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Re: Marcus Erwin of Burke Co., NC
Posted by: Kathleen Johnson (ID *****6404) Date: February 27, 2004 at 12:17:49
In Reply to: Re: Marcus Erwin of Burke Co., NC by Joseph Erwin of 1449

I think this is incorrect, which is pretty understandable. So many Marcuses and Margarets. Here is my understanding of the Marcuses and Margarets, which mostly comes from a memoir published by a McDowell Erwin descendent (titled "Old Burke County Relatives"), but also some other sources;

Marquis de Layfayette Erwin was a physician, 1793-1824; I have not seen any Erwin sources, other than these kinds of postings, that suggest that he was married, although that doesn't mean he wasn't, of course. I have looked through the Erwin records in Burke Co (on microfilm); there isn't an estate for the Marquis, unfortunately. In WW Erwin's estate records, no grandchildren from the Marquis are mentioned.

Margaret (#1) Caroline Erwin, 1801-1831, the Marquis' sister, married James Moffett McDowell in 1824. Their daughter was Margaret (#2) E. (probably Erwin) McDowell, 1830-1860). She (#2)married Marcus Erwin (1826-1881), who was an attorney, the son of Leander Erwin (the elder Margaret's (#1) brother), hence they were cousins. Leander had moved to Louisiana (his obituary is available through the New Orleans Public Library); Margaret #2 died in a fire, supposedly, at the family plantation in Caddo Parish. Marcus remarried, and returned to North Carolina (he is in the 1870 and 1880 census in Asheville).

There is a book titled "Revolutionary War Soldiers of Burke County" (2 vol), which has a pretty lengthy discussion about Alexander erwin; unfortunately, I only have the first page at hand, so I can't say what is says about his children. This book, btw, has references to what should be reliable sources, pension papers, and the like, so if you have access to a family history library branch you might be able to look at it fairly easily.

Anyway, hope this is helpful in some sense.

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