William Irwin/Erwin was born in Roscommon, Ireland about 1818. He was a schoolmaster. The 1850 U.S. Federal Census recorded him in the town of Greenville. Amelia Reinhardt (his wife) with sons Thomas (age 4), William (born 1850) and daughter Catherine (age 2) were also in his household as were James Bradshaw, a student born in Ireland and John Bradshaw, born in New Jersey.
At that time he enslaved a 52 year old man and a 16 year old girl.
By 1860, he was living in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was recorded as a teacher with Real Estate of $10,000 and Personal Estate of $3,000. He enslaved two women, one aged 24 and the other aged 17.
He died in Spartanburg 2 July 1893 and is buried at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg.
1850 U.S. Federal Census, Greenville, South Carolina
1850 Slave Schedule, Greenville, South Carolina
1860 U.S. Federal Census, Spartanburg, South Carolina
1860 Slave Schedule, Spartanburg, South Carolina
1870 U. S. Federal Census, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Martine Brennan (Curator)
Enslavement to citizenship: African Americans in Irish Slaveholder records by Martine Brennan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.