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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the ERWIN FAMILY

The Beginning

The Erwin name has generally been spelled "Erwin" or "Irwin" but also has included "Irvine - Urwin - Irving - Ervin - Erwine". Erwin comes from the Welsh word "Erwyn" meaning very fair, white. It is also Gaelic for beautiful or fair.

The Sixth Generation   -   The Erwin Family

The Erwin family on the Morlan family tree started when two brothers migrated from Baltimore County, Maryland, to Bedford County, Virginia, about 1790 where the Morlans were living. Like the Morlans, the Erwins were Quakers.

The Erwin Brothers (information about their parents is unknown):

    James Erwin
      His wife's name was Mary. The family was granted membership in the Quakers in 1790. James was written up for misconduct and did not make amends until 1797. That write-up did not indicate what the problem was. The family moved to Columbiana County, Ohio, with the Morlans. James and Mary Erwin were the parents of four children:
      • Jane (Erwin) Lewis
      • Magdalen Erwin
      • Susan H. Erwin
      • James Erwin
    Samuel Erwin - (direct ancestor)
      Born about 1764, Samuel married Sarah Holmes on April 7, 1793, in Bedford County, Virginia. They were the parents of ten children.

The Fifth Generation   -   The Samuel Erwin Family          BACK to the MORLAN FAMILY

Samuel Erwin was born about 1764, probably in Maryland or Pennsylvania. He came to Bedford County, Virginia, with his brother and probably his family.

In Bedford he married Sarah Holmes on April 7, 1793. Sarah was born in December of 1771, the daughter of William and Mary (Cooe) Holmes.

Samuel Erwin and his family moved to Columbiana County, Ohio, before the Morlans in the early 1800's. They became residents of the southwest quarter of section 20 about 1803. In 1810, Samuel owned 163 acres for which he paid $1.63 in taxes for second-class land.

He was listed as being one of three Trustees for the Township of Fairfield in Columbiana County in 1821 and 1822. Samuel was disowned from the Society of Friends December 6, 1828, for joining the Separatists.

Samuel and Sarah (Holmes) Erwin were the parents of ten children. The first five were born in Bedford County, Virginia, and the last five in Columbiana County, Ohio. Sarah died September 10, 1864, almost 93 years old. She was buried in Columbiana County, Ohio

