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ELLIS Benjamin

Male Abt 1732 - 1811  (~ 79 years)


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  • Name ELLIS Benjamin  [1
    Born Abt 1732  [1
    Gender Male 
    Land 17 Sep 1754  [2
    • On September 17, 1754, Benjamin bought 130 acres of land on Abram's Branch adjoining his brother Caleb Jr. 's land from their father Caleb. By 1768 he bought his brother Stephen's land (inherited from father) and in 1792 he bought his brother Dann's land (inherited from father.)
    Reference Number 454 
    Religion 1782  Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    History of the Ellis Preaching House 
    • Asbury visited the William Ellis family for the first time on August 20, 1775.
      The Methodist Conference met at the Ellis Preaching House on April 27, 1782.
      The exact date the Ellis Preaching House was constructed is uncertain. It was built no later than 1781, since Asbury preached there January 15, 1782. A date earlier than 1781 is suggested by the 1794 Will of William Nicholson, which provided for repairs in the preaching house. The deed for the property was recorded at Sussex Court House on May 15, 1783. Trustees named in the deed (William Nicholson, Caleb Ellis, Emanuel James, Stephen Andrews, Daniel Rogers, Stephen Pepper, Issac Ellis, Benjamin Ellis, and William Ellis, Jr.). They were neighbors. They and their children were registered in the Parish Registrar of the established church (Albemarle Parish). The trustees were plantation owners, many of whom freed their slaves as requested by John Wesley.
      At William Ellis' death in 1795, he left his property to his wife Elizabeth Wright Ellis and then to their son Wright Ellis after her death. Wright Ellis was Deputy Clerk of Sussex County. At Wright Ellis' death, he did not have a Will but settlement in court gave the partial of land where the Ellis Preaching House was located to his daughter, Mary W. Ellis. It is not known when the Ellis Preaching House ceased to exist.
      Nearby churches attribute their beginnings to the Ellis Preaching House:
      Carsley, Rocky Hock, Owen's Grove, Ellis Chapel, Oak Grove, and Coker's Well Methodist Churches.
    Will 15 Aug 1808  Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • "I Benjamin Ellis of Surry County, lend to my wife Sarah Ellis the use of all my land and plantation whereon I now live, lying on the south side of the boIling alley road as also seven Negroes as followeth: Harry, his wife Sal and her five children Lucy, Darby, Beck, Jesse, and Bon, one sorrel mare named Jenny, two cows, and calves and three of my newest feather beds and furniture during her natural life or widowhood and at her death or marriage I give all the aforementioned property both real and personal to be equally divided among them to my three daughters Anne Ellis, Polly Ellis, and Sarah Ellis eight Negroes to be equally divided among them as followeth: Ned, Hal, Milly, Hannah, Jacob, Sook, Tempey, and Lendrick."

      "l desire that my old Negro woman Lydia may have the privilege of living with my wife or any of my children that she may make choice of."

      "I desire that all my swamp land known by the name of Indian Island and all the remainder of my estate be sold and out of the money arising therefrom pay all my just debts and funeral expenses. The remainder divided among my three children Anne, Polly, and Sarah Ellis. I appoint my friends John Velvin and James Hill as executors. This the 15 day of August in 1808. Signed Benja Ellis."

      With 16 slaves in his estate, it can be assumed that Benjamin was fairly wealthy. His will was proved at a court of quarterly sessions for Surry County on November 26, 1811, .which was probably the year of his death.
    Died 1811  Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • On September 17, 1754 Benjamin bought 130 acres of land on Abram's Branch adjoining his brother Caleb Jr.'s land from their father Caleb. By 1768 he bought his brother Stephen's land (inherited from father) and in 1792 he bought his brother Dann's land (inherited from father.) To establish his marriage to Elizabeth Warren, Surry County Deed Book 7, page 473 states: On February 12, 1759, Mary Warren of Surry County, a widow, deeded the following, for love of my daughter Elizabeth and her husband Benjamin Ellis, planter, one Negro girl, Lidia." This was witnessed by John Cooper, Stephen Ellis, and Richard Cooper.
      Elizabeth was living in1764 when she and Benjamin were listed as plantiffs in a court suit in that year against Peter and Lucy Warren, also of Surry County. She lived until the late 1770s.

      Children of Benjamin and Elizabeth Warren Ellis:
      (1) JOSEPH ELLIS - born ca. 1763. Received a gift of 130 acres of land from his father in 1791 on AbramTs Branch, in Surry County. He married September 28, 1785 to Susanna Atkins in Surry County by the Rev. Henry John Burges, rector of Southwark Parish Episcopal Church. Died ca. 1804. No further research included on this branch of the family.
      (2) Ephraim ELLIS - born August 2, 1765. Married Jane Heath on December 25, 1786 in Sussex County, Va. They had several children, including Augustin. Ephraim died ca. 1807 in Prince George County, Va. 'l:vhere he was residing. His widow Jane appeared on the 1810 Census as head of a household in the same county with three daughters and five sons.
      By 1820 this family had moved to Dinwiddie County (Petersburg Township). This is where Augustin shows up in the 1820 Census. No further research included on this family.

      On September 10, 1780, some years after Elizabeth's death, Benjamin Ellis married Martha Caseley with Michael Caseley as surety. Research thus far has shown no children were born from this marriage. Martha died before 1791.

