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William Robert Irwin (1875-1929)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of William Robert Irwin, born 16 March 1875, in Chapman, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, the son of William Irwin (abt. 1842-1878) and his wife Frances Jackson (1847-1921). When Robert Irwin was 3, his father William Irwin died suddenly in 1878. He grew up with his mother and step-father, William Harrison, who drowned in the Magnetawan River near Kneophflie Rapids during a log drive in 1892. On June 28, 1904, Robert Irwin 29, married Georganna Stewart 21, at her parents residence in Chapman Township. They had eight children together. At age 54, Robert Irwin died in Magnetawan, Ontario on March 10, 1929, from lobar pneumonia following influenza. In his obituary, it stated that "Mr. Irwin always lived in Magnetawan where he was very well known and very well liked. He was a quiet man, inoffensive, patient and kind hearted. He has been a constant member of the former Methodist and now United Church of Magnetawan and was faithful in church attendance." This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

This month commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, thousands of courageous Americans and British forces stormed the beaches of Normandy giving their lives in service of their countries. This Allied invasion of France would lead to the end of World War II one year later. One American solider, First Lieutenant James McCaul Jr, father of US Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, served as a bombardier on a B-17 whose squadron participated in the D-Day air campaign.

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