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Maxcey Ewell[1]
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  • Birth  Abt 1743  of, Goochland, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Bef 1 Dec 1800  , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried  White Hall, Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID  I90  Maxcey Ewell Family
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2014 
     
    Father  Mr.[William?] Ewell,   b. Abt 1720, of, , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mrs. Ewell,   b. Abt 1721, of, , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1741  of, , Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F110  Group Sheet
     
    Family  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 
    Notes 
    • Marr. FHL Film #823,579
      SS: IGI
    Children 
    >1. Dr. Thomas Ewell,   b. 27 Oct 1769, , Goochland, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Aug 1844, Monongalia, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Elizabeth Ewell,   b. Abt 1770, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. John Ewell,   b. 15 Feb 1772, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1827, , Bedford, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Jesse Ewell,   b. Abt 1773, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1828
     5. William Ewell,   b. Abt 1774, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1841
    >6. David Ewell,   b. Abt 1775, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1846, , Coffee, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Mary Ewell,   b. 1776, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1834, , Bedford, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >8. Dr. Dabney Ewell,   b. 1786, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1854, , Coffee, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >9. Leighton Ewell,   b. Abt 1787, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1873, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    >10. Pleasant Ewell,   b. 2 Aug 1788, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1852, , , Utah Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Sarah Ewell,   b. Abt 1790, , Albemarle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1841
    Family ID  F21  Group Sheet
     
  • Photos
    Ewell, Maxcey
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    Maxcey Ewell's Property-- Taken by Robyn Ewell Johnson April, 2001
    White Hall, Albemarle County, Virginia
    Ewell, Maxey
    Ewell, Maxey
    burial site
     
    Documents  Ewell, Maxcey
     Maxcey Ewell letter to James Madison
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Letter to Thomas Jefferson, February 21, 1791
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Letter to Jonathan Burwell, June 10, 1788
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Letter to Jonathan Burwell, June 10, 1788
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 16, 1790
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 16, 1790
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 16, 1790
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Letter to Thomas Jefferson, October 16, 1790
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Letter to Thomas Jefferson, February 21, 1791
     
    Headstones
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Paul Johnson and Kimberly Johnson (children of Robyn Ewell Johnson) sitting near the fieldstones-- Taken by Robyn Ewell Johnson April, 2001
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Ewell, Maxcey
    Maxcey Ewell's possible burial site. The two darker (shadowed) stones likely to be their headstones. They were standing up, instead of lying down-- Taken by Robyn Ewell Johnson April, 2001
     
  • Notes 
    • Maxcey Ewell signed his will as Mazcey Ewell. The letters to Thomas Jefferson, he signed his name as Mazcey Ewell. He was married as Maxcey Ewell. I do not believe that his name was Thomas Maxey Ewell or Thomas Maxwell Ewell as some family trees suggests because he never signed his name as such.
      The 1 Dec 1800 was when Maxcey Ewell's will was probated. So far no documented death date has been found.
      Archives EN-EY
      Va G 2 p20,192
      Va 5 6b p824
      Va A 4 p339
      Va A3b p35
      Va A 5d p312
      These sources were listed on Maxcey Ewell's family group sheet prepared and researched by William T. Ewell Jr. during the 1930's through the early 1950's. They refer to the various Virginia books found in the Salt Lake Family History Library.

      Birth: Date was calculated by William T. Ewell Jr. research.

      Marr: St. James Northam Parish, Douglas Register Ref. FHL Film #823,579



      Death: Date of probated will, in Albemarle Co. VA, typed copy found in "The Ewells of America" By James H Ewell, pg 337

      In 1841, Pleasant Ewell, listed as son, was baptized for his deceased father, Maxcey Ewell and mother, Ann Ewell in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois in 1841. Others were listed as Pleasant Ewell being their brother. They were John Ewell, Jesse Ewell, William Ewell, Sarah Ewell, Mary Webster. Pleasant as Uncle: Maxcey Ewell, Joel H. Webster. Pleasant as cousin: Ann Thompson

      About Maxcey Ewell's name:
      Some have speculated that Maxcey Ewell's name is "Thomas Maxcey Ewell". Research does not prove that to be the case. On all legal documents where his signature is found, he signed his name as "Maxcey Ewell". Various records such as land and court records, 1790 census etc. are consistent to list his name as Maxcey Ewell. .
      Some research has been done on the speculation that maybe Maxcey given name was chosen because it was his mother's maiden name. The Maxcey surname is found in Virginia but no connection has been found.

      About the research for Maxcey Ewell's Parents:
      As of October 2002, documentation for parents of Maxcey Ewell has not been found. However, a William Ewell could be his father.
      A letter, that VaLene Collings received in 1988, from Pansy Ewell, and had reprinted in "Roots and Branches", [The Ewell Family Soc. newsletter #3, Fall 1989, page 7 and 8], quoted a statement, written by A E or N E Heard of Evergreen LA to Charles Oscar Ewell. Mr. Heard and C. O. Ewell were first cousins and great-grandsons of Maxcey Ewell. The letter was dated Dec 1, 1904
      "Grandfather Ewell [John Ewell] was born in Albemarle Co. Virginia in Feb 1772. His grandfather, William Ewell, was the original Ewell. Three brothers, John, William and Maxce, came to America. Maxcey died single and John went back home. Papa [name?] told me this."

