James Ellis Family History
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My Grandma Graham's maiden name was Ruth Etta Barr who married Calvin Stoey Graham  Ruth's mother was Sarah (Sally) Henrietta Ellis of Pottstown, who married Harvey Barr. Sarah's grandparents were James Ellis and Mary Ann Luxeon.

Here's our research paper on James Ellis (1814-1865). You're also welcome to visit our research page on the Barr-Ellis families, where you can download all the latest updated papers.

James Ellis (1814 - 1865)

James Ellis was born in St. Austell, Cornwall England on July 2nd 1814. [1]  James married Mary Ann Luxon [2] on September 24th 1836, witnessed by John Julyan and William Gilbert at the Parish Church of Holy Trinity in St. Austell, Cornwall England. [3] Mary Ann Luxon was born August 9th 1816 [4] John Luxon and Jenifer (Jane) Rous.

•    The parish of St. Austell is in the Deanery and Eastern Division of the Powder Hundred. It was originally bounded on the north by the parishes of Roche and Luxulyan. Here are other Ellis and Luxon names from the St. Austell Parish and district area.

James and Mary Ann Ellis lived in St. Austell, Cornwall Great Britain (England). They left Liverpool Great Britain on the ship George Thacker, and entered America through the ports of Philadelphia in April 1849. When the ship arrived, the passenger list indicated; James 34 years old; Mary Ann 32 years old; Betsy 11 years old; Jane 9 years old; James 7 years old; William 4 years old; and Ann 1year old.  [5]

The 1855 naturalization papers show the family living in Shannonsville, today it is known as Audubon, Lower Providence Township Montgomery County Pennsylvania. Shannonsville was north of Philadelphia, and present day King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on Route 422 - the old Pottstown Road. When the family moved to the Pottstown area, they most likely traveled using this road. [6] James worked as a laborer, something digger, quarryman, engineer, and fireman. Besides residing briefly in Shannonsville and Pottstown, the family lived in Dale, Boyertown, and Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

As described in James’s will of June 21st 1865, James and Mary Ann had seven children. [7]

i.    Elizabeth (Betsy) Ellis was born October 15th 1838 in St. Austell, Cornwall England. She died October 17th 1913 in Berks County Pennsylvania. She married William Toms, [8] and lived in Boyerstown Berks County. This is a photo of Betsy, and a photo with her and her husband in front of their home

ii.   Jane Ellis was born about 1840 in St. Austell, Cornwall England. She married William Quick. [9]  In 1911 she and William lived in Reading Pennsylvania. Married someone named Quick, lived in Reading Pennsylvania in 1911.

iii.  James Luxeon Ellis (1843-1899)

iv.   William Henry Ellis (1845-1831) This is a photo of William, probably taken in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.

v.    Annie Luxeon Ellis was born August 6th1847 in St. Austell, Cornwall England. When her father died in 1865, she was assigned a guardian, Amos Brower. [10] She married Jonas Burns Reifsneider. [11] Annie died November 4th1911 in Pottstown Montgomery County Pennsylvania.

vi.   George D. Ellis (1849-1907) When George's father died in 1865, he was assigned a guardian, Ephraim Gabel.

vii.  Mary Ann Ellis was born May 2nd 1853 in Pennsylvania. When her father died in 1865, he was assigned a guardian, David Gabel. Mary married Cyrus C. Harbach. Mary died June 15th 1915 while living in Reading Berks County Pennsylvania. She was laid to rest June 18th 1915 in the Aulenbach Cemetery located in Reading Berks County Pennsylvania.

