Notes for the funeral of Rev. Dr. Paul Brouse

  1. Irvine family roots go back to the Irveni tribe in what is now Northern Ireland. One of the Irveni was Echu Mugnedon. He was born between 300 and 320 AD, and was the King of Ireland.

  2. "By the sword and the cross," Charlemagne (Charles the Great) became master of Western Europe. It was falling into decay when Charlemagne became joint king of the Franks in 768. Except in the monasteries, people had all but forgotten education and the arts. Boldly Charlemagne conquered barbarians and kings alike. By restoring the roots of learning and order, he preserved many political rights and revived culture.

  3. Donnchad mac Crinain was crowned King Duncan I Of Scotland. In 1040, he led his army north to Mora, Macbeth's domain. There he was killed, at Pitgaveny near Elgin, by his own men that were being led by Macbeth (on 14 August 1040.) Duncan, from the Brouse side of the family, and the Armstrongs are represented in Shakespeare's Macbeth. The Armstrongs earned their name and coat-of-arms by moving Birnam Wood (forest) to the castle to avenge the King's death.
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  4. David Irvine was born in 1646 at Drum Castle near Aberdeen, Scotland.

  5. Nathaniel Irwin/Erwin 1713-1794
    Nathaniel Irwin/Erwin was born in Glencoe, County Ulster, Northern Ireland. He first married Mary Faulk about 1732 in Glencoe. She was born in Glencoe as well, probably in 1712. Nathaniel and Mary had six children. Some studies of Nathaniel Irwin's history estimate that he and his family, as well as his parents and several siblings, left Ireland about 1740 and settled in Pennsylvania, probably Bucks County. Articles about the Catawba Indian problems in the Piedmont area of the Carolinas places Nathaniel in the Catawba Nation as late as 1775. This is the area that now encompasses the counties of York, Chester, and Lancaster in South Carolina. The Governor of South Carolina commissioned Nathaniel as one of five agents to represent the Catawba Indian tribe in their dealings with the state government. Thomas Spratt and Nathaniel Irwin, and their families, lived among the Indians, and were given grants of Indian land about the time of the American Revolution.

    Sceder Cemetary

  6. Nathaniel Irwin (son of George Irwin II) 1757 - 1836
    Birth Place: PA
    Nathaniel Irwin was drafted into the Militia at the age of 19. The company organized at Gibbons Tavern in West Nantmeal Township in Chester County and marched from there to Philadelphia where the company mustered in July 4, 1776. At this time he served under his uncle, Captain Nathaniel Porter.
    Burial: Forks of the Brandywine Seceder Cemetery
    Chester County. Pennsylvania, USA

  7. "In God We Trust" -- In God We Trust was placed on currency by the design of James Pollock. The Philadelphia Director of the Mint, James Pollock, drew up possible designs that would include the religious phrase. The Treasury Secretary chose his favorite designs and presented a proposal to Congress for the new designs in late 1863.

  8. Rev. Dr. Paul Brouse 1930-2016
    Burial: Forks of the Brandywine
    Chester County. Pennsylvania, USA
    Rev. Dr. Paul William Brouse was born in Harrisburg, PA on July 1, 1930. He was the son of Paul W. Brouse, Sr. and Elizabeth Geiger Pollock. He was deputy director of Lutheran Community Services of Metropolitan New York from 1965 until his retirement in 2000.

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