Ellis Family

Capt. Samuel Ellis (Allis) b. February 15, 1726* in Massachusetts, d. 21 Dec 1802 at age 77 and Abigail Smith were married March 10, 1749 in Sturbridge, Worcester Cty, MA. She d. 31 Dec 1806. There are conflicting dates for their marriage, see below.

They had the following children:

Jedediah Ellis married Martha Freeman on April 28, 1774. She was the daughter of Samuel Freeman and Mary Chubb. She was born 14 Sep 1757 in Sturbridge, MA and died May 9, 1804 at age 48. They married 28 Apr 1774. Their children were:

One of the above children died 8/4/1790.

Samuel Ellis married Betsey Young (of Woodstock, CT) in 1808, she d. 12/31/1806 at age 29 in Oxford, MA. Their children:

Probate record for a Jedediah Ellis(1) who died in 1804 in Worcester County, Massachusetts. In the will it mentions his sons, Samuel, Smith, Jedediah(2) and Silas, also daughters. Some custody papers were filed for the son, Jedediah(2) age 14 (Perhaps his mother had died in 1807?). Oliver Hooker was given guardianship on March 25, 1807 (note the name Oliver was given to one of Jedediah's(1) sons.) However, in a paper dated September 1, 1807, Jedediah(2) requested that his custody be granted to Capt. Comfort Freeman and on September 4, 1807 permission was granted.

The Worcester city directory [about 1850] shows Jedediah Ellis, miller. Other Ellis's listed were Charles S., George, Nathan B. and Sylvester. (Jedediah named one of his sons Charles.)

In the history of Southbridge, Massachusetts, Jedediah, Smith, Samuel and Silas are mentioned frequently. Samuel Ellis is listed as one of the first members as well as Abigail Smith Ellis (wife of Capt. Samuel Ellis). Comfort Freeman is also listed as one of those along with Silas and Smith who helped to organize the new church. In 1800, Jedediah Ellis was one of those who petitioned the house of Representatives for a parish or precinct. He was shown to have 492 acres worth $3,387. Comfort Freeman is also listed. Jedediah purchased two pews at the church. Jedediah and Capt. Samuel Ellis were both on a committee to ascertain the bounds of the town of Southbridge.

As for Sturbridge, Ellis is listed as a prominent name there also. A dam was erected in Westville on the Quinebaug river by Jedediah Ellis and Fletcher Foster in 1799. This became the site of the Sturbridge Manufacturing Company and an association was incorporated on the 5th of December 1811 with Comfort Freeman listed as the holder of 2 shares at $500. Samuel Ellis was a selectman who was chosen to represent the town of Sturbridge when they made their decision to not purchase any goods imported from England. This was in conformity to the late Non-Importation act. The first division of lands by the founders of Sturbridge was on the 9th of July, 1730. Samuel Ellis drew lots 49 West and 16 East. A David Ellis drew lots 1 West and 54 East.

The most interesting bit of information is from the town of Sturbridge. It seems that on June 13, 1728 a petition was put before the House of Representatives requesting 10,000 acres be set aside for a sufficient township (Sturbridge). One of the petitioners is a Josiah Ellis. Could this be Capt. Samuel Ellis's father? There is mention of many other familiar names such as Ammidown, Freeman, Gleason, Dresser, Smith and Hooker.

The same families are listed in the Woodstock, CT/MA records, Oxford, MA records and Sturbridge, MA records.

More information on these related families: Young, Moffitt and Faulkner.

From IGI-Massachusetts

Ellis, Jedediah m: Betsey Leonard 11 Mar 1812 Hampden, W. Springfield

Ellis, Jedediah m: Martha Freeman 28 Apr 1774 Worcester, Sturbridge

Ellis, Jedediah m: Harriet Moffitt 3 Apr 1845 Worcester, Oxford

Ellis, Jedidiah son of Samuel Elles/Abigail (Smith?) 9 July 1751

From Mass. Worcester, Oxford - History of Oxford with genealogies and notes on persons and estates page 617:

Harriet A., b. 1 June, 1827 m. 3 April, 1845, Jedediah Ellis of Woodstock, Conn., resided 1882 at Richland, N.Y., she d. April 1864, seven ch.

From Worcester Births page 84:


James Vernon, s. of Jedediah and Harriet A. July 15, 1848

Horace Adams, s. of Sylvester and Mary A., Dec. 11, 1844

Jane Amelia, d. of Sylvester and Mary Ann, Aug. 14, 1848

Louisa Adelaide, d. of Sylvester and Mary Ann, Jan. 1, 1840.

Lydia Ann, d. of Sylvester and Mary Ann, July 31, 1842.

Osborn, s. of Sylvester and Mary, April 25, 1847

Note: One of Jedediah's sons was named Horace.

From Genealogies of Woodstock Families:

Betsey Young of Woodstock m. Sturbridge, Mass., Feb. 11, 1808 Samuel Ellis, perhaps b. Charlton June 2, 1776, son of Jedidiah Ellis and Martha Freeman.

Young Jedediah was supposedly 14 at his father's death, though it would seem that he was 16, his brother Silas and two sisters Dorithy and Lucretia were younger still. Were they split up? Or did Oliver Hooker get custody of all and only Jedediah filed for a change?

From the IGI: Jedadiah ELLIS M Spouse: Betsey LEONARD Marriage: 11 Mar 1812 West Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts

Lucy, wife of
Comfort Freeman

I would like more information on Martha Freeman. Edmund Freeman's daughter was Elizabeth and she married Lt. John Ellis of Sandwich, MA. That's a different line but you can't help but wonder?

Ellis is traditionally a Welsh name. However, they are also included in the Clan Macpherson. To write for more information or to join the Clan, send $20 along with your name, address, date of birth, occupation and telephone number to:

Mrs. Grace M. McPherson
104 Flanders Road
Stonington, CT 06378

*DAR registry #A201789

Samuel Ellis and Abigail Smith marriage information sources:

"Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FH9G-V2W : accessed 02 Jun 2014), Samuel Ellis and Abigail Smith, 15 Mar 1749; citing reference p 2; FHL microfilm 757003.

Connecticut Vital Records for the township of Brooklyn shows an entry for Samuel and Abigail's marriage as 5/15/1750.

Ellis Cousins Newsletter

Check out this terrific Ellis website.

DNA = Haplogroup is I-Z60

Fun Fact

The origins of the name 'Ellis'. English and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah (see Elias). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.

From ancestry.com: http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=Ellis [no longer active]

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