James McEwen, my gr gr gr gr grandfather, was born in NC about 1785 and died in Mahaska County, Iowa between 10 May 1854 (when he deeded land to the Missionary Baptist Church) and 1856 (when his wife was listed as a widow in the 1856 Iowa State Census). I believe that he was born in Rowan County, that his father was Daniel McEwen and that he moved with his family to Wilkes County, NC, about 1800. I believe that James had at least 4 brothers - Archibald, John S., Daniel and David and at least 4 sisters, Millie, Elenor[1], Cynthia and ______.

 

      In the 1790 US Census for Iredell County, North Carolina, I found the following Daniel McEwen head of household (p. 157). We have no evidence that this Daniel McEwen is the father of our James McEwen. Nevertheless, when one considers the number of children and their age and sex distribution, the potential fit is evident[2]:

 

       FW Males 16 or above: 1 [Daniel McEwen]

       FW Males under 16   : 2 [James; Archibald]

       FW Females          : 5 [wife; Milly ; Cynthia ; Elenor Sharp (see footnote); _______]

 

      However, Iredell County marriage records list the following wedding.

 

      Daniel McEwen m. Margaret Sloan 23 Feb 1781 . Archibald Sloan (bondsman?)

 

      Noteworthy are the names Margaret Sloan and Archibald Sloan, with Archibald most likely Margaret's father or brother. Considering the family tendency to name children after their grandparents, it is conceivable that the choice of James and Archibald as the names of Daniel's first two sons may point to Margaret Sloan as Daniel's wife and James McEwen as his father.

 

      I have yet to find a Daniel McEwen in the 1800 census though there are numerous references to the presence of Daniel McEwen in the Rowan/Iredell County area before 1800:

 

11:504      28 Dec 1787 Rowan County sale of property witnessed by Daniel McEwen

 61   7 Jul 1794 Iredell County (B:203) North Carolina #65 to Daniel McEwen 30 sh per 100 acres 100 acres on Little South Fork incl great fall on So. Yadkin below Thomas Lackeys. Richard Dodd Spaight

 58   20 Nov 1794 Iredell County sale of property witnessed by Daniel McEwen

      __ ___ 1795 Rowan County Militia Petition includes signature of "Dan." or "Dav." McEwen

 76   12 Feb 1796 Iredell County sale of property witnessed by Daniel McEwen

 38   28 Jul 1796 Rowan County will witnessed by Daniel McEwen

 

The tendency in the early US Censuses is to rely on the published indices as opposed to viewing the actual census records. I have to date only used indices in looking for Daniel McEwen in 1800. I plan on working my way through the Iredell and Wilkes County US Censuses shortly.

 

      We have to date found the following marriage records for individuals whom I believe are James McEwen's siblings:

 

Jeremiah L. Brown m. Milly McEwen    15 Mar 1807 in Wilkes County, NC (John Greer, Bondsman)

Archibald McEwen m. Polley Sharp     12 Jun 1807 in Wilkes County, NC (Thomas Mitchell, Bondsman)

Elenor Sharp McEwen m. Aaron Fortner  1 Dec 1808 in Wilkes County, NC (William Kerbe, Bondsman)

Edwin Brown m. Cynthia McEwen        19 Sep 1811 in Wilkes County, NC (John Greer, Bondsman)

Archibald McEwen m. Lettie Brown     20 Sep 1813 in Wilkes County, NC (James McEwen, Bondsman)

 

Sometime in this time period (1805 to 1810), James McEwen married Catherine Chambers, though we have yet to find the marriage record.

 

      In the 1810 US Census for Wilkes County, North Carolina, I found the Daniel and James McEwen households as well as those for Jeremiah and Edwin Brown and Aaron Fortner, husbands of the above mentioned sisters. Note that in all instances, the age category count agreed with our current knowledge:

 

      Daniel McEwen,Esq Wilkes County (p. 274)

       FW Males under 10  : 0

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 1 [David __]

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 2 [John S. __; Daniel __]

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 0

       FW Males over  45  : 1 [Daniel McEwen __]

       FW Females under 10: 0

       FW Females 10 to 15: 0

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1 [Cynthia __]

       FW Females 26 to 45: 0

       FW Females over  45: 1 [Daniel's wife __]

       Other Free people  : 0

       Slaves             : 0

 

      James McEwen      Wilkes County (p. 278)

       FW Males under 10  : 0

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 0

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 1 [James McEwen 25]

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 0

       FW Males over  45  : 0

       FW Females under 10: 1

       FW Females 10 to 15: 0

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1 [Catherine Chambers McEwen __]

       FW Females 26 to 45: 0

       FW Females over  45: 0

       Other Free people  : 0

       Slaves             : 0

 

James and Archibald have married and set up their own households [Though I have yet to find Archibald in the 1810 Census]. Sisters Milly and Elenor S. have married and set up their own households leaving Cynthia the only daughter at home [What has happened to the 4th as yet unnamed daughter?].

 

      James McEwen was resident in NC as late as 15 Jul 1814, the birth date of my gr gr gr grandmother Margaret McEwen. James' nephew William McEwen, son of Archibald and Lettie Brown McEwen was born in NC on 22 Aug 1816 which may indicate a yet later departure date since James and Archibald may well have moved to Mercer County, KY together. Regardless, sometime in the five years from 1814 to 1819 large portions of, if not the entire family, moved to Kentucky. James was resident in KY when his son William McEwen was born on 6 Feb 1818. In 1820, James and his family were recorded in the US Census as living in Mercer County, KY, as were his brothers Archibald and David McEwen as well as Jeremiah Brown and other Browns. I do not know the date on which the census was taken but it was submitted by the census taker on 17 Dec 1820.

 

      In the 1820 US Census for Mercer County, Kentucky, I found the following McEwen head of households:

 

      Archibald McEwen  Mercer County (p. 358 or 102)

       FW Males   under 10: 1 [William 4]

       FW Males   26 to 45: 1 [Archibald __]

       FW Females under 10: 2 [_______ 2; _______ 1]

       FW Females 16 to 26: 1 [Letitia Brown __]

 

      James McEwen            Mercer County (p. 360 or 103)

       FW Males   under 10: 1 [William 1]

       FW Males   26 to 45: 1 [James 35]

       FW Females under 10: 2 [Ellen 9 and Margaret 6]

       FW Females 16 to 26: 1 [Catherine 23]

 

      David McEwen            Mercer County (p. 360 or 103)

       FW Males under 10  : 2

       FW Males 16 to 26  : 1

       FW Females 16 to 26: 1

 

      Bartholomew County, IN was organized 9 Jan 1821 from part of what had been Delaware County. The Indian title to lands within the county had been extinguished in 1818 and the first sale of lands was made 6 Jan 1820. The 1820 US Census for Delaware County, IN, lists a John McEwing (p. 31) who may have been a relative and thus may have send word of the land sales to Mercer County, KY. In any case, the McEwen's must have moved en masse to Indiana in late 1820. The first assessment for taxation was made on 14 May 1821. Among the taxpayers were:

 

      Archibald McEwen

      John McEwen

      James McEwen

      Daniel McEwen

      William Chambers

      Jeremiah Brown

 

James and family were living in Bartholomew County IN when his daughter Cynthia Ann McEwen was born[3] on 26 Jan 1822.

 

      In the 1830 US Census for Bartholomew County, IN, I found the following McEwen head of households:

 

      James McEwen      Bartholomew County (p. 213)

       FW Males   under  5: 1 [Francis Johnson 5]

       FW Males   10 to 15: 2 [William 11; Nephew of James?]

       FW Males   20 to 30: 1 [brother of James?]

       FW Males   30 to 40: 1 [brother of James?]

       FW Males   40 to 50: 1 [James 45]

       FW Females under  5: 2 [Nancy 0 and Melissa 3]

       FW Females  5 to 10: 1 [Cynthia Ann 8]

       FW Females 15 to 20: 1 [Margaret 16; wife of brother of James?]

       FW Females 30 to 40: 1 [Catherine 33]

 

      Archibald McEwen  Bartholomew County (p. 214)

       FW Males   under  5: 1 [______? __]

       FW Males   10 to 15: 1 [William 14]

       FW Males   30 to 40: 1 [Archibald __]

       FW Females under  5: 1 [______? __]

       FW Females 10 to 15: 2 [______ 11; _______ 12]

       FW Females 20 to 30: 1 [Lettie Brown]

 

      Marshall B. Lee         Bartholomew County (p. 214)

       FW Males   15 to 20: 1 [Marshall B. Lee 18]

       FW Females 20 to 30: 1 [Ellen McEwen 20]

       FW Females 60 to 70: 1 [Mary Ann Lee 60]

 

      John Hager        Bartholomew County (p. 215)

       FW Males   20 to 30: 1

       FW Females under  5: 1

       FW Females 20 to 30: 1

 

 

      McEwen's appear to have been present in NC from at least the middle of the 1700's [1753 Rowan County Tax records]. There appears to have been concentrations in two areas - Bladen County in the northeast corner of NC where McEwen's were recorded in early tax records [1763] and the 1790, 1800, 1810 US Censuses; and in the Rowan County area of northwestern NC where McEwen's were recorded in early tax records [Rowan County 1763] and the 1790 (Iredell County), 1800 (Rowan, Mecklenburg and Iredell County), 1810 (Iredell, Wilkes and Robe____ County) and 1820 (Iredell, Mecklenburg and Burke County) US Censuses.

 

      The earliest traces of the McEwen family in NC that I have found to date were in the book "North Carolina Taxpayers" [get rest of reference]:

 

      Hugh McEwen Rowan County      1759

      James McEwen      Rowan County      1759

      Thomas McEwen     Rowan County      1759

      James McEwen      Surrey County     1771,1772

      John McEwen Bladen County     1763

 

      Note that Rowan County was the parent County of Iredell County which was split off in 1788. Surrey County is northeast of the present Iredell County along the VA border and thus close enough that there may be a connection. Bladen County is along the VA border in the far northeastern portion of NC. It is too far away for casual contact but is close enough to the ocean to bear looking into as a possible point of origin for the Rowan and Surrey County McEwen's.

 

      Examination of the Rowan County property records prior to 1759 show that Hugh, James and Thomas McEwen indeed had purchased property in the area. There appears to have been a definite relationship between Thomas and Hugh McEwen. The James McEwen link is less certain.

 

Mar 25 1752:      Book 3 page 299: Earl Granville lets Thomas McEwen, a planter of Anson County, NC, have 640 acres in Anson on Rocky River about three miles below Mr. Carruth's plantation, for 3 shillings, witnessed by John Haywood and John Dunn and proved by the latter in May 26 1756.

 

Apr  9 1756:      Book 5 page 222: Thomas McEwen and wife Elizabeth let Hugh McEwen, a planter - all of Rowan County, NC - have 240 acres on Rocky River next said Thomas McEwen's plantation, for 5 shillings - the release price being 18 pounds and 8 shillings the next day -witnessed by James Carruth, Walter Carruth and James Aston and proved on Jul 21 1756.

 

Nov  6 1756:      Book 3 page 468: Earl Granville lets James McEwen of Orange County, NC have the above described land, which is in Orange County, NC on both sides of Old Field Creek, for 10 shillings sterling, with the yearly rent of 12 shillings and ten pence (which is at the rate of 3 shillings sterling the 100 acres.) Witnessed by John Hay and Thomas Haywood and acknowledged on Nov. 12 1756. (marked delivered to his messenger Henry Boner).

 

Mar 25 1758:      Book 5 page 225: James Huggins, gentleman, and wife Isabel lease and release 640 acres on both sides of Coddle Creek to Hugh McEwen witnessed by Brice Blair and Walter Carruth.

 

      Subsequent to 1759, there are numerous property, will, etc. records for McEwens in NC, particularly in the Rowan and Iredell County areas. I have extracted this records from microfilm, genealogy magazine articles and other published accounts. This list is by no means complete.

 

 

Jan 17 1761:      Book 4 page 369: James McEwen a planter and wife Sarah let John McGowan, also a planter (all of Rowan County, NC) have 320 acres on both sides of Old Field Creek, beginning at a red oak and going north 80 chains to the center of three hickories, east 40 chains to a stake, south 80 chains to a pine, west 40 chains to the beginning for 5 shillings - the release price being 45 pounds Virginia money on the next day - witnessed by William Buis and William Simmons and recorded in Jan. of 1761.

 

Dec 21 1761:      Book 4 page 586: Earl Granville lets the planter, John McConnel of Rowan County, NC, have 695 acres of vacant land on the east bank of the Cataba river and both sides of Back Creek, for 10 shillings rental, witnessed by James Couplant, William Gibson and John Frohock and proved by the last named in Jan. 1762.

 

Oct 12 1762:      Book 4 page 915: John McConnel of Rowan County, NC - no wife signs - lets John McEwen of Anson County, NC, have 695 acres on east side of the Cataba River and both sides of Back Creek, for 5 shillings - the release price on the next day was 90 pounds - witnessed by James Carter and John Burnett and proved in Oct 1762.

 

Jul 20 1763:      Book 5 page 222: Thomas McEwen and wife Elizabeth let John Davison, a blacksmith of Anson County, NC have 19 acres and twenty perches of the plantation upon which said McEwen now lives south of Henry Hendry, for 2 pounds and 8 shillings, witnessed by James Price and Henry Hendry and recorded in July 1762.

 

Jan  8 1764:      Book 6 page 113: John McGown a planter and wife Ann let Samuel Waggoner - both men planters of Rowan County, N.C. - have 320 acres on both sides of Old Field Creek, beginning at a post oak, going north 80 chains to the center of three hickories, east 40 chains to a stake, south 80 chains to a pine, then west to the beginning, for 5 shillings - the release price being 45 pounds Virginia money on the next day - witnessed by William Hall and William Wagener and proved by the latter before Maurice Moore on March 27, 1765.

