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William Ellis (1843 - 1908)

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William Ellis
Born in Bideford, Lot 12, Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
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[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
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William was born about 1843. He is the son of James Ellis.

William Ellis gave his year of birth as 1841 in the 1881 and the 1891 census, and December 1840 in the US 1900 census. His gravestone gave his dates as 1843-1908. According to his death certificate, his age at death was 65 years, 5 months and 28 days, which translates to a date of birth of November 5, 1842.

In the PEI Marriage Registers, his marriage to Elizabeth Jane Cannon was recorded as William Ellis and Elizabeth Cameron, on 3 Jan 1866. The Church of England record added that he was from Lot 12, and Elizabeth from Lot 4. Witnesses were John and Charlotte Cameron. Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Cannon and Sarah Wallace.

1881 census, PEI: William Ellis 40; Elizabeth J 38; George M 14;Robert D 13; Samuel J. 11; Susannah 9; Jane D 8; Frederick 3; Charlotte 1.

On the 1900 census he said he had emigrated to the United States in 1896, and that he had been married 34 years. The family was n Watertown, Massachusetts. William Ellis 60 Prince Edward Isl, Elizabeth Ellis Wife 56 Prince Edward Isl, Samuel 31, Charlotte M 21, and Emma 18.

Elizabeth Jane died in 1904 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Name: William Ellis Birth Date: abt 1843 Birth Place: Bideford, Lot 12, P E I Death Date: 3 May 1908 Death Place: Watertown, Massachusetts, USA Age at Death: 65, Cause of death stroke Father: James Ellis Mother: Marion McArthur

Both Elizabeth and William were buried in Bideford, PEI.

Research Notes

I was unable to find his baptism in Church of England St. Eleanor's records, although all of the other children were baptized in this church. Nor was he in the PEI Baptismal Index. There was a baptism recorded for this family that was crossed off, for a son named Henry born August 23 1840 or 1841, baptized 8 September 1844. This was an unusual delay, and if September 1844 is correct, the entry is out of order in the church records. The next son with this name was James Henry, born in 1846. It is my working theory that James and his first wife Jane had a son William, who died not long after James and Marianne's first son was born. The couple may have decided to re-name this son after his paternal grandfather.


  • "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), William Ellis, 1908; Burial, Bideford, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada, Bideford United Church Cemetery; citing record ID 105305153, Find a Grave,
  • "Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2015), William Ellis and Elizb Cameron, 03 Jan 1866; citing , Prince Edward Island, Canada, Public Archives, Charlottetown; FHL microfilm 1,630,093.
  • 1900 US census District: 988 , Sheet Number and Letter: 18A , Household ID: 380 , Line Number: 4 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: T623 , GS Film Number: 1240667 , Digital Folder Number: 004113856 , Image Number: 00847
  • Mass. Death Records to 1915 on family search.
  • "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 December 2014), Elizabeth Jane Cannon Ellis, 27 Oct 1904; citing Waltham, Massachusetts, v 94 p 297, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,069,925.

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