I have an ancestor that I think is a daughter to John and Polly Irons.
THE FOLLOWING IS MOSTLY SPECULATION, BUT PLAUSIBLE TO ME....
I am researching my ancestor Elvira Rankin (born circa 1820 in Arkansas). She was married to James M. Rankin in 1834 in Montgomery, Texas (according to her widow's pension). Many family trees have her maiden name as "Jones", but I believe they have her confused with someone else in the Rankin family who was also married to a man named James Rankin (different man, same name).
I think my Elvira Rankin might be an older sister to Elisha, Edward, and Patsy Ann Irons.
Many of you are aware John and Polly Irons appear in The First Census of Texas.
The 1826 census for Austin's colony begins on page 41 of the transcribed book (attached).
John and Polly Irons are on page 46 of the same section.
So, in 1826:
Irons, John..... farmer and stock raiser, ......age 25-40
Polly --- 25-40
three male children ages 1-7 (born between 1819-1825)
one male child 7-16 (born between 1810-1819)
two female children ages 1-7 (born between 1819-1825)
Now, if this census was taken in 1826, one of those "male children" ages 1-7 might be Elisha Irons(b.1826) , but not his brother Edward (or female child Patsy Ann) simply because they weren't born yet. In other words, I'm saying Edward and Patsy were born AFTER this 1826 census, and are NOT included in these counts.
Does anyone know who these other children were?
My Elvira was born circa 1820 in Arkansas and would be the correct age to be one of the female children on this 1826 census (thus an older sister to Edward, Elisha, and Patsy Ann).
I found a record on Ancestry.com, placing John Irons in Arkansas in 1820 about the time when my Elvira was born. It is a "reconstructed census record". It says "A few days since the house of John Irons was robbed of sundry articles of Merchandise & provisions by the Cherokees".
Residence Year 1820
Household Remarks Grand Jury presentment, Apr 1820, in Hempstead County detailing robberies committed by various tribes against residents of the county [pp. 196-8]
Why do I think Elvira's maiden name is Irons?
Because of the death record I believe to be that of her daughter Adaline Rankin. The record shows Sarah Ediline McCasland was born in Polk County, TX, that her father was William Rankin, and her mother was Alvira Irons. The father's first name is incorrect, but most of it matches perfectly including date and location of birth. Other family relationships confirm the married name of McCasland.
Elvira and her family are on the 1850 Polk County census living near the Irons brothers and sell land to an Irons neighbor.
James and Elvira moved to Hockley, TX sometime after 1851 near current day Hegar Road and Nichols Sawmill Rd. This area becomes part of Waller county in 1874.
Elvira Rankin files for an Army of the Republic widow's pension in Hempstead, the county seat of Waller County in 1877.
I know Patsy Ann Irons died in Hockley. Is this coincidence that Elvira went there before 1860 when Patsy Ann died?
I know I am a DNA match to Irons descendants (gredding418)
I found a something on Fold3 in the Dawes Commission decision for the descendants of John and Polly Irons for Choctaw membership.
There is an affidavit of "W.A. Rankin" listed as part of the evidence for the Choctaw application. Does anyone know where I can find a copy of it? W.A. Rankin is the name of one of James and Elvira Rankin's grandsons. Yet another clue...