James C. Irwin

James C IrwinJames C. Irwin, the son of William and Elizabeth “Betsy” Irwin, was born in Sterling on August 9, 1838. He spent his life in the Town of Sterling where he served as Justice of the Peace. James married first Emma Fredenburgh who died July 22, 1874. He married second Sarah Ida Hammond. James died in Hannibal on February 7, 1912 at the age of 73.

born        1838 August 9 in Sterling, New York

enlisted  1862 August 11 at Oswego, NY, age 24
mustered in  1862 August 25 
                        Private, 110th New York Infantry, Company H
hospitalized  1863 September 23 at Berwick, Louisiana
promoted      1864 May 1  Corporal
discharged    1865 August 28 at Albany, NY

married   Emma Fredenburgh (died 1874)
married   Sarah Ida Hammond

died         1912 February 7 in Hannibal, NY, age 73
interred  Sterling Center Cemetery, Sterling, NY


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  1. Whitney says:

    Vicki Jo Davey shared this obituary with us on our Irwin face book page.

    OBITUARY OF JAMES IRWIN– (original newspaper clipping found in Bible of Minnie Ray Hulce – now in possession of Ann Hulce Nicholson)

    “On Wednesday afternoon at five o’clock, James Irwin, one [of] our most highly respected citizens passed away at his home on Church street after an illness of but four days.
    Saturday afternoon the deceased was stricken with paralysis which rendered him helpless, from which time he gradually grew weaker until called to his heavenly home.
    Mr. Irwin was 73 years old. About three years ago he moved to Hannibal [New York] from the town of Sterling [New York] where he had resided since birth. He was a veteran of the Civil War, going out with Co. H., 110th Regiment, a member of Southwest Oswego Post, G. A. R., and for the past thirty-five years an honored brother and an esteemed member of Hannibal Lodge, F. and A. M. [Mason]
    He was a devoted husband and a kind and indulgent father and to his friends the soul of fellowship. But the greatest of all he was a man. And as a man it is that those who knew him best most love to contemplate him. He believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He believed that the man who scatters flowers in the path of his fellow men, who lets into the dark places of life the sunshine of human sympathy and human happiness, is following in the footsteps of his Master.
    Besides a devoted wife he leaves one daughter and three sons. We can only remind these mourners that he is not dead, he is only asleep-resting after a long and well spent life here; he cannot, and would not if he could return to us; we can if we will, go to him. Behind the storm clouds always lurks the rainbow and when the storm is past it weeps upon the flowers of the land and the pearls of the sea. Darkness precedes the dawning and out of the blackness of the night comes the sunshine and joy of the day. And so from the beauty of his life take an inspiration and go forth to live as he lived, so that when the summons comes you may say as did he, “All is well”.
    Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church, of which he was a faithful member, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. B. A. Matzen officiating. Hannibal Lodge F. and A. M.
    Interment at Sterling Cemetery.

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