Biography of Samuel Irving
Erie County, OH Biographies





SAMUEL IRVINE. For a quarter of a century identified with the business interests of Sandusky, Samuel Irvine, now living retired from active pursuits, is a veteran of the Civil war, and eminently deserving of special mention in a work of this character. A son of John Irvine, he was born, May 28, 1834, in the City of Philadelphia, of Scotch-Irish descent. His paternal grandparents, who were of honored Scotch ancestry, were lifelong residents of County Antrim, Ireland, although several of their children came to America to settle, including the following: David, Samuel R., William, John, and another son, who after living a few years in New York City returned to Ireland. David located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he spent his remaining days. Samuel R. settled first in Philadelphia, from there coming, in 1852, to Ohio, locating in Sandusky, and a few years later moving with his family to Toledo, which was afterwards his home. William lived in Pittsburgh for a time, from there going to Mississippi, where he married, and was subsequently engaged in the culture of cotton until murdered by one of his slaves.

John Irvine came to America directly after his marriage, and after following his trade of carpenter in Philadelphia for a time settled in Pittsburgh. Leaving that city in 1847, he came by stage to Sandusky, Ohio, where, the following spring, he was joined by his family, who proceeded by boat up the Ohio River to Beaver, Pennsylvania, thence via canal and lake to Cleveland and Sandusky. Following his trade of a carpenter and builder, he erected some of the more important buildings of that early day, including a number of fine residences. Going to St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1858, he was engaged in contracting there for a short time, and then moved to Elwood, Kansas. In 1860, joining the tide of emigration surging westward, he crossed the plains with ox teams to Denver, from there going to the divide, where he took up Government land, and embarked in the culture of potatoes, home grown ones, at that time bringing eight cents a pound, and other provisions, all of which had to be transported by teams, were correspondingly high. Two years later he settled in the valley, half way between Denver and Pueblo, in the place later known as Irvine Station. Securing 500 acres of land, he irrigated and improved the place, and there resided until 1886. He then sold a part of his ranch and moved to Pueblo, where his death occurred, July 3, 1887. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Boyd, was born in County Armagh, Ireland, and died October 6, 1906, in Los Angeles, California, leaving five children, Samuel, John, William, David A., and Milton B.

Having obtained a practical knowledge of the common branches of learning in the public schools of Sandusky, Samuel Irvine served an apprenticeship at the carpenter's trade with his father, and subsequently accompanied the family to St. Joseph, Missouri, later going to Kansas, where he continued at his trade until after the breaking out of the Civil war. On October 12, 1861, inspired by patriotic enthusiasm, Mr. Irvine enlisted in Company I, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, under command of Capt. J. M. Anthony. In 1863, having faithfully performed his duties as a brave soldier in camp and field until the expiration of his term of enlistment, he veteranized, and with his command went to Corinth, Mississippi, where he spent much of his time in guarding the railways of that section of the country.

Honorably discharged from the service as first lieutenant on September 29, 1865, Mr. Irvine followed his trade at Waulcon, Kansas, until 1868. Coming back then to Sandusky, where he had spent the days of his boyhood and youth, he entered the employ of the Sandusky Wheel Company, with which he was actively connected for twenty two years, during the last eight years of the time being superintendent of the business. Since severing his connection with that company, he has lived retired from business activities and cares.

Mr. Irvine married, July 1, 1866, Daphne R. Foster, who was born in Erie County, Ohio, a daughter of William Howell Foster. Born November 21, 1810, in St. Albans, Vermont, Mr. Foster there acquired a good education in his youth, and while a young man started westward in search of fame and fortune. Coming to Erie County, Ohio, he taught school for a while at Seven Mile House, and then, having met with most encouraging success in his labors, he returned to the Green Mountain State, where he married, and with his bride came back to Ohio, coming by the Erie Canal to Buffalo, thence by Lake Erie to Cleveland, and from there to the interior with ox team. Locating near Castalia, he bought land, but soon sold that property, and purchased another farm in the same township. He was subsequently there successfully engaged in tilling the soil until his death, February 26, 1874. Mr. Foster married Caroline Charlotte Brush, who was born at St. Albans, Vermont, September 22, 1810, and died in Erie County, Ohio, March 17, 1901. She reared three children, as follows: Helen Charlotte, Daphne Rhoda, and Romeo William.

Mr. and Mrs. Irvine became the parents of four children, and the two living are John W. and Justin S. John W. Irvine, a resident of Cincinnati, married Rose Kirkpatrick, and they have three children, Daphne, Carrie Luella, and Helen Lucille. Justin S. Irvine, who lives in Cleveland, married Carrie Dunlap. Carrie, born November 14, 1866, died January 10, 1894, and Helen L. born October 16, 1868, died May 7, 1887. Mr. Irvine is a member L., McMeens Post No. 19, Grand Army of the Republic, and Mrs. Irvine belongs to the Woman's Relief Corps.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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