Mary Horn Work (Ewing) (1799 - 1885) MP

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Birthplace: E. Mahoning twp., Indiana, PA, USA
Death: Died in PA, USA
Managed by: Bryan Graham
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About Mary Horn Work (Ewing)

From “Work Family History”, vol. I (1969) & vol. II (1994), compiled by Von Gail Hamilton.

Mary and James lived on the Ewing farm.

(The following was written by Mary Work Hogg. Quotation marks eliminated for ease of reading.)

My paternal grandmother (Mary Horn Ewing) lived with us until her death when I was 21. By her I was taught card wool for spinning, sitting on her doorstep, a child of about 8; later she taught me to knit.

Her family had settled in the eastern part of Pennsylvania in the colonial days and it was 20 years after the new America had opened out the region west of the Alleghenies before they left their home there. In 1804, when she was 5 years old, the family made the journey through the mountains and settled in the Mahoning country; a father, a mother, and 2 children.

James Ewing settled on the little Mahoning Creek, where he set himself to serve a wide, though sparsely settled, community; for in due course he had going a flour mill, a saw mill, a woolen mill and a distillery, providing shelter, clothing, food and drink. The flour mill and saw mill were still working in my childhood. Farmers used to pass our house with their loads of grain to be ground. I have a spoon from my grandmother which she told me had been brought to the mill in exchange for flour, presumably by someone who had not yet cleared his land for grain growing. The rule was that the miller claimed a portion of the flour in payment for the grinding.

I have never heard that my great grandparents returned to visit their friends east of the mountains. My grandmother herself on one occasion made that journey. It was in preparation for her wedding in her 20th year. She rode over the mountains accompanied by her brother, to buy her wedding finery. Her silk dresses of black and pepper and salt color never excited me, but I thrilled at the thought of a bonnet trimmed with pink and blue feathers. It would not have befitted her father's daughter to be married in homespun. Moreover, a wedding in this rather isolated community was a great event. My grandmother used to tell how, as the wedding parties rode through the forests, mischievous youths would shoot from behind the trees to enliven the horses. The distances were often considerable and if the frolic went on late, numbers of guests would have to spend the night, or what was left of it, their dormitories being a loft or part of the barn.

My grandmother's school education was brief and got at a price. She and her brother trudged 4 miles daily during the winter months to the only school available. The term would certainly not be longer than 4 months, probably shorter, as my own early school years were only 4 months long. She used to tell me that the light was dim as the windows of the log schoolhouse were of greased paper.

In her later years, she was fond of writing verse and acrostics. Her mastery of English, as well as her public spirit, are shown in a letter which we possess, written to a friend she had reason to regard as unsound on the subject of slavery. (This was in 1838. In this letter she tells her friend of the young colored men who have just left her home on their way to liberty, gives her profound opinion of slavery and any who condone it, scolds lightly opinions which to her seem unchristianlike, and ends with the advice of an intelligent person - choose good men - then go to the polls and vote. vgh)

Acrostic written for Anna Belle Work, by her grandmother, Mary Horn (Ewing) Work:

Anna - a prophetess, was she,

Nor hopped her heav'n-sent Lord to see,

Nor yet to hold Him on her knee;

Anna - a prophetess was she.

But to the temple, lo! He came!

Emmanuel - they called His name.

Little was He whom she would seek -

Little, and frail, and pink of cheek

Emmanuel - so small and weak!

What praises from that old heart rant!

Oh, what a privilege!, she sang,

Remembering phrophcies of old:

Know all: This IS the King foretold!

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Mary Work's Timeline

1799
July 15, 1799
E. Mahoning twp., Indiana, PA, USA
1820
July 1, 1820
Age 20
1822
April 24, 1822
Age 22
1824
July 8, 1824
Age 24
Mahoning twp., Indiana, PA, USA
1826
July 11, 1826
Age 26
1828
August 28, 1828
Age 29
Mahoning twp, Indiana, PA, USA
1831
March 15, 1831
Age 31
1832
June 25, 1832
Age 32
Dilts Mills (Georgeville), PA, USA
1835
March 1, 1835
Age 35
Indiana, PA, USA
1837
August 3, 1837
Age 38
East Mahoning Township, Indiana, PA, USA