The Y-DNA Project of the Ewing Family Association welcomes your questions and comments:

Membership in the Ewing Family Association is open to all persons with the surname of Ewing or who are descended from anyone with that surname; to anyone who is, or has been, the spouse of such a person; and to anyone who otherwise supports the Association's purposes.

Benefits of Membership

Participation: Members are encouraged to attend biennial Gatherings at historically significant locations around the United States.  We expect to have a presence at Scottish heritage events, such as Highland games, where we expect to represent and support Clan Ewing.  Members are invited to attend EFA meetings to help plan and vote on new initiatives. Members are welcome to participate in our online discussion forum and on our Facebook page.

Journal: Membership in the Ewing Family Association includes a subscription to its Journal, a quarterly publication providing material of interest to people having a Ewing heritage or an interest in the Association's activities. Members may elect to receive electronic (PDF) versions of the Journal rather than printed versions; electronic versions are delivered more quickly and are in color.

Individuals considering membership should consult the online copies of Past Issues of the Journal, noting that online copies are available only for very early volumes, currently up through Volume Six which was published in 2000. A better sense of what the Journal offers can be gained by requesting a complimentary copy of the latest issue from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Membership List: Members of the Ewing Family Association may, once per calendar year, obtain a copy of the current Membership List at no charge by sending a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Association Membership List is provided only for personal, non-commercial use.

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Individual Memberships

See the How to Join or Renew page. Dues are $30 per year.

Individuals may join at any time during a calendar year. Those who join prior to the end of July will be considered members for the current calendar year and will receive all of the issues of the Journal for the current calendar year. Those who join after the end of July but before the end of October will be considered as members for the following calendar year and will, as a courtesy, receive a copy of the current year's November issue of the Journal. Those who join after the end of October will be considered as members for the following calendar year.

Library/Institutional Memberships

Library Memberships are available at $20 per calendar year. Members may sponsor Libraries Memberships by submitting a Regular Membership Form identifying the libraries.

Libraries or other institutions may directly join and will receive all issues of the Journal for the calendar year in which they join. If they join after the end of October, they will be considered as members for the following year but receive all issues of the Journal. To join, they should complete a Membership Form indicating the information for a contact person.

Membership Renewals

Renewal Reminders are sent in mid-October and should be returned, with payment, by the end of the year. See the How to Join or Renew page to renew on-line.

Members not renewing by the beginning of March in the next calendar year will be considered "delinquent" and dropped from the roll of active members. If delinquent members later pay their dues, they will be reinstated and receive copies of the Journal issues published during the calendar year in which they become reinstated.

Renewal Reminders will identify the member's Gift Memberships and any Library Memberships they are sponsoring. The recipients of Gift Memberships and sponsored Library Memberships will not be sent Renewal Reminders; it is up to the gifting/sponsoring Regular Member to renew these memberships.


The Association welcomes additional contributions to help support its activities and projects. Unrestricted contributions are preferred, but you may restrict your donation to be used for specific activities, for example to pay for Y-DNA testing of those who cannot pay the test fee themselves or to support other specific projects or activities.

Contributions can be made through the EFA home page or during the online membership application / renewal process. Such funds are credited to our General Operating Fund. If you want a donation to be credited to a specific activity, you will need to send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Of course, contributions may be sent by US Mail to the EFA Treasurer (see address at bottom of EFA home page) accompanied by a cover letter indicating any restrictions on the use of the contribution.

Tax Status

The Ewing Family Association is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.  In exchange for your dues you have received a subscription to the Ewing Family Journal with an estimated value of $20 per year.  Therefore, you may be eligible for a $5 tax deduction with payment of your annual dues.  Library sponsorships, gift memberships, and special donations may be tax deductible as well.  Thank you for your support!

Our organization grew out of the hobby of Rev. Ellsworth Samuel Ewing (1908-1995), who traveled around the USA meeting with Ewings, often staying in their homes and collecting genealogical information. His had the idea that many, if not most, American Ewings were descended from one William Ewing of Stirling, Scotland. In the early 1990s he and others organized Clan Ewing in America, which was originally intended to be an organization for just members of that family line. This organization initially focused on thirty-three Ewing individuals known to have immigrated to America before 1776, mostly from Ireland and Scotland and mostly to the Middle Atlantic states.

2012- current

Wallace K. Ewing

(bio: See Leadership. )


David Neal Ewing

(bio: See Leadership. )



George William Ewing

George William Ewing is Past Chair and Chancellor of the Ewing Family Association and sixth great-grandson of John of Carnashannagh - is a native of Muncie, Indiana, and has been a resident of Battle Creek, Michigan, since 1963. Now retired, he and his wife Marilyn spend the winter months in Boca Raton, Florida.


