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"The Erwins of McNairy County, Tn."

Updated August 24, 2001

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I am currently researching for the facts of my Great-Great Grandmother, name unknown of McNairy County, Tn. The family history is that she was murdered by a slave and her husband Pinkney was injured and died of head injuries two years later. She had children, and the youngest was my Great-grandmother, Docia Diana Erwin aged approx. 1 yr or maybe a little older. Because her parents died when she was so young and her brothers and sisters didn't know her birthdate, Docia never know exactly when she was born or her age. I think she was named for her mother the unknown named but I'm not positive. I found a "Dianah" Erwin, married to John P. Erwin in the 1850 Census and they had Jane, 13, Hannah, 11 and Dallas 6 yrs. My elderly aunt and mother remember their grandmother (my gr.grandmother Docia) mentioning a sister Hannah. So I'm thinking this is the right family. Docia's sister Mary hid in the weeds with Docia when the mother was murdered and the slave hunted for them. Docia was never educated and was raised by her older married sisters as well as Mary and wasn't treated very well by any of them. Don't know if this is the same ancestor, but have also found info. in the circuit court minutes of McNairy Cty., Tn. about a "Free white woman, Diana" killed by a slave, Henry in April 1860 in her home (which fits the family story.) He was hanged in Sept. 1860. I am looking for any information that can help me find my's full name, DOB and place of birth, when and who she married etc.

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