A FAMILY DIVIDED
Thaddeus Ellis (b. 1840, d. 3-18-1879)
Most of us who have been researching the Ellis Family are well aware that the War between the States was also a war where brother fought against brother. Perhaps because we trace our roots to an American Revolutionary Soldier, when the time came to choose, many fought to preserve the Union their Fathers had helped to build while
others fought for the freedom to be governed by their own beliefs, the same freedoms that had resulted in the revolution against England. Historians will tell you that the civil war was not really about slavery but about the right to choose how you will be governed.
The Ellis men made their choices and many of our brave ancestors died fighting for what they believed in, the color of the uniform the only difference. Some families made the choice to return to the northern states while others left everything and headed west.
All did what they thought best for their families and we are proud of each and every one of them.
Look carefully at all the states represented by our extended family and you will find we reach from coast to coast - Our kinship and purposes the same, to find the roots from which we sprang and to find the family to which we belong.
"One Nation, under God" is our pledge.
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