Richard Ellis was the fifth child of William Ellis & Mary Allsop christened November 6th, 1816 at Pinxton, Derbyshire.
Richard married Ann Allcock on October 12th 1840 at the Parish Church, Pinxton. Ann was christened April 22nd, 1821 at Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of Mary & Harvey Allcock, a labourer. Witnesses at the wedding were Sarah Buxton & Richard’s brother George Ellis
In 1841 Richard & Ann were living at Pinxton Wharf, Pinxton & Richard was a coal miner.
Richard & Ann had a little girl, Mary Ellen, who was christened on January 22nd, 1843 at Pinxton. Sadly the Derbyshire Courier of December 1845 reported on the death of little Mary, aged just 3 years. At this time Richard & Ann were living at Canal Houses, Pinxton Wharf, just a few yards from the Cromford & Pinxton Canal. Mary had left the house on her own & the parents became alarmed when she did not return in the evening. Mary’s body was discovered in the middle of the canal, opposite her home, & it was believed she had been blown into the water as it was a particularly windy day.
They were still at Pinxton Wharf in 1851 & now had a 6 year old daughter Ann. Lodging with them was Ann’s brother William Allcock & his wife Rebecca & daughter Elizabeth.
By 1861 Richard & Ann had moved to Speedwell Cottages, Staveley, Derbyshire & daughter Ann was still at home. Richard was still a coal miner.
In 1871 Richard & Ann were living at 12 Grassmoor, Chesterfield & Hasland, Derbyshire & Ann was now a dressmaker. Living at the same address was daughter Ann now married to George Gee, a coal miner, with their son Richard Gee (3).
Richard & Ann were at New St, Grassmoor, Chesterfield in 1881 & with them was grandson Richard (listed as Ellis) (13) who was a coal miner like Richard. This was probably the son of daughter Ann.
Richard died in 1886 & was buried on March 20th, 1886, aged 70, at Grassmoor, Chesterfield.
In 1891 widowed Ann was described as a shopkeeper & was still living at New St, Grassmoor. Living next door was daughter Ann & son-in-law George & their 6 children.
Ann died in July-September 1894, aged 73, the death being registered at Chesterfield.
The children of Richard Ellis & Ann Allcock were:
el.5.5.1 Mary Ellen Ellis born Oct-December 1842 at Factory Yard, Pinxton & christened January 22nd, 1843 at Pinxton, Derbyshire; buried December 19th, 1845 at Pinxton
el.5.5.2 Ann Ellis born at Smiths Row, Pinxton & christened December 15th, 1844 at Pinxton, Derbyshire