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Jacob Ewry
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Birth: May 8, 1829
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 1915
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA

Son of John and Mary L.(Shill)Ewry.
Husband of Mary Elizabeth(Smith)Ewry.
Father of Harry Smith, Mary Estelle, Fannie Elizabeth,John Jacob, & Fredric William Ewry.

Local businessman of Lafayette & early Chauncy village.
Jacob Ewry died early Wednesday morning. He had been ill for several months. Mr. Ewry was born in Montgomery County, Ohio on May 8, 1829, and was the son of John and Mary (Shill) Ewry. His father was a native of Maryland and his mother was born in the Buckeye state.
In 1828 the year before the subject of this sketch was born his father left his family temporarily in Dayton O. and came to this city. He went to Toledo by canal, and made the trip from there to this city on foot. He observed that Lafayette was the head of steam navigation on the Wabash river and decided to locate with his family here. In September on horseback and soon after returned to this city with his family and household effects in a covered wagon. On 1857, he engaged in the dry goods business with his son Jacob Ewry, under the firm name of J. Ewry & Co.

Jacob Ewry was reared principally in Lafayette and after completing his education and J.G. Wilson Seminary, he began clerking in the general store of David Ross and later with Hannah & Potter. In the spring of 1853, he went to California, where he remained for two years and returned to engage with the firm of Prown & Weaver. HE succeeded this firm in the business early in the spring of 1857, and it was in the fall that his father became associated with him.

In the spring of 1866 Mr. Ewry and his father purchased the old Lafayette Woolen Mills, which they operated until it was destroyed at the time of the big distillery fire in 1881

Jacob Ewry was one of the incorporators of the town of Chauncey, now West Lafayette, and was ever active in promoting the interest of the city and county. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, almost since childhood, and belonged to the First Presbyterian congregation, which recently merged with the Second Presbyterian church into the Central Presbyterian church.

Mr. Ewry was married on February 10, 1855, to Mary E. Smith. Four children were born to this union, but one of whom survive, Mrs. William Terry, of this city. He also leaves one brother, Joseph S. Ewry, and two sisters, Mrs. J.H. Pifer and Mrs. W.H. Hiller.

Tippecanoe County Democrat, Friday April_, 1915.


Lived in Lafayette three quarters of Century and was Prominent in Business.

Jacob Ewry who hd been a resident of Lafayette for three quarter of a century died at 4:15 o'clock this morning at St. Elizabeth hospital of cancer. He had been sick for a year and had been contained in the hospital for four months. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, May 8, 1829, and has lived here continuously sine that time, with the exception of two years he spent in Cincinnati twenty years ago. Mr. Ewry at one time with his father, John Ewry, and brothers Samuel and William Ewry, owned The woolen mill and a retail store at Second and Columbia streets. The mill was located at the foot of Green street on the banks of the Wabash river, and was destroyed by fire more than 25 years ago. After that Jacob Ewry retired from active business life. He had prior to his serious illness made his home at Columbia flats. Mr. Ewry was member of the Presbyterian church and was a man of strict integrity. He was a gentleman of the old school and died rich in the respect of all who knew him. In his death, Lafayette loses one of its pioneer citizens and one of the last of at one time the most highly esteemed families in the city. He was married February 20, 1855, in this city to Mrs. Mary E. Smith, daughter of P. B. Smith of the city. She died thirty years ago. Mr. Ewry leaves one daughter, Mrs. William Terry and one brother Joseph S. Ewry, formerly of this city but now making his home with his son in Cincinnati, O. Also two sisters, Mrs. Wm. H. Pifer and Mrs. Wm. D. Hiller both of this city. The body was prepared at the Bradshaw parlor, from where the funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. The burial will be private. Interment in Springvale cemetery.
[from newspaper clippings. No dates or newspaper recorded]
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pp 611-612.
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois 1888

JACOB EWRY, one of LaFayette's enterprising merchants, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, a son of JOHN and MARY L. SHILL) EWRY, his father being a native of Baltimore County,
Maryland, and his mother of Montgomery County, Ohio. JOHN EWRY's parents were natives of Maryland, and when he was a boy they removed to Dayton, Ohio, and there he was reared to manhood, and learned the carpenter's trade. In the spring of 1828 JOHN EWRY, leaving his family temporarily in Dayton, came to LaFayette, Indiana, going by canal to Toledo and making the rest of the journey on foot. He then went to Crawfordsville from LaFayette, on foot to attend the land sale, but having observed that LaFayette was the head of steamboat navigation, he returned to this city. (cut)

JACOB EWRY, the subject of this sketch, under the firm name of J. EWRY & Co., being a member of this company until his
death, which occurred April 25, 1886. He was a prominent pioneer, and took an active interest in the welfare of his county until his death. In politics he was a Democrat. He was a member of the First Presbyterian church of LaFayette for many years, but latterly was identified with the Second Presbyterian church. His wife survived him but twenty-four days, her death taking place May 19, 1886.

JACOB EWRY was reared principally in LaFayette, and after completing his education at J. G. WILSON's seminary, he
began Clerking in the general mercantile store of DAVID ROSS, and later was with HANNAH & POTTER. In the spring of
1853 he went to California, having gone that far with a brother (John Jr.) who was moving to Portland, Oregon. He remained in California about two years, when he returned to LaFayette, and engaged with the mercantile firm of BROWN & WEAVER. He succeeded this firm in the business early in the spring of 1857, and in the fall of the same year his father became associated with him. In the spring of 1866, he and his father bought out the LaFayette Woolen mills and soon after SAMUEL EWRY became a partner, they operating the mills until they were destroyed by fire in the fall of 1881.
JACOB EWRY was one of the incorporators of the town of Chauncey. He has been a member of the Presbyterian church for forty years. Mr. EWRY married Miss MARY E. SMITH, a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a daughter of PETER B. SMITH, who was an extensive contractor in Pennsylvania. In 1851 he came with his family to Tippecanoe County, and settled in LaFayette.
Mr. and Mrs. EWRY have three children living; MARY ESTELLE, wife of E. O. McCORMICK, general passenger agent on the New
Albany Railroad, residing in Chicago; FANNIE E., wife of W. E. TERRY, a publisher of Chicago, and JOHN J. who has been
engaged with the Pullman Palace Car Company.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Published by The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois 1888. page 611-612.
Family links: 
  John Ewry (1804 - 1886)
  Mary Lavina Shill Ewry (1807 - 1886)
  Mary Elizabeth Smith Ewry (1834 - 1912)
  Henry Smith Ewry (1856 - 1883)*
  Mary Estelle Ewry McCormick (1857 - 1893)*
  Fannie Elizabeth Ewry Terry (1860 - 1931)*
  John Jacob Ewry (1862 - 1890)*
  Fredric William Ewry (1865 - 1866)*
  Jacob Ewry (1829 - 1915)
  John Ewry (1831 - 1907)*
  Samuel Ewry (1833 - 1885)*
  Elizabeth Ewry (1833 - 1834)*
  Mary Ann Ewry Pifer (1835 - 1915)*
  William Henry Ewry (1838 - 1906)*
  Joseph Shill Ewry (1840 - 1916)*
  Eliza Jane Ewry Hiller (1845 - 1934)*
  George Henry Ewry (1848 - 1914)*
  Charles E. Ewry (1852 - 1913)*
*Calculated relationship
Spring Vale Cemetery
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 23, Lot13
Created by: L. A. (Terry)
Record added: May 02, 2002
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Jacob Ewry
Added by: L. A. (Terry)
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