After a whole lot of research I hit pay dirt! A letter in answer to an inquiry I had placed in the Tri-State Trader, a weekly antiques newspaper published in Indiana arrived with the connection I was looking for. Marjory Gerold wrote that she suspected that my John was the son of William and Sarah McEwen who had migrated to Seneca County, Ohio in 1823. Her family history refered to him as "John, the Pennsylvanian."
James McEwen, younger brother of our John, came with his parents, William McEwen and Sarah Johnson McEwen, to Seneca Co., Ohio in 1823, and settled upon the land now occupied as Greenlawn Cemetery was quoted in the History of Seneca Co. about the family's journey from Northampton County, Pennsylvania to Ohio:
"My father, William McEwen, was born in Berwick, Pennsylvania. He went to Northampton county, Pennsylvania, to learn the trade of a blacksmith, and was married there to Sarah Johnson. We came here in the fall of 1823 and brought with us one half ton of hay, which we made at New Haven. With this hay we kept four horses and two cows all winter. There was plenty of picking in the woods all winter in 1823. Father entered the southwest quarter of section twenty-seven, in Clinton, and put up a cabin there and a blacksmith shop. My parents had twenty-one children altogether, of whom sixteen were then living. I am the youngest of the family. (History of Seneca Co.: 1880)"
McEwen is a Scots-Irish name. The McEwen family came to the United States prior to the Revolutionary War. John McQuown was living in Northampton Co., PA in the township of Lower Mt. Bethel at the time of the Revolutionary War. The family, like so many other Scots -Irish, were people who lived on the outer edge of the settled areas of the time. They relocated many times between Northampton, Co. and Columbia, Co., Pennsylvania. John's son, William McEwen, the pioneer to Ohio, was born at Berwick, Columbia, Co., Pennsylvania on Nov. 8, 1775.
|Sarah Johnson McEwen|
The Children of William McEwen I (1775 - 1840) and Sarah Johnson (1785 - 1842) were:
Margaret (~1803-1877), John (1806-1832), Mary (Polly) (1807-1886), Henry (1809-1896) William (1810-1898), Elizabeth (Betsy) (1811-1843), Sarah (1814-1899), Elmira Rebecca (1816-1842), Robert (1817-1875), James (1818-1885), George W. (1819-1856), Samuel (1821-), Permelia (Milly) (1823-), Rachel (1824-), Anna (1826-1890), Martha (1827-1899)
- History of Seneca County: from the close of the Revolutionary War to July, 1880 - Springfield, Ohio: Transcript Print. Co., 1880 - Page 522
- Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 January 2019), memorial page for William McEwen (8 Nov 1775–7 Aug 1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19829008, citing Rock Run Cemetery, Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46795196) .
- Lake, D. J. (1864) Map of Seneca Co., Ohio. Philadelphia: Cyrus Stone, Clarence Titus, . Phila.: Printed by Thos. Wagner. [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012592236/.
- "The Descendents of Thomas Clark and Maria Disinger McEwen", Marjory McEwen Gerold.
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