Joseph Neff Ewing, Jr.

Joe Ewing is descended from Nathaniel Ewing (c 1693-1748), who was born in Ulster and emigrated to Cecil County, Maryland in about 1725. Joe’s ancestors moved to Uniontown in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, after a one-generation stopover in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then back East to the Philadelphia area, where Joe still lives. After serving on active duty in the United States Marine Corps in two separate hitches totalling 3 ½ years and graduating from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he practiced law in Philadelphia and its suburbs until he retired in 1995 at the age of 70.

Joe and his wife Peggy have been married about 61 years and have three daughters and seven grandchildren. Both have been extremely busy in their genealogical work. In addition to the Ewing line, both their families have extensive connections to early Pilgrim and Puritan families in Massachusetts; Joe’s Neff line came from Switzerland; and he also has a Swedish ancestor who came into the Chesapeake Bay area in 1642.

Joe has been active in the Ewing Family Association since its inception as Clan Ewing in America and has attended all the family gatherings except the first. He was its first Board Chairman 1993-1998 and then served as Chancellor until 2004.


Margaret Ewing Fife (1917-2002)



Rev. Ellsworth Samuel Ewing (1908-1995)

Rev. Ellsworth Samuel Ewing was the founder of the Ewing Family Association (originally known as Clan Ewing in America) and served as its Chancellor from 1993-1995. Prior to the incorporation of the organization in 1993, Ellsworth traveled around the country meeting with Ewings interested in genealogy, often staying in their homes and gradually building an informal network of folks who shared an interest in Ewing genealogy and family history.

Please contact the EFA Genealogist, Karen Avery, through our Contact Form.

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It is very important to provide us the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Indicate if you are a member of the Ewing Family Association
  • Give the name of your earliest known Ewing ancestor, if available.

Then ask your question!

In your query for the Genealogist, please be as specific as you can.  You need to include full names, the locations where born, married, lived and died.  Known maiden name of females is also very helpful in identification of a couple. Possibly your ancestor may already be known to us. Be clear about what information you are seeking.  We also encourage you to write an article about your family history to be shared in the Ewing Family Association Journal.  Often other members share ancestors with you.

Membership in the Ewing Family Association is open to all persons with the Ewing (or similar) surname, to Ewing spouses, to anyone descended from a Ewing, or to anyone who supports the Association's purposes.

New Membership: If you would like to join the Association, please submit the Membership Form on-line. You will be asked for the $30 dues payment by credit card. If you'd rather not join through the on-line process, you can print and submit a paper form (PDF) and mail along with a check for $30 dues.

Renewals:  Please submit the Membership Form on-line, and check the "renewal" box.  You may also return the paper renewal form you should have received by postal mail along with a check for the dues.

For full information on the benefits of membership and other details, please consult our Membership page.  There are also options for Institutional (Library) Memberships, and charitable donations.


The EFA depends heavily on the labors of its volunteer leadership, including its Board of Directors, Officers, and Activity Coordinators.  The Chancellor and Board were elected by the membership at the 2016 Gathering, while other officers were elected at the 2016 Board meeting.

Board of Directors

The Board is elected at EFA's general meetings, normally at its biennial gatherings.  The immediate past President of the EFA is an ex-officio member of the Board.

Chairman Beth Ewing Toscos
Members Karen Avery
  Lynn Coughlin
  Daniel C. Ewing
  Larry E. Ewing
  Martin S. Ewing
  Walter E. Ewing
  Terry Ewing Schulz
  Wallace K Ewing (immediate past Chancellor)
  Jane Ewing Weippert


The Chancellor is elected by the membership to be the chief executive officer, while the Board Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected by the Board, according to the EFA Bylaws.

Chancellor Beth Ewing Toscos
Board Chair Beth Ewing Toscos
Treasurer Lynn Coughlin
Secretary Jane Ewing Weippert

Activity Coordinators

The EFA sponsors a number of special activities which are under the direction of our Activity Coordinators.  These are posts are appointed by the Board of Directors.

Genealogist Karen Avery

Ewing Surname Y-DNA Project Administrator

David Neal Ewing
EFA Forum Coordinator, Webmaster Martin S. Ewing
Archivist Daniel C. Ewing
Membership Terry Ewing Schulz

Biographical Information

Our leadership positions are filled by persons of wide experience and high dedication, as the following short biographies will show.

Karen Avery
Genealogist and Board Member

Karen began genealogical research in 1995. Soon thereafter she discovered and joined Clan Ewing in America.  Her mother's Ewing family ancestry had long eluded numerous researchers until Karen discovered possible ancestors residing in Ashford, Connecticut in 1732.

