John Thorpe Ellis was the second child of Susannah Thorpe & Humphrey Ellis christened July 8th 1835 at Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire.
In 1841 John & his parents were living at Millols Yard, Hucknall Torkard, Notts. He had 2 sisters – Catherine (3) & Elizabeth (2 weeks). His father was a cotton sh… maker.
By 1851 the family had moved to Tibshelf, Notts & John was working as a coal miner at the age of 15. His father & younger sister Catherine were described as cotton frame work knitters. His sister Elizabeth was also still at home & he now had a brother Charles (7), & sisters Sarah Ann (4) & Emma (9 months).
John married Ann Mills who was born c1835 at Hucknall Huthwaite, Notts, the daughter of Martha & Samuel Mills, a coal miner.
In 1861 John & Ann were living at New Row, Coppull, Lancs. John was described as a collier in the census & they had 2 children – Sarah Ann (2) & Eliza (8 months) both born in Derbyshire.
By 1865 John & Ann had moved to Clay Cross, Derbyshire where their third child Samuel was born.
By 1871 John, a coal miner, & Ann had moved to Tibshelf, Nottinghamshire & were living at the Cottage. They now had a son Samuel (6) as well as the 2 daughters. A 1 year old niece was visiting, Sarah A Nix, born at Tibshelf.
Daughter Sarah Ann married Frederick Dickens in July-September 1875, the marriage being registered at Mansfield.
In 1881 John & Ann were living at Hoyland, Hoyland Nether, Yorks. John was still a coal miner & only son Samuel, also a coal miner, was still at home.
By 1891 John & Ann had returned to Blackwell, Derbyshire & were living at Newton. John was still working as a coal miner & there were no children at home.
John died July-September 1896, aged 61, his death being registered at Mansfield.
By 1901 widowed Ann (66) was boarding with Charlotte & Francis Paskin, a colliery stoker, at Newton Green, Blackwell.
In 1911 Ann was living with her daughter Sarah Ann & husband Frederick Dickens & their family at 155 St Helens St, Elsecar, Barnsley, Yorkshire. Frederick was a coal miner.
The children of John Thorpe Ellis & Ann Mills were:
el.18.104.22.168 Sarah Ann Ellis born April-June 1858 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; buried March 31st, 1925 at Holy Trinity, Elsecar, Yorks
el.22.214.171.124 Eliza Ellis born August 2nd, 1860 at Pinxton, Derbyshire; died Jan 12th, 1941 at 13 West View, Ryhope, Co Durham
el.126.96.36.199 Samuel Ellis born at Clay Cross, Derbyshire & christened April 12th, 1865 at North Wingfield, Derbyshire; died Jan-March 1944 at East Durham