1. John Ewing, of Carnashannagh- 1 2 was born about 1648 3 and died on 23 Sep 1745 4 5 6 about age 97.
Birth Notes: His birth year, 1648, is estimated based on his age at death. And, the birth year could easily be 1649 since his death date is six months, March 25 to Sept 23, into the year.
"John Ewing, the first ancestor known of this family, born about 1650, went from Scotland to North of Ireland...." [Epler, p124]
"'Genealogical record of the descendants of John Ewing, seniror, of Scotch descent, born in the north of Ireland about the year 1660;....'" [Jamison]
In the "Correspondence" note below, John Gillespie says in his March 11, 1919 letter, "You run back to John Ewing of Carnshanagh in the parish of Fahan, co Donegal, Ireland who was born about 1650."
In a letter (1914), to my grandfather from Mrs. R.A. Alexander who says she is a great granddaughter of sister of Ann Ewing, the statement is made that John Ewing was born in Scotland cir. 1648, went to Ireland while young, and according to another letter was in seige of Londonderry 1689. (Rasmussen)
In the February 1995 Journal of Clan Ewing is an article, "John Ewing of Carnshanagh" by William S. Ewing that discusses when John came to Pennsylvania, his death and age at death. You can read the article, but you need to use the Back button on the toolbar to return here
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[Comment: After looking at the sources for John's birth year, it appears to me that the Jamison information may have a typo. It would be interesting to see the handwritten correspondence.]
Death Notes: "Confession of Faith" book, printed in 1700, supposedly brought to this country by John Ewing in 1729. On page 94 of that book is recorded "John Ewing has departed this life September 23rd 1745 in his 97th year of his age. That would make him born about 1648. [See file: John Ewing (1648-1745)]
"Our John Ewing probably died in Chester County, Pennsylvania." [Frederick Co.]
[Comment: Son, William moved to Virginia in 1737 which was eight years before John the father died. It appears to be safe to assume John went on to Virginia with his family. He crossed the ocean when he was 81 and he lives 16 more years. Jim McMichael]
General Notes: of "Carnashannagh" is based on the current day spelling of a townland in Fahan-Upper Parish.
In the Jamison information, four children are listed for John by his first wife; and five children are listed for John by his second wife.
Fife p. 77: "This information from Elizabeth Ewing Jamison in 1821 and from Sallie Jamison in 1875."
The Burt Congregation register gives us additional names of children for John Ewing. Several children died young. But, one key for placing the children with the first wife or second wife is that generally the different sources have five children listed for John by his second wife. If that is the case, Thomas would be a child of John's by his first wife. Also, in one source, Thomas' birth, based on his age at death, can be estimated to be about 1699 and that year appears to put him in the proper sequence of the birth of the children of John. In the church register there is a baptism, 2 March 1712/13, of a son, Thomas, of John Ewing of Inch. [Comment: I am inclined to believe that this Thomas is a son of a different John Ewing. Jim McMichael]
Research Notes: Several sources have been used to document this family:
Records that have been extracted from the Ireland Church records. Some were published in Clan Ewing of Scotland by Elbert William R. Ewing, supplemented by research in Ireeland.
Descendants of John Ewing of Carnshannagh, Parish of Fahan, County Donegal, Ireland the Jamison Information
History and Genealogy of the Epler, Oldwiler, Huckleberry, Carr and Ewing Families by Mrs. Emma Epler Knudson
Ewing in Early America by Margaret Ewing Fife
Noted events in his life were:
1. Burgess: 1689-1700, Londonderry, Ireland. "In Hampton's Siege and History of Londonderry, 1861, p 361, is the statement 'The first meeting of the Corporation of Londonderry after the exclusion of the 'Irish' from the city, was held 2nd January 1689[/90]-Present, John Campsie, Mayor; ----, Aldermen; John M'Kinney, chaberlain; ----- sheriffs; ----- John Ewing, ---- burgesses.' This is probably the John Ewing of Carnshanagh, but I have no certainty of it. [From Jamison information.]
