Nathaniel Irwin/Erwin

1713-1794

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The English held most of the population of Ireland under severe penal restrictions as a result of several Test Acts enacted in the late 1600s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Test_Act by James I and Charles II of England. These edicts specified that all marriages and funerals were required to use the Church of England rituals and ceremonies. All non-Episcopalians were barred from serving in the army or navy, as well as from all other forms of public employment. Catholics were restricted even further, particularly in the ownership of land.

While these restrictions were aimed primarily at religious activities, there were others of an economic nature which left Ireland virtually on its knees.  Most Scottish expatriates in Ireland at this time were Presbyterian, while the native Irish were predominantly Catholic. Many eventually took the Oath of Supremacy—probably with their fingers crossed behind their backs—in order to survive economically and provide for their families. Nevertheless, people began to look elsewhere for freedom and opportunity.    

David Irvine was born in 1646 at Drum Castle near Aberdeen, Scotland. He was a son of Robert Irvine (1620-1645) of Drum and Elizabeth Wylie. He, like several other young Irvine men, left Scotland just ahead of the Covenenters. He  married Sophia Gault about 1663 in Glencoe, County Ulster, Northern Ireland, and eventually, with the backing of the Irvine family in Scotland, operated a linen mill near Larne, County Antrim. They had five children:

1.      James Irvine, born 1666

2.      John Irvine, born 1669

3.      Robert Irvine, born 1670

4.      Matthew Irvine/Irwin, born 1678

5.      Jannett Irvine, born 1684

 

Matthew Irvine/Irwin was active in the mill business with his father. He married Elizabeth Patterson about 1690, probably in County Antrim. Both died in Augusta County, Virginia; he in 1755, she in 1762. They had six children. They were:

1.      Jane Irwin, born 1693

2.      Matthew Irwin, Jr., born 1697

3.      Isabella Irwin, born 1700

4.      Sarah Irwin, born 1708

5.      Nathaniel Irwin, born 1713

6.      Arthur Irwin, born 1726

 

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.

1.      William Erwin, b. 1734 in Ulster, m. Sallie Ross

2.      Susannah Erwin, b. abt. 1736 in Ulster, m. John Graham

3.      Arthur Erwin, b. 1738 in Ulster, m. Margaret Brandon

4.      Mary Erwin, b. abt. 1740 in Ulster, m. Abraham Roach

5.      Sophia Erwin, b. 1748, in Ulster, m. John Darnall

6.      Alexander Erwin, Dec. 29, 1750 in Bucks Co., PA, m. Sarah Ann Robinson

 

Nathaniel married (2) Leah Julian about 1770 in Cecil County, Maryland. She was born in 1743 in Cecil County, the daughter of  George Julian and Martha Denton. (see More Erwin Roots this issue). The children of Nathaniel and Leah were:

1.      Abigail Erwin, b. abt. 1772 in Bucks Co., PA, m.      Thomas Polk

2.      James Erwin, b. September 9, 1774 in Burke Co., NC, m. Jane Kennedy

3.      Nathaniel Alexander Erwin, b. 1776 in Rowan Co., NC, m. Mary Elizabeth “Pretty Polly” Erwin (a cousin)

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. Most birth records, however, have Sophia being born in 1748 in Ulster, and Alexander, the last child of Nathaniel and Mary Faulk, being born June 6, 1750 in Bucks County. A letter to Francis Erwin Evans (Erwins and Related Families, 1984), dated August 13, 1968, from Mrs. Alexander E. Nisbet of San Angelo, Texas reads: “Col. Arthur Erwin who was born in Scotland in 1726 came to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1788...other brothers already here were John, Hugh, Nathaniel, Alexander and William, having arrived in 1750.”

Francis Erwin Evans states in her book, page 107: Inherited papers in the writer’s family state: In 1750 the following Erwin brothers came to America: William, Hugh (d.1752), Nathaniel, (b. 1713, d. 1794, m. Leah Julian in Ireland), John, Alexander, Arthur (b. 1726, d. 1791).

