The Ewings

The Ewings line starts with your Grandmother WINNIFRED PEARL (EWING) ROBINSON who are of Scottish descent, originally from the West of Scotland, near Glasgow. They were located on the River Forth, near Stirling Castle, in the vicinity of Loch Lomond. Their religion was Presbyterian. The reproduction of the coat of arms, was recognized by the Hon. Thomas Ewing family as coming from Scottish ancestors.  Near the lower middle of the drawing is "Mask Ewing," short for Maskell Ewing.

During the mid-1600's, there was great religious persecution of the Protestants in Scotland. According to the tradition of the Ewing clan, the Ewings of America trace their origin to six stalwart brothers of a Highland clan, who, with their chieftain, engaged in insurrection in 1685, in which they were defeated, their chieftain captured and executed and themselves outlawed. It is told that our Ewing ancestors first went from their seat on the River Forth to the Isle of Bute, in Scotland, and then settled at or near Coleraine, County Londonderry, of Ulster, in Northern Ireland. On July 12, 1690, members of the Ewing Clan took part in the Battle of the Boyne, fought on the river of that name in Eastern Ireland. In this battle, King James II was opposed by William of Orange who was fighting for the Irish Protestants. The result of this battle was the complete overthrow of James, thus forcing his abdication of the throne and establishing the rule of William and Mary. The anniversary of this battle is still celebrated by the Orangemen, or Irish Protestants.

Who were these six stalwart Ewing brothers?  Much research still needs to be done but at this point in time, the brothers might have included:  John Ewing of Carnshanagh; Robert Ewing, father of Alexander; Findley (Finley) Ewing, father of Thomas; James Ewing of Inch Island; William Ewing, father of Nathaniel; and possibly an Alexander Ewing.

It is reported that three Ewing men lost their lives in the Battle of the Boyne. Captain Findley( Finley/ Ffinlay) Ewing, (born about 1650) father of Thomas Ewing Sr. was awarded a silver sword by his sovereign King William in recognition of his bravery during the battle. It is not known what act of valor for which he was honored. But the sword presented was silver-handled and was in possession of the family in New Jersey when it was stolen by a slave and the handle was melted for its metal. Before its theft, it was worn during the American Revolution by Dr. Thomas Ewing, an army surgeon and great grandson of its original owner.  Findley Ewing was a staunch Presbyterian and an ardent advocate of liberty. He married Jane Porter in Londonderry, Ireland in 1694. Recent research leads us to believe that their son, Thomas Ewing Sr. may have been born in 1690 in Londonderry rather than 1695 as has been thought for many years.   He became the first American immigrant of this Ewing line.  There are several references to Captain Findley Ewing's father as being James Ewing of Glasgow, Scotland, born about 1630; however, the proof of this fact remains to be found.

Mrs. Margaret Fife has spent twenty or more years researching the early Ewing Families in America.  In 1995, she published 200 copies of a book, Ewing in Early America.  In her book she lists the children of Findley (Finley/Ffinlay) and Jane Porter based on baptism records for the Burt Congregation just outside of Londonderry. These baptismal records were first obtained by Elbert William R. Ewing and published in his book Clan Ewing of Scotland in 1922.  A short time after he obtained the records from Ireland, a lot of Irish records were lost in a fire.  The possible children were identified as:

WINNIFRED PEARL (EWING) ROBINSON, ELMER ELLSWORTH EWING, ROBERT MILTON EWING, ELIJAH EWING, JOHN EWING JR, JOHN EWING SR, THOMAS EWING, FINDLEY EWING, JAMES EWING, WILLIAM EWING OF STIRLING SCOTLAND

From the Burt Congregation records, we also learn that Findley first lived in Inch Island in Lough Swilley, then moved to Fahan on the east coast of Lough Swilley.  Four of his children were baptized on the 10th of the month -- reflecting the many superstitions of the time.  The siege of Londonderry played a part in the movement of some people during this time.  When looking at the American records in New Jersey, they indicate that besides Thomas Ewing coming to America, his three brothers, William, James, and Robert were also immigrants to America. 

The Naming of Children

You will find, as you look through many Ewing lines, that the same first names were used over and over again!  We don't know if our ancestors consistently followed this system, but here are some helpful guidelines for how children were named:

The first son was named after the father's father. (the paternal grandfather)
The second son was named after the mother's father. (the maternal grandfather)
The third son was named after the father.
The fourth son was named after the father's oldest brother (and continued after other brothers)

The first daughter was named after the mother's mother. (the maternal grandmother)
The second daughter was named after the father's mother. (the paternal grandmother)
The third daughter was named after the mother.
The fourth daughter was named after the mother's oldest sister (and continued after other sisters)

Other Ewing History

Recent research has shed some light on the ships that were used to transport the Ewings from Northern Ireland to America.  The ship, Eagle Wing started transporting people to America as early as 1636.  It was built to carry 140 passengers.  The trip across the ocean would take six weeks or longer to complete.  The fact that the different Ewing families were able to purchase land a short time after their arrival tells us a little bit about their status.  Apparently they were able to pay their own transportation cost to America since we do not find any of them identified as indentured servants.  When you research a number of deeds, you nearly always find that the Ewing men could sign their name.  And, most often, the wife would sign her name with a mark.  This one example appears to indicate the importance placed on the men being schooled and the women not being schooled.


