William Ellis was the ninth child of John Ellis & Elizabeth Watson born Oct-December 1846 at Ripley, Derbyshire.
In 1851 William was living with his parents & 3 sisters & a brother at Greenwich, Ripley, Derbyshire.
William was still living at home with his parents at Greenwich in 1861 & working as a coal miner like his father.
In 1871 William was employed by Sir Thomas William Evans, a magistrate & land owner, of Allestree Hall, Derby. He was lodging at School Masters House & Post Office, Allestree & working as an engine driver.
William married Susan Cooling on November 10th, 1872 at St Alkmund, Derbyshire. Witnesses at the wedding were Alexander Thorpe & Frances Elizabeth Colling. Susan was born Susanna Cooling in Oct-December 1853 at Metheringham, Lincoln, the daughter of James Cooling, a miller & baker. The 1871 census shows Susan was working as a dairy maid at the Manor House, Timberland, Lincolnshire.
In 1881 William & Susan were living at Lower Carrington St, Litchurch, Derby where William was a stationary engine tender. They had 2 children by this time – Emma (7) & Florence E (2).
The family were still living at 123 Carrington St, Litchurch in 1891 & William was still an engine tender. Emma was still at home & working as a basket maker & they now had George R (9), Susan (7), Florence (4) & Francis W (1).
In 1901 William & Susan were at the same address & William was now described as an engine fitter. Children at home were Emma, a general domestic servant, George Richard, an iron moulder, Susan, a machine hand in a printers mill?, Florence Adelaide, a ruler at the printing works, Francis William & Gertrude Helena (7).
Son George Richard married Minnie Wilkins on September 19th, 1903 but sadly George died 2 years later.
Daughter Florence Adelaide married Charles William Henchliffe, a printer, on July 22nd, 1910 at St Andrew’s, Derby. Witnesses at the wedding were Florence’s brother William Francis & her sister Gertrude Helena Ellis. Charles was born March 19th, 1885 in Derby, the son of Annie & William Edward Henchliffe, a turner. Daughter Emma married William Elliott, a fitter’s labourer, on November 6th, 1910 at St Luke’s, Derby. William was born c1865 at Hope, Derbyshire, the son of William Elliott.
William & Susan had moved to 14 New St, Derby by 1911, a 5-roomed house. William was an engine tender at the timber works, but noted as unemployed. Children at home were Francis William, a wheelwright, Susan, a folder counter at the printers & Gertrude Helena, a ruler’s assistant at the printers. It was noted on the census that of their 10 children, only 5 were still living.
Susan died aged 65 in Oct-December 1918, her death being registered in Derby.
Son Francis William married Nellie Harvey in Oct-December 1923 at Derby & in 1939 they & their family were living in Harrington, Derby & Francis was still a wheelwright.
William died aged 77 in Jan-March 1924, his death being registered in Derby.
Daughter Gertrude never married & in 1939 she was a housekeeper for Ernest J Stone, a retired widowed printer’s reader, at Hill Top, Belper Lane, Belper, Derbyshire.
The children of William Ellis & Susan Cooling were:
el.126.96.36.199 Emma Ellis born Jan-March 1874 in Derby
el.188.8.131.52 Florence Elizabeth Ellis born April 21st, 1877 & christened January 6th, 1879 at St Alkmund’s Derby; died Jan-March 1879 in Derby
el.184.108.40.206 Florence Helen Ellis born December 18th, 1878 in Henry Street, Derby & christened January 30th, 1879 at St Alkmund’s, Derby; died Jan-March 1883 at Derby
el.220.127.116.11 George Richard Ellis born Oct-December 1881& christened January 4th, 1882 at St Andrews, Derby; died April-June 1905 at Derby
el.18.104.22.168 Adelaide Ellis christened January 17th, 1883 at St Andrews, Derby; died Jan-March 1883 in Derby
el.22.214.171.124 Susan Ellis born April 4th, 1884 in Derby
el.126.96.36.199 Florence Adelaide Ellis born July 23rd, 1886 & christened August 11th, 1886 at St Andrews, Derby; died Oct-December 1967 at Derby
el.188.8.131.52 Francis William Ellis born February 18th, 1890 & christened April 2nd 1890 at St Andrews, Derby; died Oct-December 1971 at Derby
el.184.108.40.206 Daisy Ellen Ellis christened January 19th, 1892 at Derby; died Jan-March 1892 at Derby
el.220.127.116.11 Gertrude Helena Ellis born February 4th, 1894 & christened March 21st, 1894 at St Andrews, Derby; died April 27th, 1985 at 19 Sherbourne Rd, Birmingham