*GUSTAVUS H. EWING
^IRENE--note--Irene Samantha Williams is most likely the daughter of Andrew and Mercilla Williams of DeKalb Co., TN. The 1860 census lists this family with a known brother of Irene's, Licurgus Williams. However, Irene, who would have been an infant at the time of the census, is not included in the record.
CHILDREN of *GUSTAVUS EWING and *IRENE SAMANTHA WILLIAMS
^MARTIN HOMER--note--Martin Homer Ewing, younger brother of John Herschel Ewing, married Ella Pirtle (20 Oct 1891-?) on 21 July 1912. Ella Pirtle was the younger sister of my Grandmother Nannie Cordelia.
Gustavus H. Ewing was my great-grandfather. He was a young child living on his father's land when the Civil War came to Tennessee. There is a family story told of Gussie about his conduct during raids by Union soldiers on the family plantation. The family would habitually hide in the cellar during these raids, but Gussie, too curious to resist a peek, once thrust his head outside to look around. The Union soldiers saw the cotton-headed youngster and yelled at him, "You had better get back into that cellar, you little white-headed devil." This particular group of raiders chose to ignore the frightened group in the cellar and went on with their business.
Gussie married my great-grandmother Irene when she had just turned 14 years of age. She maintained that since Gussie was about to leave Tennessee for Texas, she agreed to marry him despite her youth because she didn't want to risk losing him.
Gussie died in Texas from what is said to have been a skin cancer that began on his nose. His exact place of burial is unknown but is somewhere near Grapevine, Texas. He was only 41 and left Irene with children to raise ranging in age from 3 to 20. When my grandfather, John Herschel Ewing, married my grandmother, Nannie Cordelia Pirtle, Irene made her home with them. She lived there until John Herschel's death, and then went to live with another son, Eugene.