Nathaniel Irwin and his family may have been living in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina in 1767, or he may have gone there just to take care of the affairs of his late father. Letters of administration in the courthouse there show that on “21 Octr 1767” a letter of administration was granted to “Nathaniel Irwyn” on the estate of “Mathew Irwyn.”

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.

The Treaty of Augusta of 1773 had ruled, however, that all white settlers within the boundary of the Catawba Nation must leave, and that all claims of land ownership were null and void. It seems likely that this is what prompted Nathaniel to move north into North Carolina. As noted previously, Nathaniel Alexander, his youngest son, was born in Rowan County 1776.

Certain known facts, such as the birth places of his children after arriving in North America, seem to indicate that Nathaniel moved about quite a lot. On the other hand, the confusion over state and county boundary lines, and the establishment of new counties, may have something to do with it. Frances Erwin Evans, on page 113 of her book, speculates:

Another premise as to the placement of Nathaniel at an early date is: In the middle of the 1700s a part of what was considered North Carolina territory is now known as that portion of South Carolina which includes the counties of Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee , York and Chester. A good part of that same area was known as Tryon County up to about 1775 or 1780. There were many changes in the boundaries of counties in that area through the 1700s and into the 1800s.

Nathaniel Irwin probably lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania from about 1750 (where his sixth child was born) through at least 1772 (when his seventh child was born). James, his eighth child, was born in Burke County, North Carolina, and Nathaniel, his youngest, was born in 1776 in Rowan, or possibly Mecklenburg, North Carolina. Nathaniel can be placed in Rowan, Anson, Mecklenburg, and Iredell Counties as the boundaries went through a series of changes.

A number of family histories have been written over the years, and the facts and dates often conflict. Lucinda Joan Rogers, an Irvine descendant, wrote   The Irvines and Their Kin

in 1907, and in 1918 General John Hugh McDowell published The History of the McDowells, Erwins, Irwins, and Connections. Chapter III of McDowell’s book, which covered Nathaniel Irwin and his descendants, was actually written by descendant Lawrence S. Holt, Jr., and it included a condensed transcript of Nathaniel’s quite lengthy will. The family facts and connections listed by Mr. Holt are not totally accurate, but was, nevertheless, an impressive study for the time… and before computers.

Most accounts indicate that Nathaniel was a farmer in his early days in Pennsylvania, and a “plantation owner” later in the Carolinas, specifically mentioning a plantation known as “Cherry Fields” in the Iradell/Rowan County area. Cherry Fields could have even been in Burke County, close to son Arthur’s extensive holdings known as Belvedere. His son Alexander’s plantation, called Bellevue, was close by as well, and both were near Morganton in Burke County.

Nathaniel was also a Presbyterian minister. In McCall-Tidwell and Allied Families, a book written by Ettie Tidwell McCall, in 1931, the author wrote, “He was a Presbyterian preacher and a maker of spinning wheels.”  It is probable that his service to the church was not a full time job, for in the early days the clergy often had to supplement the support offered by  their congregation. The comment about spinning wheels is curious, and indicates that he may have had other talents and interests as well.

In his twilight years Nathaniel, and wife Leah Julian     Erwin, lived in York County, South Carolina, probably near the town of McConnells. It is generally believed that Nathaniel was one of the founders of the Bethesda Presbyterian Church there. It is also thought that he may have been the congregation’s first minister. The church, built of stone, is still active, and it is reported that one can still make out the slave sitting area in the back of the balcony. The large cemetery adjacent to the church contains a marker in memory of Nathaniel Irwin, and tells his story in part:

In Memory of

Nathaniel Erwin

Born in Ulster, Ireland 1713

Married Leah Julian In 1733

Migrated to America In 1740

Settled in Bucks Co., Pa. For Awhile

Moved to Mecklenburg Co., N.C. About 1768

Engaged in Active Military Service

From 1775 to 1785

Later moved to York Co., S.C.

