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George W. Ewing letters

 Collection — Folder: S1825
Identifier: S1825

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence sent by George Washington Ewing to Byrum D. Miner of Fort Wayne, Indiana regarding the sale of furs and skins, William G. Ewing's estate, and other legal matters (1855-1856). The collection also includes a November 29, 1849 bill from Brown's Hotel in Washington, D.C. and three letters sent by Lucinda Smith of Evansville, Indiana to Ewing and Miner regarding the collection of rent from the government for cattle and stables kept on property presumably owned by Ewing during the Civil War (1865).


  • 1849-1865


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

George Washington (G.W.) Ewing was born on December 10, 1804 in what is now Monroe, Michigan, the youngest son of Alexander and Charlotte (Griffith) Ewing. The family moved to Ohio in 1807 and then to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1822. He was a fur trader, Indian trader, merchant, and real estate agent and founded the firm W.G. and G.W. Ewing with his brother William in 1827. Besides numerous business ventures in Indiana, the brothers also conducted business in Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. G.W. was living in St. Louis, Missouri when his brother died in 1854 and he returned to Fort Wayne to wind up the business partnership. With the assistance of Byrum D. Miner, the complete settlement of his brother’s estate was finalized in October 1865 and confirmed at the 1866 March Term of the Common Pleas Court. George Ewing died a few months later on May 29, 1866.

Source: "Col. George Washington Ewing." Find a Grave Memorial no. 37720399. Acessed March 9, 2021.

"Obituary." Fort Wayne Daily Gazette (Ind.), June 6, 1866.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from B.J. Griswold on 1925/05/07.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L323: Ewing family collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/03/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/10 by Laura Eliason.
George W. Ewing letters
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Repository Details

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