 

Jan 11 1764:      Rowan County Guardian Bonds - John McEwen mentioned as "security" [4]

___ __ 1765:      Margaret McEwen (1741 - 1814), dau of James and Isabella, marries Joseph R. Dickson (1745 - 1825)

 

Feb 23 1765:      Book 6 page 310: John Davison - no wife signs - lets John Neichler (both of Mecklenburg County, NC) have 19 acres and 20 perches (being part of the tract whereon Thomas McEwen now lives next the tract now granted and sold by Henry Hendry and the said John Davison) for 5 shillings, witnessed by Thomas McEwen (who proved it) and Hugh McEwen on Sep 23 1766.

 

Oct 29 1765:      Book 6 page 311: John Neichler - no wife signs - lets James Neel (both planters of Rowan County, NC) have 19 acres and 20 perches (being part of the tract whereon Thomas McEwen now lives which he sold John Davison who let said Neichler have it on Feb 23 1765) for 5 pounds witnessed and proved as above.

 

Jan 15 1767:      "John McEwen in the roome of Abraham Jetton" appointed constable.

 

Apr 15 1767:      Ordered by the Court that Letters of Administration be granted to Isabel McEwen and George Marshall of all and singular the Goods and Chattels of James McEwen, deceased who qualified according to lae in open court and offfered for Sou. Thomas Allison and James Hemphill Sou. in the sum of 200 Proc money.

 

Jul 17 1767:      John McEwen is constable in Esq. John Brevard's district: from Davison's Creek to Third Creek to the county line; to the Dividing Ridge and to the Lower Settlement.

 

Jan 16 1768:      Patrick Hamilton is appointed constable instead of John McEwen.

 

Feb  4 1772:      Book 7 page 401: Joseph McEwen and wife Mary let James McEwen - all of Rowan County, NC - have 215 acres on the east side of Cataba river next William Potts and John Poston, beginning at a white oak sapling and going due east 110 poles to a black oak, south 180 poles to a black oak, west 110 poles to a pine, south 180 poles to a stake on the line of Poston, west 140 poles to a black oak, then to the beginning, for 5 shillings, witnessed by John McEwen and William Potts and proved in February court of 1772. (This is part of the tract granted John McConnell Dec 21 1761 who conveyed it to the now deceased John McEwen Oct. 31 1762 and it is owned by his son and heir at law Joseph McEwen.

 

Feb  4 1772:      Book 7 page 403: Joseph McEwen and wife Mary let John McEwen - all of Rowan County, N.C. - have 168 acres on the east side of Cataba River next Joseph McEwen and James McEwen, beginning at a hickory and going south 77 degrees east 100 poles to a hickory, north 52 degrees east 48 poles to a walnut, due east 70 poles to a white oak, south 20 degrees west 220 poles to a black oak sapling, north 78 degrees west 110 poles to a stake, then to the beginning, for 5 shillings sterling, witnessed by William Potts and James McEwen and proved in Feb. court of 1772. Part of the tract granted John McConnell Dec. 21 1761, who conveyed to the now deceased John McEwen Oct. 13 1762 and now is owned by the said Joseph McEwen as a son and heir-at-law of the deceased).

 

Aug  4 1772:      The will of John McEwen is proved by Moses White and Alexander McLean. The widow, Mary Ann, and others mentioned in the will qualified as executors.

 

Dec  9 1772 Book 8 page 86: Hugh McEwen and wife Margaret let George Fleming - all of Rowan County, NC - have 320 acres on the east side of Coddle Creek next John Neishler, for 100 pounds, witnessed by John Braly and David Kerr and proved in Feb 1773. (This is part of the 640 acres being half of the 640 acres which Earl Granville let James Huggins have on Mar 25 1752 and  he and wife Isabel let said Hugh McEwen have by lease and release on June 9 1755.)

Dec  9 1772 Book 8 page 87: Hugh McEwen, a farmer and wife Margaret let George Fleming - all of Rowan County, NC - have 240 acres on Rocky River next Thomas McEwen's plantation, for 100 pounds, witnessed by John Braly and David Kerr and proved in Feb 1773. (This is part of the 640 acres which Earl Granville let said Thomas McEwen have Mar 25 1754 and Thomas McEwen and wife Eliza let Hugh McEwen have on Apr 9 1756).

 

Nov 5 1773: Mary Ann McEwen returned an inventory of the estate of John McEwen. The will of John McEwen (Book A page 106), made Aug. 7 1771 and probated in Aug. 1772: Wife Mary Ann. Sons: Joseph, John and James. Daughter: Martha. Some money is to be paid to Robert and William Potts. Exrs: wife and John Potts. Witnesses: Moses White, Joseph Cronkelton and Alexander McLean.

 

Aug  4 1775:      John McEwen is appointed overseer of the road from Davison's Creek, to McEwen's Ford on the Cataba and from Back Creek to the said Road with the Hands of John Thomson, William Brison, James Porter, James Willson, Joseph McEwen, Alexander Snell, John Lindley, John Poston and Charles Curry.

 

May  1 1783:      Book 9 page 293 Christopher Ervin - no wife signs - lets his son-in-law David McEwen (both of Iredell County, NC) have out of love 252 acres on the north side of Third Creek, beginning near the said creek at a poplar, going north 288 poles to a black oak, east 140 poles to a black oak, south 288 poles to an ash, thence with the meanders of the said creek to the beginning, witnessed by Thomas Burke and Sarah Ervin and acknowledged in Aug 1783. (This is part of the survey of said Christopher Ervin).

 

Oct 10? 1783:     Book 10 page 118?: The state grants (#282 at 50 shillings the 100 acres) to Joseph McEwen 600 acres on the east side of the Cataba River next John McConnel and John Poston.

 

31 Aug 1784:      Rowan County will witnessed by James and Joseph McEwen [page 25]

 

27 Apr 1784:      Rowan County will witnessed by Alexander McEwen [page 45]

 

May  1 1786:      Book 10 page 440: Henry Fleming (the eldest son of deceased George Fleming) - no wife signs - lets Jacob Binning (both of Rowan County, NC) have 310 acres on the east side of Coddle Creek next John Neishler, for 200 pounds, witnessed by W. Rea and John Braly and proved by the latter in May 1786 but marked delivered to the sheriff. (This is part of the tract which Hugh McEwen let the deceased George Fleming have).

 

Oct 25 1786:      Book 11 page 405: Oct 25 1786, the state grants (#1294 at 30 or 50? shillings the 100 acres) to Isabella McEwen for 500 acres on the waters of Third Creek joining Christopher Erwin, beginning at a white oak and going north 200 poles to a white oak, east400 poles to a black oak, north 200 poles to a white oak, then to the beginning.

 

Oct 25 1786 Rowan County deeds - State Grant #1195 @50 shillings the 100 acres to Peter Owens McEwen, 300 acres on Swan Creek adj. Henry Stagner [Aug 1986 Issue - page 159]

 

May 18  1787:     Book 11 page 37: sale of property witnessed by James McEwen [Feb 1986 Issue - page 35]

 

May 11 1787:      Book 11 page 223: sale of property witnessed by James McEwen [Aug 1988 Issue - page 621]

 

May 11 1787:      Book 11 page 301: sale of property witnessed by James McEwen [Aug 1988 Issue - page 630]

 

Aug __ 1788:      Book 11 page 476: sale of property witnessed by James McEwen [Aug 1990 Issue - page 1107]

 

Dec 28 1787:      Book 11 page 504: sale of property witnessed by Daniel McEwen [Aug 1990 Issue - page 1111]

 

May 17 1788:      Book 11 page 623: Isabella McEwen lets her son James McEwen have 500 acres on Third Creek and both sides of Duck Creek for 260 pounds, witnessed by Daniel McEwen and James Andrews in Feb term of 1790. (This is an old survey and which she got a deed for from the state on Oct. 25 1786.)

 

Jul 24 1788 Book A[5] pages 25-26: James McEwen of Rowan County to James Andrew for 150 pds 250 acres on Third Creek on both sides of Duck Creek, part of grant of 500 acres deeded to Isabel McEwen 25 Oct 1786 and conveyed to James McEwen 17 May 1788 on S. side of Duck Creek. Samuel Fleming, Musson Matthews.

 

Aug 19 1788:      sale of property witnessed by David McEwen

 

Jul 25 1789:      sale of property witnessed by J. McEwen

 

Jan 22 1791:      Rowan County will probated 1793 - daughter of deceased Christopher Irvin was Margaret McEwen and wife was Mary [page 35]

 

Aug  4 1791 sale of property witnessed by David McEwen

 

Aug 17 1791:      sale of property adjoining David McEwen

 

 

Mar 26 1792:      Book A pages 440-441 (Iredell County, NC): Joseph McEwen to William Potts for 20 pds 500 acres part of tract granted 8 Oct 1783. Robert Rankin, John Stewart, James McEwen 20 Nov 1792

 

Mar 20 1792:      Book A pages 467-468 (Iredell County, NC): Joseph McEwen to John McEwen for 100 pds 146 acres on Catawba Road, part of state grant 8 Oct 1783. James McEwen, Samuel McCrery, Robert Rankin

 

Mar 25 1792:      Book A pages 470-471 (Iredell County, NC) Joseph McEwen to Drury Tucker for 250 pds 250 acres on Catawba Road, part of state grant 8 Oct 1783. James McEwen, William Potts, Robert Rankin 18 Feb 1793

 

Sep  3 1792:      sale of property adjoining Jane McEwen and James McEwen

 

__ ___ 1792:      sale of property adjoining Widow McEwen's

 

Feb  8 1793:      resale of property originally sold to Joseph McEwen. Witnessed by James McEwen

 

Dec  9 1793:      sale of property witnessed by James McEwen

 

Feb 18 1794:      sale of property witnessed by James McEwen Kilpatrick [sic]

 

Feb 27 1794:      resale of property originally sold to Joseph McEwen. Witnessed by James McEwen

 

Apr 25 1794:      sale of property witnessed by James McEwen

 

May 20 1794:      sale of property adjoining David McEwen

 

Jun 21 1794:      sale of property witnessed by J. McEwen

 

Jul  7 1794:      Book B page 203: North Carolina #65 to Daniel McEwen 30 sh per 100 acres 100 acres on Little South Fork incl great fall on So. Yadkin below Thomas Lackeys. Richard Dodd Spaight

 

Aug 27 1794:      Book C page 501 (Iredell County, NC) David McEwen of Madison County, Kentucky - no wife signs - lets William Watts of Iredell County, NC have 190 acres on the bank of Third Creek next William Ervin and John Ervin, for 76 pounds, witnessed by Musendin Matthews and James Alexander and proved by the latter in Aug 1799?. (This is part of the grant to Christopher Ervin who let McEwen have it on May 1 1783).

 

Sep  2 1794:      sale of property witnessed by Alexander McEwen

 

Sep  7 1794:      sale of property witnessed by Alexander McEwen

 

Nov 20 1794:      sale of property witnessed by Daniel McEwen

 

__ ___ 1795:      Rowan County Militia Petition includes signature of "Dan." or "Dav." McEwen [Feb 1987 Issue - page 277]

 

Feb 28 1795:      sale of property witnessed by James McEwen

 

May 11 1795:      resale of property originally sold to Joseph McEwen

 

Jan 26 1796:      Book D page 178 (Iredell County, NC) Drury Tucker - no wife signs - lets James Ray (both of Iredell County NC) have 40 acres next the field of James McEwen, for 50 pounds witnessed by Thomas McEwen and George Allen and proved by the latter in Feb. 1801. (This is aprt of the original State Grant to Joseph McEwen on Oct 8 1783 who let said Tucker have this 40 acres on March 26 1792.

 

Feb 12 1796:      sale of property witnessed by Daniel McEwen

 

Feb 16 1796:      sale of property witnessed by James McEwen

 

Jul 28 1796:      Rowan County will witnessed by Daniel McEwen [page 38]

 

Oct  1 1796:      resale of property originally given to Isabel McEwen and later transferred to James McEwen

 

May 20 1797:      sale of property adjoining James McEwen and witnessed by William McEwen

 

Aug __ 1797:      sale of property witnessed by Alexander McEwen

 

Mar 20 1798:      Book C page 245 (Iredell County, NC): Tobias Clotts - no wife signs - lets William McBride (both of Iredell County, NC) have 250 acres onThird Creek and both sides of Duck Creek for $400 in Spanish milled dollars, witnessed by Samuel Fleming and James Scroggs and proved by the latter in May 1798. (This is part of 500 acres granted by the state to Isabel McEwen who let James McEwen have who let James Andrews have who let Jebediah Clotts have)

 

Dec 12 1799:      J. McEwen was the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Borough of Salisbury [Aug 1988 Issue - page 644]

 

Mar  2 1800:      Rowan County will witnessed by Thomas McEwen [page 92]

 

Jan 17 1802:      Book E page 13: (Iredell County, NC) James McEwen of Salisbury, NC - no wife signs - lets Samuel McCrary of Iredell County, NC, have 187 acres on and crossing Back Creek next John Mayhue, the old mill path, Henry Weston, William Potts, James McEwen, Charles Conner, Big Branch, division between James McEwen and John Mayhue, for $370.00, witnessed by John Thompson and James Potts and proved by the latter in Aug 1802.

 

Aug 24 1802:      Rowan County will witnessed by John McEwen [Aug 1986 Issue - page 129]

 

___ __ 1804:      James Morton - Alexander McEwen Administrator (Iredell Will Book[6][7] I, page 146)

 

Sep 23 1805:      Book F page 61 (Iredell County, NC): James McEwen, Sr. - no wife signs - lets William McEwen (both of Iredell County, NC) have 349 acres on Third Creek and both sides of Duck Creek and a branch for 200 pounds, witnessed by John Andrews and James Mordah and proved by the latter in Nov 1805. (Isabella McEwen let said James have this on May 17 1788 - see book 11 page 628 in Rowan County, NC).

