Ellis Family

Captain Samuel Ellis (Allis) was born February 15, 1726* in Massachusetts and died December 21, 1802 at age 77. He married Abigail Smith on March 10, 1749 in Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts. She died December 31, 1806.

They had the following children:

  • Jedediah Ellis born 9 July 1751
  • Smith Ellis born 30 Apr 1753
  • Mary Ellis born 13 Sep 1755
  • Samuel Ellis born 20 Jul 1760
  • Abigail Ellis born 20 Aug 1762
  • Damaris Ellis born 17 Feb 1767

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

  • Samuel Ellis born 2 June 1776 Charlton married Betsey Young (see below).
  • Levina Ellis born 21 March 1778 Charlton, Massachusetts
  • Kezia Ellis born 15 February 1780 at Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts and died 4 February 1845. She married 15 March 1796 to Levi Dodge.
  • Smith Ellis born 15 January 1782 married Rebecca Dresser in 1803. Rebecca died 11 January 1816. They had at least three children. Sally died 17 January 1810 at 18 mos., child died July 24, 1814 and child died 17 February 1816 at age 4.
  • Martha Ellis born 20 March 1784, died 4 April 1797 at 13 years.
  • Polly Ellis born 14 April 1786
  • Jedediah Ellis born 25 April 1788
  • Silas Ellis born 8 September 1790 married Susannah Marsh in 1824. They had at least one child, child died 17 June 1825 in 13 mo.
  • Dorithy Ellis born 18 December 1792
  • Oliver Ellis born 2 December 1794
  • Lucretia Ellis born 28 February 1798

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

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

  • Child Ellis died 1 February 1803 age 3.
  • George Ellis born 27 December 1809, died 20 March 1810 at 3 months.
  • James Ellis born 1809 died 22 February 1809 at 2 months.
  • Daughter Ellis born and died 20 March 1810 at 6 months.
  • Child Ellis born 14 December 1811.
  • Jedediah Ellis born 1822 (see below) married Harriet A. Moffitt.

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, Worcester, 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, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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, Worcester, Massachusetts. 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, Connecticut/Masssachusetts records, Oxford, Massachusetts records and Sturbridge, Massachusetts records.

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?

Jedediah Ellis Family (1822)

Jedediah Ellis b. April 10, 1822 in Woodstock, Massachusetts (now Connecticut) to Samuel Ellis and Betsey Young. He died July 6, 1894, Syracuse, Onandaga, New York. He married April 3, 1845 in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts to Harriet Augusta Moffitt.

On James and Sophronia’s birth records it shows that Jedediah was a miller. Later in New York he became a shingle sawyer and a farmer.

Jedediah is buried in Richland, Oswego, New York where he had finally settled. He died in Syracuse, Onandaga, New York and had either moved in with his son Charles in Syracuse after his second wife’s death, or he was perhaps visiting. He is living in Richland as of the 1890 New York census.

Jedediah and Harriet Moffitt had seven children:

James Vernon Ellis

James Vernon Ellis was born July 15, 1848 in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts and died April 17, 1926 in Daysville or Ogdensburg, Oswego. (Daysville was taken from obituary while Ogdensburg was taken from the New York Death Index) He married Martha R. Springer Phillips who was born in 1850 in Daysville and died in 1940 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York at the home of her granddaughter. Martha’s parents were John and Mary Bradner Springer.

James and Martha had one child, Ada May Ellis born March 26, 1878 in Daysville, Oswego County, New York. Ada married William Henry Gokey in 1903. He went by Henry. She contracted pneumonia and died February 16, 1925 in Pulaski, Oswego, New York. She is buried in the Willis Cemetery. Her death was particularly hard on her father who died a year later. Henry was born November 15, 1875 in Red Creek, Wayne, New York and died January 17, 1942 in Kissimmee, Osceola, Florida.

Ada and Henry Gokey had two children:

Charlotte Lucille (Ellis) Gokey born August 13, 1905 in Mexico, Oswego, New York, died February 20, 1964 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York and married July 14, 1930 in Buffalo, New York. Foster Reginald (or Reginald Foster/Francis) Lamb who was born in June 23,1903 in Selby, Yorkshire West Riding, England and died June 1976 in San Mateo, San Franisco, California. They had four children and lived in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York.

Charlotte and Reginald had the following children:

  • Anna Lamb?
  • Reginald F (Reginald Joseph) Lamb, Jr. born April 16, 1933 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, died March 30, 1984 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York.
  • David Frederick Lamb born March 16, 1934 in Syracuse, New York, died January 27, 1996 in Syracuse.
  • Richard Bernard Lamb born January 16, 1939 in Syracuse, died April 13, 2004 in Lake Havasu City, Mohave, Arizona. He married Peggy and had 5 children.

Erson Brander Gokey born February 21, 1907 in Pulaski, New York, died September 28, 1940 in Daysville, Oswego, New York. He married August 3, 1929 in Lycoming, Oswego, New York, to Mildred Mae Baker born June 21, 1909 in Scriba or Pulaski, Oswego, New York, and died July 20, 1999 in Oswego, Oswego, New York. She and Erson are buried at the South Richland Cemetery in Pulaski, Oswego, New York.

Erson and Mildred had three children:

  • Daughter
  • Robert W. Gokey born July 17, 1932 in New York, died April 3, 2010 in Crestiew, Okaloosa, Florida. He lived in Evansville, Indiana and then Florida.
  • Daughter

Henry’s second wife was Hannah Delilah Gardner Cross.

James V. Ellis may be the gentleman featured in the book, The Politician. Here is an excerpt:

The part he [James V. Ellis] played in an incident in connection with the assassination of President McKinley at Buffalo had figured next in the papers. On the evening in question, when the martyred president was lying near to death, [13][14] a group of anxious citizens of Buffalo had gathered around a bulletin board where news of the sinking man’s condition was posted. When it was learned that McKinley had only a few hours to live, some one in the crowd, for the pleasure of hearing himself talk and the more doubtful one of shocking the others, voiced the sentiment that the country was “well rid of him.” The scoffer met swift punishment for his unfeeling and unpatriotic remark at the hands of Mr. Ellis, who happened to be among the bystanders, and who promptly knocked him down — a deed which won no little applause for Mr. Ellis and much exploitation by the press.

Source: Mason, Edith Huntington. “After Four Years” [chapter 1]. The Politician. Chicago: A. C. McClurg, 1910: pp. 9-23.

Sophronia Jennie Ellis

Sophronia Jennie Ellis was born December 7, 1850 in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts to Jedediah Ellis and Harriet Moffitt. She married Isaac Henry Sickler in Pulaski, Oswego, New York about 1867. He was born September 22, 1837 in Pulaski. They had the following children:

  • Luther Sickler
  • George Vernon Sickler was born April 9, 1868 in Vernon, Wisconsin and died May 22, 1942 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He married November 25, 1890 in Summit, Juneau, Wisconsin to Mary Matilda Baker. They were divorced. George married Myrtle Mercer on October 28, 1897 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin.
  • Annie Lodima Sickler was born July 12, 1870 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin and died after 1942. She married in 1892 to Eugene Victor Fey Eugene Fey the son of John Fey and Lozina Violetta Rosannah Hornbeck. He was born September 6, 1868 in Prairie du Sac, Sauk, Wisconsin and died February 12, 1937 in Reedsburg, Sauk, Wisconsin. Their children:
    • Eugene Fey born Mar 1895 Wisconsin
    • Tress Fey
  • Harriet Emma Sickler was born March 12, 1873 in Mauston, Juneau, Wisconsin married Charles Truckenmiller and died April 24, 1959 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.
  • William Charles Sickler was born February 5, 1875 in Mauston, Juneau, Wisconsin and died after 1902. He married June 16, 1896 to Josie Putnam in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin.
  • Herbert J. Sickler was born September 22, 1878 in La Valle and died after 1902.
  • Sydnia Wilkerson Sickler was born December 14, 1879 in La Valle, Sauk, Wisconsin (or Beloit?) and died after 1959. He married June 3, 1896 in Clinton, Wisconsin to Freda Olga Zwiehler.

Sophronia and Isaac divorced.

Sophronia married Thomas Sullivan, son of Timothy Sullivan and Catherine Finnegan, on September 3, 1891 in Wisconsin. Not sure how that marriage ended but she married again to Milo Leffingwell in 1893. In this record, her name is shown as Sophora.

Isaac remarried to Ella Miller Stafford in 1890 and they had a child Mima Sickler in 1894. Isaac died Oct. 4, 1912 in an old soldier’s home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Most of the above information was submitted by Scott Sickler.

