From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 638-639


Francis H. Ewing, deceased, was one of the pioneers of Steuben County, coming in June, 1838, and settling on section 7, Scott Township, the following November.  He was born in Maryland, Dec. 16, 1805.  When he was sixteen years of age his parents moved to Ontario County, N. Y., and later to Niagara County where they died.  Mr. Ewing was married in Niagara County in 1835 to Mrs. Frances Hastings, a widow with one child-- Sophia, now the widow of Robert L. Douglass, of Cleveland, Ohio.  Mrs. Ewing was born in Ireland, Aug. 1, 1810.  Four sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ewing, one in New York and three in Steuben County; the eldest, Albert H., is the only one living.  He now owns and occupies the homestead.  Thomas died at the age of five years.  James enlisted in the Forty-fourth Indiana Infantry, Company A, and died, from the effects of disease contracted in the army, at the age of twenty years.  Edward A. died aged seventeen years.  Mr. Ewing came to Steuben County a poor man but by industry and frugality he accumulated a comfortable property.  His first house, a rude log cabin, was for many years one of the old landmarks of the pioneer days, but in 1875 he built one of the finest residences in the township which is now the home of his son Albert.  May 8, 1879, he was stricken, when apparently in good health, with paralysis and died instantly.  His widow survived till Aug. 23, 1884, spending her last days with her daughter in Cleveland, Ohio.


Submitted by Kim Davoli