This site provides information about four Ewings - Findley, James, John and Robert - who all lived on or near Inch Island, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland, in the mid-1600s. They were possibly brothers or cousins. The primary focus is on the descendants of James Ewing of Inch, born circa 1665 in Inch, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland.


Scope and Emphasis


The following diagram depicts the scope of this web site and shows, by using ovals of different sizes, the relative emphasis on different individuals.


As shown in the diagram, Findley, John and Robert are only briefly treated here; the information about them is merely a copy of what appears in Fife's book Ewing in Early America. This quite sparse information about them is included to provide a 'community context' for James Ewing of Inch, that is, information about some of the other Ewings contemporaneously living in the Inch Island area.


Data concerning ten-plus generations of descendants of James Ewing of Inch are included. As depicted in the following diagram, there are also considerable data about the families which 'married into' the the James Ewing of Inch line. This web site therefore describes a genealogical 'forest' -- the James Ewing of Inch 'tree' is primary, but trees for several other, collateral families are included. [Note: These other families are not yet explicitly identified; they will be in future versions of the web site.]


Southwestern Pennsylvania Settler Descendants of James Ewing of Inch


James Ewing of Inch's descendants emigrated to the U.S. in the early- to mid-1700's, initially settling in the area at the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay. From there, they moved west, circa 1770 after the end of the French and Indian War, to the Pittsburgh area in southwestern Pennsylvania.


Primary among these migrants to what was then the frontier was Squire James Ewing (1733-1825), a grandson of James Ewing of Inch. As shown in the following diagram, Squire James was accompanied, contemporaneously and subsequently, by a brother (Moses), a nephew (Alexander), and several cousins once and twice removed. Collectively, these six Ewings were a major force in settling the area in and near Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. For a summary discussion of these settlers, their relationships and their descendants click here. Click here for additional information, and links to detailed data, about the six Ewings who settled Southwestern Pennsylvania just before and after the Revolutionary War.


Note that this accounting of the settlers of southwestern Pennsylvania is incomplete. First, it does not treat the distaff side: Martha (d/o Alexander) married Elisha Cowgill (s/o John Cowgill) and Esther (d/o James Ewing of Inch) married James Cowden. It is likely that the Allegheny County settlers included Cowgills and Cowdens intermarried with James Ewing of Inch descendants; this has yet to be researched.


The second incompleteness concerns Ewings who settled near Redstone (near current-day Uniontown) in Fayette County perhaps prior to the settlement of the area around Robinson Township. These early Fayette County settlers are yet to be researched. Also yet to be researched are Ewings who settled areas in the current-day Washington and Beaver Counties.


Data About Living Individuals


Unless permission has been given to post more detailed information, only parentage, marriage and child information is given for people known to be living or presumed to be living for lack of data concerning their death or burial.