Hi Folks.I clicked into this site just to see if an unusual name like Irey might have its own forum. Surprise.
My grandmother, Elva Irey(b 1899 d 1999 m Paul Bartholomew Sr. 1922) was born in the family homested on Creek Road in the vilage of Glenmoore in Chester County PA.Her father Marris d.1962 I think.I went to his funeral. His father was Silas.My father told me that when he was a boy there were 36 households named Irey in Glenmoore and Glenmoore is a tiny town.The Welsh Mountains in Chester County are named for these and other early settlers from Wales. Small dark haired people who rarely smile but boy can they ever sing. They also have a gene which allows them to live forever. Many of the towns in this part of Chester County have Welsh names.
There are many Irey descendants including my son and grandparents buried in the churchyard of the Methodist Church in Glenmoore. However the oldest grave I found was a Silas Irey who died in 1776. I asked the pastor about this because I knew the Ireys were Welsh stone cutters who came to PA in the mid to late 17th century.Bishop Asbury himself was said to have organized the church.The pastor told me the "old" church and churchyard were down along the Brandywine Creek and it flooded out.They built a "new" church up on the high ground but never moved the old graves.The "homested" is an ancient stone house on the curve coming into town from Downingtown on the right on Creek Rd.I think this is Pa 262.It is still there. Hope this helps someone.