Thursday, September 3, 2009


I have done quite a bit of research on the Erwins for whom the Town of Erwin is named. Carrie Maria Erwin married my great-granduncle Fred Rogers and lived in Hornby most of her life. There's a nice picture of her at: Her grandparents were Arthur and (2nd wife) Sarah (Clark) Erwin. Although to the best of my knowledge there were never any Bowyers in Hornby, I claim Isaac and Sarah Ann (Furman) Bowyer of Rathbone as my 4th great-grandparents.

I was working on that Bowyer line, specifically that of John F. Bowyer, whose sister was my 4th great-grandmother, when I discovered another Erwin connection. John F. and Emma Emily (Mather) Bowyer had two children, Elizabeth and Charles. I found both the marriage announcement and the obituary of Charles' only son John Curtis Bowyer. His only surviving relative listed in the obit, besides his wife, was a cousin Mrs. Eugene M. Bates of Webster [Monroe County, NY].

So Mrs. Eugene M. Bates had to be the daughter of his Aunt Elizabeth Bowyer. I found Elizabeth Erwin in the 1930 census, Buffalo District 326, Erie County, NY, listed as widowed mother-in-law in the household of Eugene M. Bates and his wife Hazel. I found Elizabeth and Hazel with Harry Erwin in 1910 and 1920 Buffalo, Erie County, NY. I did not immediately connect Harry to the Steuben County, NY Erwins however because he was born in Michigan. I then discovered Harry (born in Michigan) living with his father Henry in the 1880 census, Town of Erwin, Steuben County, NY. Henry was the grandson of Arthur above and his first wife Sarah Lamphear.

Anyone else have a Bowyer or Erwin connection?