  • William Erwin
      Born: January 16, 1794
      Died: (date/place unknown)
  • James Erwin
      Born: June 9, 1795
      Married: Hannah Ann Garwood in 1828 - she was born October 24, 1807, in Medford, New Jersey
      Died: James Erwin died February 17, 1869, in Iowa City, Iowa at the age of 73 -
          his wife, Hannah (Garwood) Erwin, died September 2, 1888, in Belleville, Illinois, at the age of 80
      Children: 7
      • William Erwin
          Born: November 21, 1829, in Columbiana County, Ohio
          Died: September 1931 in Columbiana County, Ohio, at the age of 101
      • Elma Erwin
          Born: March 31, 1831, in Columbiana County, Ohio
          Married: William Demlinger April 25, 1855, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
          Died: February 24, 1919 in Belleville, Illinois, at the age of 87
      • Mary Ann Erwin
          Born: September 29, 1833, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
          Married: Alexander B. Russell August 1856 in New Brighton
          Died: February 12, 1919, in Belleville, Illinois, at the age of 85
      • Celicia Erwin
          Born: April 4, 1836, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
          Married: Thomas W. Rogers in Mount Vernon, Illinois
          Died: October 18, 1914, in Independence, Iowa, at the age of 78
      • Sarah Holmes Erwin
          Born: May 18, 1838, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
          Died: April 25, 1884, in West Liberty, Iowa, at the age of 46
      • Alice E. Erwin
          Born: March 14, 1842, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
          Married: Plummer P. Linsey in West Liberty, Iowa
          Died: February 1, 1929, in Pasadena, California, at the age of 76
      • Caroline E. Erwin
          Born: November 17, 1844, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
          Married: Samuel Grant Williams November 13, 1882, in Fairbault, Minnesota
          Died: January 1931 in Skamokawa, Washington, at the age of 86
  • Mary Erwin - (direct ancestor - great-great grandmother)
      Born: March 5, 1797, in Bedford County, Virginia
      Married: Richard Morlan December 30, 1819, in Columbiana County, Ohio - he was born
          February 18, 1791, in Bedford County, Virginia, the son of Stephen and Mary (Rhodes) Morlan
      Died: July 6, 1846, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 49 -
          her husband, Richard Morlan, died July 6, 1866, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 75
      Children: 7 sons
  • John Erwin
      Born: November 20, 1798
      Died: (date/place unknown)
  • Mahlon Erwin
      Born: June 18, 1800
      Married(1): Elizabeth _____ - Elizabeth died (date/place unkown)
      Married(2): Martha ______ - she was born May 1810 and died September 9,1879, at the age of 71
      Died: August 10, 1881, at the age of 81 - his grave marker in Columbiana County, Ohio,
          was marked "Abolitionist"
      Children: 6 - by 1st wife, Elizabeth
        • Reuben Erwin - born November 2, 1823
        • Samuel Erwin - born August 9, 1825 - married Caroline _______ - she was born about
          1829 in Pennsylvania
        • Lydia Ann Erwin - born Agust 22, 1827 - married ______ Rogers
        • Jesse Erwin - born September 12, 1829 - married Margaret _______ - she was born
          about 1832 in Ohio
        • Margaret Erwin - born January 12, 1835
        • Sarah Erwin - born August 9, 1837
  • Elisha Erwin
      Born: June 7, 1802
      Died: (date/place unknown)
  • Elizabeth Erwin
      Born: May 5, 1804
      Married(1): Isaiah Garwood on January 2, 1823 - he was the son of Isaiah and Mary Garwood
          - died (date/place unknown)
      Married(2): ______ Galbreath
      Died: May 25, 1894, at the age of 90
      Children: 3 - by 1st husband, Isaiah Garwood
      • Hannah Garwood - Born March 7, 1824
      • Sarah Garwood - Born October 5, 1825
      • Mary Garwood - Born November 12, 1827
  • Sarah Erwin
      Born: May 5, 1806
      Married: John Adamson March 14, 1827 - he was born about 1802, the son of James & Hannah Adamson
      Died: (date/place unknown)
      Children: 9
      • Elizabeth Adamson - born December 15, 1827 - married James ______
      • Ruth Adamson - born April 2, 1830
      • Mary Adamson - born January 14, 1832
      • William Adamson - born July 7, 1834
      • Susannah Adamson - born December 12, 1836 - married _____ Richardson
      • James H. Adamson - born July 21, 1839
      • Samuel E. Adamson - born January 8, 1842 - he died October 12, 1842, only 10 months old.
      • Sarah Ann Adamson - born September 22, 1843
      • Erwin Adamson - Born May 18, 1848
  • Susannah Erwin
      Born: Born August 7, 1810
      Died: (date/place unknown)
  • Samuel Erwin
      Born: March 12, 1814
      Married: Mary H. _______ - she was born March 14, 1818 and died April 15, 1899, at the age of 81
      Died: March 6, 1887, almost 73 years old
      Children: 3
      • Elizabeth Erwin - born about 1838
      • Tryphena Erwin - born about 1842
      • Clarkson Erwin - born about 1847

    The Fourth Generation   -   The Richard Morlan Family          BACK to the MORLAN FAMILY

    Mary Erwin was born March 7, 1797, in Bedford County, Virginia, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Holmes) Erwin. She married Richard Morlan December 30, 1819, in Columbiana County, Ohio. Richard was born February 18, 1791, in Bedford County, Virginia, the son of Stephen and Mary (Rhodes) Morlan.

    Mary (Erwin) Morlan died July 5, 1846, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 49. Richard Morlan died July 6, 1866, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, at the age of 75.

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