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R. W. Chas Ellis

M, b. circa 1877
FatherThomas Jefferson Ellis b. 16 Jan 1846, d. 18 Jan 1926
MotherJoyce E. Burton b. 1848, d. 1883
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of John Ellis (b. c.1607) (Kit #'s 24239, 13235, 35667, 87550, 94809, 37367, 213671, 197362, N118383, 430203 )(Haplogroup I1 Group 1)
Birth*circa 1877 Iuka, Tishmingo, Mississippi, USA 
Marriage* Bride=Minnie Maybell Shuffield 


Minnie Maybell Shuffield

Radford Ellis

M, b. 1748
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of Radford Ellis, (1748) Kit # 54297)(Haplogroup I1 Group 2)
Birth*1748 Buncombe, North Carolina, USA 
Marriage* Bride=Elizabeth McCoy 


Elizabeth McCoy

Radford Ellis

M, b. 1821
FatherJames Ellis b. 1795
MotherOleander Varner
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of Radford Ellis, (1748) Kit # 54297)(Haplogroup I1 Group 2)
Birth*1821 Jasper County, Georgia, USA 
Marriage* Bride=Elizabeth Lyle 


Elizabeth Lyle

Rae Ellis

M, b. 25 July 1881, d. 3 May 1937
FatherLucien Newell Ellis b. 9 Jul 1849, d. 23 Aug 1933
MotherAlice Delphine Moulton b. 17 Apr 1851, d. 29 Aug 1938
ChartsKit # 281487, Direct Male Descendants of John Robert Ellis (b. 1793 NH-1861 MI) (Haplogroup I Unmatched)
Birth*25 July 1881 Jonesville, Hillsdale County, Michigan, USA 
Marriage*3 November 1914 Gladwin, Gladwin County, Michigan, USA; Principal=Minnie Mae Klein 
Death*3 May 1937 Gladwin, Gladwin County, Michigan, USA 


Minnie Mae Klein b. 14 Apr 1893, d. 30 Mar 1976

Ralph Ellis

FatherCoy Ellis
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of Stephen Ellis (c1740-c1802) (Kit #'s 104787, 12566)(Haplogroup R1b Group 6)
Death* Michigan, USA 
Birth* North Carolina, USA 

Ralph David Ellis

M, b. 22 May 1921, d. 2 April 2000
FatherDavid Frederick Ellis b. 24 Mar 1891, d. 4 Feb 1994
MotherMyrtle Blanche Clark b. 2 Aug 1902, d. 7 Oct 1976
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of John Ellis (c1718-a1790) (Kit # 156581, 122523)(Haplogroup R1b Group 14)
Birth*22 May 1921 Belmont Twp., Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada 
Death*2 April 2000 Campbellford, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada 

Ralph M. Ellis

ChartsKit # 113485, Direct Male Descendants of Ralph M. Ellis (Haplogroup R1b Group 16)
Residence*1906 Marion, Indiana, USA 
Marriage*17 November 1906 Vancouver, Clark County, Washington, USA; Bride=Anna Veronica O'Connor 


Anna Veronica O'Connor b. 19 May 1888, d. 17 Oct 1957

Ralph Sheldon Ellis

M, b. 21 August 1920, d. 12 December 2010
FatherClarence Ellis b. 21 Feb 1892, d. 17 Feb 1969
MotherMary Ellen Lodge
Birth*21 August 1920 Mingo Junction, Jefferson County, Ohio, USA 
Death*12 December 2010 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA 



Ralph William Ellis

M, b. 1922
FatherJames Carter Ellis b. 1890
MotherVesta Clara Crows
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of Gearmon Ellis (b. c. 1765) (Kit #'s 58454, 54124)(Haplogroup R1b Group 3)
Birth*1922 Fulton, Georgia, USA 
Marriage* Bride=Elizabeth Mellie Gazaway 


Elizabeth Mellie Gazaway

Ransom Ellis

M, b. 1873, d. 1932
FatherWilliam W. Ellis b. 27 Mar 1814, d. 2 Feb 1904
MotherHarriet Davis

Ray Clinton Ellis


Raymond B. Ellis

M, b. 1907
FatherCurtis E. Ellis b. 1879
MotherRebecca Leuty
ChartsKit # 138396, Direct Male Descendants of Wm. Ellis (b.1789-1883 (Haplogroup G)
Birth*1907 Hickory Hill, Illinois, USA 
Marriage* Bride=Mary Williams 
Death* Centralia, Illinois, USA 


