I don't know if this was directed to me; I purchased your book a couple months ago.
According to this short biography of James Ewing, I'm of Scottish descent. James is the brother of my 2G-Grandmother, Rachel (Ewing) Marshman.
I have read some debate on the internet, from cousins in this branch, whether William came from Scotland or was born in Pennsylvania and his father emigrated from Scotland. Unfortunately, I don't know any of William's siblings or parents to go back any further.
I enjoyed your book. I think what I most enjoyed about it was on another branch of my tree, my grandfather was a coal miner in West Virginia. His father was a coal miner in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He came to the US, from Scotland, in 1884 when he was 14 with his 12 year old brother; his older brother was already here. This was soon after the passing of his father who was also a coal and iron miner in Scotland. Reading your stories of working in the mines through the generations of your family was enlightening. I even bought a copy of "The Brave Don't Cry".
Thanks for your stories!