Ellis, William

Birth Name Ellis, William
Gender male
Age at Death about 82 years, 11 months, 8 days


According to Preston Ellis' history of the Ellis family, "William M. Ellis born at Bideford England son of the original shipbuilder of Bideford and Port Hill, PEI. Married Nancy, daughter of James Campbell of Port Hill. He purchased a farm now known as the MacKay farm at East Bideford and opened up a shipyard there in his own right where he built a large number of fine ships. He was succeeded in turn by his son Totton Ellis, who continued building ships until depletion of the timber on the Island."

Children listed for William and Nancy were: James, Totton, John, Edward, Robert, Penrose, Elizabeth (Mrs. John Lock); Mary Ellis (Mrs. David Sullivan); Anna (Mrs. Alexander McDougald); Ann (Mrs. Robert Ramsay); Sarah (Mrs. Donald McLean). William was from Lot 12 on some of the baptismal records in the Church of England in St. Eleanor's.

In the 1841 census, William Ellis a ship builder, was in lot 12. He had a household of 11:
Males under 16 - 3
Males, 16-45 - 2
Females under 16 - 2
Females from 16-45 - 4

They were all Church of England. This might mean that their eldest daughter Hannah was still living at home in 1841.

By 1861, William Ellis was living next to his son William T. Ellis in Lot 12. The older daughters were all married. It looks like Edward, Robert D. and George Penrose were living at home.

3rd Prince, Regiment of Militia No 1 Company, 1867 - Capt Wm T Ellis, Lot 12; Lieut James Ellis, Wm's son; Ensign Edward Ellis, ditto

Ellis William and wife Summerside Journal 23 December 1880, page 3, col. 3 On the 27th October, at the residence of her son, Ellerslie, after being confined to her bed for over twenty years, Mrs. Wm. Ellis, aged 78 years. Also on the 8th Dec., at the same place, her husband, Mr. Wm. Ellis, aged 82 years, leaving many friends and relations to mourn their loss. (PEI Ancestry)

See http://www.islandregister.com/ellis2.html for more information on the Ellis family in PEI.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1798 Devon, England christened 9 Dec 1798 in Northam, Devon; gravestone says b. Jan 1 1799  
Death December 9, 1880 Prince Edward Island, Canada from his gravestone  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Ellis, William1774December 25, 1855
Mother Tauton Tawton Totton, Hannah Penrose1778January 18, 1831
    Brother     Ellis, Robert about 1796
         Ellis, William about 1798 December 9, 1880
    Brother     Ellis, James about 1801 February 27, 1884
    Sister     Ellis, Mary Ann December 27, 1802 December 1850
    Brother     Ellis, George about 1804 1874
    Brother     Ellis, John 1806 September 1874
    Sister     Ellis, Agness about 1807 March 8, 1869
    Brother     Ellis, Henry Harry about 1810 January 13, 1886
    Sister     Ellis, Sarah Sally 1813 September 23, 1847


Family of Ellis, William and Campbell, Nancy Ann

Married Wife Campbell, Nancy Ann ( * September 5, 1801 + October 27, 1880 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage about 1820 Prince Edward Island, Canada    
Name Birth Date Death Date
Ellis, HannahApril 3, 1821May 6, 1898
Ellis, JamesJune 13, 1822October 15, 1897
Ellis, ElizabethFebruary 1, 1824September 19, 1888
Ellis, AnnOctober 1, 1825September 14, 1899
Ellis, SarahNovember 16, 1827October 1, 1898
Ellis, William TottenDecember 10, 18291896
Ellis, Mary JuliaMarch 7, 1832September 20, 1895
Ellis, JohnMarch 20, 1834March 4, 1923
Ellis, EdwardAugust 15, 1835September 17, 1919
Ellis, Robert DouglasMay 24, 1842October 30, 1917
Ellis, George Henry PenroseJuly 6, 1845September 3, 1932