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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Jackson Y. Erwin, farmer, Monticello, Ark. There are a number of men prominently identified with the growth and prosperity of the county, but none among them are more deserving of mention than Jackson Y. Erwin. He owes his nativity to Marshall County, Miss., where his birth occurred on February 22, 1844, and is the son of John and Priscilla Erwin, early settlers of Mississippi, where the father died. The mother died in Arkansas in 1886. Their family consisted of nine children, six of whom are living: Mrs. Capt. Isom, Jackson, Ann, Zelna, in the Lone Star State; Hockett and John. The father was a tiller of the soil and a man universally respected. Jackson Y. Erwin was reared in Mississippi until fourteen years of age, but the principal part of his education was received in Arkansas, whither he had moved in 1858. He first located in Spring Hill Township, where he resided until 1875, and then removed to his present property, which consists of 1,400 acres of land with several hundred acres under cultivation. When he first took the place there were but few improvements but he has since erected a good residence, substantial outbuildings, etc., and is quite interested in stock-raising. His marriage occurred in 1871 to Miss Judith Jeter, by whom he has three children: Willie F., Clyde and Bertie. Mr. Erwin is one of the prominent men of the county and a first class farmer, as a glance over his broad acres will show.

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This family biography is one of 83 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Drew County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Drew County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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