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Forks of the Brandywine Seceder Cemetery

intersection of route 82 and Hibernia Road
West Brandywine Township
Most of the burials are of the Irwin Family

Known as “The Seceder Burial Ground”, the cemetery is situated near the corner of Rout e 82 and Hibernia Road. It is a fairly small area now, but in 1761 when the land was purchased, it comprised “with appurtances there onto belonging, containing by estimation two acres and forty-three perches, more or less.” The description alludes to a building, which may have been used f a time as a house of worship.

Three gentlemen, David Stewart, Samuel Mackelduff, and George Irwin, were instructed to purchase the ground for a group of worshipers who had withdrawn from the Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church because of a dispute within the congregation. Records indicate the schism occurred in 1741, and for a time the people joined with the Octorara Congregation, and Rev. Andrew Sterling was their Pastor. The group was known as “the New Side”.

After the congregation reunited, apparently soon after acquiring the Seceder Burial Grounds, the Irwin family became the owners of the Cemetery, and buried their family members and others, from 1777 to 1910. A young man of only 15 years of age, John Gilliland was “slain by Hessian Soldiers on a foraging party in the vicinity of Brandywine Manor”, and is buried there.

The property became neglected, and for a number of years no one cared for it. Emily Jane Irwin Pollock, a grand-daughter of Nathaniel Irwin, a soldier of the Revolution, began an effort to restore the graveyard, and the Irwin family has since kept the grounds neater. Some vandalism occurred, and some stones have been overturned.

Source: The above is taken from a history written by Joseph Darlington of Downingtown, the historian for the Irwin Family. Taken from the book Between the Brandywines….., 300 Years of Heritage, First Edition, May 1984, U.S. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 84-51033

Filename Description Date Submitter Researching Subject
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Forks of the Brandywine Seceded Cemetery;
Apparently they broke away from the
"Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church"
but it is unknown if they ever built an actual church.
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abi.jpg A. B. I. Oct 2004 Dan Lindley Pat Lesky
ei.jpg E. I. Oct 2004 Dan Lindley Pat Lesky
ei-unknown.jpg E. I.; Stones built into the wall
unknown
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ni.jpg N. I. Oct 2004 Dan Lindley Pat Lesky
ni1.jpg N. I. Oct 2004 Dan Lindley Pat Lesky
jci.jpg J. C. I. Oct 2004 Dan Lindley Pat Lesky
ji-l.jpg J. I.; Stones built into the wall
L.
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pi-wi.jpg P. I.; Stones built into the wall
W. I.
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wr-ejr.jpg W. R.; Stones built into the wall
W. R.
E. J. R.
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gilliland-j.jpg GILLILAND, John
d. September 1777, Age 15
"killed by a Hessian Soldier"
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memorial.jpg IRWIN Clan Memorial (1926) Oct 2004 Dan Lindley Pat Lesky
irwin-ab.jpg IRWIN, Amzi B.
d. 22 June 1875, Age 58;
Son of Nathaniel & Hannah
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(possibly IRWIN), Elizabeth
Age 75; wife of Peter ? broken stone pieces may be of the same stone.
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irwin-g.jpg IRWIN, George
d. 3d Oct 1815, Age 87
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irwin-g.jpg IRWIN, George
d. 3d Oct 1815, Age 87
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irwin-g1.jpg IRWIN, George
d. 10 Jan 1816
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irwin-hf.jpg IRWIN, Hannah F.
d. 4 Apr 1887, Age 75
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irwin-jc.jpg IRWIN, James C.
d. 28 May 1880, Age 44
Son of Nathaniel & Hannah
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irwin-j1.jpg IRWIN, Jane
d. 8 Oct 1850
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irwin-j.jpg IRWIN, Jarid
d. Sept. 25 1815, Age 79
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irwin-m.jpg IRWIN, Mary
d. May 19, 1832
Consort of Jared Irwin
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IRWIN, Nathaniel
28 Dec 1757 - 17 Apr 1836
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IRWIN, Nathaniel
d. 26 Sep 1880, Age 88
IRWIN, Elizabeth
d. 19 Jan 1910, Age 82
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irwin-pr.jpg IRWIN, Peter
7 Nov 1790 - 3 Oct 1866
IRWIN, Elizabeth
1795-1870
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irwin-r.jpg IRWIN, Rebecca
d. 12 Aug 1792, Age 59
Wife of George
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irwin-w.jpg IRWIN, William
d. 29 Nov 1828
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ROBISON, Eliza J.
18 Oct 1806 - 06 Aug 1874
"In Memory of Eliza J.
daughter of William & Margaret Robison
born October 18, 1806, died August 6, 1874-
aged 68 years."
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ROBISON, Margaret
d. April 1794, Age 92
Wife of William
Mary (her granddaughter)
Age 2
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ROBISON, William
d. 1768
ROBISON, William
d. 23 Apr 1826, Age 56
His grandson
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ROSS, Ruth
d. 1815
ROSS, Mary
"In Memory of Ruth Ross,
who died AD 1815
also her daughter Mary aged 2 years- by R. Lewis."
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