Milbrey Horn Williams Born: 6 December 1815 - Died: abt 1872
Married 26 Jan 1932 Orville Ewing Born: 6 Feb 1806 - Died: 10 October 1876 in Gainesville
FL and buried in the Nashville Old City Cemetery.
Orville Ewing (brother of Andrew and Edwin Ewing), was educated as
a lawyer, but never practiced. He was president of the Planters Bank of Nashville and the brother of Andrew and Edwin Ewing
who were married to Milbrey's sisters.
The house below was built by Anthony Foster, one of the early settlers in 1780, and was purchased
by Orville and Milbrey Ewing who raised seven children there. They were living there during the civil war when Nashville was
under military rule and Federal soldiers camped continually on the beautiful lawn.
The house was named "Mile End" and was located one mile south of the Nashville square where, in
1905, St. Katharine Drexel founded the Immaculate Mother's Academy, the state's first Catholic school for African-American
girls which replaced the house. In 1954 the school was demolished and replaced by a large Sears store which remained there
Shortly thereafter the Nashville Rescue Mission and homeless shelter occupiied the old Sears store
and remains there today in 2008. Leaving downtown Nashville on eighth avenue south, turn left onto Murfreesboro Road (Lafayette
Street) and you will see the Nashville Rescue Mission on your right.
Milbrey planned the gardens, marking the central square with a tall Norway spruce tree bordered
with shrubs and flowers. Graveled walks radiating from the center and intersecting at right angles formed squares where calacanthus,
pyrus japonica, licacs, bridal wreath, and roses flourished. On the north side a brick wall formed a natural trellis for the
grapevines, and on the south fruit trees and a vegetable garden lay beyound the flower beds. On the east side handsome trees
and a hedge of Bois d'Arc formed a green background for the garden.
The entrance to the greenhouse was covered with a star jasmine, and here pomegranates, Marechal
Neil, and other rare plants were kept. A Catalonian jasmine within its shelter furnished bouquets for many family brides.
Mile End, the home of Orville Ewing and Milbrey Horn Williams
(Picture and below text copied from the book
"History of Homes and Gardens of Tennessee" compiled by "the
garden study club of Nashville" and published by "The Parthenon
Press" in 1936)
A mile from
Nashville's Public Square, Anthony Foster, pioneer
citizen of the city, built a Colonial brick residence which bore
the name Mile End.
War, the home, then owned and occupied by Orville
Ewing, was under military rule, and Federal soldiers
camped continually on the beautiful lawn.
Mrs. Ewing, the
former Miss Milbrey Williams, planned the gardens,
marking the central square with a tall Norway spruce
tree bordered with shrubs and flowers. Graveled
walks radiating from the center and intersecting at
right angles formed squares where calacanthus, pyrus
japonica, lilacs, bridal wreath, and roses flourished. On
the north side a brick wall formed a natural trellis
for the grapevines, and on the south fruit trees and a
vegetable garden lay beyond the flower beds. On the
east side handsome trees and a hedge of Bois d' Arc
formed a green background for the garden.
The entrance to the
greenhouse was covered with a star jasmine,
here pomegranates, Marechal Neil, and other rare
plants were kept. A Catalonian jasmine within its shelter furnished bouquets for many family brides.
and 1880 Mile End was the home of Dr. William Morrow, and afterward of Mrs. James Woods. In 1880 it was purchased
by Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Keith, who occupied it for twenty-five years. In 1905 Mile End was sold, the house and gardens
were demolished to give space to the building erected for St. Katherine's, a Catholic school for Negro girls.
Steven Hoskins wrote the following document about
the corner where this house was located.
Mile End History
The Sanborn map of Nashville for 1914 shows the location where
the Mile End house was located on 7th Avenue just south of Murfreesboro Road, named Lafayette Street.
The below dissertation was written by Steven Hoskins at MTSU
in pursuit of the degree
of Doctor of Philosophy.
Miles End Disertation by Larry Feldhaus on Scribd
Rowena Josey Williams Born: 25 March 1822
Married 9 Sep 1841 Andrew Ewing IIII Born: 1815 - Died: 1864
EWING, Andrew, (brother of Edwin, Orville, and Hickman
Ewing), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Nashville, Tenn., June 17, 1813; completed preparatory studies, and was graduated
from the University of Nashville in 1832; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in Nashville,
Tenn.; chosen trustee of the University of Nashville in 1833, and served in that office until his death; elected as a Democrat
to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1850; resumed the
practice of law in Nashville; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860; during the Civil War served
as judge of Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg’s military court and died in service in Atlanta, Ga., June 16, 1864;
interment in Nashville City Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.
The image at the right is image 1346 from the Tennessee State Library and Archives Images
and Photographs Collection.
The below document is the record of the cemetery lot at the Nashville
Old City Cemetery owned by Orvile, Andrew, and Edwin Ewing.
These three Ewing brothers are the youngest three of six sons of
Nathan Ewing who was born 11 February 1776 and died 1 May 1830. He moved to Tennessee in 1780 and was Clerk of the County
Court of Davidson County from 1813 until his death.
Nathan Ewing was the fifth child of William Ewing who was
born 29 November 1771 and died 24 November 1845.
William Ewing was the third child of Andrew Ewing who was born
15 March 1740 and died 30 April 1813. He moved to Tennessee from Rockingham County VA in 1780 and settled at the present
site of Nashville. From 1783 until his death he was Clerk of the Court of Davidson County.
Andrew Ewing was a son of the emigrant William Ewing who was born
in County Londonderry, Ireland about 1710 and emigrated to Pennsylvania and later moved to Virginia where he died.
I have excerpted below the part of the book "The Ewing
Genealogy with Cognate Branches" which deals with the three Ewing brothers above and their families.
The book below is best read in ful lscreen mode.
Williams From Ewing Book_2