|Anna McEwen wife of John McEwen|
All that is left of her on this Earth of ours is the remnants of her gravestone where she is buried in the Reformed Cemetery at Stone Church in Upper Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. But she left a much larger footprint of her life here. Born on January 12, 1807 and baptized on Febuary 10, 1807, Anna was the daughter of John Houck and his wife Elizabeth Mullar (Miller) of Lower Mount Bethel Pennsylvania. At the age of 21, on November 6, 1828, she was married to John McEwen, a pioneering young man whose family had left the Mount Bethel area in 1823 to live in the newly open territory of Seneca County, Ohio.
Anna and John soon began their family with the birth of daughter Sally Ann. And then a son John came along. But before the birth of their third child William, John McEwen died on April 23, 1832 leaving Anna a widow before she reached her 25th birthday. Wow... life was hard for young families in 1832!
Anna lived to be in her 60's, a good age for ladies of her time. She buried her husband and two of her children, but her son William grew up to become a fine man whose obituary noted, "his home was a stopping place for Methodist ministers, where they always received a royal welcome and were bountifully cared for." The McEwen family of Richmond, PA owe their existence to Anna!
Please read more about the steadfast life of Grandmother Anna Houck McEwen at my web page, Dedication To the Memory of ANNA MCEWEN
Thank you Grandmother Anna!
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