine", interpreted as "boar-friend" from a
name in Ireland owes its presence to the Plantation period in Irish
David Irwin adds:
As to the Irwin's being landed gentry;
general, landed gentry in the Irish context has signified Anglo-Irish
Ascendancy, and the Irwin's were never part of that select
At best, those who owned land were a tiny minority-
the bulk of
Irwins (and spelling variants) have occupied various professions and
trades throughout the centuries over here.
Clan - of
the landed Irish Gentry
A little bit about what it means to be
from the South:
Being from the South, you must know
something about the Confederate and
Union Armies that embattled the region in the early forming years of
the Unites States of America.
Craig Daniel Irwin married Leslee Taylor Alexander in April 2005
They have one daughter:
Taylor Meredith Irwin, born August 2005
Robert Irwin married Anny Odell Barksdale, born: 06/05/1920
& Anny had three sons
1- John Howard Irwin, born:
05/22/1943, Metro Birmingham, Alabama
2- James Terry Irwin, born:
3- David Wayne Irwin, born:
Howard Irwin married Deborah Sue Irwin, born: 05/09/1951
John and Deborah had two children:
1- John Howard Irwin II, born:
2- Karen Michelle Irwin, born:
Howard Irwin II married Tabitha Jones Irwin, born: 11/19/1969
They had two sons
1- Kodey Austin Irwin, born:
2- Jacob Tyler Irwin, born:
James Terry Irwin married Sara
Anthony Irwin, born: 12/13/1946
They have one daughter, and two sons.
1-Sherry Denise Irwin Whited,
2-James Robert Irwin, born:
3-Robert Anthony Irwin, born:
Wayne Irwin, born: 09/03/1952
Clara Eoline Crawford Irwin, born: 05/03/1956
Son, Nicholas Wayne Irwin, born: 05/02/1981
Anthony Irwin, (son of James Terry Irwin) married Nancy Michelle
Robinson Irwin, born: 11/04/1972.
have one daughter:
Irwin, born: 03/18/1995
of James Terry Irwin, Sherry Denise, married Phillip Alan Whited.
have 2 sons:
Bobby Alan Whited, born: 06/06/1989
James Robert Whited, born:
Daughter of John Howard Irwin,
Karen Michelle Irwin married Kevin Dye born: ___?
have one daughter and one son:
Kristin T. Dye, born: 06/29/1990
John Michael Dye, born: 01/16/1998
additional notes: Tue,
A volunteer at the
Gordon County Library told Chuck Irwin that those Shackelfords that
were in the CSA with the
Alabama 43rd Infantry, & the Mississippi Infantry, 2nd Battalion,
were not in Georgia...
That began to make sense, considering the move
of the Shackelfords from Elbert County, Georgia to Fayette County,
Alabama, and Lamar County, Alabama, next
to each other near the Mississippi border.
The best known history of Robert Broadnax Irwin, begins with
father, who was a General who drowned in the Chattahoochee River in
when he jumped from the burning steamer "Ham Smith".
His mother must
How do we know?
In the 1860 US Census, Robert Broadnax shows up with the Noland family
Lamar County, Alabama, aged 24, a music student.
When the General died, he must have left instruction for his then 13
old son Robert to be cared for by the Noland family of South Carolina.
Considering that the clues from the 1880 census show that Robert
father was from South Carolina, there are three clues from the DAR records.
1740, died 3-6-1796, South Carolina, married Agnes Campbell Irwin
2- Samuel Irwin, born 1753, South Carolina died 2-19-1803, married
3- Irwin, William, born circa 1734 VA, died 5-20-1814 South Carolina,
married Sallie Ross.
-Next stop, DAR
Shackelfords, Alabama, + Fayette Co, & Lamar Co records, with a
stop at Birmingham Public Library.
-Volunteer at Gordon County Library told Chuck that the records
attest to the fact that William Tecumseh Sherman, upon reaching the
Court House in Calhoun, Georgia, ordered all the records to be piled
square & burned.
That was Sherman's early demonstration of what was to be in store for
Atlanta, and the path of fire, 60 miles wide, all the way to the ocean
at Savannah, Georgia. That Sherman was an A-S-S-H-O-L-E !
The most common spellings seems to have been Eryvine, Erivine or
Erevine until the 11th century and after the Norman invasion, the
dominant spelling became "de Irwyn." (The "de" was in vogue at the
In 1124 King David granted the feudal superiority of Annandale to the
family of de Brus and for the first time in history, the Irvings, being
part of the Royal Family, were not directly responsible to the king for
their lands but had to suffer the indignity of being subjects of
They were vassels for four centuries, first under the Bruces and
achieving independence under the Johnsons.
Robert de Bruce descended from a daughter of David Erevine, Earl of
Huntingdon, brother to William, King of Scotland.
Robert de Bruce, during his struggle to become King, befriended William
de Irwyn of Bonshaw. William became a close confidant and armor
for Robert and for his twenty years of faithful service was awarded
acres in the "Forest of Oakes" and the Castle of Drum. Granted in
1323 and made a free barony the following year, Drum castle remained in
the Irvine family until 1975 when it was deeded to the National Trust
Scotland for its preservation.
This is thoroughly documented in "Burkes
Landed Gentry" and readily available at any good library.
In the 14th century the name changed from de Irwyn to Irving in the
south of Scotland, Irving Parish, and to Irvine in Aberdeenshire in the
north. Shortly thereafter a branch of the Irving family took the
spelling of Irwin and by the end of the 16th century, there were at
least seven names, Ervin being the sixth most common. These new
names are believed to have
all been generated in the southern part of Scotland, in and around
Parish. The Clan Irwin Association has now identified over two
fifty spellings of the name.
Special Addendum and Tribute to Cyrus Delma Irwin, 1915 - 2003 Warrior patriot, my grandfather was a double decorated Purple Heart Veteran of World War II. Del stood against the rage of Hitler, and was part of the invading forces that stormed the beach at Nebraska, he took shrapnel in the leg, then was taken to a hospital ship and later returned to join his troop. My grandfather was second off the boat at the beaches of Normandy, the soldier in front of him took a high caliber bullet to the forehead and died in his tracks.
Cyrus Shackelford Irwin and Johnnie Myrtle Davis Irwin came together and made Cyrus Delma Irwin. The name Cyrus comes from the King and founder of the Perisan empire.
The final resting place for the ashes of Cyrus Delma Irwin are located in the ground at Riverside National Cemetary, Riverside, California, Section 55-A, site 2996. Near the first of April 2004, a permanent metal marker on a granite base will be inscribed with Cyrus Delma Irwin's pertinent military information. Should you ever wish to visit the site, you will know where to look. There is a "Tree Of Remembrance" inside the main building with gold leafs inscribed with loving memory information of one's choosing. For a donation, you can have your name, a message, and the Chief Warrant Officer 3, Cyrus Delma Irwin, UASF.
Charles D. Irwin has the history of the 3 brass casings, symbolizing the three rifle volleys fired for a 21 gun salute. Roman soldiers honored their dead by casting earth upon the grave of a departed warrior and uttering FAREWELL 3 times. Three cheers were shouted during the Crusades to honor those departing for battle. Today, the three volleys fired by a military funeral detail stir deep emotion signifying the passing of an honored comrade. Lucille had the American flag presented to her.
Charles has a copy of an article with a photograph of Cyrus as he points to one of the first Sun City residents Purple Heart Veteran License plates in California. Issue # 0811PH.
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page last updated 04/2006