Irwin Harris Granger
Born Mar 16, 1805 near Pike, NY
Died Mar 4, 1864 Cordova, Le Sueur Co. MN

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Mary Jones Graves

m. Jan 22, 1827
Pike, Allegany, NY
b. Sep 16, 1811
Springfield VT
d. Aug 15, 1900
Lake Washington MN

b. Aug 7, 1828
Pike NY
d. Oct 31, 1919
Silverton OR
Sabra Roundy

b. Oct 2, 1831
Pike NY
d. Jan 4, 1931
Minneapolis MN
Sarah J.

b. May 24, 1834
Pike NY
d. Dec 17, 1922
Benson, Swift Co. MN
Hiram J.

b. Sep 12, 1837
Pike NY
d. Oct 3, 1878
Cordova MN
William P.

b. Nov 16, 1843
Pike NY
d. Apr 21, 1920
Le Sueur Co. MN
In 1806, the town of Pike became part of the new county called Allegany. In 1841, the northwest corner of Allegany Co. became part of Wyoming Co.
Irwin and Mary were married in Pike, Alleghany Co. NY, and lived there until 1852, when they moved their family westward to Ohio. In 1854, Mary and Irwin purchased 50 acres in Rochester Township, Lorain County Ohio, 12 miles south of Oberlin. County land records indicate that other Graves, possibly relatives of Mary, were already landowners. Irwin and Mary sold their property on Sep 29, 1860.
In 1859, son Hiram bought land in Cordova Township, Minnesota, building a log cabin there. The 1860 census for the township lists H.E. Granger age 24, Perry Wilson age 43, and his wife Orilla age 31. Hiram would subsequently deed parts of the land to family members as they moved there.
In Jun 1861, Irwin and Mary, along with children Sabra, and William moved from Ohio to join Hiram and Orilla in Le Sueur Center, Cordova Township MN as pioneers in an area known as the "Big Woods" because usable land had to be cleared of thick forests. Notes describing the trip and pioneer life , from letters of Sabra's daughter Mary Perry White.
Mary Jones Graves and Irwin Harris Granger
One of the first frame houses in Le Sueur County MN built by the Grangers about 1861 on land bought by Irwin Harris Granger. Photographed circa 1930.
In Mar 1864, Irwin died of pneumonia, less than three years after the journey from Ohio.
Grave marker of Irwin Harris Granger and Mary Jones Graves Granger in Woodlawn Cemetery, Le Center MN.
Son Hiram was a Civil War veteran with the 4th Minnesota infantry. He survived the war but not a windy October day on top of a barn in 1878. Hiram's Civil War Experiences.
Son William Granger with wife Nancy and daughter Gertrude in 1876.
Obituary notice, St. Peter Tribune, St. Peter, MN, Mar 9, 1864.
Graves Family Bible, in possession of Genie Bossuet Boutwell.
Granger, William P., Bible, in possession of Allen A. Kewitsch.
Lorain Co. (OH), Land Records, County Records Office, Elyria OH.
Novak, Sylvia D., illustrative narative of trip to Minnesota, 1986.
Obituary notice of Mrs. C. N. Perry, St. Peter Herald, St. Peter, MN, Jan 1931.
Pike, NY Town Historian's files, indexed by Robert French; transcribed by May 18, 1976.
Tombstones, Greenwood-Woodlawn Cemetery, Le Center, Le Seuer Co., Minn.
White, Mary Perry, daughter of C.N. Perry and Sabra Roundy Granger, letters to Lisabeth M. Feind, postmarked Jul 23, 1948.