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).