THE EWING FAMILY
Complied by Col. Wm. A. Ewing about 1897
Edited, arranged and indexed by F. N. Trevor, Lockport, New York
Editor's Note by James R. McMichael: Scanned and edited by James R. McMichael, Genealogist for Clan Ewing in America, August 2006. As you read through this document, you will noticed that F.N. Trevor has made a number of comments. It is my intent to generate an index for this document. But, you can search this document for any name using the Find command under Edit on the toolbar. There is one error that I want to point out at this time. There are a few references to a page number, but, the corrected page number has not been inserted. The family of Alexander Ewing, who died in Cecil County, Maryland in 1738, is shown as being in Pennsylvania. The descendants of Alexander Ewing moved to Virginia. If you have any questions about this, I would encourage you to take a look at the first few chapters of my book.
The Ewings, who were Scotch, are said to have been divided some time in the Twelfth Century into two Clans, one attaching themselves to the fortunes of the Gordons and the other to those of the Campbells. The former espoused the cause of King James, and on his accession to the throne of England in 1605 followed him when he finally went to London, and, of course, having been with him in adversity, shared his prosperity. The latter, on the contrary, suffered persecution and adversity, being compelled finally (Col. Wm. Alex. Ewing writes, Mar. 16, 1902; that it is said the Ewings went to Londonderry in 1616. A John Ewing was one of the Burgesses of Londonderry in 1690. - See “Siege and History of Londonderry,” published by John Hampton, Londonderry, p.361.... The Londonderry Journal, July 25, 1772, records the arrival “last Friday of the Ship Jupiter, Capt. John Ewing from Philadelphia, 27 days.” ... F.N.T.) to flee from their old home near Stirling Castle. They sought refuge for a time on the Isle of Bute, and from there drifted over the North of Ireland, settling in the neighborhood of Coleraine and Londonderry, in Londonderry County. It is of this latter branch or clan that I wish principally to speak; for from them sprang the major portion of the Ewings, now scattered from one end the other of the United States of America, although I have lately met some of the name in Cincinnati, Ohio, whose ancestors, two generations back, were living in or near London, England.
In 1690, during the siege of Londonderry, John Ewing is mentioned as one of the “Burgesses” of the city in those troubulous times, and the traditions of the family of the Hon. Thomas Ewing, of Ohio, have it that his great-grandparents, Findley and Jane Ewing, lived in Londonderry in 1695, where their son Thomas Ewing (also Robert and William) were born, and that Findley Ewing for gallant conduct at the famous “Battle of the Boyne,” July 1, 1690, was presented with a sword by William, Prince of Orange and King of England, which sword Findley Ewing’ son, Thomas Ewing, brought with him when he came to America, A. D. 1718. Thomas Ewing settled first on Long Island, N. Y., but soon removed to Greenwich, Cumberland County, N. J., where he married Mary Maskell, daughter of Thomas and Mercy Maskell, 27th of March, 1720. Thomas died there February 28, 1748, and his wife December 17, 1784.
The record (“The Ancestry of Hon. Thos. Ewing of Ohio,” by Robert Paterson Du Bois, New London, Pa., 1858. A copy of this is in the 1ibrary of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1901... F. N. Trevor.) above referred to says: (p.6) “The state of things’ which led to the migration of many of the Scotch people to Ireland, and afterwards of multitudes of their descendants to the new world of America, is so fully described in the first part of this work - the Patterson Lineage - that it is unnecessary now to dwell upon it. It may merely be said that about 1714 the Irish Parliament and people were brought to a state of degrading subjection to England, and the people were wretchedly poor, being precluded from the benefits of industry by restricting laws and high rents. An emigration from Ulster to America accordingly commenced soon after that time which in some years caused a drain of three thousand people, all Protestants.
Let us now turn to another account of the causes and conditions which led up to this exodus from the North of Ireland to America. We find in the “History of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland,” by James Seaton Reid, D. D., 1855, (vol. 5, pp. 261-262) (This work may be consulted in the Astor and Lenox libraries, New York ... F.N.T.) speaking of the Presbyterians in Ulster, which comprised the counties of Armagh, Antrim and Londonderry, North of Ireland, says;
“At the commencement of this reign (of George II, June 11, 1727) the highest authorities of the church and State were generally favorable to the Presbyterians....”
But though they had nothing to complain of so far as related to the government, yet they had become more and more dissatisfied with their position and prospects in Ulster. The prosperity of the rural portion of them now began to decline.
After the Revolution (1688) the landed proprietors anxious to induce persons to occupy their waste lands had granted very favorable leases under which the Presbyterian tenantry had been stimulated to improve their holdings and extend their cultivation. But as these leases, usually for thirty-one years, expired the gentry raised their rents to such an amount that the farmers were exceedingly discouraged and began to think of relinquishing their farms, and of either returning to Scotland or emigrating to America. The rise of their rents brought along with it a still more galling discouragement. It was almost invariably accompanied with a proportionate increase or the tithe, which was felt to be more burdensome than the rent, being paid to a clergy from whom they derived no spiritual benefit and who were often opposed to their civil and religious liberties. To add to their discouragements the three successive harvests after that of 1724 had proved unfavorable, so that in the year 1728 the price of food far exceeded what it had been in the memory of that generation.
And when to these embarrassments in their worldly circumstances were added the disqualifications for office created by the Sacramental Test and the other civil disabilities under which they were lying, it is not surprising that the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians would be generally looking to America as not only affording a more promising investment for labor and capital than could now be obtained in Ireland, but as a part of the empire where religious grievances were almost unknown. This tendency to seek refuge in the new world from the social evils of the old had, indeed, displayed itself several years previously. In the spring of the year 1718 a minister in Ulster writes to a friend in Scotland:
“There is like to be a great desolation in the Northern parts of this Kingdom by the removal of several of our brethren to the American plantations, no less than six ministers having demitted their congregations, and great numbers of their people go with them; so that we are daily alarmed with both ministers and people going off.”
The passing of the Toleration Act in the following year, and the hopes which were then entertained of still further relief, seem to have checked this emigrating spirit for a season, and though there are traces of its revival about the year 1724, it did not attract the attention of government till a few years afterward.”
In 1728 Archbishop Boulter writes:
“We have had for several years some agents from the colonies in America, and several masters of ships, that have gone about the country and deluded the people with stories of great plenty and estates to be had for the going for in those parts of the world, and they have been better able to seduce people by reason of the necessities of the poor of late. The people that go from hence make great complaints of the oppressions they suffer here, not from the government, but from their fellow subjects of one kind or another, as well as the dearness of provisions, and say these oppressions are one reason for their going. But whatever occasions their going, it is certain that above four thousand two hundred men, women and children have been shipped off from hence far the West Indies (This was a term which at that time meant the American colonies south of New England ... F.N.T.) within three years; and of these about three thousand one hundred this last summer. Of these possibly one in ten may be a man of substance, and may do well enough abroad, but the case af the rest is deplorable. They either hire themselves to those of substance for their passage, or contract with the Masters of ships for four years’ servitude when they come thither. Or, if they make a shift to pay for their passage, they will be under a necessity of selling themselves for servants for four years for their subsistence when they come there. The whole North is in a ferment at present and people every day engaging one another to go next year to the West Indies. The rumor has spread like a contagious distemper and the people will hardly hear anybody that tries to cure them of their madness. The worst is that it affects only Protestants, and reigns chiefly in the North which is the seat of our linen manufacture.”
Here we have the prime reasons named for the exodus fram the North of Ireland of the Presbyterians, viz.: 1st, Sacramental Test; 2nd, Increased rentals of land; 3rd, increase of tythes; 4th, bad harvests and high price of provisions, 1724 to 1728; and 5th, the prospects of greater freedom from religious intolerance and ownership of their own lands.
The branch af the family which I now propose to follow were from near Coleraine, County Antrim, Ireland. The first one of the family of whom I have been able to obtain any reliable account was,
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He lived at or near Coleraine, County Antrim, Ireland, (which is 56 miles N.E. of the city of: Londonderry) and from the fact that his only son by his first wife (Nathaniel2) was born at Coleraine in the year 1692, it is probable that he, William1, was born in the year 1670, that being about the time (1685) when the Scotch Presbyterians fled from Scotland to the North of Ireland to escape the religious persecutions under King James VII of Scotland (and 2nd of England) who was an ardent Romanist. It is possible that William Ewing was born in Scotland, but this is mere conjecture. However, we find him in Coleraine in 1692 and there, in that year, his first son Nathaniel2 was born. By his second wife there were born to him four sons and one daughter, Wil1iam4, Joshua5, James3, Samue16, Ann7, and possibly other children (viz. John8, Henry9, Alexander10 ) ... F .N. T.). Nathaniel and his half brothers William, Joshua, James, Samuel and half sister Ann all came to America in 1725, and near that date Nathaniel Ewing’s wife bore him a daughter during the voyage across the ocean, Ann Ewing13, and the family gave her the fanciful name “Sea Gull.”
In the “Record of the Family of Thomas Ewing,” who emigrated to America in 1718, by Robert Patterson Du Bois, New London, Pa., 1858, pp. 6-7, there is the following post note which while it has some known errors in it gives much valuable information, and as it was furnished to Mr. DuBois thirty-five years ago by Amos351 Ewing, Esq., of Cecil County, Md., in regard to four brothers of the name who settled in that county. As they came from Londonderry; as they arrived some years before Thomas’, (Not correct ... F.N.T.) (Sic.) as they left younger brothers behind them; as Maryland was south, and, at that time quite far south of Long Island; and as several of their descendants afterwards removed to the West; it seems highly probable that these were the brothers alluded to. At any rate they bore the good old family name and I must not pass them by. The statement in substance is as follows:
About (Sic.) the year 1700 (In fact it was 1725) four, brothers, John8, Nathaniel2, Henry9 and Samue16 Ewing emigrated from Londonderry, leaving several younger brothers at home, and settled in Cecil County, Md. John8 lived near to what is now called Principio Furnace but afterwards removed to the West with his family - a large one. Nathanie12 (Sic.) settled in East Nottingham, near the place now called Ewingville. He had a large number of children, of which five were sons, viz: William12, George17 Alexander18, J ames15 and his twin brother John14 John14 was born June 21, 1732, graduated at Princeton College in 1752, became a tutor in that College, and in 1758 was chosen Provost of the College of Philadelphia, and Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in that city. In 1773 he took a voyage to Great Britain and had the degree of D. D. conferred on him by the University of Edinburg.
He was an eminent divine, an able preacher, an accomplished scholar. His Lectures on Natural Philosophy, and a volume of sermons, attest his abilities. He died September 8, 1802. He had a large family of children. His grandson, the Rev. Charles H. Ewing now preaches in West Philadelphia.
Henry9 also lived in East Nottingham and had three sons, John392, Moses393, and James594. John died about four years since in the 94th year of his age. Moses393, the only one that married, left one daughter, who now lives in the old family residence.
Samuel6 settled in West Nottingham, in the same county. He married Rebecca George, who came from North Wales with a company of Quaker preachers. He had three sons, Amos343, William344, and Samuel345 , the last two having many children, removed to, the Red Stone Country below Pittsburgh. Amos343 inherited the family farm, where he died in his 70th year, December 6, 1814, and where his son Amos351, my informant, who has a large and interesting family, now resides.”
Particular attention is called to the following parts of this statement: “About the year l700, (shou1d be 1725), Alexander, settled in East Nottingham, we know was Nathaniel2. (That they arrived some years before Thomas is an assertion based on the phrase ‘About the year 1700' and is not correct. Family Bibles and other records show that Nathaniel (2) and not Alexander was the father of William (12), George (17), Alexander (18), James (15) and his twin brother John (14).
