WILLIAM M. IRONS, a prominent dairyman of Steubenville was born in Cross Creek township, Jefferson Co., Ohio, September 26, 1831. He is the son of Joseph and Sarah (Moore) Irons, the former a native of Mt. Pleasant township, Jefferson Co. The latter was born in Ireland, and came with her parents to America in 1800 and in 1802 settled in Cross Creek township. His parents had six children of whom he was the second, and of whom four are now living. His father died December 2, 1871 and his mother January 1, 1872. His early life was spent in Cross Creek township, on a farm. In 1857 he bought a farm in Guernsey county, Ohio and resided upon it until 1869, when he returned to Cross Creek township. In the spring of 1877 he removed to Steubenville, where he has since resided. Since locating in Steubenville, he has given his attention to dairying. He still owns his farm in Cross Creek township, and upon it, which is called the Irondale Milk Farm, he keeps his cattle. Mr. Irons was married October 15, 1857, to Ann Eliza, daughter of George and Emily Boyd, of Guernsey county, Ohio. She died October 12, 1884, leaving a daughter, Ora, who is now the wife of J. H. McCune, of Steubenville. November 13, 1888, Mr. Irons was married to Lizzie E. Miller, of Wheeling, W. Va. Mr. and Mrs. Irons are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the Masonic and Knights of Pythias lodges, and in the former he has taken the degrees of the chapter and council. He was made a Mason in 1859. In politics he is a democrat.
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