W. J., William J. (Jasper) "Buck" McEWEN
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McEWEN, James
KIRK, Agnes
TARPLEY, Christina
(Abt 1797-1853)
McEWEN, John M.
OLDHAM, Nancy H. (Hicks)
McEWEN, W. J., William J. (Jasper) "Buck"


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1. HALL, Margaret A. (Agnes)

2. SMITH, Sarah E. (Elizabeth)

McEWEN, W. J., William J. (Jasper) "Buck"

  • Born: 26 Jan 1839, Tennessee
  • Marriage: (1): HALL, Margaret A. (Agnes) 29 Sep 1867, Hood Co., Texas
  • Marriage: (2): SMITH, Sarah E. (Elizabeth) 28 Nov 1879, Hood Co., TX
  • Died: 21 Jun 1922, Aspermont, Stonewall Co., Texas
  • Buried: Aspermont, Stonewall Co., TX

bullet  General Notes:

McEwen, William J., PVT, Commanding Officer : Formwalt, Jno. A. Capt. Stockton Cavalry, 20th Brigade. Enlisted 3-61 at Buchanan, Johnson County, Texas. (Remarks - R & F. 55: Election certificate with roll: members of CO. reside in NW corner of Johnson Cnty. Co. org. under act of Feb 15-58 1 MR dated June 27 61.)

William Jasper (Buck) McEwen is mentioned in the book "Salt Pork to Sirloin - The History of Baylor County" on pages 112, and 113. An excerpt follows: "The First Christian Church Seymour, Texas - Organized March 1880 with 12 members: Mr. and Mrs. N.M. Bandy, Mr. Banteau, Miss May Boone, Judge and Mrs. R.J. Browning, Mr. and Mrs. Buck McEwen, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Ranson and Mr. and Mrs. Windy turner."

"Mr. Buck McEwen with his family moved from Thorp Spring to Seymour in the early spring of 1880. They were typical western pioneer Christian people. They later moved on a farm in the Cache Creek community. These pioneer Christians, with a few friends, met each Sunday afternoon for the Lord's Supper to keep in memory of the death of the Saviour. "

And, as written by Ada Leonora McEwen Bandy : " My grandfather John W. [sic] McEwen... grew up in Tennessee and there was married to Nancy Oldham. [Nancy Oldham married John M. McEwen, son of James McEwen] When my father, William Jasper McEwen, was two years old, grandfather died. Two years later grandmother married Earl Thorp. Soon after this marriage she and Mr. Thorp sold the small plantation in Tennessee and, with my father and three slaves, came to Texas. [Nancy came to Texas as a widow and married P.E. Thorp after receiving a Texas land grant in her own name.]

"...[they] secured large tracts of land near the Brazos River in Hood County, 40 miles southeast of the U.S. Army fort on the Trinity River, Fort Worth.

They selected as their homesite a beautiful valley surrounded by rolling hills that were covered with Live Oak trees. Nearby was a never-failing creek of clear, cold water (later called Strouds Creek) and also a sulphur spring, the water of which was supposed to be a cure for many ills."
"More land and more slaves were purchased, and when my father [William J.] became of age, he was made overseer on the plantation. He believed in ruling by kindness rather than by force. "Mars Willum", as the Negro's called him, was loved by young and old alike. Then came the war. Father went into the service and served full time without being wounded or taken prisoner.

In 1867 my father was married to Margaret Agnes Hall of Weatherford, Texas. He built their home a few miles from Thorp Spring near a fresh water stream which was later known as McEwen Creek. I was born there in 1869." Ada Leonore McEwen Bandy 1869 - 1962

Wm. J. McEwen sold his farm and moved to Thorp Spring following the death of his wife Margaret and son John in 1878. He constructed and operated a General Mercantile store in Thorp spring until 1880 when he, his family and several other families relocated farther out on the frontier to an area near Round Timber, Texas known as Seymour. Once settled in Seymour, Wm. J. and his partners opened another General Merchandise store.

"The business district of the town consisted of a grocery store, a doctor's office, a drugstore and a lawyer's office and courtroom combined. There was a large two-story building of native stone. Half of the lower floor was used for a general merchandise store owned and operated by daddy, Uncle Milt, and Mr. Ranson. The other half was the hotel dining room. The upper story consisted of hotel rooms. There was no jail. One small building was used for a church or Sunday School when a visiting minister happened along or when someone would teach sunday School.

Last but not least there was a saloon and gambling hall, a small stone building which was teh gathering place for the riff-raff and undesirable population. These were men who had been driven out of law-abiding towns and counties and were seekling new fields for their activities. The saloon and gambling hall was open day and night. There were drunken brawls, shootings and frequent killings which may or may not have been accidental. In most cases no witnesses could be found who would testify, and killers went unpunished." Ada Leonora McEwen Bandy 1869-1962

The widespread mayhem and lawlessness of Seymour was no doubt an element in Wm. J.'s decision to sell his part of the business and buy a small cattle farm outside Seymour.

Wm. J. later was lured to the Stonewall County area by a letter from his half-brother Henry Thorp who wrote Wm. J. that good land was available cheap in the Aspermont area. Wm. J.'s family's last move was to the Shinery Lake area of Stonewall County, just outside of Aspermont, Texas.

Probate and Guardianship documents exist in Burleson County, Texas courthouse that verify and confirm the connection of William J. McEwen to John M. McEwen of Tennesse, as well as to James McEwen of Tennessee, John M.'s father. The probate and guardianship documents track Pleasant Earl Thorp's attempt to secure W.J.'s inheritance from the estate of James McEwen of Tennessee.

James P. Mcewen


W. married Margaret A. (Agnes) HALL, daughter of John M. (McCurdy) HALL and Margaret FAIRES (FERRIS?), on 29 Sep 1867 in Hood Co., Texas. (Margaret A. (Agnes) HALL was born on 11 Dec 1849 in Giles Co., TN, died on 15 Nov 1878 in Thorp Spring, Hood Co., TX and was buried in Hood Co., Texas.)

W. also married Sarah E. (Elizabeth) SMITH, daughter of William SMITH and Sarah STEWART, on 28 Nov 1879 in Hood Co., TX. (Sarah E. (Elizabeth) SMITH was born in Nov 1858 in Kenton Station, Obion Co., Tennessee, died in 1923 in Aspermont, Stonewall Co., TX and was buried in Aspermont, Stonewall Co., TX.)

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