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Thomas Ellis (1683 - 1760)

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Thomas Ellis aka Eliss
Born in Merionethshire, Walesmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 31 Aug 1712 in Gwynedd, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, British Colonial Americamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Gwynedd, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, British Colonial Americamap
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Thomas Ellis (d.1760)[1]



Thomas was a Friend (Quaker)

Thomas was a farmer who immigrated from Wales to the Colonies in 1707. Family history says this line can be traced back to Welsh nobility. Thomas and his wife, Jane, were prominent Quakers in Pennsylvania. He owned 175 acres in Berks County, Pennsylvania.[2]


m. Jane Hughes. Issue:[1]

  • Thomas Ellis, Jr. m. Magdalene. Issue: 8[3]
  • Mordecai m. Mary[3]


From Exeter Monthly Meeting Minutes

Thomas Ellis of Exeter meeting was born in or near Merionethshire in the north of Wales in the year 1683 and came to Pennsylvania about the 24th year of his age, and soon after was Convinced of the Truth, married Jane Hughes, of, Gwynedd meeting in the year 1712.

He was a hearty lover of Friends and an Elder upwards of thirty years; spent some time in hearing traveling friends company to visit Friends in the back parts of Virginia; was of an innocent life and conversation, a diligent attendent of our meetings both for worship and Discipline, whilst of ability of Body, and Exemplery in Humble Waiting therein.

Although towards the latter part of His Time he was pretty much deprived of His natural Faculties and became like unto a child yet in the main quiet and Still to the end of His time here, which was 11th of the 6 mo, 1760 aged about 77 years.

Signed on behalf of Exeter meeting held at Maiden Creek July 29, 1762 Benj. Lightfoot, clerk.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Guenther, K (2005). "Rememb'ring Our Time and Work is the Lords": The Experiences of Quakers on the Eighteenth-century Pennsylvania Frontier. (pp.119). Susquehanna University Press Google Books.
  2. Thomas Ellis.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Moved to Virginia
  4. Moved to Fairfax Monthly Meeting
  5. Youngest son (Guenther, 2005); Will probate 17 Jun 1783 (; Moved to VA with brothers after father died in 1760, but left for Hopewell Monthly Meeting mid-1763.
  6. Enos Ellis Sr.
  7. Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends. Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County, Virginia: Records of Hopewell Monthly Meetings and Meetings Reporting to Hopewell; Two Hundred Years of History and Genealogy. Baltimore: Genealogical, 2010. Google Books. Web. 30 Oct. 2014.

Note: Removed reference to parents until better documentation can be found. - Gordon Simpkinson

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On 31 Oct 2017 at 01:02 GMT Stephen Roberts wrote:

I have Thomas Ellis in my line as well but have never seen documentation that he was the son of Rowland

and Margaret Ellis of Wales. Which of your sources indicates his parents?

Thomas is 15 degrees from T S Eliot, 17 degrees from Walter Howe and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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