Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Sod Rest Lightly
This is the face that greeted me in my Granny Ewen's closet that day so many years ago. It hangs above my mantel to remind me of the heritage that is mine. See "50 Years of Genealogy" in the archive that tells this story.
George Washington Ewen was born March 10, 1858 in Powell Co., KY. He was a horse riding physician in the mountains that surround Natural Bridge State Park, KY. His obituary reads:
"Dr. G.W. Ewen, son of J.R. and Eliza Ewen, was born March 10, 1858 and died July
15th, 1906 at his home near Dundee of bright's disease. The sudden parting of all
earthy ties is hard to bear, and when hearts have been tightly knit in bonds of
loving companionship and closest affection, it is doubly hard. His funeral was
conducted at the home by Revs. Adams and Wright, of the Christian Church, of which
he had been a member 29 years. He had been a Mason 11 years and was a member of
Campton I.O.O.F. of which both fraternities took part in bearing the remains to
its last resting place. Dr. Ewen was a good and generous, big-hearted man, ever
ready to administer to those who were weaker than he. The widow who survives him loses a faithful and affectionate husband; the children a kind and loving parent; the community a citizen of integrity and great moral worth. May the sod rest lightly on his honest breast, and his gentile spirit bask in the sunshine of an eternal Spring."
Taken from the Clay City Times, July 26, 1906.
Our family story was that G.W. was riding to a house call and managed to cut his leg on a new contraption call barbed-wire. Having diabetes (called Bright's disease in his day,)he developed gangrene, needed his leg amputated, and died following this procedure. I have not been able to document any of this story, but I suspect that it is correct. Certainly, the soil rests lightly on his honest breast.