Nathaniel (2) Ewing (b. 1692, d. Sept. 6, 1748, aged 55 yrs.) was married in 1721-2 to his own cousin Rachel Porter (b. ____ 1706, d. Dec. 30, 1776) and had Sara (11) Ewing (b. ____ 1722) and William (12) Ewing (b. ____ 1723), born Coleraine, Ireland.
Nathaniel (2) Ewing’s wife bore him a daughter during the voyage across the ocean, Ann (15) Ewing, and the family gave her the fanciful name “Sea Gull.”
Nathaniel (2) Ewing bought a farm and some slaves and settled down one mile north of Porter’s Bridge, the easterly end of the farm reaching Octoraro Creek, and there lived until he died in 1748, having five more sons and one daughter born to him there, viz.: John (14), and James(15), (twins) Rachel-(16)-Margaret, George (17), Alexander (18), and Samuel (19).
Of Nathaniel (2) Ewing’s half brothers and sister, I will speak later on, leaving them now to follow the direct descendants of Nathaniel (2) Ewing, “The Emigrant” as he is generally spoken of. The others will be traced later on under their respective numbers from 3 to 10 inclusive.
Nathaniel (2) and Rachel (Porter) Ewing’s children were therefore:
Sarah (11), b. ____ 1722, d. ____ m. Robert Potts;
William (12) Ewing, b. probably prior to Mar. 1723, m. Kitty (211) daughter of Joshua (5) Ewing - own cousin.
Ann (13) Ewing (“Sea Gull”), b. at sea 1725, d. 1809, m. James Breading;
John (14) Ewing, Rev. Dr., [twin] b. June 21, 1732, d. Sept. 8, 1802, m. Hannah Sargeant, Philadelphia, Pa.
James (15) Ewing, [twin] b. June 21, 1732, d. , m. Margaret, daughter of Joshua Ewing and Mrs. Venable, Va
Rachel (16) Ewing, b. 1735, d. , m. Wm. Ewing, a cousin
George (17) Ewing, b. 1738, d. April 1785, m. Mary Porter, dau. of James Porter, a cousin
Alexander (18) Ewing, b 1740, d. , m,. Jean Kirkpatrick, Bald Friars Ferry, Md
Samuel (19) Ewing, b. 1742
Sarah (11) Ewing, daughter of Nathaniel (2), born 1722, married Robert Potts, lived north of Harrisburg, Pa., left two children. Robert Potts soon died.
William (12) Ewing, son of Nathaniel (2), born 1723, married his own cousin Kitty Ewing, daughter of Joshua (5) Ewing, and succeeded to all of his father’s real estate, which the then existing laws of Maryland permitted him. He lived in Maryland until his death (at 62 yrs.), leaving two children, a beautiful daughter Rachel (20), who married Stephen Daucy, and a son Nathaniel (21) who inherited the greater part of his father’s estate and spent it all before he was thirty years of age. He married his own cousin, Jane Elinor (225), a daughter of Patrick (215) Ewing, and removed to Kentucky, where he behaved so badly that her brother took her home and he himself went out with the Kentucky Militia and was killed at Fort Meigs under General Harrison, dying better than he had lived. He left sons who were bound out to trades and I understand are now doing well. (From account of Nathaniel Ewing, of Vincennes, Ind.)
Ann (13) Ewing, born 1725, was born to Nathaniel (2) during the voyage from Ireland, on the Atlantic Ocean, for that reason was known in the family under the fanciful name of “Sea Gull.” She married James Breading, at Little Brittain, Pa., and they subsequently removed to Brownsville, Fayette County, Pa., where they lived, died and are buried. They had several children. (Mary (1), Nathaniel (2), Rachel (3), David (4), and Sarah Ann - “Nancy”). One son, Nathaniel Breading, married his cousin Mary Ewing, b. April 1, 1767, a daughter of George and Mary (Porter) Ewing, and their daughter, Mary Breading’s grandfather, George Ewing, and grandmother, Ann (“Sea Gull” Ewing, were brother and sister, the result of the marriage of own cousins. She, Mary Breading, married George Hogg, and one son of theirs, Nathaniel Breading Hogg, has lived many years in Pittsburgh, Pa., a highly respected, prosperous business man, who has given me much valuable information in relation to the Ewing family. (N.B. Hogg died at Alleghany, Pa., July 21, 1901... added by F. N. Trevor to the text.)
Rev. John (14) Ewing, D. D., b. June 21, 1732, Cecil County, Md., married Hannah Sargeant June 26, 1758, and died Sept. 8, 1802. He was the fourth child, and second son, of Nathaniel (2) Ewing (The Emigrant), and twin brother of James Ewing who went to Price Edward County, Va., received his early education at Rev. Finley’s West Nottingham Academy, about five miles S. E. of his home, near Porter’s Bridge, graduated at Penn University, Phila., Pa., and at Princeton College (N.J.), where he graduated in 1754. He became Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Phila., in 1759, and continued as such some 35 years. In 1773 he went to London, England, and Edinburg, Scotland, to solicit funds for his Alma Mater, Princeton College, in which he was successful. Incidentally he visited Coleraine, Ireland, the place of his parents birth. The University of Edinburg conferred on him the degree of D. D., and in London the famous old cynic Dr. Johnson presented him a silver headed cane, which is now in the possession of Philip S. (96) Harris, Dr. Ewing’s grandson, St. Paul, Minn., who also has Rev. John (14) Ewing, D. D.’s family Bible. (I have a copy of this record, which was sent to Mr. P. S. Harris (96), and compared with record in the Bible referred to, so it is correct ... Francis N. Trevor, Oct. 1901) After returning to America, Dr. John Ewing, in 1779, became 2nd Provost of the University of Penn. and an oil portrait of him hangs in its chapel, the original from which it was copied is now owned by his great-grandson, Wm. Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio. He was an eminent divine, an able preacher. His lectures on Natural Philosophy and a volume of sermons attest his abilities. He was also an astronomer, and in 1784 was appointed as one of the three commissioners to settle the boundary line between Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, which later became famous as “Mason and Dixon’s Line.” After serving several years on this commission, he declined a reappointment. (See Penn. Archives, 2nd Series, Vol. 13-19, 14-443).
John (14) and Hannah (Sergeant) Ewing had twelve children, four sons and eight daughters, viz:
i. Mary (22) Ewing, b. Dec. 1, 1759, m. 1st Samuel Gillespie Jan. 7, 1782, d. 1840, and lived at St. Clairsville, Belmont Co. Ohio, where she died; 2nd James Sims
ii Sarah (23) Ewing, b. Oct. 30, 1761, m. John Hall Feb. 20, 1783, lived in Philadelphia, Pa. They had 9 sons and 1 daughter. Died April 8, 1830.
iii William (24) Ewing, b. Dec. 21, 1763, m. Elizabeth Wallace Mar. 22, 1788, and 2nd Mary Ellicott June 1, 1802. By his first wife he had 2 sons and 2 daughters, and by his second 1 son and 1 daughter.
iv Ann (25) Ewing, b. Jan. 29, 1766, m. Wm. Davidson Oct. 9, 1794. Lived in Philadelphia; had only one daughter.
v Rachel (26) Ewing, b. April 25, 1768, d. Dec. 22, 1769.
vi James (27) Sargeant Ewing, b. Sept. 16, 1770, m. Catherine M. Otto, d. 1825, Phi1a., Pa. They had 4 sons and 2 daughters.
vii Elizabeth (28) Ewing, b. Sept. 3, 1772, m. May 12, 1791, Robt. Harris, b. Sept. 5, 1768, son of John Harris, b. 1726, who was the founder of Harrisburg, Pa. They had 7 sons and 2 daughters.
viii John (29) Ewing, [twin] b. Aug. 15, 1776, m. Magdalene Johnson (she died insane). They had 3 sons and 4 daughters.
ix Samuel (30) Ewing, [twin] b. Aug. 16, 1776, m. Eliza Redman. They had 3 sons and 4 daughters.
x Margaret (31) Ewing, b. Oct. 27, 1779. Unmarried.
xi Amelia (32) Ewing, b. Oct. 22, 1782. Urunarried
xii Hannah (33) Ewing, b. May 15, 1786. Unmarried
Samuel and Mary (22) (Ewing) Gillespie had three children, viz: George (34), Gillespie, Samuel (35) Gillespie, and Hannah (56) Gillespie.
After Samuel Gillespie died, his widow, Mary (Ewing) Gillespie, married James Sims, whose first wife had been Ann Gillespie, daughter of Samuel and Ann (Ewing) Gillespie, a case where a sister-in-law (widow) married her brother-in-law (widower). Ann Gillespie was also a sister of Mary (Ewing) Gillespie's first husband, Samuel Gillespie.
James and Mary (Ewing) Sims removed to St. Clairvil1e, Belmont County, Ohio, and died there at an advanced age, after the year 1838. They had six children, viz.:
i James (37) Sims
ii John (38) Sims
iii Robert(39) Sims
iv Mary (40) Sims
v William (41) Sims
vi Elizabeth (42) Sims
John and Sarah (23) (Ewing) Hall had ten children, viz.:
i John (43) Ewing Hall, b. Dec. 21, 1785, Phila., Pa.
ii Harrison (44) Hall, b. Nov. 5, 1785, Octoraro, Cecil County, Md.
iii Sergeant (45) Hall, b. Aug. 6, 1788, Philadelphia, Pa.
iv Edward (46) Hall, b. Mar. 7, 1791, Philadelphia, Pa.
v James (47) Hall, b. July 29, 1795, Phi1a., Pa., m. 1st Mary Posey, 2nd Mrs. Alexander.
vi Catherine (48) Hannah Hall, b. Jan. 10, 1796, Phila., Pa.
vii Thomas (49) Mifflin Hall, b. Feb. 27, 1798, Phila., Pa. Lost at sea about 1820.
viii Alexander (50) H. Hall, b. Jan. 5, 1802, Lamberton, N. Y., m. Jane Foulke
ix Charles (51) Hall, b. 1804, Lamberton, N. Y., d. in infancy
x William (52) Hall, b. 1807, Phila., d. in infancy
William (24) and Elizabeth (Wallace) Ewing had four children, viz.:
i Elizabeth (55) Ewing, b., m. Dr. Moore
ii Wallace (54) Ewing, b.
iii John (55) Ewing, b.
iv Hannah (56) Ewing, b. , m. William Spering
William (24) and Mary (2nd wife) (Ellicott) Ewing had two children, viz.:
i Wm. E. (57) Ewing, b. , m. 1st Charlotte Peters, 2nd Elizabeth McFarland, Mar. 23, 1854
ii Amelia (58) Ewing, b., m. John Simpson
William and Ann (25) (Ewing) Davidson had one child, viz.:
i Louisa (59) Davidson, b.
James (27) Sergeant and Catherine M. (Otto) Ewing had six children, viz:
i John (60) Otto Ewing, b.
ii Henry (61) Ewing, b.
iii Jacob Otto (62) Ewing, b.
iv Wm. Davidson (63) Ewing, b.
v Catherine M. (64) Ewing, b.
vi Amelia (65) Ewing, b., d. Dec. 1895, unmarried, Newton, Pa.
