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The following was taken from “Washington County, Tennessee Deeds, 1775-1800” by Loraine Rae: P-249-54 7/29/1784 Thomas Hardeman, planter, and wife, Mary (Perkins) to William Ellis, planter. (1) 190 acres, his NC grant of 24 Oct. 1782. (2) 100 acres, his NC grant of 23 acres, Oct. 1782. (3) 35 acres, his NC grant of 24 Oct. 1782, on Boons Creek. CONS: 200 lbs NC money, ADJ: William Been, Jr., Jessee Been, Bradley Gambell, other lands of Hardeman, John Russell, Joseph Duncan, Tobias Moser. SIG: Thomas Hardeman, Mary x Hardeman. Wit: James Cox, Tho. Chapman

William Ellis, planter, purchased 325 acres of land in 1784 on Boone's Creek, located near what is now Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee. This land was purchased from a Thomas Hardeman and is the first documented purchase of land by our Ellis ancestor

  • 1.James Ellis born abt 1768 NC married Elizabeth Gresham b. 1776 ; it is their children that researchers have not been able to determine until now and I surmise the daughters are Martha Patsey Ellis Chinouth, Hannah Ellis Hale, Malinda Ellis Matlock {Melinda moved to Phelps Co., Missouri} and Alcy married Daniel Bowman. Three sons Bill and Jim and Elijah all remained in Washington County. My thoughts on Eliza Ellis Brown is that she may fit in with this family of James & Elizabeth...there is no daughter named Elizabeth and Eliza would fit very well

  • 2.Margaret Ellis Bean b. 1769 NC married Edmond Bean, son of William & Lydia Bean, was born 1758 in Pittsylvania, Virginia and died before 1807 in Wash Co. ; he was a gunsmith and fighter in the Battle of King's Mountain. It is believed that he was killed by Indians. Margaret and her four daughters Lydia, Elizabeth, Martha and Margaret were provided for in Edmond and William's wills

  • 3.Elizabeth Ellis Wallace b. 1774 NC married Thomas Wallace. I have nothing on this family ; they may have moved to Blount Co. and Marion Co., TN

  • 4. Mary Ellis Crouch b. abt 1776 NC married Elijah Crouch 16 January 1792 in Washington Co., Tennessee and they were living in Kentucky and Tennessee

  • 5. William Ellis Jr b. abt 1779 lived in Carter Co., TN and married Hannah Davis b. abt 1793 ; they moved to Marion Co., TN

  • 6. John Ellis b. 1780 in North Carolina and died March 1861 Carter Co., Tennessee married Elizabeth Bean 1807 and lived in Carter Co., Tennessee and left many descendants there. Elizabeth Bean was the granddaughter of William and Lydia Russell Bean, niece of Edmond Bean and daughter of Robert and Rhoda Lane Bean

  • 7.jacob m ellis esq b. abt 1782 NC married Letitia Cowan. [My ggg grandparents] ; some of their descendants remained in Wash. Co., Tennessee and others went to Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa

  • 8. Alsey Ellis Gresham b. 1786 married Fuller Gresham. The three children of Alsey were named in William Ellis will ; Ellis, Margaret and Elizabeth Gresham. Alsey or Alcie was in Carter Co, TN before moving to other parts

  • 9. Martha Ellis b. 1788 and died abt 1830 in Laurel Co., Kentucky never married and names her siblings in her will dated 1828

  • 10. Clark Ellis b. 1792 in Washington Co., Tennessee married Nancy (Likens) or Deakins December 4, 1811 in Washington Co., Tennessee and moved to Marion Co., Tennessee and left many descendants including five Clark Ellis'

  • 11.Elijah Ellis b. abt 1794 in Washington Co., TN...he may be the one buried in the Ellis-Martin Cemetery Gray, Tennessee

  • WILL OF WILLIAM ELLIS, SR. recorded in Washington County Court House

    page 3 In the name of God Amen I William Elis of Washington County State of Tennessee, Do make & part in writing this peace of paper to be my last will & testament in manner and form following (viz)

