I am looking for information on Hannah and Martha Irish, daughters of Jesse Irish of Danby, VT. There is some thought that in the early 1770s or so Hannah Irish married John Stafford of Danby (a widower) and then in about 1787, married her sister Martha Irish. About 1798, they (or she) moved to Peru, Clinton Co, NY. A Martha Stafford is listed on the tax rolls there for that year... and in the 1800 census Martha Stafford is listed as head-of-houshold with a family that matches that of John Stafford. This would indicate that Martha had been widowed.
Martha is said to have eventually traveled to McKean, Erie Co, PA with either a son or her brother Stephen, perhaps after 1820. She is reputed to have lived there with her son and there is a woman living in the household of Squire Stafford (her ruputed son) aged 70-80 years in the 1830 census for McKean. She is said to have had another son named Edward (who also went to Erie County, PA and a daughter Electa (or Celecta) who married Joseph Everest.
Have any of you students of the Irish family heard anything about this? There seems to be something to it. The Irish and Stafford family were living in close proximity to each other in the years in Nine Partners, NY, Danby, VT and Peru, NY. Stutely Stafford (brother to John Stafford) married the widow of John Irish. The children of John Stafford and Hannah carry the unusual names of Jesse and Jonathan, the first time that these names came into this particular branch of the Stafford family. Pardon Irish traded land with the Stafford family in Erie County, PA and then moved close to another Stafford family in Boston, Erie Co, NY. Pardon would be a cousin these Staffords if the marriage of Hannah Irish and John Stafford were true.
I am very intested in information that would support or discount these marriages. I note that the book "Descendants of John Irish" by Willis shows Hannah and Martha married to others but these marriages do not seem very well supported and could be incorrect. I note that Valerie Cross has a record of Martha Irish dying on 15 Apr 1786 (posting 236). That would make sense for Hannah but not for Martha. Perhaps the interpretation of a record was misattributed?
Again, I would like to hear from anyone about this.
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