Ewing Family Association

Clan Ewing of Scotland
Elbert William R. Ewing, A.M., LL.B., LL.D.

Chapter XVII

Samuel Ewing of Prince Edward, Virginia

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Samuel Ewing, one of the immigrant sons of William Ewing by the second wife, moved at an early day to Virginia, dying on Fort Creek, in Prince Edward County, in 1758. Hon. W. H. Ewing thinks this Samuel reached Virginia as early as 1725. (Letter of May 12, 1913.) Before the formation of Prince Edward County, that territory was part of Amelia County. An early deed conveying to him 238 ˝ acres of land on Fort Creek, then in Amelia County, is dated May 17, 1745 (Deed Book, Amelia County, No. 4, p. 545). Upon the formation of Prince Edward (1753) this Samuel was made one of the justices of the court for the new county, a tribute to his character and ability, for in that day the best men filled such positions. He was paid, 1758, by the Virginia legislature, for supplies to the Virginia militia in Prince Edward County (Hening, 7 Stats. of Virginia, 229), shortly before his death.

The will of this Samuel Ewing was probated in Prince Edward County, Virginia, in October, 1758. It is witnessed by Charles Venable, James Ewing and Nathaniel Ewing. This James was probably Samuel’s brother. The home farm is left to his wife, Margaret, and after her to his six children, George and Alexander and “my four daughters,” Jane, Elinor, Margaret and Ann; George receives 238.5 acres in Prince Edward County, the facts indicating this as the land the father acquired by the deed in 1745, and on which George lived at the time of his father’s death; then the testator says: “I give to my grandson, Samuel, son of Alexander Ewing,” a bequest specified; and “I give to my grandson Samuel Ewing, son of George,” and then certain other bequests to the daughters. Then he says, “I give to my grandson, Samuel Caldwell,” certain property. It is probable that all the daughters were married at the date of the will, September 13, 1758, except Ann. (Will Book No. 1, p. 17, Prince Edward County.)

The grandson, Samuel, son of Alexander, appears to have been the Samuel Ewing who was with Colonel Christian in his epochal expedition against the Cherokees in pioneer times. Ewing lost a horse on this expedition and was paid its value by Virginia. (8 Virginia Hist. Mag. 74.)

Who the girls married is shown by a deed to the property left for life to the widow, executed in 1770. Some of the children were then in Prince Edward and others in Batetourt. George and Alexander, Jane and her husband, William Ewing; Elinor and her husband, Jno. Caldwell; Margaret and her husband, James Ewing, and Ann, yet single, sign. (Records of Prince Edward County, Deed Book 3, p.448.)

James V. Ewing, who lived near Lewisburg, Tennessee, gave to Miss Davis the following:

Two brothers, Samuel and Nathaniel Ewing, settled (evidently in the early part of 1700) on the Delaware River (Cecil County) in Maryland. Samuel married three times, the third wife, being a Miss Craig. By this union he had:

1. Samuel, who married a Davis and moved to Eastern Kentucky.
2. Joshua, who married Mary Jones.
3. Margaret, who married George Ewing, son of George I and Elinor Caldwell Ewing.
4. Jane, who married Oliver Hughes.
1. [probably 5.] May, who married Isaac Hayes.

Of these children of Joshua and wife, Mary Jones Ewing, had:

(a) Ellen, who married Joshua Brown.
(b) Samuel, who went to Texas.
(c) William Donald, who died in Elkton, Tennessee.
(d) Robert, who married, first; Jane Garna, and had five children, and second, Dice Stanley,
     and had Ada and Beth Regan Ewing.
(e) John, who had Mary Ewing and others.
(f) James
(g) Joshua Colvin, married Katherine Grubb
(h) Eliza, who married Rev. Robert Hardin.
(i) Jane, who married Benj. Martin

All, or nearly all, of the above have children.

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