Mary Williams

Raymond Fuller Ellis

M, b. 8 August 1914, d. 30 May 2001
FatherJames Franklin Ellis b. 11 Mar 1873, d. 26 Jul 1949
MotherAlice Arizona Shirley b. 7 Jul 1872, d. 21 Jan 1919
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of Addison Ellis (c1799) (Kits 53496, 176535, 181622, 212269, 223077, 238752, 246581, 253272)(Haplogroup R1b Group 4)
Birth*8 August 1914 Clay County, Mississippi, USA 
Marriage*14 November 1936 West Point, Clay County, Mississippi, USA; Bride=Belinda Louise Johann 
Death*30 May 2001 Columbus, Lowdnes County, Mississippi, USA 


Belinda Louise Johann b. 3 Jun 1914, d. 19 Aug 1988

Rebecca Ellis

F, b. 1 July 1721
FatherJoel Ellis b. 17 Jan 1679, d. 21 Jun 1763
MotherElizabeth Churchill b. 7 Oct 1687, d. 6 Apr 1710
Birth*1 July 1721 Middleboro, Massachusetts, USA 

Rebecca Ellis

F, b. 1878
FatherJohn O. Ellis b. 29 Oct 1852
MotherSarah Ann Ellis b. 13 Mar 1852, d. 12 Dec 1927


William M. Surrency b. 1872

Reginald Evans Ellis

M, b. 10 March 1894, d. 8 June 1983
Kit # 50850 - Reginald Evans Ellis (1894-1983, Summerside Prince Edward Island)
FatherKenneth Forbes Ellis b. 8 Aug 1853, d. 27 Jun 1936
MotherLucy Stewart b. 26 Aug 1863
ChartsKit #'s 51017, 50850, 95369, Direct Male Descendants of Johan Ellis (b. c.1549 ) (Haplogroup J2)
Birth*10 March 1894 Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 
Baptism Pri*20 January 1903 Summerside Presbyterian Church, Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 
Cen-E-with*20 April 1901 Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; 1901 Canadian Census||Regnal Ellis||He was 7 years old. His birthdate was recorded as 10 Mar 1894. Born in urban PEI, he was Canadian, of english descent. His religion was recorded as Presbyterian and attended school. Reg could read and write and spoke English, his mother tongue; HOH=Kenneth Forbes Ellis 
Graduation*1910 Summerside High School, Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; from Grade 10 
Milit-Beg*11 March 1916 Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada; enlisting as a Private in the 145 Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. His no. was 832448 
Milit-End*4 November 1918 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; as a Private 
Description*4 November 1918 aged 24 years, 5 feet 8 ins tall, medium complexion, brown eyes and hair, with no marks or scars 
Work History* a clerk in various positions, including the Bank of Nova Scotia, the town of Summerside, (a position he resigned on 24 Jul 1922), and for the Fox Breeders Association. He was also involved in the oyster business 
Marriage*29 August 1927 44 Spring St., Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; by license||the home of Mrs. Emma MacNeill, who is thought to be the aunt of the bride; Bride=Dorothy Lefurgey Weeks, Parent/female=Lucy Stewart 
Tax Assmt*31 January 1944 for the year 1942 
Member of*between 1957 and 27 September 1977 Rotary Club, Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; was past president of the Rotary Club and past president of the local Canadian branch 
Occupation*between 30 March 1967 and 14 June 1978 7 Summer St., Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada 
Retirement*1972 R.E. Ellis and Son Limited, Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; from his insurance business which he had started in 1922 
Photo*before June 1975 166 Belmont St., Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Lt-Rt--Dorothy Lefurgey Weeks Ellis, Grace Potter Romcke, Amy Green Ellis Rogers, Reginald Evans Ellis; Principal=Dorothy Lefurgey Weeks 
Residence*11 June 1975 166 Belmont St., Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; Principal=Dorothy Lefurgey Weeks 
Award*27 September 1977 Rotary Club, Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; an Award of Merit for 20 or more years of service 
Address*14 June 1978 166 Belmont St., Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 
Estate-Div of-Heir*14 June 1978 $10,000.00 
ID Card*1979 Prince Edward Island, Canada; Driver's License, exp 31 Mar '79, includes photo 
Photo* 166 Belmont St., Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; In his living room 
Greeting*7 March 1983 Somerset Manor, Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; a Birthday greeting from Premier James Lee, on the occasion of his 89th birthday 
Residence*8 June 1983 205 Lefurgey Ave., Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 
Death*8 June 1983 Prince County Hospital, Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 
Burial*11 June 1983 People's Cemetery, Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; from Moase Funeral Home to the Summerside Presbyterian Church for funeral service at 11 a.m. by Rev. Robert Elford. Members of the Summerside Y's Men and Y'Menettes, the Summerside Rotary Club, session members of Summerside Presbyterian Church and veterans of the Summerside Royal Canadian Legion who also formed an honor guard, attended the funeral. On Friday evening [10 June] members of the Summerside Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 5 held a Legion Service at the funeral home. Also on Friday evening members of the Hiram and Lebanon Lodge No. 3. AF and AM held a Masonic memorial service. 


