Families - Ewing

Horatio N. Keightley.
One of Knoxville's early citizens who gave his cooperation not only to the promotions of all municipal enterprises but also to the development of educational institutions was the late Horatio N. Keightley. He was a native of the state of New York, having been born in Cortland county, on the 25th of May 1823 and there he was reared and educated. during his boyhood he attended the district schools in the vicinity of his home, supplementing the knowledge therein obtained by a course in the schools of Auburn, New York. Having decided to become a lawyer, upon the completion of his preliminary education he entered the office of William H. Seward where he prepared for admission to the bar. In 1850, at the age of twenty-five years, he came to Knoxville and established an office continuing to be actively engaged in practice here for over forty years. He was one of the well read and widely informed attorneys of the county, and was connected with many of the important litigations in its early history, having successfully pled many a cause in the old courthouse. A man of high standards and upright principles, he became known as one who always conscientiously devoted himself to the protection of his clients' interests. In connection with his professional work Mr. Keightley was also interested in the grain business and agricultural pursuits. He owned two fine farms east of Knoxville that he cultivated for two years, making a specialty of raising hogs.
Mr. Keightley married Miss Mary L. Ewing who was born in Smithfield, Pennsylvania on the 25th of January 1831. They were married in this city on the 25th of May, 1852 by the Rev. W. Y. Miller and always made their home here. Mrs. Keightley was a daughter of Alexander and Jane (Campbell) Ewing, the father a native of Uniontown and the mother of Somerset, Pennsylvania. The paternal grandfather, David Ewing was a native of Ireland. He came to Knoxville in 1835 and with his brother, George established a general store. Here he and his wife passed away and were lade to rest in the cemetery in the vicinity of Knoxville. Grandmother Ewing's maiden name was Ruth Brown and she was a native of Maryland. The maternal grandfather was John Campbell, who emigrated from Scotland to the United States, first locating in Pennsylvania but later becoming a resident of Ohio where he engaged in farming until his death. Alexander Ewing, Mrs. Keightley's father was one of the pioneer merchants of Knoxville, having opened a general store here in 1836, that he conducted for many years. He was one of the many who made the long and perilous journey across the prairies to California in search of gold. Both he and his wife passed away in Knoxville, her demise occurring on September 26, 1866 and his on the 2d of January 1874. She was a member of the Episcopal church, in the faith of which denomination they reared their family. They were the parents of three children, Mrs. Keightley being the only one surviving. The others were as follows, Anna M., the wife of William M. Phillips of Galesburg; and John H., who in 1860 married Cornelia Weeks, and the widow is now living in Eldorado, Kansas. Among the distinguished members of the Ewing family is to be named General Ewing, and Mrs. Keightley is also related to General Sherman. To Mr. and Mrs. Keightley were born eight children, of whom five are now living. Ida, who was born on 4 February 1857, married John G. Breece, a farmer near Caldwell, Kansas and they had three children; Henry, who was deceased; Agnes, the wife of Victor Larson; Bertha who married Carl Stoner; and Charles, Horatio A., and Wilbur. Alice C. was born 20 September 1861 and died 1 December 1907. Alexander Ewing, born 15 September 1861, married Mary McAuly and had three sons: Thomas Washington, Charles Nelson and Alexander Elwood. He was a resident of Danville, Washington. Mary Ewing, born 5 January 1864 was a trained nurse in Chicago and the widow of William Bradford by whom she had two daughters, Helen and Dorothy. Martin Gay of Wellington, Kansas born 3 September 1866 who married Sarah E. Butts and had four sons, George Martin who was in the United States Navy; Harry E.; Louis H.; and Albert Ray.
The family always attended the Episcopal church in which Mr. Keightly held membership as did his widow. Fraternally he was a Mason and politically a Republican and at all times he took an active interest in affairs of the municipality, having served as justice of the peace and for several terms as mayor. Mr. Keightley always gave his assistance in promoting the development of the community along lines he deemed qualified to best serve the interests of its citizens. He was the first to start the subscription that brought to Knoxville St. Mary's school, an Episcopalian Institution, originally known as Ewing University, so called from Mrs. Keightley's family. He was held in the highest esteem, not only in Knoxville, where he had resided for so many years, but in the entire country, and his death, on the 7th of April, 1896, caused deep regret in the community. For several years prior to his demise he had been living retired, his failing health having necessitated his withdrawal from active life. He was survived by his widow, who had been a resident of Knoxville for seventy-five years, forty-nine of which had been spent on the old family homestead where she still lived. Mrs. Keightley had an extensive acquaintance among the early pioneers of the Knoxville area, whose names now figured prominently in the state's history. She well remembered Lincoln's early days and struggles and was present at an address he made from the Balcony of the old Hebberd House, in 1858 and many were the interesting reminiscences she related of those early days."

