Irving R. Henry came to South Florida from North Carolina about 1880. In September of that year, he filed a claim in Gainesville at the land office for 130.86 acres of land on the west side of the lake. His nearest neighbor was three miles away. He improved 5 acres and built the first settler’s home on the west shore. His homestead was around the foot of Clematis, and his home was at 213 Narcissus St. Henry sold his homestead to Porter and Potter Real Estate, who, in 1893, sold it to Henry M. Flagler to use as part of the new town of West Palm Beach.
I.R.Henry married 24 November 1894 Ava A. ____ at Orlando, Florida. Ava had two sons, John B. and Charles B. Hires, by her late husband. She and I.R. had a son, Irving Robinson Henry,b. 1895.
I.R.Henry died 19 November 1899 at Charlotte, North Carolina. Ava was living in Miami with son, Irving, at the time, and by 1903, had married _____ Blanton and was living in Boca Raton.