The Erwin families appear on the 1860 Census of Bastrop County under a misspelled name as "Unman," in District 5, Page 43, Dwelling #'s 369 & #370 along with the Leonard Smith family, Dwelling #371. Leonard Smith's wife is Elizabeth Erwin, daughter of William C. Erwin. I am speculating that the census taker spelled the name Erwin phonetically as Urwan, but the transcriber of this census mistook the Urwan for Unman, easily understood when you look at the original census. However, the names (with a variety of spellings) of the family members, ages, places where born, etc. are correct for the William. C. Erwin and James Mathews Erwin families. The Erwin family arrived in Bastrop around 1856 and according to deed records, they settled in the Piney Creek area. The Wm. C. Erwin daughters married into the Smith, Eskew, Outlaw and Sowell families. The Wm. C. Erwin sons: Lycurgus married Seletha Hawkins; John Pinkey married Amanda Lou Black but I have little information on son, William Thomas Erwin.
Lycurgus Erwin & Seletha Hawkins are my direct ancestors and are listed on the 1870 Census in Bryan, Brazos Co.; however I have been unable to locate any of the rest of the family in a 1870 census. Yesterday was spent at the Bastrop library reviewing page-by-page their microfilmed, unindexed copy of the 1870 Bastrop census, and not one Erwin family member appeared on this census.
William C. Erwin died prior to 1870 per Bastrop probate record of 1868, with L. L. Smith listed as administrator. Presumbly his widow Sarah Walker Erwin, who died in 1873, was living with their eldest daughter, Elizabeth and her husband Leonard L. Smith at the time of his death or shortly thereafter and that may be why he was the administrator rather than one of Wm. C.'s sons.
Son - John Pinkney Erwin (b.Dec. 9, 1841 d. Oct. 4, 1899) married Amanda Lou Black. Both J Pinkney and his daughter Sarah Ella Erwin Culp are buried in the Fairview Cemetery. There is a wonderful Bastrop Advertiser newspaper article of Oct. 6, 1899 regarding the circumstances of his death that's in a file at the Bastrop Museum. I believe his great grandson may have donated it along with a copy of his funeral card. It states that he died of a stroke of appoplexy as had his father and grandfather.
Daughter -Mary Adelaide Erwin who married her first cousin James Mathew Erwin are buried at the Piney Cemetery also known as Mt. Bethel Cemetery in the old Camp Swift area off Hwy 95 & FR 1441. Two of their married Scarborough daughters are buried at Ridgeway Cemetery. This Erwin family is listed on the 1860 Census as "Unman" in Dwelling #369, page 43, District 5, Bastrop County, Texas.
Daugther - Frances M. Erwin married Joseph Eskew.
Daughter - Sarah Elizabeth Erwin married David Edward Outlaw in Bastrop on Dec. 3, 1857.
Daughter -Minerva Adeline Erwin married Charles Patrick Sowell. I found C. P. Sowell in the Elgin Cemetery but not sure where "Adline" is burried although she died Jan. 31, 1917 in Bastrop.
If anyone has information as to where any of these families were living in 1870, I'd certainly appreciate hearing from you.