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Re: James Davis Irby b. 1859
Posted by: Jason Irby (ID *****3617) Date: December 31, 2010 at 09:56:40
In Reply to: Re: James Davis Irby b. 1859 by Chris Billingsley of 1237

I wish I did. I'll give you a dollar if you can tell me!

The earliest I can confidently trace my branch of the Irbyís back is Tennessee ~1800. Between 1800-1825 there were 9 Irby children born of an unidentified Irby parent (probably in the area of Robertson County, maybe Henry County):

Jeptha b. 1812 (My ancestor)
John b.1801 (maybe 1808)
Dillon b.1805
Benjamin F. b.1819
Charles b.1824
William W. b.1815
Pheobe b. ?
Ella G. b.1813
Daniel b.1823

The next records I have are land tax records in Arkansas 1836-1843 for Jeptha, John, Dillon, Ben F., and William:

Best guess is John, and Daniel eventually ended up living around Rusk, TX.

Best guess is Dillon eventually ended up living around Waco, TX.

Jeptha ended up with a farm near Bentonville, AR and had a large family. After his and his wife's death, the other brothers moved his children down to Parker Co. TX.

William W., Ben F., and Charles left for the Califonia Gold Rush and actually had a little luck. They were able to buy land around Parker Co, TX and became prominent horse ranchers. From a book on early Parker Co citizens:

The town of Tin Top, TX had been called Irby Texas until about 1936 after the brothers Ben and William W. who had large ranches in the area.

Thatís about all I have so far. I am still trying to push back past the TN dead-end. There are a ton of Irbyís during that time in TN, SC, NC, VA, MS. I just need to find evidence for the link. Iím hopping my submitted DNA ( will eventual connect with another person of Irby surname who can trace to the VA Irbyís. I highly suspect we are eventually related to Joseph Lafayette Irby (but canít yet prove it) who you can read about here:

On several census' the brothers stated they thought their parents were originally from SC.

A couple of other researchers noted Dillon had a son "Jim" :

So I eventually came to the conclusion that James D. was Dillon's son.

My DNA test have dug up a couple of interesting clues. I've found 2 matches that would connect me to the original Dr. William Irby of VA. One is thru Freeman Buckner Irby, but the numbers suggest that the common ancestor was probably Dr. William so I am not from that sub branch (thru Dr. William's son Edmund).

Another DNA match was thru Eldon E. Irby. The numbers showed a much closer common ancestor with him. So I think I am at least off the Josuha Irby branch, possibly Joshua Jr. I just haven't found the exact connection yet. Probably Jeptha's and Dillon's father or gfather.

Prime Suspects (Warning the following is complete and utter speculation!):

On the 1820 Robertson county census there is a "John Erby" listed. Based on the known ages of the children, that entry matches amazingly well. He is on the 1830 census as well, and the 2 youngest brothers show up on the census at exactly the right time and ages. I'd be amazed if this "John Erby" didn't turn out to be Jeptha's and Dillon's father.

I believe this is the same John Erby who shows up on the 1810 census in Logan, KY. That is interesting because on some of the census John and Dillon state they were born in KY while all the younger siblings state they were born in TN. Again, that all matches amazingly well.

I bet this is the same John Irby that marries an Elizabeth Howard in KY ~1805.

I've seen several claim that this John Irby is the son of an Isham Irby. (There was an Isham Irby in KY 1810). There was an Isham Irby on the 1790 census in SC. I have no idea however how this Isham Irby would link into Eldon's tree.

Its so confusing, it makes my head hurt. ;o)

I'd be interested in any info you ever run across on Dillon or anything else.

Jason Irby

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