Additional notes from Scott: From the 1850 census, Clifton Park, Saratoga Co., New York, household # 79:

Gradus Sickler 37 born in New York
Polly 31 born in New York
Margaret Ann 6 born in New York
George 57 born in New York
Isaac 14 born in New York

Isaac Henry is this Isaac I’m pretty sure and he is the son of George.

As you can see the names of Vernon, Henry and Harriet were passed down from Sophronia’s side. Also, Sophronia is sometimes shown as Sophia or Sophora.

While reviewing IGI files in the LDS web site I found another Isaac Sickler born 1838 in Halfmoon, Saratoga, New York to Abram S. and Catherine Fallow Sickler. Also found were William Henry Sickler b. 5 May 1832 in Halfmoon to Abram and Catherine. A marriage is record for William Henry Sickler on 3 Jun 1854 in Halfmoon to Alvira Smith, and another marriage in 1861 to Laverne Hungerford in Delaware, New York.

*IGI files show Sydnia as being born in Beloit.

Charles Ellis

Charles was born in 1853 in Richland, Oswego, New York and died December 1, 1907. Charles was married to Frances R. Trumbull born December 25, 1856 in New York (probably Richland) and died February 4, 1948 in Pulaski, Oswego, New York. She was the daughter of James W. Trumbull and Mary Jackson Trumbull. (See below)

Charles and Frances had one son:

  • James Roy Ellis was born December 12, 1882 in Pulaski, Oswego, New York and died January 1, 1975 in Utica, Oneida, New York. He was married to Gerene Colon who died April 22, 1947. It doesn’t appear as if they had any children.

Interestingly, Charles also died from apoplexy as did his brother, John F. Ellis.

Looking at the 1880 U.S. Census, it looks like J.W. Trumbull (probably John) and his wife Mary were living in Richland, Oswego, NewYork with Frances B. Trumbull (dau) as well as James’ sister Ransom E. Trumbull, his father, James Trumbull and Charles Ellis (28).

In the 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census it shows Frances E. Ellis (83) living in Richland as a widowed sister with Ransom E. Trumball age 77. Her middle initial seems to show up as E and R. Her brother Ransom died in 1952. It says his only survivor was his nephew J. Roy Ellis of Pulaski.


From the family sketches chapter of the “Landmarks of Oswego County” (New York), page 273.

Trumbull, James W., of Scotch ancestry, was born in Richland February 15, 1834, son of James, who was born in Vermont and died in Oswego county aged eighty-eight. He married Malinda Covey, born in Oswego county, where she died aged forty-one. Their children were Elizabeth, Ann, Olive, Smith, Spencer, Luther, Maria, our subject, Selby D., and Elda; of whom Olive, Smith (killed in the battle of Petersburg), Spencer, Maria, Selby (who was wounded in Pittsburg Landing), and Elda are dead. The father was a soldier in the war of 1812. The grandfather, Simeon was born in New England and died in Vermont. Subject was educated at Richland, is a farmer and dairyman, and is a Mason. He married July 22, 1856, Mary Jackson of Oswego county, daughter of Hilance and Dolly (Fox) Jackson, by whom he had these children; Frances, born December 25, 1858 and Ransom, born January 29, 1863 died 1952. Frances married Charles Ellis of Richland and has one son; Ransom lives with his parents.

Other information that I have found on the LDS site (familysearch.org) is:

James Wallace Trumbull was born 15 Feburary 1834 in Richland, Oswego, NY and married Mary Jackson on 22 July 1855 in Alvion Township, Oswego, NY. Frances B. Trumbull was born 25 Dec 1858 in Richland, Oswego, NY.

Charles Ellis was the son of Jedediah Ellis and Harriet Moffitt.

Ames Cemetery in Pulaski, NY shows the following headstones for Trumbulls:

Trumbull, Ransom E. 1863-1952 [b: 29 Jan)

Trumbull, Roy 1882-1975

Trumbull, Serene 1883-1949

Trumbull, James W. 1834-1919

Trumbull, Mary Jackson 1833-1922

Horace M. Ellis

Horace was born February, 1855 in Richland, Oswego County, New York and died June 19, 1938 in Marcy, Oneida, New York. He married in 1881 to Sarah M. Hall. He was living in Syracuse when he attended his brother John’s funeral in 1909 in Illinois.

It doesn’t look like Horace and Sarah had any children. I can’t find any information on Sarah except that she was born in New York in 1854. However, there is a Sarah Hall age 26 in the 1880 US Federal Census living in Richland, Oswego, New York with her brother John Hall age 27 and mother Mary Hall age 63.

Using the U.S. and state censuses, I was able to piece together his whereabouts.

  • 1860 listed as child of Jedediah Ellis in New York
  • 1870 living in Richland, New York
  • 1875 living in Richland, New York, farm hand
  • 1880 in Richland, New York, farm laborer
  • 1900 born February 1854 New York
  • 1905 living in Syracuse, New York
  • 1910 Lodger in Onondaga, New York
  • 1930 living in Syracuse, New York as a lodger and listed as widowed

I found a newspaper article from the Star-Gazette in Elmira, New York on August 4, 1926, page 20 about Horace doing some public speaking about a new way to do higher math. Check it out.


United States Census – 1860, 1880, 1900, 1905, 1930

New York State Census – 1855, 1875

Hall Family

John Hall was born February 22, 1812 in England and died January 23, 1874 in New York. He married Mary Nicholson who was born August 1, 1814 in England and died April 16, 1891 in New York. John was a farmer. Their children:

  • Richard Hall born about 1841 in Cortland, New York
  • Thomas N. Hall born about 1847 in Oswego, New York
  • Mary Hall born about 1849 in Oswego, New York
  • John A. Hall born about 1852 in Oswego, New York
  • Sarah Hall born July 1854 in Oswego, New York and died in 1913 in Syracuse, Onandaga, New York.

By the 1880 Census Sarah is living with her mother Mary at her brother John’s home. So, John Hall died between 1870 and 1880. Sarah married Horace in 1881.


1855; Census of the state of New York, Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York;. Microfilm. Various County Clerk Offices, New York.

1860; Census Place: Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York; Page: 967; Family History Library Film: 803838

1865; Census of the state of New York, Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York;. Microfilm. Various County Clerk Offices, New York.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York; Roll: M593_1074; Page: 461A; Family History Library Film: 552573

1875; Census of the state of New York, Sandy Creek, Oswego, New York;. Microfilm. Various County Clerk Offices, New York.

1880; Census Place: Richland, Oswego, New York; Roll: 915; Page: 69D; Enumeration District: 262

John Fremont Ellis

A birth record has not been found for John Fremont Ellis. There is no mention of his birth date on his death certificate. The death certificate says that he was 52 years of age when he died in 1909. My grandfather (John’s grandson) kept a date book with birth, death, and marriage dates. I found an entry for John Fremont Ellis on June 9, 1858 and it gave his birthplace as Syracuse, Oswego, New York. According to the 1850 census, his family was living in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts and by 1860 the New York State Census of 1860, shows his family living in Richland, Oswego, New York. It is possible that the family was in Oswego, New York in 1858. On his son Franklin M. Ellis’s birth certificate it shows Oswego, New York, as the birth place of John F. Ellis. John lived in Richland until 1880 we find him as a boarder in Canandaigua, Ontario, New York where he worked as a carpenter. He removed to Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin sometime before his marriage in 1883.

On May 1, 1883 John married Esther Jennet White in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin. “Jennie” was the daughter of Alfred J. White and Jennet Blodgett. She was born in 1864 at either Brasher Falls, New York, or Evanston, Cook, Illinois. Her marriage certificate shows the former and her death certificate shows the latter.

John once performed with the Buffalo Bill Cody Wild West Show as a sharpshooter. It is difficult to pinpoint the time exactly except that the picture on the left suggests he was a little older so perhaps he did so after his wife’s death and before his second marriage. Family lore said that he could shoot marbles rolling on the ground and pennies thrown in the air. The picture on the left was taken from a printer’s block in the possession of a family member. I visited the Buffalo Bill Cody museum in Wyoming and asked if they had any records about John’s participation. They said that they had several shows running in different parts of the country with actors moving in and out of the troupe with some frequency, so unfortunately the records are incomplete.

In Beloit he worked as a painter and then as a hired hand on the McMasters farm in Roscoe Township, Winnebago, Illinois. After he was widowed, Vernon and Frank were raised by their grandmother, Jennet White who was also widowed at the time. After his wife’s death, John lived as a boarder at the home of his sister Sophronia and brother-in-law, Miles Leffingwell in Beloit.

John and Jennet had two sons:

Vernon Chauncey Ellis

Vernon was born February 12, 1884 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died in July 14, 1971 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois. He married November 12, 1902 in Rockford to Minnie May Faulkner. She was born in 1881 in Rockford and died young on September 27, 1909 in Rockford.

