Rev. Joseph Elder Irish

Rev. Joseph Elder Irish

Male 1833 - 1899  (65 years)

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  • Name Joseph Elder Irish  [1, 2, 3
    Title Rev. 
    Born 7 Aug 1833  Paris, Oneida Co., NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1880  1st Ward, Madison, Dane Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Page Number 88C

    J. E. IRISH Self M Male W 46 NY Clergyman RI NY
    Isabela H. IRISH Wife M Female W 31 CAN Keeps House SCO CAN
    Ralph O. IRISH Son S Male W 16 WI At School NY NY
    Lilie B. IRISH Dau S Female W 14 WI NY NY
    Fred D. IRISH Son S Male W 11 WI At School NY NY
    Frank W. IRISH Son S Male W 9 WI NY NY
    Julia BORGRIM Other S Female W 21 WI Servant NOR NOR
     
    Book Reference 1031  
    Died 2 May 1899  Madison, Dane Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From: W. L. Irish - His ancestors on both sides were among the early pioneers of New England. His boyhood was passed in Perryville, Madison Co., New York. In May 1851, he settled in Sextonville, Richland Co., Wis.; Rev. Joseph Elder Irish had the unusual experience of being elected to the State Legislature of Wisconsin while actively in charge of a Church and congregation. In 1884, he was appointed U. S. Counsel to Cognac, France.

    • From: Proceedings of the Wisconsin State Historical Society - 1897 Page 93

      Joseph E. Irish, born in Paris, Oneida county, N. Y., August 7, 1833; died in South Madison, May 2, 1899. In 1849-50, he was a student at the Oneida Conference Theological seminary at Cazenovia, but did not finish his course. In 1851, he came to Wisconsin, and pursued the occupation of surveyor until 1859, when, having been converted at a Methodist revival in Richland county, he began to preach at Viroqua. and a few years later, was appointed presiding elder or the St. Crolx district. In 1872-73, he served in the State senate, being the first clergyman to sit in that body. In June, 1873, he was appointed register of the U. S. land office at Eau Claire and retained the office until 1875.
      From 1875-1884, and from 1886-92, he was a Methodist minister preaching in various parts of the State. In the interval (1884-86) he was the U. S. consul to Cognac, France. From 1892-96, he was chaplain to the 19th U. S. infantry and the 8th U. S. cavalry. In 1896 he suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered.

    • From: Joe Travis
      W. L. reports the brothers - Rev. William R. Irish and Rev. Joseph E. Irish, are 3rd cousins through their great, great, grandfather, Ebenezer Britton. Perhaps I'm reading it wrong, but it appears that it is the wives of William and Joseph that are the 3rd cousins - (descendants of Ebenezer Britton) - see notes on wives.
    • History of Crawford and Richland counties, Wisconsin
      Page 834-835

      Joseph E. Irish was elected surveyor in November, 1856 and served two years. Mr. Irish came from Ithaca, New York, in 1852, and settled with his parents at Sextonville, Richland County. At that time Joseph was hardly twenty years of age. He worked at odd jobs for some time, then learned surveying and followed that quite extensively. He remained at Sextonville for many years, Marrying Lucy Britton. During the war he began preaching, and for several years thereafter was an itineraunt; finally settled in Eau Claire. He was appointed register of The United States land office, at that place, and later was elected to the State Senate. After serving his term in the Senate he was appointed presiding elder of this, Methodist Episcopal Church district, and for four years acted as such; then being elected president of the Appleton College, which position he still holds. Mr. Irish is a man of much natural as well as acquired ability,^ and holds the respect and esteem of all who know him.

