William  A. Ewing

          William A. Ewing,  an industrious young farmer of Brandywine Township, was born in the township in which he resides, February 16, 1848.  He was the oldest of six children, three sons and three daughters born to  James A. and  Sarah (Allen) Ewing, both natives of Hamilton County, Ohio, the former of Dutch and Scotch-Irish descent, and the latter of English descent.  His parents were married in their native county in 1844, and shortly afterward they came to this county and settled in Brandywine Township, where the father died March 15, 1870, and where the mother still resides.  His brothers are:  John C. and  James R., both of whom are living.  His sisters are:  Sarah J.,  Mary E. and  Elizabeth E., all of whom are living.  As yet, but one death has occurred in the family, which is that of the father.  The subject of this sketch was reared upon his father's farm.  He continued upon the old home place until the time of his marriage, which occurred March 27, 1872, when  Eliza Watts  became his wife.  She was also born in Brandywine Township, the date being September 17, 1850.  She was the daughter of  Morgan and  Elizabeth (Judd ) Watts, who came to this county with their respective parents in an early day.  Immediately after the marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Ewing located upon the farm they now occupy, and which is a part of the one upon which the former was born.  The life occupation of Mr. Ewing has been that of a farmer, and as such he has been reasonably successful.  He and wife are the parents of two children, both sons.  They are  William F., born January 22, 1875, and  Charles M., born July 9, 1877.  Mr. and Mrs. Ewing are members of the Methodist Protestant Church.  Politically, Mr. Ewing is in favor of the principles of the United Labor Party.  He has served as Assessor of his township one term.  He owns a small farm of about twenty-eight acres, nearly all of which is in cultivation.  He is an honest, upright man, and a No. 1 citizen.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Brandywine [Township] Sketches, pages 611-612.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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