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 (Milns, Milnes). Ann was born in 1834 at Hucknall Huthwaite, Notts, & christened Ann Mills on June 3rd, 1834 at St Mary Magdalene, Sutton-in Ashfield, the daughter of Martha & Samuel Mills, a coal miner. Ann’s father was christened Samuel Milns on June 18th, 1803 at Blackwell, the illegitimate son of Hannah Milns, a pauper. On his marriage in 1827 to Martha Smith at Sutton-in-Ashfield, Derbyshire, Samuel’s surname was given as Mills. The 1851 & 1871 censuses refer to him as Samuel Mills, but the 1861 census shows him as Milnes. There is a marriage for John Ellis & Ann Milnes on November 8th, 1857 at St Mary Magdalene, Sutton-in Ashfield which we believe to be the correct marriage for John & Ann.
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. Ann gave birth to twins, Charles & Martha, in 1868 but sadly both died in infancy.
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 on August 4th, 1896, aged 61, at Blackwell.
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.
Ann died in April-June 1919 at Barnsley, Yorks.
The children of John Thorpe Ellis & Ann Mills (Milns Milnes) were:
el.188.8.131.52 Sarah Ann Ellis born April-June 1858 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; buried March 31st, 1925 at Holy Trinity, Elsecar, Yorks
el.184.108.40.206 Eliza Ellis born August 2nd, 1860 at Pinxton, Derbyshire; died Jan 12th, 1941 at 13 West View, Ryhope, Co Durham
el.220.127.116.11 Samuel Ellis born at Clay Cross, Derbyshire & christened April 12th, 1865 at North Wingfield, Derbyshire; died Jan-March 1944 at East Durham
el.18.104.22.168 Charles Ellis born April-June 1868 at North Wingfield Derbyshire; died April-June 1869 at Chesterfield
el.22.214.171.124 Martha Ellis christened June 22nd, 1868 at North Wingfield, Derbyshire; died Oct-December 1868 at Chesterfield