In 1860 the family lived in Dale, (near Boyertown) Colebrookdale Township, [12] Berks County Pennsylvania. Later during the 1860s the family's residence was at 765 West Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown Pennsylvania. While living here, James Ellis died on January 21st 1865, Aged 51 years, 6 Months, and days. [13]

•    The following is transcribed relating to the death of James Ellis: “...On Saturday morning last, about 4 o'clock, as we learn from the Pottstown ledger, a fire was discovered in the two story frame building used as an engine house, at the mines of the Phoenix Iron Company, at Boyertown, Berks County. The flames had progressed so far, when discovered, that it was impossible to quench them, and the building was entirely destroyed. After the fire, the shocking discovery was made that the night engineer and fireman, James Ellis, had perished in the conflagration. His station was in the second story of the building, and it is supposed that the flames were ignited from the furnace below, in some manner unaccountable, and that the fire had progressed so far, when he discovered it, that his escape was rendered impossible. The deceased was a man pretty well advanced in years. He leaves a wife and several children residing in Boyertown...” [14]

After James died, Mary Ann lived with her daughter Jane Ellis-Quick in the Reading 102nd District, Berks County Pennsylvania. She lived with them until her death. Mary Ann Ellis age 65 died Sunday October 9th 1881, [15] aged 65 Years, and 2 months. She is buried in the Ellis family plot at the Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading Berks County Pennsylvania. [16]

James Luxeon Ellis (1843-1899)

James Luxeon Ellis was born August 24th 1842 to James Ellis and Mary Ann Luxeon in St. Austell, Cornwall England.

James 1st married Sarah V. Boyer in 1865. Sarah was born June 21st 1846 in Exeter Township, Berks County Pennsylvania to William Boyer and Henrietta Ritter. She was the 4th child of 14 children. [17]

James worked as a locomotive machinist, and lived in Pottstown Montgomery County, Reading in Berks County, and Dauphin County at both Derry Street and Berry Hill Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania.

By 1870 the family moved to the city of Reading [22] Berks County Pennsylvania. A one month old child with no name was listed in the 1870 census, and a nurse lived with them named Afediah Moser 55 years old. The unnamed child would be Isaac. At that time the value of their real estate as $11,400, and their personal estate was $100.00.

Sarah Boyer-Ellis died in Reading Pennsylvanian June 9th 1877. She was laid to rest in Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, PA, in the Ellis Family Plot (adjacent to the Boyer Family Plot).

•    “... Sarah Ellis, wife of J. L. Ellis and daughter of Wm. and Henrietta Boyer, aged 30 years, 11 months, and 18 days. The relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral on Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock, from her late residence 821 Green Street without further notice. Services at St. Paul's Memorial Reformed Church, interment at Charles Evans Cemetery...” [23]

Sarah was survived by her parents, her husband, 5 children: James B Ellis, age 12; Henry H (Harry) Ellis, age 8; Isaac Boyer Ellis, age 7; Sarah Henrietta Ellis, age 4; and William Boyer Ellis, age 17 months; 2 brothers, and 6 sisters. She was predeceased by 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

James L. Ellis and Sara V. Boyer had seven children.

i.    James L. Ellis was born in Pennsylvania about 1866, he married Annie. They lived at 925 Washington Street Reading Pennsylvania. They had: Baby, still born August 11th1884, and was buried at the Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

ii.   Henry H “Harry” Ellis was born October 1868 in Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania. He died in 1947 while living in Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania. In 1891 he married Sarah A Miller, who was born January 1869, and died in 1942. Together they were the parents of one child. Harry Miller Ellis (1892-1948).

iii.  P. Albert Ellis was born and died in 1869. He was buried in the Ellis family plot at the Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading Berks County Pennsylvania. [18]

iv.   Isaac Ellis was born in Pennsylvania about 1870.

v.    Sarah (Sally) Henrietta Ellis was born in Pennsylvania about 1873 to James Ellis and Sarah Boyer. Sally married Harvey Barr on April 7th1892 in Reading by Reverend Bouseman. [19] The application date was April 1st 1892, and their license date was April 7th1892. Harvey was 21 years old, and his residence was Pottstown Pennsylvania. Sarah was 19 years old, and she listed her residence as Reading Berks County Pennsylvania.

