More Erwin Roots
Pierre de St. Julien was born about 1641 in Vitre,
Brittany, which is in the northwestern part of France. Research has
not turned up any information regarding the history of the family
prior to the 1600s, but the name, at one time, was prominent in
Italy. A letter from a Vitre genealogist to a family researcher
says, “There is no document in Vitre showing what province they came
from before coming to Vitre. They are of nobility beyond doubt.”
Pierre de St. Julien married Jeanne Lefebre in Vitre, and they had
nine children. All were born in Brittany Province.
de St. Julien; born March 7, 1667.
de St. Julien; born May 15, 1668.
de St. Julien; born July 4, 1669.
de St. Julien; born August 5, 1670.
de St. Julien; born December 19, 1671.
de St. Julien; born October 4, 1673.
de St. Julien; born January 10, 1675.
Renee de St. Julien; born May 6, 1678.
Ester de St. Julien; born December 14, 1679.
Most members of the St. Julian family
in Brittany Province were Huguenot Protestants. After the Edict of
Nantes was revoked in
effect making Protestantism
illegal in France—many
of the unfortunate Huguenots were massacred by Roman Catholics. At
French Huguenots fled to countries such as Switzerland, Germany,
England, America, the Netherlands, Poland and South Africa, where
they could enjoy religious freedom.
The St. Julien family joined the
England, and later to Ireland. Many of the religious refugees were
even had connections to
managed to take
considerable wealth with them.
The Huguenots left France as a result
of religious persecution, but
again in the midst of
religious controversy, this time Protestantism versus Catholicism.
The Jacobite movement in Scotland was spilling over into England as
well, and this—plus poor economic times—induced many Huguenots to
move on to Ireland.
Those who went on to
Ireland, where the majority of the population was staunchly Roman
Catholic, found that while they weren’t persecuted like they had
been in France, they were looked on as “outsiders.”
This, and the depressive economic
times, prompted many of this group to look to the American Colonies
for a better life.
In France, and later in the British
Isles, the Huguenots were known for their knowledge and skill in the
textile industry. In America, in the late 1600s, South Carolina
emerged as a leading locale for the textile industry in North
America, and opened her doors to the Huguenots. Large numbers took
advantage of the invitation; so many, in fact, that the area was
soon known as “The Home of the Huguenots.”
organized congregations as early as
1685 in Charleston
and the surrounding area.
Many members of the St. Julien family,
including Rene St. Julien, as
well his brother Louis and his brother-in-law Rene Ravenel, accepted
South Carolina’s invitation,
leaving Ireland in 1699. Rene, Louis Julian (note spelling change)
and Rene Ravenel, and their respective families, settled in or near
Jamestown, South Carolina. Rene’s parents, as well as some of his
younger siblings, may have remained in Northern Ireland, for one
source reports that Pierre died there.
The ship carrying Rene de St. Julien to
the Colonies also carried the
Bullock (Bulloch) family. While en
route it stopped off for water and other provisions at Bermuda. It
would not have remained there long, but it was long enough for Rene
to marry Mary Margaret Bullock.
Rene and Mary
had twelve children.
Julian, 1700-1773. He was born near Santee River, in Charleston Co.,
SC. He later lived in Prince George Co., MD. Married Allatha
Buchelle about 1725. His second wife was Ann Hedges.
born 1701, died 1701.
Julian, born 1704, and died about 1712 of “swamp fever.”
Julian, 1706-1781; lived in Frederick Co., VA and later South
Julian was born about 1711 in Charleston Co., SC. She married John
Thompson in 1734.
Julian was born in 1714 in Frederick Co., MD, and died in 1806. He
married Mary Bahls, and lived in Orange Co., NC. He was listed as a
“Capt.” in the 1790 census.
Julian was born
December 30, 1716,
in Anne Arundel Co., MD, and died in 1778. He married Barbara White,
and lived in Randolph Co., NC.
Julian was born in 1718 in Cecil Co., MD (it was a common practice
to name a child the same as one who had died). He went to Georgia
with Gen. Oglethorpe. He married Catherine Biggs.
Julian was born ca. 1720 and died in 1751. He married Catherine
Hedges. His will was probated August 30, 1751 in Prince George Co.,
Julian was born in 1721
Cecil Co., MD, and died in 1762. He
lived in Orange Co., NC, and married Elizabeth Trogden.
Julian was born about 1722
Bohemia Manor, Cecil Co., MD. She
married Joseph Wood III on September 11, 1747,
in Frederick Co., MD.
(Ann) Julian was born 1724 in Bohemia Manor, Cecil Co., MD.
Rene St. Julien, as a young man, was a soldier in the army of King
James II in the English Revolution of 1688, and was in his service
during the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland, which occurred July 1,
1690. But he, like so many others, changed his allegiance King
William. For his service to King William he received a grant of land
somewhere beyond the Mississippi River. According to family
tradition, he told his family that they could not really consider
themselves settled until they were established there. But Rene never
saw the land that was granted to him, and it is not known if any of
his heirs ever claimed it.