 

May 26 1806:      Rowan County will. A Robert Cochrane mentions granddaughter Polly McEwen in will [Feb 1986 Issue - page 13]

 

___ __ 1826:      Sarah McKnight - Thomas McEwen Executor (Iredell Will Book II, page 17)

 

Jul  3 1827:      Rowan County will witnessed by Thomas McEwen [Aug 1987 Issue - page 381]

 

Jan 18 1844:      Book 3 page 54 (Iredell County, NC): The will of William McEwen, made Jan 18 1844. Sons: William H., John, Silas A., James (dead leaving children) and Ebenezer E. (balance of the estate). Nancy Houston (a girl bound to me). Exr: son Ebenezer E. Witnesses: J.F.Alexander and James E. Nesbit.

 

___ __ 1846:      James McEwen - John Young Executor (Iredell Will Book II, page 207)

 

___ __ 1852 William McEwen - E.E. McEwen Executor

 

___ __ 1859 James McEwen - Tirzah McEwen guardian of Margaret E. Halaburton, wife of T.C. Halaburton

 

Buried in Fourth Street Graveyard, Statesville, NC

 

      Nancy McEwen           21 Mar 1774 -  3 Mar 1839

      William McEwen         27 Sep 1778 - 30 Oct 1851

      Elizabeth W. McEwen     9 Jan 1804 - 21 Apr 1826

      Elan McEwen            24 Mar 1816 - 11 Mar 1842

      Silas A. McEwen        22 Nov 1811 -  4 Jan 1894

      Cynthia M. McEwen      15 Aug 1820 - 18 Jul 1864 wife of Silas

      Eliza E. McEwen        11 Sep 1846 - 29 Jul 1870 wife of E.Morrison

      James McEwen           17 May 1717 - 28 Oct 1766

 

      I checked the 1785-1787 North Carolina State Census but found no record of McEwen's or variants. This census did not cover Rowan County [did it cover Bladen or Surrey?], however. [Are there earlier State Censuses or others in the 1790 - 1820 time frame?]

 

      In the 1790 US Census index for North Carolina [get reference], I found the following McEwen head of households:

 

      Daniel McEwen           Bladen County (p. 188)

       FW Males 16 or above: 1

       FW Males under 16   : 2

       FW Females          : 2

 

      James McEwen            Iredell County (p. 156)

       FW Males 16 or above: 1

       FW Males under 16   : 5

       FW Females          : 5

 

      Daniel McEwen           Iredell County (p. 157)

       FW Males 16 or above: 1

       FW Males under 16   : 2

       FW Females          : 5

 

      James McEwen            Iredell County (p. 155)

       FW Males 16 or above: 1

       FW Males under 16   : 1

       FW Females          : 2

 

      John McEwen       Iredell County (p. 155)

       FW Males 16 or above: 1

       FW Males under 16   : 3

       FW Females          : 4

 

      Joseph McEwen           Iredell County (p. 155)

       FW Males 16 or above: 2

       FW Males under 16   : 2

       FW Females          : 3

 

      In the 1800 US Census index for North Carolina [get reference], I found the following McEwen head of households:

 

      Anne McEwen       Bladen County (p. 135)

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 1

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1

       FW Females over  45: 1

 

      Matthew McEwen          Bladen County (p. 135)

       FW Males under 10  : 2

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 1

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 1

       FW Females under 10: 2

       FW Females 26 to 45: 1

       Slaves             : 1

 

      Robert McEwen           Bladen County (p. 138)

       FW Males under 10  : 4

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 2

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 1

       FW Males over  45  : 1

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1

       FW Females over  45: 1

 

      William McEwen          Bladen County (p. 138)

       FW Males under 10  : 1

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 2

       FW Males over  45  : 1

       FW Females under 10: 1

       FW Females over  45: 1

 

      James McEwen            Rowan County (p. 276)

       FW Males under 10  : 1

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 1

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 1

       FW Males over  45  : 1

       FW Females 10 to 15: 1

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1

       Slaves             : 1

 

      James McEwen            Rowan County (p. 289)

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 1

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 1

       FW Males over  45  : 1

       FW Females 10 to 15: 1

       FW Females 26 to 45: 1

       Slaves             : 1

 

      James McEwen            Iredell County (p. 650)

       FW Males under 10  : 1

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 3

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 1

       FW Males over  45  : 1

       FW Females under 10: 1

       FW Females 10 to 15: 1

       FW Females over  45: 1

 

      James McEwen            Mecklenburg County (p. 559)

       FW Males under 10  : 1

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 1

       FW Females under 10: 2

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1

       FW Females 26 to 45: 1

       Slaves             : 2

 

      In the 1810 US Census index for North Carolina, I found the following McEwen and related heads of households:

 

      M. McEwen Jr.           Bladen County (p. 208)

      M. McEwen Sr.           Bladen County (p. 209)

      John McEwen       Bladen County (p. 209)

      William McEwen          Bladen County (p. 209)

      William McEwen          Iredell County (p. 239)

      Duncan McEwen           Robe... County (p. 232)

 

      Daniel McEwen,Esq Wilkes County (p. 274)

       FW Males under 10  : 0

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 1 [David __]

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 2 [John S. __; Daniel __]

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 0

       FW Males over  45  : 1 [Daniel McEwen __]

       FW Females under 10: 0

       FW Females 10 to 15: 0

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1 [Cynthia __]

       FW Females 26 to 45: 0

       FW Females over  45: 1 [Daniel's wife __]

       Other Free people  : 0

       Slaves             : 0

 

      Jeremiah Brown    Wilkes County (p. 274)

       FW Males under 10  : 0

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 0

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 1 [Jeremiah Brown __]

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 0

       FW Males over  45  : 0

       FW Females under 10: 1

       FW Females 10 to 15: 0

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1 [Millie McEwen Brown __]

       FW Females 26 to 45: 0

       FW Females over  45: 0

       Other Free people  : 0

       Slaves             : 0

 

      James McEwen      Wilkes County (p. 278)

       FW Males under 10  : 0

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 0

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 1 [James McEwen 25]

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 0

       FW Males over  45  : 0

       FW Females under 10: 1

       FW Females 10 to 15: 0

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1 [Catherine Chambers McEwen __]

       FW Females 26 to 45: 0

       FW Females over  45: 0

       Other Free people  : 0

       Slaves             : 0

 

      Edwin Brown       Wilkes County (p. 278)

       FW Males under 10  : 0

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 1

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 4 [Edwin Brown Jr?]

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 1

       FW Males over  45  : 1 [Edwin Brown __]

       FW Females under 10: 0

       FW Females 10 to 15: 2

       FW Females 16 to 25: 0

       FW Females 26 to 45: 0

       FW Females over  45: 1

       Other Free people  : 0

       Slaves             : 0

 

      Aaron Fortner           Wilkes County (p. 285)

       FW Males under 10  : 1

       FW Males 10 to 15  : 0

       FW Males 16 to 25  : 2 [Aaron Fortner __; _________]

       FW Males 26 to 45  : 0

       FW Males over  45  : 0

       FW Females under 10: 0

       FW Females 10 to 15: 0

       FW Females 16 to 25: 1 [Elenor Sharp McEwen Fortner __]

       FW Females 26 to 45: 0

       FW Females over  45: 0

       Other Free people  : 0

       Slaves             : 0

 

      In the 1820 US Census index for North Carolina, I found the following McEwen head of households:

 

      John McEwen       Bladen County (p. 27)

      Mary McEwen       Bladen County (p. 10)

      William McEwen          Bladen County (p. 3)

      James McEwen            Burke County (p. 68)

      Thomas McEwen           Burke County (p. 68)

      James McEwen            Mecklenburg County (p. 79)

 

      William McEwen          Iredell County (p. 45)

       FW Males under 10  : 3

       FW Males 10 to 16  : 2

       FW Males 16 to 18  : 1

       FW Males 16 to 26  : 2

       FW Males over 45   : 1

       FW Females 16 to 26: 1

       FW Females over 45 : 1

 

      In the 1830 US Census index for North Carolina, I found the following McEwen head of households:

 

      William McEwen Sr.      Iredell County (p. 59)

       FW Males  5 to 10  : 1

       FW Males 15 to 20  : 2

       FW Males 20 to 30  : 3

       FW Males 50 to 60  : 1 [William McEwen 51 (from 1850 census)]

       FW Females 10 to 15: 1

       FW Females 40 to 50: 1

 

      William McEwen Jr.      Iredell County (p. 59)

       FW Males 20 to 30  : 1

       FW Females 20 to 30: 1

 

      Thomas McCuen           Cabarras County (p. 181)

 

      In the 1840 US Census index for North Carolina, I found the following McEwen head of households:

 

      John McEwen       Bladen County (p. 175)

      Mary McEwen       Bladen County (p. 198)

      Thomas McEwen           Cabarras County (p. 26)

      Maj? C. McEwen    Burk__ County (p. 321)

      Robert McEwen           Mecklenburg County (p. 309)

      Marry McEwing           Mecklenburg County (p. 312)

      William H. McEwen Iredell County (p. 216)

      League W. McEwen  Iredell County (p. 229)

 

      In the 1850 US Census index for North Carolina, I found the following McEwen head of households:

 

      Jane McEwen       Bladen County (p. 116)

      John S. McEwen    Bladen County (p. 116)

      Robert McEwen           Bladen County (p. 124)

      Anguish? McEwen   Burk__ County (p. 358)

      Robert McEwen           Mecklenburg County (p. 88)

 

      Silas A. McEwen   Iredell County (p. 466)

 

- Silas A. McEwen    38  M  Blacksmith 500  NC [22 Nov 1811 -  4 Jan 1894]

‑ Cynthia            29  F                  NC [15 Aug 1820 - 18 Jul 1864]

‑ Eliza E.            3  F                  NC [11 Sep 1846 - 29 Jul 1870]

‑ Mary I.             1  F                  NC

 

 

      William McEwen          Iredell County (p. 491)

 

- William McEwen     38  M  Blacksmith 325  NC

‑ H. Hannah?         35  F                  NC

- E.E. McEwen  [16?] 76  M             100  NC

- Rachel McEwen[16?] 76  F                  NC

‑ John P.             7  M                  NC

‑ Wm. D.              4  M                  NC

‑ Tom A.              2  M                  NC

 


Daniel McEwen     

    Born: __ ___ 1752 in Chester County, PA

    Died: __ ___ 181? in ?? County, NC

    Buried:

    Married:

      (1) Margaret Sloan 23 Feb 1781 Iredell County, North Carolina

 

Margaret Sloan

    Born: 23 Jun 1753 in __________ County, North Carolina

    Died: __ ___ 181? in ?? County, NC

    Buried:

 

Children:

 

1. Archibald       __ ___ 1790 ‑  __ ___ 1845

2. James           __ ___ 1785 ‑  __ ___ ____ a 5/10/1854 db1856

3. John S          __ ___ ____ -  __ ___ ____

4. Daniel          __ ___ ____ -  __ ___ ____

5. Millie          __ ___ ____ -  __ ___ ____

6. Eleanor         __ ___ ____ -  __ ___ ____

7. Cynthia         10 Jun 1782 -  __ ___ ____ a. 1850

8. David           __ ___ 1791 -  __ ___ ____ a. Keokuk County, IA 1850

 

Notes:

1. Archibald McEwen m. Polley Sharp     12 Jun 1807 Wilkes County, NC

1. Archibald McEwen m. Lettie Brown     20 Sep 1813 Wilkes County, NC

1. Archibald McEwen m. Nancy Jane Haven 10 Jan 1828 Bartholomew County, IN

2. James McEwen m. Catherine Chambers   __ ___ ____ Wilkes County, NC

3. Milly McEwen m. Jeremiah L. Brown    15 Mar 1807 Wilkes County, NC

4. Elenor Sharp McEwen m. Aaron Fortner  1 Dec 1808 Wilkes County, NC

5. Cynthia McEwen m. Edwin Brown        19 Sep 1811 Wilkes County, NC

6. David McEwen m. Elizabeth Smith      31 Mar 1818, Mercer County, KY

3. John S. McEwen m. Ann Bosey          15 May 1815, Mercer County, KY

 

Edwin Brown  14 Aug 1782 - __ ___ 1827

Letita Brown __ ___ ____ - __ ___ 1825

Nancy Jane Haven __ ___ 1810 - __ ___ ____

 

 

North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868


Bride: Elenor Sharp McEwen
Groom: Aaron Fortner
Bond Date: 01 Dec 1808
County: Wilkes
Record #: 01 086
Bondsman: William Kerbe
Witness: John M Jones
Bond #: 000165176

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North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868


Bride: Sarah Orand
Groom: Aaron Fortner
Bond Date: 13 Feb 1831
County: Wilkes
Record #: 01 086
Bondsman: Jacob Orren
Witness: W Davenport
Bond #: 000165179

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North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868


Bride: Judy Phillips
Groom: Aaron Fortner
Bond Date: 25 Apr 1831
County: Wilkes
Record #: 01 086
Bondsman: Elijah Webster
Witness: Pet Barnes, Justice of the Peace
Bond #: 000165178

 

 

 

Daniel McEwen Brown's parents were James BROWN Jr. and Cynthia McEwen and his grandfather was James BROWN Sr. Daniel married Eliza HOPKINS, of Delaware, Feb 6, 1840 in Indiana. They lived in Fountain Co.. On Oct 22, 1864 Daniel was a Army officier, stationed at Marmanton, Kansas, when the town was attacked by indians . He and the entire town were killed.

