Kentucky Reunion


Hear ye, hear ye! There is to be a gathering of the Kentucky branch of the Grand and Glorious Clan Erwin in Calloway County, Kentucky during July 2005.

Calloway County is the traditional home of the “Kentucky Erwins.” Of course there are Tennessee Erwins, Georgia Erwins, Mississippi Erwins, Arkansas Erwins, Texas Erwins, Oklahoma Erwins, etc., and even Alaska Erwins. Confusing? Perhaps a short explanation will help.

Joseph Erwin, Sr., with wife Catherine Nancy Cowan and their first twelve children, migrated to Giles County, Tennessee from Rowan County, North Carolina about 1814. Some time around 1827, now with fourteen offspring, they and their minor children moved to Henry County, Tennessee. Joseph Erwin, Jr., Joseph and Catherine’s second son, with wife Nancy Rebecca Davis and their three of their first four children (their eldest apparently having died as an infant), accompanied his parents.

Many of the children of Joseph Sr. eventually migrated to other Southern states, and Joseph Jr. followed a son to Arkansas in the mid-1850s as well. Several of Joseph, Sr.’s children and grandchildren, however, moved only a few miles north to Calloway County, Kentucky. The most notable were Joseph Lafayette “Fate” Erwin, who married first cousin Mariah Anastasia “Maria” Erwin, and his uncle/father-in-law, John Johnston Erwin. In contrast to the many Erwins who inherited the much-maligned “itchy-foot syndrome,” their descendents—for the most part—tended to remain in Calloway County for the next one hundred years or so. Thus the label “Kentucky Erwins.”


Come one, come all! Erwin and extended family members everywhere...and anyone else interested in the Erivine-Irwyn-Irvine-Erwin family heritage...are invited to an old-fashioned family-style barbeque-picnic at the South Pleasant Grove Church, 5671 Crossland Road, located near Hazel, in Calloway County, Kentucky, at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 23, 2005. The main dish, as well as bread and drinks, will be provided (organizers will “pass the hat” to help defray the cost). Local folks are asked to bring a dish (salad, dessert, casserole, etc.).

Many of us, especially those of us in our “golden years,” have photographs, letters, bibles, or other historical items that would be of interest to the group. Even our younger “cousins” may have come into possession of artifacts of great historical significance where our mutual heritage is concerned. While it may not be practical to bring Grandma’s Singer sewing machine or Grandpa’s John Deere tractor to the gathering, there are bound to be many interesting possessions and inherited items that could be displayed. The Reunion Committee urges everyone to think about what they have that could be safely shared with others.

This would also be a great time to think about how we might better identify and preserve all of those historical items for our heirs. Unfortunately many of us have wrung our hands when we remember the keepsakes and memorabilia that ended up in the trash when an older relative passed on. Let’s have more consideration for our heirs.                                                                                               -Editor