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BEING BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY , IM PATRIOTIC BY NATURE.LOVE DOING GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH IS ONE OF MY PASSIONS.FINDING STORIES I HAVE NOT ALREADY HEARD FROM FAMILY MEMBERS ABOUT OTHERS.|
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Good morning, Chad.
Did you receive the questions I sent to you on 14 April 2014? If so, do you have any information that may help in my search for John D. Erwin? If you did not receive them, let me know, and I will resubmit.
Overland Park, KS.
|Bill Merchant||Col. Arthur Erwin|
Good morning, Chad.
After perusing the information about Col. Erwin, I have a couple of comments/questions:
1) Arthur's "story" states that the colonel was assassinated in 1792 while the cemetery record (and other related documents) reflect that he died in 1791.
2) The "story" further states that Arthur had seven children (including the infant son who died during the crossing from Ireland) by his first wife and six by his second wife. (I can only document five by his second wife.)
3) Was his middle initial actually "H." and, if so, what was his middle name.
4) Was his infant son who died at sea ever given a name?
My mother was Ruth Eleanor Erwin, a descendant of John D. (1768-1823) and Susan Drachet (Tomlinson) Erwin. For some time, it was believed that John D. was a son of Colonel Arthur. Prior to becoming hooked on genealogy 4-5 years ago, I obtained some information from my cousin, Robin (Erwin) Orr to that effect. I have since determined that is not true. What I have found, according to histories of Bucks County, PA, is that John D. was a descendent of Hugh Erwin, and that he was "likely akin to Colonel Arthur Erwin."
I know that Arthur had two sons named John; I have determined that neither of them is "my" John. The first John, by his first wife, was captured, held prisoner by the British for several years and died shortly after his release. That John -- as far as I know -- never married or had children. Arthur's other son, John, was born to Arthur's second wife after John D. Erwin was born.
I do know that Arthur a brother named Hugh. If, as the "History of Bucks County" imply, John D. Erwin was a son of Hugh (Arthur's brother), I can find nothing to prove (or disprove) that Hugh married or fathered any children.
Any assistance about John D. Erwin you may provide will be greatly appreciated by -- in addition to me -- many other people attempting to solve the mystery of who John D. Erwin was and from where he came.
William "Bill" Robert Merchant
Overland Park, KS
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