 

               viii.    EDWIN BROWN , JR., m. CYNTHIA MCEWEN, Wilkes Co, NC.

 

Notes for EDWIN BROWN , JR.:

"Married a McEwen back at Brown's Ford (n. Wilkes Co NC) and went to Indiana

and became wealthy.  His youngest sister Letitia married a McEwen (Edwin's

wife's brother) and also moved to Indiana."  Source: pp 23-4, A HISTORY OF

ALEXANDER COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA, publ by Alexander Hist Soc (no date given)

viewed @ Pack Memorial Library, Asheville NC. (based on newspaper articles from

1926 & 1885)

 

 

                   x.    LETITIA BROWN, m. ARCHIBALD MCEWEN, September 20, 1813, Wilkes Co, NC.

 

Notes for LETITIA BROWN:

Married a McEwen, brother to wife of Edwin Brown Jr., and moved to Indiana.

(per p. 24 of A HISTORY OF ALEXANDER CO NC, publ by Alxndr Hist Soc, copied in

Pack Mem. Library, Asheville  NC.  Much of that book was based on articles orig

written by Wm A White in 1926 and some articles written in 1885 by Nelson

Powell.

 

      8.  Daniel2 McEwen (James1) was born Abt. 1755 in PA, and died Bef. 1820 in NC.  He married Margaret Sloan February 25, 1781 in Rowan Co., NC.

 

More About Daniel McEwen:

Immigration/Misc: 1753, Sailed for America and settled in PA

Address: 1790, Living in Iredell Co., NC next to possible father in law Archibald Sloan

Fact 7: 1800, Wilkes Co., NC

 

      Children of Daniel McEwen and Margaret Sloan are:

        50               i.    Millie3 McEwen.  She married Jeremiah Brown March 15, 1807 in Wilkes Co., NC.

        51              ii.    Archabald McEwen.  He married (1) Polly Sharp June 12, 1807 in Wilkes Co., NC.  He married (2) Letty Broun September 20, 1813 in Wilkes Co., NC.

 

More About Polly Sharp:

Misc.: December 01, 1808, show a marriage Elenor Sharp McEwen to Aaron Fortner?   Archabald remarried 1811

 

        52             iii.    Cynthia McEwen.  She married Edwin Brown September 29, 1811 in Wilkes Co., NC.

        53             iv.    John McEwen.

 

 

 


James McEwen     

    Born: __ ___ 1785?in Rowan or Iredell?? County, North Carolina

    Died: __ ___ 185? in Mahaska County, Iowa (alive 10 May 1854 dead by 1856)

    Buried:

    Married:

      (1) Catherine Chambers __ ___18??__________ County, North Carolina

 

Catherine Chambers

    Born: __ ___ 1795?in __________ County, North Carolina

    Died: __ ___ 187? in Lewis County, Washington Terr. (in 1870 WA census)

    Buried:

 

    Notes:

-     children 1 to 2 probably born in North Carolina

-     child    3 born in Kentucky

-     child    4 born in Indiana

-     children 5 to 8 born in Bartholomew County, Indiana

 

-     child    1 married in Bartholomew County, Indiana

-     children 2 to 6 married in Decatur County, Indiana

-     children 7 to 8 married in Mahaska County, Iowa

 

-     child    1 died in Mahaska County, Iowa

-     children 2 and 3 died in Mahaska County, Iowa

-     child    4 and 5 died in Cowley County, KS?

-     child    6 died in Lewis County, WA

-     child    7 died in Morrow County, Oregon

-     child    8 died in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, WA

 

Children:

 

     1. Ellen                 24 Dec 1809 ‑  15 Feb 1899

     2. Margaret              15 Jul 1814 ‑  11 Nov 1854

     3. William                6 Feb 1818 ‑   6 Feb 1862

     4. Cynthia Ann           26 Jan 1822 ‑  31 Dec 1883

     5. Francis Johnson       20 Nov 1823 ‑  27 Oct 1893

     6. Melissa C.            10 Jun 1827 ‑  16 Nov 1888

     7. Nancy                 22 Jul 1829 ‑  22 Nov 1882

     8. John Hager             4 Feb 1832 ‑  13 Jan 1913

 

Notes:

‑ 1. Ellen McEwen           married 15 Oct 1828 Marshall B. Lee

- 1. Ellen McEwen           married 19 Nov 1855 Daniel Fortner

‑ 2. Margaret McEwen        married  2 May 1833 John Ferguson    

‑ 3. William McEwen         married 27 Oct 1836 Charity Boone 

‑ 4. Cynthia Ann McEwen     married  4 Oct 1838 Solomon Ferguson

‑ 5. Francis J. McEwen      married  6 Jan 1842 Mary Ferguson

     Francis J. McEwen      married __ ___ ____ Elizabeth (Wellman)

     Francis J. McEwen      married __ ___ ____ Sarah J. Sperry (Drummond)

‑ 6. Melissa C McEwen       married 23 Jun 1844 William Champ    

‑ 7. Nancy McEwen           married 23 Sep 1849 Jackson Lee Morrow

‑ 8. John Hager McEwen      married 11 Aug 1850 Jerusah Emilie Morrow

     John Hager McEwen      married __ ___ ____ M. E. Ford

 

     Francis McEwen probably married Elizabeth Wellman before 1856 (the 1856 Iowa State Census date) but after 1854 (birth of Wesley McEwen). Francis probably married Sarah J. Sperry (Drummond) between 1863 (the birth year of Sarah's daughter Alvira Drummond) and 1866 (the birth year of Sarah and Francis's son Franklin McEwen).


                              1830        1840        1850        1860        1870                              1880        1900

 

 1. Ellen Lee (Marshall B.)               Bartholomew Bartholomew Bartholomew Mahaska                              Mahaska     Mahaska

                              214         88          439         60          ___                              406A

 

 2. Margaret Ferguson (John)  Bartholomew Decatur     Mahaska     Mahaska     Mahaska                              Mahaska     (dead

                              213         427         195         73          211                              411D

 

 3. William McEwen (Charity) Bartholomew Decatur     Mahaska     Mahaska(wd) Mahaska(wd)                              Mahaska(wd)

                              213         427         199         67          220                              407C

 

 4. Cynthia Ann Ferguson (Solomon)        Bartholomew Decatur     Mahaska     Mahaska                              Mahaska     Cowley?     (dead)

                              213         429         201         73          215                              _____

 

 5. Francis J McEwen (Mary)   Bartholomew Decatur     Mahaska     Mahaska(wd) (Davis, IA?)                              Cowley      Cowley(wd)

                              213         427         201         66                      611                              198A

 

 6. Melissa Champ (William)   Bartholomew Decatur     Mahaska     ______      ______                              (dead)

                              213         427         196

 

 7. Nancy Morrow (Jackson Lee)            Bartholomew Decatur     Mahaska     Sawamish                              Morrow

 [in Mahaska in 1848]         213         427         200         186         ___

 

 8. John Hager McEwen (Jerusah E.)        (born 1832) Decatur     Mahaska     ______                              ______      Yakima

                                          427         201                                                   448B                               

 

The 1840 page numbers for Decatur County reflect the penciled in numbers on the page and not the preprinted page numbers found in the Indiana 1840 US Census Index. I could not read the preprinted numbers on the FHC Library microfilm.


James and Catherine McEwen

 

      James and Catherine McEwen were recorded as living in Wilkes County, NC in the 1810 US Census (p. 278). They had no children at the time the census was taken, which supports my argument that their oldest daughter Ellen was not born until 1811 [ages based on 1850 census]:

 

Males   16 to 25 : 1 [James McEwen 25]

Females 16 to 25 : 1 [Catherine Chambers McEwen 16?]

 

      James and Catherine McEwen were recorded as living in Mercer County, KY in the 1820 US Census along with four children [ages based on 1850 census]:

 

Males   under 10 : 1    [William 1]

Males   26 to 45 : 1    [James 35]

Females under 10 : 2    [Ellen 9 and Margaret 6]

Females 16 to 26 : 1    [Catherine 26?]

 

      James and Catherine McEwen were recorded as living in Bartholomew County, Indiana in the 1830 US Census along with their four youngest children [ages based on 1850 census]:

 

Males   under  5 : 1    [Francis Johnson 5]

Males   10 to 15 : 2    [William 11; Nephew of James?]

Males   20 to 30 : 1    [brother of James?]

Males   30 to 40 : 1    [brother of James?]

Males   40 to 50 : 1    [James 45]

Females under  5 : 2    [Nancy 11m and Melissa 3]

Females  5 to 10 : 1    [Cynthia Ann 8]

Females 15 to 20 : 1    [Margaret 16; wife of brother of James?]

Females 30 to 40 : 1    [Catherine 36?]

 

      James and Catherine McEwen were recorded as living in Decatur County, Indiana in the 1840 US Census along with their four youngest children [ages based on 1850 census]:

 

Males    5 to 10 : 1    [John Hager 8]

Males   15 to 20 : 1    [Francis Johnson 15]

Males   50 to 60 : 1    [James 55]

Females 10 to 15 : 1    [Nancy 10 and Melissa 13]

Females 40 to 50 : 1    [Catherine 46?]

 

With the exception of Nancy, known family members fit the age categories given in the census.

 

      James and Catherine McEwen were recorded as living in Mahaska County, Indiana in the 1850 US Census along with their children John H. (and his wife Jerusah Emily Morrow) and Francis J. and his family.

 

Census Info 1850: 17 Sep 1850, Mahaska County, Iowa page 201

 

‑ James McEwen       65  M  Farmer   1000   NC

‑ Catherine          53  F                  NC

‑ Joshua H. [sic]    17  M                  IN

‑ Jerusah B.         14  F                  IN 

‑ Frances McEwen     25  F                  IN

‑ Mary               21  F                  IN

‑ Zachariah           8  M                  IN

‑ John                5  M                  IN

‑ William             3  M                  IA

‑ Benjamin            1  M                  IA

 

In the 1856 Iowa State Census, Catherine was a widow living in Mahaska County with the family of her daughter Melissa McEwen Champ. In 1860 she was in transit to the town of Oakland, Sawamish (Mason) County, Washington Territory with her children John Hager McEwen and Melissa McEwen Champ and their families to join with the family of another daughter, Nancy McEwen Morrow, who had been in Washington Territory since 1852.


Ellen McEwen     

    Born: 24 Dec 1809 in Wilkes? County, North Carolina

    Died: 15 Feb 1899 in Mahaska County, Iowa

    Buried:

    Married:

      (1) Marshall B. Lee 15 Oct 1828 Bartholomew County, Indiana

      (2) Daniel Fortner 19 Nov 1855 Mahaska County, Iowa

 

Marshall B. Lee

    Born: __ ___ 1811 in __________ County, Georgia

    Died: __ ___ 1854?in Mahaska County, Iowa

    Buried:

 

Daniel Fortner

    Born: __ ___ ____

    Died: __ ___ ____

    Buried:

 

    Notes:

     had at least 9 children, possibly 12

 

-     children 1 to 11 born in Bartholomew County, Indiana

-     child    12      born in Mahaska County, Iowa

 

Children:

 

     1. Xantippi              18 Apr 1832?‑   5 Feb 1908

     2. Agnes                 28 May 1832 ‑   3 Aug 1853

     3. Catherine             __ ___ 1835 ‑  30 Aug 1894

     4. James                 __ ___ 1837 ‑  __ ___ ____ (alive 20 Jun 1860)

     5. William               __ ___ 1839 ‑  __ ___ ____ (alive 13 Dec 1879)

     6. John M.               __ ___ 1841 ‑  __ ___ ____ (alive 13 Dec 1879)

     7. Rosa Elitha           __ ___ 1843 ‑   3 Dec 1924

     8. Jane                  __ ___ 1845 ‑  __ ___ 1852

     9. Mary Ann              __ ___ 1847 ‑  __ ___ ____ (alive 13 Dec 1879)

    10. Marshall B.           __ Oct 1850 -  __ ___ ____ (alive  4 Jun 1900)

    11. Nelson McCracken      15 Mar 1853 -  13 Jul 1884

 

Notes:

- 1. Xantippi            m __ Feb 1847 James Harker

- 2. Agnes               m __ ___ ____ George Phillipe

- 3. Catherine           m __ ___ ____ George W. Failyer

- 4. James               m __ ___ ____ _________ __________

- 5. William             m __ ___ ____ _________ __________

- 6. John M.             m __ ___ ____ Maria E. Bruce?

- 7. Rosa Elitha         m __ ___ ____ Lewis Vogler

- 8. Jane                m __ ___ ____ _________ __________

- 9. Mary Ann            m __ ___ ____ John Everson

-10. Marshall B.         m  9 May 1875 Hannah Wolfe

-11. Nelson McC.         m 14 Oct 1875 Mary Wolfe (25 Apr 1858 – 29 Apr 1931)

 

Jane and Mary buried in Kirksville, IA

 

 


      1. Ellen McEwen Lee

 

      Ellen was living in Bartholomew County, Indiana in 1830 with her husband and (probably) mother-in-law [ages based on 1850 census]:

 

  Males   15 to 20 : 1  [Marshall B. Lee 19]

  Females 20 to 30 : 1  [Ellen McEwen 20]

  Females 60 to 70 : 1  [Marshall's mother Mary Ann Lee 60]

 

      Ellen was living in Haw Creek Twsp, Bartholomew County, Indiana in 1840  with her husband's family [ages based on 1850 census]:

 

Males    0 to  5 : 2    [James Lee 3 and William Lee 1]

Males   20 to 30 : 3    [Marshall B. Lee 29 and two brothers?]

Females  5 to 10 : 2    [Catherine 5 and an older daughter?]

Females 10 to 15 : 1    [an older daughter - born 1830 after census was taken?]

