Ewing Family


Toohey, Anne, James Ewing, Pioneer, Jackson River, Bath County, Virginia, Ewing (now Knapp) Creek, Greenbrier (now Pocohontas) County,Virginia (now West Virginia), Draft Manuscript, April 11, 1996, Library of Congress, 14 pages. (PDF)

Comments on this article from Wallace Ewing: "I don’t remember when or how I obtained [this] article by Anne Toohey, but I do remember why: it contains substantial detail about Pocahontas James Ewing, his ancestors, and his immediate family—or families. Ms Toohey concludes her article with a section titled “The Life of James Ewing: A Theoretical Outline.” In it, she suggests, as others have, that James married a second time and had a second family. Sadly, there is no hard evidence that James in 1761 took Sarah Edwards as his second wife, but it is a theory that persists. I cannot say the theory is wrong, but I am uncomfortable with it. No one in my branch of the family, that starts with James and Swago Bill, ever mentioned that Swago Bill had half-brothers and half-sisters. With records of correspondence, reunions, and articles dating as far back as the late 1800s, that seems odd. My grandfather, A. E. Ewing, was afflicted with the genealogy bug and talked directly with his grandfather, Enoch, son of Swago Bill, and he corresponded extensively with cousins, uncles, and aunts, none of whom ever alluded to James’s second family. Perhaps the James who married Sarah Edwards was not Pocahontas James. We don’t know for sure, one way or the other, and that’s what makes Ms Toohey’s article even more interesting." (June, 2018)

Campbell, T. Edgar, Josephus/Joseph M. Ewing and His Descendants  (PDF)
Ewing Family J., Vol. 16, No. 2 (May 2010), pp. 1-15. 

"The story of the Josephus M. Ewing branch of the Ewing family is not one of fame or great prosperity, but is of interest in that the lives of its members are very representative of the average agrarian family in the south from 1845 to the 1940s, and the great movement 'off the farm' by so many thereafter. The migration of these Ewings from rural Georgia to rural Alabama, westward to Texas, and, for some, on to Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona, is representative of a pattern followed by countless southerners in search of better and cheaper land, relief from the tyranny of the Reconstruction Era, and perhaps the thrill of adventure."

Ewing, David Neal, Research Report: Euline Benbow's Files
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 2009), pp. 1-6.

David Neal Ewing reports his conclusions stemming from research concerning a confusing statement about John of Carnashannagh that appears in Fife's Ewing in Early America (pp 54-55). His article also provides some lesson-learned advice about conducting genealogical research.

Ewing, Eddie Lee, Using Y-DNA Testing to Prove a Relationship (PDF)
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 2009), pp. 19-20. 

"With the help of David Ewing, Administrator of the Ewing Surname Y-DNA Project, I have been able to use the results of Y-DNA testing of myself and Ronald Arthur Ewing to prove that we are cousins. I am participant EL in the project, and Ronald is participant RA2."

Ewing, George WilliamGeorge William Ewing's Ancestors
Various issues of the Journal of Clan Ewing starting with Vol. 14, No. 3 (August 2008).

In this series of articles by George William Ewing, he discusses his search for, and sorting out of, information about the life and times of two of his ancestors: John Ewing (1754-1832) and James Ewing (1799-1881).

Ewing, Harold F., and William L. Ewing, James Ewing's Ancestry
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 2009), pp. 9-12.

This article traces Harold 'Hal' and William 'Bill' Ewing's ancestor James Ewing (1689-1761) and his descendants from Scotland and Ireland to New England (Massachusetts and Vermont), then to Ontario, Canada, and then to Michigan.

Ewing, John Fredrick, John Fredrick Ewing's Family History (So Far)
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 2009), pp. 7-23. 

This article provides an up-to-date (May 2009) analysis by John Fredrick Ewing of his ancestry. The article includes detailed information about his ancestal Hansen, Ewing, Olney and Smith families. It also includes detailed information about his siblings, his parents and his grandparents and great-grandparents.

Ewing, Martin S., A New Set of Clothes for Edward C. Ewing
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 3 (August 2009), pp. 6-7.

This article provides an interesting, entertaining insight into the life and times of one of Martin S. Ewing's 19th century ancestors, Edward C. Ewing.

