Posted By:Simmons
Subject:Re: Tombstone: "Lewis Ervin, Co K 2nd Inf Span Am War"
Post Date:March 15, 2008 at 18:23:26
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Try this website for KY Military records:

Looks like a Volunteer 2nd Inf of KY was at Camp Collier:
"Camp Collier, Lexington, KY (See Camps Bradley, Corbin and Hamilton)
• Named after the Kentucky adjutant general, Daniel R. Collier, at the time the war started.
• Muster in site for the 2nd and 3rd Ky. Vol. Inf. regiments. The 2nd left for Chickamauga, GA about May 25 and the 3rd on June 1, 1898.
• The camp was at Tattersalls Fairgrounds. Troops were housed in buildings including a stable according to the May 4, 1898 Lexington Daily Leader. The May 1, 1898 Lexington paper refers to the camp site as Tattersalls Sales Mart. “Huge Barns” were used to quarter troops. Tattersalls was and is a horse sales market adjacent to the Red Mile Trotting Track just southwest of downtown Lexington at 1200 Red Mile Road. The Tattersalls’ area fronts on Broadway."

About Lewis Ervin, also found in records as Louis and Erwin, Irwin and maybe Irvin.

1930 OH Scioto County Portsmouth Census in the household of son-in-law Arthur Davis and daughter Lena with grandchildren Harold, Louise and Donald.
Louis Ervin, father-in-law age 56, married, first married at age 28 b. KY/father KY/mother KY occ: helper: plumber Veteran status: Yes Sp (Veteran of Spanish American War)

1920 OH Scioto Co Portsmouth Ward 3:
Louis Ervin (age smudged) married b. KY/KY/VA Laborer
wife Bertha Ervin age 39 married b. KY/KY/KY
dau Lena Davis age 19 b. KY/KY/KY
son-in-law Arthur Davis ae 21 b. KY/KY/KY shoe factory

1910 the family is listed as Irwin, Lewis 38, wife Bertha 31 , daughters Lena 8, Alice 6, Aleen 2. Married 9 yrs all born in KY.

WWI Draft Registration Card filed in Scioto Co OH on Sept 12, 1918: Lewis Ervin 1316 Union St. Portsmonth, Scioto Co OH age 45 b. Aug -blank or unreadable til this #- 3 (I think it should be 1873), white, section Labor for R&N Railroad of Portsmouth, OH. Nearest relative: Bertha Ervin (same address above) Height: Tall, Build: medium, Eyes: Blue, Hair: Brown. Disabiliy: Left Eye Out.

OH Death Index 1908-1932, 1938-1944, 1958-2002: Bertha Ervin b. est. 1881 d. Jan 1, 1970 in Scioto Co. OH

You might try the National Archives or a LDS Family History Center for books/microfilms listing men who filed for pensions for serving in the U.S. Military for their SpA service or disabilities. (maybe during the SpA War is when Lewis lost his left eye)