Females 20 to 30 : 1    [Ellen 29]

Females 60 to 70 : 1    [Marshall's mother Mary Ann Lee 70]

 

      Since Marshall and Ellen married on 15 Oct 1828 and were both 39 on 11 Nov 1850, they would have been 17 at time of marriage. Since they would have been married 22 years by the 1850 census, they could also easily have had two older daughters that were no longer living at home.

 

      Ellen was living in Haw Creek Twsp, Bartholomew County, Indiana in 1850 with her husband Marshall B. and seven children.

 

Census Info 1850: 11 Nov 1850, Haw Creek Twsp, Bartholomew County, Indiana Page 439

 

- Marshall B. Lee    39  M  Farmer 6000     GA

‑ Ellen              39  F                  IN

‑ Catherine          15  F                  IN

‑ James              13  M                  IN

‑ William            11  M                  IN

‑ John M.             9  M                  IN

‑ Rosalth?            7  F                  IN

‑ Jane                5  F                  IN

‑ Mary Ann            3  F                  IN

‑ Mary Ann, Sr       80  F                  NC

‑ Edward Miles       23  M                  NC

 

      Ellen was living in Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa in 1856 and had been living in Iowa for 5 years (per the 1856 Iowa State Census of Mahaska County) with her 86 year old mother-in-law, Mary Lee, 7 of her known 8 children (we have yet to confirm the suspected existence of two older daughters) and an orphan? named Green Lee Phillippi or Phillips. Her last name was given as Fortner[8], but no husband of that name was evident. We have as of yet no idea of what befell her husband though it appears, based on the fact that their youngest son was born in Iowa, that he died in Mahaska County.

 

Census Info 1856: __ ___ 1856, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa Page ___

 

- Eleanor Fortner    45   5[9]    NC

- James M. Lee       19         IN

- William Lee        17         IN

- John M. Lee        15         IN

- Rosetta Lee        12         IN

- Polly Lee           7         IN

- Marshall B. Lee     5         IN

- Nelson M. Lee       3         IN

- Mary Lee           86         GA

- Green Lee Phillipi  7         IN

 

      Ellen was living in Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa in 1860 with 6 of her known 8 children and an orphan? named Green Lee Phillippi or Phillips. Her last name was again given as Ellen Lee. Her mother-in-law, Mary Lee, was apparently no longer living.

 

Census Info 1860: 20 Jun 1860, Fremont P.O., Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 65

 

‑ Ellen Lee         39 F  Housekeeper  5600 900       NC (cannot read/write)

- James             24 M  Farmer        400 400       IN

- Rose Elitha       16 F                              IN

- Polly Anna        11 F                              IN

- GreenLee Phillipi 11 M                              IN

- Marshall B. Lee    8 M                              IN

- Nelson McC.        4 M                              IA

- John M. Lee       19 M                              IN

- Maria E.          19 F                              IN

 

      In 1870, Ellen was most likely still living in Cedar Twsp., Mahaska County, Iowa although we have yet to find her in the 1870 U.S. Census.

 

      In 1880, Ellen was living in Cedar Twsp., Mahaska County, Iowa with the family of her son, John M. Lee. Two other of her sons, Marshall B. Lee and Nelson M. Lee were living nearby. We have yet to determine any information about the fate of her other children. Marshall B. Lee married Hannah White 9 May 1875.

 

Census Info 1880: 5 Jun 1880, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa page 405D

 

‑ G.L. Philippi    W M 31                               

 

‑ John M. Lee      W M 39         Farmer               IN GA NC

‑ Maria E.         W F 39  wife                        IN NC OH

- Imelda E.        W F 19  dau                         IA IN IN

- Oscar G.         W M 16  son                         IA IN IN

- George M.        W M 12  son                         IA IN IN

- Nellie M.        W F 10  dau                         IA IN IN

- Harley E.        W M  6  son                         IA IN IN

- Burnham          W M  1  son (twins)                 IA IN IN

- Harker           W M  1  son (twins)                 IA IN IN

- Ellen            W F 68  mother                      NC NC NC

- Eliza Bruce?     W F 42  wife's sister               IN NC OH

 

Census Info 1880: 16 Jun 1880, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa page 410A

 

‑ M. B. Lee        W M 28                              __ __ __

‑ Hannah           W F 26                              __ __ __

‑ Ora E.           W F  4                              __ __ __

‑ Alonzo A.        W M  2                              __ __ __

‑ Nelson M. Lee    W M 27                              __ __ __

‑ Mary             W F 22                              __ __ __

‑ Jennie V.        W F  3                              __ __ __

‑ Grace M.         W F  1                              __ __ __


John Ferguson

    Born: 27 Oct 1813 in Wayne County, Indiana

    Died:  7 Nov 1899

    Buried: Cedar Twsp Cemetery, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa

    Married:

      (1) Margaret McEwen on 2 May 1833 Decatur County, Indiana

      (2) Rebecca Hughes on 17 Jan 1856 Mahaska County, Iowa

      (3) Amanda Stone Knott on 12 Mar 1875 Mahaska County, Iowa

 

Margaret Lee McEwen

    Born: 15 Jul 1814 in Wilkes? County, North Carolina

    Died:  2 Nov 1854 in Mahaska County, Iowa

    Buried: Cedar Twsp Cemetery, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa

 

Rebecca Hughes

    Born: 11 Nov 1835 in Pennsylvania

    Died:  6 Oct 1872 in Mahaska County, Iowa

    Buried: Cedar Twsp Cemetery, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa

 

Amanda Stone Knott

    Born: __ Mar 1845 in Tennessee

    Died: 27 Jan 1910 in Mahaska County, Iowa

    Buried: Cedar Twsp Cemetery, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa

 

    Notes:

     had 3 wives and 10 children

-     Per the 1850 and 1860 censuses, the first 5 children were born in Indiana and subsequent ones in Iowa indicating John Ferguson moved to Iowa between 1845 and Jul 1850.

-     Ordained as Baptist mininster in 1854

 

Children:

 

     1. Benjamin              27 Jul 1835 ‑  26 Mar 1907

     2. Nancy                 20 Oct 1837 ‑  11 Oct 1903

     3. James                 11 May 1839 ‑  12 Apr 1917

     4. Catherine             28 Nov 1840 ‑  25 Oct 1916

     5. Francis J.            16 Jan 1845 ‑  __ ___ ____ (dead by 1899)

     6. Mary Iowa             16 Jul 1850 ‑  __ ___ ____ (alive in 1910)

     7. Jasper Newton         14 Jun 1852 ‑  14 Jun 1928 (alive in 1899)

     8. (unnamed)             __ Sep 1854 ‑  __ Sep 1854

     9. Elijah Hughes         17 May 1857 ‑  27 Feb 1926

    10. Fred S.               __ ___ 1876 ‑  __ ___ ____ (alive in 1899)

 

Notes:

‑ 1. Benjamin Ferguson      married  3 May 1857 Martha Dewitt

‑ 2. Nancy Ferguson         married 29 Dec 1853 Sanford Eastburn

‑ 3. James Ferguson         married 23 Jan 1867 Elizabeth McEwen

‑ 4. Catherine Ferguson     married  2 Apr 1857 Darius Robertson

- 5. Francis J. Ferguson    ??

‑ 6. Mary Iowa Ferguson     married 15 Dec 1868 Ephraim W. Roberts

‑ 6. Mary Iowa Ferguson     married 27 Apr 1876 Milton W. Byram

‑ 7. Jasper Newton Ferguson married 25 Nov 1875 Mary E. Morgan

‑ 9. Elijah Hughes Ferguson married __ ___ ____ Martha Ann Roberts

-10. Fred S. Ferguson       ??

 


                              1840        1850        1860        1870        1880                              1900        1910

 

 1. Benjamin Ferguson (Martha)            Decatur     Mahaska     Mahaska     Mahaska                              Mahaska     Mahaska     (dead)

                              220         195         65          187         264A                              333B

 

 2. Nancy Eastburn (Sanford)  Decatur     Mahaska     Mahaska     Mahaska     Mahaska                              Mahaska     (dead)

                              220         195         71          220         404B        21 (widow)

 

 3. James Ferguson (Elizabeth)            Decatur     Mahaska     (oregon trail)                              _______     Yakima      Yakima      Yakima

                              220         195                                 401B                              _____       ____

 

 4. Catherine Robertson (Darius)          -           Mahaska     Mahaska     Mahaska                              Cowley      Cowley      Wagoner

                                          195         73          218         _____                              _____       ______

 

 5. Francis J. Ferguson       -           Mahaska     Mahaska    

                                          195         73

 

 6. Mary Iowa Roberts (Ephraim)           -           Mahaska     Mahaska     Mahaska                              Mahaska     Mahaska     Henry (Iowa)

    Mary Iowa Byram (Milton)              195         73          214         402B                              411D        _____

    Mary Iowa ______ (       )

 

 7. Jasper Newton Ferguson    -           -           Mahaska    

                                                      73

 

 9. Elijah Hughes Ferguson (Martha)       -           -           Mahaska     Mahaska                              Mahaska     Mahaska     Mahaska

                                                      73          211         411D        27                              ______

 

10. Fred S. Ferguson          -           -           -           -           Mahaska                              _______     ______

                                                                              411D       


2. Margaret McEwen Ferguson

 

      Margaret McEwen Ferguson was my gr gr gr grandmother. Since she died relatively youngand my gr gr gr grandfather, John Ferguson, married twice more, I have concentrated my information about them in my Ferguson History to avoid duplication.

      This section documents records of John Ferguson and his wives and their children as found in the US Census from 1850 to 1910. Note that all this information is also included in the census files (1850.us, 1860.us, 1870.us, 1880.us, 1900.us and 1910.us) and in the master Ferguson list file (list.fer). I intend to include relevant state census information in this file also, eventually. Pre 1850 census information for John Ferguson and Margaret McEwen Ferguson can be found in the file for the afore mentioned John Ferguson.

 

Census Info 1850: 13 Sep 1850, Mahaska County, Iowa page 195

 

‑ John Ferguson      37  M  Farmer   1000   Ind

‑ Margarett          32  F                  NC?

‑ Benjamin           15  M                  Ind

‑ Nancy              12  F                  Ind

‑ James              11  M                  Ind

‑ Catherine           9  F                  Ind

‑ F. J.               5  M                  Ind

‑ Mary J.             2m F                  Ind

 

Census Info 1860: 23 Jun 1860, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 73 ; 9 Aug 1860, White Oak Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, p 251

 

‑ John Ferguson     46 M  Farmer      2500            Ind (cannot read/write)

‑ Rebecca           24 F  Housewife                   Penna 

‑ Francis J.        14 M                              Ind

‑ Mary Iowa          8 F                              Iowa

      (for Mary Iowa - deaf/dumb/blind column checked. Could this possibly refer to Jasper?)

‑ Jasper N.          7 M                              Iowa

‑ Elijah B.          7 M                              Iowa

‑ Catherine A.      15 F                              Penna

‑ Darius Robertson  27 M                              Indiana

‑ Catherine         19 F                              Indiana

 

Census Info 1870: 2 Jul 1870, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, Fremont P.O. page 211

 

‑ John Ferguson     58 M  Minister     5000 2000      Ind

‑ R.                34 F  Keeping Home                Penna 

‑ J. N.             18 M  Farmer                      Iowa

‑ E. H.             13 M                              Iowa

‑ Hugh M.           65 F  Housekeeper                 Penna

 

Census Info 1880: 9 Aug 1880, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa page 411D

 

‑ John Ferguson    66 M  Farmer                        IN NC NC

‑ Amanda           36 F  wife                          TN VA TN

‑ Elijah           23 M  son                           IA IN PA

‑ Fred S.           4 M  son                           IA TN LA

‑ John Knott       17 M  wife's son                    IA IN LA

‑ William F.       15 M  wife's son                    IA IN IN

‑ Margaret Stone   58 F  wife's mother                 TN NC NJ

‑ Sarah F.         23 F  wife's sister                 IA VA TN


 

Census Info 1900: 23 June 1900,Cedar Twsp,Mahaska County,Iowa Page 32A

 

- William F. Knott   head W M Oct 1865    34    M  5                  MO IN TN farmer

‑ Angeline           wife W F Oct 1875    24    M  5   1  1           IA UN IA

‑ Curtis B.          son  W M Jun 1898     2    S                     IA MO IA

‑ Amanda Ferguson   motherW F Mar 1845    55    Wd     3  3           TN VA TN

 

Amanda died early in 1910 before the 1910 Census was recorded.


William McEwen

    Born:  6 Feb 1818 in Mercer County, KY

    Died:  6 Feb 1862 in Mahaska County, IA

    Buried:

    Married: 27 Oct 1836 Decatur County, IN

 

Charity Boone

    Born: 5 Mar 1815 in _______ County, KY

    Died: 29 Sept 1896 in Mahaska County, IA

    Buried:

 

    Notes:

 

-     children 1 to 4  born in Decatur County, IN

-     children 5 to 6  born in Mahaska County, IA

 

Children:

 

     1. Telitha              __ ___ 1838 - __ ___ ____ (alive 1912)

     2. Marshall B.          28 Dec 1839 - 24 Jan 1904 b 1839?

     3. Melissa              __ ___ 1843 - __ ___ ____ (alive 4 Apr 1860)

     4. James                __ Aug 1844 - __ ___ ____ (alive 1910)

     5. Tabatha              __ ___ 1849 - __ ___ ____ (alive 4 Apr 1860)

     6. Edith E.             __ ___ 1856 - __ ___ ____ (alive 1910)

 

Notes:

- 1. Telitha            married 28 Mar 1858  Lemuel Kerns

- 2. Marshall B.        married __ ___ ____  Maria B.(29 Jul 1849-13 Aug 1890)

     Marshall B.        married __ ___ 1897? Angeline _____

- 3. Melissa            married __ ___ ____  John Whitmore

- 4. James              never married

- 5. Tabatha            ??

