IRWIN FAMILY IN CAMPBELL COUNTY, TENNESSEE AND VICINITY
Reprinted with Permission from Dallas Bogan.
A brief outline of the Irwins of Union, Campbell, Anderson and Knox Counties, Tennessee, as compiled by William H. Irwin, Jr.
Francis Marion Irwin, born in 1777 in what is now Tennessee, most likely in Washington County, can be considered the progenitor of a large percentage of the Irwins of Union, Anderson, Campbell and Knox Counties, Tennessee. The ancestors of Francis Marion Irwin can be traced to the Kingdom of Scotia (now Scotland) during the time of King Malcolm II, who reigned during the years 1005 - 1034 AD. In the year 1323, as a reward for his allegiance to King Robert de Bruce, William de Irvine, son of William Irvine, Lord of Bonshaw Castle, was awarded the lands and castle of Drum. Twenty-five generations later, his descendant, Francis Marion Irwin would find his way into the Walnut Grove (Forkvale) section of Campbell County.
Francis Irwin, son of Robert Irwin, married Eleanor "Nellie" Lyon in Knox County, Tennessee on March 20, 1797. She was a daughter of Nathaniel Lyon and Margaret Armstrong. They lived on land purchased from his brother George in what is now the Mascot area of Knox County. In 1813 Francis moved with his wife and four children to Anderson County near the Loys Cross Roads area. In 1816 he would move to Campbell County, near the old Walnut Grove area. His land encompassed what was later to become Stout Dossett Cemetery. Francis and Nellie Lyon Irwin were the parents of four children, all born in Knox County.
I. JANE "JENNIE" IRWIN, first born child of Francis Irwin, was horn in 1798, died Nov13, 1864. Married to William "Station Bill" Sharp, she was his second wife, about 1818. William Sharp's first wife was Rachel Stoener (Stiner), by whom he had five children: Jane Sharp, who married John Irwin, Lucinda Sharp, who married Jacob Miller, son of Raccoon Miller, Alfred Sharp, who married Elizabeth Loy, daughter of "Fisher" John Loy and Nancy Miller, Louisa Sharp, who married Jacob Loy, son of "Fisher" John Loy, and Caswell Sharp, who married (1) Hannah Duke and (2) Nancy Lovell.
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