      Did Maxcey Ewell come to Virginia from Wales?
      Ref: Roots Web.com in a John Ewell Jr. account stated that his Grandfather Ewell came to Virginia from Wales
      http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/avoyelles/bios/ewellj.txt


      Various Military records were searched hoping to find Maxcey Ewell, listing parents. No pension records were found. However, letters written by Maxcey Ewell to Thomas Jefferson were located. Maxcey was asking for help to receive payment for the 3 years of service in the Rev. War. Thanks to Steve Lewis, they were found in the Library of Congress, manuscript division, among the Jefferson Letters. This is the only proof, to date, that he served in the Revolutionary War. Now they can be found on the Internet.
      Ref: memory.locgov/ammem/mtjquery.html Type in the keyword search, "Maxcey Ewell"

      Maxcey Ewell's parents are listed as Edward Ewell and Sophia Taylor in the IGI and Ancestral File in FamilySearch.Org. Research hasn't found any proof for these parents. Lack of documentation, along with the fact that there is not even evidence that they were in the same area, would give a researcher serious doubt to such a conclusion. Also, it does appear that Maxcey named his children after relatives and their children's children, seemed to be consistent with that tradition. To date, the names Edward or Sophia have not been found among their descendants.
      The best guess for the reason Edward and Sophia are believed to be the parents of Maxcey is because of a letter written by Col. George W. Ewell, to Dr. Nathaniel McG. Ewell. in Jan 1944, listing his ancestors. This letter was printed in a family history type book, "Baker ,Combs, Ewell, Neale-Reede, Mardland and Watts Families" by Caroline Opsus Markland Carpenter. Found in the FHL 929.273 B 171c
      I also found a letter that Col. George W. Ewell wrote to William T Ewell on the 6 Jan 1950, "I am of the opinion that Maxcey is the son of Edward." No explanation or documentation were given.

      About a son named Maxcey:
      There is a possibility that Maxcey had a son named Maxcey, not named in Maxcey's will. Possibly died as a child? There are Family Group Sheets that one can find, that lists a Maxcey Ewell as a son of Maxcey, with no sources listed. However, it is interesting to note that in a 1950 letter from George W. Ewell to William T. Ewell Jr., George lists a Maxcey, as the 2nd child, with no birth date. Perhaps he had some family knowledge. Also, Hazel Ewell, in her research notes, lists a " Maxie" as a 12th child of "Thomas (?) Maxey Ewell". [ Note the question mark that was in Hazel notes]

      About the possible grave site for Maxcey Ewell:
      On Maxcey Ewell's property, purchased from his father-in-law, John Mullins, there are three or four field stones located on a small hill, east of the present day house. This farm is located in a small community known today as White Hall, in Albemarle County Virginia. Present day residence and neighbors are aware of those field stones and believe them to be the markers for humane grave sites. They have no knowledge of who is buried there. The story is told that when someone tried to bury a cow there, a neighbor protested, saying that those stones are marking grave sites. Research, by William Albertson, has confirmed the burial places for others who have resided there and eventually moved away. Maxcey and with his wife Ann, as well as their sons, Jesse, William and possible son, Maxcey, are not accounted for. Mr. Albertson noted that if was customary, for the times, that the resident family, would be buried on the first hill, east of the family home.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S42] Albemarle County Virginia Probate Records, 030213 Bk 4 pg 60-61.
      Some have speculated that his name is Thomas Maxcey Ewelll. VaLene Collings believes that his name is Maxcey Ewell and not Thomas Maxcey Ewell because in his Will, he signed his name Maxcey and in the letters to Thomas Jefferson, he signs his name as Maxcey Ewell. Also in various land records it appears as only Maxcey Ewell

    2. [S45] Salt Lake Temple Endowments for the Dead, Book 4T pg 396 No. 8852.
      The about date and birth place of Virginia was taken from this record. " Of Goochland County" was calculated from their place of marriage.

    3. [S42] Albemarle County Virginia Probate Records, 0320213 Bk 4 pg 60-61.
      Will was dated 22 Oct 1800 and probated 1 Dec 1800, thus he died somewhere between that time period.

    4. [S46] E-mail from William Albertson.
      Three or maybe four field stones are found on a small hill east of the present home. William believes them to be the resting place for maxcey, his wife Ann and at least one child. He said that all of the other property owners and family members are accounted for, being buried in other locations. He has traced the sell of the propery and said that it has only changed hands aout five times, with the first being the land grant fiven to John Mullins, Ann's father, then sold to Maxcey.

  

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