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The Family of Mark Ellis

 

This is an account of Mark Ellis, the great-great-great-grandfather of Lane R. Ellis, who lives in Duluth, Minnesota in the United States. Mark Ellis left Ridgeway in June of 1850, over one hundred and fifty six years ago.

Mark Ellis Timeline :

1803 Jun 28 1803, Mosborough Moor, Eckington parish, Derbyshire, England, born.

1803 Aug 28, Saint Peter and Saint Paulís Church, Eckington, Eckington parish, Derbyshire, England, baptized.

1805 Nov 19, Mosborough Moor, Eckington parish, Derbyshire, England, mother Olive Staniforth Ellis dies - Mark is 2 years old.

1812 Feb 11, Mosborough Moor, Eckington parish, Derbyshire, England, Father John Ellis the Younger dies - Mark is 8 years old.

1812 After Feb 11, in fatherís will to be taken care of by William Keeton of Plumbley, sickle maker, and John Goody of Clowne, school master.

1827 Jul 12 Saint Maryís Church, Beighton, Derbyshire, England, married at age 23 to Mary Watts, of Beighton, daughter of William and Hannah (nee Barton) Watts, age 22.

1828-1850 "Lived as a renter on one farm for 22  years", probably Haven in Ridgeway.

1828 Jun 23, probably Haven farm, Ridgeway, daughter Olive born.

1830 Aug 28, probably Haven farm, Ridgeway, son John born (Laneís great-great grandfather.)

1830 Oct 3 Listed home as Ridgeway, farmer, baptism of daughter Olive and son John.

1831 Listed under "Gentry and Clergy" heading in Pigot's Directory (Mr. Mark Ellis, Ridgeway.)

1832 Oct 20, probably Haven farm, Ridgeway, son William born.

1833 Jan 6 Listed home as High Lane, sickle smith, baptism of son William.

1835 Mar 16, probably Haven farm, Ridgeway, son Arthur born.

1835 Apr 26 Listed home as Haven, farmer, baptism of son Arthur.

1835 Listed under "Gentry and Clergy" heading in Pigot's Directory of Eckington, Derbyshire (Mr. Mark Ellis, Ridgeway.)

1837, Jan 31, probably Haven farm, Ridgeway, son Henry H. born.

1837 Apr 2 Listed home as Haven, farmer, baptism of son Henry.

1839 before Jul 2, probably Haven farm, Ridgeway, son Thomas Burton born.

1839 Jul 2, Saint Peter and Saint Paulís Church, Eckington, Eckington parish, Derbyshire, England, son Thomas Burton baptized.

1841 Jan, probably Newlands or Haven farm, Ridgeway, daughter Elizabeth born.

1841 Jun 7 Newland(s), Troway, Eckington, Derbyshire, England, census, farmer, was census enumerator.

1843 Aug 2 probably Newlands or Haven farm, Ridgeway, son George Fredrick born.

1847 Feb 16, probably Newlands or Haven farm, Ridgeway, daughter Mary Ann born.

1847 Feb 17, listed home as High Lane, Ridgeway, daughter Mary Ann baptized.

1850 Jul 3, New York City, New York, arrived from Liverpool, England, on ship Excelsior.

1850 Jul 10 Arrived at Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin.

1851 Spring, Rented farm from Judge Gibbs in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin.

1852 Rented farm from Judge Bailey in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin.

1853-1855 Rented farm from Wait Wright in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin.

1855 Spring, Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin, purchased 200 acre farm from Alonzo Jordan.

1876 Listed as having one of the biggest farms (200 acres) in Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin.

1878 Sep 4 Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin, died.

1878 after Sep 4, buried in East Dayton cemetery, Dayton, Green County, Wisconsin.