Contributed by Susan Wolfe, from the 1912 History of Knox County, Illinois, Its Cities, Towns and People, Volume II, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago, page 9.

Undated photograph of Agnes Breece, Mary L. Ewing Keightley, Ida Keightley Breece, and Agnes Breece's young son.
Family Group Sheet for David Ewing (1770-1847), Ruth Brown Ewing (1780-1863) and their known children Alexander Ewing (1806-1874), Margaret Ewing Whitton (1809-1871), and George M. Ewing (1818-1879).
Family Group Sheet for George M. Ewing (1818-1879), Elizabeth Maria Taylor Ewing (1826-1904) and their children Sevina Ewing (????-1911), Souisa Ewing, Catherine Ewing Weeks (1846-1931), Frank Brown Ewing (1847-1928), Ann Dell Ewing (1849-????), Emma Ruth Ewing Price (1851-1927), Aleck Ewing (1953-1877), Louise Ewing (1856-1917), and Elizabeth K. Ewing (1868-????).
Knoxville, Illinois, Cemetery, Section VIII, pages 113 and 135, record of burials.
Knoxville, Illinois, Cemetery gravestone photographs of 1) Horatio Nelson Keightley (1823-1896) and his wife, Mary Louise Ewing Keightley (1831-1919), and 2) their daughter, Alice M. Keightley (1859-1907). Mary Louise Ewing Keightley was the sister of John H. Ewing.
Knoxville, Illinois, Cemetery gravestone photographs of Alec Ewing (ca 1853-1877) and Louise Ewing (1856-1917).
Knoxville, Illinois, Cemetery gravestone photographs of David Ewing (1772-1847) and Jane Campbell (1799-1866), first wife of Alexander Ewing (1806-1874).
Knoxville, Illinois, Cemetery gravestone photograph of Margaret Ewing (1809-1871), wife of William H. Whitton (1806-1871).

Images contributed by Susan Wolfe.

Well, as I wade through this maze of identical names, and have found new cousins, we have come across another interesting fact. We recently ran into two descendants of Mary Louise Ewing and her husband Horatio Nelson Keightley. They have both sent pictures and information and do we have a mess to figure out now. I will try to explain this in the simplest terms possible.
George Marshall Ewing and his wife Elizabeth Maria Taylor, had a daughter named Ann Dell Ewing. There is an Ann Dell Ewing Lawrence in El Dorado, Kansas. Since many of our family moved to El Dorado, Kansas we assumed she went along and married a man with the last name Lawrence, in El Dorado. However her descendant has said she was born in 1849, which corresponds to the records I have, but she married a Charles H. Runkle. So, I looked in the computer files, and in Illinois, sure enough under Illinois marriage records I have an Anna Ewing marrying a Charles Runkle, in Knox County October 12, 1869.
I can not rule out the fact that perhaps he died, and she remarried a Mr. Lawrence later on, because of where she is placed in the Cemetery in El Dorado, Kansas. So we will start her off as a Runkle ,and leave it to your imagination on the Lawrence name until further proof.
I still have this Nellie Ewing who married a Charles T. White in Knox County in October 3, 1869. This seems to be a popular year and popular month. There are some corrections to be made on the George Marshall Ewing and Elizabeth Maria Taylor marriage. We typed Aleck Ewing as a son of George, and indeed he was, and his tombstone bears the name Aleck. Perhaps he didn't want his Grandfather's name?? I also left off Louise and Aleck as having been born in Knoxville, Illinois. I stand corrected for leaving this out. According to Phyllis Rice, descendant through Alexander Ewing
Keightley, her Bible and records say that there was a Margaret Ewing, born in 1859 in Illinois, per the Census Records. Whom she belongs to, is questionable, but Phyllis believes she belongs under the household of George Marshall and Elizabeth Maria Taylor Ewing. She also questions the validity of Sevina Ewing and Souisa, or Louisa Ewing as part of that family. So you will have to be the judge on which is which. I only type what I have proof of, and knowledge about. I have read these names in a book and in the Church records in Illinois, they may belong to an entirely different family of Ewings. I really don't know for certain.
Your tired author,
Susan Ewing Wolfe

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