2. Burt Sessions: 1700, Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.7 "June 16 1700
"Wm Ramsay was appointed by the sess: to desire Wm Ewing to come to the sess: if he had any thing to say to it, because Sam: Elder did report to ye sess: that Wm Ewing & his uncle Jo: Ewings wife in derry desired him to speake to ye sess: that the sd Wm should get a new hearing of his business before the sess:"
[Comment: Based on the above, I am inclined to believe that we might have another John in Derry. First, we need to find out what burgess means. (Jim McMichael)]
3. Residence: : Ireland, America.1 "Genealogical record of the descendants of John Ewing, senior, of Scotch descent, born in the north of Ireland about the year 1660 ... fought the Irish armies of James II within the walls of Londonderry the 105 days of the year 1690."
When he came to America he settled in Nottingham tp. Chester Co., Pa. near Octoraro Creek. [Jamison]
From the Ireland Burt church records, we can place John in Ireland and being identified as being from the townland Carnashannagh. In 1691, John's daughter, Martha, was buried and a daughter, Mary, was baptized in 1705/6.
[Comment: It appears that we could assume John continued to live on his farm in Carnashannagh until the time the family left for the American Colonies. But, we do not have anything to know when John got to Ireland or where he was born.]
The article in the February 1995 Clan Ewing journal places John in the colonies in 1729.
The 1730 Tax Record of London Britain Twp., Chester County, PA shows a John Ewing. He is single. This could be the son, John, or the father, John. [Fife, p.64]
4. Correspondence: 1919.8 "So far as I know our lines do not come together. You run back to John Ewing of Carnshanagh in the parish of Fahan, co. Donegal, Ireland who was born about 1650. I go back to Finlay Ewing of the same parish of Fahan, Co Donegal, who was born about 1660. Whether they were of kin it is difficult to say. I have so far gotten no tract of Finlay's brothers or sisters or his ancestors.
"The family tradition that he came from county Dumbarton, is most credible, as he came from Scotland and Ewings of Scotland did all hark back to 'The Lennon'-the counties of Dumbarton, Stirling, with parts of Perth, Renfrew and Lanark. In Dumbarton prior to 1689 there are many Finlay Ewings found, though the name of Finlay Ewing does not appear in after times. The oldest will in this region was of Finlay Ewing of Ladystoun, parish of Bonhill, co Dumbarton in 1585." [From a letter John Gillespie Ewing wrote to Ben F. Ewing, Louisville, Ky., dated March 11, 1919. File: John Ewing 1648-1745]
John married Jennett Wilson- 10 [MRIN: 1] on 3 Dec 1683 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.9
Noted events in their marriage were:
1. Marriage: 1683, Ireland. Registers of Derry Cathedral "Marriages"
1683 3rd Dec, John Ewing and Jennett Wilson, both of this parish, married by licence by Mr. William Ker, clarck.
Birth Notes: Comment: No birth date has been found for Jennett. Based on an average age of 20 years when a female married, she would have been born about 1663. Jim McMichael
Death Notes: Comment: Based on the second marriage of John in September 1701, it is estimated Jennett died in late 1700 which includes Jan, Feb, & Mar 1700/01, or very early 1701. Jim McMichael
Children from this marriage were:
2 M i. Alexander Ewing- 1 was born about 1685.1
Noted events in his life were:
1. Court: 1755, Chester Co., PA.11 Chester Co., PA, Court of Common Pleas, 30 May 1755, Record #555, states:
"Alexander Ewing enters a plea against Peter Mather and Sarah, his wife, by the name and description of Widow Ewing render to him eight pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania which of the 2nd day of November in 1736 indebted herself to the said Alexander Ewing for the sum of four pounds ... since her marriage to the said Peter Mather neither had paid the 8 pounds according to the obligation and interest of the said bill."
"Judgment according to ye report." John Ewing, husband of the above Sarah Jenkins Ewing Mather, wrote his will 17 October 1736 and it was probated in Chester Co., PA on 19 Nov 1736. The money was borrowed 2 November 1736. Alexander Ewing never married.
[Alexander's younger brother , John, married Sarah Jenkins.]
