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
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