Dorothy Lefurgey Weeks b. 23 Jan 1893, d. 11 Jun 1975
Marriage*29 August 1927 44 Spring St., Summerside, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada; by license||the home of Mrs. Emma MacNeill, who is thought to be the aunt of the bride; Bride=Dorothy Lefurgey Weeks, Parent/female=Lucy Stewart 

Remember Ellis

F, b. 1691
FatherMordecai Ellis b. 24 Mar 1650/51, d. 5 Feb 1709/10
MotherSarah Born(Bourne?) d. 25 Oct 1716
Birth*1691 Sandwich, B., Massachusetts, USA 

Remember Ellis

F, b. 1 December 1691
FatherMathias Ellis b. 2 Jun 1657, d. 30 Aug 1748
MotherMercy Nye b. 4 Apr 1652
Birth*1 December 1691 Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA 
Death* Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts; Died young 

Remember Ellis

F, b. circa 1766, d. 4 August 1807
FatherEleazer Ellis b. 18 Apr 1724, d. 4 Aug 1806
MotherDeborah Gibbs b. 4 Dec 1724, d. c 1766
Birth*circa 1766 Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA 
Marriage*18 November 1784 Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA; Groom=Jacob Swift 
Death*4 August 1807 Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA 


Jacob Swift b. 1762

Remember Ellis

F, b. 1 May 1735, d. 15 September 1795
FatherRichard Ellis b. 1704, d. 7 Oct 1797
MotherJane Phillips b. 1 Jul 1709, d. 1760
Note* [Working File.FTW]

From 'Richard Ellis and his Descendants, 1888'.

She was ten years of age when her father settled with his family inAshfield, where she lived the rest of her life. July 1st, 1756, shemarried to Elder Ebenezer Smith, a son of Mr. Chileab Smith, Sr., thethird settler in Ashfield. The following account of their marriage,found in the records of the Smith family, has been sent to the writer.'There being no minister or magistrate at Ashfield at the time, on thewedding day the groom took the bride behind him on horseback and guidedby marked trees rode from Ashfield to Deerfield to have the ceremonyperformed. His father Chileab Smith went before them on another horsewith his gun to guard them from Indians. She was reported in the familyas a person on uncommon worth.' 
Birth*1 May 1735 Easton, Massachusetts, USA 
Marriage*1 July 1756 Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA; Groom=Ebenezer Smith 
Death*15 September 1795  


Ebenezer Smith b. 4 Oct 1734, d. 6 Jul 1824

Reuben Ellis

M, b. 1863, d. 1940
FatherWilliam W. Ellis b. 27 Mar 1814, d. 2 Feb 1904
MotherSusan Matilda Ard b. c 1819, d. b 1871
Marriage* Bride=Lula Toler 


Lula Toler

Reuben Ellis

M, b. 5 November 1728, d. 21 April 1786
FatherRichard Ellis b. 1704, d. 7 Oct 1797
MotherJane Phillips b. 1 Jul 1709, d. 1760
Note* [Working File.FTW]

From 'Richard Ellis and his Descendants, 1888'.

Reuben Ellis, was born in Easton, Bristol County, (Formerly PlymouthCounty), Massachusetts, November 5, 1728.