2. Abstracts: Bef Feb 1762, Northern Neck, VA.11 Abstracts of Virginia Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys 1697-1784 Vol. II, which were sent to me by Jean McClure and abstracted by Peggy Joyner from originals in Richmond, make the following revelation regarding Alexander Ewing the eldest of John Ewing and Jennet Wilson. It proves that Alexander Ewing moved to Frederick Co., Va. prior to 10 Feb 1762 and was there with brother, William Ewing, and sister Jean (Ewing) Vance, widow of Andrew Vance who had signed a Tavern Petition in Chester Co., PA and had witnessed the will of John Ewing in 1736 in Chester Co., PA.
A note dated 10 Feb. 1762 states:
“A wart. (warrant) to Alexr Evans/Evin (Ewin being dead it is supposed Jane Vance is heir at law.)” [He is Alexander Ewing. She is Jane Ewing Vance the next living sibling of Alexander Ewing is the widow of Andrew Vance.]
3 F ii. Nancy Ewing- .1
Noted events in her life were:
1. Marriage.12 Northern Neck Warramts amd Surveys, Vol. II, p.25: "Thomas Butler, no warrant, date from survey - 18 January 1749/50 - survey undated 400 acres, where he lives on Cedar Creek; adjacent John Hueston and Andrew Vance. CC [Chain Carrier] William Hueston and John Cook. Surv. John Baylis.
Fife states: "It would seem plausible that Nancy Ewing and her husband ____ Houston might be living on land adjacent the land of her sister, Jane/Jean Ewing and husband, Andrew Vance."
Nancy married Houston- 1 [MRIN: 3].1
4 M iii. John Ewing- was buried in Mar 1698/99 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.13
5 F iv. Martha Ewing- was buried on 30 Sep 1691 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.14
6 F v. Sarah Ewing- 14 was buried on 17 Oct 1693 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.14
7 F vi. Jean Ewing- 1 15 was born in 1694 1 and was christened on 1 Jul 1694 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.15
Noted events in her life were:
1. Marriage.16 Tavern Petitions, Vol. 2, page 28, Chester County, Pennsylvania:"...We James Andrews & Andrew Vance both of ye County of Chester ... witnesses: Jon, Robt Parker"
Fife states: "As an Andrew Vance witnessed the will of John Ewing, Jr. in 1736, and signed a tavern petition with John Ewing in Chester Co., PA earlier, we are confident he is the husband of Jane/Jean Ewing."
Jean married Vance- 1 [MRIN: 4].1
8 M vii. James Ewing- 14 was buried in Apr 1697 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.14
9 M viii. Thomas Ewing- 1 was born from about 1699 to 1700 and died about 1783 in Chester Co., PA 1 16 about age 84.
Noted events in his life were:
1. Birth: : Ulster, Ireland.1 Based on Thomas being listed as the fourth child but he is actually the eight child, he could have been born about 1700. He died at the age of 84 years and had no heirs.
2. Will: : Chester Co., PA.16 "Elizabeth Ewing Jamison indicated that Thomas was the fourth child of John and Jennet Wilson, that he married Nancy Campbell and died at the age of 84 years. His will is located in Chester Co., PA Will Book G page 144 No. 3467 dated 15 Jan 1783. If that is so he was born in 1699."
Thomas married Nancy Campbell- 1 [MRIN: 5].1
John next married Jennet McElvaney- 17 [MRIN: 2] on 4 Sep 1701 in Burt Congregation, Ulster, Ireland.17
Noted events in her life were:
1. Name. Her maiden name is spelled in different forms. In the church record, her name is spelled Janet Micklevenny. But, what is interesting, the townland just above Carnashannagh is Monreagh or Barr of Kilmackilvenny.
Children from this marriage were:
+ 10 M i. John Ewing- 15 was born in 1703,1 was christened on 14 Oct 1703 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland,15 and died after 17 Oct 1736 in Little Britian, Chester, PA.18
+ 11 F ii. Mary Ewing- 15 was born in 1706 1 and was christened on 20 Jan 1705/06 in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.15
+ 12 M iii. William Ewing- was born about 1711 1 and died on 27 Dec 1781 1 about age 70.
+ 13 M iv. Samuel Ewing- 1 was born about 1718,20 died on 24 Aug 1798 in Frederick Co., VA 1 5 21 22 about age 80, and was buried near Stephens City, Virginia.23
+ 14 M v. James Ewing- 1 was born on 14 Feb 1721/22 1 24 and died in 1801 in Virginia 1 24 25 at age 79.
