| || Notes for John (of Hat Creek) Irvine:|
This is John "of Hat Creek."Davis Reese, in his work finalized in January 2008, says:
"...John Irvin came to the Hat Creek area, which is near current Brookneal in southeast Campbell Co., around 1736. L Boyd stated he came via Pennsylvania, but from where is not known.At that time, according to Rev. William Irvine, John's grandson, there was only one old white man within 30 miles.Thus, John was the true pioneer for the area.John married Mary Boyd and she delivered a son, Abraham, on the voyage across the Atlantic.John was a staunch Presbyterian, which influenced his actions.He allegedly obtained a large grant and sold parts of it over a number of years.(Note: No evidence supports Lucinda Boyd's allegation that John was the James of the seven brothers who came from Ireland about 1730.Further, at that time, only aristocrats were allowed to have two given names. Thus, it is virtually certain that John used the only name he had.)"
I am currently carrying John Irvine as a son of William, but see this caution from Elizabeth Harris who is at <firstname.lastname@example.org>, June 15 2001:"John IRVINE married Mary BOYD and settled in what is now Hat Creek, Campbell County Virginia, probably about 1737.His children are well documented.What's seriously in question at this point is who his parents were.The one thing we do seem to be zeroing in on is that Alexander Irvine, father of the orphaned Christopher, was his brother. My web page on this family is at http://www.duke.edu/web/chlamy/irvine.html".
Whatever this John's antecedents were, and I show those I believe most likely, he was the John who raised Christopher, my direct ancestor.
When did John die? There has been some discussion, but Davis Reese's comment following closes the issue for me:"John Irvin's will....Unfortunately, I cannot find my copy.However, as I recall, the last paragraph appears to be a second person and the shakiness of John's signature makes me believe he wrote it.There is no question it is dated 1791.Regardless of the purpose of that will (some say it was refiled), it is absolutely certain that John was alive when it was written.The 1788 and 1789 dates people give for his death are certainly wrong."
In March 2006, Barbara McCoy <email@example.com>, a friend of my cousin Nancy Bell, sent me an extract from the book "A FAMILY HISTORY:BOYDS and Connected Families" by John Wright Boyd.Subtitled: Early SettlersCentral Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina.Compiled and Published by John Wright Boyd, Tignall, Wilkes County, Georgia.Copyright 1980.Library of Congress No. 80-66759.Wilkes Pub Co., Washington, GA. On page 10 of this volume is a reference to an account attributed to R.H. Early's EMBRACING HISTORY OF CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1782-1926, pages 432 and 433, which note that John Irvine of Hat Creek was a native of Ireland and a Presbyterian. His wife Mary (Molly) Boyd was also from Ireland. They were married there."They landed in Pennsylvania, where he acquired land and remained in that state for twenty years, and there all of their children were born." He went to Hat Creek and bought land, then returned to Penna. and brought his family south. This text gives their children: Abraham, William (a preacher in the Hat Creek meeting-house), Robin, John (a lieutenant in the War in 1780, and married Mary Anne, the daughter of Matthew Tucker [will 1796]), Elizabeth, Mary, Nancy, Margaret (Peggy)( married 1793 James Black), Mary Ann, m. 1798 Paulett (sic) Clark, b 1771, James H., m 1812 Susanna Cobbs, Matthew Tucker.
In November 2007, Deborah Briggs at <firstname.lastname@example.org> kindly sent the note below:
"Hello Pat,I saw your family tree for the Irvine family at the Rootsweb location.I have just purchased a cemetery book for Campbell County, VA.The title is Campbell County Virginia Church Cemeteries, Vol. II, 1997.This book is published by the Campbell County Historical Society.In the information provided on Hat Creek Church there is a description of the grave stones for this couple.There is one large stone marking three graves.The inscription on the marker reads:
" 'Who in the year 1736 became the first settlers of this community on a grant of land of many thousands of acres conveyed to them by the King of England'
"The three graves are for:
Mary Boyd Irvine
Wife of John Irvine
Major John Irvine
b. 1735d. 1814
Son of John Irvine
Mary Ann Tucker Irvine
Wife of Major John Irvine
"There is a DAR marker at the foot of the graves. (these burials are found on page 45 of the cemetery book) Next to this marker is the grave of:
b. 1700d. 1788
"The only other Irvine I see in this cemetery is an infant:William Irvine, age 3 years, died November 12, 1852 (p. 44) the grave next to this one is for a Martha Carter, b. January 1837 and died 1875 (p. 44).There are a number of graves marked only with fieldstone around both of these graves and also a cluster around the Irvine burials above.Paulett Clark and his wife are also buried in this cemetery and their information is located on page 43 of the cemetery book." D. Briggs