|Harrison County Iowa Genealogy|
HISTORY OF HARRISON COUNTY, IOWA, 1891
James ERVIN, first settled in LaGrange Township in June, 1857, where he rented two years and in the spring of 1859, went to REEDER'S Mills, farmed one year then returned to LaGrange Township, remained one year, removed to his present place in Jefferson Township, where he opened up a new farm. He built a log cabin sixteen feet square, which was provided with a cottonwood floor. He now has a fine farm house which was erected in 1879. Upon coming to the county he had $100 and a span of horses.
Our subject was born in Monroe County, W. Va., in March, 1831, and is the son of John and Elizabeth (MOORHEAD) ERVIN, who came to Harrison County in the fall of 1856, and lived with his children until his death in 1862. The mother died in June, 1868. Our subject remained at home until he was nineteen years of age and then learned the cabinetmaker's trade at Rocky Point, W. Va. He followed the cabinet business five years prior to his coming to Harrison County, on his own account.
In December, 1852, he married Sarah HIGGINBOTHAM, who is the third child of a family of five children. Mr. and Mrs. ERVIN are the parents of a family of seven childrenï¿½Eliza J., Annis, Alcesta, Etta, James, Verna and John.
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