When about 11 years of age his parents moved to Deerfield, FranklinCounty, (then Hampshire County), Massachusetts. While his father'sfamily was in Deerfield, his father made a location in Ashfield (at thattime called Huntstown) and removed his family there about 1745. It isprobable that Reuben remained in Ashfield with his father until near hismajority. According to the records of the town of Sunderland, which isthe first town south of Deerfield, Reuben Ellis was married to MehitableScott, June 4th, 1749. There in Sunderland they lived for abut threeyears where their two eldest children, Martha and Benjamin, were born, asshown by the records of Sunderland.

About 1751 Reuben removed to Ashfield, as on the records of that town arefound the names and dates of the birth of all his children except thefirst two, his third child, Reuben, Jr., being born in Ashfield, February12th, 1752, and the youngest David in 1763. About this time Reubenpurchased of his father, Richard Ellis, a lot of land known as No. 56 ofthe 50 acre 'Rights' as the land was then divided. The deed was datedDecember 25th, 1751. This probably is a part of the farm where Reubenlived and raised his family, and where after his death his youngest son,David Ellis, lived until 1818, when he sold out to Mr. Jesse Ranney andremoved to Springfield, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Reuben Ellis was a man of worth and highly respected. In the French andIndian War from 1754 to 1757 he was an ensign in the Colonial service andwas in several engagements. On one occasion, he and several companionstook captive a squad of French soldiers. Two of the guns taken wereretained by Reuben and were in the possession of this sons, Benjamin andJonathan, 60 years afterwards. They were old-fashioned guns, but wouldcarry a ball with great accuracy over a mile. When the Revolutionary warfor American Independence was opened he was too old for military service,but records in possession of his descendants show that he contributedliberally to the support of the cause. His three sons, Benjamin, Richardand David were soldiers in the Revolutionary Army. He died April 21st,1786, in the 58th year of his age. A stone in the Ellis neighborhoodburying-ground opposite where his father made the first settlement, markshis grave.

Reuben's residence was built upon the rise of ground about 60 to 80 rodssouthwest of the large house which now stands on that farm near the mainroadway. This house like all houses in those early times, was built oflogs. The remains of the cellar and stone chimney were visible as lateas 1840, when the writer, a small boy, visited that locality. It is saidthat up to the present time some relics of the old orchard, which wasnear the house, are to be seen.

Reuben's farm was considered one of the best in this part of Ashfield,and he displayed good judgement in erecting his house on a pleasantelevation of ground. Its healthfulness was evident from the vigor andlongevity of his wife and children.

His farm comprised much more than the original 50 acre Right which hepurchased from his father. In 1818 Mr. Jesse Ranney, father of Mrs.Hannah Ranney Ellis, purchased this farm of David Ellis. About 1790,David Ellis and his brother Jonathan built the large two story squarehouse which yet stands on the northerly roadway from Conway to AshfieldPlain. It is said that the brick used in the construction of thechimney, arches, oven and fireplaces, would be sufficient to build anentire house on the modern plan.

Here Mr. Ranney raised his family of ten children. He died in 1857. Hisson, Charles Ranney, succeeded to the farm, which he sold to Mr. JohnMann, about 1860. Mr. Mann now owns and resides on this farm. 
Birth*5 November 1728 Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA 
Marriage*1749 Sunderland, Massachusetts, USA; Bride=Mehitable Scott 
Marriage*4 June 1749 Sunderland, Massachusetts, USA 
Death*21 April 1786 Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA 


Mehitable Scott b. 3 May 1722, d. 2 Dec 1804

Rhirid Flaidd (The wolf) Lord of Penllyn

M, b. between 1150 and 1155
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of Rhirid Flaidd (The wolf) - Lord of Penllyn. born c. 1150-55 (Kit #'s 2340, 21572, 19039)(Haplogroup R1b Group 8)
Marriage* Consort=Gwenllian (?) vch Ednyfed ap Rhiwallon 
Birth*between 1150 and 1155 Possibly at Mochnant, Powys, Wales 


Gwenllian (?) vch Ednyfed ap Rhiwallon

Richard Ellis

M, b. 1704
ChartsKit # 7272, Direct Male Descendants of Richard Ellis (c1704) (Haplogroup R1b Unmatched)
Birth*1704 Dublin, Ireland 
Marriage* Bride=Jane Phillips 


Jane Phillips

Richard Ellis

M, b. 1704, d. 7 October 1797
ChartsKit # GB2119, Direct Male Descendants of Richard Ellis (1704-1797) (Haplogroup R1b Unmatched)
Note* [Working File.FTW]

From 'Richard Ellis and his Descendants, 1888'.