A deed, recorded in the South Carolina
Indentures for 1712, indicates that Rene St.
and his family, as well as his brother Louis, were living in the
Charleston area. Sadly, however, Rene and his wife had earlier lost
two young sons, probably to typhoid, also known as “swamp fever,”
and decided to move to a more healthful climate. Records indicate
that in late 1712 Rene St.
was living in Cecil County, Maryland.
until about 1740, then moved to
Winchester, Virginia, where Rene died about 1744. Rene and his wife
are both buried in the old Opequon Cemetery near Winchester.
George Julian married
Martha Denton about 1728,
probably in Cecil County, Maryland. She was born about 1708 in
Cecil County, Maryland. At some point they moved to Frederick
County, Virginia. Records indicated that George bought four hundred
acres there in 1750, and sold the
parcel in 1758. By 1766 the family was living in Mecklenburg County,
North Carolina, for it is recorded that George bought three hundred
acres there during that year. The family may have moved more
during the next
Craven County, North Carolina plat
17, page 370, indicates that George bought one hundred and fifty
acres in Craven
County in 1772, and land records
acres in York County, South Carolina show that he sold one hundred
acres there in 1779.
George Julian was a Loyalist, and fought in the British Army during
the American Revolution. He was wounded in
battle in September 1781,
probably at the Battle of Fort Dorchester,
and died shortly afterward. After his death Martha married a Mr.
George and Martha had seven children.
All were born in Cecil County, Maryland.
Julian was born about 1729.
Julian II was born about 1731. He married Hannah, and they had three
children. They settled in North Carolina, near what is today the
town of Julian, near the borders of Randolph and Guilford Counties.
George fought with the British at the Battle of Alamance in 1771,
but Jesse Julian, one of his sons, fought with American forces
against the British.
Julian was born about 1734, and died in 1799.
Julian was born about 1735. She married Samuel Morse (Moss).
Julian was born about 1740. She married Jonas Rodgers.
Julian was born about 1738, and died in 1851. He married Mary
Julian was born in 1743, and died in North Carolina
1794. She married
a thirteenth great-grandson of Sir William Irwyn.
She was his second wife, and they had
children. Nathaniel was born about 1713 in Glencoe, Ulster, Northern
Ireland. He was
one of six children of Matthew Irvine and Elizabeth Patterson.
Jacob Julian was born about
1729, and died in 1799 in York County, South Carolina. He married
Rachel Alexander about 1778. She died in September 1841 at the age
of eighty. Rachel was Jacob’s second wife. Family tradition has it
that his first wife was a “Miss
Erwin,” and recent
research has found that Nathaniel
(above), in his will, commented, “I…constitute and appoint my
beloved wife Leah Erwin, and my brother-in-law Jacob Julian my sole
executrix and executor of this my last will and testament.”
The court, on Nathaniel
death, ordered that Nathaniel Erwin, Jr., Sophia Erwin, and James
Erwin, his minor children, be “taken into the custody of Jacob
Julian until they become of legal age.” There is no explanation why
this was so ordered. Further research is necessary to solve this
riddle. Perhaps it
was as a result of Leah’s death.
Jacob and Rachel raised eight
Julian was born in 1770 Cecil County, MD. His mother was most likely
the mysterious “Miss Erwin.”
“Polly” Julian was born about 1780. She married Jonas Rogers January
1, 1798 in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Polly and Jonas went
to Tennessee with George Julian and others. Polly is said to have
been suddenly struck with blindness one Sunday on the way to church.
“Peggy” Julian was born about 1782, and married Nathan Orr on
January 27, 1802 in Mecklenburg,
Julian was born about 1783, and married George Calhoun.
Julian was born about 1789, and married William Wallis on March 14,
1809. Her second husband was a Mr. Alexander.
Julian; he married Ann Graham.
George Julian was born in
1770, and died February 4, 1845 in Blount Co., Tennessee. He married
Rebecca McKinney on April 9,
1791, in Mecklenburg, Tennessee. Rebecca was born August 9, 1769 in
Sussex County, Virginia, and died August 20, 1845. They died within
days of each other from a mysterious disease known as “Black
Tongue.” George and Rebecca are both buried in Logan’s Chapel
Methodist Cemetery in Blount County, Tennessee. George and Rebecca
had five children.
born in 1792.
Julian, born January 1, 1795.
Julian, born in 1801.
“Sallie” Julian (twin), born January 1, 1807.
“Patsy” Julian, (twin), born January 1, 1807.
Martha “Patsy” Julian was
born January 23,
1807 in North Carolina, and died October 12, 1880 in Murray County,
Georgia. She is buried there in the Summerhour Chapel Cemetery.
Patsy married Robert McCamey
on March 29, 1827 in Blount County, Tennessee. He was born in 1808,
and died June 24, 1871.
Robert was a big man. He
was seven feet tall, weighed three hundred and fifty pounds, and
wore a size seventeen shoe. Family tradition has it that “...he was
afraid of nothing or nobody, except little Patsy who weighed ninety
pounds.” Robert was a descendant of John Chandler, who came to
America on the
Hercules in 1609.
