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This site is dedicated to the genealogical research of the Ervin surname. Specifically those found in the southeastern region of Ohio in the late 1700s and early 1800s, as that is where my Ervin line came from and can still be found today. We've placed our research online in the hopes that others may benefit from it. If you find our information useful, please feel free to link to us as the source of your information, but please don't copy our images.  We invite anyone researching the Ervin, Irvin, Erwin, Irwin and related surnames from any area to join...It's free. If you would like to contribute, we offer several ways for our Registered Members to share their research and get involved.

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J. Willis Ervin (1923-2014)

in Obituary

It is with great sadness I announce the passing of J. WIllis Ervin.

John Willis Ervin's grandfather was John Gilbert Ervin, son of Elias Ervin and Hulzina "Hulda" Deal. Elias, his great-grandfather, was the son of Thomas Ervin and Sarah Thatcher. Willis worked for many years researching the Ervin family, and passed on to many of us here, the love of genealogy. Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to his family.

Willis Ervin, 90, passed away on February 23, 2014, in Golden, CO. He is survived by his wife, Georgianna, and children, Bethene, Luanne, and Roger, three grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Willis worked for the Bureau of Reclamation for 34 years. Services will be on Wednesday, March 5, 10:00, at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St., Golden, CO 80401. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/denverpost/obituary.aspx?n=j-willis-erv...

J. Willis Ervin was born in Frontier County, Neb., on Sept. 2, 1923, to Elmer and Clara Ervin. He passed away peacefully on Feb. 23, 2014, in Golden. He was 90 years old.
Willis attended a one-room schoolhouse in Frontier County, Neb., and graduated from the State of Nebraska School for Agriculture in Curtis. He went to the University of Nebraska for three semesters before being called to active duty in World War II. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, he returned to the university to complete his education. He graduated in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree in agronomy. Afterward, he went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation, retiring after 34 years of service. He received the bureau's Distinguished Service Award. After his retirement he enjoyed traveling, especially to see family, working on projects, gardening and genealogy.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Georgianna Ervin of Golden; three children, Bethene Ervin of Odenton, Md., Luanne Todd of Golden, and Roger Ervin of Beaverton, Ore.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Lois Boson and Verda Ervin, and three brothers, Lloyd, Ernest and Carl.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Applewood Valley United Methodist Church, 2035 Ellis St. in Golden.
Published in Canyon Courier from Mar. 5 to Mar. 11, 2014
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New DNA evidence provides substantial clue to Samuel Ervin's roots.

For those of you descending from Samuel Ervin (b-abt 1777, d-1864), the latest DNA provided by Robert Joseph Arvin, Jr. has given us new evidence pointing at an Irish ancestral origin rather than the Scottish background widely accepted.

Robert's DNA isn't exactly new, however, but because he originally tested with Heritage DNA, there were significant gaps which prevented a direct comparison between DNA participants.

That is until recently when Robert submitted new DNA to FamilyTree DNA for a separate DNA study. From these results we were able to record the missing DNA values and complete his DNA profile.

Robert Jospeh Arvin Jr. is an exact 37-marker match to John Willis Ervin, and a -1 genetic match to Frederick M. Ervin III(my father), Roy Eugene Ervin and James Leroy Ervin --- The four individuals who set the base for our DNA group.

And for those who still question the possibility of a genetic relation with Alexander Brandon Ervin and Robert Ervin, there is a genetic difference of more than -40.

Some of you may remember that in the early 1800's, tax records from Gallia County listed a Samuel Arvin. For many years we believed this to be yet another misspelling of our name...but was it?? We went back and looked at earlier tax records for the area and found two additional tax records listing Samuel Arvin in 1801 and 1802 Washington County, Ohio.

Robert Joseph Arvin spent a substantial amount of time researching his family who settled in Maryland prior to the Revolutionary War, and later migrated to Washington County, Kentucky, then to Pendleton County, Kentucky and on to Indiana. Within his family are names like: Elias, Elisha, Thomas, Henry, etc. Any of those places and names sound familiar? They should.

It may be that Samuel changed his surname from Arvin to Ervin sometime after 1795.

We certainly have much more research to conduct ourselves now that we have a new family connection to look into. As we learn more we will post that information here.

Interested in Robert Joseph Arvins Jr's research? You can find it here: Arvin Family Biographical Sketches.

Happy Reading,
~Amy

A Summary of our Genealogical Research

A recap of the top findings our members have discovered and/or confirmed through our collaborative efforts on research and DNA testing.

Samuel Ervin Jr. (b-1804 PA) IS related to Samuel Ervin (b-1777 PA/MD)

In March of 2008, James Leroy Ervin joined the ClanIrwin DNA Study and when his 37-marker test was compared to the results of Frederick M. Ervin III, they showed a genetic distance of only -2. According to FamilyTreeDNA, this indicates the following:

  • A 95% probability that the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) was no longer than 14 generations between them.
  • A 90% probability that the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) was no longer than 12 generations between them.
  • A 50% probability that the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) was no longer than 6 generations between them.
  • I must note here, however, that I've seen instances where two brothers share a genetic difference of -2, so the possibility also exists that the MRCA between them is more recent than that generally accepted by FTDNA.