Interestingly, a pattern of early maternal deaths emerges. John Fremont’s mother, Harriet Moffitt, passed away when he was just 14 years old. His wife, Jennet White, passed away and left their young sons to be raised mostly by their grandmother. Vern’s wife, Minnie Faulkner, passed away quite young also and left her young children to be raised by her Faulkner relatives. And the pattern continued when Vernon’s daughter Janett died when her youngest was just 8 years old.

Vernon is shown in the 1910 US Census as a lodger in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. Vernon was an interior and exterior decorator and painter for many years. In earlier years he painted buggies in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. He was a gentle man who loved children. His hobbies included making children’s furniture and painting pictures.

Vernon married his second wife, Mary E. McFalls August 20, 1910 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. She was born April 12, 1891 in Lyndon, Whiteside, Illinois and died June 13, 1964 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois. They had one daughter.

Photograph of Vernon and Minnie’s children taken when she died. Sadly the little guy died shortly afterwards.

Jennet Anna Ellis

Janett/Jennet born September 26, 1903 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died October 1, 1941 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois of cancer. She married July 3, 1922 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois on July 3, 1922 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois to Warren Planthaber. See information about Warren below Their children:

  • Warren Holland Planthaber, Jr. was born June 15, 1923 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died February 8, 2009 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. He was married October 31, 1945 to Orla Jean Dahlberg who was born July 28, 1926 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died December 24, 2006 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. They had no children.
  • Wayne Planthaber born April 10, 1931, Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, died July 29, 2005, Pomona Park, Putnam, Florida. married Rosemary Anna Ellsworth born June 18, 1930 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin and died May 11, 2010 in Satsuma, Florida. They had 2 sons, and 1 daughter. Wayne married Norma Jean Borden born Jun. 26, 1937 in Westons Mills, Cattaraugus, New York and died November 19, 2007 in Pomona Park, Putnam, Florida.
  • Joyce Elaine Planthaber was born September 8, 1933 in Whiteside, Illinois and died March 15, 2015 in Fort Smith, Waldron, Arkansas. She married a Curtis.
Howland Oliver Ellis

Howland “Howie” was born September 3, 1905 in Rockford, Winnabago, Illinois and died August 28, 1993, in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois. He married Myrna Irene Glass on September 11, 1926 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois. They had the following children:

Vernon Arthur Ellis

Vernon was born October 12, 1927. He died August 28, 2004 in Rock Falls, Illinois. He married December 8, 1951 to Mary Edith Sharp born March 27, 1934 in Sterling, Illinois. Mary was the daughter of William and Nancy Lewis Sharp. Mary died April 5, 2015 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois. They had 5 sons, 4 of whom are still living.

Marcia June Ellis

Marcia “June” was born June 15, 1929 in Amboy, Illinois, died August 6, 1996 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois. She married April 29, 1948 to Llewellyn J. Meenen in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, he was born August 9, 1921 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, and died July 7, 1983 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. His parents were Edward Meenan and Edythe Hansen. They had one daughter.

Robert Harland Ellis

Robert “Bob” was born March 28, 1934 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois, married December 18, 1956 in Dixon, Illinois to Janet Roberta Lee Olin. He died March 11, 2006 in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois. He had 4 daughters and 1 son. Article about Bob saving a man’s life.

Marguerite Joy Ellis

Marguerite “Joy” was born August 5, 1935 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died October 6, 2010 in Washington County, Minnesota. She was married to Clarence Mills and had 2 daughters and 1 son.

Jeanette Faye Ellis

Jeanette “Corky” was born April 1, 1937 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died September 14, 2019 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. She had 3 daughters and 2 sons.

Mary Jo Ann Ellis

Mary Jo was born August 20, 1940 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died February 25, 2020 in Milledgeville, Carroll, Illinois. She had 1 son. Mary Jo was my genealogy buddy. We spent many wonderful hours in cemeteries and courthouses.

Nancy Louise Ellis

Nancy was born February 19, 1943 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died May 1, 2020 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. She had 1 son and 1 daughter.

Howland married February 4, 1956 in Hampshire, Kane, Illinois to Helen Sophia Nori. (or Sophia Helen Nori) Helen as we knew her was born February 2, 1907 in Teuva, Lansi-Suomen Laani, Finland and died September 6, 1966 in Nipigon, Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada. Howland and Helen on their wedding day. Howland is on the left.

William John Ellis

William was born March 31, 1908 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died July 21, 1911 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.

Juanita Mae Ellis

Juanita was born in 1928 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died April 8, 1990 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. She married Donald Ralph Welker, Jr. (1924-1998) and had three children:

Donald Ralph Welker, Jr. was born February 18, 1953 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died December 14, 2020 in Bradenton, Manatee, Florida.

Juanita’s second marriage was on September 10, 1955 in Rock Island, Illinois to James Eward Blair. He was born March 25, 1915 in Thomson, Carroll, Illinois and died February 11, 1991 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. They had one daughter, living.

Franklin Merrill Ellis

Frank born February 12, 1886 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin and died September 13, 1960 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois.

Frank married Hazel Lillian Willsey in 1923 in Boone, Illinois. Hazel was born in February of 1894 in Illinois and died February 7, 1961 in Winnebago, Illinois. She and Frank had only one daughter:

“Maxine” and Nels had two sons:

Phyllis Maxine Ellis was born February 7, 1924 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois and died February 7, 1987 in Sharpsburg, Coweta, Georgia. She married Nels Theodore Nelson who was born September 14, 1920 in Persnas, Borgholm kommun, Kalmar län, Sweden and died December 24, 1946 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. Four generation photo is of Margaret James, Hazel Lillian Willsey, Phyllis Ellis, and Theodore Nelson.

  • Theodore Franklin Nelson Theodore died in an auto accident. Bradley was featured in a Life Magazine story on promising High School football players.
  • Living

After Nels’ death, Maxine married on September 27, 1952 in Winnebago County to Willard C. Anderson. No children from that union.

Frank was a really decent fellow who was involved in his community. He ran a funeral home in Rockford, Illinois and was a World War I veteran. I was always puzzled about where the name Franklin Merrill came from. After a trip to the northern tip of New York I discovered that Frank’s grandfather, was name Merrill and he lived in Franklin county. Coincidence?

I had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis “Maxine” Anderson many years ago at her home in Rockford. She was delightful and had only kind things to say about her father.

James H. McMasters died in 1893 and John F. Ellis married his widow, Emma J. McMasters on June 19, 1905 in Winnebago County. Illinois. He also took over management of her very profitable farm. After 4 years of marriage John had mentioned to some relatives that he thought his family was trying to poison him. He could not have meant his sons who were living in Rockford at the time. So, when he suddenly dropped dead in a ditch near his home of what appeared to be mysterious causes, a lot of suspicion was cast in the direction of his wife. Hence, many sensational articles began to appear in the paper and an autopsy was demanded in order to clear her good name. The coroner determined that the true nature of his death was apoplexy. John was buried in an unmarked grave at the Beloit cemetery in the same lot as his first wife, Jennie.

John died August 23, 1909 in Roscoe, Winnebago, Illinois. He is buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin in the White family lot. There is no headstone. Interestingly, both John F. Ellis and his brother Charles Ellis both died from apoplexy. Apoplexy symptoms are similar to poisoning symptoms and it does change the mental status. So, it makes perfect that John may have thought he was being poisoned.


“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MM24-SDN : accessed 23 October 2015), Frankie Ellis in household of Jamie White, Beloit city Ward 3, Rock, Wisconsin, United States; citing sheet 31B, family 699, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,814.

Frances Venira (Veneary) Ellis

Frances Veneary was born on August 21, 1860 in Richland, Oswego, New York. She married on April 21, 1878 in Ellisburg, New York to John Walter Comstock, son of David DeWitt Comstock. John was born November 22, 1859 in Orwell, New York and died January 19, 1946 in Ansley, Nebraska where he is buried next to Frances who died June 30, 1921. They had the following children:

  • Mabel Comstock born 1880 in Nebraska
  • Harriett Comstock born 1882 in Nebraska
  • Sarahette Comstock born 1883 in Nebraska
  • Truman Ellis Comstock born 1885 in Nebraska
  • Addison Leroy Comstock born 1881 in Nebraska
  • Willis Clayton Comstock born 1893 in Nebraska
  • Rodney Roy Comstock

More information on the Comstock family can be found in the book “The Comstock Family in America“.

Elizabeth (Betsey) Ellis

Elizabeth (Betsey) C. Ellis was born March 10, 1863 in Richland, Oswego, New York and died April 15, 1944 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. She married Charles G. Havens in 1883 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York. Charles was born July 14, 1858 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, and died May 12, 1895 in Syracuse. He was the son of Zalmon D. and Mary M. Taylor Havens. I assume Betsey she was named after her paternal Grandmother, Betsey Young. Her mother died shortly after her birth. I believe she may have been called “Carrie” also.

