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The Ewing Family of Belmont NC Updated December 24, 2011
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Belmont - Gaston County - North Carolina - USA
- From 1750 Scotland, To The Colonies, To The Present -
North Carolina was a British colony in 1750 when a Scottish carpenter, George Ewing left Edinburgh, Scotland and set sail for the New World. In that New World he began a new life, would soon marry and have a son who would grow up to be a brave young man with a true Patriots heart. Hugh (Ewen) Ewing fought alongside Major William Chronicle in the Battle of Kings Mountain as a member of the local militia that Chronicle called his "Southfork Boys". They rode on horse back in a cold October rain to join the Over Mountain Men near Kings Mountain where they met and soundly defeated the highly trained Loyalist Army of British General Lord Cornwallis under the command of Major Patrick Ferguson. Later, Thomas Jefferson would refer to the battle as, "the joyful annunciation of that turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War with the seal of our independence". We are profoundly blessed to have our family's great historical heritage so well documented in American history books and we are equally proud to live on ancestral land that has been in our family continuously since the days of Colonial North Carolina. That was so long ago many folks do not grasp the span of time. To help put it in perspective, our family had been here, established and settled, over 100 years before the Civil War began, being some of the earliest white settlers west of the Catawba River. It is the hope of the Ewing family that the same spirit of liberty and freedom that burned inside of Hugh Ewing and those early patriots will be rekindled in the heart of present day Americans. Only by studying our past can we know of the truly great sacrifices, triumphs and tragedies of our early American ancestors. They had become so burdened with the heavy load of government intrusion into their lives that they were literally willing to kill and to die to preserve their freedom and liberty. May their noble sacrifices never be forgotten.