Died Feb. 18, 1794

Buried In This Vicinity

Some points are inaccurate or questionable: Leah Julian was not born until 1743, and she married Nathaniel about 1770. In 1775 Nathaniel would have been sixty-three years old; an advanced age for the 1700s, making it questionable whether he was an active field soldier.

Nathaniel is buried near the site of the original pioneer church, about a mile away from the current stone church.

Nathaniel Irwin’s extensive original will is in the York County Courthouse, York, South Carolina. All of his children, except Arthur of Morganton, North Carolina, were mentioned in the will. It is thought that Arthur was not named because Nathaniel had advanced money to Arthur so that  he could build a house for his oldest son, William Willoughby Erwin, on Arthur’s plantation. He his wife is mentioned: “My beloved wife Leah Irwin to enjoy the mansion house during her life or widowhood,” as well as her brother: “I likewise constitute and appoint my beloved wife Leah Irwin and my brother in law Jacob Julian my sole executrix and executor of this my last will and testament.”

The comment “brother in law,” of course, applies to Jacob Julian as brother of Leah, but some believe that Julian, in fact, was married to an Erwin as well. The will was witnessed by William Kerr, William Elliot, John F. Garrison, Mark Garrison and Isaac Garrison. Could these three Garrisons be related to the Garrisons of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas? Perhaps Sylvia Kelly Smith of Franklinton, Louisiana can answer that.

Leah Julian Irwin apparently died shortly afterward as well, for in February 1796 the local court ordered that that Nathaniel Irwin, Sophia Erwin and James Irwin, children of Nathaniel Irwin deceased, be taken into the custody Jacob Julian until they became of legal age to choose guardians for themselves.

 

Descendants of Nathaniel Irwin

    1    Nathaniel Irwin/Erwin  1713 - 1794

..  +Mary Faulk  1712 -

..  2    William Erwin  1734 - 1814

......  +Sallie Ross  1734 -

......  3    Dorcas Erwin  1765 - 1798

..........  +Alexander Moore, Capt.  1756 - 1813

..........  4    James Moore  1785 -

..............  +Sophia Springs 

..............  *2nd Wife of James Lawrence Moore:  ..................  +Mary Miller 

..............  5    Cynthia Louise Moore  1821 - 1903

..............  *2nd Wife of Eli Payton Moore, Capt.:  ..................  +Huldah McNeil 

..........  4    Sarah Sallie Moore  1786 - 1851

..............  +Edgerick John Adickes  1776 - 1819

..............  4    Rachel Moore 

..............  +Zedekiah Frederick Coulter 

..........  4    William L. Moore  1788 - 1860

..............  +Harriet Baxter Springs  1800 - 1832

..............  4    Alfred Moore 

..............  +Jane McIlheny 

..........  4    Dorcas Erwin Moore 

..............  +John Pratt 

..........  4    Maurice Augustus Moore, Dr. 

..............  +Sophinishba Nott 

......  3    Frank Erwin  1767 - 1839

..........  +Mary Moore 

..........  4    Alexander Moore Erwin 

..........  4    William Erwin 

..........  4    Randolph Erwin 

..........  4    Maria Erwin 

..........  4    Franik Erwin, Jr. 

......  3    Arthur Erwin  1770 - 1849

..........  +Unknown Spratt 

......  3    William Ross Erwin  1778 - 1848

..........  +Elizabeth Bratton 

..........  4    Emily Martha Erwin  1807 -

..............  +Unknown Smith 

..........  4    William Albertus Erwin  1809 - 1839

..............  +Isabella Smith 

..........  4    Frank James Erwin  1813 - 1876

..............  +Laetita Smith 

......  3    Jennie Erwin 

......  3    Mary Erwin 

......  3    Katie Erwin 

..  2    Susannah Erwin  1736 - 1814

......  +John Graham 

......  3    Milton Pinkney Graham 

..  *2nd Husband of Susannah Erwin: 