Elizabeth (Betsey) C. Ellis was born March 10, 1863 in Richland, Oswego County, New York and died April 15, 1944 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. She married Charles G. Havens in 1883 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York. I assume Betsey she was named after her paternal Grandmother, Betsey Young. Her mother died shortly after her birth.

Betsy and Charles’ children:

Nina May Havens born January 12, 1885 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, died February 15, 1958 in Buffalo, Erie, New York. She married Thomas Charles Hindman who was born June 11, 1883 in Syracuse and died July 17, 1948 in Buffalo.

Betsy is in the upper left and Jesse and Nina are the two girls on the left bottom row.

Nina and Thomas had the following children:

  • Marion Elizabeth Hindman born May 5, 1904 in Syracuse, New York, died October 26, 1995 in Tonowanda, Erie, New York.
  • Ethel May Hindman born September 26, 1907 in Syracuse, New York, died February 29 1996 in Stanford, Connecticut.
  • Daniel Thomas Hindman born about 1909 in New York.
  • Mildred Alida Hindman born May 27, 1914 in Buffalo, New York and died December 8, 1985 in Buffalo.
  • Edna F. (or O.) Havens born February 12, 1887 in Syracuse, New York and died July 1, 1930, in Syracuse. She married a Perry.

Jessie Elizabeth Havens born October 20, 1888 in Syracuse, New York, died October 26, 1956 in Syracuse. She married January 1, 1911 in Syracuse, New York to Harry B. Steckel born February 28, 1878 in Meadville, Crawford, Pennsylvania and died June 4, 1953 in Syracuse, New York. They had one child:

Alma J. Steckel born February 23, 1912 in Syracuse, New York and died July 31, 1996. She married a Hume.

Charles G. Havens was born July 14, 1858 in Ithaca, Tompkins, New York, and died May 12, 1895 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York. He was the son of Zalmon Davis Havens (1882-1833) and Mary A. Taylor (1837-1917).

The last six children were all born in Oswego County, New York though birth records could not be found at the Pulaski courthouse. The 1860 U.S. Census for Oswego County, New York, shows Jedediah at 39 years of age and living in the Town of Richland, Oswego, New York as a farmer with his family, Harriet A., James V., Sophronia, Carles, Horace and John F.

Harriet died in 1864 in Richland, Oswego, New York. Jedediah married a woman named Susan about 1869. She was born June 15, 1835. Susan died October 14, 1872 at age 32. Jedediah and Susan had one son:

  • Frederick A. Ellis born July 3, 1869, died June 29, 1884 at age 15 in Richland, Oswego, New York.

By the 1875 New York state census, Jedediah had a domestic named Betty Dixon age 44 working in their home. In the 1880 U.S. State Census it shows M(?) Dixson, age 50, housekeeper. They are not listed as husband and wife.

I’m sure after Frederick died in 1884, she was no longer needed and Jedidiah is shown living alone in the 1892 New York State Census in Oswego County.

There is a Betsey P. Dixson keeping house for the Brace family in Sandy Creek Township which is close to Richland.

Allied Families

Blodgett Family

Crocker Family (see Blodgett Family)

White Family

Freeman Family

Nicholas Freeman (1)

Simon Freeman (2) born about 1600 in London, England married Elizabeth Calcot daughter of John Calcot and Isabell Standish.

Ralph Freeman, Sr. (3) born 14 December 1629 St. Peters, Cornhill, London, England, d. 25 May 1718 Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts. He married 21 December 1652 in Dedham, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts to Katherine Lyon born 1630 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts to William Lyon and Anne Carter.

Ralph Freeman, Jr. (4) born 20 April 1662 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, d. 15 August 1725 Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, married Sarah Day about 1689.

Benjamin Freeman (5) born 6 July 1693 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, d. 1 May 1724 in Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts. He married 3 July 1718 Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts to Rachel Peck born 18 April 1698 in Attleboro to Hezekiah Peck and Deborah Cooper. They had at least one son, Samuel Freeman.

Samuel Freeman (6) was born about 1720 Attelboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, died 31 December 1772 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts Married: 9 May 1744 Needham, Norfolk, Massachusetts to Mary Chubb was born about 1724 Massachusetts Their children:

Benjamin Freeman, was born 24 October 1744 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 22 May 1806 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts

Samuel Freeman was born 27 September 1746 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 26 September 1772

Rachel Freeman was born 9 September 1748 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Comfort Freeman was born 23 August 1750 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 1 December 1806 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

David Freeman was born 1753 was christened 11 January 1753 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Jared Freeman was born 27 December 1753 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, died Aft April 1810 Lanesboro, Berkshire, Massachusetts.

Walter Freeman was born 26 August 1754 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 16 October 1754 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Mary Freeman was born October 1755 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 8 August 1757 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Martha Freeman was born 14 September 1757 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 9 May 1804 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts married Jedediah Ellis.

Mary Freeman was born 14 September 1757 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Walter Freeman was born 20 August 1759 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Rainy Freeman was born 22 March 1763 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Chester Freeman was born 7 November 1766 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 8 May 1767 Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts.

From: “New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2” page 547 & 548


(I) Edmund Freeman, immigrant ancestor, was born in England in 1590, and came in the ship “Abigail” in July, 1635, with wife Elizabeth and children Alice, Edmund, Elizabeth and John. He settled first in Lynn, Massachusetts, early in 1636. Lewis says in his history of Lynn: “this year (1636) many new inhabitants appear in Lynn and among them worthy of note Mr. Edmund Freeman, who presented to the colony twenty corslets or pieces of plate armor.” He was subsequently of the Plymouth Colony and with nine associates was soon recognized by the government as a suitable person to originate a new settlement. He was admitted a freeman, January 2, 1637, at Plymouth and after being a short time a resident of Duxbury, settled in what was incorporated later as the town of Sandwich. Most of the grantees of that town were formerly of Lynn. Freeman had the largest grant and was evidently the foremost man in the enterprise. He was elected an assistant to the governor and commissioner to hear and determine causes within the several contiguous townships. He was one of the first judges of the select court of Plymouth county. During the persecution of the Quakers, he opposed the course of the government and was once fined ten shillings for refusing to aid in the baiting of Friends under pretence of the law. “Preeminently respected, always fixed in principle, and decisive in action, nevertheless quiet and unobtrusive, a counsellor and leader without ambitious ends in view, of uncompromising integrity and of sound judgment, the symmetry of his entire character furnished an example that is a rich legacy to his descendants.” He died in 1682 at the advanced age of ninety-two. His will is dated June 21, 1682, and was offered for probate, November 2, 1682. He was buried on his own land on the hill in the rear of his dwelling house at Sandwich. It is the oldest burial place in the town. His grave and that of his wife are marked by two boulders which he himself placed in position after his wife died, and they are called from a fancied resemblance “the saddle and pillion.” His home was a mile and a quarter west of the town hall and near the junction of the old and new county roads to the Cape. He married Elisabeth _____, who died February 14, 1675-76. Children: Alice, married Deacon William Paddy; Edmund, married Rebecca Prence; Elizabeth, born 1625; John mentioned below; Mary, married Edward Perry.

(II) Major John Freeman, son of Edmund Freeman, was born 1627, and lived in Sandwich until after his marriage, December 30,1649, when he had deeded to him lands at Skauton Neck, in Sandwich, an a few years later removed to Eastham, Massachusetts. here he is mentioned in records as among the earliest settlers, with Governor Prence. He was a large landholder there; in 1676 he bought land in West Brewster from the Indians; in 1691 the town of Eastham conveyed to him two islands as security. He was for many years prominent in public affairs; deputy, 1654-62; selectman, 1663-73; assistant in the government, 1666, and several years, and December 7, 1692, appointed to the bench of common please. He was also prominent in military affairs, and did service in the Indian wars. For many years he was deacon of the Eastham church. His wife was Mercy, daughter of Governor Prence. She died September 28,1711, aged eighty years. He died October 28, 1719. Both were buried in the graveyard at Eastham. His will was dated June 1, 1716, and after providing for his family he mentioned his negroes, to whom he gave freedom with “four acres of land, a horse, and a cow,” and says further in regard to them, “I desire my children to put them in such ways that they may not want.” Children: John, born February 2, 1650, died in infancy; John, December 1651; Thomas, September, 1653; Patience, married, January 31, 1682-83, Lieutenant Samuel Paine; Hannah, married, April 14, 1681, John Mayo; Edmund, mentioned below; Mercy, July, 1659; William, about 1660; Prince, February 3, 1665-66, died young; Nathaniel, March 20, 1670-71; Bennet, March 7, 1672.