Robert and Elizabeth (28) (Ewing) Harris had nine children, viz:
i Hannah (66) Harris, b.
ii John (67) Harris, b.
iii David (68) Harris, b. m. Elizabeth Latimer, of York, Pa.
iv Geo. Washington (69) Harris, b. m. Mary E. Hall
v Jefferson (70) Harris, b.
vi Robert (71) Harris, b.
vii Robert? (72) Harris, b.
viii William A. (75) Harris, b., m. Catherine Butcher
ix Mary (74) Harris, b.
John (29) and Magdaline (Johnson) Ewing had six children, viz:
i Sarah M. (75) Ewing, b.
ii John (76) Ewing, b.
iii Joseph (77) Jefferson Ewing, b.
iv Edward (78) Fix Ewing, b.
v Eleanor A. (79) Ewing, b.
vi Elizabeth A. (80) Ewing, b.
Samuel (50) and Eliza (Redman) Ewing had seven children, viz:
i Emily Wilson (81) Ewing, b., m. Rev. Wm. Spear
ii Ellen (82) Ewing, b.m. John L. Goddard
iii Julia (83) Ewing, b., m. Rev. John Drayton, of S. C.
iv Horace (84) Ewing, b., d. young.
v Charles H. (85) Ewing, b. m. Charlotte Page
vi Mary (86) Ewing, b.. d. young
vii Horace (2nd) (87), b., d. young
James (47) and Mary (Posey) Hall had four children, viz:
i Infant (88), b. d. infancy
ii Sarah E. (89) Hall, b. m. Chas. B. Foote, Cincinnati, 0.
iii John Posey (90) Hall, b.
iv Frances (91) Hall, b. m. Wm. Whitman
James (47) and (Mrs. Alexander) Hall had four children, viz:
i Maria (92) Hall, b. m. Thos. H. Wright
ii William (93) Hall (Cincinnati), b. m. Virginia Smith
iii Harrison (94) Hall, b. m. Eliza Phillips, Dayton, O. and died there.
iv Kate (95) Hall, b.
David (68) and Elizabeth (Latimer) Harris had five children, viz:
i Phillip S. (96) Harris, b.
ii Mary (97) Harris, b.
iii Louisa (98) Harris, b. m. Charles Willson
iv Henry (99) Harris, b.
v Sallia (100) Harris, b.
Geo. Washington (60) and Mary E. (Hall) Harris, had 5 children, viz:
i Elizabeth (101) Harris, b. m. J. Wallace Kern
ii Catherine (102) Harris, b. m. Wm• R. Morris
iii Robert (103) Harris, b.
iv William (104) Harris, b. m. 1st Rebecca Coble, 2nd Kate Reily
v Julia Tod (105) Harris, b.
End of account of descendants of Rev. John Ewing, b. June 21, 1752.
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The old house built by your emigrant grandfather (of several generations back) Nathaniel (2) Ewing, the photograph of which I send you, is, I believe, the same, barring changes by time and later inhabitants. I thought there was no relic of this kind, but it occurred to me a few days ago that the old house just across the valley from our primitive home which was built by Joshua, Nathaniel’s brother, and about a half a mile from our house must be the original location of Nathaniel. The two brothers appear to have purchased a tract of land on the west side of the Octorora Creek, bounded by what at that time was supposed to be the Pennsylvania line. The north line of the tract ran due west for a mile and a half or two miles, then south to Octorora Creek. This tract was divided between the brothers and there log cabins were built on either side of the valley through which the small creek runs. Nathaniel’s (2) family appear to have disposed of their part and left this neighborhood before the end of the last century. The Gillespie farm was cut off of the west end and the Preston tract was the northern part, which was called the Nathaniel Ewing farm. This tradition mislead me. The ancient land-marks which indicate this Dixon farm were on the part originally settled and cleared. There are the lines of old irrigating ditches such as the first settlers all used where they could convey the water and form irrigating meadows, which was their chief reliance for hay. The two families would be likely to locate as near each other as possible, and our old house which has only been destroyed some twenty years, and which was originally built by Joshua Ewing, might have been standing yet had another not been built, and the old one deserted. Of course you will have to throw the X-rays of your imagination through the weather-boarding to see the old logs of the original structure as additions have been put over the original and the top on it. The old papers which would through some light, perhaps, on the matter were scattered the time of the Revolution, by the British who landed near the county archives on Elk River on their way to attack Philadelphia. The incidents which group about this old house mark it as the site where Nathaniel Ewing, “The Emigrant”, pitched his first log cabin in the wilderness. (Edwin Evans (512) Ewing, Rising Sun, Ind.)
Cousin Mary Law says it is such a pity Grandfather Ewing (n ____ ) did not write a full history of the early days here. He was such a traveler, coming west when a mere lad of 16 or 17, and after he was married, as his wife could or would not leave her mother, who was very frail, Grandpa went back and forth until the death of Grandma's parents (________ ) when she came with him. As this country was then almost entirely inhabited by Indians, that is they predominated, his journeys were attended with great peril until they got to know him quite well, and became very friendly with him. He told, as one of his adventures, that on one occasion, while eating with them, he discovered in the soup or stew, or whatever mess it was they were eating, the finger of a child; but he said nothing for fear of rousing their anger. (Miss Sidney Wood.)
James Ewing (15), born June 21, 1732, (twin brother of Rev. John (14) Ewing) Cecil County, Md., married Margaret (212) (Peggy) Ewing, daughter of Joshua (5) Ewing (emigrant),and moved to Farmville, Prince Edward County, Va. He owned a splendid farm four miles west of Farmville where he died about 1805. He had no children by his first wife, hence adopted the youngest child of his brother George Ewing, who died about May 1, 1785 (will prob. May 3, 1785) in Little Britain Township, Lancaster County, Pa., and the adoption was about that time (1785), viz: James (106 & 130) Ewing, b. circa 1776, Cecil County, Md., m. Rebecca Morgan, d. circa 1858-9, Brunswick, Mo. (His first wife Peggy subsequently died and James (15) Ewing then married Mrs. Mary Venable of Virginia, and had by her one son, whom he named after his twin brother, Rev. John and himself, viz: John (107) James Ewing, born circa 1790, d. Prince Edward or Mecklenburg County, Virginia. His widow, Tabitha P. Edgar, then married Nathaniel (111) Ewing, son of Col. James Ewing (Col. of state troops), the adopted son of James (15) Ewing. Nathaniel (111) and this widow had, Wm. N. (108) Ewing, b. who is married and lives (1897) in Kansas City, Mo.
Col. James (106) and Rebecca (Morgan) Ewing had nine children, born in Prince Edward County, Va., viz:
i Geo. (109) Breading Ewing, b. circa 1808, m. Alphia Vass, 1822, d. 1865, Warren County, Ky.
ii Wm (110) Ewing, b. circa 1809, unmarried - moved to Missouri 1835.
iii Nathaniel (111) Ewing, b. circa 1811, m. widow of’ John James (107) Ewing, as above; one son - to Mo. 1835
iv Thomas M. (112) Ewing, b. circa 1812, m. Ann M. Owen 1839, d. 1875, Prince Edward County, Va.
v Betsy Ewing (113), b. circa 1814, d. young
vi James (114) Ewing, b. circa 1815, d. young
vii Mary (115) Susan Ewing, b. circa 1817, m. Geo. King. To Mo. 1835
viii Pernatta (116) Ewing, b. circa 1818, m. Henry Morgan. To Mo. 1835
ix Martha Jane (117) Ewing, b. circa 1820, m. Dr. Dewy. To Mo. 1855
George B. (109) and A1phia (Vass) Ewing had children - one son was
i Thomas Webb (118) Ewing, M. D., b. Sept. 5, 1824, m. Martha S. Sanders Nov. 4, 1846, d. Smith Grove, Ky., Dec. 3, 1895. They had five children, viz:
i Frank Saunders (119) Ewing, b. Sept. 3, 1847, unmarried, d. Nov. 5, 1886
ii Geo. Thomas (120) Ewing, b. Mar. 30, 1850, m. Sallie M. Porter, Sept. 25, 1872. Lives Smith Grove, Ky.
iii Sarah Baker (121) Ewing, b. Mar. 22, 1849, m. Dr. J. B. Thomas, Mar.10, 1869.
iv Alice Trent (122) Ewing, b. Jan. 21, 1860, m. d. Mar. 4, 1885 Will Ragland Mar 6, 1822, d Mar. 4, 1885.
v Lee Myrtle (123) Ewing, b. Nov. 19, 1864. Lives Guthrie, Ky.
End of descendants of James (15) Ewing, b. June 21, 1752
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Rachel Margaret (16) married William Ewing (own cousin, a son, I think, of her father’s brother Alexander and Rachel (_____) Ewing.) They lived a while at Sunbury, Pa.; had two daughters, one of whom, Margaret (124) Ewing, mar. Rev. Wm. E. Eggleston, a Presbyterian minister. These all lived near Marysville, East Tennessee.
George (17) Ewing, b. 1738, m. Mary Porter, 1766, (his own cousin - she born 1745, died 1778, daughter of James Porter) lived in Little Britain Township, Lancaster County, Pa., died there between April 10 and May 5, 1785. (See will) (Great-grandparents of Francis Nathaniel Trevor of Lockport, N. Y.) They had five children, viz:
i Mary (126) Ewing, b. Apr. 1, 1767, m. Nathaniel Breading (own cousin) June 17, 1784.
ii Wm. Porter (127) Ewing, b. May 19, 1769, m. Mary Conwell
iii Nathaniel (128) Ewing, b. Apr. 10, 1772, m. Ann Breading, d. Aug. 6, 1846 at Vincennes, Knox County, Ind.
iv Eleanor (129) Ewing, b. (1774 ?), m. Wm. Oliphant, Fayette County, Pa.
v James (130 & 106 - 2 numbers for this James, see p. 19) Ewing, Colonel Penna. State troops, b. (1776 ?), m. Rebecca Morgan
The will of Geo. (17) Ewing is dated Apr. 10, 1785, and probated May 3, 1785; names his wife “Jean Ewing,” so that after the death of Mary (Porter) Ewing he must have married again.
Nathaniel (128) Ewing, b. Apr. 10, 1772, d. Aug. 6, 1846, m. Ann (Nancy) Breading (his cousin), b. July 10, 1772, d. Mar. 6, 1850. About 1804 they removed from Browmsville, Pa., to Vincennes, County, Ind., where he had an elegant farm which his great-grandson, Wm. L. (161) Ewing now owns (1897) known as “Mount Clair.” He was a very prominent man. He was the first Register of the U. S. Land Office at Vincennes, President of the U. S. Branch Bank there, etc. They had ten children, viz:
i Mary (131) Ewing, b. June 16, 1794, m. Dr. Wm. Carr Lane, d. Nov. 5, 1865.
ii Rachel (132) Ewing, b. June 10, 1796, m. Daniel Jenks ,d. Jan. 24, 1858, Terre Haute, Ind.
iii Geo. W. (133) Ewing, b. Mar. 4, 1798, m. Grace H. Law, d. Sept. 15, 1858, D.S.P. Vincennes, Ind.
iv James (134) Ewing, b. Apr. 6, 1800, m. Eliza Shaw, d. Mar. 10, 1877
v Eliza (135) Ewing, b. Aug. 3, 1802, d. July 1808.
vi Sarah (136) Ewing, b. July 12, 1804, m. John Law, d. Apr. 15, 1879.
vii Harriet (137) Ewing, b. Feb. 9, 1807, m. James Farrington, d. Aug. 10, 1877.
viii Wm. Lane (138) Ewing, b. Jan. 31, 1809, m. Clara Berthold, d. Oct. 22, 1873.
ix Caroline (139) Ewing, b. Feb. 11, 1811, m. Dr. Geo. W. Mears, d. Indianapolis, Ind.
x Nathaniel (140) Ewing, b. Apr. 13, 1815, unmarried, d. Nov 1816.
