We have talked before but it has been a while like 2 or 3 years. I have been spending all of my time searching for Archibald's family and ancestors.
I have found his brother and sister. I am in correspondence with my 5th cousin who descends from Arthur (Archibald's older brother b.1766) and my 5th cousin once removed who descends from Mary (Archibald's younger sister b. 1770).
I also know that Archibald's father is William Erwin most likely born in Northern Ireland. He settled as a young man in Cumberland Twp, York Co, PA in the 1740's or possibly earlier. There is a court document to verify that his land was improved as early as 1741.
William was jurer of York Co Grand Jury in 1751.
In 1762 William Erwin was taxed. This was the earliest known tax assessment list for Cumberland Twp, York Co, PA. He had a brother James Erwin, also a John Ervin and William Ervin were also living on William's property and taxed. In 1768 the next known tax assessment, only William and James were taxed. John and the other William had left the area.
Sometime around 1767, James bought property adjoining to William's land from a David Greer. James received a Patent Deed in 1767 for his land and continued to pay taxes until 1782 when he and his wife Mary sold his land to Peter Piper.
In July 1770, William was a viewer for the Quarter Sessions of the York Court for a road from Shippensburg to the Widow Black's. The Widow Black's property was next to William's. This road is basically the old US 30.
William paid taxes until his death in 1774. His widow Rachel Morrison Erwin continued to pay taxes until 1782. Her family lived in the same township as William. Her father was Archibald Morrison. Archibald Irwin most likely was named for him.
The estate of William was put in trust for his children when his wife remarried a Mr. McCoy. The three under aged children were given guardians, Mr. Spears and Joseph Morrison, Jr (Rachel's cousin) according to Orphan's Court documents. Joseph was put in charge of the trust. In charge of the trust for the children, he applied for the Warrant, got the survey and received a Patent Deed for William's land the year before the children were able to sell the land. In July, 1789 when Archibald turned 21 the land was sold.
Archibald also married Elizabeth Fletcher in January, 1789. Elizabeth also had grown up in Cumberland Twp, York Co, PA. Her father Charles Fletcher and mother Esther purchased land in that county around 1767. Elizabeth and Arthur were at the selling of the land to Peter Piper who had purchased James land back in 1782.
In November, 1789 Archibald and Elizabeth purchased land in Allegheny Co (which is now Washington Co) southwest of Pittsburgh along Chartiers Creek. In January, 1790 William (their first child) was born.
The year of 1789 must have been the year that all three of William's children moved on with their lives. Mary married John Stewart in Ohio Co, VA in 1790. This is where Wheeling, WV is now. She would have been 20.
Arthur lived in Ohio County VA (now West VA) between 1789 and 1800. Arthur married Ann Morrison (his 2nd cousin and the daughter of Joseph Morrison, Jr who was Arthur's guardian). After Arthur and Ann were married they moved across the river to Belmont Co, OH.
I have put together a scenario based on my family tradition and talking to each of my cousins for each of William and Rachel Erwin's children. I have speculated who raised them and how they met their spouses and ended up living where they did in the 1790's. I can't prove all of it with documents. But it makes for interesting reading if you are interested.
Now I am spending all of my time looking for William's father. Some of the candidates are: William and Ellendor Erwin who lived in Pennsboro Twp, Lancaster Co, PA; the father (Joseph Erwin who lived in Ireland) of William Erwin b.1717 who lived in Burk Co, PA and was brother to Col. Arthur Erwin; and most recently I am interested in James Erwin who had a wife Mary Irvine and he died 1743 in Augusta Co, VA.
All of these men have children William, James, and John who would have been about the age that my William Erwin would have been. I am using the Clan Irwin DNA study to help guide me. I do know that I am finding matches to all of these men that I have listed. I just need to find a paper trail that fits.
Hope you have enjoyed my search and studies of the past 3 years. I am determined to crack this nut! I feel Archibald has been out there all of these years and no one seems to know who he is. Now we know his father and mother. This is a start.