McLean County, Illinois
THOMAS H. EWINS, Supervisor of Hudson Township, is a native of this county, and was born in Danvers Township, Oct. 2, 1837. His father, James P. Ewins, was born in the Old Granite State, where he grew to manhood and learned the trade of a shoemaker.
He was married to Miss Elizabeth Stickney, also of New Hampshire, and they soon afterward started for the West, locating first in Cook County, Ill., whence they afterward removed to this county, settling in Danvers Township in 1836, and engaging in agricultural pursuits.
There the father died in 1849, and the mother a few months later, in the same year. Of their nine children, eight grew to mature years, and five are still living. John A. is a resident of Danvers Township; Mary P., the widow of James A. Allison, of Eureka, Ill.; Eliza, the wife of Samuel Ramsay; Alice, Mrs. William Harbord, lives in California, and Thomas H.
The subject of this history was reared in Danvers Township, and educated in the district schools. After the death of his parents he lived with his brother John on the old homestead, where he worked at farming a part of the time and afterward became clerk in a store.
At the breaking out of the late war he enlisted as a Union soldier in Co. C, 20th Ill. Vol. Inf. [ed., 20th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment], and with his comrades first met the enemy at the battle of Frederickstown, Mo. [ed., Fredericktown, Mo.]. He was next at Ft. Henry, and afterward at Donelson, where he received a gunshot wound in the left wrist, which disabled him for further service, and he was consequently honorably discharged, in July, 1862.
After returning from the army, Mr. Ewins pursued his studies for one term in Wesleyan University [ed., Illinois Wesleyan University], and then engaged in clerking at Danvers. In 1866 he purchased eighty acres of land in Hudson Township, which he occupied until 1881, and followed agricultural pursuits. He then sold out, and removing to the village of Hudson, engaged in general merchandising until 1886.
He is Republican in politics, He served two terms as Collector in Danvers Township, and is now serving his second term as Supervisor in Hudson. The only society with which he has ever connected himself is the G. A. R.
Mr. Ewins was married in Danvers Township, Nov. 1, 1866, to Miss Emiline Wallace, who was a native of Mercer County, Pa., and in early childhood came to Illinois with her parents.
They were Hugh and Catharine (Lotzenhauzer) Wallace. Of this union there have been born three children, of whom one died in infancy, and two, Edwin S. and Katie A., are at home.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 347. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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