James was said to be a cousin of Senator Thomas Ewing of Ohio;
no proof of it. I've searched the Senator's personal papers in
the Library of Congress and it's clear to me that his family
was not closely related to mine.
As a boy, James Ewing moved to Zanesville, Muskingum, OH where
he began medical practice. He moved to Putnam, Muskingum, OH
briefly and then to Hebron, Licking, OH about 1826. He
practiced there for sixty years. Member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. Politically he was a Whig until the
Republican Party was formed when he switched. Very active in
public affairs but never sought office. He was also a Mason.
Ewing Irwin believes that there was a Presbyterian minister in
Pennsylvania in the family. He was unsure of the name (Ewing,
Locke, Or Irwin) but I can find no reference to Pennsylvania
outside of the Ewing family.
He also believes that he has paperwork showing the Ewings and
Irwins served in the same part of the Revolutionary Army; he
promised to try to find it after Christmas.
(2 Dec 2000 conversation with Ewing Irwin)