Nathaniel and Mary (126) (Ewing) Breading had ten children, born in Brownsville, Fayette County, Pa., viz.:
i Geo. (141) Breading, b. Aug. 19, 1785, d. bachelor, Allegheny Pa., 1850.
ii Mary Ann (142) Breading, b. Sept. 4, 1787, m. Geo. Hogg, Brownsville, Pa.
iii James (143) Ewing Breading, b. Oct. 19, 1789, m. Elizabeth (155) Ewing, (own cousin), daughter of Wm. P. Ewing.
iv William (144) Breading, b. Dec. 3, 1791, unmarried.
v Nathaniel (145) Breading, d. unmarried (died young)
vi Sarah (146) Breading, b. Jan. 3, 1796, m. Dr. James Stevens, Washington, Pa.
vii Harriett (147) Breading, b. May 11, 1805, m. Dr. Jas. P. Gazzam, Pittsburgh, Pa.
viii (148 - error)
ix Caroline Margaret (149) Breading, b. Aug. 21, 1807, m. Dr. Joseph Trevor of Connellsville, Pa. She died at Lockport, N. Y., Aug. 17, 1864
x Elizabeth (150) Breading,b. Aug. 8, 1810, m. Rev. Wm. B. McIlvaine
Wm. Porter (127) and Mary (Conwell) Ewing had eight children, viz:
i Geo. (151) Ewing, b. Judge in Houston, Tex.
ii Nathaniel (152) Ewing, b., m. Miss Kennecy, 2nd Ann Denny
iii James (153) Ewing, b., m. Harriett Baird
iv John Hoge (154) Ewing, b. Oct. 5, 1796, m. ---- Blaine, Washington, Pa., daughter of James Blaine, son of Col. Ephraim Blaine, d. June 9, 1887.
v Elizabeth (155) Ewing, b., m. James Ewing (145) Breading (cousin)
vi Louisa (156) Ewing, b., m. Dr. Alfred Meason
vii Maria (157) Ewing, b., m. Judge Jas. Veech
viii Mary (158) Ewing, b. m. George Meason (G. M. Whichersline)- Note
ix Ellen (xx) Ewing, b., m. John H. Wallace
Of Eleanor (129) and James (130) Ewing, fourth and fifth children of George and Mary (Porter) Ewing, I have no record; they probably died young. (Note: Not so. Eleanor or Ellen married Wm. Oliphant of Fayette County, Pa., and moved to near Marietta, Ohio, and left a large family - sons and daughters. Col. James m. Rebecca Morgan of Prince Edward County, Va., and moved in 1844 to Chariton County, Mo., and died there in 1858, leaving a large family there. He lived in Virginia with his uncle James who died 1805 ... F.N.T.)
William L. (158) and Clara(Berthold) Ewing had eleven children, viz:
i Auguste B. (159) Ewing, b. Apr. 6, 1839, m. Mary McCausland Sept. 8, 1869.
ii Annie E. (160) Ewing, b. Aug. 26, 1841, m. Wm. C. Mitchell July 1, 1865; 2nd George Wm. Kerr Feb. 19, 1879.
iii William L. (161) Ewing, b. Mar. 16, 1843, m. Mary Fleming July 17, 1885
iv Nathaniel (162) Ewing, b. Jan. 23, 1845, unmarried, d. May 13, 1846
v Pelagie (163) Ewing, b. Nov. 19, 1846, m. Chas. T. Taylor, Oct. 4, 1865. No cc.
vi George (164) Ewing, b. Apr. 19, 1848, unmarried, d. Sept. 6,1853
vii James (165) Ewing, b. Apr. 13, 1850, unmarried, d. Apr. 31, 1855 [sic]
viii Earnest L. (166) Ewing, b. July 14, 1851, unmarried, d. Apr. 30, 1855
ix Frederick Berthold (167) Ewing, b. Mar. 12, 1853, m. Jesse Valle, Sept. 11, 1878
x Emily K. (168) Ewing, b. Mar. 12, 1853, unmarried, d. Feb. 12, 1867
xi Clara Louise (169) Ewing, b. Sept. 7, 1855, m. Sidney W. Wilson Feb. 27, 1878.
Auguste B. (159) and Mary (McCausland) Ewing had eight children, viz:
i. Mark (170) Ewing, b. June 29, 1870
ii. Nathaniel (171) Wm. Ewing, b. Nov. 30, 1871
iii. Auguste B. (172) Ewing, Jr., b. Aug. 13, 1873
iv. Marie Louise (173) Ewing, b. Mar. 2(?), 1875.
V. Claire Berthold (174) Ewing, b. Mar. 21, 1877
vi. Wm. L. (175) Ewing, b. Sept. 12, 1878, unmarried, d. June 13, 1879
vii. Frederick B. (176) Ewing, b. Mar. 23, 1880
viii. Chas. Goodman (177) Ewing, b. Nov. 1, 1884
Wm. C. and Annie E. (160) (Ewing) Mitchell had four children, viz:
i. Clara (178) Mitchel, b. Nov. 24, 1866, d. Apr. 1901, m. Malcolm Macbeth, St. Louis, Mo.
ii. Lizzie (179) Mitchel, b. May 31, 1869, unmarried, d. March 19, 1872
iii. Mary (180) Mitchel; b. Feb. 2, 1872
iv. Helen (181) Mitchel, b. Mar. 10, 1874
No issue by her second marriage to Geo. W. Kerr
Wm. L. (161) and Mary (Fleming) Ewing had one child, viz:
William Lane (182) Ewing, b. May 19, 1884
Frederick Berthold (167) and Jesse (Valle) Ewing had three children, viz:
Isabel Valle (183) Ewing, b. July 27, 1879
William Lane (184) Ewing, b. July 27, 1880
Frederick (185) Ewing, b. May 17, 1884
Sidney W. arid Clara Louise (169) (Ewing) Wilson had six children, viz.:
Marie Louise (186)’ Wilson, b. Mar. 2, 1879
William Ewing (187) Wilson, b. Oct. 31, 1880
Victor (188) Wilson, b. Nov. 28, 1881
Sidney (189) Wilson, b. Nov. 50, 1883
George (190) Wilson, b. Mar. 15, 1887
James Alfred (191) Wilson, b. Aug. 4, 1890
End of descendants of George (17) Ewing, b. 1758.
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Alexander (18) Ewing, b. 1740-1, d. June 5, 1799, and is buried in “Polks Graveyard” about four miles west of Rising Sun, and about the same distance east of Bald Friars Ferry, Cecil County, Md. I saw his tombstone there, Sunday, Oct. 2, 1892, on which is the following inscription, viz:
In Memory of
who departed this life
June 5, 1799.
Aged 58 years.”
He married Jane Kirkpatrick; they lived at Bald Friars Ferry, where he owned the “Hotel.” At that time this was quite an important point, it being just above tide-water on the eastern shore of the Susquehanna river, and about ten miles from its mouth, where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay, at Havre-de-Grace, and was the first ford above the bay. It was at this point that Gen. Lafayette crossed the Susquehanna when enroute to Yorktown in 1782, to capture Lord Cornwallis.
The old hotel was torn down some years since and a stone building erected in its place, which stands a few feet in front (west) of the old site. I visited it September 30, 1892, and cut a hickory stick from the timber-land on the hillside, which I still have, and intend to have mounted and appropriately inscribed as a momento. The property is now owned by Hon. Joseph C. Bell, of Conowingo, Md., and is occupied by a Mr. French.
Alexander (18) and Jane (Kirkpatrick) Ewing had nine children, viz:
William (192) Ewing, who went west.
Nathaniel (193) Ewing, b. , d. May 1821. Lived on old homestead, Bald Friars Ferry.
James (194) Ewing, b. d. Lived near (in Pa.) Bald Friars Ferry.
John, (195) Ewing, b. d. Lived near St. Clairsville, Belmont County, O.
Patrick (196) Ewing, probably died young
Alexander (197) Ewing (See 405, p. 65), b. May 28, 1769, d. Jan. 27,1827, m. Charlotte Griffith.
Peggy (Margaret) (198) Ewing, b. d. m. John (392) Ewing, and lived in Nottingham Lots, Cecil County, Md.
Rachel (199) Ewing, b. d. m. Thomas E. Grubb. Lived at Bald Friars Ferry
Betsy (200) Ewing, b. d. m. Moses (393) Ewing, son of Henry Ewing and a brother of her sister Peggy’s husband, who1ived in Nottingham Lots, Cecil County, Md.
Catherine (201) Ewing, b. d. m. Robert Long
John (392) and Moses (393) were the two eldest sons of Henry Ewing. Nathaniel (193) Ewing (evidently unmarried, as his wi1l leaves his estate to his brothers and sisters, etc.) I know little about, except the brief note given above, stating that he lived on the old Homestead near Bald Friars Ferry. There is a will recorded at Elkton, Cecil County, Md., of Nathaniel Ewing, d. 1821, which is his will and gives desired information. (See will)
James (194) Ewing, m. Phebe, the same is true. He lived near Bald Friars Ferry. (He married and had several children - N.B .Hogg says) He had two sons, Phineas (202) and John (203) and one daughter Eliza (204), and lived above Wild Cat Rock on the Susquehanna, above Maryland line in Penna.
John (195) Ewing we know went to St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio. Patrick (196) Ewing I think died young, as his name is not mentioned in the will of his mother, Jane Kirkpatrick Ewing, dated Oct. 18, 1815, nor in later will dated April 1, 1823.
Alexander (10) Ewing, b. 16 m. Rachel, d: Apr. 1739, near Porter’s Bridge, Md. They had six children (probably more) viz:
_____ (205) Ewing, b. m. Andrew Porter
James (206) Ewing, b. circa 1720, m.
John (207) Ewing, b. circa 1722
William (208) Ewing, b. circa 1724, m. Rachel Margaret (16), daughter of Nathaniel (2) Ewing (I think, see No. 16)
Margaret (209) Ewing, b. circa 1726, m.
Samuel (210) Ewing, b. circa 1730
Of this family I know little or nothing, except as shown by will copied below, and the deeds dated Mar. 7, 1750, one from James (206) Ewing to Geo. Gillespie, the other to his brothers John (207) and William (208) Ewing jointly, which conveyed his interest in the farm owned by their father, Alexander (10) Ewing, decd. (300 acres lying west of Porters Bridge and north; of his brother Joshua (5) Ewing’s farm). This indicates that James (206) Ewing, left there in 1750. I think he either went to Cumberland County (Monrour’s Run), Pa. William (if he is the one whose mother is Rachel Ewing) went to Sunbury, Pa., and thence with his family to Marysville, Tenn. On Holston River. I copy hereunder Alexander (10) Ewing’s will, and minutes I made from records of deeds alluded to.
“In the name of God, Amen. I, Alexr (10) Ewing, being sick of body at present but perfit of mind and memory, Blessed be God, therefore calling to mind that it is appointed for all men to die, doeth make this my last will and Testament in the Method and Manor as followeth -- 1st I recommend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the Dust to be burried in a Christian like and decent manor at the Discretion of my Exator - and Tucking such
worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I bequeath in the Method as followeth:
2nd. I appoint all my just and lawfull Debts to be discharged and paid as soon as it is possible as my Exatrs shall see caus.
3d. My well beloved wife to have one third of all my movables after the Debts is paid, with her proportion of the Plantation as the law directs.
4th I appoint that my son James shall have the half of the Plantation with the Houses and orchard and all improvements belonging to that half and the other half to my sons John and Willm Equally Willm Hersband [Husband] to make the Lines betwixt them.
5th I appoint that my son James shall pay twenty pounds more or less to my daughter Margaret at the Discretion of my Exrtr when she arrives to the age of sixteen & that John & Will shall pay unto my son Samuel when he arrives at the age of sixteen years the sum of Twenty pounds more or less at the Discretion of my ExatrS 5th [6th ] I appoint that my son in law Andr Porter shall have given him by my Exatr the first day of Novmbr next the old brown horse & six sheep together with what he hath already gotten. 7ili If any of my sons incline to sell their part of the land, it shall be their Brother or Brothers he or they paying as much for the same as a stranger is willing to give. 8th I positively apoint that my sons James and John shall be bound to Trades at or against next fall at the Discretion of my Exatrs & that Willm & Margaret be likewise bound out at the Exatrs Discretion. 9th I appoint Andr Berry Esqr. James Porter, Samel Ewing, & Nathel Ewing to be my Exatrs: & Lastly I do hereby revoke disallow & Dasanull all former wills and testaments made by me in aney wais and doeth only confirm, ordain and apoint this to be my last will and Testament, As witness my hand and seal this 18th day of April, l738.
Alex. Ewing (seal)
William Mitchell ) Cecil County, Sat. March ye 15th 1758 William
Robert Gillespie ) Mitchel and Robert Gillespie, two of the her
Her ) subscrs
Rachel R. Ewing )
The foregoing will being duly and solemnly sworn on the holy Evangels of Almighty God depose and say that they saw the Testator, Alexander (10) Ewing sign the foregoing will and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of their apprehension of sound and disposing mind and memory and that they subscribed their respective names and Rachel Ewing set her mark as witnesses to the said will in the presence of the said Testator and at his request w--- oath taken by the said witnesses in the presence of James (206) Ewing, eldest son of ye Dec’d who made no objection to the Probate of said will.
Sworn before me Wm Ramsey D, Comr
Examined by David Smith, Reg’r
True Copy--- R. E. Jamar Register”
— Test R.
William (4) Ewing I know nothing about. It is said for a time he lived near his brother Joshua (5) Ewing; but all trace of him has been lost.
Joshua (5) Ewing, born circa 1700, m. Jane Gillespie, d. Aug. 9-16, 1750, Cecil County, Md.
Of this family I have made a full record, mainly obtained from Joshua Ewing’s grandsons Edwin Evans (312) Ewing and Theodore (313) Ewing, the latter of whom lives (1897) on the homestead farm (whom I visited there in Sept. 1892 and August 1893). It is located on the northwest side of Octorora Creek, four miles west of Rising Sun, and four miles east of the Susquehanna River, “Greens Branch” mentioned in the above deed from James Ewing, runs south through the northwest corner of Joshua(5) Ewing’s farm into Octorora Creek. It is a beautiful rolling country. This old farm was known as “The Dividing” contained 300 acres, and adjoined his other farm which was “borden’s Forest”, conveyed by William Borden March 14, 1695, and patented to him Apr. 16, 1696, 400 acres. Lib. P. Folio
480, Regr Land Office” -- conveyed by Jared Neilson and wife to Joshua (5) Ewing, Yoeman, Apr. 23, 1748, consideration £220 for 219 acres.
These old papers and the fact that his first (See p. 37) child, Patrick (213) was born Feb. 1, 1737, indicate that Joshua was of full age in 1755, but we know-not yet the correct date of his birth. That he was pious his will, here copied, fully attests.
“IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN: I Joshua (5) Ewing, of Cecil County, and province of Maryland, Yoeman, being in perfect mind and memory, calling to mind ye mortality of this life, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and constitute this my last will and Testament in ye manner and form following, viz,
First of all I recommend my soul to ye hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body to be burried in a Christian and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but I shall receive ye same at ye Resurection by ye mighty power of God. And as touching ye worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bestow in this life I order in ye manner and form following. 1st I order all my just debts and funeral charges to be justly paid and discharged.
2. Item, I order and appoint my beloved wife Jane to have a third of all my lands together with the improvements during her life time or widowhood. But if she marry, she must have it taking for it ye yearly dowry of twelve pounds per annum, (for no stranger shall ever inherit here) and this twelve pounds shall be paid this manner: viz.
The inheritors of “Bordens Forest” & “Addition to Success” shall pay equally eight pounds equally betwixt them
3. Item. I order & appoint my daughter Catherine (211) or her husband in & for her to have one hundred pounds value of goods or chattels out of my whole movable estate, by way of dowry, whereof there is seventy eight pounds already paid & further I order her to receive twenty pounds more out of said movable estate by way of gift to be paid at ye discretion of her mother or brothers when they can conveniently do it. And I do hereby depose my said daughter (211) and her husband & their heirs of any power or right either by law or equity forever to claim any more either by legacy or dower of or from me or my heirs forever.
4. As touching ye rest of my movable estate I order my oldest son Patrick (213) Ewing to have to ye value of thirty pounds of ye goods as ye shall choose & ye remainder to be divided in five equal shares between my wife and four Sons viz,
Patrick (213), Robert (214), Samuel (215) & Nathaniel (216), each of ye five having an equal share.
As touching my real estate in land I order and appoint my two oldest sons Patrick (213) and Robert (214) Ewing to have ye Plantation ye I bought of Jared Neilson called. “Bordens Forest” & “Addition to Success”, I say I appoint it to them & to ye lawfully begotten heirs of their Body forever.
6. Item. I appoint my two youngest sons, viz: Samuel (2l5) and Nathaniel (216) Ewing to have ye plantation I lived on called the “Di viding” contaming three hundred acres & I order it to them & ye lawfully heirs of their body forever. And further I do hereby depose forever all my four sons and their heirs of all power or authority forever to sell or alienate, or to sell, mortgage or rent ye lands. But in process of time if they & their best friends see cause they may sell one to another - But ye lands not to depart from ye family while there is a righteous or lawfully begotten Heir to be found belonging to me.
And if any of my four sons die a minor before they become of age his part I appoint to be divided equally among ye other three. But if Patrick (213) or Robert (214) die a minor his part of ye estate I appoint to be also equally divided, only Samuel (215) to succeed ye deceased brother in his part of ye land and said Samuel to deliver up his right and title to ye part of ye “Dividing” to be equally divided ye three remaining Brothers.
Further I also order and appoint yt ye be no division made between my sons until the two oldest come of age or see cause to marry & longer if possible. I order & appoint yt ye two plantations be subservient one to another both in meadow and timber as occasion will require, & if they see cause to make any improvement by a mill or any of ye places either before or after ye division they must all be equal in ye expense & equal in ye Benefit arising from thence.
I do hereby order & appoint my beloved wife & oldest son Patrick to be my Executors & further appoint James Porter, William Ewing, son, and John Ewing Jr., to be my guardians, to see that justice and equity be done.
And lastly revoking and disannulling all will or wills before made by me I do hereby make and constitute this my last will and testament. As witness my hand and seal this ninth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty-three.
(Signed) Joshua (5) Ewing Seal.”
“The within will was signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of John Ewing.”
Cecil County Sect. Aug. 16th, 1755
John Ewing, the subscribing witness to the within will being duly and solemnly sworn on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God, deposed and say’d that he saw the testator Joshua (5) Ewing sign the will and heard him publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament, that at the time of his so doing he was to the best of his apprehension of sound disposing memory and that he subscribed his name as a witness to the said will in the
presence of the testator and at his request.
Sworn to before and Wm. Earle. DY. Comry Cecil County
Examined by David Smith, Regr.”
So we know Joshua (5) Ewing died between the 9th and 16th of Aug. 1753. Theodore (313) Ewing now possesses a Malacca cane, with large ivory head, and a silver band on which there is engraved a greyhound and the following:
“Josh. Ewing - 1689"
“Patrick Ewing - 1768"
“Patrick Ewing - 1819"
No doubt it originally belonged to Joshua (5) Ewing’s father.
I have no further information as to the maiden name of Joshua (5) Ewing’s wife, but for certain reasons I believe it to have been Jane Gillespie.
Joshua (5) & Jane (Gillespie ?) Ewing had six children, viz:
Catharine (211) (“Kitty”) Ewing, b. m. Wm. (12) Ewing, b. 1725, son of Nathaniel Ewing
Margaret (212) (“Peggy”) Ewing, b. m. James (15) Ewing, b. 1732, son of Nathaniel Ewing. They had no issue.
Patrick (215) Ewing, b. Feb. 1, 1757, 1st Jane Porter 2. Elizabeth Porter. d. Apr. 11, 1819. (Sisters)
Robert (214) Ewing, b. circa 1758
Samuel (215) Ewing, b. circa 1740
Nathaniel (216) Ewing, b. 1741, m. Rebecca Osborn, d. 1822, Christian County, Ky.
All the information I have of Catharine (211) & Margaret (212) Ewing will be found in accounts given of their husbands (brothers), under No.5, 12, & 15 respectively.
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Of “Capt.” Patrick (213) Ewing, b. Feb.11, l737, we know from his tombstone in “Polks Graveyard” (near Porters Bridge) that he “Departed this life April 11, 1819, aged 82 years, 2 months, & 10 days. He lived and died an honest man.”
He married Jane Porter (born 1739) Jan. 1, 1760, who died Sept. 26, 1784. He then married her sister Elizabeth Porter (born Jan. 20, 1750) July 22, 1788 (both daughters of James Porter). She died March 11, 1819. He was known as “Capt” Patrick Ewing from his grandson Edwin E. Ewing we have this, viz:
“I do not know that my grandfather was a Captain in the Continental Army. I have heard my father say he was in Commissary department. He was Magistrate, A “Squire” of ye olden time’, who were in those days very important personages. I do not know who the wife of the first or Joshua Ewing was. I do not know where my grandfather was born, but as his father Joshua lived on the adjoining farm, he must have been born there. He died on his own farm, and in the house where I was born, but he died several years before I was born.”
In McSherry’s History of Maryland, Patrick (213) Ewing is named as member for Cecil County of Convention which formed the Constitution of Maryland in 1775-1776.
Capt. Patrick (213) & Jane (Porter) Ewing had ten children, viz:
Margaret (“Polly”) (217) Ewing, b. Dec. 14, 1760, m. John Jackson May 29, 1784, d. Apr. 19, 1795
Joshua (2l8) Ewing, b. Sept. 25, 1765, m. Rachel Craig. He lived and died “Rose Hill” (now Ewing) Va. he to Mo. 1840.
James Porter (219) Ewing, b. Oct. 15, 1765, unmarried, d. June 20, 1823.
Robert (220) Ewing, b. Dec. 5, 1767, d. Sept. 20, 1823.
William (221) Ewing, b. Jan. 7, 1779. “Went west”.
Samuel (222) Ewing, b. July 17, 1772, m. Mary Houston. Lived and died “Rose Hill” (Ewing) Va.
Andrew (223) Ewing, b. Nov. 27, 1774, unmarried, d. July 22, 1775
Putnam (224) Ewing, b. Apr. 22, 1776, m. d. Bath County, Ky.
Jane Eleanor (225) Ewing, b. Apr. 2, 1778, m. Nathaniel (21) Ewing.
Catharine Elizabeth (226) Ewing, b. Mar. 19, 1780.
