Ewing family (Dallas)

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Dallas family
The Ewing family around 1980: Ray Krebbs, Bobby Ewing, Pam Ewing, Ellie Ewing, Jock Ewing, Lucy Ewing, J.R. Ewing and Sue Ellen Ewing
TypeFictional family
Created byDavid Jacobs
Original runApril 2, 1978 (1978-04-02) – September 22, 2014 (2014-09-22)
First appearanceApril 2, 1978
Digger's Daughter
Last appearanceSeptember 22, 2014
Brave New World
  • Southfork Ranch
    3700 Hogge Drive
    Parker, Texas 75002.
  • 16966 Seaview Circle
    Knots Landing, California.

The Ewing family is the core family of the American prime time soap opera Dallas and its 2012 revival, as well as the foundation of the spin-off series Knots Landing. In the original series of Dallas, the Ewings owned and ran Southfork Ranch and the oil giant Ewing Oil; in the revival series, Ewing Oil is replaced by Ewing Global, formerly Ewing Energies. Knots Landing featured the large corporation of Gary Ewing Enterprises.

Family members[edit]

Characters in bold have appeared on the revival series.

1st generation[edit]

  • Leander Ewing - married an unknown woman (died)

2nd generation[edit]

  • Jason Ewing (died 1984)
    • Nancy Shaw Ewing (divorced; deceased)
  • Jock Ewing (1909-1982)

3rd generation[edit]

4th generation[edit]

  • Lucy Ewing (born 1962) - Daughter of Gary and Valene.
    • Mitch Cooper (twice divorced)
  • James Richard Beaumont I. (born 1967) - Illegitimate son of J.R. and Vanessa Beaumont.
  • John Ross Ewing III (born 1979) - Son of J.R. and Sue Ellen Ewing.
  • Christopher Ewing (1981-2014?) - Adopted son of Bobby and Pamela Ewing. Son of Kristin Shepard and Jeff Farraday
  • Robert James "Bobby" Ewing II (born 1984, twin) - Son of Gary and Valene (as seen on Knots Landing).
  • Elizabeth "Betsy" Ewing (born 1984, twin) - Daughter of Gary and Valene (as seen on Knots Landing).
  • Margaret Krebbs (born 1987) - Daughter of Ray and Donna Krebbs.
  • Lucas Krebbs (born 1987) - Illegitimate son of Bobby Ewing and Jenna Wade, adopted by Ray.
  • Unnamed son (born 1991) - Son of J.R. and Cally Ewing.
  • Molly Whittaker (born 1993) - Illegitimate daughter of Gary Ewing and Kate Whittaker (as seen on Knots Landing).
  • Unnamed girl - Daughter of J.R. and unknown woman

5th generation[edit]

  • James Richard "Jimmy" Beaumont II. (born 1988) - Son of James and Debra Lynn Beaumount.

Southworth family[edit]

Although the generations of the Ewing family beyond Jock and Jason have not been referred to in the series beyond a fleeting reference to their father, Leander, Miss Ellie's family - the Southworths - is somewhat more explored.[1]

Enoch Southworth founded Southfork Ranch in 1858. Following Enoch's death in 1901, his sole child, Aaron, born in the 1870s, had Southfork Ranch signed over to him and carried on his daddy's legacy. Aaron and his wife Barbara had two children: son Garrison, and daughter Eleanor, who eventually became known as Miss Ellie. Miss Ellie was the sweetheart of Willard "Digger" Barnes in the first half of the 1930s. In 1936, Miss Ellie married Jock Ewing, who helped Aaron save the Southfork Ranch from bankruptcy. Aaron died in 1959, and Garrison in 1979. Garrison dated and later married Cherie Simmons (in the TV Movie The Early Years), but it is unknown if the couple had any children, so it's presumed the Southworth family name became extinct with his death.

Family tree[edit]

Enoch Southworth
Eleanor Southworth
Aaron Southworth
Barbara Southworth
Leander Ewing
Garrison Southworth
Ellie Southworth
John Ross "Jock" Ewing Sr.
Margaret Hunter Krebbs
Jason Ewing
Nancy Shaw
Cally Harper
Sue Ellen Shepard
John Ross "J.R." Ewing Jr.
Vanessa Beaumont
Donna McCullum
Raymond Krebbs-Ewing
Jenna Wade
Robert James "Bobby" Ewing
Pamela Jean Barnes
Kate Whittaker
Garrison Arthur Ewing
Valene Clements
Jack Ewing
Jamie Ewing
Unnamed son
John Ross Ewing III
Debra Lynn Warren
James Richard Beaumont Sr.
Margaret Krebbs
Lucas Ewing-Krebbs
(adopted by Ray)
Christopher Ewing
Molly Whittaker
Lucy Ewing
Bobby Ewing II
Betsy Ewing
James Richard "Jimmy" Beaumont Jr.