Mark Ellis was born on June 28, 1803 in Eckington, Derbyshire, England. He was baptized on August 28, 1803 in Saint Peter and Saint Paul Church, Eckington, Eckington Parish, Derbyshire, England.  He witnessed the death of Olive STANIFORTH on November 19, 1805 in Beighton, Derbyshire, England. He witnessed the death of John ELLIS on February 11, 1812. He was a Sickle Smith and a Farmer.  He lived on July 12, 1827 in Eckington Parish, Derbyshire, England. He married Mary WATTS, daughter of William WATTS and Hannah BARTON, on July 12, 1827 in Saint Mary's Church, Beighton, Beighton Parish, Derbyshire, England. He was a Gentleman in 1829 in Ridgeway, Derbyshire, England. He and Mary WATTS immigrated on July 3, 1850 to New York City, New York, United States of America. He was naturalized between July 3, 1850 and June 22, 1870.  He was listed in the census on July 17, 1850 in West side of the Rock river, Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, United States of America.

Film #0428908 - Eckington, Derbyshire, Eng., Bishops Trans.1664-1810 :

"August 28, 1803, baptism, Mark, son of John and Olive Elliss"

1841 Census of Troway, Eckington, Derbyshire, England, enumeration district number five, Newland address, last house listed, June 7, 1841 :

Mark Ellis, age 35, farmer, born in Derbyshire

Mary Ellis, age 35, born in Derbyshire

Olive Ellis, age 13, born in Derbyshire

John Ellis, age 10, born in Derbyshire

William Ellis, age 8, born in Derbyshire

Arthur Ellis, age 6, born in Derbyshire

Henry Ellis, age 4, born in Derbyshire

Thomas Ellis, age 2, born in Derbyshire

Elizabeth Ellis, age 6 months, born in Derbyshire

Robert Togson, age 25, male servant, not born in Derbyshire

Martha Bedford, age 15, female servant, not born in Derbyshire

Mark ELLIS was the enumerator for Ridgeway, Eckington, Derbyshire, England, in this 1841 census, so the whole thing appears in his handwriting, and his signature is on the final page.

1884 History of Green County Wisconsin, Book - Exeter Township :

George F. Ellis lives on section 14, on the farm bought in the spring of 1855 by his father, Mark Ellis, of Alonzo Jordan. This farm contains 200 acres, forty acres being on section 22. Mark Ellis was born in Eckington, Derbyshire, England, in 1803. His father, the grandfather of George, died in 1811, and the grandmother while Mark was an infant. Mark Ellis learned the trade his father had acquired - sickle making - and worked at it until his marriage in 1828 with Mary Watts. He then became a farmer, and lived as a renter on one farm twenty-two years. All the children were born there. Their names were - Olive, wife of Joseph Jackson, of Belleville, Dane County, Wisconsin ; she died in 1876 ; John, who lives in Fillmore County, Minnesota ; William, who died in this town in 1863 ; Arthur, who died in Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, in 1872 ; Thomas, now living in Green County ; Elizabeth, wife of Forester Havens, of the town of Exeter ; George F., and Mary, wife of Edwin Jordan, living near Evansville. In the summer of 1850 Mark Ellis and his family came to the United States, landing at New York City, and coming directly to this State, reaching Janesville (Rock County) July 10. He rented a farm the next spring of Judge Gibbs, and the next year of Judge Bailey, and in 1853 of Wait Wright, lived there two years, and came to Exeter in 1855 and bought a farm, where he died September 4, 1878. His wife died September 11, 1870. George F. Ellis and Flora Fitts were married October 26, 1869. She is a daughter of Francis and Harriet Fitts, now residents of Belleville. Mr. Ellis is one among the best citizens of the town, is a good farmer, and a man of many excellent qualities.

PIGOT's 1835 Directory of Derbyshire :

Mr Mark ELLIS Gentry, Eckington.