......  +Samuel Johnson 

..  2    Arthur Erwin  1738 - 1821

......  +Margaret "Peggy" Brandon 1740 - 1832

......  3    William Willoughby Erwin 1764 - 1837

..........  +Matilda Sharp  1769 - 1843

..........  4    Adolphus Lorenzo Erwin  1789 - 1855

..............  +Mary Gertrude Simianer  1798 - 1875

..........  4    William Alberto Erwin  1790 - 1847

..........  4    Marquis de LaFayette Erwin1793 - 1824

..........  4    Harriet Eloise Erwin  1795 - 1858

..............  +Isaac Thomas Avery, Col.1775 - 1864

..............  *2nd Wife of Willoughby Francis Avery

..................  +Laura Atkinson 

..........  4    Mary Elvira Erwin  1796 - 1863

..........  4    Sydney Standhope Erwin  1798 - 1849

..............  +Caroline Carson 

..........  4    Catherine Reese Erwin  1800 - 1866

..............  +Alfred M. Gaither, Dr.  1793 - 1829

..........  4    Margaret Caroline Erwin  1801 - 1831

..............  +James Moffitt McDowell 

..........  4    Elam Alphonso Erwin  1803 - 1830

..........  4    Elizabeth Sharpe Erwin  1804 - 1859

..............  +Burgess Sydney Gaither  1807 - 1891

..........  4    Edward Jones Erwin  1806 - 1871

..............  +Elizabeth Ann Phifer  1814 - 1890

..........  4    Alexander Hamilton Erwin 1808 - 1877

..........  4    Cecilia Matilda Erwin  1808 - 1894

..........  4    Justina Louisa Erwin  1810 - 1811

..........  4    Delia Haywood Erwin  1812 -

..............  +J. F. E. Hardy, Dr. 

..........  4    Arthur Leander Erwin  1791 - 1845

..............  +Eliza B. Marable 

......  3    James Erwin  1766 - 1843

..........  +Mary "Polly" Miller  1773 - 1843

..........  4    James Miller Erwin  1793 - 1868

..............  +LeMyra Bryan  1804 - 1900

..........  4    Arthur Erwin, Col.  1795 - 1888

..............  +Evalina Anvil Terril  1800 - 1897

..........  4    William K. Erwin  1797 -

..........  4    Richard Lewis  1799 -

..........  4    Nancy B. Erwin  1801 - 1881

..............  +Edward Simmons  1799 - 1855

..........  4    Sara E. Erwin  1804 -

..........  4    John Watson Erwin  1806 -

..............  +Gash Jones 

..........  4    Mary Matilda Erwin  1809 - 1815

..........  4    Alfred Erwin  1811 -

..........  4    Overton L. Erwin  1816 -

..........  4    Harriett B. Erwin  1822 - 1868

..............  +L. R. Rasmaur  1817 - 1879

......  3    [8] John Erwin  1768 - 1824

..........  +[7] Catherine Erwin  1771 - 1824

..........  4    [9] Margaret Brandon Erwin 

..............  +[10] William Craig 

..........  4    [11] Sarah Robinson Erwin 

..............  +[12] Sydney Louis Davis 

..........  4    [13] James Slighter Erwin  1791 - 1856

..............  +[14] Elizabeth D. Robb  1792 - 1859

..........  4    [16] Mary Elizabeth Erwin 1800 - 1870

..............  +[17] Elisha England 

..........  4    [6] Hannah Erwin  1805 - 1881

..............  +[5] Cyrus Erwin  1806 - 1880

..........  4    [18] William Glenn Erwin  1814 - 1865

..............  +[19] Martha McCrary  1822 -

..............  *2nd Wife of [18] William Glenn Erwin:  ..............  +[24] Annie Church 

