Roswell Perry Ells

7 June 1831–18 July 1864 (Age 33)
De Kalb, St. Lawrence, New York, United States

The Life of Roswell Perry

When Roswell Perry Ells was born on 7 June 1831, in De Kalb, St. Lawrence, New York, United States, his father, Lewis Ells, was 28 and his mother, Freelove Andrew, was 24. He had at least 1 son with Mirza M. Stiles. He lived in Gouverneur, St. Lawrence, New York, United States in 1850. He died on 18 July 1864, in Andersonville, Sumter, Georgia, United States, at the age of 33, and was buried in Macon, Georgia, United States.

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Roswell Perry Ells
Mirza M. Stiles
William M. Ells

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Parents and Siblings

    Lewis Ells


    Freelove Andrew





    James B. Ells


    Leonard Austin Ells


    Thomas Warren Ells


    Lucy P. Ells


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World Events (5)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

Age 1

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.

Age 15

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English (Kent): probably a variant of Ellis .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Perry Ells, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Perry Ells in household of Jane P Hopkins, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Perry Ells, "Find A Grave Index"

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