Yes, Ephraim Alewine (b. abt 1794 - d. between 1860-70)is my gr-gr-gr-grandfather. He was a brother of Abraham Alewine, the father of your Joseph A. Alewine. Here is some info on Ephraim:
1830 - Ephraim Alewine is named for the first time in this census. He is listed as between 30-40 years old with an unnamed wife, possibly Hanna or an earlier unknown wife, aged 20-30 and an unidentified son [possibly Abraham Alewine, b. abt. 1820] between 10-15 years old. Ephraim's family lives next to Abraham Alewine, in all liklihood, an older brother of Ephraim.
1840 - Ephraim Alewine, between 40-50 years old, has an unnamed wife certainly Hanna, aged 20-30 and a son under 5, probably Jacob.He also has two daughters, less than 10 years, no doubt Nancy and Elizabeth C. The family lives near M. Alawine, 20-30 years old. This is probably Michael, a younger brother of Ephraim.
1850 - Ephraim Alewine, 56, is a farmer in Abbeville District. His wife Hannah is 46. They have 5 children.Nancy, the oldest is 19, Elizabeth C. 13, Jacob 11, James A. [Addison] is 7 and Joseph L. [middle initial is an error, middle name is Fields] is 2 years old.The family was born in South Carolina.Elizabeth and Jacob have attended school in the last year.
1860 - This is our last record of Ephraim Alewine. He is 60 with the following children: Caroline, 23, who is probably Elizabeth C.,James is 18, Fields, 12 and John [most likely John Ephraim Alewine (1860-1934)] 1 year old, possibly a grandson of Ephraim.All were born in South Carolina. The value of Ephraim's property is $200.
1861-1865 - Ephraim Alewine probably died during the early years of the Civil War, most likely in 1862. Two of his sons, James Addison, just 18, and then Jacob, 23, went off to fight in 1861. One can imagine that the elderly father was worried sick for his sons. James Addison most likely returned home in the summer of 1862. He indicates in both the 1900 and the 1910 census that his marriage to Sarah Davis took place in 1862. Additionally, his Civil War service record carries him as absent beginning in August 1862. I believe he came home because his father Ephraim was ill or had died and while at home he married before returning to his unit.
Children of Ephraim Alewine:
Abraham Alewine (b. abt 1820- ????) moved to Stewart County, GA prior to 1840.
Nancy Alewine (b. abt. 1831)
Elizabeth C. Alewine (b. abt. 1837)
Caroline Alewine (b. abt 1837) Highly likely Elizabeth C. and Caroline are the same person.
Jacob Alewine (1938-1909) Civil War vet. Wounded at Gettysburg. Lived and died in Anderson county SC. Buried in Belton City Cemetery, Belton, SC
James Addison Alewine (1843-1911) My gr-gr-grandfather. Civil War vet, farmer, mill worker. Enlisted at age 17 the day after Fort Sumter. Saw action at 1st Bull Run. Carried AWOL for a while in 1862. Re-enlisted. Pardoned at Appomatox. Died in Greenwood, SC. Grave site unknown.
Joseph Fields Alewine (1848-1915) Also my gr-gr-grandfather due to marriage of 1st cousins - a son of James and a daughter of Joseph. Farmer, fisherman, carpenter and a lover of drink. Buried at Westview Cemetery, Augusta, GA.
John Ephraim Alewine (1860-1934) Possible child or grandchild of Ephraim.A John in household in 1860 as a 1-yr old.No relationship was noted. Buried in Belton City Cemetery, Belton, SC
William Mike Alewine (abt 1860-1920) Possible son of Ephraim. Although there are no records of William prior to 1900, Alton Alawine felt that William Mike was a child of Ephraim because William's sons were all named after Ephraim and Ephraim's sons. His oldest was named Ephraim and others included Jacob, James, Joseph and John. Additionally, Alton felt no other possibility made any sense. Buried in unmarked grave somewhere in Little River Cemetery, near Honea Path, SC. The mystery continues.