      On May 13, 1791 Benjamin Ellis married the third time to Sarah Jones, daughter of Thomas and Jane Jones. They
      were married by the rector of Southwark Parish Episcopal Church, the Rev. Samuel Butler
      Children of Benjamin and Sarah Jones Ellis:
      (1) ANN ELLIS - married John D. Bishop December 28,l8l8.
      (2) MARY (POLLY) ELLIS - married William Carsley on December 19, l8ll.
      (3) SARAH (SALLY) ELLIS - married Samuel Booth on December 26,l816.
      These three daughters are named as heirs in their father's will which reads as follows:
      I Benjamin Ellis of Surry County, lend to my wife Sarah Ellis the use of all my land and plantation whereon I now live lying on the south side of the boIling alley road as also seven Negroes as follows: Harry, his wife Sal and her five children Lucy, Darby, Beck, Jesse, and Bon, one sorrel mare named Jenny, two cows, and calves and three of my newest feather beds and furniture during her natural life or widowhood and at her death or marriage I give all the
      aforementioned property both real and personal to be equally divided among them to my three daughters Anne Ellis, Polly Ellis, and Sarah Ellis eight Negroes to be equally divided among them as followeth: Ned, Hal, fvlilly, Hannah, Jacob, Sook, Tempey, and Lendrick. TIt is desire that my old Negro woman Lydia may have the privilege of living with my wife or any of my children that she may make choice of. "I desire that all my swamp land known by the name
      of Indian Island and all the remainder of my estate be sold and out of the money arising therefrom pay all my just debts and funeral expenses. The remainder divided among my three children Anne, Polly, and Sarah Ellis. I appoint my friends John Velvin and James Hill as executors. This the 15 day of August in l8O8. Signed Benja Ellis.

      With 16 slaves in his estate, it can be assumed that Benjamin was fairly wealthy. His will was proved at a court of quarterly sessions for Surry County on November 26, l8ll, .which was probably the year of his death.
      SARAH Jones Ellis's will (See Surry County Wills, No.7, l838-1SL!-0, page 397) names daughters Anne Bishop, Sally Booth, and grand-daugh-ter Sally Cars ley . No death date available as to Sarah T s death.

      Father's Will:

      Will
      Also from the McCrary book, page 28, concerning Caleb's will:
      My son Richard: my Island Land lying in Blackwater Swamp
      My son Stephen: my land and Plantation whereon I now live He allowing his Mother Peascable and Quiet Possession thereof During her Natural Life
      My son Caleb: my Negro Girl Named Beck to him and his Heirs forever he allowing his Mother the Labour thereof During her Natural Life
      My son Benja (the a is in superscript): my Negro Girl Named Tabb to him and his Heirs forever. He likewise allowing her Mother the Labour thereof During her Natural Life
      My loving Wife Amelia: all the Remainder of my Estate after my Just Debts be paid thereof During her Natural Life and at her Deceease I desire it to be Equally Divided amongst my Five Children Vizt (t in superscript) Richard Ellis, Dann Ellis, Stephen Ellis, Mary Cooper, and Amelia Shell and in Case any one of them........
      He names sons Caleb and Benjamin as Executors.
      Witnessed by William Shell, John and Richard Cooper.
      It is dated May 17, 1762.
    Person ID I218  Booth Family
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2014 

    Father ELLIS Caleb, Sr.,   b. 1701, Albemarle Parish, Surry County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1761, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother SHOCKEY Amelia,   b. 1705, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1788, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1727 
    • U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
      about Caleb I. Ellis
      Name:
      Caleb I. Ellis          
      Gender:Male          
      Birth Year:1701          
      Spouse Name:Amelia Shockey          
      Marriage Year:1727          
      Number Pages:14          
    Family ID F3357  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 WARREN Elizabeth,   d. 1774, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1750  Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • To establish his marriage to Elizabeth Warren,
      Surry County Deed Book 7, page 473 states: On February
      12, 1759, Mary Warren of Surry County, a widow, deeded the
      following, for love of my daughter Elizabeth and her husband
      Benjamin Ellis, planter, one Negro girl, Lidia." This
      was witnessed by John Cooper, Stephen Ellis, and Richard
      Cooper.
    Children 
     1. ELLIS Joseph,   b. Abt 1763, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1804, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
     2. ELLIS Ephraim,   b. 2 Aug 1765, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1805, Prince George County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     3. ELLIS Benjamin,   b. 1765, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F3355  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 CASELEY Martha,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 10 Sep 1780  Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • She may have been a Carsley instead of Caseley as the Carsely family lived in that area of Surry County .... Gene Harris

      On September 10, 1780, some years after Elizabeth's death, Benjamin Ellis married Martha Caseley with Michael Caseley as surety. Research thus far has shown no children were born from this marriage. Martha died before 1791. [2]
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F3356  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 JONES Sarah (Sally),   d. 1834 
    Married 4 May 1791  Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • On May 13, 1791 Benjamin Ellis married the third time to Sarah Jones, daughter of Thomas and Jane Jones. They were married by the rector of Southwark Parish Episcopal Church, the Rev. Samuel Butler.

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    Children 
     1. ELLIS Milton,   b. Abt 1806, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. ELLIS Albert,   b. Abt 1791,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. ELLIS Roberta,   b. 1791,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. ELLIS Anna,   b. 1793, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1865  (Age 72 years)
     5. ELLIS Mary (Polly),   b. Abt 1791,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. ELLIS Sarah (Sally),   b. Abt 1798, Dendron, Surry, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1861, Southampton County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F89  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1127] Cox/Cocks/Cocke & Nicol ---Virginia & Maryland, USA, (Cox/Cocks/Cocke & Nicol ---Virginia & Maryland, USA; also Perthshire & Fifeshire, Scotland).

    2. [S1120] joann rice, joann rice, (Bishop-Ellis families) (Reliability: 2).