Richard Ellis, was according to his own account, born in Dublin, Ireland,August 16th, 1704. His father was a native of Wales, England, and hismother may have been a Welsh or Irish woman.

Richard said that his father was an officer in one of the many armedforces that at that time were numerous throughout the British dominions.Just at what time his father went to Ireland does not appear from anyrecord that are now accessible.

Richard's youth was spent in Dublin, and he mentioned having traveled inother portions of Ireland. This unhappy country then, as now, was thescene of much disorder. The strife was mostly between Catholics andProtestants, or those in favor of or against whoever happened to occupythe throne. Richard said that tit was a common occurrence, seeminglyenjoyed as a pastime, for the officers of the army or order, in themorning, before breakfast, a squad of prisoners 'drawn in quarters,'hanged or shot. Such scenes were made public spectacles, and were saidto give the officers a relish for their meals.

When Richard was thirteen years of age, his father having died, hismother undertook to send him to Virginia where he had an uncle with whomshe expected he would find a home. With this view she paid for him acabin passage to this country, but the captain of the vessel violated histrust, and landing at a seaport in Massachusetts he, in accordance with acustom then somewhat prevalent, sold the boy, for his services, until hebecame of age, ostensibly to pay for his passage.

Richard said that he became a member of the family of a miller who was avery stern man, and often harsh with his own children, consisting ofseveral daughters, yet to him he always showed the utmost considerationand kindness. Of his mistress he always spoke highly, especially of herefforts for his mental and moral improvement. He made some progress ineducation in Dublin, but of this he said nothing, thinking thereby thathis new teacher would give him more attention. On several occasions heexcited her surprise by pronouncing difficult words in advance of herinstructions.

After Richard attained his majority, he went to Easton, Bristol County,Mass., where in 1728, he married Jane Phillips, daughter of Captain JohnPhillips, and sister of Thos. Phillips, who afterwards was the secondsettler in Ashfield. Richard lived in Easton until about 1740, when heremoved to Deerfield in the same state. Six of his children were born inEaston, and one or more in Deerfield. Altogether he had nine children,but one, Benjamin, died at two months of age.

Richard's father-in-law, Captain John Phillips of Easton, was one of thesoldiers in the expedition against Quebec in 1690, and consequently wasamong those who became entitled to 'rights' of land. This fact probablywas what led Richard and family, and his brother-in-law, Thomas Phillips,to settle in Ashfield, (thin called Huntstown,) which he, Richard, didabout 1745. (Richard's son John, born in Deerfield, 1742, said hisfather removed to Ashfield when he was three years of age.) Ashfield wasthen a wilderness and Richard was the first settler. The locality wherehe selected his 'right' and made his home is about one and one-half milenortheast of what is now known as Ashfield Plain, and is in the northeastpart of the township. At this point two roads cross at right angels, andRichard's house and farm was on the southeast corner where, forty yearsago, Hiram Belding, Esq, lived and where Mr. Leonard D. Lanfair nowresides. Richard's house was about six rods southeasterly from Mr.Lanfair's home. One-half mile, or less, west of this point is Bellow'sHill, and eighty rods north, Bear River runs from west to east. OppositeRichard's house on the north side of the road, and about forty rods east,is an ancient burying ground where lie the earthly remains of RichardEllis and his wife and several of their descendants.

Of the scenes and incidents among the pioneers of this rough and ruggedcountry, much has come down by tradition to this present time. Thecountry was mountainous, being the eastern slope of the Hoosac range. Theroads consisted mostly of trails and cow-paths; the snows were deep andthe winters most rigorous. Added to all the other obstacles, which theearly settlers had to encounter, was the greatest of all, the danger fromthe tomahawk, and scalping-knife of the Indians. On one occasion Richardwas alarmed by the Indians while in his sugar bush and, it is said, hemade quick time to a place of safety with his five-pail kettle on hisback.

Richard related that, not infrequently, messengers would ride swiftlythrough the country giving warning to the inhabitants that the Indianswere coming down upon them. At such times the women and children wouldbe quickly placed on pack-horses and started for the old for atDeerfield, some ten or twelve miles easterly from the Ellis settlement.Then the men and boys would rally with their guns and drive back thesavage foes. These Indians were from New York and Canada, and were veryjealous of the encroachments of the white man. The old Fort at Deerfieldwas constructed in early times, as a defense against the Indians, and didgood service for more than a century.

