Biography of William Ervin
From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY
W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]
WILLIAM ERVIN, farmer, P.O. Jeffersonville, Fayette County, was born in Stokes Township, Madison Co., Ohio, June 16, 1835, and is a son of Joel and Mary (Huffman) Ervin, who were both natives of Ohio, where the former was born in 1811, and the latter in 1812. They were married in Clark County, Ohio, and moved to Madison County, where they remained a few years, and then moved to Fayette County. Fifteen years later, they came back to Madison County, where they remained until their death. He died February 5, 1864, and she, April 12, 1878. William remained at home until twenty-four years of age, when he engaged in farming for himself, on the land he inherited from his father. He has added to it since until he owns 122 acres, where he resides. He acquired a common school education and has held the office of Justice of the Peace of Stokes Township three years. He and wife are the parents of eleven children, of whom nine survive — Orra L., Orpha V., Mary G., Orley W., Orpheous A., Leonard L., Addie E. and Clara. Mr. and Mrs. Ervin have been members of the Christian Church for nearly twenty-six years.
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