Ellis, Agnes 1a 2 3a 4 5 6 7 8

Birth Name Ellis, Agnes 8 6a
Gender female
Age at Death 82 years, 7 months, 13 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth June 18, 1826 New Bideford Lot 12, Prince Edward Island PEI Baptismal Index; bap. 29 August 1826 by L. C. Jenkins in Richmond
8 6b
Death February 1, 1909 Port Hill, Lot 13, Prince Edward Island Port Hill Church of England records, at 83 years
 
Residence 1881 Prince, Prince Edward Island  
6
Residence 1891 Prince, Prince Edward Island  
6c
Residence 1901 Lot 13, Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada  
8

Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Ellis, James
Mother Ramsay, Jane
         Ellis, Agnes
    Sister     Ellis, Mary Ann
    Brother     Ellis, John
    Sister     Ellis, Mary Ann
    Brother     Ellis, Robert
    Sister     Ellis, Margaret
    Sister     Ellis, Jane
 
Father Ellis, James
Stepmother McArthur, Marion
    Half-sister     Ellis, Hannah Penrose
    Half-brother     Ellis, Henry
    Half-sister     Ellis, Ellen
    Half-brother     Ellis, William
    Half-sister     Ellis, Sarah
    Half-brother     Ellis, James Henry Harry
    Half-brother     Ellis, George
    Half-brother     Ellis, Cornelius Edmund
    Half-brother     Ellis, Thomas Birch

Families

    Family of Birch, Thomas and Ellis, Agnes
Married Husband Birch, Thomas
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage April 20, 1847 Port Hill, Lot 13, Prince Edward Island PEI marriage Registrations 1844-52, page 378; also St. James Church of England records
 
  Children
  1. Birch, William Louis Lewis
  2. Birch, James Edward
  3. Birch, Edmund Henry
  4. Birch, Sarah Jane
  5. Birch, Eliza Catherine
  6. Birch, Susannah
  7. Birch, Letitia Caroline
  8. Birch, David Ramsay
  9. Birch, John Albert
  10. Birch, Henry Birchfield Swabey
  11. Birch, Dionysius
  12. Birch, Robert Ellis
  13. Birch, Damaris Louisa Annie

Media

Narrative

Agnes was the eldest daughter of James and Jane (Ramsay) Ellis,  born in Bideford, Lot 12, on June 13 1826.  The History of the Ellis Family says on page 74 that it was Margaret Ellis from this family that married Thomas Birch, but the correct name, Agnes,  is given on page 184.  Agnes was baptized in the Church of England, St. Eleanor's, daughter of James Ellis shipwright and his wife Jane Ramsay.

Her mother died when she was about 11 years old, and her father remarried in 1838 to Marion McArthur.  At the age of 21 Agnes married Thomas Birch of Port Hill - APR. 30, 1847, MARRIED AT ST. JAMES CHURCH, PORT HILL BY THE REV. W. H. COOPER, B.A., THOMAS BIRCH OF PORT HILL TO AGNES, ELDEST DAUGHTER OF JAMES ELLIS OF NEW BIDEFORD, LOT 12.  The newspaper record matches the information on the record in St. James Church of England records, and the entry in PEI Marriage Records.  Agnes had only the one name on all of these church records.

Thomas and Agnes had 13children, nine of whom reached adulthood.  After the death of her husband of forty-seven years, she went to live with her son Birchfield (HBS).  

Her obituary in the Pioneer said  "Although she had reached the ripe old age of 83 years she was much younger in appearance, having always enjoyed good health. Possessing a cheerful and kind disposition with love to all and malice to none, the cheerfulness which marked her younger days seemed to lose none of its brilliancy in the evening of life."

1909 Guardian newspaper:  Mrs. Agnes Birch, widow of Thomas Birch, died at Port Hill on Monday, at the ripe age of 88 years.

"The sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Birch, relict of the late Thos. Birch, which occurred at the residence of her son, H.B.S. Birch, Port Hill, on Monday morning the 1st inst., has cast a deep gloom of sadness over the community.  Although she had reached the ripe old age of 83 years, she was much younger in appearance having always enjoyed good health.  Possessing a cheerful and kind disposition with love to all and malice to none, the cheerfulness which marked her younger days seemed to lose none of its brilliancy in the evening of life. ..She leaves to mourn the loss of a good mother, four sons and three daughters, Jas. E in Alberton, Edward [Edmund] in Birch Hill, David in Boston, H.B.S. in Port Hill, Mrs. Lawrence Yeo, Central Lot 16, Eliza and Louisa in Boston."

"The following additional facts have been received on the death of Mrs. Thos. Birch, Alberton.  On Monday, February 1st, after a few hours of illness Mrs. Thomas Birch of Port Hill vacated the home she had occupied for sixty three years and moved to her new one, a house not made with hands.  Eternal in the Heavens.  she leaves behind her innumerable possessions of little duties kindly and faithfully performed and a memory which is an inspiration and a blessing to those who knew and loved her.  she was the daughter of James and Jane Ellis, and was born in Bideford, Lot 12 on the 18th June 1826 and was in her eighty-third year.  She was married to Thomas Birch on the 20th April 1846, who predeceased her just twelve years ago.  She had a family of eight sons and five daughters seven of whom are left to mourn a kind and loving mother, viz. James E. Alberton, Edmund H at Port Hill, David in Boston, Henry B. S. at Port Hill, Sarah Yeo, Lot 16, Eliza C. in New Dorchester, Mass. and D. A. Louise in New Dorchester, Mass.  In early life she entered the household of faith and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Port Hill for forty two years.  The waves of skepticism and so called modern thought beat upon the rock of her faith in vain..."

The funeral notice in the Guardian added that she had only been seriously ill on the day before her death, and that she was highly esteemed all throughout the neighbourhood.  

The paper noted that it had been unusually cold that January.

For the Birch family, see Leaves from the Birches of Avoca, Climbing the Hill, and the family tree of the Ellis family on the Island Register and the History of the Ellis Family by Preston Ellis.
Obituary - Summerside Journal 1909, 17 February page 8, taken from PEI  Ancestry, and transcribed from the book, Leaves from the Birches of Avoca.

Pedigree

  1. Ellis, James
    1. Ramsay, Jane
      1. Ellis, Agnes
        1. Birch, Thomas
          1. Birch, William Louis Lewis
          2. Birch, James Edward
          3. Birch, Edmund Henry
          4. Birch, Sarah Jane
          5. Birch, Eliza Catherine
          6. Birch, Susannah
          7. Birch, Letitia Caroline
          8. Birch, David Ramsay
          9. Birch, John Albert
          10. Birch, Henry Birchfield Swabey
          11. Birch, Dionysius
          12. Birch, Robert Ellis
          13. Birch, Damaris Louisa Annie
      2. Ellis, Mary Ann
      3. Ellis, John
      4. Ellis, Mary Ann
      5. Ellis, Robert
      6. Ellis, Margaret
      7. Ellis, Jane

Source References

  1. Dyment, Jane: Ancestry Family Trees
      • Page: Ancestry Family Trees
  2. Port Hill Church of England Records
  3. Charlottetown Guardian
      • Date: 1909
      • Page: 1909 February 22 page 2
  4. Birch Hill W.I.: Climbing the Hill - A History of Birch Hill, Lots 13 and 14
  5. Jeanette Birch: Leaves from the Birches of Avoca
  6. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1824 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1824 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1824 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  7. Library and Archives Canada: 1891 Census of Canada [database on-line]Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.
  8. 1901 Census of Canada