    Alexander Brandon Ervin (b-1811 VA) and Samuel Ervin (b-1777 PA/MD) are NOT related

    Circumstantial evidence leaned in favor of a genetic relation between these two individuals. Alexander and Samuel's family resided in the same counties, some even living next door to one another, and they even intermarried into the same families. A DNA test was all it would take to confirm it. In June of 2008, Thomas Edward Ervin of Jackson County, Ohio agreed to join the ClanIrwin DNA Study. In July, his 37-marker test results came back and shocked us all. The genetic distance between Frederick M Ervin III (descendant of Samuel Ervin) and Thomas (descendant of Alexander Brandon Ervin) was -45, eliminating any possibility of a genetic relation.

    Samuel Ervin (b-1777 PA/MD) is the father of John Ervin (b-1805 KY)

    In August of 2008, Roy Eugene Ervin, a descendant of John Ervin, agreed to DNA testing through FamilyTreeDNA. His results showed a genetic difference of -2 compared to those of Frederick M. Ervin III (Samuel's confirmed descendant). This was yet another example of brothers having a genetic distance of -2. A few months later in January of 2009, John's obituary was found in Meigs County, which confirmed Samuel was indeed John's father.

    Samuel Ervin and John Ervin are both buried at Mt. Herman Cemetery in Pomeroy, Ohio

    After DNA validated a genetic relationship between John and Samuel, research efforts were concentrated in Meigs County. A trip to Mt. Herman cemetery was in order, as this was where John was known to have been buried. Much to our surprise, Samuel's broken tombstone was discovered in thick underbrush near the center of the cemetery, even though it was not listed in the US GenWeb Transcription records for the cemetery. It took several hours and different methods in order for Sharon Siens Peery and I to be able to make out the inscription that read "One of the first settlers of Meigs Co. Ohio".

    Samuel Ervin (b-1777 PA/MD) really is the father of Owen Ervin (b-1815 OH)

    In November of 2008, an indenture was found in Meigs County, Ohio that substantiated what we believed but had been unable to prove for years.

    Descendant of Francis Erwin (b-1795 VA) and descendant of James Erwin (b bet 1811-1820 VA) joins ClanIrwin DNA Study

    Hoping to establish a common ancestor between Edward Erwin of Augusta County, VA and Robert and Barbara Nickell Erwin of Mason County, VA, Steve Erwin and Paul Curtis Erwin agreed to 37-marker DNA testing after some persuasion by Laten Bechtel. Unfortunately, however, their results yielded a genetic distance of -9. We are hoping to gain individuals in the future to help Steve and Paul find some family connections.

    Isaac Ervin (1781-1868 Tuscarawas County, OH) is NOT related to Alexander Brandon Ervin (b-1811 VA)

    When comparing DNA results from both Dennis William Ervin, descendant of Alexander Brandon Ervin, and two individuals tested with FamilyTreeDNA that both descend from Isaac Ervin, we discovered that these two lines are also not related. The genetic distance between them is -19, disproving any theory of Isaac being the father of Alexander Brandon Ervin or Robert Ervin (b-1804 VA). To view DNA results for any of our members, please Login. We've even added a handy comparison tool to view DNA results side by side, allowing you to analyze genetic differences on your own.

    Wanted: DNA Study Participants

    Calling all ears - If anyone has any contacts that they've made over the years and those individuals might be willing to come forward and have their DNA tested by FamilyTreeDNA, we need you!

    Descendants from the following individuals would be most helpful:

  • Robert Ervin (b-1822 VA)
  • Andrew Ervin(b-1824), son of James Ervin of Greenbrier Co., VA
  • Leavesonbranches.com will sponsor the tests and have the test kits sent to the individual. All the person would have to do is swab the inside of their cheek and mail the test kit back in.

    Please let us know if you will be attempting to make contact with anyone from the list above and of course if anyone would like to donate for this specific cause, we would appreciate it.

    Amy Ervin-Smithson

    Gary L. Ervin (1943-2013)

    Ervin Gary L. Ervin, age 69, died February 20, 2013. He was born August 22, 1943 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Owen and Lezona (Mills) Ervin Sr.

    Gary enjoyed hunting and watching NASCAR and the Cleveland Browns. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was retired from Anheuser Busch with over 20 years of service and proud past union steward for Teamsters Local 413. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Sarah F. Mullins. He is survived by his children, Greg Ervin, Jody Ervin, Melissa (Don) Morehart, and Jason (Pam) Ervin; grandchildren, Joey, Nathan, Tyler, Bailey, Dalton A., Macy, Dustin, Mallory, Ashley, Annie, and Dalton; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Owen W. (Jan) Ervin Jr., Blondy (Raybourn) Ratcliff, Eddie (Arlene) Ervin, Maryann (Roger) Johnson, Darrell Ervin, and Karen Ervin; special friends, Robin Pendleton and Mike Jones; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

    Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the SCHOEDINGER GROVE CITY CHAPEL, 3920 Broadway, Grove City, where the funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Monday with Pastor Kenny Smith and Pastor Jeff Greenway officiating. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Schoedinger Funeral Service to help cover funeral expenses. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory or photo of Gary.

    Published in The Columbus Dispatch on February 22, 2013

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