- 6. Edith E.           married __ ___ ____


3. William McEwen

 

      William McEwen was the only Ferguson or McEwen that I could not specifically identify in the 1840 census in Decatur County, Indiana. Since his oldest son, Marshall B. McEwen, was born Dec 1839 in Indiana, it is likely that William and his family were indeed in Indiana in 1840.

 

      In 1850, William was living with his wife and five children in Cedar Twsp in Mahaska County, Iowa. Note that his place of birth is given as KY. This is repeated in 1860 and is given as the father's place of birth for those of his children I have been able to find in the 1880 and 1900 censuses. Since William was born 6 Feb 1818 [info from Diane Tinker - no source attributed], it pinpoints the latest date they could have been in North Carolina.

 

Census Info 1850: 17 Sep 1850, Mahaska County, Iowa page 199

 

‑ William McEwen     31  M  Farmer   1500   KY

‑ Charity            34  F                  KY 

‑ Telitha            12  F                  KY [sic]

‑ Marshall           10  M                  IN

‑ Melissa             7  F                  IN

‑ James               5  M                  IN

‑ Tabatha             1  F                  IA

 

By 1860, William had acquired a daughter Edith E and had seen his oldest daughter Telitha marry a Lemuel Kerns.

 

Census Info 1860: __ ___ 1860, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 67

 

‑ Wm. W. McEwen     40 M Farmer       600             KY

‑ Charity           44 F                              KY 

‑ Marshal B.        20 M                              IN

‑ Melissa           17 F                              IN

‑ Jane              14 F                              IN

‑ Tabatha           11 F                              IA

‑ Edith E.           4 F                              IA

 

Census Info 1860: 22 Jun 1860, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 73

 

‑ Lemuel Kerns??    24 M  Farmer       300            VA  

‑ Telitha           22 F  Housewife                   IN

‑ Zachariah McEwen  17 M  Farm Laborer                IN

 

By 1870, William was deceased and his widow was living with three of their children - Marshall B., James, and Edith E. I have yet to look for Lemuel and Telitha Kerns?? in Mahaska County in this census.

 

Census Info 1870: 27 Jul 1870, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 220

 

‑ C. McEwen         54   F W               3000 2000     KY

‑ J.                25   M W                             IN   

‑ E. E.             11   F W                             IA  

‑ M. B.             31   M W                             IN  

‑ M.                21   F W                             OH  

‑ C. M.              2   F W                             IA  

‑ C. R.              0m  M W                             IA  

 

In 1880, William's widow Charity was living with two of their children - Marshall B. and James. The third child at home in 1870, Edith, had apparently married. I have yet to look for Lemuel and Telitha Kerns?? in Mahaska County in this census.

 

Census Info 1880: __ ___ 1880, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa page 407C

 

‑ M. B. McEwen     40 M  Farmer                        IN KY KY

- Maria B.         30 F  Keeping House                 OH OH OH

- Maud             11 F                                IA IN OH

- Curtis B.        10 M                                IA IN OH

- Lemuel K.         7 M                                IA IN OH

- Arestine F.       5 F                                IA IN OH

- Eugene H.         3 M                                IA IN OH

- Amatilla          7mF                                IA IN OH

- Charity          62 F Mother                         KY KY KY

- James            34 M brother                        IN KY KY

 

By 1900, William's widow Charity was apparently deceased. Her children Marshall B. and James were still living together.

 

Census Info 1900: 20 June 1900,Cedar Twsp,Mahaska County,Iowa Page 30B

 

- Marshall B. McEwen head W M Dec 1829    60    M                     IN KY KY

‑ Angeline           wife W F Dec 1848    54    M  3?  2  1           OH PA PA

‑ Curtis B.          son  W M Oct 1869    30    S                     IA IN OH

‑ Clifford           son  W M Sep 1885    14    S                     IA IN OH

‑ Anda               dau  W F Sep 1885    14    S                     IA IN OH

‑ James              bro  W M Aug 1844    55    S                     IA IN OH

 

- Lemuel R. McEwen   head W M Sep 1872    27    M  7                  IA IN OH

‑ Mary L.            wife W F Jun 1872    27    M  7   2  1           IA OH PA

‑ Edna L.            dau  W F Feb 1897     3    S                     IA IN IA

 

In Catherine Robertson's letters, the following information is given about William's children:

 

1. Telitha  - living in Atwood, KS with her husband (15 Mar 1910, 31 Dec 1912)

2. Marshall - deceased "several years ago" (15 Mar 1910)

3. Melissa  - not mentioned (15 Mar 1910)

4. James   - single, living with a nephew (15 Mar 1910)

5. Tabatha  - not mentioned (15 Mar 1910)

6. Edith E. - married to a Baptist Minister and living in Seymour, IA (15 Mar 1910)


Cynthia Ann McEwen     

    Born: 26 Jan 1822 in Bartholomew County, Indiana

    Died: 31 Dec 1883 near Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas

    Buried: Union Cemetery, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas

    Married:

      (1) Solomon Ferguson 4 Oct 1838 Bartholomew County, Indiana

 

Solomon Ferguson

    Born: 22 Feb 1822 in Decatur County, Indiana

    Died:  3 Aug 1899 in Turlock, Merced County, California

    Buried: Union Cemetery, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas

 

    Notes:

     had at least 8 children

 

Children:

 

     1. Amanda Melvina        30 Apr 1842 - 12 Aug 1918

     2. John                   9 Sep 1843 - 23 Dec 1926

     3. Savannah              __ ___ 1846 - 26 Feb 1884

     4. David                 __ ___ 1848 - 20 May 1934 (one is typo)

     5. Nancy                 __ ___ 1850 - 20 May 1934 (one is typo)

     6. Ellen                 __ ___ 1852 - __ ___ ____

     7. Emma                  __ ___ 1860 -  2 May 1885 (no kids)

     8. Minerva               __ ___ 1862 - __ ___ ____ (alive 23 Dec 1926)

 

Notes:

‑ 1. Amanda Ferguson        married 13 Nov 1862 John Columbus Bonnett

‑ 2. John Ferguson          married 16 Nov 1865 Mary Ellen E. Farrell

‑ 3. Savannah Ferguson      married __ ___ ____ A. Fraser

‑ 4. David Ferguson         married __ ___ ____ _________ ________

‑ 5. Nancy Ferguson         married __ ___ ____ _________ Newhouse

‑ 6. Ella Ferguson          married __ ___ ____ _________ Stevens

‑ 7. Emma Ferguson          married __ ___ ____ _________ ________

‑ 8. Minerva Ferguson       married __ ___ ____ _________ Rogers


4. Cynthia Ann McEwen Ferguson

 

      In 1840, Cynthia Ann McEwen and Solomon Ferguson were living in Decatur County, Indiana [ages based on 1850 census]:

 

Males   20 to 30 : 1    [Solomon 19]

Females  0 to  5 : 1    [A daughter who died before 1850??]

Females 15 to 20 : 1    [Cynthia Ann 18]

 

Since Solomon and Cynthia Ann married on 4 Oct 1838 and were thus 17 and 16, respectively, on 22 Jun 1860, they would have been 18 and 16, respectively, at the time of their marriage. Since they would have been married almost 2 years by the 1850 census, they could also easily have had a daughter in 1839 or 1840 who could have died by 1850.

 

Census Info 1850: 17 Sep 1850, Mahaska County, Iowa page 201

 

‑ Solomon Ferguson   30  M  Farmer    600   IN (cannot read/write)

‑ Cynthia            28  F  Housewife       IN (cannot read/write)

‑ Amanda              8  F                  IN

‑ John                6  M                  IN

‑ Savannah            4  F                  IN

‑ David               2  M                  IA

‑ Nancy               8m F                  IA

 

Census Info 1860: 22 Jun 1860, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 73

 

‑ Solomon Ferguson  40 M  Farmer      2000            IN

‑ Cynthia           38 F  Housewife                   IN (cannot read/write)

‑ Amanda            18 F                              IN

‑ John              16 M  Farm Laborer                IN

‑ Savannah          14 F                              IN

‑ David             12 M                              IA

‑ Nancy             10 F                              IA

‑ Ellen              8 F                              IA

 

In 1850 and 1860 Solomon and Cynthia were living on a farm in Mahaska County with their 6 children. I have to date not been able to find them in Mahaska County in the 1870 Census. Per Howard T. Bonnett, It does appear, however, that their sons John and David were there in 1870 but gone by 1880. From the group sheets send me by Marilyn Pulliam, Solomon died in 1899 in KS. Ergo, he must have gone somewhere. It appears that a large number of family members, Ferguson's and McEwen's, moved to KS after the civil war. We know that some showed up in Cowley County by 1880 but most are unaccounted for.

 

Census Info 1870: 27 Jul 1870, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 222

 

‑ D. Ferguson       22   M W                             IA

‑ A.                24   F W                             KY   

‑ N.                11m  M W                             IA   

‑ J. W. Ferguson    26   M W                             IA

‑ M.                23   F W                             KY   

‑ W.                 4   F W                             IA   

‑ W.                 1   M W                             IA   

 

In Catherine Robertson's letters, the following information is given about Cynthia Ann's children:

1. Amanda   - widowed; 4 of 7 children deceased;living in Catherine's home in Winfield, KS (15 Mar 1910)

2. John     - living in OK (15 Mar 1910)

3. Savannah - not mentioned (15 Mar 1910)

4. David    - living in KS (15 Mar 1910)

5. Nancy    - living in KS (15 Mar 1910)

6. Ellen          - (deceased)

7. Minerva  - living in OK (15 Mar 1910)

 

Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.

 

Rev. Solomon Ferguson's house was destroyed by fire last week. The family had built a large fire in one of the rooms and gone into another. The pipe became so hot that it set fire to the roof, and before it was discovered, was beyond all hopes of control. The house was a fine new one costing over $1,500. Mr. Ferguson is absent at Eureka Springs, his health being poor.

 

Winfield Courier, January 3, 1884.

 

DIED. Mrs. Ferguson, one of the oldest settlers in the county, and the mother of a very large family, died Monday. She has been a resident of Walnut Township since the organiza- tion of the county.

 

 

Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.

 

DIED. An obituary notice on the death of Mrs. Rev. Solomon Ferguson has been received too late for publication. It will appear next week.

 

Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

 

DIED. We were pained to learn of the death of Mrs. Ferguson. She was a friend we will not soon forget. It was but a few weeks since we met her in Winfield, then, seemingly, in the best of health. Little did we think it was the last time we would be permitted to see her upon earth. We would not wish her back to this world of sin and suffering, but hope to meet her beyond the river, when the summons shall come to us.

 

Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

 

OBITUARY NOTICE.

 

DIED. Died, Near Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, December 31, 1883, at 12 p.m., Mrs. Cynthia A., wife of the Rev. Solomon Ferguson, aged 61 years, 11 months, and 5 days. Mrs. Ferguson was born in Bartholomew County, Indiana. She moved with her parent, the Rev. James McEwen, when quite young, to Decatur County, where in October 1838 she was married to Solomon Ferguson, by whom she had ten children, two sons and eight daughters. Two daughters died in infancy; the others are left, with the bereaved husband, to mourn her loss all members of the church. She was converted in 1843, and united with the Milford Salem Baptist Church, where she remained a member until September, 1847, when she moved to Fremont, Iowa, where she became a consistent member of Salem, now Fremont, Baptist Church. While in this church her husband was ordained a minister of the gospel, where in his arduous self-denying labors, he found in her an uncomplaining, self-denying helpmate. They moved to Cowley in the spring of 1871, and united with the Winfield Baptist Church, where she then became a member. She has remained a faithful, earnest, consistent member, beloved by all who knew her.

A great light has gone out in that neighborhood. With the last moments of the passing year, she breathed her last on earth, only to wake in the brightness of heaven. She died as dies the ocean wave along the shore, without a ripple, quiet and triumphant, as only the Christian can die. For a year her health has been failing, the immediate cause of death being paralysis. In addition to her husband and children, she leaves twenty-one grandchildren. It was a most affecting sight when they gathered around her to take their last farewell.

 

Her funeral was attended by Prof. E. P. Hickok, her former pastor, and Rev. J. Cairns, of this city, The latter preached the funeral sermon from first Thessalonians, 4th chapter, 14th verse, when Prof. Hickok made some very appropriate remarks, to a large and deeply affected audience. Seldom have we seen so much genuine sorrow; but our loss is her eternal gain. FRATER.

 


Francis Johnson McEwen

    Born: 20 Nov 1823 in Bartholomew County, IN

    Died: 27 Oct 1893 in Cowley County, KS

    Buried:

    Married:(1) Mary Ferguson  6 Jan 1842 Bartholomew County, IN

          (2) Elizabeth (Wellman) __ ___ 1855? in Mahaska County, IA

          (3) Sarah Jane Sperry (Drummond) __ ___ 1865? in Mahaska County?, IA

 

Mary Ferguson

    Born: __ ___ 1829? in Decatur County, IN

    Died: __ ___ 1854? in Mahaska County, IA

    Buried:

 

Elizabeth (Wellman)

    Born: __ ___ 1816 in _____ County, VA

    Died: __ ___ 1864? in Mahaska County, IA??

