Ellis, James 1a 2 3 4 5 6 7

Birth Name Ellis, James
Gender male
Age at Death about 83 years, 1 month, 26 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth about 1801 Devon, England in Northam, Devon; christened 22 Mar 1801 as James; also known as James Henry
 
Baptism March 22, 1801 Northam, Devon, England  
 
Death February 27, 1884 Northam, Lot 13, Prince Edward Island buried on the 29th
 
Emigration 1818   from Devon to PEI with his parents
 

Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Ellis, William
Mother Tauton Tawton Totton, Hannah Penrose
    Brother     Ellis, Robert
    Brother     Ellis, William
         Ellis, James
    Sister     Ellis, Mary Ann
    Brother     Ellis, George
    Brother     Ellis, John
    Sister     Ellis, Agness
    Brother     Ellis, Henry Harry
    Sister     Ellis, Sarah Sally

Families

    Family of Ellis, James and Ramsay, Jane
Married Wife Ramsay, Jane
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage about 1825 Prince Edward Island, Canada  
 
  Children
  1. Ellis, Agnes
  2. Ellis, Mary Ann
  3. Ellis, John
  4. Ellis, Mary Ann
  5. Ellis, Robert
  6. Ellis, Margaret
  7. Ellis, Jane
    Family of Ellis, James and McArthur, Marion
Married Wife McArthur, Marion
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage June 9, 1838 Prince Edward Island, Canada witnesses were John and George Ellis
 
  Children
  1. Ellis, Hannah Penrose
  2. Ellis, Henry
  3. Ellis, Ellen
  4. Ellis, William
  5. Ellis, Sarah
  6. Ellis, James Henry Harry
  7. Ellis, George
  8. Ellis, Cornelius Edmund
  9. Ellis, Thomas Birch

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Narrative

James Ellis was born in Bideford, Devon, England the son of William Ellis, shipbuilder, and baptized in Northam, Devon in 1801. He emigrated to the Island with his parents around 1818. James was baptized as James, and had a younger brother Henry; however, on PEI Baptismal records for his children, his name was given as James or Henry. The Henry could be a mistake: with so many Ellis sons having their children baptized in the same parish mistakes were likely to happen.

James Ellis was employed in his father's shipyard before he set up his own. He was also a farmer, according to Past and Present of PEI. In the History of the Ellis Family, James Ellis' shipyard was described as being on the Bideford shore, not far from his father's original business. A shipyard, in those days, might simply be a place near the water where one ship was built at a time.

His first wife was Jane Ramsay, daughter of a local magistrate John Ramsey, who was called "Justice John". Justice John was a grandson of the first John Ramsey, who emigrated from Scotland around 1770, and who settled in the Port Hill area. I haven't been able to find their marriage record.

In the PEI Baptismal Index, children listed for James (or Henry) Ellis and Jane were: Agnes (1826), two Mary Anns (1828, 1832), John (1830), Robert (1832), Margaret (1834) and Jane (1837). The place of birth, when given, was New Bideford or Lot 12, and the church was the Church of England in Richmond. The church records say Jane Ramsay, but her name was transcribed as June Ramsay on a couple of baptismal records.

Jane Ramsay Ellis died, leaving James with 6 young children under 10, and James married Marion McArthur in 1838. Children of James and his second wife Marion/Marianne McArthur were: Hannah (1839); Ellen (1842), William; Sarah (1844); James Henry (1846), George (1850); Cornelius Edmund (1852), and Thomas Birch (1854). Marion had a daughter Harriet from a previous relationship.

James was in the 1841 census in Lot 12. 22 years of his 999 year lease had expired. The 13-member household was all Church of England, and all but one had been born on the Island. There were 3 males under 16 (John and Robert and ?), and 2 between 16 and 45 (James and apprentice?). There were 6 females under 16 (Agnes was 15, Mary Ann, Jane, Hannah, Harriet and ?), and 2 between 16 and 45 (Marion and servant?).

There could be a couple of children missing from the baptismal records, unless the additional young people in the 1841 census for this household were apprentices, servants or other relatives. James had a lease for his property by 1819, and we don't know exactly when he and Jane were married, so there could have been one or two children born before Agnes in 1826. It seems odd that James would not have named his first son William, or that Jane would not have named an earlier daughter Margaret, after her mother. Some family trees say that Agnes' first name was Margaret, but then it would have been odd to name a daughter Margaret in 1834. (the name Margaret Agnes seems to stem back to a typo in the History of the Ellis Family). As well, in his second marriage, there was a gap between Hannah and Ellen.

In the 1861 census there were 11 in the household. One married couple (James and Marion); Four boys between 5-15 (Thomas, Cornelius, George and James); one male between 16-21 (William?); and 2 males over 60 (James and ?); then 2 females 15-21 (Sarah, Ellen?); one female 21-45 (Hannah) and one female 46-60 (Marion). If James and Marion had a daughter in 1849, as stated in some family trees, she was not baptized and was not living at the time of the 1861 census. Robert, age 29 and not yet married, was not living at home, unless the two males over 60 is a mistake and one is Robert.

In the 1881 census James and Marion were living with their son James Henry Jr. in Lot 13:

Name: James Ellis
Age: 80, Birth Year: 1801 Birthplace: England
Religion: Church of England, Nationality: English
Occupation: Shipwright
Province: Prince Edward Island Lot 13
Household Members:
James H. Ellis 35
Clarinda Ellis 26
George Ellis 7
Mary Ann Ellis 5
Richard Henry Ellis 3
Lavenia Ellis 1
James Ellis 80
Marion Ellis 67

James died in 1884 and was buried in the St. James graveyard in Port Hill.
Name James Ellis
Date of Burial 29 February 1884
Source pre-1906 Death Index. St. James Church, Port Hill
Notes St. James Cemetery

Summerside Journal April 10 1884 page 3, in his 83rd year

See also The Descendants of William Ellis and Hannah Totten, on the Island Register

 

 

Pedigree

  1. Ellis, William
    1. Tauton Tawton Totton, Hannah Penrose
      1. Ellis, George
      2. Ellis, Mary Ann
      3. Ellis, Robert
      4. Ellis, William
      5. Ellis, James
        1. Ramsay, Jane
          1. Ellis, Agnes
          2. Ellis, Mary Ann
          3. Ellis, John
          4. Ellis, Mary Ann
          5. Ellis, Robert
          6. Ellis, Margaret
          7. Ellis, Jane
        2. McArthur, Marion
          1. Ellis, Hannah Penrose
          2. Ellis, Henry
          3. Ellis, Ellen
          4. Ellis, William
          5. Ellis, Sarah
          6. Ellis, James Henry Harry
          7. Ellis, George
          8. Ellis, Cornelius Edmund
          9. Ellis, Thomas Birch
      6. Ellis, John
      7. Ellis, Agness
      8. Ellis, Henry Harry
      9. Ellis, Sarah Sally

Source References

  1. Dyment, Jane: Ancestry Family Trees
      • Page: Ancestry Family Trees
  2. Port Hill Church of England Records
  3. Division of Vital Statistics. Public Archives, Charlottetown.: Prince Edward Island Marriage Registers, 1832-1888
  4. Ellis, Preston: History of the Ellis Family
  5. 1881 Census of Canada
  6. 1841 Census of Prince Edward Island
  7. 1861 Census of Canada