vi.   Albert Boyer Ellis was born and died in 1874. He was buried in the Ellis family plot at the Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading Berks County Pennsylvania. [20]

vii.  William Boyer Ellis was born February 1876. William died March 25th1878 "...In this city, on the 25thinstant, William Boyer Ellis, aged 2 years, 2 months and 16 days. The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the parents’ residence, 821 Green street, on Thursday afternoon at 1’o-clock. Services at the home. Interment at Charles Evans Cemetery..." [21]

James L. Ellis then married Sarah's sister Rosa Ann (Annie) Boyer on January 19th 1882. [24] Rosa was the younger sister of James's 1st wife Sarah Boyer. Rosa was born June 30th 1851 to William Boyer and Henrietta Ritter of Pennsylvania.

Rosa died giving birth on August 11th 1884, [25] age 33 years, 1 month, and 11 days. [26]

viii. Baby Girl Ellis, stillborn [27] and died August 11th 1884. [28] The infant was laid to rest in the Charles Evans Cemetery at the St. Paul's Memorial Reformed Church. [29]

•    “...Daughter of William Boyer (1819-1893) and Henrietta D (nee Ritter) Boyer (1822-1888). She married her brother-in-law, James L. Ellis, in 1882, after her older sister, Sarah, died in 1877 leaving James to raise 5 motherless children. She was a member of St Paul's Memorial Reformed Church where her husband was a Deacon. She died in 1884 while giving birth to her only child, a daughter, who was stillborn. She was survived by her husband, her parents, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters. She was predeceased by 3 brothers and 4 sisters...”

After Rosa died, James married a 3rd time to Amanda S. Kline on January 1st 1887. [30] Amanda was born December 21st 1858.

Amanda and James Ellis tried to have children, but their children all died at birth.

ix.  Luther K. Ellis was born and died in 1889. [31] He was laid to rest in the Charles Evans Cemetery at the St. Paul's Memorial Reformed Church. [32]

x.    Baby Girl Ellis was born [33] and died January 28th 1894, [34] and was laid to rest in the Charles Evans Cemetery at the St. Paul's Memorial Reformed Church. [35]

James L. Ellis died January 15th 1899, aged 56 years, 4 months, and 22 days. He was laid to rest at the Charles Evans Cemetery at the St. Paul's Memorial Reformed Church. [36]

After James died in 1899, Amanda married William A. Mengel. [37] She died January 5th 1939 [38] while living in Wyomissing Hills, Berks County. [39]

End Notes

[1.] James Eills's birth date was calculated using the inscription of his years, month, and day on his headstone from records at the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409, and a birth date calculator at ProGenealogists, Inc., 455 East 400 South, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

[2.] The name Luxeon is spelled as the family spelled it. It is also spelled on page 18, Harrisburg Telegraph, Thursday, July 24th 1944. The name has also been spelled without the "e"; Luxon, which appears in the records for St. Austell Area Genealogy, Parish Church of Holy Trinity, and Marriage Registers. Luxeon may have been from the place in Cornwall, which is normally spelt Luxulyan. Mining and quarrying are (or rather, were) major industries in Cornwall, particularly for tin and copper, and for china clay, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania 17372.

[3.] St. Austell Area Genealogy, Parish Church of Holy Trinity, Marriage Registers, 1834 through June, 1839, Taylor ~ Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania 17372

[4.] Mary Ann Eills's birth date was calculated using the inscription of her years, month, and day on her headstone from records at the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409, and a birth date calculator at ProGenealogists, Inc., 455 East 400 South, Suite 300, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

[5.] Ship Passenger List, National Archives Series No. 425, Microfilm No. 68, List No. 46, Taylor~Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania 17372

[6.] Pottstown is located in the western most portion of Montgomery County. Chester, Berks and Montgomery counties all come together at Pottstown.

[7.] James Ellis Will, 1865, Berks County Court House, Berks County, Taylor~Graham Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs Pennsylvania 17372

[8.] The marriage between Elizabeth Ellis and William Toms came the James Ellis's will, June 24th 1864.

