A history of the Ewing family migration
Around the turn of the 18th century, the earliest known Ewing ancestors were living in a small village just outside of Londonderry, Ireland called Inch Island. The country was at war at that time, and many families were impoverished.
The head of the Ewing family, James, was a soldier who fought bravely during that war. He was so brave in fact, that King William presented him with a sword for his valiant efforts during the Battle of the Boyne.
James Ewing (1670 - ?)
Records indicate James went on to have several children (with an unknown wife), including four Ewing brothers, who would emigrate from their native Ireland to Cecil County, Maryland in the early 1700s.
The brothers were John, Alexander, Henry and Samuel.
John was the oldest of the brood. He headed west after arriving in Maryland and his descendents can be found in Ohio and Kentucky, according to a family history written by Lucy E. Lee Ewing.
The three remaining brothers made their way to Pennsylvania, just north of the Maryland border. Alexander and Henry settled in East Nottingham, census and land survey records show, which later became known as Ewingville. Samuel settled in West Nottingham.
Alexander became the father of five sons and many daughters. His sons were William, George, Alexander, and twins, James and John. Samuel married a woman named Rebecca George (who came from North Wales with Quaker preachers).
Henry Ewing (1701 – 1782)
“Old Uncle Henry” was the fourth brother and believed to be the twin brother of Samuel. He is also the Ewing from which Teddy Lynn Ewing is a direct descendant.
Uncle Henry was once called, "the most pious Christian gentleman of the age in which he lived."
On Aug. 7, 1738 Henry applied and received a warrant for 150 acres of land in what is today known as Lower Oxford Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He applied and received an additional warrant for 25 acres on May 24, 1748. The property he lived on over the years was taxed under different jurisdictions, though he lived on the same land throughout his life.
He appeared on the Tax Rolls of East Nottingham Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania from 1732 to 1735. From 1735 to 1740 and 1750 to 1751 he was taxed in the newly created Londonderry Township and then Oxford Township (now Lower Oxford Township).
Henry married Jane Allen. They had three sons and many daughters. The oldest son, James, was born in 1725 in Donegal, Ireland, according to records. His younger brother Henry was born two years later in Philadelphia, PA. It is not known when the third brother John was born.
A copy of the will of Henry Ewing can be found in Chester County, PA Will Book G on Page 200, No. 3531. In it Henry writes, “To my son, James the Plantation he now lives on … The land I now hold, if undivided at my decease to be divided equally between sons Henry and John.”
James Ewing (1725 – 1785)
Henry gave his oldest son James 36 acres from the southern part of his Warrant sometime after 1754. James applied for an additional 20 acres on March 1, 1759, according to records. On June 6, 1750 he applied for 20 more. Interestingly, James had 120 acres of land on his final land survey, which reflects the inaccuracies of land survey in those days.
He married Elinor Armstrong Auld who had a daughter, Elizabeth Auld. The two had many more children together: Alexander, James, Jean, Moses, Henry, John, Matthew and Samuel.
His will reads, briefly:
“To my beloved wife Elinor, 1/3 of all my real estate during her natural life. To my four sons VIZ: Alexander, James, John and Moses, the sum of £5 each, two years after my decease. To my step-daughter, Elizabeth Auld, one English Guinea. To my loving daughter, Jean, one feather bed, bed cloathes [sic] and bed stead, side saddle worth £5, and £5 four years after my decease. To my loving sons Matthew and Samuel the resideu [sic] of my personal estate together with my real estate after legacy paid. My loving wife Elinor to be sole Executor.”
Samuel Ewing (1769 – 1843)
Samuel Ewing was the youngest son of James. He inherited, along with his brother Matthew, his father’s farm located in what is now Lower Oxford Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Samuel married Martha Carver, and the two had a son and a daughter: Samuel Jr. and Mary.