    Buried:

 

Sarah Jane Sperry (Drummond)

    Born: __ Mar 1844 in _____ County, MO

    Died: __ ___ ____

    Buried:

 

    Notes:

 

-     children 1 to 2  born in Bartholomew ? County, IN

-     children 3 to 5  born in Mahaska County, IA

-     children 6 to 6  born in _____ County, IA

-     children 7 to 8  born in Cowley County, KS

 

Children:

 

     1. Zachariah             3 Mar 1842 -  6 Jun 1925

     2. John Francis(Cass)   21 Mar 1846 – 26 Aug 1910 d. New Salem, KS

     3. William              __ ___ 1847 - __ ___ ____ (dead by 4 Apr 1860)

     4. Benjamin             __ ___ 1849 - __ ___ ____ (dead by 4 Apr 1860)

     5. Wesley                7 May 1851 – 13 Mar 1901 Union Cem Winfield,KS

     6. Franklin             __ ___ 1867 - __ ___ ____ (alive 1880)

     7. Delilah              __ ___ 1876 - __ ___ ____ (alive 1900)

     7. ________             __ ___ 188? - __ ___ ____ (born 1880/1/2/3)

     8. Guy B.               __ Jul 1887 - __ ___ 1955

 

 

Notes:

- 1. Zachariah           married __ ___ ____ Talma Brown

- 2. John Francis(Cass) m 28 Dec 1865 Maria Carolyn Venator (19 Feb 1849 – 2 Aug 1930

- 3. William             died in infancy

- 4. Benjamin            died in infancy

- 5. Wesley              married __ ___ ____ Sarah

- 6. Franklin            married __ ___ ____

- 7. Delilah             married 17 Dec 1894 Lewis Vanderbilt Walker

- 8. Guy B.              married __ ___ ____ Vida H. Funk

- 8. Guy B.              married __ ___ ____ Ella Faye Garris

 

Obituary: (Local Newspaper) McEwen: John F. McEwen was born in Decatur, county Ind., March 21st, 1846, and departed this life Aug 26th, 1910, at his home near Winfield, Kans. In the fall of 1847 he moved with his parents to Mahaska, county, Iowa, Where he grew to manhood. On Dec. 28th, 1865 he was married to Caroline Venator at the family residence in Wapello, county, Iowa. To this union was born seven children, six sons and one daughter, T.S. McEwen, of Atlanta Kans., C.A. McEwen, now deceased, D.B. McEwen, Burden Kans, J.L. McEwen Atlanta Kans., Mrs. Annie Brooks Edmond Okla., L.C. McEwen Battle Creek Mich., and Fred at home. He united with the Baptist church at Freemont, Iowa at about the age of twenty years, to which faith he remained faithful until his death. On Friday morning Aug 26 the lord called him away from us, to take a higher place, and as the good book says, a rest in Heaven. Brother McEwen was among the oldest residents in this neighborhood, having lived there for about 30 years, and a man that was well beloved, should we judge by the large audience, we attended the funeral held at the residence at 2 P.M. and was conducted by Wm. Davis of Burden, Kans., after which the remains were laid to rest in the New Salem cemetery. We extend our sympathy to the wife and daughter and other sorrowing ones in their bereavement. Grieve not, for the dear departed. For your grief will be no gain, He would not have you grieve for him But prepare to meet him again.

Bob Arnold Husband of Ann Cabell McEwen furnished a printed copy of an interview of unknown origin. The facts in the interview seem to match other data which I have collected. The contents which apply to John Francis are as follows:  

John F. McEwen was born in Decatur County, Indiana on March 21, 1846, In the fall of 1847 he moved with his parents to mahaska County Iowa. On Dec 28th 1865 He married Maria Caroline Venater at the family residence in Wapallo County. To this union were born 7 children Thomas Venater born 12/29/1886, Charles A Died ay 23, 1906, Delos Benjamin, William Lawrence Married 12/29/1897, Annie, Louis Cass and Fred Raymond.

 


5. Francis Johnson McEwen

 

      In 1840, Francis and his wife Mary Ferguson McEwen were living in Decatur County, Indiana with their respective parents. They married on 6 Jan 1842 at the ages of about 17 and 13, respectively, and by 1850 had four children and were living with Francis's parents.

 

Census Info 1850: 17 Sep 1850, Mahaska County, Iowa page 201

 

‑ James McEwen       65  M  Farmer   1000   NC

‑ Catherine          53  F                  NC

‑ Joshua H. [sic]    17  M                  IN

‑ Jerusah B.[Morrow] 14  F                  IN 

‑ Frances McEwen     25  F                  IN

‑ Mary               21  F                  IN

‑ Zachariah           8  M                  IN

‑ John                5  M                  IN

‑ William             3  M                  IA

‑ Benjamin            1  M                  IA

 

      Between 1854 and 1857, Mary Ferguson McEwen died. In the group sheet from Marilyn Pulliam, the estimate 1854 is given as her date of death. Since Wesley was born in 1854, she had to have been alive then. When her Father wrote his will on  29 Aug 1857, her heirs were mentioned. In the Nancy Ferguson letter of 4 Apr 1860 requesting partition, she was mentioned as being deceased.

 

      By 1856 (Iowa State Census), Francis J. had married a woman named Elizabeth (Wellmann?) and was living together with her and his youngest son, Wesley. The children William and Benjamin, who would have been 13 and 11, respectively, in 1860 had "disappeared". The oldest son, Zachariah, was living with his first cousin's, Telitha McEwen Kerns, family. A "Cass" McEwen, who corresponds in age to the second youngest son, John, was living with his first cousin's Benjamin Ferguson's family.

 

Census Info 1860: 21 Jun 1860, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 65

 

‑ Ben Ferguson      24 M  Farmer         400          PA [sic]              

- Martha            24 F                              OH

- Editha Irma        1 F                              IA

- Cass McEwen       16 M  Farm Laborer                IN

 

Census Info 1850: 29 Nov 1850, District 13, Wapello County, Iowa, page 498

- Madison W Wellman 36 M                  600         VA

- Elizabeth         38 F                              VA 

- Alvira            15 F                              KY

- William           13 M                              KY 

- John               6 M                              IA

 

Census Info 1860: 21 Jun 1860, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 66

 

‑ Francis McEwen    36 M  Miss. Baptist Clergyman     IN (cannot read/write)

- Elizabeth         44 F            (2000 500)        VA

- Wesley             6 M                              IA

- John Wellman      15 M

 

Census Info 1860: 22 Jun 1860, Cedar Twsp, Mahaska County, Iowa, page 73

 

‑ Lemuel Kerns      24 M  Farmer       300            VA  

‑ Telitha           22 F  Housewife                   IN

‑ Zachariah McEwen  17 M  Farm Laborer                IN

 

      In 1870, we have yet to find Francis J. and family. A note from Abbey Bauer indicates that he was married to Sara Jane Sperry and living in Davis County, IA in 1875 so he may have been there in 1870 also. I did find an IGI reference to the birth of a daughter Talma Hattie McEwen to Zachariah McEwen and Talma Brown in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa on 1 Aug 1880. Perhaps elements of the family had moved to Wapello County. In any case I plan on working through Wapello County for 1870 and 1880 and finding out.

 

      In 1880, we find Francis J. married once again to a Sarah J. and living with her, his son Wesley, her daughter Alvira from a previous marriage and their two children, Franklin and Delilah. Note that the children were all born in IA, indicating that the earliest Francis could have moved to KS was in 1876.

 

Census Info 1880: 3 Jun 1880, Tisdale Twsp, Cowley County, KS page 611

 

‑ Francis J. McEwenW M 55       Farmer                     IN NC NC

- Sarah J.         W F 35 wife  Keeping House              MO NY OH

- Wesley           W M 26 son   Farmer                     IA IN IN

- Franklin         W M 13 son   Farm Laborer               IA IN MO

- Delilah          W F  4 dau                              IA IN MO

- Alvira Drummond  W F 17 stepdau                          IA VA MO

 

      In 1900, we find Francis J.'s widow remarried. Since Guy McEwen, Francis's youngest son was born in KS in 1887, we can surmise that Francis J. lived until at least 1886. And since Sarah had 5 children, four of whom we have identified, it is possible that she and Francis had one more, born perhaps between 1880 and 1883 and already away from home by 1900.

 

Census Info 1900: 5 Jun 1900 Tisdale Twsp,Cowley County,KS, Page 198A

 

- David Williams     head W M Sep 1844    55    M   1                 PA WalesWales

- Sarah J.           wife W F Mar 1844    55    M   1  5  5           MO MA OH

- Harry              son  W M Jul 1868    31    S                     OH PA OH

- Guy B. McEwen   stepson W M Jul 1887    12    S                     KS IN MO

 

 

In Catherine Robertson's letters, the following information is given about Francis J.'s children.:

 

1. Zachariah      - living NE of Blackwell, OK with daughter (15 Mar 1910)

2. John(Cass?)    - a Coss McEwen lives near Winfield, KS (15 Mar 1910)

3. William  - not mentioned

4. Benjamin - not mentioned

5. Wesley   - died "several years ago" (15 Mar 1910)

6. Franklin - not mentioned

7. Delilah  - not mentioned

8. ______   - not mentioned

9. Guy B.   - not mentioned

 

      "Uncle Francey's children near all live in Arkansas City KS" (15 Mar 1910)

 

      I have been working my way through the Cowley County Census for 1900 and 1910 and have come across a series of other McEwen's. I am not sure whether or how they are related.


Melissa C. McEwen     

    Born: 10 Jun 1827 in Bartholomew County, Indiana

    Died: 16 Nov 1888 in Lewis County, Washington

    Buried:

    Married:

      (1) William Champ 23 Jun 1844 Decatur County, Indiana

 

William Champ

    Born: __ Nov 1823 in Bourbon County, KY

    Died:  2 Nov 1912 in Lewis County, WA

    Buried:

 

    Notes:

     had at least 7 children

 

-     children 1 to 3  born in Mahaska County, Iowa

-     children 4 to 7  born in _______ County, Washington

 

Children:

 

     1. Elizabeth             __ ___ 1845 ‑  __ ___ ____ (dead by 1856)

     2. Catherine             __ ___ 1849 ‑  __ ___ ____

     3. James M.              __ ___ 1855 ‑  __ ___ ____ (alive  5 Jun 1880)

     4. Jackson L.            __ ___ 18__ ‑  __ ___ ____

     5. John Hager            15 Aug 1861 -   6 Dec 1915

     6. Robert A.              3 Apr 1864 -   3 Apr 1939

     7. Willis                __ ___ 18__ ‑  __ ___ ____ (alive 5 Dec 1915)

 

Notes:

- 2. Catherine              married __ ___ ____ Herman Morrow

- 3. James M                married __ ___ ____ _________ __________

- 4. Jackson L.             married __ ___ ____ _________ __________

- 5. John Hager             married __ ___ ____ Cora Eells

- 6. Robert A.              married __ ___ ____ Mary __________

- 7. Willis                 married __ ___ ____ _________ __________


6. Melissa C. McEwen Champ

 

In the 1850 US Census, Melissa and William were living on a farm in Mahaska County, Iowa with their two daughters. After the death of her father James McEwen, Melissa's mother Catherine lived with them and traveled with them to Washington Territory in about 1860. In 1870, Melissa and her family, including Catherine, were living in Lewis County, WA.

 

Census Info 1850: 13 Sep 1850, Mahaska County, Iowa page 196

 

‑ William Champ      26  M  Farmer    400   IN?

‑ Melissa            22  F                  IN 

‑ Elizabeth           5  F                  IN

‑ Catherine           1  F                  IA

 

      Melissa had at least 7 children, about whom we know little at this time.


Nancy McEwen     

    Born: 22 Jul 1829 in Bartholomew County, IN

    Died: 22 Nov 1882 in Heppner, Morrow County, OR

    Buried: Masonic Cemetery, Heppner, Morrow County, OR

    Married: 23 Sep 1849 Mahaska County, Iowa

 

Jackson Lee Morrow

    Born: 18 Oct 1827 in Wayne County, KY

    Died: 22 Sep 1899 in Morrow County, OR

    Buried: Masonic Cemetery, Heppner, Morrow County, OR

 

    Notes:

 

-     Biography states they had 8 children but that only one (in 1889)

      was still living.

-     children 1 to 4  born in Sawamish (now Mason) County, WA

-     children 5 to 5  born in LaGrande County, OR

-     children 6 to 6  born in Morrow County, OR

-     all buried in Masonic Cemetery. Heppner, OR

 

Children:

 

     1. Elizabeth             12 Feb 1854 ‑  16 May 1868 b. Steilacom

     2. James W.               5 May 1859 ‑  __ ___ 1929

     3. Charles               22 Dec 1860 ‑  25 Jan 1878

     4. Amelia                28 Mar 1862 ‑  25 Jan 1878

     5. Alice                 27 Jul 1864 -  18 Oct 1864

     6. Eddie                  6 Feb 1868 ‑  30 Jan 1878

     7. ??

     8. ??

 

Notes:

- 2. James W.               married 16 Dec 1885 Katie M. Rhea

 


7. Nancy McEwen Morrow

 

      In 1840, Nancy was living in Decatur County, Indiana with her parents. On 23 Sep 1849, she married Jackson Lee Morrow in Mahaska County, Iowa when she was aged about 18 and he about 21. In 1850 they were living on a farm in Mahaska County. By 1860,they were living with their two children on a farm in Sawamish County, WA, probably next door to her in-laws. I have yet to find them in subsequent censuses.

