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The Ervine Family

Jesse A. Ervine was born October 28, 1878, to William E.V. and Ora Virginia Brockway Ervine, at McDowell, Highland County, Virginia. He was the oldest of six children, his ancestors having settled the Lyme, Connecticut area in 1649, and the Highland County, Virginia, area around 1800. Jesse left Virginia in the early 1900s, first going to Dwight, Illinois, then to Boone County, near Rippey.

Rosa Marie Feith was born July 21, 1885, at Angus, Boone County, Iowa, the eldest of eight children born to Michael J. and Mary Theresa Plein Feith. Michael and Mary Theresa were native Germans. They first lived in Wheeling, West Virginia, then Pittsburg, and finally settled in the Angus area. Michael Feith was a prominent coal mine operator in the Angus and Rippey areas from 1884 until 1931.

Jesse A. and Rosa Marie were married September 30, 1908, at Grand Junction, Iowa. To their marriage were born ten children, all of whom were born in Rippey, Green County, Iowa. They were: Carl Michael, (born July 28, 1909, and died March 25, 1925); Mahala Estella Elizabeth (born August 30, 1910, and died June 27, 1972); Isabel Matilda (born July 17, 1913); Virginia Rose (born March 21, 1916, and died February 21, 1974); Jessie Ora (born February 12, 1918, and died October 8, 1928); Geneva Juanita (born June 18, 1919); Jennie Margaret (born November 7, 1921); Marjorie Frances (born April 30, 1923); Marie Catherine (born April 30, 1923); and Earl Jess (born February 6, 1925, and died November 4, 1969).

Throughout his working life, Jesse was a farmer, surveyor and contractor, and a coal miner. The family moved to Madrid in 1926, where they maintained their strong affiliation with St. Malachy's Catholic Church.

Seven of the Ervine children, and two grandchildren were graduates of Madrid High School.

Descendants of the Ervines living in the Madrid area today are: daughter, Jennie, and her daughters, Catherine and Patricia. Catherine (Mrs. George Skalicky) is the mother of sons David, Joseph, Jason, and Luke. Patricia (Mrs. James Brady) is the mother of children Margaret, Mary, James, Martha, Michael, and Diane.

Rosa died May 17, 1951, and Jesse died December 27, 1961.

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