(III) Lieutenant Edmund (2) Freeman, son of Major John Freeman, was born in June 1657, died December 10, 1717. He lived in that part of Eastham called Tonset. he was a man of distinction, and for many years selectman of Eastham. He married Sarah, daughter of Samuel Mayo and Tamzin Bumpkin. The latter married (second) ____Sunderland. Sarah survived her husband, and died between March 26, 1736-36, and March 5, 1745, the dates when her will was made and proved. Letters of administration were granted to her and to Isaac, eldest son, February 25, 1718. Children: Ruth, born about 1680;Sarah, married Benjamin Higgins, May 22, 1701; Mary, married, about 1703, Samuel Hinckley; Isaac, married, March 16, 1715-16, Bethiah Sturgis; Ebenezer, mentioned below; Edmund, married (first, April 22, 1725, Lois Paine, (second), September 25, 1729, Sarah Sparrow; Experience, married Thomas Gross; Mercy, married, October 14, 1717. Thomas Cobb, of Eastham; Thankful, married October 16, 1718, Jonathan Snow; Elizabeth, married Isaac Pepper; Hannah, born 1698; Rachel married, October 2, 1729, Thomas Gray.

(IV) Ebenezer, son of Lieutenant Edmund (2) Freeman, settled in that part of Eastham since known as Wellfleet. According to tradition he was the first of the name to settle there.

The line continues through Isaac, Isaac, Isaac, Samuel and Timothy.

Another great family website that contains Freeman information

The surname Freeman is of ancient English origin. The coat-of-arms: Three lozenges, or. Crest: a demi-lion rampant gules, holding between his paws a like lozenge. Motto: Liber et Audax.

Visit the Freeman Farm at old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts.


Benjamin Freeman birth — Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Pg. 27

Kelly Family

Ruth Kelly Planthaber remarried to James A. Shepherd and died in March of 1976.

Ruth Kelly was born December 24, 1882 in Cedar Rapids, Linn, Iowa and died March 1976 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. She was the daughter of John Kelley born May of 1834 in New York and Lottie Andrus born March 7, 1860 in Ohio and died December 5, 1926 in Morrison, Whiteside, Illinois. Lottie was the daughter of Hezehiah Andrus and Ruth Simmons. John and Lottie Kelley had seven children:

Ruth Kelly

Louis H. Kelly born November 1 1886 in Morrison, Illinois, died July 2, 1961 in Morrison.

Ethel May Kelly born March 1887 in Illinois.

Grace M. Kelly born July 3, 1889 in Illinois, died in Morrison.

Warren J. Kelly Born November 1891 in Illinois.

Carl H. Kelly born January 1895 in Illinois.

Ray E. Kelly born January 1897 in Illinois.

Planthaber Family

Hans Jochen aka John Henry Planthaber born August 10, 1809 in Strelitz, Mecklenburische Seenplatte, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, died August 18, 1890 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. He married Maria Dorothea Dorothy Wellman(n) born about 1818 in Strelitz, Mecklenburische Seenplatte, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and died June 17, 1918 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. John became a citizen on October 18, 1860.

Their children:

Christiana Planthaber

Christiana was born about 1842 in Brandenburg, Germany.

Bernhard Peter Heinrich Planthaber

Bernhard “Bert” was born April 16, 1842 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and died September 28, 1888 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. He married April 7, 1886 in Marquette, Wisconsin to Albertine Sophie Louise Detert. Albertine was born May 30, 1849 in Prussia and died March 31, 1898 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their children:

  • Frank Planthaber was about about 1870 in Illinois and died after 1910.
  • Caroline Dorothy Planthaber was born June 24, 1872 in Illinois and died May 14, 1959 in Cudahy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • William J. Planthaber was born March 15, 1874 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and died March 11, 1950 after 1926 he married Bertha A. Schallitz. Bertha was born March 29, 1883 and died July 10, 1960. She was the daughter of Joseph Schallitz and Christina Richter. Her first marriage was to August Michaels January 18, 1902 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1871-1926) and they had three children.
  • Auguste Planthaber was born about 1876
  • Cora Planthaber was born February 24, 1878 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mary M. Planthaber

Mary was born October 14, 1845 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and died June 17, 1918 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. married Cornelius Cope Gerhart (1838-1921).

Caroline Dorothea Elise Planthaber

Caroline was born March 31, 1847 in Mechlenberg, Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, died June 20, 1937 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. She married July 15, 1868 in Whiteside County, Illinois to Andrew K. Haberer (1840-1921).

Charles Henry Planthaber

Charles born August 27, 1850 in Strelitz, Mechlenberg, Mecklenburgische Seenplatte, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and died October 30, 1936 in Morrison, Mount Pleasant Township, Whiteside, Illinois. He married in 1875 to Mary D. Little in Whiteside County, Illinois. She was the daughter of Peter Llittle (1818-1881) and Sophronia Barlow (1822-1871). Mary was born who was born April 14, 1856 in Morrison, Whiteside, Illinois and died April 25, 1941 in Avon Township, Lake, Illinois. They had the following children:

  • Ida Maewinifred Planthaber born July 13, 1876 in Sterling, Illinois, died December 8, 1946 in San Diego, California, married J.P. Margraf.
  • Alfred S. Planthaber was born September 25, 1878 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, died September 18, 1966 in Sterling. He married Ruth Kelly on October 15, 1902 in Chicago, Cook Cty, IL. Ruth was born on December 24, 1882 and died in March 12, 1976. Their son, Warren (see below) was born on February 1, 1904 and died July 1, 1981.
  • Marie S. Planthaber born October 28, 1881 in Morrison, Illinois, died October 20, 1931 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. Married Vanderlippen.
  • John Henry Planthaber born April 9, 1886 in Morrison, Illinois, died 1957 in Illinois, married Margaretta Hunt.
  • Bernard B. Planthaber born 1890 in Illinois married twice, first wife Anna Zubeck and second wife Barbara Lauer (died 7-21-1954. I believe Bernard may also gone by the name Bert.
  • Carl Newton Planthaber born December 22, 1891 in Illinois, died May 31, 1972 in San Diego, California. He married Helen C. Markey (1898-1963).
  • Emery Burdett Planthaber born August 12, 1895 in Morrison, Illinois, died December 12, 1968 in Paxton, Sullivan, Indiana, married July 9, 1953 in Cook County, IL to Gertrude Gossett (1905-1973).
  • Ernest Planthaber born about 1896 in Illinois.
Lester Planthaber

Lester was born about 1852 in Illinois

Newton John Planthaber

Newton was born May 17, 1857 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died September 4, 1939 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. He married Anna M. LeFevre who was born August 8, 1865 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died February 28, 1943 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois. They had two children:

  • Jesse Planthaber was born August 24, 1884 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died February 4, 1891 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois.
  • Charles Newton Planthaber was born April 21, 1892 Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois and died October 22, 1941 in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois.

Marriage 2: Irena Tucker in August of 1952, they were divorced. No children.

Marriage 3: Opal Kicksey Dahlberg and they had one daughter who is still living. They divorced in September of 1953.

Marriage 4: Myrna Glass Ellis in July 2, 1955. No children. They spent the rest of their lives together.

Fred and Ruth Planthaber were divorced.

Planthabers buried at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, Illinois

PLANTHABER, Jennett Anna (Ellis) 1903 01 Oct 1941

PLANTHABER, Fred 25 Sep 1878 18 Sep 1966

Warren Planthaber, Sr

PLANTHABER, Myrna G (Glass) 11 Aug 1907 04 Mar 1990

Warren Planthaber, Sr PLANTHABER, Warren, Sr 21 Feb 1904 Jul 1981

Jennett Anna Ellis

Myrna G Glass

Planthaber, Warren H 15 Jun 1923 08 Feb 2009 Orla Jean Dahlberg Warren & Jenette (Ellis) Planthaber


Sickler Family

The following information has been shared by Linda Enright. Please contact her with any questions.

The furthest back that has been proven is Johann George Sickler and his wife Kesiah. Their children were:

  • Johannes Sickler (1754-1790)
  • Matthias Sickler (1756-1812)
  • George Sickler (1758-1801)
  • Phillip Sickler (1763-1861)
  • Mary Elizabeth Sickler (1765 – ) married Potts
  • Catherine Sickler (1769 -) married Martin
  • Peter Sickler (1770 – 1848)
  • Hannah Sickler (1772 – )
  • Jacob Sickler (1773-1838)
  • William Sickler

Additional documentation:

Johann George Sickler Will (contains descendants names)

Matthias Sickler Will

1850 Exeter Township, Wyoming County, New York Census

George Sickler (listed in Beekman)

George and Conrad Sickler’s Revolutionary War records for Humfrey’s Regiment

George Sickler’s Revolutionary War records for Jacobus Swartwout’s Regiment

Mathias Sickler’s Revolutionary War records for Coopers Regiment

The father of the below listed George Sickler has not yet been determined.