1. _____, "Descendants of John Ewing of Carnshanagh, Parish of Fahan, County Donegal, Ireland" (Based om family information furnished by S.S. Jamieson of Burnet Texas in 1895.)
2. Knudson, Mrs. Emma Epler, History and Genealogy of the Epler, Oldwiler, Huckleberry, Carr and Ewing Families (Springfield, Ill, Illinois State Journal Co., 1913, facsimile reprint from Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA), page 124.
3. Rasmussen, Elizabeth Hillis, Letter to James McMichael. November 20, 1995. (Ewing papers, Samuel Ewing (c1718-1798). Cecil County Historical Society, Elkton, MD.)
4. Ewing, William S., "John Ewing of Carnashannagh" Journal of Clan Ewing. 1.3 (1995):, pages 4-6.
5. Ewing, Evelyn and Jim, The Ewings of Frederick County, Virginia, Emporia, Virginia, Unpublished, Revised 2005, page 10.
6. Roe, Myrtle A., Extracted information from A Confession of Faith for the Kirk of God in the three Kingdoms, Ewing Papers. John Ewing (1648-1745). Cecil County Historical Society, Elkton, MD. ID: John Ewing (1648-1745).
7. Burt Session Minutes Book [1692-1712], Researched by W D Cresswell and David N Ewing ID: Research.Ireland.Ewing.2005, page 5. Cit. ID: Research.Ireland.Ewing.2005
8. Ewing, John G., Letter to Ben F. Ewing, March 11, 1919. Clan Ewing Papers. John Ewing (1648-1745). Cecil County Historical Society, Elkton, MD.
9. Speer, Deirdre, "Research Report for Clan Ewing in America" (Ulster Origins,Stranagard, Desertmartin, co. Londonderry, Ulster, N. Ireland, 1995), Appendix 4, Registers of Derry Cathedral 1642-1703, page 8.
10. Ibid, Appendix 4 Registers of Derry Cathedral 1642-1703, page 8.
11. Fife, Margaret Ewing, Ewing in Early America (Bountiful, Utah, Family History Publishers, Revised Edition, 2003), page 56.
12. Ibid, page 58.
13. Ewing, Elbert William R., Clan Ewing of Scotland (Cobden Publishing Co., Ballston, Virginia, 1922), page 116. Derry Catherdral Register.
14. Ibid, page 115.
15. Ibid, page 118.
16. Fife, Margaret Ewing, Ewing in Early America (Bountiful, Utah, Family History Publishers, Revised Edition, 2003), page 59.
17. Ewing, Elbert William R., Clan Ewing of Scotland (Cobden Publishing Co., Ballston, Virginia, 1922), page 117.
18. Fife, Margaret Ewing, Ewing in Early America (Bountiful, Utah, Family History Publishers, Revised Edition, 2003), page 61. See copy of will on pages 61-63.
19. Ewing, Evelyn and Jim, The Ewings of Frederick County, Virginia, Emporia, Virginia, Unpublished, Revised 2005, Cemetery information.
20. Fife, Margaret Ewing, Ewing in Early America (Bountiful, Utah, Family History Publishers, Revised Edition, 2003), page 76.
21. Knudson, Mrs. Emma Epler, History and Genealogy of the Epler, Oldwiler, Huckleberry, Carr and Ewing Families (Springfield, Ill, Illinois State Journal Co., 1913, facsimile reprint from Higginson Book Company, Salem, MA), page 125.
22. Roe, Myrtle A., Extracted information from A Confession of Faith for the Kirk of God in the three Kingdoms, Ewing Papers. John Ewing (1648-1745). Cecil County Historical Society, Elkton, MD. ID: John Ewing (1648-1745), page 96.
23. Ewing, Evelyn and Jim, The Ewings of Frederick County, Virginia, Emporia, Virginia, Unpublished, Revised 2005, page 65.
24. Fife, Margaret Ewing, Ewing in Early America (Bountiful, Utah, Family History Publishers, Revised Edition, 2003), page 80.
25. Ewing, Nancy Hanks, "James Ewing Pioneer, Volume I" (Unpublished, Compiled by Barbara Ewing Powell, Volume I, 1994), page 64.
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