Ewing Oil[edit]

Ewing Oil
FateCeased operation
FounderJock Ewing
Key people
Jock Ewing
J.R. Ewing
Bobby Ewing
Cliff Barnes
ProductsFuels and Lubricants
$50,000,000 (as of 1998)
Total assetsSouthfork Ranch (Reorganized after Asian fiasco; now a personal asset of the Ewings)
OwnersBobby Ewing
Sue Ellen Ewing
ParentDe La Vega Oil (1990–91)
SubsidiariesEwing Construction
Ewing Alternative Energy
Kinsmet Press
Needham Enterprises
Lassator Solar Industries

Ewing Oil is a fictional oil company from the television series Dallas.

Soaring upward from the Dallas skyline, the Ewing Oil building is right up there, at fifty stories, with the Republic Bank and Reunion Tower. It is the home of Ewing Oil, the Ewing family owned and operated corporation. The executive offices are on the top floor, where for decades the Ewings had Dallas at their feet.

Jock Ewing founded Ewing Oil in 1930 and ran it until 1977, when he retired as President.

Several years prior to the debut of Dallas, J.R. Ewing had returned home to Southfork after serving in Vietnam and became Vice-President of Ewing Oil.

When Jock retired, J.R. became president of Ewing Oil. Bobby Ewing returned to Dallas and joined the executive management team. J.R. resented his presence and wanted him out of the way. Things came to a head at the end of 1978, when Bobby resigned from Ewing Oil and started up Ewing Construction.

When Cliff Barnes, the son of Jock's rival Digger Barnes, became Commissioner of the Office of Land Management, he declared war on Ewing Oil. He halted the new drilling sites of Ewing Oil and began shutting down the fields. J.R. quickly had to find a new source of income. J.R. invested $200,000,000 in offshore leases in Asia and remortgaged Southfork Ranch to do this. The wells came in as one on the biggest oil strikes in the world, making the Ewing family billionaires.

Jock was so upset over J.R.'s remortgaging of Southfork Ranch that Bobby stepped in to help run Ewing Oil. J.R. had gotten word that problems were escalating in Asia so he decided to sell shares in the Asian leases. Four people from the Cartel - Seth Stone, Jordan Lee, Wade Luce and Andy Bradley - as well as banker Vaughn Leland, chipped in. The next day there was a political revolt in Asia and the wells were nationalized. The investors lost everything, sending them all near bankruptcy. Seth Stone could not bear to tell his wife Marilee that he had nearly bankrupted her father's company, and in his distress Seth killed himself. Jock and Bobby believed that J.R. knew the wells were going to be nationalized, and that the Cartel had been double crossed, but J.R. denied that he knew anything prior to the nationalization. Bobby left Dallas after Jock supported J.R. shutting down a Ewing field to prevent Cliff Barnes from gaining any profit from the field. One night in the spring of 1980, J.R. was shot at the Ewing offices. Among the suspects were the Asian leasers investors, as well as J.R's wife, Sue Ellen, although it turned out to be Sue Ellen's sister, former Ewing secretary Kristin Shepard, who had done it. While J.R. was in major surgery Bobby and Miss Ellie emotionally blackmailed Jock into promoting Bobby to president of Ewing Oil.

Bobby moved very fast and was eager to prove he was smarter and better than J.R. at running Ewing Oil but encountered numerous obstacles in the business community who trusted Jock and J.R. but were wary of Bobby. Bobby made several business decisions: changing banks, selling Ewing assets to buy a refinery, all while not consulting Jock or J.R. about any deals. Jock and J.R. became very close during this time and Jock regretted that he ever made Bobby president of Ewing Oil.

Bobby committed Ewing Oil to a deal with the Cartel. It was the first business Ewing had done with them since the Asian deal and it was important for the relationship to continue. But unbeknown to Bobby, Jock had taken $12,000,000 out of the Ewing Oil account to go into business with Punk Anderson on the Takapa project, turning land on the Texas–Louisiana border into a fishing resort. Bobby eventually pulled the deal off via a loan but had a terrible fight with Jock and decided to quit Ewing Oil.

