I know there has been much debate (at least in our Polk/Pollock ancestry) as to the arrival year in America of at least one branch of the Ewings, that being the forefathers of Nathaniel Ewing in his letter to President James K. Polk claiming that the President's kinfolk had arrived in 1727 with some of his. Some claim he was merely estimating by approximation or perhaps was completely mistaken.
I'm trying to find proof of their year of arrival. Would appreciate any reference anyone has to document this.
What may be of interest to Ewing's descending from this branch is a copy of an old newspaper I found attached to someone's family tree on Ancestry.com. Since I can't copy and paste it here, I've typed it up verbatim. I've saved a copy to my computer if anyone is interested I would be happy to send them a copy of the newspaper article, which does not state a date or newspaper it was published in:
OLD BIBLE PROVES TO BE ONE OF MOST INTERESTING 'FINDS'
It is the day of old things being found and one of the most interesting finds that has come to our notice is an old Bible which Mr. John Davis has been good enough to bring to the office that we may see it.
The original binding is gone (except in spots) but evidently was of leather. Another cover, ancient looking too, has been sewed on and is of leather. Pasted on the inside cover is a card bearing the name of "B. Frank Porter, Ivanhoe, Va" and Mr. Davis tells us Mr. Porter is the grandfather of Mrs. Davis. The original owner, however, evidently was James Ewing, as among the numerous writings on blank pages and margins we find " Jas' Ewing his Book Ye 21 January 1746/7".
"James Ewing, his Bible, bought in the year 1727. Bought by Alexander Ewing in Ireland. He departed this life age sixty one, May ye 7th 1738. ------- Hannah Porter was born --- Dec 25, 1737. --illiam Porter was born ---- 27, 1733 (or 23). -----------ow Porter was born 1741. ----------- is 37 years old on March the 19th day of 1742. His book. "
On the page marking the New Testament was 'Printed in the year M.D.C.C. (1700). On the same page is written "'James Ewing". "Mary Porter was born November the 29th, 1743."
On the next page, which had been written all over can still be deciphered the following:
"James Ewing was born the 8th of Aug 1723. John Ewing was born on the 25 of ---- 1725. William Ewing was born the 8th of Jan'y 1728/9 and was baptized by John ------- Feb 28, 1728. Margaret Ewing, daughter to Alexander Ewing ---- the 8th day ------- (born) ------ born the 12th of March 1734. ---------------- was born 10 of March 1729. Samuel Ewing was born 10 March 1738. "
On another page: "Alexander Ewing deces't in May ye 1 day 1737/8. "
The Bible is intact from Genesis through Revelation, though the first few chapters of Genesis are missing and all the leaves are yellow with age. It's interesting to note that all a's are made like 'f's' and in some places W is made thus VV (two v's).
Following Revelations is 'The Psalms of David in Meeter'.
Evidently James Ewing was a diligent reader, and yet his mind must have wandered from the text for here and there on the margin is written 'Polly' or 'Polly Porter', and who knows but that the tiny brown curl tucked away among the pages yellow and spotted with age may not be one of Polly's?
Does anyone know when and where this article was originally published?
I'm working on piecing together several Ewings that purchased land in Lancaster and Cumberland County, PA in the 1730-1760's. If anyone has information about the Ewings that settled there, I would love to hear from you.