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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  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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CAPT. HUGH ERWIN, Postmaster and general merchandise, Keelville, was born in Lawrence County, Ind., February 18,1836, and was reared a farmer and educated to the profession of law, in which he graduated from Asbury University, Ind., at the age of twenty-two. At the age of twenty-four, he was elected to represent his district in the Legislative Assembly of his native State, being the then youngest member of that body. Upon the breaking out of the war, he enlisted in defense of the Union in Company A, Twenty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and took command of his company as Captain, with which he which he was reputably connected until 1864, when he retired from the service, retaining his rank. He then entered public life again, and filled the Treasurer’s chair of his native county for two terms, after which he was appointed to an active, official position in the internal revenue department of the Third District of Indiana, and held the incumbency for seven years. He then came here, and has been actively connected with the mercantile business since. He was married, March 13, 1860, to Miss Susan E. Grayson, by whom he had one son. She died December 8, 1860. June 18, 1867, he married Miss Jane E. Williams, of Lawrence County, whose ancestors were among the most prominent of the pioneers of that locality. Mr. and Mrs. Erwin have two sons—Frederick L. and William D. Capt. Erwin’s ancestors were also among the most prominent pioneers of that locality. His grandfather, Judge William Erwin, was Territorial Magistrate under Harrison’s administration, and afterward filled many public official positions of honor and trust. His father, William Erwin, although not active in public life, was among the leading men of his locality in developing the social and industrial life of it.

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This family biography is one of 289 biographies included in The History of Cherokee County, Kansas included within the History of Kansas by William G. Cutler, published by A. T. Andreas, 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cherokee County, Kansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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