Capt. Patrick (213) & Elizabeth (2nd wife) (Porter) Ewing had two children, viz:
Elizabeth (227) Ewing, b. Nov. 18, 1789
Patrick (228) Ewing, b. July 7, 1791, m. Isabella Polk Evans, d. Nov. 7, 1868.
Joshua (218) Ewing, b. Sept. 25, 1763. Of him Miss Harriet Ewing (of whom Hon. Joshua W. Caldwell, Knoxville, Tenn., writes me Aug. 5, 1897) “This statement is perfectly trustworthy because Aunt, while very old, is a woman of fine ability and is thoroughly in possession of her faculties, says: ‘My Uncle Joshua married Rachel Craig, of Abingdon, Va. After their marriage they moved to Rose Hill, Va., and settled and raised a large family of children. His wife died at Rose Hill and was buried there. In 1840 he and his family moved to Missouri, and he and his family are now all dead.’”
Miss Harriet Ewing still lives at Rose Hill (“Ewing Station”), Va.
Mrs. Thomas F. Graham, of St. Joseph, writes me “My grandfather’s name was Joshua; he and his brother came to Lee County, Va., when it was a wilderness, while the Indians were still troublesome; when they had to use heavy puncheon doors with port holes in them.” Of Putnam Ewing she says: “He went to Bath County, Ky. & raised a large family of sons and daughters. Many of his descendants live there now.”
Hon. Edwin E. (312) Ewing, b. 1824, (d. 1901,) of Rising Sun, Md., (himself: a grandson of Capt. Patrick Ewing) gives the following items regarding Capt. Patrick Ewing & some of his sons by his first wife, viz:
“My father’s name was Patrick (228) and his father’s name was Patrick (213). Our farm deed in the Clerk’s Office of the county is dated 1760. My grandfather figured in the Revolution, and I think he was a quartermaster. He was twice married, and the older set moved west, or S. W. to Virginia, near Cumberland Gap; some of the family live there at present. Their post office is “Rose Hill”, Lee County. Dr. Joshua Ewing’s family, or some of them, are there. The old stock, elder brothers of my father, emigrated early and crossed into Kentucky. Some of them went to Indiana and are now living at Greensburg in that State. I visited them several years before the Slave Rebellion. There are three brothers, triplets, and they look very much alike. They sent me their photos a year or so ago. Their names are Abel (308), Putnam (309) & Joshua (310). Their father’s name was Patrick who was a son of Putnam, half brother to my father. He was named after old Gen. Putnam of Revolutionary fame, and the name came about in this way, as I have heard my father relate: The old man, my grandfather, was with the army when it was on a retreat, I can’t tell the location. He was not a soldier, and when about to cross a stream the soldiers were crowding into the boat when the General drew his sword and ordered the soldiers to let the gentleman go on board. For this act of kindness he thanked the General and promised to name his son for him; and this he did. This is the way the name got into the family. I have never seen any of them but Putnam (224) who rode in from Kentucky on horseback when I was a mere boy three or four years old. He had a great dirk knife which was the nail that clinched him in my memory.
Samuel (222) and Joshua (218), two of the older stock, emigrated to Lee County, Va., Saml. remained there, and Joshua pushed on to Missouri, where he died at an advanced age. Putnam (224), as I mentioned in my former letter, went to Kentucky. One of the old stock settled somewhere on the Mississippi River. Joshua (218) and Rachel (Craig) Ewing had five children, viz:
Samuel (229) Ewing, b., m. Mary Davis, Abingdon, Va. Rose Hill, Va.
Joshua (230) Ewing, m. Mary Jones
Margaret (251) Ewing, b. m. George Ewing (son of Geo. & Eleanor Ewing)
Jane (252) Ewing, b. m. Oliver Huges
Nancy (255) Ewing, b. m. Isaac Hayes (6 or 7 children - moved to Ky.)
Samuel (229) & Mary (Davis) Ewing were married near Abingdon, Va. Moved into Eastern Kentucky & he died near Abingdon. Her father, James Davis, of Washington County, Va., then gave her a farm on the north fork of Holston River. She married ---- Crider and all the children by her first husband then left home.
They (S. & M. (D) E) had seven children, viz:
Sallie (234) Ewing, b. m. Thos. Mills, lived Twelve Pole, Va.
James (235) Ewing, b., lived Washington County, Va.
Nancy (236) Ewing, b. m. John Sevier, lived Winchester, Ky.
Rebecca (237) Ewing, b. m. Skidmore Muncy, lived Newcome, Ind.
William (238) Ewing, b. m. lived Rio Vista, Cecil County. Portland, Oregon.
Whitely Thos. (239) Ewing, b. m. lived Gadsen, Ala.
Margaret (240) Ewing, b. m. Jordan, lived
Whitely T. (239) & _____ Ewing had children, viz:
Arthur E. (241) Ewing, b. m. living 1897, St. Louis, Mo.
Joshua (230) & Mary (Jones) Ewing had nine children, viz:
Ellen (242) Ewing, b. m. Joshua Brown
Samuel (243) (“Yancy”), b., unmarried. Went to Texas.
William (244) Donald Ewing. b. , unmarried, died on Kelly’s Creek, Tex.
Robert (245) Ewing, b. m. Jane Garner
John (246) Ewing, b. m.
James (247) (M.D.) Ewing, b. unmarried, d. age 25 years.
Joshua Calvin (248) Ewing, b. m. Catharine Grubb
Eliza (249) Ewing, b. m. Rev. Robert Harding of C. P. Church
Jane (250) Ewing, b. m. Benj. Martin. No children living
Jqshua & Ellen (242) (Ewing) Brown had several children, viz:
Finis (251 Firus ?), Andrew (252), Mary (253), Margaret (no number), etc. Of these only Andrew was living in 1878.
Robert (245) & Jane (Garner) Ewing had five children, viz:
Donald, (254), Robert (255), Margaret (256), Ann (257) and Ellen (258)
John (246) & _____ Ewing had two children, viz:
William (259) and Mary (260).
John C. (248) & Catharine (Grubb) Ewing had four children, viz:
James (261), Mary (262), Lee (263) and Lillie (264).
Benjamin & Jane (250) (Ewing) Martin had two children, viz:
Samuel (265) and Mary (266).
George & Margaret (251) (Ewing) Ewing had six children, viz:
Samuel (267), married Sarah Beaty. George (268) married Mary Wood. John (269) married Mary Painter. James (270) V. married Elizabeth E. Ewing. Joshua (271) married Mary Leonard, and Sarah married Patrick (272) Ewing.
Oliver & Jane (252) (Ewing) Huges had one child, viz:
Sallie Ewing Ruges (273), m. Wm. (273) Frick, and they had 0liver (274) and Christopher (275) Frick.
Isaac & Nancy (233) (Ewing) Hughes “had six or seven children. They moved at an early date into Kentucky.”
Of the second, third and fourth sons of Capt. Patrick & Jane Ewing, viz: Joshua (2l8), James (219) P. & Robert (220), I have not been able to gain any information, but do not think they left any descendants. Of their fifth son, William (221), I only know that he “went West,” probably to Lee County, Va., or to E. Tenn.
Samuel (222) Ewing, b. July 17, 1772, m. Mary Houston (sister of Gen. Sam. Houston). His great-grandson, Hon. Joshua W. Caldwell, Knoxville, Tenn., wrote me: “About the end of the last century my great-grandfather, Saml. (222) Ewing, married a Miss Houston, in Russell County, Va. “He also says he “died Lee County, Va., Oct. 27, 1851. He was the first sheriff of Lee County. He was twice in the Virginia Legislature.” They had eleven children, viz:
William (276) Ewing, b. circa 1797, unmarried.
Patrick (277) Ewing, b. circa 1799, m. Sarah Ewing, daughter of George, son of George & Eleanor (Caldwell) Ewing.
Dr. Joshua (278) Ewing, b. circa 1801, m. Katherine H. Fulkerson; both died Rose Hill, Va.
Nathaniel (279) Ewing, b. circa 1805, m. ____ Fulkerson
John (280) Ewing, b. circa 1805, unmarried
Mary (281) E~ing, b. circa 1807, m ____ Cottrell
Rachel (282) Ewing, b. circa 1809, m. ____ Hansard
Kittie (285) Ewing, b. circa l811, unmarried
Harriet C. (284) Ewing, b. circa 1815, unmarried
Sallie (285) Ewing, b. circa 1816, m. ____ Beatty.
Margaret (286) Ewing, b. circa 1817, m. Robert Bales
Patrick (277).& Mary (Ewing) Ewing had three children, viz:
Margaret (287) Ewing, b. m. R. L. Bowden, d. Rose Hill, Va.
James (288) C. Ewing, b. m. Rhoda Morris
Martha J. (289) Ewing. b. ,unmarried.
Dr. Joshua (278) & Katherine H. (Fulkerson) Ewing had eight children, viz:
Mary Hous ton (290) Ewing. b. unmarried. Lee County, Va.
Dudley (291) Ewing, b. m. Mahala Pope, d. Texas
Margaret (292) Ewing, b. unmarried. Lee County, Va.
Martha. (295) Ewing, b. m. George Ewing, Owingsville, Ky.
Jane (294) Dalton Ewing, b. m. Alfred Caldwell, d. Knoxville, Tenn.
Harriet (295) Ewing, b. m. Saml.. Cleage
Archilous (296) Ewing ,b. m. Rowena Taylor, d. Lee County, Va.
Rev. Cecil (297) Ewing. b. m. Carrie Humphreys, Ballinger, Tex.
Dudley (291) & Mahala (Pope) Ewing had a number of children. She lived McKinney, Tex.
George (293) & Martha (Ewing) Ewing had two children, viz:
Joshua (298) Ewing, b. Owingsville, Ky.
Kittie (299) Ewing, b. m. Dr. Lyons, Ewingsville, Ky.
Alfred & Jane D. (294) (Ewing) Caldwell had three children, viz:
Joshua William (300) Caldwell, b. Knoxville, Tenn.
Blanche E. (301) Caldwell, b. m. Dr. McNutt. Knoxville, Tenn.
John (502) Dalton Caldwell, b. Knoxville, Tenn.
Sam’l. & Harriet (295) (Ewing) Cleage had four children, viz;
Sam. E. (303) Cleage, b. Knoxville, Tenn.
Kittie (3304) Cleage, b. Knoxville, Tenn.
Mary (305) Cleage, b. Knoxville, Tenn.
Willie (506) Cleage, b. Knoxville, Tenn.
Of the descendants of the remaining children of Samuel & Mary (Houston) Ewing I have been unable to obtain any information.
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Putnam (224) Ewing, born April 22, 1776, m. At an early date he went with his brothers Joshua and Samuel to W. Va., where they remained, but he pushed on through Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. “He went to Bath Co., and raised a large family of sons and daughters; many of his descendants live there now. As seen above,one of his sons was Patrick (307). Abel (308), Putnam (309), and Joshua (310) Ewing, triplets, b. circa 1820. Lived Greensburg, Ind.
I know nothing more of Putnam Ewing’s descendants.
Nathaniel (21) & Jane Eleanor (225) (Ewing) Ewing had one son, viz:
Patrick (311) Ewing, b. circa 1800, probably in Kentucky. Know no more.
In order to understand the relations of this unfortunate couple, I make two extracts, one from the will of her father, Capt. Patrick Ewing, dated Feb. 26, 1811, and probated May 25, 1819, in which he gives to his
“Daughter Jane Eleanor (225), 100 pounds, Maryland currency, upon condition that she shall or may have obtained a divorce from her husband Nathaniel (21) Ewing, or in case of his death, and if neither the divorce or death occurs as aforesaid before her son Patrick (311) Arrives to the age of twenty-one, the aforesaid legacy to be paid to Patrick.”
