Biography of Jesse C. Iriah
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Irish, Jesse C., Colton, was born in Milton, Chittenden county, Vt., December 4, 1822, a son of Smiton and Thankful (Reynolds) Irish, the former a native of Vermont, born in 1777, and she a native of the same place, born in 1781. They came to Colton in 1841 and settled in South Colton, where Mr. Irish lived just one year after his arrival. His wife died in 1846. Mr. Irish was a blacksmith, and was the father of thirteen children, three now living. The grandfather of our subject was a native of Vermont, where he lived and died, and he married Dolly Irish. Their son Jesse C., started out at the age of eleven years to make his own way. He commenced work on a farm, and at the age of eighteen he, in company with his brother James, came to Colton, where they bought a farm, erected a log house and barn, and began clearing the land. Success attended their efforts and they soon increased their possessions to 220 acres. Early in life they entered mercantile business at South Colton, and continued until the death of James, July 31, 1884, since which time Jesse has carried on business in his own name. Mr. Irish married in Colton, Adaline Irish, a native of Vermont, and a daughter of Luther Irish, of the same place, one of the early settlers of Colton. He died here in 1886, and his wife still survives him at the age of ninety years. Mr. and Mrs. Irish have had five children: Sumner D., who married in Michigan and has two children, Maria and Rex; Inez, wife of Antoine Campbell, who has three children, Mary, Sumner and Benjamin; Lottie, who was the wife of Clarence Phailings, who died in 1889, and by whom she has one child, Mildred; Jesse, now at home; Malcomb E., who died, aged two years. Mr. Irish is a Republican and has been justice of the peace three years.

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