 
3RD GENERATION
(EWING)
 
 
WINNIFRED PEARL (EWING) ROBINSON
BORN AUGUST 13, 1918
IN CARSON COUNTY, TEXAS (AT HOME)
DIED MAY 10, 1979
BURIED IN AMARILLO, TEXAS
 

 
4RD GENERATION
 
EWING (HARRIS)
 
 
ELMER ELLSWORTH EWING
BORN MAY 9, 1866
IN CAMPBELL, KENTUCKY
MARRIED AUGUST 15 , 1908
IN COVINGTON, KENTUCKY
DIED JANUARY 22, 1950
BURIED IN PANHANDLE, TEXAS
 
MAMIE MAE (HARRIS) EWING
BORN JUNE 18, 1888
IN GRANT COUNTY, KENTUCKY
DIED MARCH 10, 1972
BURIED IN PANHANDLE, TEXAS
 

 
5TH GENERATION
 
EWING (PERRY)
 
 
ROBERT MILTON EWING
BORN AUGUST 19, 1838
MARRIED NOV23 1865
DIED IN SEPT 3, 1914
FOUGHT ON THE UNION SIDE DURING
THE CIVIL WAR
 
MARY JANE (PERRY) EWING
BORN JULY 13, 1847
DIED NOVEMBER 27, 1932
 

 
6TH GENERATION
 
 
 
ELIJAH EWING
MAY 6,1797 PENDLETON CO KY
JUNE 24, 1819 PENDLETON CO KY
MOVED TO MISSOURI TO LEWIS CO
SEPT 21,1869 CLARK CO. MO
ELIAZA ANN
BORN FEB 19 ,1839
DIED JULY 1892
 
ELIZIBETH SUSANNA MAKEMSON
JUNE 5, 1800 PENDLETON CO. KY
JUNE 24, 1819 PENDLETON CO. KY
NOV 13, 1878 PENDLETON CO. KY
 
 
 

 
7TH GENERATION
 
EWING (CASWELL)
 
 
JOHN EWING JR
JAN 13, 1758 MARRIED JAN 10,1786
IN CUMBERLAND CO KY 1758 CECIL MD 1832 MORGAN KY DIED APRIL 25,1832 PENDLETON CO KY
ALICE CASWELL 1794
 
 

 
8TH GENERATION
 
EWING DAY (WILLIAMS)
 
 
JOHN EWING SR - BORN JUNE 7, 1732 DATE OF DEATH 1784
 
 

 
9TH GENERATION
 
EWING (MASKELL)
6thTHOMAS EWING born 1695 died Feb 28, 1748 IMMIGRATED TO AMERICA IN 1695 MARRIED MARY MASKELL IN GREENWICH NJ born Sept 4, 1701 and died Dec17 in Greenwick NJ 1784 her mother was Mercy Stathum. MARY MASKELL 'S father was Thomas Maskel
 
 

 
10TH GENERATION
 
EWING (PORTER)
 
7thFINDLEY EWING born 1650 in SCOTLAND his wife JAN PORTER was born 1670 in SCOTLAND

Captain Findley EWING

* Born: Abt 1650, Glasgow, Scotland 18
* Married: 1694, Londonderry, Ireland 26

   General Notes:

Findley Ewing moved from Glasgow, Scotland, to Londonderry, Ireland, about 1685 and there married Jane Porter. He was a staunch Presbyterian and an ardent advocate of liberty.
When serving as Captain under William of Orange at the Battle of the Boyne (1690), he was presented with a sword by his sovereign King William in recognition of conspicuous bravery. It is not known what act of valor he was honored for. But the sword presented was silver-handled and was in possession of the family in New Jersey when it was stolen by a slave and the handle was melted for its metal. Before its theft, it was worn during the American Revolution by Dr. Thomas Ewing, an army surgeon and great grandson of its original owner.
The Battle of the Boyne was fought on the river of that name in eastern Ireland, July 12, 1690. The contestants were the forces of James II and William of Orange. The result of the battle was the complete overthrow of James, thus forcing his abdication and establishing the rule of William an Mary. The anniversary of this battle is still celebrated by the Orangemen, or Irish Protestants.
A very old genealogy chart in the Library of Congress, Manuscripts Division, OV10, lists that Finley Ewing and Jane had four children: William, Robert, Thomas, and a daughter.

   Events:

1. Military Service; 1690. Captain in the Army of William of Orange

   Marriage Information:

Findley married Jane PORTER in 1694 in Londonderry, Ireland 26.

 
 

 
11TH GENERATION
 
EWING
 
8th JAMES EWING IS THE SON OF WILLIAM EWING
 
 

 
12TH GENERATION
 
EWING ROBINSON
 
9thWILLIAM EWING OF STIRLING SCOTLAND
BORN 1620 ( 15 GRANDCHILDREN CAME TO AMERICA BETWEEN 1695 AND 1735 )

William EWING

* Born: Abt 1665, Glasgow, Scotland
* Died: Ireland

   General Notes:

There is universal agreement that William Ewing, of the old Loch Lomond or Glasgow Clan was born within the old clan territory in Scotland within the environs of Stirling Castle. In or about 1685, he emigrated to Ulster, Ireland, near Coleraine where many of his clan kindred had lived for many years. His children were born in Ireland and it is known that he had several wives. The children of William Ewing emigrated to America about 1725 from Coleraine, Ireland and some of them settled in Cecil County, Maryland, some in Pennsylvania, and several in Virginia.
To this branch of the Ewing family, through one of William's sons, belong Adlai Ewing Stevenson, a distinguished lawyer and legislator, Vice-president of the United States in 1893-97; James S. Ewing, United States minister to Belgium during the same period; and many other notable men and women.