......  3    Alexander Hamilton Erwin  1770 -

..........  4    Arthur Erwin 

..........  4    Margaret Erwin 

..............  +David J. Berry 

..........  4    Robert H. Erwin  1800 - 1884

..............  +Elmira Berry  1812 - 1876

..........  4    [5] Cyrus Erwin  1806 - 1880

..............  +[6] Hannah Erwin  1805 - 1881

..........  4    Rebecca Erwin 

..........  4    William Erwin 

..........  4    Marcus Erwin 

..........  4    Sarah Erwin 

..........  4    Mary Erwin 

..............  +Unknown Duckworth 

......  3    Frank Erwin  1774 -

......  3    Arthur Erwin, Jr.  1782 -

......  3    Mary "Polly" Erwin  1782 -

..........  +Joseph Patton 

..  2    Mary Erwin  1740 - 1810

......  +Abraham Roach  1768 - 1814

......  3    Samuel Roach 

......  3    Mary Erwin Roach 

..........  +John Willis Clark 

......  3    Elizabeth Roach 

..........  +John Nye 

......  3    Abigail Roach 

..........  +Abel Mulders 

......  3    James Madison Roach 

......  3    Thomas Jefferson Roach 

......  3    Abraham Washington Roach 

..........  +Martha Dupree 

......  *2nd Wife of Abraham Washington Roach:

..........  +Elizabeth M. McCowan  1812 -

..  2    Sophia "Suffia" Erwin  1748 -

......  +John Darnall 

......  3    Thomas Polk Darnell  1806 -

..........  +Mary J. McCann 

......  3    Narcissa "Sissie" Darnell 

......  3    Matthew Darnell 

......  3    Samuel Darnell 

..  *2nd Husband of Sophia "Suffia" Erwin: 

......  +Franklin Graham 

..  2    Alexander Erwin  1750 - 1830

......  +Sarah Ann Robinson  1750 - 1785

......  3    [7] Catherine Erwin  1771 - 1824

..........  +[8] John Erwin  1768 - 1824

..........  4    [9] Margaret Brandon Erwin 

..............  +[10] William Craig 

..........  4    [11] Sarah Robinson Erwin 

..............  +[12] Sydney Louis Davis 

..........  4    [13] James Slighter Erwin  1791 - 1856

..............  +[14] Elizabeth D. Robb  1792 - 1859

..............  5    [15] John Askew Erwin  1824 - 1883

..........  4    [16] Mary Elizabeth Erwin 1800 - 1870

..............  +[17] Elisha England 

..........  4    [6] Hannah Erwin  1805 - 1881

..............  +[5] Cyrus Erwin  1806 - 1880

..........  4    [18] William Glenn Erwin  1814 - 1865

..............  +[19] Martha McCrary  1822 -

.......... 

......  3    Mary "Pretty Polly" Erwin  1773 - 1831

..........  +John McKamie Wilson, Rev.  1769 -

..........  4    John McKemie Wilson, Jr., Rev. 

..............  +Delphine Fox 

..........  4    Joseph Harvey Wilson  1810 - 1884

..............  +Julia Adelaide Patton 

               4   Anna Patton Wilson  1834 - 1906

..................  +James William Moore 1837 - 1902

..........  *2nd Wife of Joseph Harvey Wilson: 

..............  +Mary Louise Phifer  1814 -

..........  4    Sarah Robinson Wilson  1799 - 1864

..............  +William Elliott White  1803 - 1865

..........  4    Alexander Erwin Wilson, Rev. 1803 - 1841

..............  +Mary Jane Smithey  1813 - 1836

..........  *2nd Wife of Alexander Erwin Wilson, Rev.:  ..............  +Mary Hardcastle 

..........  4    Harriet Ann Wilson  1818 - 1850

..............  +Richard C. Carson 

..........  4    Mary Erwin Wilson  1813 - 1855

..............  +James Smith Chambers 

..........  4    James Erwin Wilson 

..............  +Elizabeth Kerr 

..........  4    Margaret Wilson 

..............  +John W. Means 

..........  4    Isaac Wilson 

..............  +Unknown Wallace 

......  3    James Erwin  1775 - 1848

..........  +Margaret Phifer  1786 - 1870

..........  4    William Crawford Erwin  1809 - 1876

..............  +Matilda Walton 

..........  4    Joseph J. Erwin  1811 - 1879

..............  +Elvira Jane Holt  1824 - 1903

..........  4    Martin Phifer Erwin  1813 - 1872

..............  +Jane Huie 

..........  *2nd Wife of Martin Phifer Erwin: 

