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Samuel Gardner Irish[1, 2]
Male 1842 - 1925

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  • Birth  23 Jul 1842  Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Census  4 Sep 1850  Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census  1855  Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census  12 Jun 1860  Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    _MILT  Between 5 Aug 1861 and 30 Aug 1864  Co. H of the 21st Massachusetts Infantry Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Civil War 
    Census  1865  Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census  1870  North Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation  1870 
    Shoe Maker 
    Census  1880  Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Census  Jun 1900  West Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census  1910  West Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Census  1920  Lake St. West Brookfield, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death  22 May 1925  West Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Died  23 May 1925  West Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    Death  29 May 1925  West Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Pine Grove Cemetery, West Brookfield, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I535  West Brookfield Families
    Last Modified  18 Oct 2021 
     
    Father  Isaac C. Irish,   b. Abt 1811, Lebanon, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1873 
    Mother  Lucy Dodge,   b. Abt 1815, Woodstock, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1872 
    Married  13 Jan 1840  Southbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F331  Group Sheet
     
    Family ID  F332  Group Sheet
     
    Family 1  Maria Ann Eaton,   b. 10 May 1844, Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1895, West Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  6 Aug 1867  North Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Children 
     1. Mabel Idelle Irish,   b. 20 May 1870, North Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1938, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Chauncey Franklin Irish,   b. 26 Sep 1882, North Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1967, Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F291  Group Sheet
     
    Family 2  Maria Nichols,   b. 24 Oct 1851, Brimfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1934 
    Married  25 Nov 1896  North Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Family ID  F330  Group Sheet
     
  • Headstones
    Samuel G. Irish Headstone
    Samuel G. Irish Headstone
     
  • Notes 
    • Samuel Gardner Irish was born in Southbridge, MA on July 23, 1842 to Isaac C. and Lucy (Dodge) Irish. He lived his boyhood years in Southbridge and moved to Brookfield in his late teens. He worked in the shoe trade until mustering into Co. H of the 21st Massachusetts Infantry on Aug. 5, 1861. Samuel was wounded in Newbern, North Carolina on March 15, 1862, and suffered a debilitating gun shot wound to the right shoulder at Petersburg, VA on July 30, 1864. He was mustered out as a Sergeant on 30 Aug. 1864. His service was credited to the town of Southbridge and his name appears on the monument there. He filed for Civil War Pension on 2/15/1865 App. # 632.45 Cert. # 58913 and his widow, Maria Nichols Irish, filed for Widows Pension June 16, 1925 App. # 1234.156 Cert. # 964,630

      Samuel married Maria Ann Eaton, daughter of Hiram and Sarah Jane (Kendrick) Eaton on August 6, 1867 in North Brookfield. The clergyman, J. W. Lewis of Southbridge, also married Samuel's brother Isaac Franklin Irish and Maria's sister Lucy Eaton in a double marriage ceremony.

      Samuel and Maria lived in North Brookfield where their daughter Mabel and son Chauncey Franklin were born. They moved to Lake Street in West Brookfield sometime between 1880 and 1890, and in October of 1895 Maria died of Carcinoma of the Breast at age 51.

      Samuel married Maria (Nichols) Morton in West Brookfield on Nov. 25, 1896 and they continued to live in West Brookfield where Samuel was a Senior Vice Commander of G.A.R. Post 160. Samuel's eyesight failed considerably and he suffered from heart trouble, fainting spells and dizziness; as well as headaches, during his final year of life. He died on May 23, 1925 and was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery.

      Samuel's son Chauncey "Frank" Irish married Jospehine Madden and eventually relocated to Waterbury, Connecticut. He shortened his last name to Iris and his descendants are known by that name. Samuel's daughter Mabel married Henry Nelson Smith of North Brookfield. Henry was crushed to death by an electric train in Brookfield in 1908 and Mabel eventually moved to Springfield, MA. Many of Mabel's descendants live in Worcester County today.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S540] Certificate of Death for Samuel Gardner Irish, Chas. O. Edson, Town Clerk Pro Tem of West Brookfield, Wocester County, Massachusetts, (Name: July 1925;).
      Gives middle name Gardner. The only document I know of which provides full name as Samuel Gardner Irish. Other documents have name as Samuel G. Irish.

    2. [S540] Certificate of Death for Samuel Gardner Irish, Chas. O. Edson, Town Clerk Pro Tem of West Brookfield, Wocester County, Massachusetts, (Name: July 1925;).
      Gives middle name Gardner. The only document I know of which providesfull name as Samuel Gardner Irish. Other documents have name as Samuel G. Irish.

    3. [S1684] Vital Records 1848 - 1916, West Brookfield Town Clerk.
      Marriage record gives birthplace as Southbridge.

    4. [S1191] Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, (Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Location: Boston, Massachusetts; Date: 2004;), Massachusetts, Worcester, Southbridge Births; Vol. 3:page 265.
      Samuel Gardner Irish born July 23, 1842. Son of Isaac + Lucy Irish

    5. [S22] 1850 United States Census, Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
      Irash, Samuel G., age 8, b. Ma

    6. [S41] 1860 United States Census, Brookfield, Worcester County, MA, (Name: June 1860;), p. 32, Ancestry Image 8.
      Line 17, Samuel Irish age 17 [in Daniels household]

    7. [S84] 1870 United States Census, North Brookfield, Worcester County, MA, (Name: 20 July 1870;), M593 Roll # 655., Page 61, Stamped page 108.
      Irish, Sameul G., age 26, for boot and shoe factory, b. Conn.

    8. [S103] 1880 United States Census, Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, ED 804, Sheet 41, line 31.
      Samuel Irish age 38, works on boots, born Conn., both parents born CT

    9. [S201] 1900 United States Census, West Brookfield, Massachusetts, (Name: June 1, 1900;), ED 1705, Sheet 6B.

    10. [S256] 1910 United States Census, West Brookfield, MA, (Name: April 1910;), ED 1840, sheet 11B.

    11. [S834] Email from Gary Reardon.

    12. [S540] Certificate of Death for Samuel Gardner Irish, Chas. O. Edson, Town Clerk Pro Tem of West Brookfield, Wocester County, Massachusetts, (Name: July 1925;).
      Gives date of death as May 23, 1925.

    13. [S1733] West Brookfield Town Report 1925.

    14. [S624] Copy of Record of Marriage for Samuel G. Irish and Maria A. Eaton, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (Name: 1867, Vol. 201, pg. 245, No. 23;), M005111..
      Samuel G. Irish, age 25, shoemaker, born Southbridge, son of Isaac and Lucy, and Maria A. Eaton, age 23, born West Brookfield, daughter of Hiram and Jane were married in North Brookfield by J, W. Lewis, Clergyman, Southbridge, Mass. on Aug. 6, 1867.

    15. [S1191] Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, (Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Location: Boston, Massachusetts; Date: 2004;), Massachusetts, Worcester, North Brookfield, marriages, 1867; Vol. 201:page 245.

    16. [S1191] Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, (Name: New England Historic Genealogical Society; Location: Boston, Massachusetts; Date: 2004;), Massachusetts, Worcester, West Brookfield, Marriages, 1896; Vol. 462:page 567.
      Married in North Brookfield by John L. Sewell, Clergyman, Nov. 25, 1896 - Samuel G. Irish, age 54, laborer, born Southbridge, son of Isaac C. and Lucy Dodge, and Maria N. Morton, maiden name, Nichols, age 45, housekeeper, born Brimfield, daughter of George Nichols and Louise Smith. The marriage was the second for both parties.