Ewing, Richard C., and Cheryl Lee Ewing-Jonsson, Samuel Ewin/Ewen/Ewing: His Life and Descendants
J. Clan Ewing, Vol. 14, No. 3 (August 2008), pp. 24-37.

This article's major purpose is to provide the evidence necessary to establish the presence, prior to 1777, of Samuel Ewing in the newly acquired territory in Pennsylvania below the West Branch of the Susquehanna that was purchased at the Treaty of Albany in 1754 from the Indian Tribes and specifically in the upper region of Shavers Creek. The article also endeavors to distinguish him from other members of the Ewing Family that lived in the region. Finally, the article provides a continuity of direct family ties to a seventh generation branch of the descendants of Samuel and Sarah Ewin/Ewen/Ewing through their son Samuel Jr.

Frobes, David 'Bruce' , Robert Patterson Correspondence to his Wife Amy Hunter Ewing (PDF)
Various issues of the Ewing Family Journal starting with Vol. 17, No. 1 (February 2011). 

In this series of articles, David 'Bruce' Frobes provides transcriptions of thirteen letters that Robert Patterson wrote to his wife, Amy Hunter (Ewing) Patterson, during the Revolutionary War between July 22, 1776, and September 19, 1776.

Gilbert, Jane, Oscar Ewing and His DNA Odyssey (PDF)
J. Clan Ewing, Vol. 13, No. 4 (November 2007), pp. 62-65.

"For me, researching my family history is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle ... a never-ending jigsaw puzzle with a big blue sky. After being at it for thirteen years, I am now at the point where I am working on that dreaded, uniformly-colored, blue sky and progress is painfully slow and arduous. To ease the frustration, I will sometimes just adopt other families to do some quick research on. This is how I came to be so involved with one Oscar Ewing born about 1870 in Maryland, parents unknown."

Hodges, Frank Leroy, II, Frank Hodges' Link to the Ewings
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 3 (August 2009), pp. 1-5.

This article uses the results of Frank Hodges' conventional genealogy research and the results of his Y-DNA tests to consider whether or not he may be descended from a Ewing and what this descendancy might be.

Lehmann, Louis, Reverend William Ewing, Soldier/Preacher from Scotland
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 4 (November 2009), pp. 11-40.

"I have long been studying William Ewing, a Scottish soldier who was said to have been with Braddock at Fort Duquesne before becoming an itinerant Baptist minister. Little has been written about him. Now thanks to a great deal of help from many people, I have discovered much more about his fascinating and tragic life."

Lehmann, Louis, William Ewing, Soldier/Preacher, and his Certain, Almost Certain, Probable and Possible Children
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 4 (November 2009), pp. 41-55.

"The genealogy of William Ewing, Soldier/Preacher, is described in Chapter IX of Margaret Ewing Fife's Ewing in Early America. In recently expanding my research regarding this William Ewing, I decided to try to identify his children and pondered how to best reflect my certainty about his possible progeny. The evidence linking most of them to William is circumstantial and such evidence can vary greatly in persuasiveness. ... In this article, I present my conclusions regarding the children of Soldier/Preacher William Ewing qualified with respect to the certainty that primary and secondary sources identify and support my conclusions."

McClure, Jean, Birthplaces of Pocahontas James Ewing's Children
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 1 (February 2009), pp. 5-8.

This article proves the birth sites for Pocahontas James Ewing's five children using records concerning several tracts of land Pocahontas James owned between 1741 and 1798.

McCorkle, Margrett, Grand-dad Will's Stories
Various issues of the Journal of Clan Ewing and Ewing Family Journal starting with Vol. 14, No. 2 (May 2008).

In this series of articles, Margrett McCorkle provides information about her great-grandfather, William Marion Ewing (1871-1956). Her articles provide genealogical details about him, his ancestors and his descendants. In addition, and more importantly, her articles provide insights about his life and times -- and the life and times of his family -- via a variety of her personal memories and stories her 'Grand-dad Will' told her while she was 'sitting on his knee'.

McEwan, John, What can Y-DNA tell us about Ewings? (PDF)
J. Clan Ewing, Vol. 12, No. 3 (August 2006), pp. 10-17. 

"[It] appears that the Ewings' history can be traced back to the prehistoric hunter-gatherer period in Ireland, they then moved to Scotland sometime in the first millennium, then moved back to northern Ireland again in the 17th Century as Scots-Irish, and then finally shifted to the USA."

