I served under said Davidson a part of the time--Capt. James Johnston was my captain, afterwards Col. Johnston. Lord Cornwallis came to my father's with the British army on the 26th January, 1781--lay there several days before they crossed the Catawba river at Cowan's Ford. Previous to the British coming to my father's, Capt. Jacob Forney, he sent his negroes over the Catawba river into Mecklenburg to Maj. John Davidson for safekeeping out of the way of the British army. During the war Maj. John Davidson and Robt. Ewart (a good Whig) very frequently come to my father's, Jacob Forney, sen., to consult in favor of the Whig cause--Robert Ewart lived about one and a half miles from Maj. Davidson and five and a half miles from my fathers.
This gives the best description so far as to the location of Grandpa Ewart's house. Forney does not point out that Johnston was a son-in-law of Robert Ewart, but of course he knew. Robert Ewart had been named to the Committee of Safety in 1775, so of course he would be consulted as to the course of the war.
The Mississippi descendants of Robert Knox Bell are, of course, descended from Robert Ewart, that good Whig, and also descended from Robert Ewart, that good Whig--a double grandfather to us.