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.
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.
William died aged 77 in Jan-March 1924, his death being registered in Derby.
The children of William Ellis & Susan Cooling were:
el.126.96.36.199 Emma Ellis born 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-June 1884 in Derby
el.126.96.36.199 Florence Adelaide Ellis christened August 11th, 1886 at St Andrews, Derby
el.188.8.131.52 Francis William Ellis christened April 2nd 1890 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 christened March 21st, 1894 at St Andrews, Derby