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A branch of the Yorkshire Ellises seems to have settled early in Devonshire. In Harl. MSS. 1417, p. 24, the cross and cres- cents are attributed to Sir JoHN ELYS of Devon, who marr. Alianor Russell of Hereford, and by her had issue, JoHN ELYS, ob. s. p.; Giliave Ellis, d. and coh. ux. Sir Henry Fielding of Lutterworth, co. Leic. and Jacqueta, d. and coh. ux, Everard Digby, living 1434. But on the monument of Digby, in Tilton church, co. Leic. another coat as his wife's, is impaled by him, viz. Or, a dolphin embowed az. debruised by a bend sinister or, on a chief az. a stork proper, collared or (vide Nichols' Leic. iii. 472, and ii. 262); but these, if correct, might be the arms of the heiress of some family into which the Ellises had married, and were adopted by them, in lieu of their ancient coat; for JoHN ELLYS of Ellys, co. Devon (i. e. the manor of Ellys, named after the family), who was probably of the same stock as the foregoing, bore the cross and crescents, whose daughter Mar- garet was wife of Nicholas Maynard of Sherford, co. Devon, who died 10 Hen. VIII.

Sennen is included in The Parochial History of Cornwall, Volume III by Davies Gilbert, William Hals, Thomas Tonkin, Henry Samuel Boase, originally published in 1838 (page 428). Also downloadable as a pdf from Cornwall OPC

In Gilbert's Hist. of Cornwall are the following notices of the Ellises in that county:-

Vol. iii. p. 83. Oct. 1620, Pascoe Ellis, alderman of Penzance. The Will of Paskow Ellis of Sennen/Zennor?, 1686

P. 432. In the chancel (of Sennen) are some monuments, particularly to the Ellises, who have relinquished the three eels, mentioned by Mr. Hals as an armorial bearing, and, instead, have sculptured on these stones the blazon appropriated to the name throughout England, Or, on a cross sable five crescents arg. (without probably any right to them.)

P. 429. Gilbert's Hist. of Cornwall, Vol. iii P.429. " Trevear in this parish (Sennen) is the dwelling of John Ellis, gent. attorney-at-law, who married -- Davies, and giveth for his arms, a field, Arg. three eelsproper, after the English, out of a supposed allusion to the name of Ellis; whereas Ellis, Elles, in British, is a son-in-law by the wife, and Eis, Eels, a son-in-law by the husband. And as gealvy is an eel fish in Scotch and Irish, so malsay is an eel in Welch-British."

(Cornwall). Same as Ellis, of Kiddall. Crest—A mermaid with mirror and comb (Monumental Inscription, Sennen Church).[1]

Heraldic Description for the Ellis (English) Coat of Arms:

Crest: A mermaid with mirror and comb proper.
Arms: A gold shield with five silver crescents in a black cross.
Motto translation: These things are not without the deity.
Coat of Arms Origin: Cornwall, England.

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In his 1860 book, Patronymica Britannica, Mark Anthony Lower, states the following in regard to the name Ellis: “[it] was in use in France as early as the days of Charlemagne, as a baptismal designation, and afterwards gave to several families”. He also writes “William Alis, mentioned in the Domesday Book as the progenitor of the Ellises of Kiddal, county York, and Stoneacre, county Kent, from whom sprang Sir Archibald Ellys, a crusader who is said to have originated the cross and crescent so common to the Ellis coat-armour”. Further, he writes “Elias, though uncommon now as a Christian name, was not so in the early Norman reigns, and indeed it had become hereditary at the time of the Norman Conquest in the form Alis”.

Sennen: The principal villages in this parish are, Mayon (called by Martyn, Mean), Penrose, and Trevear.

Ellis in Sennen The barton of Treveare was some time the seat of the Ellis family: a part of this estate was, by purchase, the property of the late Rev. Edward Giddy; the remainder belongs to Thackworth, Esq. British History

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