Notes:Seventh Street

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  • Source:Fleming-old-penn-4: "Mrs. Gormly remarks that Irwin street afforded in its name the best example of the equality of woman, for the legend ran that John Irwin and Wife, and later, Mary Irwin and Son, owned and operated the first ropewalk here. Irwin street we have known as Seventh since 1868. However, we still have Irwin avenue on the North Side commemorating the same pioneer family. Their ropewalk was on that street, that is what later became Irwin avenue. . . . ¶ The legend of the Irwin's ran true, for it gives us the facts of the partnership of the first ropemakers in Pittsburgh."
  • Try to figure out what's going on with "Irvine Street."
    • Source:Fleming-woods: "The very mention of Gens. St. Clair, Hand, Irvine, Mercer, O'Hara, Wayne and Steuben; Cols. Butler, Neville, Smallman, Crawford and Bayard; Majs. Craig, Marburg and Kirkpatrick, suggests service in the Revolutionary War."
    • Source:Fleming-great-names: "He [Maj. John Irwin] is not to be confounded with Gen. William Irvine."
    • Source:Frey, p. 28: "Fortunately, at the end of September [1781], General William Irvine was placed in command of the remains of Fort Pitt. He drilled a sense of discipline into a rebellious group of soldiers and laboriously repaired his headquarters which had been allowed to fall into a disreputable state. He sent men to mine coal from the hills across the river, and a new attitude was born to a heretofore indifferent, tired, shabby and half-starved Fort. ¶ . . . ¶ In 1783, the Indian harassment had gradually lessened and finally stopped. Capt. Irvine permanently furloughed his troops, and in September departed for home. Later, a grateful village named one of her streets Irvine Street."

Source:Frey, p. 80: "Marbury was named for an officer of the garrison; Capt. Joseph Marbury; St. Clair for General Arthur St. Clair; Hand after General Edward Hand; Irwin after Col. John Irwin and Wayne after General Anthony Wayne."