 

Census Info 1850: 17 Sep 1850, Mahaska County, Iowa page 200

 

‑ Jackson Morrow     23  M  Farmer    300   KY

‑ Nancy              20  F                  IN 

 

Census Info 1850: 17 Sep 1850, Mahaska County, Iowa page 199 and 200

 

William M. Morrow    45  M  Merchant        KY

Elizabeth            35  F

Vandiver Morrow      20  M

James H. Morrow      14  M

Felix G.             12  M

William               7  M

Rebecca               1  F

 

Census Info 1860: 25 Jul 1860, Sawamish County, WA, page 186

 

‑ J. L. Morrow      32 M  Farmer      1500  1000      KY  

‑ Nancy             29 F  Housewife                   IN

‑ Elizabeth          6 F                              OR

‑ James W.           1 F                              WA

 

1900 US Census 11 Jun 1900 Heppner, Morrow, OR Page 288

William Morrow   head W M Mar 1859  41 M 16     WA KY IN

Katie            wife W F Sep 1865  34 M 16 4 2 NB KY IN

Hazel            dau  W F Dec 1890   9          OR KY IN

Jackson          son  W M Feb 1896   4          OR KY IN

 

1910 US Census 25 Apr 1910 Portland, Multnomah, OR Roll 1285 Book 1, Page 291a Irving St.

James W. Morrow  head M W 51 M 25      WA KY IL

Katie M.         wife F W 45 M 25  4 2 NB PA Ger

Hazel            dau  F W 20 S         OR WA NB

Jackson L.       son  M W 14 S         OR WA NB

Pearl Ferguson   brdr F W 16 S         OR OR NY

 

1920 US Census 9 Jan 1920  Portland, Multnomah, OR

James Morrow     head M W 60 Wd  WA TN?US

Hazel Sutherland dau  M W 31 M   OR WA NB

Martin           sinl M W 30 M   OR Ca ME

Donald           gson M W  4 S   OR OR OR

William          gson M W  1 S   OR OR OR

 

1930 US Census

“Mother Barnie” Sutherland head 46 (as found in Ancestry.com index)

Hazel  M                   wife 40

Donald M                   son  14

William M                  son  11

Catherine V                dau   1

 

1930 US Census 8 Apr 1930  Portland, Multnomah, OR

Jackson Lee Morrow  head W M 34 M 21 OR US US owner aviation school

Irene A.            wife W F 33 M 20 OR CA WA

James W.            son  W M  9 S    OR OR OR

Jackson Lee         son  W M  5 S    OR OR OR

Ann E. Johnson      monl W F 60 Wd   WA KY LA

 

 

 

Jackson L. Morrow 11 Feb 1896 - __ Apr 1984 d. Salem. Marion, OR

Hazel Sutherland  25 Dec 1889 - __ Aug 1981 d. Salem. Marion, OR

Martin Sutherland 22 Mar 1884 - __ Dec 1968 d. Salem, Polk, OR

Nellie Ray Martin Morrow 11 Mar 1887

From the "History of Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington", Vol II, 1889, pages 482 - 483.

 

It is not so uncommon a thing in this land of a great future for a man to lay out a town or build a city; but there is but one man in the state who may be called the maker of a county, and whose name is perpetuated in its designation: that man is Jackson L. Morrow of Heppner, Oregon, whose sketch is here presented. This honor was worthily bestowed upon him at the instance and almost insistence of his neighbors, in recognition of his privation and labor in settling up the region, in building Heppner, and securing the division of Morrow County from Umatilla.

      A region which was once regarded as inaccessible and desolate has now become, by the efforts of a driving body of men, beginning with Mr. Morrow and Mr. Heppner, a thriving and prosperous portion of Oregon. The population of the county is now six thousand, with Heppner itself about one thousand, with a good outlook in the near future for about five thousand. A branch line of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company brings the city within easy reach of all the markets, and taps a great grain and grazing belt. The first settler upon the town site of the city was G.W. Standsbury. Morrow and Heppner came next; and together they set into operation the works which have made the place. A subsidy of twenty five thousand dollars was paid to the railroad company to extend their line and make the city a terminus, as it will be for many years. This shows something of the enterprise of the place.

      Mr. Morrow was born in Kentucky in Oct. 18 1827. His father a trader, and in pursuit of his calling moved with his family to Illinois in 1837, and after three years to Iowa. There he was educated at Mount Pleasant. Thirteen years subsequently the young man came to Oregon, soon finding a home on the Sound at Olympia. Afterwards in Mason County, he engaged in merchandising, lumbering, mail-contracting, ranching, etc., and induced his parents to come from the east and make their home upon the coast. The father afterwards moved to Washington Territory.. He was a man of more than average ability and showed his capacity for public affairs by taking an active part in politics and occupying a seat in the territorial legislature. The son, the subject of our sketch, was also interested in matters political, and was auditor of Mason County, to which office he was elected on the Democratic ticket.

      During the Indian war of 1855 - 1856, Mr. Morrow did essential service in collecting the Indians who were disposed to be peaceable at the head of North Bay. It was the policy of the government to feed and protect all the Indians that were willing to surrender their arms to parties appointed to receive them and be friendly with the Whites. Owing to this order during the fall of 1855, Mr. Morrow went with Colonel Simmons to Fort Nisqually and with the influence and assistance of Dr. Tolmie got the consent of the Indians to be moved to the head of North Bay, where they could be more easily protected from the whites and where they would also be away from the influence of the hostiles then in the field.

      Morrow and Simmons succeeded in gathering up some two or three hundred and locating them at that point and kept them for at least four months. Morrow then received orders from Colonel Simmons and Governor Stevens to move them onto Square Island, the place already selected for the Reservation. At that point, they collected at least two hundred more Indians , making five or six hundred in all. His duties were somewhat disagreeable as he must give passes and assign daily rations; and feeling this work monotonous, he resigned and went into the volunteer service, serving in that capacity until the end of the trouble. Many of his experiences led him into peril; and he performed a number of memorable exploits in the field.

      In 1864 Mr. Morrow turned his face away from salt water, going to the heart of the Blue Mountains and engaging at Le Grande in general merchandising. He was elected at that place a member of the common council and was chosen president of that body ex-officio mayor. Mr. Morrow was also county treasurer of Union County for four years. After eight years in that delightful Valley, he located in that portion of Umatilla County which now constitutes Morrow County, building the first house and opening a stock of goods with a determination to make a city. In this he has been remarkably successful, the city of Heppner (named by himself for his partner) having a phenomenally rapid growth. He was elected to the Oregon legislature while yet in Umatilla and in the two houses of that body pushed through the bill to erect the county of Morrow - named thus at the decree of his constituents. He still conducts his business with marked ability and enjoys the personal esteem of a large and influential community. He is one of Oregon's prominent, representative men whose life work is incorporated distinctively in her structure. His city is his pride; and he looks confidently to its large increase in a short space of time.

      In the Indian War of 1856 he bore his part, being appointed assistant agent on the Sqak Reservation and doing active duty as scout under Captain Smith.

      He married in Iowa, Miss Nancy McEwen and brought his wife to this new home in the West. Of their eight children but one, now an active man of thirty, is living.


John Hager McEwen

    Born:  4 Feb 1832 in Bartholomew County, IN

    Died: 13 Jan 1913 in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, WA

    Buried: IOOF Cemetery, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, WA

    Married: __ Aug 1850 Mahaska County, Iowa

 

Jerusah Amelia Morrow

    Born:  7 Dec 1834 in _____ County, IL

    Died: 27 Oct 1898 in Ellensburg, Kittitas County, WA

    Buried: IOOF Cemetery, Ellensburg, Kittitas County, WA

 

    Notes:

 

-     Biography states they had 5 children.

-     children 1 to 4  born in Mahaska County, IA

-     children 5 to 5  born in Mason County, WA

-     There is a 6th child in Marilyn Pulliam's group sheet

 

Children:

 

     1. Elizabeth              3 Jul 1851 ‑ 24 Mar 1951

     2. James William         24 Oct 1853 - 15 Jul 1915

     3. Harvey                 1 Jan 1855 -  9 Jun 1937

     4. Catherine Isabel      __ ___ 1858?‑ __ ___ 1880?

     5. Laura Ellen           __ ___ 1866 -  7 May 1955

     6. Etta Dora              6 Mar 1873 - 22 May 1936

 

Notes:

- 1. Elizabeth              married 23 Jan 1868 James Ferguson

- 2. James William          married __ ___ 1886 Sarah A. Bannister

- 3. Harvey                 married __ ___ ____ Martha F. Gruel

- 4. Catherine Isabel       married __ ___ ____ J. R. Lee   

- 5. Laura Ellen            married __ ___ ____ Abraham Wheeler

- 6. Etta Dora              married __ ___ ____ William Lee

     Etta Dora              married __ ___ ____ ?? Gore

 


8. John Hager McEwen

 

      In 1840, John was living in Decatur County, Indiana with his parents. In the 1850 US Census (17 Sep 1850), he was living with his parents and wife Jerusah B. Morrow whom he had just married on 11 Aug 1850. I have yet to find John and Jerusah in the 1860 US Census, most likely because they were enroute to the west [for 1870, look under John and Emily McKewen]. In the 1880 US census, they were living with three children on a farm in Yakima County, WA. (I have yet to look in the 1900 or 1910 WA census.)

 

Census Info 1880: 9 Aug 1880, East Kittitas Precinct, Yakima County, WA page 422D

 

‑ Harvey McEwen    W M 23 ____ Farmer                      IA IA IL

‑ Martha           W F 20 wife                             IA IL IL

‑ Oscar            W M  1 son                              WA IA IA

 

‑ John McEwen      W M 48 ____ Farmer                      IN NC NC

‑ Jersah           W F 46 wife Keeping house               IA IN IL

‑ Laura            W F 13 dau  at school                   WA IN IL

‑ Etta             W F  7 dau  at school                   WA IN IL

‑ William          W M 26 son  Farmer                      IA IN IL

 

‑ James Ferguson   W M 35 ____ Farmer                      IN KY IN (or 41?)

‑ Elizabeth        W F 28 wife Keeping house               IA IN IL

‑ Margaret Olive   W F 10 dau  at school                   WA IN IA

‑ John             W M  9 son  at school                   WA IN IA

‑ James            W M  4 son                              WA IN IA

‑ Lotta            W F  1 dau                              WA IN IA

 

In the "History of Washington, The Evergreen State, From early Dawn to Daylight", Vol I, American Historical Pub. Co., 1893, Julian Hawthorne, Ed.

 

      J. H. McEwen, farmer and Stockman of Ellensburg, Washington, was born in Indiana in 1832. His parents were North Carolinians, his father having been a popular Baptist preacher in that state, while his grandfather figured as a soldier in the War of Revolution. Young McEwen received his early education in Indiana and moved to Iowa in 1850 [the move to Iowa was nearer 1846] where he began working for himself. In 1860, he journeyed across the plains by ox-team to Puget Sound in a company of 20 wagons, being so fortunate as to escape an encounter with Indians, though 6 months on the road. Settling in Olympia. he engaged in stock raising but migrated to the Kittitas Valley in 1871 where he took up a homestead claim and now owns 480 acres of largely fertile land. He was married in Iowa in August 1850 to Miss Juliana N. Morrow [sic - actually Jerusah Amelia Morrow], an Illinois lady, born in 1837 [actually 1834]. Five children have been the result of their union. Mr. McEwen is a representative man of his class, of those who made the real wealth and strength of any country -- the tillers of the soil.
Wilkes County Chambers info

 

James Mathews m. Polly Chambers 7 May 1807 - Jonathan Rogers Bondsman (P. 173)

Charles Cargile m. Sarah Curry 29 Oct 1805 - John Chambers Bondsman (P. 42)

James Cargile m. Sary Martin 17 Nov 1812 - John Chambers Bondsman (P. 42)

 

On 19 Sep 1797


 



    [1]Per Marilyn Pulliam - Elenor Sharp McEwen may well have been a McEwen widow rather that a McEwen, viz. her being listed as Elenor Sharp McEwen in Wilkes County NC marriage records. Another possible theory is that she could be a divorcee, perhaps the same as the Polly Sharp who married Archibald McEwen on 12 Jun 1807.

    [2]The choices I made in assigning names to categories are arbitrary but based on some degree of reasoning. James was 5 years old in 1890 and thus a sure candidate. Analysis of age categories in which he appeared in the 1820 US Census in Mercer County, KY and in the 1830 US Census in Bartholomew County, IN indicate that he was born between 1790 and 1794. Archibald married in 1807 at an age between 14 and 17 based on this analysis. Reasonableness dictates the earliest date possible or 1890. Thus James would haver been the oldest brother and Archibald the second oldest. Marilyn Pulliam gives a date of circa 1793 for his birthdate. I do not know what her source of information was. This would make him 14 at the time of his first marriage in 1807, however, and would also require us to re-examine who the other male child 5 to 10 years of age of Daniel McEwen was in the 1790 US Census for Wilkes County NC. The choice of names for James' sisters are taken from the Wilkes County marriage records.

    [3]Cynthia Ann McEwen was recorded in the US Census in Mahaska County, IA, as age 28 on 17 Sep 1850 and as age 38 on 22 Jun 1860. In the 1830 US Census in Bartholomew County, IN, she was recorded in the 5 to 10 age bracket. In the 1840 US Census in Decatur County, IN, she was recorded in the [have not yet checked] age bracket. Thus a birth year of 1821 or 1822 would be possible.

[4]Rowan County Register, May 1986 Issue - page 63

Published Quarterly by

Jo White Linn

Box 1948

Salisbury, NC 28144

 

[5]Iredell County North Carolina Deed Abstracts Vol 1 (1788 - 1797) Abstracts of Books A and B

Published by

Abstract Publishers

P.O. Box 308

Statesville, N.C. 28677

 

 

[6]Inventory of estate Papers of Iredell County NC 1788-1915

Lois M.P. Schneider

Route 2, Box 270-R

Troutman, NC 28166

 

[7]Rowan County Will Abstracts Vol I (1753 - 1805) Abstracts of Books A-F

Published by

Mrs. Stahle Linn, Jr.

Box 978

Salisbury, NC 28144

 

 

    [8]Since neither names nor dates match, the possibilty exists that Eleanor Fortner and Ellen Lee are not the same person. But Ellen Lee appears again with the family in later censuses.

    [9]years in state