Few of this generation can realize the privations and dangers encounteredby the heroic men and women who pushed their way into these wildernessregions. Nearly all the conveniences of modern lifer were unknown amongthem. Simple and rude were all their implements. Going to church, totown, to mill, or on a neighborhood visit, was either on foot orhorseback. Sometimes, in the spring of the year, from backwardness ofthe season, provisions became exhausted, and some of the inhabitants wereobliged, it was said, to subsist for a time on the buds and tender leavesof basswood trees until crows could be grown. Not all even had salt forsuch a repast as this, and those who had were regarded as quitefortunate. But in spite of all their privations, they grew up a mostvigorous race of men and women, whose posterity have gone out and made acreditable mark on all the institutions of this country; and the wealthof character developed by these sturdy men and women, has been a richinheritance for their children. No privations or obstacles seemed todaunt them, and in some ways unnecessary exposures were sought andencouraged as evidences of manly strength and in the belief that theirsystems were improved thereby. It is related that with some it was alifetime custom, even in mid-winter, to jump out of bed in the morning,and without dressing, rush out to the wood pile, kick off the snow, andgather wood and kindling for the morning fire. They fancied that by suchmeans their constitutions were invigorated; and certain it is that manyof them lived to a great age.

Richard Ellis was a true and loyal subject of the King of England, and in1754 when war broke out between England and France and was extended tothis country, and known as the 'French and Indian War,' Richard was forabout three years an officer in the commissary department of the Englishor Colonial service in New England and New York. Richard Ellis, it issaid, was a man of strong will and remarkable memory; his physical vigorand mental powers were retained in a high degree up to the last years ofhis life. His grandson, Dimick Ellis, who was born in Ashfield in 1776,was familiar with Richard during the last twenty years of his life, andfrom him the writer (his grandson) obtained most of the items for thissketch. About the year 1764, Richard kept a country store and ashery inthe northeast part of Colerain, a town about 15 miles in a northeasterlydirection from Ashfield. His ledger or book of accounts covering theperiod from 1764 to about 1777, together with some correspondence hadwith him and other before and during the great Revolution, are now inpossession of the great grandson, Mr. Lewis Ellis, of Belding, MI. Thesebooks are quite a curiosity at this late day and give one quite aninsight into what constituted articles of consumption in those times. Inthem are found the names of nearly tow hundred persons who were residentsat that time, of Colerain, and adjoining towns. Rum and tobacco werearticles then, as now, of too frequent use, judging from the charges inthese books. It is probable that this mercantile experience of Richard'swas not a financial success which may be accounted for from the factthat, according to his books, the largest part of pay for his goods hetook in ashes, which he converted into pot and pearlash in his ashery.

It also appears that Richard engaged in the milling business, in companywith Mr. Chileab Smith, Sr., who was the third settler in Ashfield. Theirmill was the one built into that section, and was located on Bear River,about one hundred rods north of Richard's house, and about twenty rodseast of the bridge on the roadway running north toward 'Baptist Corners,'as the neighborhood where Mr. Smith lived was called. This gristmill wasa very primitive structure, as were all similar mills in those times. Thegrinding stones were run by waterpower, but the bolting and elevating wasdone by hand or manual labor.

In later years this mill came into the ownership of Richard's son Lieut.John Ellis and one of the Smiths, son of Chileab Smith, who conducted itfor a number of years. It would seem that the milling business washereditary among Richard Ellis' descendants. Besides Lieut. John,Richard's youngest son Caleb, who settled at Ellisburg, Jefferson County,New York, about 1795, built mills there.

Also Richard's grandsons (sons of Reuben), Benjamin and Richard, andBenjamin's sons, Stephen, Moses and Benjamin Jr., were millers nearly alltheir lives. The latter built and operated grist and saw mills, in NewYork, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, as do several of their descendantsdown to the present time.

About the year 1760 Richard's wife, Jane Phillips, died, and some twelveyears afterwards he married Mary, widow of John Henry of Deerfield, atown adjoining Colerain where he then lived, and had his store andashery. Some years later, probably during the period of the Revolution,Richard returned to Ashfield, where he spent the remainder of his dayswith his son John and grandsons Benjamin, Richard and David Ellis (sonsof Reuben), and granddaughter Jemima Smith Annable, wife of Lieut. EdwardAnnable of Ashfield.

