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John Ellis (1830 - 1902)

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John Ellis
Born in Lot 12, Prince Edward Island, British Colonial Americamap
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Husband of — married 1856 in Prince Edward Islandmap
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Died in Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
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He was a pioneer of the Tyne Valley. His homestead on Canada Road was originally heavily forested. He cleared land for his homestead, but there were still wild animals in the area. He traveled the 40 miles to Summerside with his wife each year before winter, purchasing supplies.[1][2]

John, born 15 January 1830 in Lot 12, Prince Edward Island, was the first son of James Ellis and his wife Jane Ramsay to be baptized in the Church of England, St. Eleanors. [3][4]

He married his cousin Margaret, daughter of John England and Sarah Ellis in 1853. His brother in law Thomas Birch and cousin D. C. Ramsay from Port Hill were witnesses.[5] [6]

John and Margaret had a large family: Robert (1854), John Edgar (1856), James (1858), Sarah Jane (1860), Agness (1863), Mary Ann (1864), Lavinia (1866), Louisa (1868), Cora (1871), William Henry (1873), Margaret Bell (1874), and Haliburton (1876). Frederick or Garfield (b. 1880) was possibly a grandson. [7]

John Ellis in Lot 13, next to John Dyment, fits with the family of John Ellis and Margaret England, with 3 boys and 1 girl under 5 in 1861. [8]

When the government settled the land question in the mid-1870s, John purchased his property in Lot 13. He was identified as John Ellis (James' son) in the Registrar of Deeds' ledger.[9]

In 1881: John (51), Margaret (46), John (24), James (22), Sarah Jane (21), Agnes (19), Mary Ann (17), Lavinia (15), Louisa (13), Cora Barker (11), William (9), Maggie Bell (7), Haliburton (5), Frederick (9/12). [10] John Sr. was a farmer, and sons John and James were blacksmiths. Children aged 5-17 were going to school.

Robert had married Flora Jane Forbes in 1879[11]; Sarah Jane was married to Amos England by 1884; Agness married Melborne Sykes in 1885; and Mary Ann married William Henry Dennis in 1885.

Living at home with their parents in 1891 were: John (34); James (32); Cora (20); Louisa (22); William H (18); Maggie B. (16); Haliburton (13); and Garfield (11) - a grandson. Either the child Frederick from 1881 had died before the 1891 census, or Frederick and Garfield, both born July 1880, were the same grandson. The house was described as being a wood structure, one and a half stories, with 9 rooms. The family had moved from the Methodist church to the Baptist religion.

Cora married the widower James Henry Ramsay, a cousin, in 1897 in Massachusetts, and Maggie Bell married John Artemis Cameron in 1894. James went out to Washington State, and married Lavinia Maud Cook in 1898.

1901 census: John Ellis, date of birth Jan 15 1831, married to Margaret, in Lot 13. William, Burton, Garfield (called a son), and grand-daughter Inez, Louisa's daughter, were in the household.

John died a year later, in 1902 [12]. Margaret was living with her son William Henry, who had married Amelia Brown in 1902, and died on 15 October 1914, at home on the Canada Road, Lot 13. [13] Son John Jr. was said to have died in his 20s. Garfield died in British Columbia in 1929. [14]


  1. The History of the Ellis Family, by Preston Ellis, page 121
  2. see also The Descendants of William Ellis and Hannah P Tawton, family tree submitted to the Island Register by Elaine Howes
  3. John said born 1831 on the 1901 census of Lot 13, Prince Edward Island
  4. PEI Baptismal Index, PEI PARO Database Collection
  5. At Lot 13 on Thursday the 17th by James Craswell JP Mr. John Ellis to Margaret eldest daughter of Mr. John England Lot 12. Haszard's Gazette Dec 3 1853
  6. Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2015), John Ellis and Margaret England, 17 Nov 1853; citing , Prince Edward Island, Canada, Public Archives, Charlottetown; FHL microfilm 1,630,092.
  7. Baptismal records were found for Agnes, James, Mary Ann and Sarah Jane, who were baptized in the Bible Christian/Methodist faith. There are baptisms for another John Ellis and his wife Margaret Potter in the Richmond Parish, Church of England, that do not belong with this family - Margaret M, and John Henry are two from this other family.
  8. John Dyment was on the Canada Road in Lot 13, 1861 Census of Prince Edward Island, according to the census and the 1863 Lake Map of Lot 13
  9. Prince Edward Island township ledgers, 1850-1954, 1981 (most dates between 1866 and 1900)
  10. Canada Census, 1881," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 June 2017), Margaret Ellis in household of John Ellis, Lot 13, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada; citing p. 43; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13162, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,798.
  11. "James and Jane's second son, John, married Margaret England. From this union Robert, Jr., was born - another prominent O'Leary citizen. He was a nephew of B. Robert. He was born and educated at Tyne Valley and married Flora Jane Forbes of that area. He moved to O'Leary and entered into a very successful mercantile business and owned a beautiful home. He raised a large family, one of whom was Luella Ellis who married Jack Kennedy, a successful merchant of O'Leary." from Threads of the Past
  12. Find A Grave Memorial# 100444055
  13. RG19/s2/ss6: Death registration books, 1913-1919, p. 210
  14. "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Aug 2013), Garfield Ellis, 1929.

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