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Leighton Ewell
Male 1787 - 1873

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  • Birth  Abt 1787  , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Abt 1873  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I2649  Maxcey Ewell Family
    Last Modified  29 Apr 2016 
     
    Father  Maxcey Ewell,   b. Abt 1743, of, Goochland, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1 Dec 1800, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Ann Mullins,   b. Abt 1757, , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 4 Feb 1828, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  5 Jan 1769  Dover Church, Goochland, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F21  Group Sheet
     
    Family 1  Susan Athey,   b. Abt 1788, of Romney, Hampshire, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1806  Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marr: Estimated date and place from first Child's birth

      SS; Joseph Evans and Rosilla Evans Racker, Proxey for Mrs Layton Ewell
    Children 
    >1. Thomas M. Ewell,   b. Abt 1807, , Albemarle, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Mar 1888, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. John A. Ewell,   b. Abt 1815, of, Buchanan, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 2 Jul 1849, , Buchanan, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Susan Ewell,   b. Abt 1820, , Knox, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1008  Group Sheet
     
    Family 2  Orra Fox,   b. Abt 1800, of, Knox, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1842 
    Married  25 Oct 1832  , Knox, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Marr: Marriage Records of Knox Co Kentucky, Ref: Automated Archives

      SS; Joseph Evans and Rosilla Evans Racker, Proxey for Orra (no last name) in Manti Temple 21 June 1889
    Children 
    >1. Pleasant H Ewell,   b. 18 Nov 1835, of, Ray, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1901, , , Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. America Ann Ewell,   b. 2 Jan 1836, Elkhorn, Ray, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1909, , Marion, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. James R. Ewell,   b. Abt 1837, of, Ray, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary Martha Ewell,   b. 1838, of, Ray, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Elizabeth Jane Ewell,   b. 18 Jan 1839, Elkhorn, Ray, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1920, Dekalb, Buchanan, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1007  Group Sheet
     
  • Histories Ewell, Leighton
    Documental History
    Ewell, Leighton
    Research Findings
     
  • Notes 
    • Va 42 p20,21,192
      Va 56 B24 Va 5d p31,
      VaA4 p339
      Va A3b p35
      Va 25 p25
      The above references are old catalogue numbers for various Virginia books in the Salt Lake Family History Library. These were found on the notes of an old family group sheet compiled from the research done by William T Ewell Jr.

      Birthdate was estimated from known siblings birthdates. Maxcey Ewell's children are listed in the same order as they were listed in Maxcey's will.

      Death Records:
      6 Feb 1851, Ray Co Missouri Probate Rec BK D Pg 26 FHL Film # 959,730
      This day James Tuggle prays him to the court to appoint him curator of the minor children of Layton Ewell who died, James R, Pleasant, America A, Eliza J and Martha Ewell. James Tuggle was appointed and that he give bond to the state of Missouri for the use of said minors in the sum of $2000.

      A note written by Robert Ewell Henderson, that he believes that the children were all split up and were adopted by different families. However he hasn't been able to find any families that they lived with or were adopted by. He believed that his Great Grandmother was adopted by a family named Gibson.

      29 July 1853, Probate Records of Buchanan Co Missouri Abstracts of Wills and Admin. Ref FHL 977.813
      Ewell, Layton died intestate. Admr. John E Pitt. Heirs: Eliza Jane Ewell, Martha Ewell, James R. Ewell, Pleasant Ewell, and America Ann Ewell. 29 July 1853

      Apparently Leighton didn't really die in these above two probate records. It is believed that He abandoned his family and possibly married or had other children in the time that he was gone. The Richard Randal Ewell family has a picture believed to be Lieghton Ewell, when he came back to Kentucky, after about 20 years later, when he just suddenly shows up, very much alive.
      Noraye Sinclaire, a descendant of Leighton Ewell, has the photo.



