Notes for Robert Irvine: The Irish-born descendants of Robert Irvine and his wife Elizabeth Wylie, operated linen mills near Larne, County Antrim. Under the Test Act of 1703 the English held most of the population of Ireland under severe penal restrictions. All marriages and funerals were required to use the Episcopal ritual; Presbyterians were barred from the army and navy and from public offices. With these religious restrictions of the Test Act, injustices of landlords with their rent increases, and with their linen mills failing, the last seven of the ten children listed above of Robert Irvine and Margaret Wylie, his wife, decided to emigrate to America. They sailed from Londonderry, Ireland on the ship "George and Anne", departing of May 9, 1729 with their families, their destination being Philadelphia. Sailing with these seven Irvine brothers was Ephraim McDowell, their brother-in-law, whose wife Margaret had died earleir. They had lived almost a century under religious persecution, to which they might become accustomed, but would never accept.
More About Robert Irvine: Occupation: Operated mills, a bleaching plant, and smith shop.1088
More About Robert Irvine and Margaret Wylie: Marriage: Northern Ireland.
Children of Robert Irvine and Margaret Wylie are:
+James Irvine, b. c. 1700, Glencoe Villiage, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland1089, d. 21 April 1778, Irwinton Mills, Peters Twp, Franklin Co, PA1090, 1091.