- John Ewing
- Given names
|Death of a half-brother||Nathaniel Ewing|
|Death of a brother||Joshua Ewing|
August 9, 1753
Cecil County, Maryland, USA
Latitude: N39.631379 Longitude: W75.912663
|Kentucky County, Virginia Formed|| December 31, 1776|
Note: Kentucky County (then alternately spelled Kentucke County) was formed by the Commonwealth of Virginia by dividing Fincastle County, VA. into three new counties: Kentucky, Washington, and Montgomery, effective December 31, 1776. During the three and one-half years of Kentucky County's existence, its seat of government was Harrodstown (then also known as Oldtown, later renamed Harrodsburg).
|Articles of Confederation|| November 17, 1777|
Note: The Continental Congress submitted the Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Articles_of_Confederation
|Kentucky County, Virginia Abolished|| June 30, 1780|
Note: Kentucky County was abolished on June 30, 1780, when it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties of Virginia. These later petitioned together to separate from Virginia, which was approved by the Virginia House of Delegates.
|Kentucky Becomes 15th State|| June 25, 1792|
|Lincoln County, Kentucky Formed|| June 25, 1792|
Note: Lincoln was one of the original three counties formed out of Virginia's Kentucky County. (The other two were Fayette and Jefferson counties.) These three were separated from Virginia to create the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1792.
|George Washington Relected|| December 5, 1792|
Note: Geo. Washington relected to his second term as president.
|Knox County, Kentucky Formed|| December 19, 1799|
Note: Knox County was officially formed on December 19, 1799. Losing counties were Lincoln County.
|Last change|| December 28, 2003 – 00:44:47|
|Family with parents|
Birth: about 1704 39 — Coleraine County, Londonderry, Ireland
Death: August 9, 1753 — Cecil County, Maryland, USA
|Father’s family with Mrs. William Ewing II (1st)|
Birth: about 1693 28 — Coleraine County, Londonderry, n Ireland
Death: about 1748 — Coleraine County, Londonderry, n Ireland
John Ewing is the father of Ellender Cocke who married Charles Cocke. The Ewings appear to have been a relatively prosperous "Scots-Irish" family which migrated to Cecil County, Maryland prior to the Revolution. It is said that the Ewings were shipbuilders and built their own ship the "Eagle Wing" which was used to transport the Ewings to America. (The name Ewing is said to have derived from the phrase "Eagle Wing".) From the number of Ewing families that appear in precolonial times, one has to wonder if this is not true. Like Charles Cocke, John Ewing lived along Cripple Creek, which is probably where Charles Cocke met Ellender. Both Charles Cocke and John Ewing were "long-hunters" and made several claims to land in the Powell Valley. John Ewing made several transfers of land to Charles Cocke prior to his death in 1788, including land on Trading Creek. In his Will, he gave additional land on Trading Creek to John Cocke, son of Charles and Ellender. He was still living at Cripple Creek at the time of his death and his Will was probated in Montgomery County. There is some confusion about the reference to Charles Cocke in his Will which needs to be clarified. Some transcriptions of the Will have inserted the phrase "grandson" before Charles Cocke. This could be right, since Charles and Ellender did have a son Charles. However, it is more likely that John Ewing was referring to his son-in-law Charles Cocke, who would have had more use for a saw than his infant son. Assuming that the original Will is still intact, this question could be resolved by an examination of that document. John Ewing did not move to Cripple Creek alone. He was accompanied by his brothers James, William and Samuel Ewing. Both James and Samuel Ewing fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant. They were also accompanied by their cousin and brother-in-law George Ewing. (George was a brother-in-law because James and William Ewing had married his sisters, Margaret and Jane Ewing.) George Ewing also fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant. The brothers of James, William and Samuel died without leaving any descendants. However, George Ewing had several children, including, Samuel, John, George, James, and William. The children were apparently to as Jr. to distinguish them from their uncles with the same name. For example, when the loyalty oath was administered in 1777 and 1778, separate references were made to John Ewing and John Ewing, Jr. Later, when the family of John Ewing moved to Lee County, the family of George Ewing remained in Wythe County. There were also a couple of other Ewing families living in Bedford County, Virginia, USA. However, they do not appear to have settled in Wythe County, There are two different versions of how John Ewing got to Cripple Creek. One is that he moved from Cecil County, Maryland to Virginia around 1770-71. This is based on a number of documents showing a John Ewing selling household goods in Cecil County, Maryland. The other version is that he moved, along with his brothers, Prince Edward County around 1760 and then moved to Cripple Creek. This is supported by documents showing a John Ewing sale of 1,100 acres of land in Prince Edward County. My belief is that the latter version is more likely for several reasons: First, the John Ewing selling goods in Cecil County mentions a Patrick Ewing, presumably a brother. However, there is no evidence that our John Ewing had a brother or close relative named Patrick Ewing. Second, if John Ewing had waited until 1770-71 to move to Cripple Creek, then Charles and Ellender would not have had very much time to meet, marry and conceive their first child Jane, who was born in 1772. Third, the brothers of John married into a family of Ewings that was living in Prince Edward County around 1760. Interestingly, if John Ewing did move to Prince Edward County around 1760, there is a chance that he ran into the Charles and Jester Cocke from Lunenburg County sometime during their westward move to Cripple Creek.