Irish is a representative of the second generation of that name who have
resided on the homestead near Malden Bridge, in the town of Chatham,
Columbia Co., N. Y. The house in which he was born, Aug. 9, 1801, and
which has since undergone several alterations and improvements, was erected
by his father, Amos Irish, in the year 1800. The latter came from
Quaker Hill, Dutchess Co., in 1795, where he was born about the commencement
of the Revolution. He reared his family on this farm, consisting of
nine children out of eleven, the original number born to him and Deborah
(Steves) Irish, whom he married on the second farm west of the present
homestead. She died in 1824, and Mr. Irish in 1846, leaving William in
possession of the estate. He was brought up to the occupation of
farming, and received his education at the common schools, marrying, April
16, 1828, Harriet M. Ludington, daughter of Samuel Ludington, of Kinderhook.
She was born in Delhi, Delaware Co., N. Y., January 18, 1809, and her father
settled in Kinderhook in 1812, where he died on his eighty-fourth birthday,
February 6, 1861. Her mother's maiden name was Sarah Degroff, born at
Quaker Hill in 1779. Her father was born in Woodbury, Conn., in 1777.
Mr. and Mrs. William Irish have had seven children, five of whom are living
at the date of this writing (June 1878). Mr. Irish is a Democrat in
politics, but he has lived a quiet life on his farm, filling several minor
offices of trust to which he has been called by his townsmen with credit and
fidelity, and enjoying the esteem and confidence of all who know him.
This highly-respected couple, who have lived over half a century in wedlock,
sharing each other's joys and sorrows, celebrated their golden wedding April