ALFRED M. IRVING

A substantial citizen and a reliable man, long identified with the best interests of Ellison Township . Warren County , was born in Sumerset County , N. J., March 16. 1834.. a son of Daniel and Nancy (Mills) Irving, his father being a native of Sumerset County, and his mother of Morris County, N. J. Kis grandparents, James and (Castner) Irving, and Jediah and Phoebe (Goble) Mills, were all born in New Jersey, the Mills being of English descent.

The Irvings were originally from Scotland . Daniel was a farmer and cooper, and always lived in New Jersey , though he came west to visit his children. He lived to be ninety-four years of age, and died in his native state, in the house where he had lived for fifty years; the mother also lived in Sumerset County .

Alfred M. Ir­ ving learned the carpenter's trade in New Jersey , and in August, 1855, started west, stopping on his way to build a house in New York .

He arrived in Berwick Township Warren County , in October, 1855, and resumed his trade. In 1861 he bought a quartersection of land in Ellison Township , on which he at once engaged in general farming and stock raising. In the in­ tervening years he has been industrious and thrifty, making fortunate investments, and is now the owner of 915 acres, which is said to be one of the very finest farms in this section of the state.

The buildings are fine and all improvements are thoroughly up to date. In 1865 he set out in his front door yard four pine trees, one of which has grown to six feet in circumference; also an osage orange tree that measured five feet around it. His dwelling is on a rising piece of land with a sloping yard on either side, and a noble view.

On this farm frequently may be found two hundred head of cattle, and annually from four to five hundred acres of corn. Mr. Irving is one of the Direc­ tors of the Roseville National Bank. He is a member of the Congregational church, and, in politics, is a Democrat.

Mr. Irving was married, December 14, 1S5S. in the town of Berwick , to Mary E. McClure, who was born in Me- Donough County , Ill. , in 1837, the daughter of John and Mary McClure.

They had the following children: Mary Ida; Margaret J.; Mrs. J H., who lives in Kansas City; Emma L., who lives in Suisun, Gal.; Nancy A. is at home; Alfred M., farmer, who lives in Ellison Township; Amanda E.; Elizabeth, who made an extended visit in 1901 to California and other regions of interest in the far west; Arthur D., who is at home. Mr. Irving's parents were born in Kentucky, and came to Illinois at an early day, settling at first in Morgan County, and then in McDonough County, afterward moving to Mahaska County, Iowa, where the husband died. The widowed wife and mother came to visit her daughter, Mrs. Irving, and while there, was taken suddenly and severely ill, dying in her daughter's arms.

 

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