Biography of John Jackson Ewing
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BIOGRAPHY: This Biography was obtained from the Smithfield, Cache, Utah Public Library:
John Jackson Ewing was born in Pennsylvania May 12, 1835 and came to Utah with his father in October 2, 1847, making the journey with the Jediah Grant company.
Rebecca Smith Ewing was born at Coosca, Alabama February 25, 1846; a daughter of John and Maria Smith. The Smith family moved to Texas in 1846. There they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1849, and came to Utah in 1850, they were converts of Preston Thomas Morehead.
Mr. Ewing’s parents died on their way to Utah. Jackson was 12 years of age, and his sister ten years of age.
The Ewing children made their home first at Provo; and later to Lehi. The Smith family settled first at Tooele, then at Lehi in 1866. Here is where Jackson Ewing and Rebecca Smith met and married, November 30, 1861.
Mr. Ewing had shuttled back and forth several times bringing stranded emigrants. That was an enterprise which tested the strength, the health, the faith, the stamina and the courage of a man: Hazardous roads, savage Indians, tough weather, hot or cold, wet or dry, marked the trail. But the thinking of the rescue men who made the drives was those stranded Saints must be brought in. Other men like Brother Ewing said “we will get them or die trying!”
The Jackson Rebecca Ewing family moved into Smithfield to make their life-time home in 1864 or 1865.
Mrs. Ewing’s father was of sturdy determined spiritually, descended from Scottish origin. Along with others of her relatives served on the civil war some for the North; other for the South.
Mrs. Ewing was a very brilliant woman. She was interested in Joobitice home government, civic affairs and dedicated to her religious convictions, taking an active part in all phases of her church programs. From the very beginning of Relief Society program of the ward, she gave superior support, acting from block teacher to Presidency. All Relief Society projects had her support. She served 15 years in the ward Presidency. She did much for the sick of her ward. Her service was at a time when the Relief Society was the greatest service organization of the Mormon communities. The church authorities designated the Relief Society’s duties: Care for the sick, furnished food for the poor, clothing for the needy, quilts for the destitute, and served as mortician in caring for the dead. In all those elements of service, Mrs. Ewing was highly superior. She had a large family to help move along the way. She was an expert in pattern making and sewing with machine or by hand. She gave her time often at a sacrifice to her home needs. Fourteen children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ewing. Every newcomer was heartily welcomed by those older.
Mr. and Mrs. Ewing, besides being persons of high material value to the community, rate highly in the concepts of moral, religious and spiritual values in the home and in their public relationships. In the family and community associations, they spoke gently, quietly, sincerely and everyone listened.
Their preachments were by moral, spiritual, honest to goodness patterns of virtue that required very little voicing. In brief the Masters precepts were lived every day of their lives. They performed wisely and the people saw and respected them. With fourteen children to care for they resolved to a strategy of team work for father and mother Ewing. Both did their parts worthy of notice and praise.
They had an acreage of good land which Mr. Ewing farmed efficiently in grain, foliage crops and pasture areas. They had a few good cows and a small flock of sheep. They had the know how to turn those potentials into food and clothing.
Mr. Ewing always kept a good team of horses and a wagon, and when the farm and livestock did not urge his attention, he would go to the canyon for fire wood and building material. For many years he would keep the farmers and the merchants supplied with coarse salt that he would haul from Plain City on the lake shore. He was a partner in ownership of a threshing machine; it was horse-power driven and each grain threshing season-usually August and September-Mr. Ewing furnished one of the five teams serving on the power machine and was the teamster and care taker of the power plant.
By intelligent planning and close family cooperating bringing the older children into the program on the basis of a family enterprise they quite well mastered the home economy program. The two daughters, Florence and Cordelia early learned the clothing making business from mother. The boys were russelers, had pleasing personalities and quite readily found jobs and became self supporting. They completed the school program offered by the town schools and the oldest son, Samuel, attended the Brigham Young College and became a school teacher. Jackson, another son went to the Butte, Montana mines as a young man; he never returned to Smithfield. Wickliff, the next son became well to do in cattle business and horse trading, and the younger boys after completing school got employment with city, county and state equipment machinery.
Biography of John Jackson Ewing from Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah
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BIOGRAPHY: EWING, JOHN JACKSON (son of Samuel Ewing and Esther Shaffer). Born May 12, 1835, at Little Britain, Lancaster county, Pa. Married Rebecca Florence Smith Nov. 30, 1861, at Salt Lake City (daughter of John Smith and Maria Foscue; the former died crossing plains. the latter came to Utah October. 1850, Byron Pace company). She was born February, 1842, Coosa county, Ala. Their children: John Smith b. Aug. 26, 1862; Esther Maria b. Oct. 6, 1863; Frederick Miles b. Aug. 15, 1865, all foregoing dead; Samuel Preston b. Nov. 4, 1866, m. Lana Hansen 1897; Jackson Elmer b. Sept. 20, 1868. m. Alice Hammond 1900; Wicklift Anderson b. March 25, 1870, m. Kate Meikle March, 1905; Florence May b. Dec. 13, 1872. m. George W. Lewis May, 1899; Cordelia Jane b. Aug. 190 1873, m. Alma Raymond April, 1892; Porter b. May 8, 1875, m. Ione Thomas Oct. 30, 1902; Erie b. Feb. 18, 1877, m. Rose Pitcher; Lester b. Aug. 30, 1878; William b. May 23, 1880, m. Jane Merrill Dec. 1910; Russell b. Dec. 7, 1882; Lois Eliza b. Sept. 15, 1885. Family home Smithfield, Utah. Moved to Smithfield 1866. Served as city marshal. Indian war veteran. Assisted in bringing immigrants to Utah 1864. - Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah