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IRVINE, William, pioneer, born in Virginia about 1750; died in 1820. He was one of the earliest and most notable of Kentucky pioneers, built Irvine station, in Madison county, in 1778, and took part in most of the bloody frays with the savages at the time. He was at Little Mountain, where Captain Estill and eighteen riflemen fought twenty-five Wyandot braves, and was badly wounded. He became clerk of the quarter sessions and county courts of Madison county, and afterward of the circuit court, was elected to the burgesses of Virginia from the district of Kentucky, was a delegate to the several conventions at Danville looking to the organization of a new state, and a member of the convention of 1799, which framed the second constitution of Kentucky. He was also several times a presidential elector.-His brother, Christopher, pioneer, died in Ohio in 1786, was the comrade of William in all his pioneer adventures. The brothers jointly built and occupied the Irvine station. In 1786 Christopher led a company of men, under the command of Colonel Ben Logan, against the Indians in northern Ohio, and was killed by a savage whom he was pursuing, and who, in turn, was killed by Irvine's men.
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