The other extract is from the family sketch, written by his cousin Nathaniel Ewing (son of George (17) Ewing, b. l738) and is as follows, viz:
“Nathaniel (21), who inherited the greater part of his father’s estate and spent it before he was twenty yrs. of age. He married his own cousin, a daughter of Patrick Ewing, and moved to Kentucky, where he behaved so badly that his wife’s brother took her home, and he himself went out with the Kentucky Militia and was killed at Fort Meigs, under General Harrison, dying better than he had lived. He left sons who were bound out to trades, and I understand are now doing well.”
This Nathaniel (21) Ewing was called by the negroes in Cecil County, Md. “Debbil Nat.” on account of his recklessness in galloping about on horseback and trying to ride them down. I have no account of his children except the mention made in above will, of one named Patrick.
Katherine E. (226) Ewing, b. Mar. 19, 1780. I have no further data as to her.
Elizabeth (227) Ewing, b. Nov. 18, 1789, m. Andrew R. Porter. I have no further data as to her.
Patrick (228) Ewing, b. July 7, 1791, d. Nov. 7, 1868, m. Isabella Polk Evans, b. Aug. 5, 1797, d. Mar. 19, l864.
By his father’s will, dated Feb. 25, l8ll, and probated May 25, 1819, the home farm was left to him “On Octoraro Creek, bought of James Gillespie and adjoining George Gillespie.” Here they lived and died and are buried in West Nottingham Church. Graveyard.
They had seven children, viz:
Edwin Evans (312) Ewing, b. Jan. 9, 1824, m. Clara Vaughn Feb. 25, 1863, who died Dec. 21, 1863; 2nd Emma McMurphy, Jan. 15, 1865, Rising Sun, Md., d. Rising Sun, Md., Aug. 20, 1901.
Theodore (313) Ewing, b. Feb. 11, l826, d. Rising Sun, Md., Sept. 30, 1901.
William Pinkney (514) Ewing, .b. May 20, 1828, m. Emma Pike
Jane Ann P. (315) Ewing, b. Dec. 2, 1830
Rebecca Frances Magraw (316) Ewing, b. May 23, 1834, m. William J. Evans
Elizabeth Caroline (517) Ewing, b. m. Nelson Black
Margaret Isabell (318) Ewing, b. Apr. 31, l859, m. James Evans
Edwin E. (312) and Clara (Vaughn) Ewing had no children. Edwin E. (312) and Emma (McMurphy) Ewing had three children, viz:
Cecil (319) Ewing, b. (Resides, Jan. 1902, Rising Sund, Md. He signs Cecil E. Ewing.
Evans (320) Ewing, b.
Ha1us (521) Ewing, b.
Theodore (313) & _____ 1st, & _____ 2nd wife had four children, viz:
Ella (322) Ewing, b. m. _____ Stremmel
Georgia Manassah (323) Ewing, b. , m. _____ McKinney. She lives with her father.
Isabella (324) Ewing, b. m. William J. Freyer, Colora, Md.
Albert (325) Ewing, b. Lives with his father.
Of Wm. P. and four daughters of Patrick Ewing I can give no more information. (314, 315, 316, 317, and 318)
Robert Ewing (214), b. circa 1738.
I have been unable to trace. He may be the Robert Ewing who lived in Baltimore 1750-1775 and raised an orphan nephew, who was Capt. Alexander Ewing, 10th Va. in the Revolutionary War.
Samuel (215) Ewing, b. circa 1740. I have found no trace of him.
Nathaniel (216) Ewing. b. 1741, m. Rebecca Osborn, daughter of Adlai Osborn of Rowan County, N. C. They seem to have lived in Iredell County, N. C., as he settled there in Iredell County before marrying, and his children were born, raised and married there. Alexander, d. in N. C. 1816, and abou t that date Nathaniel removed to Christian County, Ky., where he lived with his son Adlai Ewing, and died there in 1822.
Nathaniel (216) and Rebecca (Osborn) Ewing had six children, viz:
Alexander (326) Ewing, b. d. 1816 in N. C.
James (527) Ewing, b. d. 1818, Christian County, Ky.
Adlai (328) Ewing, b. circa 1780, m. Sophia Wallace, d. 1820, Christian County, Ky.
Nancy (329) Ewing, b. m. _____ Hampton
Annie (330) Ewing, b. m. Moses Stevenson
Jane (331) Ewing, b. m. _____ McClellan
I have been unable to get any information as to descendants of above, except that Mrs. Houston Wallace left a son Adlai Hampton, who lived at Statesville, N. C., and Adlai (328) Ewing, b. circa 1780, m. Sophia Wallace, 1805, in N. C., d. 1820. She died 1848 in Christian County, Ky.
They had seven children born to them in Iredell County, N. C.:
John (332) Ewing, b. d. 1855, Bloomington, Ill.
Rev. Fielding N. (333) Ewing, b. 1811, d. 1880, Decatur, Ill.
Alexander (334) Ewing, b. d. Infancy.
Rebecca (555) Ewing, b. d. unmarried
Eliza (336) Ewing, b. Oct. 28, 1809, m. John T. Stevenson, Apr. 28, 1852, in Christian County, Ky.
Isabella (337) Ewing, b. m. Hon. W. W. McKenzie
Catherine (338) Ewing, b. m. Dr. Thos. F. Howell
John (552) and James S. (559) Ewing, b. had four sons, viz:
James S. (339) Ewing
William (340) Gillespie Ewing, b. m.
Adlai T. (341) Ewing, b. m.
Henry A. (542) Ewing, b.
End of descendants of Joshua Ewing.
James Ewing (5), b. circa 1700, m. Lived Somerset County, Md.
Of him I have little information. Hon. Edwin E. Ewing, Rising Sun, Md., wrote me: “One of the four brothers settled in one of the lower Eastern shore counties, and one of his sons came up to my grandfather’s where he died of consumption.”
From the Register of Wills I received the following, viz:
“R. F. Maddox, Register of Wills for Somerset County”
Princess Ann, Md., July 15th, l89(?)
Wm. Ewing, Esq.
In reply to your letter of July 12th will say that I find the will of James Ewing among the Records in this office. He died in 1794, leaving most of his property to his brother Isaac. Cost of a copy of this will $2.00. I don’t know of any Ewings in the county.
(Signed) Robt. F. Maddox
Reg. W. S. Co.”
This was probably a son of James Ewing, the emigrant. But we must leave this branch of the family here for lack of reliable information. (McSherry’s History of Md. mentions as an officer in the Maryland line Capt. Samuel Ewing, who served six years and was afterwards member of Society of Cincinnatus. (Who was he ? )
Samuel (6) Ewing, b. circa 1710, m. Rebecca George, Dec. 9, 1740, 1st Presb. Ch., Phila.
I will copy here part of Dr. Dubois’ foot note, p. 7, Record Hon. Thomas Ewing’s family, giving information obtained of Amos Ewing about 1842, viz:
Samuel (6) settled in West Nottingham, in the same county. He married Rebecca George, who came from North Wales with a company of Quaker Preachers. He had three sons, Amos (343), William and Samuel (345). The last two having many children removed to the Redstone Country, below Pittsburgh. Amos (343) inherited the family farm, where he died in his 70th year, December 6, 1814, and where his son Amo’s (351), my informant, who has a large and interesting family now resides.”
His g granddaughter, E. E. (559?) Ewing, wrote me in 1882 as follows, viz: (Note- Esther E. Ewing, Colora P.O., Cecil Co., Md.)
“It was the Isle of Bute and not the Isle of Wright the Ewings went to, just after leaving Scotland. I know the Ewings came from Coloraine, Ireland, to this country. Some of the family took part in the seige of Londonderry. My great-grandfather, Samuel Ewing, had four children, Amos (343), William (344), Samuel (345) and a daughter (346). William and Samuel settled below Pittsburgh.”
She continues: “William did not marry. Samuel married and had children. My grandfather, Amos, visited him and at one time brought one of the children, a small boy, home with him on a visit.”
Samuel (6) & Rebecca (George) Ewing had four children, viz:
Amos (343) Ewing, b. 1741, m. Deborah Coulson, 1781, d. Dec. 6, 1811. She died Aug. 11, 1821, and both are buried at W. Nottingham, Md.
They had eight children (343) (Who?)
Samuel (347) Ewing, b. 1782, unmarried. d. 1852
Mary (348) Ewing, b. 1786, d. 1832
Rachel (349) Ewing, b. Dec. 30, 1786, unmarried, d. March 18, 1868
Joseph (350) Ewing, b. 1792, unmarried, d. Sept. 1827
Amos1(351) Ewing, b. July 21, 1795, m. Mary Steel Apr. 12, 1832, d. Oct. 1, 1872
Rebecca (352) Ewing, b. Apr. 6, 1797, unmarried, d. Feb. 8, 1860
Thomas (353) Ewing, b. 1799, unmarried, d. 1880
Miriam (354) Ewing, b. 1805, m. Daniel Clendennin, d. 1832
Amos (351) and Mary (Steel) Ewing lived on the old farm S. of W. Nottingham Church.
They had four children, viz:
Ambrose (355) Ewing, b. Mar. 30, 1854, m. Juniata Banks, Dec. 11, 1867, d. Aug. 5, 1891
Esther Elizabeth (356) Ewing, b. Nov. 28, 1835, unmarried 1897, Colora, Md.
John Steel (357) Ewing, b. July 21, 1838, m. Annie Gillespie Nov. 15, 1873, d. Nov. 3, 1890
Mary Rebecca (358) Ewing, b. Oct. 6, 1842, m. Wm. E. Gillespie, Dec. 18, 1875, Old Home farm.
Ambrose (355) and Juniata (Banks) Ewing had three children, viz:
Bessie E. (359) Ewing, b. Dec. 2, 1868. (Note - Elizabeth? If so she is the E. E. Ewing referred to on p. 53 ... FNT.)
Mary Steel (360) Ewing, b. Jan. 4, 1870
Thadeus Banks (361) Ewing, b. Jan. 14, 1871
John Steel (357) and Annie (Gillespie) Ewing had four children:
Mary E. (362) Ewing, b. May 20, 1875
Sue (363) Ewing, b. June 22, 1878
Anna G. (364) Ewing, b. Jan. 27, 1881
Amos (365) Ewing, b. July 27, 1887
William E. and Mary R. (358) (Ewing) Gillespie had four children, viz:
Amos Ewing (366) Gillespie, b.
Rebecca J. (367) Gillespie, b.
John F. (368) Gillespie, b.
Mary Elizabeth (369) Gillespie, b.
Daniel and Mirriam (354) (Ewing) Clendennin had children:
Edward A. (370) C1endennin.
End of descendants of Amos (343) Ewing, b. 1741.
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Samuel 545) Ewing, circa 1742, m.
A farmer who went from the east (Cecil Co., Md.) probably about 1770, while the Indians (Shawnees) were yet very troublesome in Western Penna., and took out a patent for 400 acres of land in what is now N. Fayette Township, Allegheny Comity, Pa., about eleven miles S. W. of Pitts.” So writes Jno. F. Stonecipher, of Easton, Pa., a g-grandson. This was doubtless the third son of Samuel & Rebecca (George) Ewing, of Cecil Co., Md. Samuel and his older brother William went from Cecil Co., Md., about 1770 (Possibly later.) Removed to the Redstone Country below Pittsburgh.” It is said William never married.