McMichael, James R., Out of Scotland and In Ireland (Some Early Ewing History)
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 2009), pp. 1-6.

This article is based on information in E.W.R. Ewing's Clan Ewing of Scotland augmented with information from various research efforts. It was compiled by James R. McMichael and includes the registers of the Burt and Derry Congregations near Londonderry, Ireland.

McMichael, James R., Finding Findley and John
J. Clan Ewing, Vol. 14, No. 3 (August 2008), pp. 1-6. 

A discussion by James R. McMichael of the early-1600 settlement of the Baronies of Raphoe and Inishowen in northern Ireland with an emphasis on two possibly related Ewings, Findley and John.

McMichael, James R., Family Research
Various issues of the Journal of Clan Ewing starting with Vol. 2, No. 1 (February 1966). 

James R. McMichael prepared a series of articles having to do with his ancestral research. These articles appeared in the 1996 Volume of the Journal of Clan Ewing. This 'compendium' web page collects together his three 1996 articles and provides an index to named individuals.

Murrell, Gary, Margaret and Anne Ewing of Rowan County, North Carolina: Sisters of Nathaniel Ewing (1747-1822)
Ewing Family J., Vol. 15, No. 4 (November 2009), pp. 1-10.

This article presents a number of hypotheses that lead to the conclusion that Nathaniel Ewing (1747-1822), Margaret (Ewing) Edmiston (1740/45->1807) and Anne (Ewing) Thompson (1745-1815) were siblings and most probably the children of the Joshua Ewing (1704-1753) of Cecil County, Maryland. The intent is to explain and prove these hypotheses.

Scott, Bill, Andrew Ewing and the Buttercup Dairy Company  (PDF)
Ewing Family J., Vol. 17, No. 2 (May 2011), pp. 11-14.        

"Born in the small village of Stoneykirk, near Stranraer, Scotland, in 1869, Andrew Ewing later moved to Dundee, where he opened his first grocer's shop in 1894. Ten years later he founded the Buttercup Dairy Company, which by the late 1920s had 250 branches in Scotland and northern England, making it one of the leading grocery chains of the time. By 1928 the Buttercup also had its own ultra-modern poultry farm in Edinburgh – one of the largest in the world and known locally as 'Hen City'."

Smith, William R., A Family Story
J. Clan Ewing, Vol. 14, No. 3 (August 2008), pp. 17-19. 

This family story concerns the James and Martha Smith family of Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama. It relates events of many years ago and reveals a potential, intriguing intertwining of Smith and Ewing families as revealed by Y-DNA testing.

Spitler, Jill Ewing, Who Was James, Son of John of Carnashannagh?
J. Clan Ewing, Vol. 14, No. 4 (November 2008), pp. 10-12. 

This article discusses the possibility, supported by Y-DNA testing, that Pocahontas James was not the son of John Ewing of Carnashannagh but that, instead, the son was an ancestor, James Ewing (born ca. 1720/25), of Jill Ewing Spitler and her cousins, among them Eleanor Swineford and Betty Whitmer.

Sproul, William W., Ewing Families of Augusta County, VA
Various issues of the Journal of Clan Ewing and Ewing Family Journal starting with Vol. 15, No. 2 (May 2009).        

In the early Western Virginia settlement period of the mid-1700s, most of the area from the Blue Ridge to the Mississippi was Augusta County, Virginia. There were at least three early James Ewing settlers in Augusta County plus a Joshua Ewing settler, all with large families using similar names and living in close proximity within this area:

      James Ewing of Monroe County (c1722 – <1800)
          lower Greenbrier River area — Indian and Turkey Creeks
     James Ewing of Pocahontas County (1720 – 1801)
          upper Greenbrier River — Ewing/Knapp Creek
     Joshua Ewing of Pocahontas County (1734 – 1810)
          upper Greenbrier River — Locust Bottom
     Captain James Ewing (c1721 – 1796)
          Staunton and Middlebrook areas

I have analyzed these four Ewing families whose overlapping records in the 1700s and early 1800s in the Augusta County area cause so much confusion. I have found various source documents and uncovered various references worthy of further investigation.

various authors , Research in Scotland and Ireland

These articles were commissioned by the Association. Included are a 1991 report about Ewings in Scotland and a 1995 report regarding Ewings in County Derry, Ireland. Also included is a May 2006 update to the latter, County Derry-related, report.