Patsy and Robert had seven
Campbell McCamey was born April 21, 1830. He married Annie Ruston.
The family lived in Philadelphia where he was a banker.
infant, died at birth.
Jane McCamey was born May 30, 1837, and died February 26, 1910. She
married Joseph Howard Baker. The family lived in Murray County,
Georgia where he was head of the First Academy. They had three
McCamy was born January 7, 1840, and died August 26, 1908. He
married Louisa “Dina” Chandler. They had six children.
Bailey McCamey. He was born October 18, 1842, and died May 13,
1904. He married Cate Lucas Carter on October 29, 1869. She passed
away May 1, 1904. They had eleven children.
A. McCamey. He was born September 9, 1845.
Eugenia McCamey was born July 21, 1948. She married Nelson Harris.
Wellborn McCamey was born December 19, 1852, and died December 22,
1922. In 1874 he married Claudia Susan Griffin. She was born in
1857, and died in 1950.
She was a granddaughter
of William Griffin. He was a private in the North Carolina volunteer
militia in the Revolutionary War. Frank and Claudia
had eight children. Their first-born
child was Lena McCamey.
McCamey was born August 17, 1875, and died April 8, 1968. She
married Robert T. Erwin on
July 22, 1900.
They lived in Polk County, Tennessee.
He was born December
12, 1872, the
seventh child of Calvin C. Erwin and Rosetta Hughes,
and died June 28, 1971. Robert and Lena
Erwin had four children.
G. Erwin was born May 4, 1901.
M. Erwin. He was born October 21, 1908, and died in July 1970. He
married (1) Florence Hoskins and (2) Clara.
R. Erwin was born October 6, 1912. She married Lester Shields.
A. Erwin was born October 3, 1915. He married Frances G. Grayson.
Julian G. Erwin
was born May 4, 1901.
He married Cornelia Avent, and in retirement
lived in Sarasota, Florida.
Cornelia’s immigrant ancestor was Thomas Avent. He was born in 1669
in Devonshire, England, and died in 1737 in Sussex County, Virginia.
Erwin died as an infant.
Louise Schmid in 1950. They have
Louise Erwin, MD
Historical data and background material contributed by Julian T.
Erwin, Sr. of Wilsonville, Oregon.
The Huguenots were French
Protestants who were members of the Reformed Church which was
established in 1550 by John Calvin.
The origin of the name Huguenot
is uncertain, but dates from approximately 1550 when it was used in
court cases against
(dissenters from the Roman Catholic Church). There is a theory that
it is derived from the personal name of Besançon Hugues, the leader
of the “Confederate
in combination with a Frankish
corruption of the German word for conspirator or confederate:
eidgenosse. Thus, Hugues plus eidgenot becomes Huguenot, with the
intention of associating the Protestant
cause with some very unpopular
O.I.A. Roche, in his book
Days of the Upright, a History of the Huguenots, writes that
is a combination of a Flemish and a German word. In the Flemish
corner of France, Bible students who gathered in each
houses to study secretly were called Huisgenooten, or
while on the Swiss and German borders they were termed Eidgenossen,
that is, persons bound to each other by an oath. Gallicized into
often used deprecatingly, the word became, during two and a half
centuries of terror and triumph, a badge of enduring honor and
The use of Huguenot, as
even as an
was banned in the regulations of the
Edict of Nantes which Henry IV (Henry of Navarre, who himself
earlier was a Huguenot) issued in 1598. The French Protestants
themselves preferred to refer to themselves as
(reformers) rather than
It was much later that the name
became an honorary one of which their descendants are proud.
A general edict,
which encouraged the extermination of the Huguenots,
was issued on January 29th, 1536 in France. On
March 1, 1568, some 1200
Huguenots were slain at Vassy, France. This ignited the
which would rip apart,
devastate, and bankrupt France for the next three decades.
The marriage of
(c.1713-1794) was probably the first instance of a “connection”
between the St. Julien/St. Julian family of Italy/Switzerland/France
and the Irvine/Irwin/Erwin family of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Some believe that
Nathanial and Leah
were married in Ireland, and that they
arrived in Philadelphia in May 1759 (Leah would have been sixteen)
on the English ship “George and Ann” from Londonderry, Ireland,
settling first in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
It is known, by way of
recorded land records, that they
later lived in
York County, South
was a direct descendant of Sir
William Irwyn (c.1280-1333) of Drum,
but he was also connected to the Cathey, Cowan and McDowell
families—as well as several others—in North and South Carolina, who
were in turn connected to the
N. Erwin family of
Rowan County, North Carolina, who were themselves descendants of Sir
William via a different branch of the Irwyn/Irvine family.
(1872-1971) in 1900, and the family lived in Polk County, Tennessee.
This Erwin family branch can only be traced back (so far) to his
H. Erwin, who was
born in 1800 in Burke County, North Carolina. A connection to the
Rowan County, North Carolina Erwins has not yet been established,
but during the late 1700s and early 1800s they lived only about one
hundred miles apart, and it is probable that they were related a
generation or two back.