That Richard Ellis' father was Welsh admits of no doubt, for besidesRichard's own statement to that effect most of his descendants resemblethat people and of them show marked peculiarities of the Welsh race downto the sixth generation. This is not surprising, for it is well knownthat peculiarities or traits of character are often very enduring.Strongly developed traits in a father will often show through manygenerations.

This is seen well illustrated in the Jews, who although scattered throughdifferent countries and subject to many adverse influences retain theirearly marks of character and features to the present day.

Of Richard Ellis' religious proclivities the writer knows little morethan that he was an ardent Protestant, and it is fair to surmise that theideas of religious liberty which brought the pilgrims to this countryfully impressed him was a youth and extended to his manhood as well asthrough his entire life. Among the first settlers in Ashfield and evenin the same neighborhood where Richard made a settlement, the Baptistswere the first to organize their church and erect a meeting house, andfrom that time to the present that denomination has held a leading partin the religious sentiment of that part of the town of Ashfield.Three-fourths of a mile north of Richard's house was located the meetinghouse for this sect, and from that time to this that locality has beenknown as 'Baptist Corners.' The first minister located there was Rev.Ebenezer Smith, who married in 1756, Remember, the second daughter ofRichard Ellis.

Richard died October 7, 1797, in his 94th year, at the house of hisgrandson Richard, the fourth son of Reuben Ellis. This Richard was bornin 1760 in Ashfield, and soon after his grandfather's death moved to thenorthern part of Pennsylvania, where he engaged in milling and foundedthe town of Ellisburg, Potter County, where he died in 1841. Hisdaughter Lucretia, who was born in 1806, and who is now the wife of Rev.John Stipp, a Presbyterian minister of Scio, Oregon, gives the followingaccount of the last days of Richard Ellis, the subject of this sketch.The letter is dated Scio, May 26, 1884:

'I do not know how old my great grandfather was when he came to live withmy father in Ashfield, but I have heard my father say that he was veryspry and at 80 years of age could jump upon a horse from the ground aseasily as a boy. He always appeared well: the night before he died hecalled my father, at least my father thought so, but when he went to himhe said he had not called him. The second time likewise he thought heheard him call, but was again mistaken but at the third time my greatgrandfather said, 'Well, go to bed, child, it is a token of my death, Ihave I not called you?' He died in the morning about nine o'clockapparently without pain. 
Marriage*6 October 1728 Easton, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA; Bride=Jane Phillips 
Death*7 October 1797 Ashfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA 


Jane Phillips b. 1 Jul 1709, d. 1760

Richard Ellis

M, b. 1883, d. 1958
FatherEdmond William Ellis b. 1826, d. 1893
MotherLucy Chandler Reed b. 1845, d. 1923
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of William Ellis Sr. (1745-1809) (Kits # 78645, 170911, 185826)(Haplogroup I1 Group 1)

Richard Berryman Ellis

M, b. 24 February 1824, d. 21 January 1899
FatherJames Parrish Ellis b. 4 Jan 1801, d. 16 Sep 1893
MotherJane Berryman (?)
ChartsDirect Male Descendants of Griffin Ellis (c1555) (Kit # 91671, 280284, 333167)(Haplogroup R1b Group 15)
Birth*24 February 1824 Bourbon, Kentucky, USA 
Marriage* Principal=Nannie Stone 
Death*21 January 1899 Henry, Kentucky, USA 


Nannie Stone

Richard Clark Ellis

M, b. 8 September 1899, d. 27 August 1967
FatherHarlan Joel Ellis b. 16 Jul 1857, d. 7 Jun 1933
MotherDollie Ashley b. 17 Mar 1862, d. 24 Dec 1945
ChartsKit # 178519, Direct Male Descendants of Thomas Ellis (b. 1567-1630 England) (Haplogroup I Unmatched)
Birth*8 September 1899 Mt. Airy, Missouri, USA 
Residence*1900 Lee, Franklin County, Iowa, USA 
Marriage*26 February 1923 McCook, Nebraska, USA; Bride=Doris Ethel Adkins 
Death*27 August 1967 Stratton, Nebraska, USA 
Burial* Trenton Cemetery; Trenton, Nebraska, USA 


Doris Ethel Adkins b. 3 Mar 1905, d. 7 Mar 1983