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William Ellis [el.6.1.9]

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.  Emma Ellis born Jan-March 1874 in Derby
el. Florence Elizabeth Ellis born April 21st, 1877 & christened January 6th, 1879 at St Alkmund’s Derby; died Jan-March 1879 in Derby
el. 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.  George Richard Ellis born Oct-December 1881& christened January 4th, 1882 at St Andrews, Derby; died April-June 1905 at Derby
el.  Adelaide Ellis christened January 17th, 1883 at St Andrews, Derby; died Jan-March 1883 in Derby
el.  Susan Ellis born April 4th, 1884 in Derby
el.  Florence Adelaide Ellis born July 23rd, 1886 & christened August 11th, 1886 at St Andrews, Derby; died Oct-December 1967 at Derby
el.  Francis William Ellis born February 18th, 1890 & christened April 2nd 1890 at St Andrews, Derby; died Oct-December 1971 at Derby
el.  Daisy Ellen Ellis christened January 19th, 1892 at Derby; died Jan-March 1892 at Derby
el. Gertrude Helena Ellis born February 4th, 1894 & christened March 21st, 1894 at St Andrews, Derby; died April 27th, 1985 at 19 Sherbourne Rd, Birmingham




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