11. Rachel Amanda IRWIN21 was born in 1838 in Clermont County, Ohio.1,24
1860 Census. Rushville P.O., Buena Vista Twp, Schuyler Co IL Hh 889
James Curry, age 38, b. MO. Amanda, age 33, b. Ohio
Taylor, 5, b. IL and James, 3 months, b. IL
Amanda divorced James Curry and I don't know what happened to the two little boys, but by November of 1866, Rachel had married Leroy Black and the Curry children do not appear with her in 1870 - apparently they died as the 1900 census stated she had nine children and only two were then living. It would appear that the oldest son, Ulysses Black, was perhaps a son of an earlier marriage of Leroy's and not Rachel's child. Actually descendants claim that Ulysses was a Curry, born 16 Mar 1864.
1870 Census. Rushville P.O., Woodstock Twp, Schuyler Co IL
Leroy Black, age 30, cooper, b. IL. Amanda, age 30, b. Ohio
Ulissess S. G., age 6. Marrita age 3. David A., age 3. Augusta, 4/12, b. Feb.
They were living next door to her brother Harrison, who was also a cooper.
1880 Census. Brooklyn Twp, Schuyler Co IL Hh 183
Leroy Black, age 41, b. IL, parents b. Ohio
Amanda, wife, age 43, b. KY, parents b. Ohio
Ulysess, age 16. Mariette, age 13.
1900 Census. Monroe Twp, Monroe Co, MO Hh 396
Leroy Black, b. Aug 1839, age 60, married 34 years. Born Illinois as were his parents.
Amanda, b. Feb 1838, age 61. Had 9 children, 2 are living. Born Ohio. Said her father was born "at sea", her mother b. Illinois.
Note: Strangely enough, Rachel's brother Harvey stated his father born in Ireland. He was not, neither was he born at sea. But there must have been some immigrant story in the family traditions. Both Harrison and Ira, the other brothers, stated in 1900 that their father was born in Ohio.
Amanda was not found in 1910.
Rachel Amanda IRWIN and James CURRY were married on 25 October 1855 in Schuyler County, Illinois. They were divorced in May 1866 in Schuyler County, Illinois. James CURRY was born in 1822 in Missouri. He died on 10 March 1913 at the age of 91 in Cherokee County, Kansas.
After the divorce, James married Elizabeth Maria Byrns, 26 Nov 1866 - almost the same time that Rachel remarried. His family moved to Cherokee, Kansas.
Rachel Amanda IRWIN and James CURRY had the following children:
|Taylor CURRY was born in 1855 in Illinois. He died before 1870 at the age of 15. |
If Taylor was really age 5 in 1860, it's possible his father had a previous marriage, lost that wife and was faced with raising a small infant, when he married Amanda Irwin.
|James CURRY was born in 1860 in Schuyler County, Illinois. He died before 1870 at the age of 10. |
James was listed as 3 months old in the 1860 census.
|Ulysses S. Grant CURRY.|
Rachel Amanda IRWIN and Leroy BLACK were married on 18 November 1866 in Schuyler County, Illinois. Leroy BLACK was born on 27 August 1839 in Illinois. He died on 23 July 1901 at the age of 61 in Monroe City, Monroe County, Missouri.
Rachel Amanda IRWIN and Leroy BLACK had the following children:
|Marrieta BLACK was born in 1867 in Illinois.|
|David A. BLACK was born in 1868 in Illinois. He died before 1880 at the age of 12 in Illinois.|
|Augusta BLACK was born in February 1870 in Illinois. She died before 1880 at the age of 10 in Illinois. |
Augusta was 4 months old, born in Feb. at the time of the 1870 census.