Stephen Irish (2-17-1753) REFN 7780


by: Linc Haymaker - 15 Feb 2006
There has been some controversy, to say the least, about the wives of Stephen Irish. Here is what we know as fact?:
Stephen had 14 children from 1788 to 1806 so says W.L. Irish - "The Book"
Miranda Irish was 88 in the 1870 Monona Co., Ia. census.
Samuel (Silas) Gates Irish is the son of Miranda and is 57 in the 1870 Monona Co., Ia. census.
In 1835 Setphen's wife was Miranda.

What we have discovered:
Sarah (Sally) W. Sales (Sayles) #13723 was married to Job Irish #13722 and fits better there, than with Stephen. The book somehow shows her married to both but with slightly different spelling of the last name but the same birthday of April 04, 1788. She could have possibly married both as she was abt. 24 when married to Job as the first child was Alvin, b. 1812, but certainly could not be the mother of Stephen's first children. There is no mention in the book as to her being the same person. This is where the third wife (unknown) theory comes from, but is actually the first wife.
From the Ray Allis World Connect site we find:

Miranda Allis Birth: ABT. 1784 in Colchester, Chittenden Co., VT
Note: Birthdate according to 1993IGI Father: Zebediah Allis b: 2 JUL 1754 in Hunting Hills, Hampshire Co., MA Mother: Martha Brooks b: 2 AUG 1749 in New Haven, CT Marriage 1 Stephen Irish
and also:
Name: Olive Allis
Birth: ABT. 1779 in Colchester, Chittenden Co., VT
Note: Birthdate according to 1993 IGI
Father: Zebediah Allis b: 2 JUL 1754 in Hunting Hills, Hampshire Co., MA
Mother: Martha Brooks b: 2 AUG 1749 in New Haven, CT
Marriage 1 Michael Irish

Stephen would be 31 years older than Miranda as he was born 1753 and she in 1784. At 14 she could be the mother of Hiram Irish born 4 Mar. 1798.
Last names in the Allis tree: Gates
Check dates for Francis A. Hurd
put together:
Allis & Irish & Hurd families
Check also Hubbard, Perkins, Gates, Parker (Orilla Allis m. Thomas Parker) From the Ray Allis World Connect site we find:

As we have Asa Hubbard Irish from Columbus Gates Irish and Francis A. Hurd
From the book:
Descendants of John Irish p. 487 under Stephen's children, the very last two are named Orvilla Parker and Martha Myranda. In the Allis report, Zebediah Allis and Martha Brooks have 7 children between 1777 and 1787, all born in Colchester. The 4th child is Orilla who marries Thomas Parker. The next to the last child of Stephen is Orvilla Parker. Miranda is the 5th child of Zeb and Martha Allis. Stephen's last child is Martha Myranda. Also Lewis's next elder sister, b. 1802 is Clarissa and in Miranda's family, the first born was Clarissa, who must have died, as the last (1787) is also Clarissa who married a Clark.
From the book:
Michael Irish (b1779) the son of William son of Jessie (Page 305 #8931). Michael is Married to an Olive Ellis #8932 (Note Spelling) Where the Michael in Ray Allis is married to Olive Allis. Too similar to be overlooked as a possibility. Stephen is Michael's Uncle.

What still needs to be done:
Find the mysterious first wife of Stephen Irish?
Match her up to the correct children.