Jock reinstated J.R. as president and his first move was to improve Ewing Oil's public image, so he hired public relations specialist Leslie Stewart to improve its tarnished image. J.R. secretly overthrew the government that nationalized the Asian wells and the new government returned the oil wells to their Texas owners. The Cartel and Jock were thrilled but Cliff Barnes uncovered J.R.'s plot but failed to get J.R. convicted.

After his wife Sue Ellen left Southfork and moved in with Dusty Farlow at Southern Cross Ranch in San Angelo, J.R., with Jock's full support, began stock-piling all of the oil that went to Farlow Refineries as a way to force her back with their son, John Ross. This put a great strain on the Ewing finances as the price of oil dropped and J.R. was stuck with a load of oil he couldn't get rid of.

In 1982, Jock was killed in a helicopter crash in South America. The balance of power was now held as following:

Miss Ellie Ewing (30 shares)
J.R. Ewing (20 shares)
Bobby Ewing (20 shares)
John Ross Ewing III (10 shares) (Ellie voted them if he was living off of Southfork, J.R. if he was living on Southfork)
Gary Ewing (10 shares) (which he gave to Lucy)
Ray Krebbs (10 shares)

Miss Ellie stepped in to stop the destruction of Ewing Oil over the stock-piling of the Farlow oil. She persuaded the family to vote with her to have J.R. fired as president and Bobby reinstated.

In 1982, Jock Ewing's will stated that Ewing Oil would be split 50-50 between J.R. and Bobby and would run his half as a separate company for a year. At the end of the year, the brother with the greatest profit would inherit 51% of the company and the loser 19%. The rest would go to Miss Ellie, Ray and Gary. Bobby's route was to drill in frozen ground in Canada using the Tundra Torque drill bit. J.R.'s route was to over-pump oil with a special variance from the OLM, refine it and open a chain of cut-price gas stations.

The battle for Ewing Oil tore the family apart. Bobby and Pam divorced; Pamela's mother, Rebecca Wentworth, died in a plane crash in an attempt to stop J.R. from winning. In the fall of 1983, J.R. and Bobby decided to call the battle off and divide their shares equally. While J.R. was prepared to double-cross Bobby and take control of Ewing Oil, as it initially appeared that he was the winner, it was revealed that Bobby Ewing would have won the war, as his profits from the wells in Canada were given to Bobby at the last minute. Bobby kept his word, and his and J.R.'s shares were divided equally. Ownership of Ewing Oil was now as follows:

J.R.: 35%
Bobby: 35%
Gary: 10%
Miss Ellie: 10%
Ray: 10%

The brothers would run the company side by side.

In 1984, Bobby was shot at the office by Katherine Wentworth, Pam's sister who was in love with him. During his recovery, Donna Krebbs stepped into his place, much to the annoyance of J.R. Jamie Ewing, Jock's niece, turned up at Southfork Ranch from Alaska, where she had been working in the oil business. Her father, Jason, Jock's brother, was dead and Jamie had a document which proved that Ewing Oil was in fact owned by Jock, Digger Barnes and Jason. Jamie married Cliff Barnes and they sided to take the Ewings to court for their shares in Ewing Oil.

The case came to court and the Ewings had a fight on their hands to keep control. Jamie's brother, Jack, came to Dallas and went to J.R. to reveal that he had proof that Ewing Oil was owned outright by Jock Ewing. But there was a price for this information, Jack wanted 10% of Ewing Oil. The Ewing family agreed and Jack took Ray, Bobby and J.R. to meet a man called Wally Wyndham. He had witnessed the dissolving of the partnership and revealed that the document was with Jock's first wife, Amanda Ewing. The family met with Amanda, retrieved the document and won the battle for control.

J.R.: 30%
Bobby: 30%
Miss Ellie:10%
Jack: 10%

By 1986, the price of oil dropped dramatically, the Middle East flooded the market with their oil, sending the price of crude oil down to an all-time low. It was beneficial for WestStar, but disastrous for independents like Ewing Oil. J.R. was forced to shut down the stripper wells, causing a great deal of unemployment. Meanwhile, Cliff Barnes stole Jamie's idea of all of the oil companies joining together to form a lobby in Washington, D.C. to put a tariff on exported oil. Cliff was credited with the idea, much to Jamie's anger. Donna Krebbs headed the lobby. Ewing 12 employee Scotfield lost his job and in his anger, he blew up a well, was later arrested and committed suicide. His widow, Martha, wanted vengeance. She visited Ewing Oil and told Bobby that "one day a big fish like Ewing Oil is gonna get eaten up and swallowed whole by a even bigger fish" and she would hold them that promise.