Samuel (345) had seven children, viz:
Amos (371) Ewing, b. circa 1782
William (372) Ewing, b. circa 1784
Samuel (375) Ewing, b. circa 1786
Rachel (374) Ewing, b. circa 1788
Rebecca (375) Ewing, b. circa 1790
Mary (376) Ewing, b. circa 1792
Hannah (377) Ewing, b. circa 1794
Amos (371) Ewing, b. circa 1782, m. They had nine children, viz:
Samuel (378) Ewing, b. Had 1 daughter
Abner (379) Ewing, b. Had 2 daughters
John P. (380) Ewing, b. Had 3 daughters and 2 sons
Amos (381) Ewing, b. Had 1 son
Silas (382) Ewing, b. Had 1 son and 1 daughter
Isabella (383) Ewing, b.
Rebecca (384) Ewing, b.
Letitia (385) Ewing, b.
Miriam (386) Ewing, b.
John P. (380) Ewing, b. m.
They had five children, viz:
Amos (387) Ewing, b. Had 2 sons
Samuel (388) Ewing, b.
Jane P. (389) Ewing, b.
Alice (390) Ewing, b.
Elizabeth (391) Ewing, b.
John F. Stonecipher says: “I have put to-gether all I could get after consultation with my mother, viz:
No.2 occupies the homestead. All his sons are now dead.” (Mar. 16, 1895)
No.3, according to my information, .lived in Beaver County, Pa.
No. 4 worked in foundry in Pittsburg, Pa.
No. 5 married a Mr. Ralston
No. 6 married John Dunlap
No. 7 married Gabriel McGregor
No.8 married Jacob Whitmore (who was my grandfather}
No. 9 lived in Ohio
No. 10 lived many years on his grandfather’s tract of land, teaching some as well as farming. Then moved to Oakdale Station, Pa., where he lived for perhaps twenty years. During last year of his life lived in the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. J. Mathews, East End, Pitts., Pa. Died between one and two years ago.
No. 11 lived in Pitts.
No. 12 lived in Canada, Pa.
No. 13 married Mr. Cole
No. 14 married a Mr. Galbreath
No. 15 married Henry Sturgeon
No 16 lives in Clinton, Iowa
No. 17 lives in Salt Lake City, Utah; married but has no children.
No. 18 is the wife of Rev. R. L. Stewart, Lincoln University, Pa., who can probably give you information as to this branch of the Ewing family.
No. 20 married to Frank Foote, Salt Lake City. Both she and her husband are dead.
He then names three other branches presumably connected with the above, viz: (Major) Samuel & Letitia (McCurdy) Ewing (whom, I know to have been a son of James & Mary (McCown) Ewing, a son of Alexander Ewing, d. 1739), who was an own cousin of Samuel in above. James Ewing (son of Alexander Ewing d. 1739) and William and Jane (Walker) Ewing (a son of John and Jane (Anderson) Ewing, m. May 25, 1777, Gettysburg, Pa., who was also a son of Alexander Ewing d. 1739, Cecil Co., Md. ) all of whom and their descendants are included under the head of “Alexander Ewing, d. 1739"
He then gives a diagram showing descendants of Jacob and Hannah (Ewing) Whitmore, viz:
Hannah Ewing (daughter of Samuel Ewing), d. Feb. 22, 1794. Married 1813, Jacob Whitmore, b. 1791, d. Apr. 1875.
[The next page is suppose to be like a chart. Due to the way the information is typed, I do not think I can present the information the same way it was originally given. Therefore, I have let out about a page of information.]
End of descendants of Samuel & Rebecca (George) Ewing.
Ann (7) Ewing, b. 17__ m. Joseph Cowden (Episcopal Clergyman)
Miss Esther E. Ewing, Colora, Md., wrote me July 14, 1894:
“The Rev. Joseph Cowden did marry a full sister of my great-grandfather. The Cowdens addressed my father as cousin Amos. * * * I am sure the christian name of my great-grandfather’s sister was Ann. * * * This much I do know, Mrs. Ann Cowden was a sister of my great-grandfather Samuel Ewing.” (It is but fair to state that Nath’l. B. Hogg, of Pittsburg, says of this same lady: “Ann Ewing married Samuel Gillespie and had two children, Samuel and Ann,” If he be correct then she must have married twice, for I have conversed with Miss E. E. Ewing
and she is positive the above statement is correct.)
Henry (9) Ewing, b. 17__ Coloraine, Ireland.
He lived at “Ewingsville,” Brick Meeting House Twp., six miles east of Rising Sun, Cecil Co., Md. Of him Dr. DuBois (p. 607, [should be p. 6-7] record Thomas Ewing family) quoting Amos Ewing’s statement, made in 1856, says:
“Henry (9) also lived in East Nottingham, and had three sons, John (392), Moses (393) and James (394). John died about four years ago in the 94th year of his age. Moses the only one that married, left one daughter who now lives in the old family residence.”
(Jane Ellen Byles. See will John Ewing below.)
Samuel S. Jamison, b. June 8, 1827, now living at Burnet, Texas, and a g.g.grandson of John Ewing, (see history below) writes me:
“Old Uncle Henry (9) Ewing was called the most pious Christian gentleman of the age in which he lived, and his sister (Esther Ewing) married James Cowden, June 16, 1724. Their family were as follows:”
He evidently has gotten their christian names wrong. They were Anne Ewing and Joseph Cowden.
I will here quote abstract of the wills of Henry Ewing and his sons, John and James (both unmarried), as they give all information I have of the descendants, viz:
Henry (9) Ewing, Dated March 29, 1809, of Cecil Co., Md., Prob. Dec. 11, 1809
Names “My three sons, John (392), Moses (393) and James (394) my plantation 320 acres.
My daughter, Susannah (395 Gatchel $200
My daughter, Nancy (396) Scott $200
My daughter, Polly (397) 4 years after his death bed &c $200
My daughter Betsy (398) (Ryland) $200 &c.
Heirs of my son Robert (399), deceased, be equally divided &c. $10
My son Henry (400) $10
Executor “My son John” &c
Vol. F.F.V. p. 255
Robert (399)Ewing Dated Dec. 13, 1803, of East Nottingham Hundred, Cecil County. Prob. May 2, 1804
Names land as mortgaged,
&c, balance, if any, to wife
_____ daughter (401)
May 2, 1804, “then came Isabell Ewing and made oath, etc. to will.
Robert (399) was a son of Henry Ewing & is mentioned in above will of the latter in 1809.
Vol. B (9) p. 548
John Ewing (392) Dated Nov. 21, 1852, of Ewingsville, Cecil Co., Md. Prob. Dec. 30, ‘52
Names sisters, Elizabeth Ryland & Nancy Scott each $1
Sister-in-law Margaret Rogers $5
Niece Elizabeth Mahan $100
Jane Ellen (401) Byles, dau. Of Brother Moses $50
Six children of Brother James by Eliza Harris, each $50
Remainder of estate to Nephew Henry E. Gatchell, his wife Elizabeth, their sons, Henry and Samuel, and their daughters Susan and Catherine, share and share alike.
Executor “my friend William Pierce.”
Joshua L. Gatchell
Henry (401) Ewing
Vol. B. 9 p. 244
James (394) Ewing of Ewingsville, Cecil Co., Md. Dated Jun 4, 1844, Prob. June 4, 1844 (sic)
Names “To my brother John Ewing” farm on which he lives
Housekeeper Eliza Harris
Sister Susannah Gatchell, all claims against Elish Gatchell & his son Henry.
Sarah Ann, Margaret, Jane, Mary, Elizabeth, and Susan Ellen Harris”
each one of my gold watches.
A. P. Osmond
Elias P. Kirk
Remainder of estate to my natural children, viz: James by Eliza Scott, daughter of James Scott, late of Thunder Hill, Pa. Sarah, Ann, Margaret Jane, Martin Van Buren, Henry Jefferson, Mary Elizabeth and Susan Ellen Harris, children of Eliza Harris my late housekeeper.”
Pews in brick meeting house to be retained for children until maturity & provides for sending his children to boarding school, &c.
Executors Jon Ewing, Eli Hurford and Benjamin Miller.
Henry & : Ewing, from his will it is evident had nine children, viz:
John Ewing (392) : 1769, unmarried, d. Dec 1852
Moses (393) Ewing : circa 1770,
James (394) Ewing : circa 1772, unmarried, d. May 1814
Robert (395) Ewing : circa 1774, m. Isabel, d. Apr. 1844
Henry (396) Ewing
Susannah (397) Ewing : m. Elish Gatchell
Nancy (398) Ewing : m. _____ Scott
Polly (399) Ewing : m. _____ Ryland
Betsey (400) Ewing
There does not seem to have been any issue of this line surviving, except Jane Ellen (402) Byles, daughter of Moses Ewing, who lived in 1856 on the old farm of her grandfather, Henry Ewing.
John (8) Ewing, b. circa 1700, m.
Of him I can at present only give an extract. from the foot note of Dr. DuBois (p. 6, Record Thomas Ewing) before referred to, viz:
“John lived near to what is now called Principio Furnace, but afterwards moved to the west with his family, a large one.”
Alexander (403) Ewing, (197, p. 27), b. May 28, 1769.
He with two older brothers, William (404) and Samuel (405) and a younger sister, “Kittie” (406) went to Big Trees Village (now Genesee, Livingston Co., N. Y.) 1790. (See L. L. Doty’s History Livingston Co., N. Y) William resided west side of the Geneseo River in August, 1790, when Gen. Amos Hall took the census and I presume his brothers were there also. Samuel living in Williamsburg, Alexander on Fall Brook, just south of where Geneseo now stands, where he had a magnificent farm until after 1798, as his first son (2nd child) Charles W. Ewing was born there Oct. 18, 1798.
Alexander (403) Ewing was married at or near Big Tree (I have understood at Avon Springs) March 2, 1795, to Miss Charlotte Griffith (b. Feb. 14, 1780 and d. Mar. 18, 1843, at Peru, Ind.)
In Doty’s History of Livingston Co. (above referred to) p. 522, Alexander Ewing is mentioned as one of the Committee to build the “Town House” in 1797, Geneseo. In Knapp’s History of the “Maumee Vailey”, p. 409, is the following statement, viz:
“Col. Alexander Ewing was of Irish parentage and born in Pennsylvania, 1763 (1769). At 16 years of age enlisted at Philadelphia in 1779. Established a trading post at Buffalo Creek (now Buffalo City). A few years later, removed to and purchased lands near the village of Big Tree in the neighborhood of Geneseo, Livingston County, N. Y. In 1802 (1800-1) he removed to the River Raisin, where now stands the city of Monroe, Mich. In 1807 to the town of Washington, now Piqua, Ohio. (Harriet Ewing, 2nd, daughter was born at Piqua, Oct. 10, 1806, so his date is wrong. Wm. A. E.) Living there and at Troy, Ohio until 1822. (His daughter Sophia C. (Ewing) Noel in her history of family says:
“He moved from Troy, Ohio, to this place in 1821"
(another error in date - Wm. A. E.) When he went to Ft. Wayne, Ind., where he lived until his death in 1827. He was proprietor of the hotel Known as “Columbia Hall,” on the S. W. corner of Columbia & Market Streets. He served in the war of 1812, holding the rank of Cornet, which corresponds to the-present 1st (or orderly) Sergeant.
(From the date 1763 I have given only a synopsis of Knapp’s account. For a more full account of Alexander Ewing’s farm &c., at Geneseo, N. Y., see Doty’s Hist. pp. 85 l”[Sic] 88, 104, 243, 244, 274 519, 520, 522, 528.
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