Joseph Erwin is our earliest known Erwin ancestor, and until recently, the earliest records we had of him were a land grant in Monroe County, Illinois, in 1838, and the 1840 census in Monroe County, Illinois. We had learned of the land grant from the abstracts from the original records placed on line by the Bureau of Land Management. And aside from that, the only information we had concerning him came from the 1850 census, which stated the state he was born in and the year he was born, and the other people in his household. Recently, however my brother Bill found that the Bureau of Land Management had digitized and placed on line the original Bounty Warrants. When Bill looked at the image of the warrent, he saw a statement that the warrant was granted for Joseph's service in Captain Montgomery's Company of the Indiana Militia in the War of 1812, which opens up a whole new avenue for research.

First Generation

1. Joseph Erwin. Born about 1795 in North Carolina. We do not know where he grew up, but he served in the Indiana Militia in the War of 1812, for which service he was granted bounty land in Monroe County, Illinois. He married Abigail, who was born in Massachusetts about 1805, and whose last name is unknown. Joseph died on April 9, 1858, in Monroe County, Illinois, at the age of 63.
  Joseph and Abigail had the following children:
    i. Thomas Jefferson Erwin. Born June 26, 1838 in Monroe County, Illinois, he died May 15, 1900, in Carrollton, Carroll County, Illinois. He married Missouri Wilcox in Monroe County, Illinois, on September 11, 1859. She was born in the same county on April 1, 1839 and died in Carrollton, Carroll County, Missouri on August 11, 1899. Their children were William C., born 1859; Clarissa, born about 1862; Laura A., born about 1865; Joseph F., born April 21, 1871; James Elias, born March 20, 1875;, and Ida M., born about 1870.
  2. ii. Mary Elizabeth (1841-1885)
    iii. Cecilia Ann (c. 1845 -c. 1865). She married William Talbot in 1862 and died approximately when their only child was born,
    iv. William R. born about 1846. Married first Emily Dugan and second Mrs. Christine Carey.
    v. Casper C., born about 1849.

Second Generation

2. Mary Elizabeth. Born on January 30, 1841, in Monroe County, Illinois, Mary Elizabeth died in Crawford County, Arkansas in 1885, at the age of 43; she was buried at Whiteside Cemetery in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.

In Monroe County, Illinois, on December 2, 1856, when Mary Elizabeth as 15, she married first John L. Anglin, a widower with a small daughter. The son of Isaac Anglen and Lydia Cade, John was born in 1829 in Harrison County, (West) Virginia. he died in Carroll County, Missouri, in 1874 at the age of 45.
  They had the following children:
    i. Harriet
  3. ii. Isaac Newton (1861-1943)
    iii. Cora, born
    iv. William Thomas
    v. Mary D.
    vi. John Joseph (Joe)
  Following John's death in 1874, Mary Elizabeth married Benjamin Rust, by whom she had a daughter Carrie Rust, and a son Leonard Hugh Rust.

To continue following their descendants, click here to find John L. Anglin on the Anglin page.