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Nathaniel Irish



Session Position District Party
1807-1808 N/A Jeffersonian Republican
 Counties   Allegheny, Beaver, Butler


1737 - 1816

Nathaniel and wife Mary are interred at Trinity (Episcopal) Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
Irish was a Revolutionary War Veteran 1777-1780, ascending to the rank of Captain.
Born May 8, 1737. Died Sept. 11, 1816.
(I) The founder of the Pennsylvania family was Nathaniel Irish, born of English parents on the island of Montserrat, one of the Leeward Islands of the West Indies, who early in the eighteenth century came to the Province of Pennsylvania, settling on Saucon Creek, near Philadelphia, where he acquired lands, built grist and sawmills, and prospered. His home was then in a part of Bucks county, and there he was commissioned a justice of the peace, in April, 1741. Nathaniel Irish married, and left a son, Nathaniel (2), and a daughter, Ann. He died in 1748, at Union Furnace, Hunterdon county, N. J., leaving a considerable estate to his two children, both minors.
(II) Nathaniel (2) Irish, son of Nathaniel (l) Irish, was born at the family home in Saucon, Bucks county, Pa., May 8, 1737, died in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 11, 1816, having been retired from active life for several years previous. He was eleven years of age when his father died, but his interests were safeguarded by a guardian, and upon coming of suitable age he became manager of Union Furnace, Hunterdon county, N. J., an industry established by his father. He was making cannon there from wrought iron during the early part of the Revolution, but that fact became known and a British expedition destroyed the furnace. He then raised a company of artillery and entered the Continental army, being commissioned captain, Feb. 7, 1777, in the regiment commanded by Col. Benjamin Flower, and remained in active service until Jan. i, 1783. He received from the State of Pennsylvania for his services in the Revolution a land grant for five hundred acres, located in the first district in what was subsequently Lawrence county, a part of which is yet owned in the family. After the war he settled on a tract of land on Plum Creek, now in the county of Allegheny, and about 1790 located in Pittsburgh, where he was elected first assistant burgess upon the incorporation of the borough in April, 1794. He was one of the original members of the Society of the Cincinnati, and a man of high standing. Captain Irish married (first) in 1758, Elizabeth Thomas, daughter of John Thomas, ironmaster, of Merion, Pa. Mrs. Irish, called a "glorious matron of the Revolution," on account of her patriotic service, died at the Plum Creek homestead, in Allegheny county, July n, 1789. Captain Irish married (second) Mary Irwin, who is buried with him in Trinity Churchyard, Pittsburgh. His children were by his first wife, five growing to mature years : Anne, married Maj. George McCully; Elizabeth, married Capt. Thomas Wylie; Nathaniel (3), born in 1766, died in 1811; Mary, married Col. Henry Smith; and William Beckford, of further mention.