He wrote his will on Feb. 5, 1841, stating:
“Unto my beloved wife Martha Ewing, the sum of $50 per each and every year during her natural lifetime and to be paid to her out of my estate … I give and bequeath my beloved son Samuel Ewing all the ballance [sic] of my real and personal estate to him his heirs and … I will and bequeath to my daughter Mary Intermarried with William M. McDowd the sum of $1 to be paid to her by my son Samuel Ewing in one year after my decease and I do by these presents appoint my beloved Wife Martha Ewing sole Exeutor of my last Will and testament.”
Samuel’s will was probated on June 1, 1843.
Samuel Ewing (1820 – 1892)
Samuel Jr. didn’t stick around the family farm for long after his father’s death. At the age of 25, he sold his land and moved with his wife, Philadelphia native Eliza (Lizzie) Duffee, to Fulton County, Illinois. The couple had nine children while living in Illinois. Eight of them lived: John, Andrew, Mary, Samuel, Frank, Cassius and Melvin. (One son Marion died as a baby.)
After 22 years in Fulton County, the family relocated to McDonough County, Illinois for another two years. Samuel, with his family, reached Wayne County, Iowa in 1865 settling first in Confidence before purchasing what is now Ewing Farms from John and Mary Elston for $19.12 per acre.
Records indicate Samuel had real estate assets totaling $2,000 and a personal estate of $1,650 at the time. When Samuel died, the farm encompassed 130 acres of well cultivated land. Crops included hay and pasture. His second son Andrew, who worked for his father as a farm hand, inherited the land.
Andrew Ewing (1848 – 1928)
Andrew came with his parents and siblings to Wayne County when he was about 17 years old and remained there for the rest of his life. He married Margaret Westlake at the age of 23, and the couple had two children: Raymond and Nettie.
An "Inventory and Apprasement Bill" prepared around the time of Andrew's death on March 27, 1929 shows Ewing Farms had grown to encompass 560 acres and was appraised for $31,000.
Andrew's only son, Raymond, then inherited the land and, like his father and grandfather before him, farmed the land his nearly entire life (with the exception of a year spent in Nebraska and four more spent in hospital after suffering a stroke later in life).
Raymond Ewing (1872 – 1955)
Raymond was married to Cora Torr on Nov. 15, 1893 when he was 21 years old. The couple had one son, Alvin. On a World War I draft card, Alvin is described as "medium" height and "medium" build, with dark blue eyes and dark brown hair. He, too, was a farmer by occupation.
“One of his greatest enjoyments in life was visiting with friends and relatives,” according to his obituary. “He will long be remembered for his loving kindness by his family and host of friends.”
Alvin inherited the family farm after his father Raymond died in 1955. He lived on the land with his wife Eva Isis Clark, whom he married on March 12, 1919. The couple had two children: (Wayne) Carrollton and Mary.
Alvin lived his life as a farmer in Wright Township, Wayne County, Iowa, according to his obituary. He was a member of the New Providence Baptist Church of Confidence. He died in 1969.
(Wayne) Carrollton Ewing (1920 – 1994)
Carrollton married Doris Frame on Nov. 26, 1939, and they had two children: Teddy Lynn and Karen Kay. He farmed the land in the 1940s and '50s but was plagued with severe pain in his back and arms. Initially doctors were unable to find any problems, according to a newspaper article, but eventually Carrollton was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his spine just below the skull. Doctors were able to remove the tumor, but the surgery left Carrollton without the use of his arms or legs. By the time he was 38, Carrollton was paralyzed.
In 1964 Carrollton's son Ted took over the family business, and by 1972 Carrollton went to live at the Corydon Care Center. He lived there more than 30 years, and Doris moved to Corydon so she could visit her husband every day. (Their living arrangement and Carrollton's experience at the care center would eventually inspire grandson Jeff to develop several senior living facilities in Iowa.)
Teddy Lynn Ewing (1945 – )
Teddy Lynn Ewing was born in 1945 and married Judy Ann Williamson on June 15, 1964. The couple has two sons — Todd Brian Ewing born on Jan. 20, 1965 and Jeffrey Garth Ewing born on April 18, 1967. Teddy Lynn currently owns Ewing Farms and manages the business with help from his sons. The family continues to grow hay and pasture, as well as soy.