Death Certificate, viewed in Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin, at courthouse, on August 24, 1998. Volume 1, page 22, #62 :

Mark Ellis, white, male, 75, father John Ellis, mother unknown (line drawn through), farmer, born in England, wife Mary Ellis, born on June 28, 1803, died on September 4, 1878, of apoplexy (stroke), in Exeter Township, Green County, Wisconsin, buried in the East Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Green County, Wisconsin. Name of person returning certificate - G.N. Townsdale M.D., of Dayton, Green County, Wisconsin. Date of certificate September 28, 1878, date certificate was registered October 2, 1878. No additional circumstances.

Tombstone in Ellis plot of the East Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Green, Wisconsin :

Mark Ellis, 1803-1878. Buried with his wife Mary on his left, daughter Olive on his far left, and sons William and Arthur to his left.

New York City, New York, Passenger Arrival Records, National Archives Denver, Colorado branch, film 90, series 237, July 1st - July 23, 1850 :

The ship "Excelsior" arrived on July 3, 1850, from Liverpool, England. The captain was C.K. Crocker.

On board were -

M. Ellis, 44, male

Mrs. Ellis, 39, female

Oliver Ellis, 19, male (incorrect in the record, as it should be Olive Ellis, female)

John Ellis, 17, male

Wm. Ellis, 15, male

Arthur Ellis, 13, male

Henry Ellis, 11, male

Thos. Ellis, 9, male

Elizb. Ellis, 7, female

Fredrk. Ellis, 5, male

Mary Ellis, 3, female

1850 federal census of Janesville, west side of Rock River, Rock County, Wisconsin, National Archives, Denver, Colorado branch film #1005, series M432, on July 17, assistant marshall Charles Lorein (?), dwelling 99, family 99 :

Mark Ellis, 45, male, white, farmer, rents, born in England

Mary Ellis, 45, female, white, born in England

Olive Ellis, 21, female, white, born in England

John Ellis, 19, male, white, born in England

William Ellis, 17, male, white, born in England

Arthur Ellis, 15, male, white, born in England

Thomas Ellis, 12, male, white, born in England, attended school within the year

Henry Ellis, 10, male, white, born in England, attended school within the year

Elizabeth Ellis, 9, female, white, born in England, attended school within the year

Mary Ellis, 7, male, white, born in England, attended school within the year

G.F. Ellis, 4, male, white, born in England

1860 federal census of Exeter Township, Green County, Wisconsin, Exeter post office, National Archives, Denver, Colorado branch film #1411, series M653, dwelling 606, family 583, taken on July 2, 1860 :

Mark Ellis, 56, male, white, farmer, value of real estate $3,500, value of personal property $800, born in England, 3 children in school

Mary Ellis, 56, female, white, born in England

Olle Ellis, 27, female, white, born in England

William Ellis, 25, male, white, born in England

Elizabeth Ellis, 18, female, white, born in England

George Ellis, 15, male, white, born in England

Sarah H. (?) or Mary (?) Ellis, 13, female, white, born in England

Thomas Ellis, 19, male, white, shoemaker, born in England

1870 federal census of Exeter Township, Green County, Wisconsin, Albany post office, National Archives, Denver, Colorado branch film #1715, series M593, page 21, dwelling 156, family 156 :

Mark Ellis, 67, male, white, farmer, value of real estate $5,000, value of personal property $1,000, born in England, both parents born in England, eligible to vote

Mary Ellis, 66, female, white, keeping house, born in England, both parents born in England

Mary Ann Ellis, age 21, female, white, born in England, both parents born in England

Ezra Sherman, age 19, male, white, born in Wisconsin

British Parliamentary Papers 1856 XXIV [2089], 393 - Return showing the Mortality in Passenger Ships which cleared out from Liverpool for the United States, from 1st January to 30th September 1855, from internet website http://ist.uwaterloo.ca/~marj/genealogy/us1855.html :

May 12, 1855, ship Excelsior, destination New York, 346 embarked, 1 death, 103 English, no Scoth, 234 Irish, 9 foreigners, 0.28% of deaths

He was a farmer on July 2, 1860 in Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin, United States of America.

