Jonathan Irwin, the subject of this biography, has been a resident of Salamonie Township for forty-seven years. He was born in Guilford County, N.C., May 21, 1816. He was the son of Samuel and Abia (Mathus) Irwin, both of whom were natives of North Carolina. The former of English and Irish descent, and the latter of Irish extraction. In 1835, Jonathan accompanied his parents to Preble County, Ohio. On November 16, 1837, he was married to Asenath Logue, daughter of William and Abigail (Masey) Logue, natives of North Carolina, where Asenath was born and reared. In 1840, Mr. Irwin emigrated with his wife to Huntington County, Ind., and located four and one-half miles east of Warren, where he entered forty acres of wild land, put up a cabin and began to clear up a home. There he resided until 1844, when he removed to Danville, this State, and engaged in the carpenter business, which he followed until 1850, when he sold out and removed to Pendleton, Ind., where he followed his trade a short time, returning to Warren in the fall of â€™50. On his arrival here he purchased property with the determination of locating here permanently. He followed his trade until 1862; during this year he received the appointment of Postmaster at Warren, which office he filled with credit until 1866. Andrew Johnsonâ€™s administration was not in sympathy with the Republican Postmasters, and Mr. Irwin was temporarily relieved for awhile, but was re-appointed in 1869, and served until the fall of â€™88, when he resigned his position in order to give his entire attention to the grocery business, in which he established himself in 1864. The firm is now known as J. Irwin & Son, they carry a large and well selected stock of groceries and queensware, which is a credit to the town of Warren. He and his wife were blessed with twelve children, namely: William M., Tursey A., Samuel R., Jonathan L., Louis, George S., Mary L., Sarah E., Asenath A., Adalaska, Eugen and Rosa M.; William M., Tursey A., Sarah E., Asenath A. and Eugene reside at this writing in Warren; Samuel R., resides in St. Augustine, Fla.; Jonathan L. is a resident of Chicago, Ills., and Mary L. is married to Louis P. Morrison, and resides in Fremont County, Col. Mr. Irwin is a staunch Republican. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace for twelve years, and Notary Public eight years. He commenced life empty handed, and when he first landed in Salamonie Township he says $4 was all the money he had, but by carefully saving his earnings, he has succeeded in providing himself with considerable property and a comfortable home. He is in fair health for one of seventy, and bids fair to live and enjoy many years of happy old age where he has so long been identified with the development of the town and country.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago). 1887. Biographical sketches of Salamonie Township. Pages 815-816.