    • An Illustrated History of the State of Wisconsin: P776 & 777
      REV. JOSEPH E. IRISH. - He was born, Aug. 7, 1833, in Paris, Oneida County, N.Y. He was the third son of Daniel and Edna Irish. His ancestors on both sides were among the first settlers in New England. In 1835 his parents removed to Wesleyville, Penn., where they remained until the summer of 1837, when they returned to New York, and settled at Perryville, Madison County. Here he passed his boyhood, regularly attending the district school; and in 1849-59 studied at the Oneida Conference Seminary at Cazenovia, ranking his fellow-students in the study of mathematics. In the winter of 1849-50, at the age of sixteen, he engaged in teaching at the head of Cazenovia Lake, and the following winter pursued the same employment near New Haven, Conn.
      In May, 1851, he came to Wisconsin, and settled at Sextonville, Richland County, at that time a new and sparsely-settled region. Here he soon after became actively engaged in surveying, for which his previous studies had fitted him; and, soon after he became of age, was elected county surveyor, holding, also, the office of town clerk of the town in which he resided. A very large proportion of the roads and villages in that part of the State were surveyed by him, and he was also actively connected with the survey of the railroad between Madison and Prairie du Chien. July 12, 1855, he was married to Miss Lucy E. Britton, at that time of Lacrosse, but formerly of Richland County, and by whom he has had six children, all of whom are living. His union with Miss Britton proved to be eminently satisfactory; and the mutual affection existing between them remained in brightness until the close of her life. In the summer of 1858, a remarkable re vival of religion broke out in Richland County; and Mr. Irish became one of the converts. The scepticism of his previous life gave way; and he embraced with ar dor the faith of the gospel, and very soon after joined the Methodist-Episcopal Church, and began to preach. In the fall of 1859, at the session of the West Wisconsin Conference at Platteville, being urged thereto by the church and his own convictions, he was received on trial, and appointed to Varoqua in Vernon County, as his first circuit.
      The itinerant system of the Methodist Church has been the means of repeatedly changing the field of his labors from that time; so that he has been personally identified with the interests of many portions of the State.
      He was appointed presiding elder of the St. Croix District, and removed to Hudson, and afterwards to New Richmond. In the fall of 1871, while actively engaged in serving his church in this capacity, he was approached by leading men of the district, and urged to accept the nomination of senator for the twenty-fourth district of the State. This large district, embracing eight counties, had such varied and important interests to subserve, that whoever represented it in the legislature required much versatility of talents, and keenness of observation, to satisfy his constituents. Believing that the call was in the line of Providence, Mr. Irish accepted the nomination in behalf of the Republican party, and was elected by the unprecedented majority of nearly two thousand votes. It was the first instance of a clergyman ever having been elected to the senate of Wisconsin; and Mr. Irish entered upon the discharge of his duties with a strong desire to advance the interests of the State by a faithful and judicious Christian course.
      The famous Graham Temperance Bill found in him an ardent friend; and its passage has, by its friends, been often imputed largely to his activity and influence. Whatever conclusions may have been arrived at concerning the bearing of this law on the great issues of temperance, it was regarded at the time as an essential measure by temperance men, and was therefore pressed to a successful issue. During both years of Mr. Irish's service in-the senate, he served also as its chaplain by the request of that body. In the fall of 1872 he was appointed by Gov. Washburn, chairman of the State Visiting Committee, and, as such, visited all the charitable and penal institutions of the State. The report of this committee, while recommending liberal appropriations for the institutions fostered by the State, indicated a settled purpose to ignore any claims from institutions under the care of any religious denomination.
      The celebrated struggle in the legislature over the St. Croix land-grant transpired during the second year of Mr. Irish's term; and he rendered signal service on the side of the North Wisconsin Company, acting as champion of their bill. The result of that struggle has fully justified him in the course he pursued, though at the time a partisan spirit was evoked against him. The Lacrosse Bridge Bill, which was vetoed by the governor, and which veto was sustained by the votes of Mr. Irish and others, gave opportunity to test the mettle of honest men. While rumors of bribery and corruption were rife during that stormy time, no faintest breath fell upon Mr. Irish. He returned to his constituents with the satisfaction of having done his duty. In June, 1873, he was appointed register of the United States Land Office at Eau Claire, and removed there with his family, now decimated by death; his wife having suddenly died the previous winter. He retained this office until April, 1875, when he resigned the office, it interfering with his chosen profession of minister of the gospel. In January, 1874, he was again married to Miss Isabella H. Cobban of Eau Claire.
      The appointments which have been held by Mr. Irish both in Church and State indicate the esteem in which he is held and the estimate placed upon his talents.
      Mr. Irish is tall and portly, of commanding personal appearance. His phrenology and physiognomy betoken a high order of intellect; and his mild blue eye and genial smile rightly impress one with the idea that there is a warm heart beneath. He is exceedingly modest, and shrinks from making himself prominent among men.
    Person ID I00805  Irish
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2017 

    Father David Irish,   b. 15 Jan 1801, Little Compton, Newport Co., RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1857, Sextonville, Richland Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Mother Edna Richards,   b. 11 May 1800,   d. 4 May 1876  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 2 Mar 1827 
    Family ID F0207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Lucy E. Britton,   b. 12 Apr 1834,   d. 16 Feb 1873  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1855 
    Children 
    +1. Jessie May Irish,   b. 17 Sep 1856
    +2. Charles Addison Irish,   b. 13 Nov 1858, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1920, Mount Vernon, Davison Co., SD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +3. Ralph Orren Irish,   b. 30 Sep 1863, Linden, Iowa Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1921  (Age 57 years)
    +4. Lillian Belle Irish,   b. 10 Jan 1866, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1945  (Age 79 years)
    +5. Fred David Irish,   b. 29 Sep 1868, Madison, Dane Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1946, San Diego, San Diego Co., CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     6. Frank William Irish,   b. 12 Apr 1871, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928  (Age 56 years)
    Family ID F0130  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Isabella H. Cobban,   b. 26 Aug 1848, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co., WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1923  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1874 
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2011 
    Family ID F0472  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Aug 1833 - Paris, Oneida Co., NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Page Number 88C
    J. E. IRISH         Self      M    Male      W   46    NY   Clergyman      RI       NY
    Isabela H. IRISH Wife M Female W 31 CAN Keeps House SCO CAN
    Ralph O. IRISH Son S Male W 16 WI At School NY NY
    Lilie B. IRISH Dau S Female W 14 WI NY NY
    Fred D. IRISH Son S Male W 11 WI At School NY NY
    Frank W. IRISH Son S Male W 9 WI NY NY
    Julia BORGRIM Other S Female W 21 WI Servant NOR NOR
    - 1880 - 1st Ward, Madison, Dane Co., WI
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 May 1899 - Madison, Dane Co., WI Link to Google Earth
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    Rev. Joseph E. Irish
    Rev. Joseph E. Irish

    Documents
    History of Crawford and Richland counties, Wisconsin
    History of Crawford and Richland counties, Wisconsin
    57th Congress Senate Report No 1629
    57th Congress Senate Report No 1629
    Isabella H. Irish 21 May 1902

  • Sources 
    1. [S007136] Descendants of John Irish 1629-1963, Willis L. Irish.

    2. [S137123] An Illustrated History of the State of Wisconsin, Charles R. Tuttle, (B. B. Russel - Boston MA - 1875), Page 776, 777 & 475.

    3. [S137102] Histories Of Crawford and Richland Counties, (Union Publishing Co. Springfield IL - 1881), Page 834-835.