Biographical Sketch of James Thomas Ewing
James Thomas Ewing, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Mattoon; owns 247 acres; was born in Coles Co., Ill., Nov. 13, 1835; lived with his parents until 22 years of age. Was married Sept. 10, 1862, to Rebecca Jane Walker, who was born in Coles Co., Ill. Feb. 11, 1842; moved on this farm in the fall of 1862, and has had six children, four of whom are living, viz., Nancy J., Samuel W., Gertrude and Charles M.; the deceased are Mary L. and an infant. Mr. Ewing was Township Collector of La Fayette Tp. in 1859 and 1860, and Assessor in this township four-years; he was in the late war, and went out in July, 1861, as a private in Co. C, 18t I. V. C.; elected Corporal; then went out in 1864 in the 135th I. V. I.; was promoted to 1st Lieutenant, and served four months, until discharged; he was captured at the battle of Lexington, and eventually mustered out. Mr. Ewing’s parents were natives of Kentucky, and Mrs. Ewing’s of Tennessee.