Mark ELLIS was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 census Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin, United States of America, on July 2, 1860. The official date for this census was 01 June 1860. Living with Mark was Mary WATTS, Olive ELLIS, William ELLIS, Elizabeth ELLIS, George Fredrick ELLIS, Mary Ann ELLIS and Thomas Burton ELLIS.

Mark ELLIS was listed on June 22, 1870 as the head of a family on the 1870 census Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin, United States of America. The official date for this census was 01 June 1870. Also living with Mark ELLIS was Mary WATTS and Mary Ann ELLIS. Living next door to son George Frederick Ellis and his wife Flora.  He was a farmer on June 22, 1870 in Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin, United States of America.

He died on September 4, 1878 in Exeter, Green County, Wisconsin, United States of America, at age 75. He was buried after September 4, 1878 in East Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Green County, Wisconsin, United States of America.  He was left $100.00 for the permanent care of the Mark Ellis lot in the East Dayton Cemetery by daughter in law Flora W. (Fitts) Ellis in her will on March 6, 1930 in East Dayton Cemetery, Dayton, Green County, Wisconsin, United States of America.

Will of father John Ellis junior :

Chest 15 Oct. 1812

T John Ellis Jun.

Of/at Eckington

2 Ext Inf 2 of?

This is the last Will and Testament of me John Ellis the younger of Mosbro Moor, in the parish of Eckington in the County of Derby Sickle maker. I give devise and bequeath unto William Keeton of Plumbley in the parish of Eckington aforesaid Sickle maker and John Goody of Clowne (school master written in between lines) in the said County of Derby, all my real Estate in Reversion Remainder and possession contingent and absolute and all my Goods Chattels and personal Estate and Effects To hold and take the same to them and their Heirs Executors and Administrators awarding (?) to the Nature of my said Estate, respectively upon trust nevertheless for an to the Use and Behoof of my Son Mark Ellis his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns subject to the following proviso (?) that is to say Provided, that in case my said Son should happen to die under the Age of twenty one years and without leaving lawful Issue him surviving or in case of his so dying and such Issue should die under that Age and without leaving lawful Issue, then the Devise and Bequest to my said Trustees hereinbefore contained shall be in Trust for and to the Use and Behoof of all my Brothers and Sisters who may be then living and the Issue of such of them as may be then dead as Tenants in Common Share and Share alike and their Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns as Tenants in Common and not as joint Tenants - the Issue of any deceased Brother or Sister taking only among them if more than one, the Share and proportion their parent would have been entitled to if living. And it is my Will and Mind, that during the Infancy of my Son, my said Trustees shall have power to apply any part of the Rents and profits of my said Estate and Effects or any part of the principal thereof in maintaining and educating my said Son or in putting him out Apprentice or otherwise for his Benefit as they may think proper and that they shall have power to let or lease any part of my Estates in such manner as they may think proper and to recover the Rents and regain possession thereof as fully and effectually as if they were seized of the Fee - Simple and Inheritance thereof to their own Use. And I direct my said Trustees to pay all my just Debts and funeral Expenses and to reimburse themselves all Sums of Money they may defray in executing the Trust of this my Will, (written in between lines : of which I appoint them joint Executors). In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

(signed) John Ellis Jun.

Signed sealed and delivered by the said John Ellis the younger as and for his last Will and Testament, in the Presence of us, who at his request, in his presence and in the presence of one another have subscribed our name as witnesses.

(signed) Francis Ryley

(signed) George Keeton

(signed) B.J. Wake (or B.F. or B.E.)

Lane R. Ellis, Markís great-great-great-grandson has been researching his family history since 1994 and is looking to learn more about Ridgeway, Mosborough and family connections. Please take a look at my on-line genealogical database (address listed below) for a list of the area surnames I am researching.

Printed on: Jun 24, 2006

Prepared by:

Mr. Lane Robert Ellis

Duluth, Minnesota

lellis@cpinternet.com

http://activeancestry.com/minnesotagenealogist/lellis

 

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