The First Generation - John McQuown, Indian Trader and Revolutionary War Patriot
|Sarah Johnson McEwen|
The Third Generation - John McQuown - Returned to Northampton County to Marry
|John McEwen Family Bible|
However, a series of tragic events struck the young family before they could follow through with their plans. Their baby, John Jr., who was born that spring on March 28, 1831, died that summer on August 18, 1831. The following spring, on April 23, 1832, John McEwen, Sr. also died. He was only 25 years old. When he died he left a daughter, Sallie Ann and his wife, Anna, who was pregnant. Three months after his death, on July 9, 1832, William McEwen, John's only surviving heir was born. Anna was left alone with a 3 year old daughter and an infant son. Her plans for the future were forever changed.
It is most likely that John McEwen is buried in the Reformed Cemetery in Upper Mount Bethel, Centerville, Pennsylvania in the plot where his wife Anna is buried. This resting place is marked on the cemetery map as the John McEwen plot.
Billy grew up in Lower Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. He was educated in the local school system and when an adult, he practiced the trade of shoemaker.
Billy and his wife Sarah belonged to the Richmond United Methodist Church in the village of Richmond, Pennsylvania. It is noted in his obituary that "his home was a stopping place for Methodist ministers, where they always received a royal welcome and were bountifully cared for."
Billy died April 21, 1902 and Sarah died January 12, 1919. They are buried in the Richmond United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The Fifth Generation - Henry McEwen - The only child of an only child
Henry, born May 14, 1856, was the only child of William and Sarah Rasley McEwen. He was born on the farm that William and Sarah had taken over from Sarah's parents, Henry and Jane Rasley. Henry engaged in truck farming and continued to nurture the land as his ancestors had done. His farm produced vegetables, potatoes, strawberries, and eggs as well as milk. He raised red and white cows; Ayrshires. His fields were plowed by teams of horses. And he rode to church in a surrey with fringe on top. He was civic minded, participating in township government and was active on the school board.
|Henry, Clara and Homer|
When Clara died February 20, 1942, they had been married for 63 years. Henry lived to be 90 years old when he died on August 19, 1946 and at that time he was the oldest member of the Richmond Methodist Church in age and years of membership and was serving as the president of the official board. They are buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church.
The Sixth Generation - William Homer McEwen - Life time Farmer
William "Homer" McEwen was born and raised and raised his family on the same property that has been the family farm since William and Sarah bought it from Sarah's parents about 1872.
|Homer and Clara|
William Howard McEwen died on June 13, 1997. He was married first to Marie Good and second to Theresa Martocci. Howard and Marie are buried in the cemetery at the Richmond Methodist Church. Today Maple Hedge Farm is owned in partnership by Larry McEwen and his son Kevin.
The McEwen Family has been present in Lower Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania for over 240 years.
Click on Homer and Eliza Long McEwen to see a report of their direct ancestors.