..............  +Louisa Blackman 

..........  4    Elizabeth Phifer Erwin  1815 - 1881

..............  +Burton Craige, Hon.  1811 - 1875

..........  4    Alexander Erwin  1818 - 1916

..........  4    George Washington Phifer Erwin  1822 -

..............  +Laura Margaret Henson 

..........  4    Sarah Ann Erwin  1829 - 1903

..............  +John Calhoun McDowell, Dr. 1825 - 1876

......  3    Margaret Erwin  1777 - 1850

..........  +Hugh Tate 

..........  4    Sophia Tate 

..............  +William Alexander 

..........  4    Cynthia Tate 

..............  +Stephen Fox, Dr. 

..........  4    Sarah Myra Tate 

..............  +Freeland Henson 

..........  4    Abdial H. Tate 

..........  4    John McKamie Tate 

..........  4    Milton Pinkney Tate 

..........  4    Stanhope Tate 

..............  +Eliza G. Tate 

..........  4    Harriett Dorcus Tate 

..............  +Lewis Dinkins 

......  3    Hannah Erwin  1779 -

..........  +Zebulon Baird 

......  3    Joseph Erwin  1782 -

..  *2nd Wife of Alexander Erwin: 

......  +Margaret C. Patton (Mrs)  1758 - 1830

......  3    Sophia Erwin  1786 -

..........  +William Alexander 

..........  4    Sarah Alexander 

..............  +Alexander Tate 

..........  4    James Alexander 

..............  +Francis Hicks 

..........  4    Mary Alexander 

..............  +Unknown Devault 

..........  4    Eliza Alexander 

..............  +Unknown Scott 

..........  4    Cynthia Alexander 

..............  +Unknown Scott 

..........  4    Eugenia Alexander 

..............  +Unknown Perry 

..........  4    Lena Alexander 

..............  +Unknown Baumgardner 

......  3    Cynthia Erwin  1788 -

..........  +Stephen Fox, Dr. 

......  3    Sara Myra Erwin  1790 -

..........  +Freeland Henson 

......  3    Abdial Hiemsel Erwin  1792 -

......  3    John McCamie Wilson Erwin  1794 -

......  3    Milton Pinkney Erwin  1797 -

......  3    Stanhope Erwin  1799 -

..........  +Eliza G. Tate 

 

3    Harriet Dorcas Erwin  1801 -

..........  +Lewis Dinkins 

  *2nd Wife of Nathaniel Irwin/Erwin: 

