CHILDREN of *JOHN EWING
^CHARLES--note--There is only one source that I have seen mentioning Charles as a child of John Ewing. The following was found in A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, Virginia, 1733-1831 by Anne Lowry Worrell: "EWING, John. Will probated Mar. 5, 1788. Names children Elinoe [Elanore]Cocke, Betsy, Alexander, William and Charles. " However, the copy of the text of John Ewing's Will which I possess and which is reproduced on this site mentions only Charles Cocke, a grandson, leading to a conclusion that a possible error was made in the citation from the Will.
^ELIZABETH--note--Research on Elizabeth Ewing's descendants can be found at Mark and Melissa Kelly's genealogy site.
John Ewing, my fourth great-grandfather, was one of the early explorers of Powell Valley in what is now Lee County, Virginia. Dr. Elbert W.R. Ewing, in his book Clan Ewing of Scotland, states, "John Ewing...saw for himself the rich valley lands as he passed up and down the old Hunter's Path. He knew Henderson [an earlier explorer of the Valley] and of his ambitious plan to found Transylvania, a supply center which was to be in the center of Powell Valley. He was acquainted with the movement headed by Russell and Boone to settle Kentucky in 1775, destined to be a bloody repulse in the Valley's midst. With the keen eye of a thrifty Scot he saw the rapidly approaching value, as well as the scenic beauty, of the rich lands of Powell Valley. His judgement proved more accurate than he dreamed."
John Ewing did not attempt to make his home in Powell Valley after the Revolution, but he did press claim to lands he selected there before the War. John and his brother Samuel were certified entitled to 400 acres by right of settlement and 500 acres under the preemption law. However, John Ewing possessed and lived on 1100 acres in Prince Edward County, VA and then sold his holdings there and moved to Fincastle County, settling on the banks of Cripple Creek in what became part of Montgomery County. There he lived, raised his family, and died. The name of my fourth great-grandmother, John's wife and the mother of his beloved children, has not been found in any record. Also unknown is the significance of John's failure to mention her by name or relationship in his Will, although the likely explanation is that she died before John Ewing's passing.
John Ewing had evolved from Long Hunter in the unsettled lands of the Powell Valley to prosperous landowner, providing a solid future for his children upon his death. His Last Will and Testament gives some idea of the way John and his family lived and worked.
His son, my third great-grandfather, would go on from this relatively calm environment in Virginia to fight for his newly-formed country in the Revolutionary War and to become an important landholder and citizen of Davidson County, TN.