Descendants of George Sickler

Generation No. 1

1. GEORGE(1) SICKLER was born 1791 in Dutchess County, New York, and died 1860. He married MARIAH DEVOE May 13, 1815 in Dutch Reformed Church, Halfmoon, Saratoga Cty, New York.


2. i. ISAAC HENRY(2) SICKLER, b. September 22, 1837, New York.

Generation No. 2

2. ISAAC HENRY(2) SICKLER (GEORGE 1) was born September 22, 1837 in New York.


3. i. GEORGE VERNON(3) SICKLER, b. April 09, 1868, Vernon, Wisconsin.

Generation No. 3

3. GEORGE VERNON(3) SICKLER (ISAAC HENRY(2), GEORGE(1)) was born April 09, 1868 in Vernon, Wisconsin. He married (1) MARY MATILDA BAKER. He married (2) MYRTLE MERCER October 28, 1897.


4. i. EDWARD EARL(4) CARTER, SR, b. September 26, 1893, Baraboo, Sauk, Wisconsin; d. May 28, 1943, Walla Walla, Washington.

Generation No. 4

4. EDWARD EARL(4) CARTER, SR (GEORGE VERNON(3) SICKLER, ISAAC HENRY(2), GEORGE(1) was born September 26, 1893 in Baraboo, Sauk, Wisconsin, and died May 28, 1943 in Walla Walla, Washington. He married JOSIE FLORENCE LITTLE January 09, 1916 in Des Moines, Iowa., daughter of JOESPH LITTLE and MARGARET STOKESBERRY. She was born May 30, 1897 in Queen City, Mo, and died January 1979 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Had changed his name to Harvey Robert Hein and moved to Oregon. He married a Grace Cosner, and they had children named Mary(who died as a teen ager in a car wreck), and a girl by the name of Betty and one son by the name of Robert whom they called Bobby. And a small child by the name of Gracie. Name of the town in Oregon is Milton.

MAN OF MANY NAMES. Information provided by Cheryl Carter and researched by my wife Jeanie.

Edward was born 26 September 1893 in Baraboo, Sauk, Wisconsin. He married Josephine on 29 January 1916. We have never been able to find a marriage license to prove this. This is what Sara Little and Olah Little (Josie’s sisters told us years later). They were supposed to have been married in Des Moines, Iowa. I still haven’t proven this – He died 28 May 1943 in Walla Walla, Washington. Buried 30 May 1943 in Milton, Oregon. He was known as several names. He was born Luther Merrit Sickler. His parents were George Sickler and Mary Baker. The had only one son together, which they named Luther. He somewhere changed his name to Edward Earl Carter. He was married twice. His second wife was Grace Cosner.

From a relative’s letter — Harlan Ramsey;

Luther and wife I believe Grace and 5 kids arrived at our old farm and lived there several months until they got on their feet, somewhat, was about 2 years before Mary (his mother) died. When Luther arrived at our place he was very down and out — he and family had not eaten for some time. Grace was younger then he.

From another relative’s letter — Lue Jackson;

When Luther’s mother, Mary divorced George Vernon Sickler (Luther’s father) she got custody of Luther, but a few years later he was kidnapped by his father and she couldn’t find them. Even had the Red Cross and Salvation Army helping her. But when he was a young man he found her living in LaCrosse-Wisconsin. But one day he took off again and she didn’t hear from him for sometime. She could never write to him or keep in contact with him as he was always going by a different name and never gave her any addresses. In the 1930’s he came to Wisconsin with a wife by the name of Grace and they had 4 or 5 children. Being in the time of the Big Depression, he couldn’t find work, so one day said he was leaving for California. We never saw him again, couldn’t even contact him when his mother died in 1939.

From a letter from Betty Staggs (daughter from his marriage with Grace);

I will try to tell you something about our beloved father. He was not known to us as Edward Earl Carter. His given name was Luther Merrit Sickler, was adopted by German people, and given the name of Harvey Robert Hein. (This I don’t believe was true &mdash’ I think he just made this up). He was born September 26, 1893 at Baraboo, Wisconsin. His mother’s name was Mary Jackson (she was married to at least 5 husbands). Daddy had a half-brother Claude Henderson. Died at age 83 close to where we lived at Lebanon Oregon. Another half-brother Hollis Jackson resides in Madison, Wisconsin. Two half-sisters — Mrs. Lois Bemis of Casper, Wyoming and Aunt Meryle. She died a few years ago. Our daddy died of heart trouble at the age of 49 years 8 months and 2 days old. I was close to 13 years old. He passed away May 28, 1943 at Walla Walla, Washington. Our home town was Milton, Oregon — 9 miles away. Of course he is laid to rest in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Milton. He told Betty and family that he served in Germany in World War I. He had a Smokey the Bear hat for many years, so I believed him, but why we can’t find records is beyond me.

When he left Josie he took on the name of Harvey Robert Hein. I believe he just picked this name and started a new life. From the application on his Social Security Number — Harvey Robert Hein (name changed through adoption), he was from Milton, Oregon (1936) and employed with J.P. Burk Canning Co. in Milton, Oregon. He was 43 years old and born Sept 26 1893 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Father’s name was George Sickler and Mother Mary Jackson.

The divorce date given by Aunts Olah and Sara Little — Oct 8, 1927. No divorce records were filed in Schuyler Co. or any of the counties in Missouri for Edward Earl Carter and Josephine Little. However, files are incomplete.

From the marriage return of H.R. Hine and Grace Cosner it shows he lied about his name, age, and father’s name. He lists his residence as Spokane, Washington.

From a letter from Josephine Carter Henke;

I never knew Ed, Sr’s family. We did hunt them up, but didn’t keep in touch with them. He could not stay anywhere. He couldn’t stay. I couldn’t go. Not a happy life for us.

From the State of Wisconsin/Department of Military Affairs — He enlisted in Co. “D” 2nd Inf. He was 18 years old. Occupation — laborer, eyes-blue, hair light, complex-dark, height 5 feet 7 inches tall. He enlisted 9/10/1908. He was discharged 10/3/1909. His term was for 3 years but he was discharged early because he was guilty of stealing. National Guard of Wisconsin, not sure he was, however, the envelope was from the National Guard of Wisconsin — Department of the Army and Air Force.


Burial: May 30, 1943, Milton, Oregon — I.O.O.F. Cemetary


Burial: January 1979, Fairlawn Cemetary, Oklahoma City, Ok

Social Security Number: 441019502


  • 5. i. EDWARD EARL5 CARTER, JR, b. October 04, 1916; d. December 03, 1979, St Johns, Arizona.
  • 6. ii. MARY MARGARET CARTER, b. March 14, 1918, Queen City, Missouri; d. February 01, 1995, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 7. iii. JOSEPH WILLIAM CARTER, b. February 07, 1920, Queen City, Mo.

Contact for the above information.

I recently received the following information from Scott Sickler, please contact him with any questions.

Edward Earl CARTER, Jr. b. Oct. 4, 1916 Mo., d. Dec. 3, 1979 Springerville, Apache Co. Az., bur. St. Johns Cem., Apache Co. He m. Alice G. _____ b. 1915 N. Mex. Then m. Marvine ANDERSON b. May 9, 1917 St. Johns, Apache Co., Az. Aft. 1940, d. Jan. 1, 1982 Phoenix, bur. St. Johns Cem., Apache Co. Children:

  • Patricia CARTER b. 1939 N. Mex.
  • Kathlyn Louise CARTER b. Mar. 9, 1957 St. Johns, d. Feb. 18, 1994 Lentner, Shelby Co., Mo., bur. St. Johns Cem., m. _____ CHRISTMAN,then m. David Jon STONE b. Jan. 24, 1954 Tuscon, Az., d. Apr. 8, 1994 San Marcos, Hays Co., Tx.

