Western Pennsylvania Genealogy
Compiled by Douglas H. Lusher


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Moses Ewing and Sophia [Unk]




Husband Moses Ewing 1 2

           Born:  - Centre Co, PA
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           Died: Abt 1831
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Wife Sophia [Unk] 1 2

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Children
1 M James Ewing 1 2

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2 M Samuel Ewing 1 2

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3 M Henry Ewing 1

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4 M John Ewing 1 2

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5 M Daniel Ewing 1 3

           Born: 23 Mar 1807 - Stowe Twp, Allegheny Co, PA 1 2
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           Died: 20 Sep 1880 1 2
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         Spouse: Jane Speer (1819-1886/1887) 1 3
           Marr: 1849 2


6 F Leah Ewing 1 2

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         Spouse: William Gibson (      -      ) 2


7 F Ellen Ewing 1

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8 F Margaret Ewing 2

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         Spouse: John McMichall (      -      ) 2



General Notes: Husband - Moses Ewing


He was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania, there grew to manhood and married. He was a teamster, carrying freight across the mountains, between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. He is supposed to have been the owner of the first wagon on the western side of the mountains, also is supposed to have had the first threshing machine. About 1794 he moved with his wife, Sophia, to Allegheny County, and in 1807 bought one hundred and eighty-three acres in Robinson township, where he built a log house and gradually cleared away the timber from his purchase. There he lived a quiet life, harming none, kind to all, yet his life was saddened by the cruel murder of his wife, Sophia, by a band of cutthroats. Daniel Ewing, his son, had sold a horse in Pittsburgh for one hundred dollars, which was paid him in gold. This he carried home with him and the next morning, while his sons were absent from the farm, three men came to the house and demanded the money, which the old couple gave them. After it was handed over, Mrs. Ewing said: "I will know you again if I ever see you." With that the men turned, raised their guns, fired and Mrs. Ewing fell dead. The one that intended to kill Moses Ewing had a momentary trouble with his gun, the cap failing to explode. Before he could put on another, Leah, a daughter, who was looking out of the loom house door, screamed at the sight of her fallen mother, her shrieks causing the murderers to hastily flee. They were never apprehended and escaped man's justice for their crime. The old man continued living at the farm, until death, but the cruel death of his wife broke his health, and although tenderly cared for by his daughters and sons, soon passed away. The family were members and regular attendants of the United Presbyterian church. [GPHWP, 941]


General Notes: Wife - Sophia [Unk]


She was robbed and then murdered, because she assured the robber she would know him if she ever saw him again.

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Sources


1 The History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Part II (Chicago, IL: A. W. Warner & Co., 1889), Pg 396.

2 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), Pg 941.

3 John W. Jordan, LL.D, Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915), Pg 392, 809, 941, 1068.


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