Another update on the Irvin Family History

Now here is the latest news! A very good friend of ours, Raymond Foster, has sent the following email to us:

Following on from our telephone conversation here is the Family Tree so far:

William Irvin born 1803 in Mitcham, Surrey married Martha born 1806 in Hackney, Middlesex.

They had the following children all of whom were born in Hackney, Middlesex

Hannah – 1830

William – 1835

Emma – 1836

Martha – 1837

Mary – 1839

Henrietta – 1841

John – 1844

Jane – 1849

William Ivin (1835) married Emma Waller born 1840 in Ware, Hertfordshire.

Their children were:

Emma – 1864

William – 1865

Emily – 1871

Ellen – 1874

Walter – 1877 – 1916

Harriett

All born in Hackney, Middlesex

Martha Irvin (1837) married James Foster born 1824 in Hackney, Middlesex

Their children all born in Hackney, Middlesex.

James – 1857

Martha – 1860

Emma – 1862

Walter – 1864 (my great-grandfather)

George – 1865

Charles – 1868

Edward – 1869

Thomas – 1870 – 1872

Henrietta – 1870 – 1871

Henry – 1871

Frederick – 1873

Mary Irvin (1839) married Robert Cracknell born 1861 in Tooting, Surrey

Their children were born in Hackney, Middlesex

Laura – born 1861 married her cousin James Foster (1857).

Robert – born 1863

Most of the above has come from fitting pieces of jigsaw together. Most of the early male Irvins in my tree were bricklayers and a Census appearance is a rarity. William Irvin (1803) only appears in the 1851 Census. After that William Irvin (1835) turns up in the 1881 Census where he is living a few doors up from his sister Martha in Boleyn Road, Hackney. After that nothing.

And more often than not when I have followed a clue I’ve hit a brick wall – so you can imagine that if this piece of the jigsaw fits into your own tree I think I might be a bit over the moon.

SO, WE NOW KNOW THAT WILLIAM IRVIN WHO MARRIED HARRIET WAS BORN IN HACKNEY IN 1865 AND HIS FATHER WAS A BRICKLAYER (WHICH IS WHY MAYBE THAT RAYMOND HIT A BRICK WALL!) WE ALWAYS THOUGHT WILLIAM WAS A CARPENTER, AND THAT NOW MAKES SENSE. SO HOW ABOUT A BIT OF HELP FOR RAYMOND AND KEITH, AND US, ON WHERE THEY ALL LIVED?



3 Comments


  1. Tammy Irvin Holderbaum
    Jan 14, 2012

    I have been researching my family tree for about 5 years. I was wondering if you had any information on the Rigdon Irvin family? He was my Ggg grandfather. He was from south Carolina and born in 1780. Any information from this line would be much appreciated

    Hi Tammy, not at this time but we will be fascinated to learn more and are trying to find out!


    • Tammy Irvin Holderbaum
      Jan 14, 2012

      Any ideas why the trail grows so cold after Rigdon. I have thought about making a trip to south Carolina to do more research. Do you think that would be worth it or have you exhausted those resources?


  2. penny Irvin-Caress
    Sep 01, 2012

    I am just getting my head around most of it so many siblings (one must ask did they not have tv in those days te.) i am currently trying to do my own family tree – my G Grandad was George Irvin born in 1884 married Fanny welch 1909 thank you for helping me break my brickwall x

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