1920 Census, 2nd Ward, Des Moines, Polk Co., Iowa:

Edward E. Carter 26 Wi Wi Wi p. 70 married 1930 Census, Pasco, Franklin Co., Washington:

Robert Hein 34 Wi Wi Wi
Grace 18 Tx W.Va. S.Dak
Mary 0 Wa

1940 Census, Supervisorial District 2, Apache, Arizona:

Edw E Carter 23 Oklahoma liv McAlister, Ok.
Alice G 25 New Mexico
Patricia 1 New Mexico

1940 Census, Supervisorial District 1, Apache, Arizona:

Albert F Anderson 50 Arizona
Cora Anderson 49 Arizona
Marvina Anderson 22 Arizona
Greta Anderson 21 Arizona
Claire Anderson 19 Arizona
Charles Franklin Anderson 16 Arizona
Charlotte Anderson 14 Arizona
Carol Anderson 10 Arizona
Albert Shewood Anderson 8 Arizona

Josephine Florence Little Carter m. Julius Alfred Henke on Sep. 1, 1928 Oklahoma City

Information from Helen Flister:

George Sickler and Mariah Devoe had at least 4 children:

  • Hannah Alydia Sickler born 8-11-1830 in Crescent, Saratoga, NY, d: 5-3-1912 in LaVelle, Sauk, WI. She was buried 5-5-1912 in Lavelle Cemetery. She married 4-6-1846 in Cazenovia, Madison, NY to Martin Rogers.
  • Isaac Sickler born 9-15-1836 in Half Moon, Saratoga, NY, died 10-5-1912 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. He married first in 1867 to Sophronia Jennie Ellis, second to Ella J. Miller on 10-10-1890 in Ironton, Sauk, WI.
[the other two children were William M. Sickler and Darren Kirck Sickler.

White Family

Thanks to ancestry.com and DNA tests, I have finally been able to document this family back a little further. The first known ancestors were William White and Sarah Moreton. They had at least one son, Merrill White who was born September 17, 1796 in Brookfield, Vermont and died in 1881. He was married to Ammarillia Wakefield who was born in 1801 in Vermont and died July 4, 1876 in Bombay, Franklin, New York. Merrill was in the War of 1812.

Merrill and Ammarillia had the following children:

Altha L. White born about 1831 in New York, died September 26, 1881. She married Moore and had at least one child—Alsi M. Moore (1857-1930). Altha married second to Joseph Beeman.

Alfred J. White (see below)

Albert White born about 1834 in New York.

Albion White born 1838 in New York married Matilda who was born in 1854. They had two daughters: Florence E. White born 1870, and Maud M. White born 1878.

Chancey W. White born June 1841 in Bombay, Franklin, New York, died October 11, 1900 in Bombay. He married in 1863 to Paulina Julama Farmer born 1840. They had seven children:

  • Jennie F. White born 1866
  • Lessie White born 1867
  • Cassius W. White born March 1870 in Bombay, died August 23, 1936 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He was married to Mabel S. Dutton who was born January 1872 in Billerica, Massachusetts. They had two daughters—Mildred M. White born July 1897 in Massachusetts and Dorothy D. White born about 1909 in MA.
  • Edwin White born 1875
  • Frederick C. White born about 1877 in New York, died March 3, 1910 in Vermont. He married Hope Louise Whitney (1880-1965).
  • Cora White born 1880

Alfred J. White was born September 17, 1831 in New York and died February 4, 1900 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin. He was married to Jennet L. Blodgett who was born February 4, 1822 in New Hampshire, and died April 1, 1907 in Beloit. Jennet (Jeanette) was previously married to Daniel Crocker. She and Daniel had at least 6 children prior to his death. Jennet married second to Alfred and emigrated to Canada for awhile and then to Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin. Some of the Crocker girls took the name of White which makes for some very confusing records! See more on Crockers below.

Alfred White and Jennet Blodgett had the following children:

Chauncy White

Chauncy was born August 18, 1862 in North Augusta, Canada and died September 27, 1947 in Beloit, Rock, Illinois. He married September 18, 1880 to Olive Clark (1865-1939) in Evanston, Cook, Illinois.

Chauncy and Olive’s children:

Myrtle Maud White born June 25, 1881 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin, married June 19, 1896 in Knox County, Illinois to Ellsworth Charles Mickey born 1874 in Morgan County, Illinois and died 1956.

Myrtle White Mickey

Myrtle White Mickey

Myrtle and Ellsworth had seven children:

  • Alpha Mickey (not sure if this is correct)
  • Alfred Issic Mickey born July 12, 1899 in Chana, Ogle, Illinois, died March 21, 1978 in Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin. His marriage records are confusing. It looks like he married two separate women but I’m guessing it’s the same woman. Her name was Siota Belle or Sylvia Anderson (1897-1963) married February 19, 1921 in Waterloo, Black Hawk, Iowa she was the daughter of Grant and Ida E. Anderson. She was married first to Jay William Lydick and they had one son, Jay William Lydick. Alfred and Siota’s children were:
    • Vivian M. Mickey May 1, 1925 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin and died September 17, 1994 in Roscoe, Winnebago, Illinois. She married November 11, 1942 to Harold E. Stanford Sr. (1918-1988). I believe they had one son, Harold Jr.
    • Barbara Elizabeth Mickey born July 4, 1934 in South Beloit, Winnebago, Illinois, died February 3, 1995 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida. She was married to Arnold Paul Draeving and then to Fischer.
  • Josephine Olive Mickey born December 28, 1902 in South Beloit, Illinois and died November 30, 1927 in South Beloit. She married Paul C. Boger (1887-1952) on January 26, 1921 in Independence, Buchanan, Iowa. They had one son, Alfred Paul Boger born June 9, 1921 in Independence, Buchanan, Iowa and died August 6, 1998 in Albany, Green, Wisconsin. He was married first to Leota Ellen Milar on July 6, 1944 in Orange County, California and then to Frances Gertrude Ogden on February 28, 1947 in Winnebago County, Illinois. They had one son.
  • Jeanette J. Mickey born October 7, 1905 in Illinois, died July 24, 1972 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin. She married Fred Emil Rykowski, Sr. (1902-1986). Their children.
    • Alfred E. Rykowski, Jr. born April 4, 1924 in Illinois, died May 20, 1963, married Barbara Jane Ternan (1929-2003) in 1961. They had one daughter.
    • Mickey Jeanette Rykowski born February 4, 1928 in Winnebago, Illinois, died August 14, 2013. Married Lloyd Donald Hughes (1927-2007).
    • Max F. Rykowski bron May 19, 1930 in South Beloit, died December 31, 2017 in South Beloit. He married September 4, 1948 in Rockton, Winnebago, Illinois to AlVetta Ruppert and had 4 children.
  • Edna Mickey born about 1910 in South Beloit died 1911 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin.
  • Harry Ellsworth Mickey born January 8, 1913 Winnebago Cty, Illinois, died June 13, 1984 in Wisconsin. He married Winifred A. Caulkins (1914-1982). They had two daughters:
    • Beverly Jean Mickey born January 11, 1930 in South Beloit, died March 21, 2008 in Beloit. She married first to Ingwall J. Nelson, Jr. (1928-1963) and had four sons. She married August 24, 1964 in Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin to Earl Olson (1925-2010).
    • Marlene Joan Mickey born August 7, 1933 in South Beloit, died May 27, 2015 in South Beloit. She married September 1, 1951 to James G. Mears (1928-1994) and they had 7 children. After his death she married September 19, 1997 in Rock County to Chester William Udell.
  • Chancey Charles Mickey born June 23, 1915 in South Beloit, died March 12, 1988 in South Beloit. He married July 27, 1940 to Lucille Helen Roehl (1917-2006)

Pearl May White born June 14, 1887 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin, died October 15, 1968 in San Mateo. She married March 23, 1905 to William W. Smith and had two children:

  • Alice May Smith born December 28, 1905 in Beloit, died 1953 in Rockton, Winnebago, Illinois. She married Harold Lampher and had one son:
    • Harold Clayton Lampher, Jr. born January 26, 1925 in Beloit, died August 20, 2009 in South Beloit. Married Betty Thorson (1929-and had two sons.
  • Hazel H. Smith born January 22, 1910 in Beloit, died January 14, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. She married married Corkhill.
Lillian R. White

Lillian was born May 8, 1893 in South Beloit, died March 17, 1935 in South Beloit. She married Alfred Mickey’s brother, Richard “Dick” Isaac Mickey (1887-1963) and had two children:

  • Harvey Richard Mickey born April 8, 1913 in Illinois, died November 1979 in Glendale, Maricopa, Arizona. He married Helen A. (1914-?)
  • Dorothy Olive Mickey born April 14, 1915 in Rock Island, IL, died January 6, 2000. She married Gene Calahan (1914-?).
Frances (Franky) Anna White

Franky was

born February 20, 1864 in New York, died February 4, 1900 in Beloit, Rock, WI. She married October 4, 1881 in Rock County, WI to Leonard Clark (1862-1945) and had the following children:

  • Jennie Clark 1881-1933? possibly married a Baumgard and then a Liebel.
  • Leonard H. Clark born January 12, 1883 in Wisconsin, died November 16, 1964 and married Mabel Edna Baker (1886-1974). Their children:
    • Hope Katherine Clark born about July 21, 1905 in Wisconsin, died August 10, 1997, married Arnold Haakinson (1904-1942). Hope married Buel D. Sheats second. Hope and Arnold’s children:
      • Robert Haakinson born June 18, 1924
      • Beaufort Haakinson
    • Lewis H. Clark born August 23, 1907 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin.
    • Patsy Clark born about 1928, no further record
  • Leroy (Roy) A. Clark born September 1, 1887 in Beloit, died January 10, 1960 in Racine, Racine, Wisconsin. He married Ethel Pearl (1888-1983)
  • Alfred Frank Clark born July 14, 1894 in Beloit, Wisconsin, died July 22, 1969 in Madison, Wisconsin. He married Susan Angeline Johnson (1894-1968) and had two children:
    • Isabelle A.M. Clark born March 29, 1916 married in Madison, Dane, WI, died January 2, 1991 in Apache Junction, Pinal, Arizona. She married Meyer.
    • Evelyn Fay Clark born April 26, 1918 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin, died March 3, 1996 in Oregon, Dane, Wisconsin.
Esther (Jennie) Jennet White

Jennie was born October 10, 1867 Brasher Falls, St. Lawrence, New York married to John Fremont Ellis on May 1, 1883 in Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin and died January 21, 1900 in Beloit.