[9.] The marriage of Jane E Ellis to William Quick came from James Ellis's will, June 24th 1864. The spelling of the Quick name and Jane's middle name came from the Wills and estate Records of Berks County Pennsylvania. Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[10.] Amos's last name was barely readable in James Ellis's will, and the 1870 census record for Colebrookdale, Berks County Pennsylvania, gave us Amos's spelling of his last name.

[11.]Bob Reifsneider, Orange Park, Florida, bobR@aol.com; Ibid

[12.] Colebrookdale Township, 765 W. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, PA 19512, Ibid

[13.] Inscribed on the headstone at the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[14.] Fire at Boyertown–Shocking Death; Saturday, Jan. 28, 1865 Berks & Schuylkill Journal, Reading PA, Ibid

[15.] Deaths, Page 4, Tuesday October 11, 1881 Reading Times & Dispatch, Reading PA, Ibid

[16.] Ibid.

[17.]  Sarah Ellis was the daughter of William Boyer (1819-1893) and Henrietta D Ritter- Boyer (1822-1888), Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409.

[18.] Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[19.] Manassas Barr (1826-1903), Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[20.] Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[21.] Deaths, Page 4, Wednesday March 27, 1878, Reading Times and Dispatch, Reading PA, Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[22.] The boundaries of Reading grew north and south, and by the late 1860's the City limits included what is now the heart of the City. The Riverdale, Northmont, and Glenside neighborhoods were added in the early 1900's along with the 18th Ward and an area of Mt. Penn. The City achieved its current configuration in the late 1960's.

[23.] Deaths, Page 4, Tuesday, June 12, 1877 Reading Times and Dispatch, Reading PA, Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[24.] Berks County Marriages, Book 28, Volume 3, Page 143, Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[25.] Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[26.]  Line 526, Reading Deaths, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court offices in the Berks County Services Center (Courthouse), Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

[27.] Line 903, Berks County Births, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court offices in the Berks County Services Center (Courthouse), Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

[28.] Line 525, Reading Deaths, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court offices in the Berks County Services Center (Courthouse), Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

[29.] Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[30.]  Volume 3, Page 143, Berks County Marriages, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court offices in the Berks County Services Center (Courthouse), Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

[31.] Line 109, Reading Deaths, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court offices in the Berks County Services Center (Courthouse), Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

[32.] Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[33.] Line 10, Berks County Births, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court offices in the Berks County Services Center (Courthouse), Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

[34.] Line 109, Reading Deaths, Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court offices in the Berks County Services Center (Courthouse), Reading, Berks County Pennsylvania.

[35.] Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[36.] Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[37.] Reading Eagle - Jan 5, 1939, page 20, Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

[38.] Records of the Charles Evans Cemetery, 1119 Centre Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601-1409

[39.] Reading Eagle - Jan 5, 1939, page 20, Taylor ~ Graham Family Library, 479 County Line Road, York Springs PA, 17372

Bibliography

1. 1850 James Ellis Census: Upper Merion, Montgomery, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_800; Page: 419A; Image: 152. Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

2. 1860 James Ellis Census: Colebrookdale, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1073; Page: 171; Image: 175; Family History Library Film: 805073. 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

3. 1870 James L. Ellis Census: Reading Ward 2, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1307; Page: 816A; Image: 309; Family History Library Film: 552806. 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

4. 1870 George Ellis Census: Colebrookdale, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1305; Page: 170B; Image: 351; Family History Library Film: 552804. 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

5. 1870 Mary Allis (Ellis) and Jane Quick Census: Reading Ward 2, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593 _ 1307; Page: 704A; Image: 84; Family History Library Film: 552806. 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

6. 1870 Amos Brower Census: Colebrookdale, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1305; Page: 171A; Image: 352; Family History Library Film: 552804. 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

7. 1880 Mary Wllis and Jane Quigg Census: Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1101; Family History Film: 1255101; Page: 189A; Enumeration District: 048; Image: 0549. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

8. 1880 James L. Ellis Census: Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1102; Family History Film: 1255102; Page: 427A; Enumeration District: 058; Image: 0254. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.