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Ara Erwin/Irvin Nowlin 1835-1875 Born AL Died AR Lived MS
Posted by: Diane Yarbrough (ID *****1698) Date: September 27, 2010 at 19:29:30
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I am looking for the parents and siblings of my gg grandmother Ara Ervin Nowlin. Ara was also known as: Edna Erwin, Amy, Ara Erwin, Ara Irvin. I first found her with her brother John in an 1860 census. Both she and her brother were born in Alabama. Ara followed her brother from Scott County, Mississippi to Ashley County, Arkansas by 1862. I found her married to James Nolen/Nowlin in 1870 and living two residences down from her brother in Ashley County, AR.

James Nowlin, Ara’s husband, married three times. Ara was his second wife. The maiden name of James’ first wife Martha Ann was Moore. It is interesting to note that in an 1850 census of Attala County, MS a Moore and Irving family were living in the same residence while just three residences away was a Nowlin family. I have yet to find a connection, but still interesting.


1835 – 37: Ara’s birth, AL
1857: Ara’s brother John Irvin (b 1829 AL) married Margaret H Johnson (b 1830 MS) 23 Apr in Lauderdale, Mississippi.
1860: Ara Ervin shows up in a Scott Co, MS census with her brother John and sister in law Margaret.
1865: Amy marries James M Nowlen 04 Nov in Ashley Co, AR.
1870: Ara shows up in a Portland Township, Ashley County, AR census with her husband James and children (Lucy Emma, Ferba, Nancy Jane) as Ara Nolen.
1870 – 1875: Ara’s death, AR

1955: From my great grandmother Nancy Jane’s death certificate my grandfather listed his grandmother Ara as Edna Erwin.

Ara Irwin Nowlin
B 1835 - 1837 AL
D Bet 1870-1875
M 04 Nov 1865 Ashley Co., AR to James M. Nowlin (b. 1822 TN–d. Circa 1880 AR)
Lucy Emma – B 1866 AR, D ?
Ferba – B 1868 AR, D Bet 1870 – 1880
Nancy Jane – B 1868 AR, D 1955 AR


1860 Census: District #3, Scott Co, Mississippi, PO Morton, Page 100, 09 Aug
John Erwin 32 M Laborer AL
Margaret Irwin 28 F MS
Mary Irwin 3 F MS
Robert Erwin 2/12 M MS
Ara Erwin 25 F AL

1870 Census: Portland Township, Ashley Co, AR, PO Hamburg, Page 24, 09 July
James Nolen 48 M W Farmer TN
Ara 32 F W Keeping House AL
Sarah 17 F W Without Occupation AR (Child from James’ previous marriage.)
Lucey 4 F W At Home AR
Nancie 2 F W At Home AR
Ferba 2 F W At Home AR

194/194 (Brother John living two residences away.)
John Ervin 40 M W Farmer Al
Margaret 29 F W Keeping House MS
Mary 13 FW Without Occupation MS
John 8 M W At Home AR
Nancie 5 F W At Home AR
William 1 M W At Home AR

Diane Yarbrough
Dallas, Texas

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