J.R. wanted the price of American crude to rise and he wanted it to happen as soon as possible. He met with General Longly, who was sacked from the military for war mongering. He put J.R. in touch with B.D. Calhoun who would go to the Middle East and start trouble by blowing up oil wells. However, the CIA had Calhoun under surveillance and made this known to J.R., who wanted out. However, B.D. would hold J.R. to his promise. J.R. informed the CIA as to Calhoun's mission, and the mission failed, with Calhoun's mercenaries dying in the process. Calhoun blamed J.R. for the whole mess and set out to exact revenge. B.D. kidnapped John Ross and threatened to kill him, but Ray killed B.D. in time. The CIA was involved and decided on a cover up to keep their involvement secret.

Mrs. Scotfield's brother worked at the CIA's archives as a clerk. He stumbled upon information revealing J.R.'s involvement with B.D. Calhoun, which was a federal crime. Mrs. Scotfield then gave the story to a small town paper who revealed the story and opened the biggest can of worms J.R. was ever to see. Jeremy Wendell of WestStar wanted the Ewing assets. He made Mrs. Scotfield a rich woman, for which she gave him the evidence. She made him promise her he would destroy Ewing Oil, he agreed. J.R. lost Ewing Oil when the Justice Department shut the company down.

In 1988 Bobby got the right to use the Ewing Oil name. At the same time, J.R. blackmailed Jeremy Wendell and re-acquired the former Ewing Oil assets from WestStar Oil. After April dies, Bobby decides to leave Ewing Oil, as he blames the oil business for her death. Later J.R. sold his Ewing Oil shares to Cliff Barnes, because he was planning to take over WestStar Oil. J.R.'s plot didn't succeed and he lost control of both Ewing Oil and WestStar on the same day.

According to Dallas TNT site, Cliff Barnes sold Ewing Oil to Bobby and Sue Ellen in 1996.

In the revival TNT series, John Ross III started an oil company under the name Ewing Oil, this was not the same company that his grandfather Jock Ewing had founded and that his father J.R. had inherited and worked in.

Ewing Energies[edit]

Ewing Energies
Alternative Energy
PredecessorEwing Oil (John Ross III's company, not the original company)
Ewing Alternative Energy (Christopher's company)
SuccessorEwing Global (result of a merger between Ewing Energies & Barnes Global)
FoundersJohn Ross Ewing III, Bobby Ewing, Christopher Ewing, & Elena Ramos
Key people
John Ross Ewing III
Christopher Ewing
Bobby Ewing
Sue Ellen Ewing
ProductsFuels & Lubricants
Gas Hydrates
OwnersJohn Ross Ewing III
Christopher Ewing
Bobby Ewing
Sue Ellen Ewing
Pamela Rebecca Ewing
SubsidiariesOil Rigs
Cartwell Trucking

Ewing Energies is a fictional company on the updated version of Dallas.

The company Ewing Energies was started by John Ross Ewing, Christopher Ewing, Elena Ramos, and Bobby Ewing. John Ross, much like Digger Barnes before him, has a gift for finding oil. Because of John Ross and Elena's works on new oil drilling technology, the oil pulled from wells would be used to bankroll a new gas hydrates technology developed by Christopher and Elena's collaboration. When John Ross was attacked while in police custody for the suspected murder of Veronica Martinez aka Marta Del Sol, Christopher signed over exclusive South American rights to his technology to John Ross's former business partner, Vicente Cano. Vicente's part of the deal was to provide video tape evidence that would clear John Ross. By doing this, Christopher also prevented Bobby from having to drill on Southfork to protect John Ross from Vicente. It is discovered in the season finale that before his arrest for his hand in the fraudulent Southfork sale, Vicente was about to sell off his South American rights to Cliff Barnes.

In Season 2, Ewing Energies has been opened. Elena was given 5% from each board member to even out the board. Sue Ellen had recently given Elena a loan for drilling, but she buckled down on Elena before she could start pumping. This forced Elena out of Ewing Energies and Sue Ellen gladly took her place. Around this same time, Pamela demanded 10% of the company which had to do with the annulment of her and Christopher's marriage. Pamela took 10% of Christopher which dropped Christopher below John Ross, Bobby, and Sue Ellen. Elena teamed up with her brother Drew and drilled the land he bought from Bobby. The two called their company Ramos Oil.