..  +Leah Julian  1743 - 1796

..  2    Abigail Erwin  1772 - 1823

......  +Thomas Polk  1770 - 1814

......  3    Mary W. Polk  1795 -

......  3    Ezekiel Polk  1797 -

......  3    James Irvin Polk  1799 -

..........  +Elizabeth K. Wilson 

......  3    Clarissa Adaline Polk  1802 -

..........  +John J. Arnold 

......  3    Thomas Jefferson Polk  1805 - 1858

..........  +Mary Hurt Gossett 

......  3    Susanna Amelia Caroline Polk  1808 -

..........  +Jesse Darden 

......  3    Lecie Norwood Polk  1810 -

..........  +Lucious Lennard 

......  3    Louisa Blount Polk  1812 -

..  2    James Erwin  1774 - 1858

......  +Jeane (Jane) Kennedy 

......  3    John A. Erwin  1815 - 1852

..........  +Priscilla L. Erwin  1812 - 1885

..........  4    James A. Erwin  1839 -

..........  4    Dorcus A. Erwin  1841 -

..........  4    Clara J. Erwin  1842 - 1847

..........  4    Yebeton Erwin  1844 -

..........  4    Ann Eliza Erwin  1845 -

..........  4    Martin F. Erwin  1846 -

..........  4    William H. Erwin  1849 -

......  3    James Lock Erwin  1817 - 1851

..........  +Margaret Jane Howell  1822 - 1895

..........  4    Calpernia Jane Erwin  1839 -

..............  +Benjamin Means 

..........  4    Julia Elizabeth Erwin  1842 -

..............  +Abner B. Zellner 

..........  4    Carnilious Collier Erwin  1844 -

..............  +Maryland Mariah Matthews  1843 -

..........  4    Harriet Ann Erwin  1847 -

..............  +James P. McKinney 

..........  4    William Erwin  1849 -

......  3    George Walter C. Erwin  1822 - 1884

..........  +Elizabeth Eleanor Patton   1826 - 1899

..........  4    James Jefferson Erwin  1846 -

..............  +Sarah Fannie Long 

..........  4    George W. Erwin, Jr. 1848 - 1850

..........  4    Lizzie Erwin 

..........  4    Reese Erwin 

..........  4    Katherine "Kitty" L. Erwin 

..............  +Unknown Stebbins 

..........  4    Lilly Erwin 

......  3    Harriet W. Erwin  1825 - 1852

..........  +Robert C. Harvill 

......  3    Althea A. Erwin  1831 -

......  3    Wiley H. Erwin  1833 - 1854

..  2    Nathaniel Alexander Erwin 1776 - 1845

......  +Mary Elizabeth "Pretty Polly" Erwin  1780 - 1847

......  3    John Washington Erwin  1808 - 1885

..........  +Margaret A. McDonald  - 1882

......  *2nd Wife of John Washington Erwin:  ..........  +Mary "Polly" Locke  1808 - 1844

......  3    Narcissa Locke Erwin  1810 - 1894

..........  +John Henry Black 

......  *2nd Husband of Narcissa Locke Erwin:  ..........  +James A. Johnson 

......  3    Alice Brandon Erwin  1812 - 1871

..........  +Tennessee Carman 

..........  4    Narcissa Black Carman 

......  3    Susannah Caroline Erwin  1817 - 1833

......  3    James DeKalb Erwin  1819 - 1867

..........  +Ann S. McCann-Davis 

..........  4    Mary Erwin 

..........  4    Nathaniel Erwin  1842 -

..........  4    Thomas Henry Erwin  1848 -

......  3    Nathaniel Alexander Erwin 1821 - 1885

..........  +Mary Elizabeth McKenzie 1828 - 1862

..........  4    Nathaniel Alexander Erwin III 1848 -

..............  +Josie Kerr  1851 -

..... ....  4    Mary E. Erwin 

......  *2nd Wife of Nathaniel Alexander Erwin:  ..........  +Sarah Veal 

 

While Nathaniel Irwin chose to spell his surname  “Irwin,” all of his children apparently used the “Erwin” version. His descendants, on many occasions, married Erwin first cousins. Some of them are:

·       Mattie Erwin, daughter of William, granddaughter of Nathaniel, married Arthur Erwin, a first cousin.

·       Maria Erwin, daughter of William, granddaughter of Nathaniel, married Thomas Erwin, a first cousin.

·       Hannah Erwin, daughter of Arthur, granddaughter of Nathaniel, married Cyrus Erwin, a first cousin.

·       Cyrus Erwin, a great-grandson of Nathaniel married Hannah, daughter of John and Catherine Erwin (not the same as above).

·       Catherine Erwin, daughter of Alexander Erwin, married John Erwin, a first cousin, and a son of Arthur Erwin.

·       James Lawrence Moore, son of James Moore and Sophia Springs, married first cousin Susan Moore.

·        William A. Moore, son of Alfred Moore and Jane McIlheney, and grandson of Alexander Moore and Dorcus Erwin, married Nancy Ross, granddaughter of William A. Erwin and Sallie Ross.

·       Corinna Moorhead Avery, granddaughter of William Willoughby Erwin, married first cousin George Phifer Erwin, son of James Edward Erwin.

The list of “connections” of the Erwin family to other well-known families of the era is long. Many fought with distinction in the Revolutionary War, and others, and their descendants, were active in politics. Some were rich and some were poor, and there were even a few with less than great reputations, but on the whole they were honest and hard working, devout and patriotic.                                       »»»

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