In 2008 Karen began serving on the Board of Directors. She also has served as Genealogist since 2009 and keeps a personal Ewing database containing more than twelve thousand Ewing-born individuals. Karen will be happy to search her data base in order to help others in their search for ancestors.

Born and raised near Fort Wayne, Indiana, Karen is the wife of Commander Robert Avery, USN, Retired. Duty stations during twenty-four years of military service included tours on both the East and West coasts, Gulf of Mexico, Guam and Hawaii before the family retired to Northern Virginia in 1984.

Linda (Lynn) Coughlin
Treasurer, Board Member

Lynn became EFA Treasurer in 2012.


Daniel C. Ewing
Archivist and Board Member

Daniel C. Ewing has belonged to the Ewing Family Association since the Gathering in Fort Wayne in 2006.  His interest in family genealogy goes back to the childhood story that his ancestor came from Ireland.  Dan didn’t really pursue the story until perhaps twenty years ago when he began his search at the Fort Wayne Library's Genealogy Center.  There he documented the arrival of his great-grandfather, George Alexander Ewing and his brother Robert Shaw Ewing in 1850.  The boys stayed with their Shaw uncles in Michigan, where the family stayed for four generations.  Dan has studied his branch of the Ewing family and a few other related families.  George A. Ewing’s father, Samuel, was born c1790 in Londonderry, married Jane Shaw c1830 and died March 1845 in Londonderry.

Dan lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, married to Lois, has four children and five grandchildren and is active in a Consulting Engineering Practice with his former employer. This year Dan and Lois will celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

David Neal Ewing
Ewing Surname Y-DNA Project Administrator, Board Member, Past President

David Neal Ewing has been a member of the Ewing Family Association since 1996 and has served as its Chancellor from 2006 to 2012. He previously served as Chair of its Board of Directors from 2004-2006. He is also Administrator of the Ewing Surname Y-DNA Project, which he founded in 2004, and he is a regular contributor to the Association's Journal.

Dr. Ewing has a private practice in clinical geriatric neuropsychiatry in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his M.D. degree from the University of New Mexico and did his residency training at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Martin S. Ewing
Forum Coordinator, Webmaster, Board Member

Martin S. Ewing is the great-great-great-grandson of Noble Ewing (ca 1783-1846). A member of the Association since 2008 and elected to the Board in 2012, he has established the Association's Forum and the current web site, building on the work of Bill Riddle. His computer has data on over 3,000 forebears, mostly English, but a select few are Ewings and Scots-Irish.  His branch of the Ewing family centers in Massachusetts. The likely connections to other American Ewings are the subject of much of his genealogical interest.

Martin is retired from careers in astronomy, engineering, and information technology. He graduated from Swarthmore College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He maintains an active interest in amateur radio. Martin is married to Eva Reissner Ewing; they live in Branford, CT.

Wallace K. Ewing
Chancellor and Board Chair

Wallace K. 'Wally' Ewing considers himself a lifelong resident of the Grand Haven area, although his schooling and career has taken him to many other places around the world.  He was elected Chancellor and Board Chair of the EFA in 2012.

Wally's pre-college education was in schools in Grand Haven and Chicago. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and received his bachelor and master degrees from Michigan State University in 1962 and 1964. He completed his doctoral studies in English at the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1971. He has taught at Michigan State University, Iowa State University and the University of Illinois. He was a Fulbright Lecturer in Tehran, Iran; he worked for the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa; and he supervised English teachers in Puerto Rican public schools. Wally was Dean of the College at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. It was upon completion of his work there that he returned to his hometown for good.

Upon retirement from the Red Cross in 1995, Wally worked as Curator of Education at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum for two years and subsequently became a volunteer for the Museum. In recognition of his work, the Museum twice named Wally 'Historian of the Year'.

In August, 2006, Wally married Betty Jane Pickel Livingston, and, after a two-week honeymoon in England, the newly-married couple flew to Dalian, China, where Wally taught English writing and literature to Juniors at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics.

Wally and Jane returned to Grand Haven, where Wally continues to research and write about local history and family genealogy. He has co-authored several books and articles on local history, including Grand Haven Then and Now, released in late 2009, and “Poet in Repose,” an article about the dozen or so summers that the poet Edgar Lee Masters spent in the Grand Haven area. He has also published Our People, Their Stories, bios of local people; Covenant Life Church 1988-2013, a 25-year history; and Substance and Light, 75 Years of the West Michigan Symphony. In 2011, Wally published three more books: Ace in Spoken English, a text book for Chinese university students learning English; Slaves Soldiers Citizens, African Americans in Northwest Ottawa County; and From Home to Trench, the Civil War Letters of Mack and Nan Ewing.

