The following data is extracted from Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois.
Samuel Ervin, retired hardware merchant, large land owner, and a resident of Tuscola, was born in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio, in 1844. He was reared and educated in his native County and in 1 865 came vest and located in Tuscola. He and a younger brother were associated in business together up to 1893, when he retires. He owns five hundred and sixty acres of land that extends up to the corporate limits of Tuscola.
In 1871 Mr. Ervin was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Beach, who wits born on Staten Island. She died in T894. To their marriage were born two children: Pearl, who is the wife of C. S. Wardall. The other daughter is in college.
Samuel Ervin is a son of William B. Ervin, now deceased. The ancestry of the Ervins is traced back to the great-grand father of Samuel, Thomas Ervin, a native of Ireland and member of the Presbyterian Church, who was by occupation a bleacher of linen. He was a man of means, emigrated to this country in 1771, and purchased a farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, residing there until his death. His wife was a daughter of the Scottish house of Monteith, which aided the mission of William Wallace so nobly and espoused the cause of Bruce. Jurad, the father of William B. Ervin, was born in 1758 and was thirteen years old when his parents came to America. He was a witness to many of the exciting incidents of the Revolutionary war. His education was limited and early in life he learned the hatter's trade and went to Rockingham County, Virginia.
Here he followed his trade until 1813, when he removed to Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, remaining there two years. He then emigrated to Highland County, Ohio, and was there engaged iii farming until his death, which occurred at the ripe old age of one hundred and six years. His wife, Sallie Herron, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, was born July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence (lay. Of this union there was a family of nine children, William B. being the second. He was born December 1, 1866, in Rockingham, Virginia, at nine years of age removed to Highland County, Ohio, and in 1865 came to Tuscola, where his death occurred.
Samuel Ervin during his thirty-five years residence in Douglas County has witnessed the wonderful transformation that has taken place, making this County one of the best in the commonwealth, and he has contributed his share to its improvement and development. His laudable business career has gained him the confidence of all with whom he has come in contact, either in a business or social way, and his friends throughout the County are many.
Source: Historical and Biographical Record of Douglas County, Illinois