    First my will & desire is that my body be buried in a Christian like manner

    Second that all my just debts be fuly satisfied & paid out of my personal Estat if it can be done with out parting with so much as to leave suffitioncy to carry on the business of the plantation not to disposing of the negros, and if they cannot make payment with out selling the negrow or parting with two much of the other personal property to be convenient to cary on the business, of then and in that case to sell the plantation that I purchased Joseph Denton and the money arising to finish the payment of my debt and what money if any shall remaine for the sale of that place (if sold) over paying the debts to be disposed of in the manner herein after directed

    Third I give and bequeath to my well be loved wife Martha the use of my present dwelling house & out houses with the use of the plantation there to during her natural life or while she remains my wido, with all my houshold furniture & stock & farming utensils there unto belonging with the use of all the negrows escept such as is herein after mentioned

    Forth I give to my daughter Margaret Bean the use of the plantation she now live on with a certain nagro girl caled Seanah with hir increy that is now or here after may be during hir natural life. [........?]

    page 4 Executors hereafter named for the ballance that I have not paid as well as what I have paid towards the use of Emon[d] Bean her late husband, so as to make a fair settlement and at hir death the whole to be divided equaly between hir children; Also after the death or Intermarage (if this should take place) of my said wife to have an equal share of with the rest of my daughters out of what may remain at that time. But should my wife out live my said daughter then the children that may then be living to have the part that would have fell to my daughter after the death of my wife

    Fifth I give to my son Jacob a hundred & fifteen acres of land being a hundred acres in a tract lying on the west of my other land & the fifteen acres that I bought Nicholas Isenberges that joined the hundred acre tract also my nagro girl caled Grace & negro boy caled Sollomon to be his forever

    Sixth I give to my daughter Martha one nagro girl caled Dorcas to be hirs forever

    Seventh I give to my son Clark that part of my plantation that lyeth on the east side of Boone creek the creek be on the line after the death or intermarage of my said wife also one nagro girle called Nell to be his forever Seventh I give to my son Elijah my other land laying on the west side of Boones creek & between land bequeathed to my son Jacob and the Creek after death of my said wife or hir intermarage also one nagro boy called ned also one mare filley & three [bo..?] one a larg bible & the other two Volume of the univerce Geograpy to be his forever

    Eight having heretofore given to my three sons James, William & John what I intended therefore say no more about them now Ninth my will and desier is that if the land I bought Joseph [Britten--[?????????]

    page 5 if not sold the whole to be divided between the whole of my children and if sold the overflush after paying debts to be also equilly devided between al my children. Also my will & wish is that my son Jacob live with his mother and family & take care as usial and also that my sons James & Jacob with Daniel Bowman be Executor of this my last will and testament and see to the settlement of my estate. [I turn] my will & desier is that my grandson Ellis Grisham & my granddaughters Elizabeth & Margaret Grisham have altogether one equal part with one of my Daughters after the death of my said wife and at that time anything of my Estate that may to be quily devided between each of my Daughters taken my above three grand Children as one. Thereby revoke in disannuling & makeing void all other wills or wills heretofore by me made, hereby Ratifying & makeing good this to be my last will & testament

    page 6 In witness where of the said William Ellis has hereunto set his hand & seal this Eleventh day of September 1809 The words of my said wife over the thirty seventh line was interlined before signing also word daughters over the Eightieth line also over seventy eight Signed sealed and acknoledged in the presents of Joseph Britten x James Crabtree [Michael ?....ys]x Joseph Crouch his William X Ellis mark

    Washington County Jonesborough, TN "B" Ledger Wills William Ellis pages 3-6 Wm Ellis Will Recorded

    Joseph Crouch witness the will of William Ellis and I am most certain that William Ellis and Joseph Crouch were neighbors on Boones Creek Rd. near the RR Trestle. Other neighbors were Clarks, Keefauvers and Martins. On a recent trip I found the newly reinstated graves of Joseph and Peggy Crouch. Under the RR Trestle are the graves or monuments for two Civil War Soldiers. Who might they be? What a wonderful place to go back in time so much history to capture on Boones Creek Rd

    Check out the following for ELLIS tombstones located in the Boones Creek Church of Christ Cemetery


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