      A letter from Richard Leighton Ewell to ?, stated that "My grand-father LEIGHTON EWELL married an ATHEY - he with William Cottingim and James Hales who married sisters to his wife moved to this county some 95 years ago.
      My grand-father had two sons by his first wife, John H. and Thomas M. The latter is my father. Both have been dead about 60 years.
      My grand-father also had a daughter Susan who died about the same time. My mother used to tell me that Susan was so pretty that that it dazzled the eyes to look at her." She married a man named Matheny and left a son Leighton, who some 25 years ago lived in Sodalia, Mo.
      My grand-father married a second time, left some children by that marriage. One of them, Pleasant H,. lives in California, but I don't know his address.
      My grand-father served as Sheriff of Knox Co., Ky,. several terms. He moved to Mo. in about 1835(?), and died near Richmond, Mo. My Uncle "Jack" Ewell was never married. I am the only child of my father, am 72 years of age-Born 26 Jan. 1833 in Knox Co., Ky. Lived nine years in Mo, leaving the state in 1845. I was a orphan in early childhood and was severed from my relations and hence know but little of the history of my people, but I feel certain we are "kin" of the Ewell family. Very Truly, R. L. Ewell" Dec. 26th 1905

      Noraye Sinclaire, a descendant of Lieghton Ewell, recalled the stories told by her grandmother, Alice Ewell Mullens. Alice said that Richard Leighton Ewell told her that Lieghton abanded his family and for years they thought he had died. Then suddenly he shows up a few years before his death. During those years of abscence, the family suspected that he may have fathered another family somewhere.
      Noraye has a picture of the old Lieghton Ewell, after the time of his return, and a few years before his death.
      [Perhaps that explains two probate records found in Buchannan Co and the other one in Ray Co. Missouri.]

      Bob Henderson said that in some unknown source Lieghton may have settled at one time in North Carolina.
      In a letter from Penelope Ewell Heard to Charles Oscar Ewell, dated Dec 1st 1902, it indicated that Lieghton had 14 children.

      Documental History

      22 Oct 1800, Albemarle Co. VA Probate records
      Lieghton is named as one of Maxcey Ewell's children in the will of Maxcey Ewell, probated in Dec 1800.

      1826, is listed as the brother to John Ewell, deceased in the Bedford Co TN probate records. Leighton is listed as a resident, out of the state of Tennessee.

      Received 6 separate land grants in Knox Co. KY from Feb 27, 1823 to
      29 Nov 1827, Kentucky Land Grants, Warrants for head right W F H, Bk 1 Pg 13, Knox Co. Kentucky
      Leighton Ewell receives 100 acres, Lynn Camp Creek water course.

      25 Oct 1832, Knox co Kentucky Marr. Records, Leighton Ewell marriage to Ora Fox

      6 Nov 1834, Land patent given to Leighton Ewell in Ray County, Missouri.

      10 Mar 1835, Ray Co MO deed records, Leighton Ewell and wife Ora sold 40 acres to Pleasant Ewell for $50.

      Mar 1835 , in Ray Co MO deed records, sold 80 acres for $250 to Nehemiah Cunistock.

      July 1835-Nov 1836 Ray Co. Court Records, Johns H.Fields and William Moberly vs Leighton Ewell in debt ..... such record of Knox Co. Circuit Court in the state of Kentucky. Land in Ray Co sold to satisfy debt.

      28 Dec 1835, I, Leighton Ewell, of Ray County in the state of Missouri for.... by Pleasant Ewell of the same place....sold 40 acres for $231 .07 1/2...said Leighton stand justly in debted to the said Pleasant,,,,

      31 Dec 1835, Leighton and wife Orra sold more land for $300.

      18 Feb 1836, Leighton and Orra sold 30 acres for $75.

      6 Feb 1851, Ray Co MO, Probate Records for gardianship of Layton Ewell's children.

      29 July 1853, Buchannan Co MO, Probate Records, Leighton Ewell dies intestate.

      In the History of Northwest Missouri, page 689 and 690: "The maiden name of the wife of Bengamin Sampson was Eliza J. Ewell, dau of Layton (Sic) Ewell. Layton Ewell a native of Virginia, was a pioneer of Ray County, Missouri, and one of its earliest merchants. Retiring from mercantile pursuits, he bought a farm near Rushville, and operated it with slave labor, living there until his death in 1845."
     

  

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