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Life of John Ellis                                                                  

Notes in blue by Peter McDonald

 

Born-14 September 1623 at St. Budolph, Bishop’s Gate, London, England. (From, The Genealogy of Levi Ellis, compiled by Jean Ellis Grace, Lodi, New York, 1990).(I believe his birth year is in 1620)

What we know:

Before John was born-His parents were in Leyden, Holland in 1619 according to records.  (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At 21 years old-“As soon as he arrived at the age of 21 he took the oath of a freeman, June 2, 1641 in Boston…”    (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.) (Essentially this would place his birth year closer to 1620 even, and I will cite his age accordingly to 14 September 1620 from here on).

 

Around the age of 24 years old-Before August 20, 1644, John Ellis married Elizabeth Freeman at Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts.  (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At 30 years old-June 5, 1651 John was chosen to be a member of "the Grand Enquest." (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At 32 years old-The General Court of Plymouth Colony, sitting at Plymouth June 9, 1653, commissioned JOHN ELLIS to be the Lieutenant, (then Commander) of the Military Company at Sandwich.

(Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At 32 years old-November 7, 1652 he and five others were selected to buy all the fish offered by the Indians; to provide casks, and to prepare the fish for use by the Town. (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

From age 31 to age 33-February 24, 1652 he and others were selected by the General Court to survey and build a road-on the most convenient line-from Sandwich to Plymouth, which task they completed satisfactorily and so reported to the General Court, June 20, 1654.  (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At age 33-December 13, 1653 he and two others were given a monopoly on whales captured within the water line of Sandwich, under condition that they pay 16 pounds apiece for each whale.

(Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At around age 39-In 1659 he and others were appointed to take charge of extraction of oil from whales and fish for the public use.  (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At age 39-As the Lieutenant commanding the Military Company he was allowed, June 6, 1660 two pounds of powder for his command on "Training Day," which was the first Wednesday in July, 1660.

(Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At age 50-July 6, 1671 the Town of Sandwich gave him (Lieut. ELLIS) 20 acres of land from his then-owned land down to the beach. .July 13 he as Lieutenant, with four others, was selected as "Tax rater." Aug. 26, 1671 "JOHN ELLIS,  Senior" and one other surveyed a parcel of fund, on the order of the town. (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At age 54-February 28, 1675 he, Lieutenant, and BENAMIN HAMMOND, Constable, called a Town Meeting to make arrangements for protection of lives and property and to make new land available for cultivation because of the dangers incident to King PHILIP'S War. (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At age 55-May 10, 1676 he as Lieutenant and THOMAS TOBIE, Sen. and STEPHEN SKIFF as agents of the Town, were obligated to form "Sandwich Town Scouts,"  to hire as many men as they chose for that purpose, and the Town promised to pay all such engagements.  (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)

 

At age 56-He died previous to May 23, 1677 as the inventory of his estate was taken by RICHARD BOURNE, JOHN SMITH, and THOMAS TOBEY May 23, 1677 and exhibited to the Court held at Plymouth June 5, 1677, on the oath of his widow, ELIZABETH ELLIS. (Information from, A brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland Brother and Forebears, by Charles Roscoe Howland, Late President of The Pilgrim John Howland Society, The Tuttle Pub.Co., Rutland, Vt.)  (Age 56 was the age Lt. John Ellis would have been at the time the inventory of his estate was taken).

 

Help!!!

 There is a lot more research that could be gleaned from:

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, July 1965.

Sandwich, A Cape Cod Town, by R.A. Lovell, Jr.

 

 

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