Jesse Willard Ellis

6 February 1884–20 May 1945 (Age 61)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of Jesse Willard

When Jesse Willard Ellis was born on 6 February 1884, in Tennessee, United States, his father, James Knox Polk Ellis, was 33 and his mother, Mary Ellen Copeland, was 28. He married Elizabeth "Eliza" Evans on 25 December 1907, in Groesbeck, Limestone, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 2, Freestone, Texas, United States in 1920. He died on 20 May 1945, in Freestone, Texas, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Sardis Cemetery, Jewett, Leon, Texas, United States.

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Jesse Willard Ellis
Elizabeth "Eliza" Evans
Marriage: 25 December 1907
Robert Odis Ellis
Rex Manning Ellis
Eba Fay Ellis
Carmon Reginald Ellis
Jesse Willard Ellis Jr
Laura Esterlen Ellis
Cecil Elbert Ellis
Gladys Cleo Ellis
Mary Elsie Ellis
Lera Vernelle Ellis

Spouse and Children

25 December 1907
Groesbeck, Limestone, Texas, United States


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Knox Polk Ellis


    Mary Ellen Copeland




    Edward Everett Ellis


    Cora Ann Ellis


    James Guy Ellis


    Bertie Elizabeth Ellis



+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Age 10

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.
1901 · Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

Age 17

Spindletop, located south of Beaumont, becomes the first major oil well to be discovered in Texas. Other fields were discovered in shortly after, which ultimately led to the highly impactful "oil boom".

Name Meaning

English and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah ( see Elias ). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • J W Ellis, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Willard Ellis in household of John Needham, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Jessie W Ellis, "United States Census, 1910"

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