Walter E. Ewing

I go by the nickname of "Major" as a result of my passion for Living History and the rendezvous name I was given. I was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in 1957.  My mother is Isabel Maria born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1937 (surname: Perea-Urdaz), and my father is Walter Lavern Ewing born in a farmhouse near Dewitt,  Michigan in 1931.

I grew up all over the world during my father's Air Force Career (1950-1973) and attended 12 different schools, including 4 different High Schools.  I graduated in 1975 from Shepherd (Michigan) HS.

I then attended Central Michigan University where I graduated with a BS (1979) and MS (1980) in Outdoor Recreation and Field Biology.  I enjoyed being part of the Orienteering Team and maintaining my involvement with immediate family, playing in various bands, and enjoying outdoor adventures.  I was also commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the Army through CMU's ROTC program.

I spent 1979-1995 as career Army officer in the Infantry and then Quartermaster Corps, travelling to many parts of the US and some overseas tours.  I continued to participate in outdoor adventures, enjoyed travelling and visiting new places and people, and was involved in the Boy Scouts and church.  I retired in 1995 as a Major.

I transitioned into my second career, and began teaching science (Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Outdoor Education), starting in Texas and ending up back in Michigan.  I enjoy incorporating strategies such as: Field Labs, Experiential and Challenge Based Learning, Service Learning Projects, and Cooperative Learning Groups.  I have coached Cross Country and sponsored Drum Lines.  I currently teach High School Science at Quest HS in Fremont, Michigan and am especially working with at risk students.

I now live an hour from work with my golden-hearted wife Rachel (also an educator) and our Golden Retriever in Canadian Lakes, Michigan, a pleasant “woods and water” type resort community.  My two sons (from first marriage) are grown up and are also military veterans; living in North Carolina and Germany.  They both are now starting families of their own, and I am a proud Grandpa-- of one grandson so far.

Overall I enjoy:  outdoor recreation activities in all seasons, especially fishing, canoeing, camping, and hunting; playing musical instruments and leading dances, primarily ‘traditional folk’ style; conducting folk music and art workshops as part of the Wheatland Music Organization; being involved in my church activities, in particular playing drums in the Praise Band. I especially have a passion for performing/conducing Living History Programs as a re-enactor (with my wife), especially as a Voyageur of the Great Lakes Fur Trade era, and actually canoeing the Great Lakes and doing interpretive programs with a group of Voyageur re-enactors in a replica 34ft Trade Canoe.

I will be retiring from teaching in a few years.  I anticipate a ‘third career’.   I hope to teach Community College classes, and perform/conduct Living History Programs around the state.  Thereafter, my wife and I plan to volunteer at local community events, travel abroad, travel south for the winter, enjoy more outdoor adventures, and stay involved with our family.

I look forward to being an active member of EFA and interacting with my ‘newly found’ relatives – our DNA and family heritage have brought us together.

Terry Ewing Schulz

Terry and her husband Tom, have lived in Waterford, Michigan for most of their 44 years of marriage.  They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.  Terry worked for GMAC Mortgage Corporation until GM's demise in 2008.  She was a nationwide corporate trainer for Operations and Sales.

Terry Ewing Schulz found Clan Ewing of America back in the late 90's when she began her genealogy journey.  In 2010 she officially joined Ewing Family Association in high hopes for breaking through her "brickwall".  She is searching  for information on Joseph or Samuel Joseph Ewing married to Mary Ann Pinkerton around 1860, and their son Harry Eugene Ewing born 1865 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.   She attended her first EFA Gathering this year and has joined the Board of Directors, as well as the Activities and Membership Committees.

Beth Ewing Toscos
Secretary, Board Member

Beth Ewing Toscos has belonged to the Ewing Family Association since 2004. Her interest in genealogy reaches back to the early 1970s when she first visited Scotland. More recently she embarked on a genealogical search for her earliest Ewing immigrant. After extensive research with the assistance of her sister, Jane Weippert Ewing, and cousin, Karen Avery, that vital fact still remains elusive. However, Beth has learned a tremendous amount about her father's family. The Ewing Surname Y-DNA Project has confirmed her family's place within the larger Ewing group.

In 2006, Beth assisted with the Association's Gathering in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Beth and her husband, Michael, reside in Fort Wayne. Beth has a B.S. from Purdue University and has worked as a Human Resources professional for the past 30 years.

Jane Ewing Weippert
Board Member, Membership Coordinator

Jane and her husband, William, live in rural Cecil, Ohio where they raised three daughters.  Jane worked for over thirty years as an office manager for her Ewing-family landscape business that her father started in 1952.  A grandma of five, Jane now enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
Jane has been interested in genealogy since the early 1990's and has been a member of the EFA since 2004.  She served as the EFA Treasurer from 2008-2012.  Jane's dad (deceased) is the RC in the YDNA Project.

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