Early 2012 Ewing Energies Shares:
Bobby Ewing 30%
John Ross Ewing 30%
Christopher Ewing 30%
Elena Ramos 10%

Late 2012 Ewing Energies Shares:
Bobby Ewing 25%
John Ross Ewing 25%
Christopher Ewing 25%
Elena Ramos 25%

Early 2013 Ewing Energies Shares:
Bobby Ewing 25%
John Ross Ewing 25%
Christopher Ewing 15%
Sue Ellen Ewing 25%
Pamela Rebecca Barnes 10%

Ewing Global[edit]

Ewing Global
Alternative Energy
Consumer Products
PredecessorsEwing Energies
Barnes Global
FounderBarnes Global: Cliff Barnes
Ewing Energies: John Ross Ewing III, Christopher Ewing, Bobby Ewing, and Elena Ramos
Key people
Cliff Barnes
Pamela Rebecca Ewing
John Ross Ewing III
Christopher Ewing
ProductsFuels & Lubricants
Gas Hydrates
OwnersBobby Ewing
Sue Ellen Ewing
SubsidiariesOil Rigs
Cartwell Trucking
Over a hundred others

Ewing Global is a fictional company on the updated version of Dallas. Formerly Barnes Global, it is owned by Cliff Barnes, his daughter Pamela (with husband John Ross Ewing), and his nephew Christopher Ewing. Cliff is currently being represented by his hired proxy Nicolas Treviño (a childhood friend of Elena Ramos).

Cliff had built an international conglomerate, Barnes Global, which owned more than 100 subsidiaries in over 50 countries. After the death of J.R. Ewing Cliff conspired with trucking magnate Harris Ryland and Texas governor Sam McConaughey to take down the Ewing family once and for all. Cliff's plan was to sabotage Christopher's technology demonstration on the gas rig, causing the state to levy a billion dollar fine against Ewing Energies. Meanwhile, Governor McConaughy was to seize the Ewings' oil wells via eminent domain, making it impossible to pay the fine. Cliff bought the debt and knowing the Ewings didn't have the money to pay the fine, took control of Ewing Energies. This is how Barnes Global and Ewing Energies "merged".

The Ewings prevailed thanks to J.R.'s final scheme. Sue Ellen got the first report of the gas rig explosion that proved the rig was sabotaged and the governor intentionally hid the report. She blackmailed the governor into ending the eminent domain on the Ewings' oil wells. Emma stole evidence from her father's safe that linked him to working with a Mexican drug cartel and cocaine trafficking. Christopher got proof that his adoptive mother Pamela Barnes Ewing was dead and he inherited 1/3 of Barnes Global. Cliff's daughter Pamela, who married John Ross, convinced him to give her 1/3 of Barnes Global giving the Ewings control of Barnes Global and Ewing Energies again. Cliff was framed for the murder of J.R. Ewing and was imprisoned in a Mexican jail but he did manage to contact Elena Ramos and revealed that years ago her father had bought some oil-rich land but that J.R. had switched land deeds and her father was left with useless land while J.R. made millions originally belonging to her father. Cliff gave Elena his power of attorney over his third of the company, and told her to exact revenge on the Ewings.

Elena sought help from Joaquin, a close friend who she grew up with in Mexico. In 1997 he changed his name to Nicolas Treviño. He became a billionaire not long after. Elena directed him to Cliff where Nicolas became his proxy for his 1/3 ownership in Barnes Global now Ewing Global. He showed up in Dallas in the season premiere and stopped the Ewings from selling their consumers division to help pay for the arctic leases. Later, Nicholas made a deal with John Ross to have Ewing Global go public. However doing so made the Ewings lose all control of Ewing Global to Nicholas's Mexican cartel. However, Pamela made a deal to buy it back without anyone else, only to learn that Bobby and Sue Ellen had secured the shares of the company from Carlos Del Sol, cutting both her and John Ross out of the company

Ewing Global Shares

Early 2012 Ewing Global Shares:

Cliff Barnes: 99%

Early 2013 Ewing Energies Shares:

Cliff Barnes: 33%
Pamela Rebecca Barnes: 33%
Christopher Ewing: 33%

Late 2013 Ewing Energies/Ewing Global Shares:

Cliff Barnes: 33%
Pamela Rebecca Barnes - John Ross Ewing: 33%
Christopher Ewing: 33%

Early 2014 Ewing Global Shares:

Nicolas Trevino: 33%
Christopher Ewing: 33%
Pamela Rebecca Ewing/John Ross Ewing: 33%
Bobby Ewing: Partner
Sue Ellen Ewing: Partner

Late 2014 Ewing Global Shares

Bobby Ewing: 50%
Sue Ellen Ewing: 50%


  1. ^ "Dallas Locations: Southfork Ranch - history of the Ewing home". CBS, TNT. Retrieved 2012-07-12.

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