One of these women is Jennie White. I thought it might be the one sitting in the front on the left because of a family resemblance. However the girls with the heavier brows on the right might also be her. Chauncey White had very distinctive eyebrows.

Poor Alfred died within weeks of his daughter, Jennet. What a terrible burden for Jennet White who lost both her daughter and her husband. She then took in her grandsons to raise until her death in 1907. Also in Jennet’s household in 1900 was her daughter Frankie and husband Leonard, as well as their three sons.

Notes: Alfred White and William Blodgett are both listed as pastors of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Mexico Village in Oswego County, New York. The church was organized in 1829. Jedediah Ellis settled in Richland, Oswego County, New York which is just down the road from Mexico. His son, John married Esther Jennet White, daughter of Alfred White and Jennet Blodgett.


“United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXJH-TZR : accessed 23 October 2015), Alfred J White, Evanston, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district 228, sheet 506B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0202; FHL microfilm 1,254,202.

“Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XL9Z-D57 : accessed 23 October 2015), Alfred White in entry for Jennie White Ellis, 1900; citing Death, Beloit, Rock, Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison; FHL microfilm 1,311,654.

“United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M641-WDD : accessed 23 October 2015), Alfred White, Illinois, United States; citing p. 13, family 95, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,741.

“United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MM24-SDN : accessed 23 October 2015), Frankie Ellis in household of Jamie White, Beloit city Ward 3, Rock, Wisconsin, United States; citing sheet 31B, family 699, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,814.

Related Families

Young Family

I’ve collected this information about the family from “Genealogies of Woodstock Families” (formerly Massachusetts and now Connecticut).

James Young of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, married in Woodstock August 18, 1814 to Esther Ledoit of Woodstock, born about 1794, died Sturbridge March 30, 1817 at age 23, daughter of Elder Biel Ledoit and Joanna Ainsworth.

Zelotes Young married Woodstock December 19, 1830 Mary Bowers. Perhaps he was identical with Zelotes Young of Killingly who married East Haddam, Connecticut, November 30, 1837 Mary E. Doane of Essex, Connecticut.

Daniel Young of Smithfield, Rhode Island, born April 6, 1808, died Woodstock November 8, 1895, age 88, married in Woodstock September 2, 1834 to Lois W. Pearce of Woodstock, born Massachusetts October 14, 1810, died May 24, 1879, age 69. His only heir-in-law was a son, Frank Young, of Leicester, Massachusetts.

Freelove Young of Woodstock, born Ashford, Connecticut, August 27, 1821, daughter of Thomas Young, Jr., and Polly Phillips, married Woodstock October 21, 1843 Salem Lynde Ballard of Woodstock, born Thompson, Connecticut, May 8, 1820. He married secondly to Harriet Scranton Warner.

Mary Ann Young born Foster, Rhode Island, September 22, 1797, died June 26, 1862, married Woodstock August 13, 1815 Erastus Chandler, born Abington, Connecticut, May 8, 1788, died January 4, 1873, son of Deacon Philemon Chandler and Molly Sabin.

Betsey Young of Woodstock married Sturbridge, Massachusetts, February 11, 1808 Samuel Ellis, perhaps born Charlton June 2, 1776, son of Jedediah Ellis and Martha Freeman.

William Young of Woodstock married Wales, Massachusetts, December 16, 1804 Hannah Walker of Wales.

Nelson Young died Woodstock 1869, married Patience___, born Rhode Island about 1810.

It is obvious how difficult it is to connect these individuals with the information given above. However, there is probably no doubt that all or most are related.

Ellsworth Family

Josiah Ellsworth, Sr. born November 16, 1629 in Cambridgeshire, England and died August 20, 1706 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. He married November 16, 1654 to Elizabeth Holcombe. Elizabeth was born November 16, 1634 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts and died September 18, 1712 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Josiah and Elizabeth’s children:

  • Josiah Ellsworth Jr born December 5, 1655 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died May 4, 1706 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. He married Martha Thompson Gaylord on October 30, 1679 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. She was born June 24, 1660 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died April 22, 1721 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Their children:
  • Martha Ellsworth born October 1, 1680 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died May 1751 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Josiah Ellsworth, III born March 3, 1690 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
  • Samuel N. Ellsworth, Sr. born July 18, 1697 married Elizabeth Allen (1698-1766) and they had one son, Samuel Ellsworth, Jr. born October 1, 1718 in West Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died 1803 in Arlington, Rutland, Vermont. He married Aimee Haliday in 1746. Aimee was born May 6, 1703 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut and died 1778 in Pittsford, Rutland, Vermont.Aimee (or Ann) was the daughter of William Halliday (1677-1764) and Anna Ellis (1675-1764) and the widow of Joshua Mattson (1707-1745). Aimee and Joshua had four children: Lucy, Amy, Isaac, and Joshua Matson. Aimee and Samuel Ellsworth, Jr. had the following children:
    • Caroline Ellsworth born March 13, 1748 in West Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died May 12, 1791 in Pittsford, Rutland, Vermont. Caroline married Caleb Hendee Sr (1745-1823) which makes her double related to me through the Ellsworth and Hendee families.
    • Tryphena Ellsworth born August 11, 1750 West Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died September 1751 in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut.
    • Samuel Ellsworth III born September 23, 1752 in West Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died July 18, 1819 in Arlington, Bennington, Vermont. He was married three times to a Bundy, an Irena Parson and also to Elizabeth Ashley. He and Elizabeth had the following children:
        • Eunice Ellsworth born April 27, 1780 in Arlington, Bennington, Vermont and died October 17, 1865 in in Arlington, Bennington, Vermont.
        • Daniel Ellsworth born 1782 and died February 25, 1832.
        • Samuel Ellsworth, IV
      • Israel Haliday Ellsworth born April 1, 1755 in West Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died 1834 in Fairfax County, Virginia. He married first to Ann Bennett and second to Hopestill Stevens.
      • Daniel Ellsworth Daniel Ellsworth born July 10, 1757 in West Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died March 3, 1798.
    • Elizabeth Ellsworth born November 11, 1657 and died 1743, married Nathanial Loomis (1656-1733).
    • Thomas Ellsworth born September 2, 1665 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut and died September 26, 1750 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

    Elizabeth’s parents were Thomas Holcomb born about 1600 in Hull, Devon, England and died December 7, 1657 in Hartford, Connecticut and his wife, Elizabeth Ferguson. Thomas’s father was Gilbert Holcombe (1565).

    More on the Ellsworth family.

*DAR registry #A201789

“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.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Richland, Oswego, New York; Roll: 915; Page: 72A; Enumeration District: 262

Ellis Cousins Newsletter

DNA = Y-DNA Haplogroup is I-Z60 [This is my direct male line]

Query 1

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

Query 2

Query: Ran across your page while searching for Freeman info. I must ask where you got the info about her father being Ralph. The vital records book for Sturbridge clearly indicates that the Martha born 14 Sep 1757 was twin (with sister Mary) daughter of Samuel Freeman and Mary (elsewhere found to be Mary Chubb of Needham intention to be married to Samuel filed April 20, 1744). Same source confirms Martha’s marriage to Jebediah Ellis on April 28,1774.

I only have copies of the Freeman Sturbridge vital records here, but the book is at the town library. If Jebediah was born in Sturbridge as you say, then there is an excellent chance his parents are given. I’ll have a look.

Martha’s sister Rachel is a direct ancestor of mine.

Dave Welcker, Plymouth, MA


This Ellis DNA Haplogroup is I-Z60 (I1a2a1a1) which originated in Eurasia about 4,300 years ago. Apparently this branch comes from some of the oldest Europeans and later were probably associated with Germanic peoples.

Last Updated on September 12, 2023 by rootie

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